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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
1558 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 Monday - Thursday £40 per person Friday & Saturdays.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor

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2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

Popular dishes

What 1,558 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

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    Best Food

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Service

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Ambience

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Value

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Healthy

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Lunch

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Romance

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Special Occasions

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Scottish

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Most Booked

  • Inverness

    Best Overall

  • Inverness

    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

  • Inverness

    Best Ambience

  • Inverness

    Best Value

  • Inverness

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inverness

    Healthy

  • Inverness

    Lunch

  • Inverness

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Inverness

    Romance

  • Inverness

    Special Occasions

  • Inverness

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Inverness

    Most Booked

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  1. RM

    RobertM

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from start to finish. Staff were very attentive. Food was excellent.
  2. NE

    NickE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, cheerful and helpful staff. Reasonable value for money
  3. DT

    DeborahT

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second visit. As good as the first. Simply wonderful!
  4. FF

    FourFoodies

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had an excellent group of starters and mains. The menu is creatively conceived and extremely well executed. On top of that, the presentations are very well done. The drinks and wine list is very nice and very thoughtfully curated to give a nice selection at a great value point
  5. CM

    CatherineM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and food at one of the Highlands best restaurants.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect all occasion dining!
  7. AL

    AnneL

    Inverness

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We booked a table for 2.45pm & had a stunning meal for my husbands birthday. Cafe1 is our favourite place to go and we enjoyed a beautiful meal as we always do. However, it was unfortunate that the 2 of us were in at the same time as 4 large parties which made it impossible for us to hold a conversation without shouting to each other.
  8. O

    Orkney10

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would highly recommend café 1. The staff are very polite and attentive. Food always to a very high standard. Love coming and dining here when we're in Inverness
  9. NM

    NolaMAP

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the starter to the dessert - a wonderful experience. Wait staff was helpful, attentive and friendly. Dinner was delicious (oysters and rib-eye steak), drinks were really good and dessert was excellent. I would highly recommend and will return if I'm in Inverness again.
  10. JH

    JessicaH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservation based on recommendation from our B&B. Everything was great - we really enjoyed!
  11. e

    elenab

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A vacation long awaited
  12. M

    Marja

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We had a nice meal, nothing special. But really, £45 for a surf and turf that’s presented as the daily special? Might be good to inform your customers about the prices in advance. That was a bit of a letdown to be honest.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best in Inverness
  14. NS

    NathanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    My party was 3. We were all,disappointed in the food . We had been told it was one of the top,restaurants in Inverness. It did not live up to its recommendation.
  15. R

    Rooby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks and will definitely return.
  16. SM

    SeonM

    Inverness

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal, great service will definitely be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect dining at cafe 1
  18. M

    Mary

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and friendly staff. The lunch set menu was good value and we really enjoyed our meals.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were on holiday in Scotland. Great food and super friendly staff.
  20. DH

    DonnaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is lovely, the wait for it however is not. Waited an hour between starters and mains, our order was lost. Food is very good though not worth that length of wait, shame really because I would have given it too marks otherwise
  21. RH

    RosemaryH

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed with food very welcoming and friendly
  22. c

    cdubs

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I loved every bit of our meal and experience at Cafe 1. The servers are knowledgeable, attentive and kind. The owner has done an amazing job of choosing and training his staff. The dinner was delicious was a great start to our vacation in Scotland.
  23. RL

    RolfL

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious local produce served by an enthusiastic team.
  24. SH

    SHIRLEYM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been here for a very long time, will not leave it so long next time, an excellent meal.
  25. LS

    LornaS

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal with really efficient and friendly service. Already looking forward to going back.
  26. C

    Claireb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A high level of service with excellent quality food. Kasia was brilliant with my little boy.
  27. TP

    TomP

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The crepe for dessert was amazing as was the ribeye and the sea bass.
  28. L

    Ladytharpe

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was surprised at the size and atmosphere once I entered the restaurant…the service was great we had so many of the wait staff making sure we were taken care of. The food was phenomenal I highly recommend the udon noodles. Can’t wait to come back out next trip to Inverness.
  29. MJ

    MalcolmJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Usual good service and good food Gas never let us down
  30. LR

    LeighR

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely choice of food, great service, and really nicely decorated place to eat!
  31. NC

    NickyC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first visit to Cafe 1 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The menu was amazing and we were delighted with our choices which were delicious, with fresh good quality ingredients. We'll definitely visit again when we're next in Inverness.
  32. S

    Skinner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been to Cafe 1 for a while. The food was fantastic as was the service.
  33. MW

    MaWa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We spent a nice evening at cafe 1. We would love to have a wider choice of fish on the menu.
  34. C

    Char

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for food, we were only of if not the only table in and staff were attentive and helpful. Food was delicious!
  35. DP

    DebbieP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Staff were great but the food wasn't up to scratch some mains was cold and the fish very over cooked. Vegetarian starter was bread and peas was terrible they charged for that, basically a plate full of peas on a slice of bread shocking.
  36. M

    Mark

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, very friendly service. Would definitely recommend.
  37. PV

    PandaV

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really wonderful food at a lively restaurant on the heart of Inverness. Great range of food prepared to the highest standard. Attentive staff and overall a lovely evening
  38. CC

    ClaireC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, highly recommend this place
  39. HT

    HarveyT

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine in Inverness. The wait staff was helpful and attentive. THe food was great.
  40. CW

    ColinW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 1 never disappoints, food is always good and varied, staff are friendly and attentive, Norman, the host always makes one very welcome

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Cafe 1 is rated 4.7 stars by 1558 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 14 times today
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

  • 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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