About us


Only a stone’s throw away from the Hortus Botanicus, the observatory and the Pieterskerk in Leiden you will find our restaurant in the outer corner of the Rapenburg, one of the most beautiful canals in the Netherlands. The large sign ‘Verboden Toegang’ meaning ‘No Trespassing’ seems to want to stop you from entering, but whoever dares to pass the threshold won’t regret it.

With a wink to all the rules and prohibitions that surround us, you can have a nice meal in a laid back atmosphere with a large choice of criminally tasty dishes. Our hearty staff and extensive wine list will make your evening a pleasurable one.

Do you dare?

On Trial Leave

Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday choose your own 3 course meal from our menu for only €29

We charge an extra fine for the following dishes:

On probation, Behind bars big apetite, Stiff conversation, Closing argument €2

Frequent offender €3


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“This is surely a classic that we keep coming back to, if only because of the particularly fine and attentive yet unobtrusive service”                                                                                                                          .


“A nice restaurant with a special entourage. The three small buildings have been converted into a restaurant, but each building has its own atmosphere. Some nice old details are well preserved and integrated into the whole”


“Delicious meal! The waiters are very attentive and know what they are selling. The penalty at the end wasn’t that bad. All in all, not a punishment to eat with you!”                                                                                                      .


“Definitely recommended in Leiden! Very fine restaurant. Very friendly staff. From my reservation they remembered that it was a birthday-dinner and on my dessert plate they wrote congratulations in large letters of chocolate.”


“Great food, friendly staff and a really nice atmosphere with all those funny themed signs on the walls and nice homey atmosphere with various platforms etc. One of my favorite restaurants in Leiden!”


“Nice and cozy restaurant. Also for children. Good food and friendly service. We’ve been coming here for years.”                                                                                                                                                                           .


Restaurant Verboden Toegang

Kaiserstraat 7
2311 GN Leiden
Phone: 071-5143388

Opening hours:
monday – friday from 18.00 uur
saturday and sunday from 17.30 uur



You can try to park in our street but it is mostly quite busy..
We advise you to go to a big parking lot called Haagweg on the edge of the town centre
They have shuttle busses that bring you to our front door and pick you up at the end of your dinner.

An other option would be the parking garage Hoogvliet