Cafe 1

4.8
994 reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Welcome to Cafe 1
I have pleasure in offering you a unique, fine dining experience here in The Highlands at Cafe1, Inverness.

We take great pride in sourcing local ingredients - some produced by ourselves from our own Croft!

Our open plan kitchen turns quality Scottish produce into appealing modern dishes.

We are a restaurant that moves with the times.

All tables are re-booked 2 hours later.

No shows will be charged at £20 per person.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 994 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.9
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gordy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Norman and his team never fail to make you feel welcome. The staff always go out of their way to look after you and the food was as always excellent! Can’t wait to go back.

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TaylorW
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish I have ever had! Absolutely beautiful food and service

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RosanneM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular diners at Cafe1 and it never disappoints . The quality of food,atmosphere and service is always first class. Norman always looks after you and has trained his staff to do likewise. Dined in Cafe1 a couple of times since the Covid 19 restrictions were introduced and have always felt comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Ange
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another beautiful meal had at Cafe 1, we always have a lovely evening. The food is delicious and the ambience great!

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leep
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without doubt one of the best Restaurants in Inverness , the cuisine is always up to a very high standard , myself and my partner had the Venison and both agreed it was superb , beautifully cooked and presented , Highly recommend Cafe 1

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ScottS
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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AllanChalmers
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always! Thanks Norman!

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KatieA
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in calm n relaxed atmosphere , Fabulous food n outstanding service . Thank you

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FionaF
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always it was very very good. My only comment would be that the waitress was over attentive with suggesting that she poured us more wine. We were happy to be left to ourselves to do this. However, she was very nice and this is more a comment than a complaint.

We had a delicious meal and will be back.

Fiona Finlayson (David and Graham Finlayson agree)

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MandyD
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch at Cafe 1 on Saturday. 4 of us had the Christmas lunch, all having the turkey main course which was amazing. Large portions, beautiful food, quality service - staff discreet and always attentive. Totally COVID safe. We had a wonderful afternoon and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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GordonM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal from Norman and his team with friendly service and atmosphere

SB
SusanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Food was excellent. Portions not huge but more than enough. Service was super...young and energetic. Special mention for Annie...breath of fresh air. Attentive but not over the top.

JS
JS2017
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Splendid evening, great food and great wine, highly recommended

MS
MervynS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Service and quality of food on point as ever. Well done for creating a great customer service despite the challenge of COVID conditions. Looking forward to returning soon.

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PaulASG
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect location for a business luncheon.

MH
MoragH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual another great meal, everything was perfect. Staff helpful and friendly.

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Claire
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal here, as always. Food is plentiful and very tasty.

PH
PeterH
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Lovely food and staff were very friendly and professional. Only complaint is that service was very slow, we ordered drinks within 5 minutes of being in the restaurant and only got them 40 minutes later after we’d finished it starters. We had to skip dessert as we had to be somewhere for six which was disappointing as I was looking for to the famous Malteser crepe! We would have thought that 2 hours should have been long enough for 3 courses but a shame we only got 2 in due to the slow service. Staff were lovely though and we enjoyed our visit!

CM
ClaireM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, great service and superb food

JM
JMck
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent as expected, covid safety measures no concerns about safety at all

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Timc
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and friendly service, highly recommended!

AM
AndyM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, lovely setting, good menu, reasonably priced

LP
LaurenP
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, already planning our next visit!

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Ross
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch on Saturday, service was particularly good. food great, as was the wine, nothing was too much trouble,

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Food
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal in Cafe1, lovely friendly staff with great food.

SB
SusanB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really ,really excellent. Everyone thoroughly every morsel of food. Excellent service too. A super evening!

KM
KirstyM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to cafe 1 and very impressed, will definitely be visiting again!

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NicolaB
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very helpful staff would highly recommend

AW
AnitaW
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. What we have come to expect from Cafe 1.

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Alison
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Food, drink and service was great. Would definitely recommend 😊

AH
AngusH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food . 1st class as always

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AndyM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was lovely, although the venison was a bit over done. We were sat next to an open window to the kitchen, so it was a little louder than we would have hoped for.

The warm welcome and attention we received from the waiting staff was superb.

They had vegan options for my partner, which was great to see.

CS
CallumS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t fault anything from the moment I stepped in the door to leaving. All the stuff were very nice and made my partner and I feel welcome. The food was delicious and the presentation was also very good. Overall a very good evening and will definitely be going back.

GJ
GillianJ
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

LOVELY LUNCH FIRST TIME BEEN OUT IN AGES ,LOVED IT

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I first had a business meeting and went back the next day for solo everyday dining. Friendly staff, good service. Uncomplicated dining from a very varied menu. Also a good wine selection.

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Lizzys
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my god the meal was absolutely brilliant. Couldn't fault it one bit and the staff were very attentive.

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Cheyenne
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the food, service was great.
My only negative is we don’t carry cash and couldn’t leave a tip as the card machine didn’t provide that as an option!

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DawnL
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out for a while and met with a warm welcome. Every course was delicious, lots of choice.

WA
WATPeople
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork belly starter, magnificent, matched by the scallops. Posh fish and chips absolutely beautiful, best batter ever, beef stir fry with noodles, unbelievable. It would have been rude not to share a dessert, which was honestly the greatest thing I have ever tasted - chocolate tart with salted caramel, and I'm a savoury guy. Brilliant service. Great atmosphere. No place better, anywhere.

FAQs

Cafe 1 offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01463 226200.

Cafe 1 is rated 4.8 stars by 994 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.