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Sems

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Dutch, European, French, Seafood, Central European
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Gouverneursplein 36, 8911 HH Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
+31 58 216 2214
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Today
12:00 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 16:00 - 21:30
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 21:30
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Nice place, nice concept, good service and cosy environment. The food was good but I expected something more, maybe is just a matter of expectation.

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Thank Redmonster52
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We dropped in on this restaurant and were totally blown away by the fabulous food, service and friendliness of the staff. They were knowledgeable and didn't try to rip us off by recommending unnecessary items to order. The food was exquisitely cooked and presented in a tapas style...three dishes were plenty for these two hungry travellers.

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Thank MamaSlo
UK
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43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Visited during a trip to Netherlands, lovely, friendly staff but, above all, the food was absolutely superb. Serving small dishes, order three or four between two of you and you will not be disappointed with the delicious cooking and ingredients. The whole evening was topped with the attention to detail such as the petit fours served with coffee. All in... More 

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Thank uncleglyn
Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've come to the point where I don't really enjoy a standard main meal. The quantities are often so overwhelming and there are limited taste experiences. At Sems you can choose 3 mini-main meals and get to taste 3 very well cooked dishes. The experience gives a greater variety of tastes and textures, without feeling over-faced. The level of cooking... More 

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Thank mispoes11
Leeuwarden
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Nice terrace, good food with a choice of smaller dishes to create your own tasting experience. Great spot.

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Thank Offemar
Den Helder, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

We went there with my boyfriend for a romantique dinner , the place is really nice , classy the people welcome you properly , at first we were impress by the quality of the service . The waitress spoke perfectly english and that was nice. Then we waited a little time for the Menu - fair enough- the restaurant was... More 

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1 Thank morgandetoi89
Verona, Italy
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Young and attentive staff, new concept restaurant: choose whatever you want, we only serve small dishes, so there's no a first course or a main, you can taste different dishes of small portion. They're all sophisticated and well presented. The waiters are polite and looking after. I wish I could more often to leeuwarden.

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1 Thank valentinada
Leeuwarden
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161 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

The concept of the restaurant is that you choose small dishes. These dishes have a great variety in tastes and can surprise you.. When you finish go for the coffee or tea with luxerious small cholates etc.

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1 Thank Siem J
The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

a new owner does not no how to please the customer . The staff was not very focused of de need of the visitors . The food was not well prepared ( not warm enough ) and served with a great time cap. They see us never again

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1 Thank Beaubery
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

Tasting great food in beautiful furnished restaurant with a perfect atmosphere! Great staff with a perfect training and knows how to tread you well for a perfect night at sems.

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Thank Jaspervandervee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Dutch, European, French, Seafood, Central European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 21:30
Thursday
12:00 - 21:30
Friday
12:00 - 21:30
Saturday
12:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gouverneursplein 36, 8911 HH Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Friesland Province  >  Leeuwarden
  • Phone Number: +31 58 216 2214

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?