Cafe 1

4.8
1233 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 1233 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6
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tate28
London
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and wine at this relaxed Inverness venue. Only deducted a star for unavailability of a couple of menu choices and my first choice wine.

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DoreenH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Staff attentive.
Food excellent, could not fault it.

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PhilipZ
Inverness
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is now our favourite restaurant in Inverness and we make a point of
booking every time we are in area.

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RoslynE
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always. Friendly staff & great menu.

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AlastairP
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great atmosphere, service and food, thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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MarT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not been in this restaurant in last 10 or so years, it was ok then so no rush to go back. However decided to try for lunch and very pleasantly surprised. Lovely table, very attentive staff and food delicious. Did not feel rushed to leave. Will definitely make a return visit in near future. Only issue is why do they not open on Sunday or Monday, and only 4 choices on the two/three course lunch menu.

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ElizabethH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the soba noodles with prawns and the salmon. Both were delicious. Friendly service and a nice atmosphere made for a very enjoyable evening.

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RyanJ
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, everything was tasty and fresh. Service was quick. Brilliant pricing 10/10

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GrahamM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early and received a very warm welcome. Service outstanding, food delicious

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Geoff
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good welcome and choice on menu. Great atmosphere and despite being really busy service was excellent. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Had a very enjoyable evening

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AnneC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops starter, Venison main course special, raspberry cheesecake and malteser ice cream crepe were exceptional. Salmon main was good.b

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RoslynE
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended Cafe 1 by friends a few years ago and always our first choice if in the area. Good is delicious and service is excellent. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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PatsyF
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely 3 coarse lunch for my husbands birthday,we all had different things and we were all pleased with what we had picked,lovely tasty food,staff were friendly and attentive.

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GailT
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very attentive staff
Cannot fault it

MB
MichelleB
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a pretty busy place but the food was lovely. Well presented with excellent choices. Reasonably expensive but with attentive staff and some nice touches, like automatically having water on the table which was regularly topped up.

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KeithG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals at Cafe One. No hesitation in recommending this restaurant. I had the beef burger, best burger in years , possible ever. It was very good.

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marionb
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

excellent food and service,but one always felt rushed. example,would you like a sweet,no here is your bill.

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JanetR
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fantastic service. Would definitely recommend

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VeronicaS
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is seasonal, locally sourced and delicious. Inspiring food combinations make it hard to choose from the extensive menu. Great atmosphere, attentive & friendly service. Highly recommended. Was our 3rd visit & lived up to expectations.

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BrendaK
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch out with the hubby , great food as always, very friendly staff

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Cindy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely fresh food and great service. The scallops and stuffed courgette flower were delicious as was the monkfish Rendang. Would visit again.

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ColinS
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A cheery welcome to first time diners and a warm atmosphere. An excellent menu with something for all tastes and a good wine selection to match.
The food was very good.

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SammieW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal with excellent attentive service. A hidden gem

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Lizzie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food and service were very rushed. Mains arrived within 1 min of finishing the starters. Not a relaxed experience.
Shame as food itself was ok.

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Catmac
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service
Would happily recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great little venue , good food and good atmosphere

JD
JulieD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely quality and tasty food. Would definitely return.

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BlairC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here is a good standard. It wasn't exactly as I expected but maybe the high prices were boosting my expectations. I'd certainly go back in a heartbeat if I was feeling flush!
There was a very raucous table behind us but a minor complaint to the owner had the group banished to another area. We were shocked at the move but pleasantly surprised. Great lengths are taken to keep the customer happy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having only recently discovered this place, it is now our favourite eatery in Inverness. This was our third visit in a month and again we enjoyed delicious food and great service. Took my sister and her partner with us and this is now their new favourite in Inverness! We’ll done Cafe 1 keep doing what you do! 👍

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LouiseKittyBrowne
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty and well cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Generous portions of excellent food. Service was excellent and attentive. They catered for my partners gluten free requirement with gluten free options on the majority of the menu. Best restaurant we’ve eaten at during our holiday in Inverness.

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DuncanM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

From arrival to departure, excellent service and food. Wine also very good. Ambience quiet although the restaurant was busy. One of the 3 best in Inverness !!

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MartynL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be in a buzzing place again, especially for a mid-week evening meal. Lively atmosphere combined with very attentive service and excellent well presented food. Food was fairly priced.
First time in Inverness and would definitely return.

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DonaldM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first-class meal as before, waitress very helpful and friendly, looking forward to returning 10/10

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Jennybythebridge
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff helpful
Good? Too much but tasty
Easy to find
Pleasing environment

LM
LindaM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, great service. Really efficient, friendly staff. Fabulous chocolate homemade ice cream 😊

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RobD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent medallions on special the night i visited - fullmarks for tender cooked meat.

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Irene
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Meal was exceptional, could not fault our visit at all. We did have to remind the servers few times for our drinks. Overall i will definitely be back.

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iliketastyfood
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good choice of food, can get a bit noisy, but staff are pleasant.

FAQs

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

Cafe 1 is rated 4.8 stars by 1233 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.