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 52 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 difficulty of getting to” – Shirley and Eddie Spear’s famous, “out-of-the-way” old crofter’s cottage has achieved a formidable reputation since it opened in 1984 and reports continue to say it fully lives up, with very locally-sourced food that’s “pretty much perfect on every course”. “Next time I’m going to stay!”
. Loch Bay Restaurant
Fish & seafood restaurant in Stein
1 Macleods Terrace - IV55
Michael Smith’s “very intimate and cosy” three-year-old lacks the formality of its ambitious peers in this part of the world, yet wins similar praise for his accomplished and “excellent” cuisine – “predominantly fish-related from a five-course taster menu” (and also with a simpler three-course option).
. Loch Leven Seafood Café
Fish & seafood restaurant in Onich
This “rather crowded” seasonal spot (plus fish shop) remains “well worth the diversion” en route to Fort William for its “usually amazing” catch. The decor (which now includes a glass-walled coffee room) is “basic”, so best take refuge on the terrace, enjoying prime views of the namesake loch.
. Applecross Inn
Fish & seafood restaurant in Applecross
Shore St - IV54
“Super-fresh seafood amidst some of the most dramatic scenery” is the draw to this “exceptionally busy” Highlands inn. “It’s a pub that does proper pub food (and I don’t mean the sort of gastro-pub stuff that most pubs do now, but old-school pub grub, with red onion in the salad and sliced brown bread), but what a location” and with “seafood, in particular, that’s worthy of a ‘posh’ dining room”; “good craic” too.
. Kylesku Hotel
Fish & seafood restaurant in Kylesku
In a “fantastic remote Highlands setting”, this 17th-century inn beside a slipway onto Lock Glendhu serves “fabulous meals”, with “seafood that is quite different”. “Views over the bay are outstanding, even when the rain is falling”.
. Kinloch Lodge
Scottish restaurant in Sleat
Sleat - IV43
“Situated on the shore of Loch na Daal with superb views across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart” – the Macdonald of Macdonalds (Lord Godfrey, 34th hereditary chief of the clan, and food-writer wife, Claire) – have created an “ideal bolthole” at this well-known culinary destination. There are some reports of food that’s “OK, but not really worth the price”, but most reports of are of “being really well looked-after, with fantastic tasting menus using lots of local produce”.
Fish & seafood restaurant in Fort William
Town Centre Pier - PH33
“A must if you are travelling to Fort William”; offering “honest” catch “with nothing to detract from the natural flavours” (not least “scallops to die for”), this red-roofed staple, on a pier overlooking Loch Linnhe, is a real “sea foodie’s heaven”. “Book ahead!”
. Sutor Creek
Fish & seafood restaurant in Cromarty
21 Bank St - IV11
Top wood-fired pizzas and “tasty” seafood dishes drawing on the Black Isle’s larder make this harbour-view spot “well worth visiting” (“also try their nearby coffee shop”, ‘Couper’s Creek’). Stop Press – from November 2018 until March 2019, as they expand the kitchen, they’re relocating to Cromarty’s ‘The Old Brewery’.
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