Sems is located in a characteristic building at the Gouverneursplein in Leeuwarden. The building was constructed on a terp around 1800 and used to be located at the Ee river. From the basement, you could walk straight onto the bank of the boat-canal where skippers load and unload their cargo. However, the Ee was filled up in 1884.
It is a building with a story. Originally, the governor lived there. The past century, it functioned as the location of the land registry. Because cartographer, surveyor, and engineer Johan Sems literally put Leeuwarden on the map in 1603, the business was named after him. Another interesting piece of history: in 1615, Sems determined the dividing line between Groningen and Drenthe, together with Johan de la Haye. He took the Martinitoren as a starting point. This line is also known as the Semslinie.
When you enter our establishment, the restaurant with open kitchen is located on the left and the wine tavern on the right. At first sight, the rooms seem to be separate, but the restaurant turns into the wine tavern at the back. Guests can easily walk around. The top floor, which we have appropriately called ‘Sems upstairs, has ample space and is used for parties, assemblies, and other meetings. Due to the special layout, the entire building has a calm, modern, clean look.
|Tuesday||12:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 22:00|
|Wednesday||12:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 22:00|
|Thursday||12:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 22:00|
|Friday||12:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 22:00|
|Saturday||12:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 22:00|
|Sunday||-||16:00 - 22:00|
At Sems, you can choose from the chef menu or an à la carte menu. The à la carte menu is composed of twenty dishes in which there is no distinction between starters and main courses. If guests want to dine à la carte, they can decide themselves where their culinary taste will take them. The evening can also begin with a glass of wine and one menu dish. Guests can also enjoy the entire evening with the menu on the table. The only thing that counts is what they feel like at that moment. A more free form of culinary delights at a high level!
Sems upstairs offers seating from 10 to 120 people. Immediately noticeable are the beautiful, high ceilings. For a reception, buffet dinner, weddings, or staff party, the entire space can be used as well as a part of it for private use. Sems has a second kitchen that can be utilized depending on the needs of our guests.
The wine tavern can accommodate about twenty-five guests, and you will find the same design and atmosphere as in the restaurant. The décor includes high tables and barstools. The wall of wines, where our unique wines are located, is the showpiece. The wine tavern is the perfect area to have an aperitif, drink, or wine tasting.
Especially for MasterCard card holders we serve an extra course with our JRE-Menu (only on reservation)