Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Highland
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Highland restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 53 restaurants in Highland and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Highland restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Highland Restaurants
. The Three Chimneys
Scottish restaurant in Dunvegan
Colbost - IV55
“Worth the scenic drive to get there and highly recommended” – this former crofter’s cottage has been a gastronomic feature of the inner Hebrides since it opened in 1985. It’s all change this year, though, as – after 34 years – Shirley & Eddie Spears have retired: selling the business to well-known hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, who is himself returning to his native Scotland and establishing his new ‘Wee Hotel Company’. We’ve rated the restaurant on the basis that he knows what he’s doing, that the Spears remain somewhat involved, and that the “amazing” Scottish cuisine focused on fish and seafood for which the place has become internationally famous will endure.
. Loch Bay Restaurant
Fish & seafood restaurant in Stein
1 Macleods Terrace - IV55
“Fabulous seafood” is the standout at Michael Smith’s “intimate restaurant” in a “wonderful picturesque location at the north end of Skye”. “Well-cooked and presented” dishes of “excellent local produce” arrive on either a ‘Skye fruits de mer’ five-course set menu or three courses with meat and veggie options.
. Kinloch Lodge
Scottish restaurant in Sleat
Sleat - IV43
The Macdonald of Macdonalds clan’s famed country house hotel, a former hunting lodge staring out over the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart, received superlative feedback this year for its “comprehensive” wine list, “excellent” staff and tasting menus tapping the Highlands’ bounty. All reporters rate culinary results as “outstanding”.
. Kylesku Hotel
Fish & seafood restaurant in Kylesku
This “fantastic small hotel in remote northwest Scotland” serves “fresh fish and seafood to die for from the local waters” – Loch Glendhu is just the other side of the slipway, and there’s an “amazing view across the water from the dining room window on a sunny evening”. “A great place to stop in an area not over-supplied with good restaurants”.
. Applecross Inn
Fish & seafood restaurant in Applecross
Shore St - IV54
“A mission to get to but oh so worth it!” – this “busy inn on the Applecross peninsula” is “an amazing spot with a great welcome” serving “dependably top-notch fresh seafood”. Our worst report this year? – “the food’s perfectly acceptable and the service and atmosphere made for an enjoyable evening”.
. Seafood Shack
Fish & seafood restaurant in Ullapool
9 West Argyle Street - IV26
“What a find!” – for “brilliant, delightful fish as it should be (so fresh!)”, Kirsty and Fenella’s “popular seafood hut” (open April to October) can’t be beat; be aware there’s “outside seating only (no cover!)”.
Fish & seafood restaurant in Fort William
Town Centre Pier - PH33
“Wonderful seafood straight from the sea under the windows of the restaurant” helps win praise for this well-established fixture, on a pier by Loch Linnhe (with arguably the best location by the water in the town). Feedback is somewhat mixed, though, with sceptics citing “mediocre plating”, “slow service” and “enormous” bills.
. Sutor Creek
Fish & seafood restaurant in Cromarty
21 Bank St - IV11
Graham & Phoebe Fox’s funky harbourside venue in a well-preserved seventeenth-century east Highlands town earns solid ratings for its crowd-pleasing combination of “tasty” local seafood, produce from its Black Isle hinterland and wood-fired pizza.
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