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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
2225 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.

Cancellation policy.
No shows will be charged at £20 per person Monday - Thursday £40 per person Friday & Saturdays.
Cancellations within 5 hrs of dining will be charged £15 per person with the restaurants discretion.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor

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2 people

19:00


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    01463 226200
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    David Coubrough

Experiences

  • " Flat Iron Monday & Tuesdays"

    £14.50 per person

    7 Nov 2023 - 25 Mar 2024
    Our fantastic Scottish Flat Iron Steak with a sauce & a side.
    " Flat Iron Monday & Tuesdays" photo

What 2,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Overall

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Food

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Service

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Ambience

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Value

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for groups

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Healthy

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Hot spot

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Romantic

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for special occasions

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Lively

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Most Booked

  • Inverness

    Best Overall

  • Inverness

    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

  • Inverness

    Best Ambience

  • Inverness

    Best Value

  • Inverness

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness

    Good for groups

  • Inverness

    Healthy

  • Inverness

    Hot spot

  • Inverness

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Inverness

    Romantic

  • Inverness

    Good for special occasions

  • Inverness

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inverness

    Lively

  • Inverness

    Most Booked

2,226 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lunch at Cafe 1 was excellent. The food and service were exceptional.

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  2. Rebecca

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as always. The quality is outstanding

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  3. DeborahM

    Inverness

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Varied menu of fish, meat and veggie options. Sea bass was delicious. Wine was tasty and not too expensive. Lovely buzz to the place.

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  4. AnneM

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food great staff...always enjoy eating here

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  5. DanielN

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect, just like a month ago. Great, young and attentive staff, wonderful food and a nice chef who asks questions. And a great margerita as a pre-dinner drink. I look forward when I come back from Switzerland to visiting Cafe1 again.

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  6. Beano

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class service, food fabulous, lovely atmosphere, good temperature, we had a lovely experience

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  7. JamesG

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food excellent service would highly recommend

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  8. AlistairM

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the staff were very attentive and spent time with our table to discuss any of of our queries, also went and asked about my Gluten Free options and how they could adapt the menu to suit my needs. Over all an excellent day out with good company and excellent food.

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  9. EllisL

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Completely outstanding meal. Fabulous service as always.

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  10. WhiteRabbit

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal. The food was amazing and the service top notch.

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  11. JohnR

    North Scotland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Half past five pre theatre menu on a Tuesday evening. Interesting menu, excellent service from young serving team, food cooked to perfection and imaginatively presented. Appreciated the owner taking a turn round the tables. Nice ambience and good to see it busy for a Tuesday in February. perhaps not surprising though as good value, good food, pleasant surroundings.

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  12. JonnyM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a tremendous meal at Cafe1. Great service and menu. Highly recommend.

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  13. KatieA

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed n welcomed warmly. Fabulous food, great service. Definitely will be back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere, amazing food and incredibly welcoming and attentive staff will definitely be back

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  15. Monika

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, excellent service, good value for money,

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  16. IslaC

    Inverness

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The cafe was busy with lots of Valentine diners, and a wedding. The service was not as good as we have had in the past, but we enjoyed our meal, and will be back.

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  17. WMacK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and service as usual. It was a last minute booking with availability before the evening rush started, happy to take it and it was nice being seated before it got too busy. The food was excellent and the ladies who served us were lovely too. Always a good experience at Cafe 1

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  18. SeanM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, good value for money for the quality of food

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as always at Cafe 1. The food and the staff are brilliant! Look forward to returning soon.

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  20. NathanB

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top food, top service, good value. Would happily come back.

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  21. KeiferC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, very friendly team and food was delicious

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  22. Anna

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food as always! Flat iron steak deal was such great value!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t eat on most recent occasion, just had cocktails to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The girls that served us were super friendly and efficient. Daughter even received a complimentary drink on arrival which was a lovely touch. We both thoroughly enjoyed our experience and it’s one we hope to be repeating again soon. 😊

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  24. KathrynM

    Inverness

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another enjoyable meal in Cafe 1. Serving staff were excellent, friendly and attentive . The food was tasty. Will be back.

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  25. PamM

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu choice, good value, great service and a warm welcome as always.

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  26. DawnG

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Greeted with a warm welcome. The meal was delicious and the service attentive and friendly

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  27. ShivM

    Inverness

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a deliciously outstanding lunch or dinner served by the team. Never disappoints! Great cocktails too 🍸

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  28. AndyF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food as always. Service was faultless too. Not cheap, but ideal for special occasions

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exquisite and outstanding, high end dining experience.

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  30. RoslynM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classy yet homely restaurant where the owner is always on hand, food is mouthwatering and cocktails out of this world.

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  31. LauraMc

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch here. Great service, just decided to go for chicken liver pate then a sweet, chocolate torte looked amazing but a bit let down by the tiramisu. I will stick to my homemade tiramisu but overall a lovely experience

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  32. Alex

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and very accommodating with dairy and soy allergies! Highly recommend the flat iron steak.

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  33. PETERS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant, great choice from a reasonable size menu !!

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  34. OlaK

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and amazing service ☺️ also for dessert lovers they have the best tiramisu in highlands

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  35. LilianD

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pre theatre meal before visiting Eden Cours, just lovely. Tasty meal and very nice service.

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  36. Freda

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That Vietnamese vegetable starter is amazing. Please keep it on the menu. Great food, service and local produce always a delight to have a treat at cafe 1

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  37. Alistair

    Inverness

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service as always. Good food in a lively atmosphere.

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  38. LeonT

    Buckinghamshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quality food and service is superb. It has a great buzz about it and is very friendly and relaxed.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food & great service from the young waiter staff. Loved our night & will definitely be back

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  40. MartinC

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and cocktails were amazing. Great service. 5 stars all round

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Cafe 1 is rated 4.7 stars by 2225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe 1

75 Castle Street, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EA

Additional information

  • Area
    Inverness
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    7 minute walk from Inverness train station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    David Coubrough
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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