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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
1495 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

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2 people

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Booked 23 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

Menu

Starters

  • Café 1 Fresh Soup of the Day£4.00

    • Chicken Liver Pate£6.00

      garlic focaccia, redcurrant jelly

      • Tempura King Prawns£10.00

        glazed lime, Vietnamese dipping sauce

        • Zucchini & Spinach Croquettes£6.00

          romesco, toasted almonds & honey

          • Tore Autumn Salad of Cherry Tomatoes£8.00

            Beetroot, Pear & Blue Murder

            • Salt & Chilly Sticky Pork Belly£9.00

              wok seared vegetables, chilli, lime & soy

              • Seared King Scallops Wrapped in Pancetta£10.00

                grilled black pudding, potato rosti & pea pesto

                • Isle of Harris Gin Cured Scottish Salmon£10.00

                  pink grapefruit gel, cucumber, Fresh Hebridean Crab

                  • Fillet of Highland Venison£10.00

                    Haggis Crouquette, Red Russian Kale, Parsnip Puree, Port Jus & Bacon

                    Side Orders

                    • Hand Cut Chips£3.75

                      • Café Fries£2.50

                        • Garlic Bread£2.50

                          • Calamari's£5.00

                            lemon & mayo

                            • Fragrant Lime & Coriander Rice£3.00

                              • Peas & Pancetta£4.00

                                Main Courses

                                • Posh Fish & Chips£18.00

                                  Tempura monkfish, Black Pudding, Pea Puree, Café Fries & Mild Curry sauce

                                  • 285 gram Angus Ribeye Steak£24.00

                                    Hand cut chips, green beans, crispy onions & peppercorn sauce

                                    • Fillet Steak£28.00

                                      crisp fried potatoes, cauliflower puree, sprouting broccoli, shallots, port jus

                                      • Vegan Burger£12.00

                                        Spicy Sweetcorn Salsa toasted ciabatta, beef tomato, ketchup, café fries

                                        • Garlic & Rosemary Rump of Highland Lamb£22.00

                                          carrot puree, curly kale, skirlie potatoes

                                          • Seared Scottish Salmon£20.00

                                            Marinated Tiger Prawns, Alfonso Mango, British Asparagus, Avocado Salad, Rocket Leaves & Lemon Dressing

                                            • British Asparagus£14.00

                                              new potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, caramelized red onion, sweet pepper coulis & a soft poached egg

                                              • Holly House Highlander Burger£14.00

                                                brioche bun, red onion marmalade, gruyere, rocket, maple cured bacon, tomato mayo & hand-cut chips

                                                • Breast Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham£19.00

                                                  stuffed with Mozzarella & Spinach, fondant potato, British Asparagus, tomato concasse, Parmesan sauce

                                                  Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                                  What 1,495 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                                  1. SY

                                                    SimonY

                                                    London

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined today

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Booked Cafe1 because of the very positive ratings and we were not disappointed. A wonderfully warm welcome as soon as we entered the restaurant set the hospitality bar high and it stayed that way for the duration of our meal. Food was fresh and delicious, and the staff were perfectly attentive without being intrusive. Fabulous value for money too. One of our group accidentally broke a wine glass and the incident was handled impeccably by the Cafe1 team. Will undoubtedly be back again. Well done Cafe1 and thank you for a fabulous meal

                                                  2. K

                                                    Kathleenr

                                                    Charleston

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined today

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great service, delicious food, and ambiance is nice.

                                                  3. DM

                                                    DerekM

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined today

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                    Disappointed that all that was on the restaurant’s website menu was not available on the night of our booking. We are not talking about a odd one,but quite a few. The chef’s cooking was done behind the bar within full view of the diners in the front part of the dinning room. The noise from blender machine’s etc was very loud and completely off putting. The route to the toilets was very awkward as you had to apologise to other diners sitting at their tables while tightly squeezing by. It was as if they couldn’t cram in another table. The steak I ordered was meant to be medium cooked,but came out rare. The prices were slightly higher than what was merited. We have dined in this restaurant before,and thoroughly enjoyed our meal, but on this occasion a definite “no”

                                                  4. DM

                                                    DavidM

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Had an absolutely brilliant dinner: the lamb special was almost perfect in its blending of ingredients, the ice cream filled crepe dessert was great, made even more so by a magical blackberry on top, good wine choices, great service. Not cheap but priced right for the quality.

                                                  5. EO

                                                    EilidhO

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Amazing food - scallops were fantastic! Very varied wine list - sea bass highly recommended. White chocolate and pistachio cheesecake was delicious 😋

                                                  6. AH

                                                    AlexH

                                                    Chicago

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                    Nice restaurant with good food. Nottingham spectacular, but very solid.

                                                  7. JR

                                                    JackR

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fantastic food, staff and atmosphere as always. :)

                                                  8. ID

                                                    dfpID

                                                    Hawaii

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    From the street, you can’t really tell how large this place is. We were a bit worried but pleasantly surprised once in the door. The service was attentive, the food was excellent and all up good.

                                                  9. RT

                                                    RobbieT

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                    Good quality, mainly locally sourced food and excellent service. Special Mains very good but rather expensive.

                                                  10. FA

                                                    FionaA

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    It’s always a pleasure to eat at Cafe 1. Fabulous food, excellent service make for a really enjoyable experience

                                                  11. AR

                                                    AllanR

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    A wonderful dinner to celebrate 40 years married with the family. Norman looked after us superbly along with his very attentive staff. Food was delicious as usual and a very varied menu was available to suit all tastes. We’ll be back again in the very near future.

                                                  12. DP

                                                    DonaldP

                                                    Inverness

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food and great service by a locally run restaurant. Well worth a visit.

                                                  13. D

                                                    Davdi

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                    The pork belly appetizer was wonderful! I’d definitely order that again. I was disappointed with the sea bass. It is was a very thin cut and tasted fishy. My husband said his steak was good but his green beans were undercooked. The ambience was nice. It was good but there is room for improvement.

                                                  14. JS

                                                    JudithS

                                                    Inverness

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always a lovely meal, atmosphere and service when visiting Cafe 1

                                                  15. FM

                                                    FionaM

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always a wonderful experience with Norman and the team. We were extremely well looked after. Menu choice was amazing, the lunch early evening menu was included as well as the main menu. Great value, the food was incredible and there were empty plates all round! Wine and drinks list was fab, great choice at all price ranges. Will definitely be back soon

                                                  16. SW

                                                    SussexWolf

                                                    London

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    My wife and I had dinner here at the end of our NC500 tour. It was a busy Friday night, and the restaurant was full, but despite this, the service was efficient and friendly with no long waits. The food was outstanding - tasty, well cooked and as a meal, one of the best we had on our tour. The restaurant itself is smart, and deceptively large and sophisticated based on first impressions from outside. Would strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys good food and a friendly atmosphere.

                                                  17. JE

                                                    JEEMUCK

                                                    Inverness

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Great staff. Very nice welcome. We were early but staff sat us at front bar and quickly brought us drinks.Excellent food cooked to perfection.

                                                  18. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                    overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                    Hi Norman Just had a excellent meal in your establishment, just had a small problem, when taken to our table, we asked if we could relocate to another table, quite another of table empty. The young man ask his supervisor, who says tables are allocated and we could not move. After awhile a a waitress called Agga came and said if we wanted to move , there is no problem, she served as all night, and was excellent. Unfortunately I can not say the same about your senior staff members. You still provide excellent food and service Slainte Dan Mackinnon

                                                  19. MM

                                                    MarkM

                                                    Inverness

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Food really good and staff very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back

                                                  20. SM

                                                    SM05

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was great and the service was good too, didnt feel rushed at all and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

                                                  21. GS

                                                    GaryS

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fantastic food, excellent service. Really good front of house team and brilliantly executed plates. Will definitely be back.

                                                  22. B

                                                    Braeheadman

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                    overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                    Disappointing. This restaurant came highly recommended by good friends in the local restaurant business. We had a dark corner table. Unable to read menus without torchlight. The staff were pleasant and welcoming. Starters courgette croquettes were good. Chicken liver pâté was good but served as a slab of pâté on a single piece of toast. Poor presentation. Burger was very poor. An over toasted bordering on burnt bun. A dry well beyond well done burger. Norman, the owner who did not introduce himself, told us the chef was very happy with the burger and the way it was sent out. To the point he argued with me. A spoilt and disappointing meal. Avoid.

                                                  23. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Posh fresh every day food with a little decadence and dressing up. Clean. Service couldn’t have been better with perfect timing of delivery, special requests and vegans catered for and well attended by all members of staff. Place was a but chilly but warmed up after asking to have a little extra heat.

                                                  24. F

                                                    Foodlover

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                    Portions, especially starters, rather small. Fish a little dry, meat was tasty. Malteser pancake, swamped with toffee sauce, making a soupy mess. Service was slow and had to chase up requests for drinks, but did not need to vacate table which was good. Do not know how noise levels could be lessened, maybe compact rubber flooring as in local bar. Host friendly.

                                                  25. MS

                                                    MairiS

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Beautiful food, tasty and delicious. Lovely cocktails and great staff. Only downside was that it was pretty noisy so much so that when the staff came to apologise about it I couldn’t hear them. Can’t really be helped though when there are large groups in. Otherwise was a lovely night.

                                                  26. GK

                                                    GKen

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Outstanding as always. Excellent food and service.

                                                  27. V

                                                    Vonnie

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                    Very pleasant surroundings with good ambient lighting for me. Pleasant and attentive staff and food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

                                                  28. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent food great quality and very tasty. Fantastic menu and outstanding service

                                                  29. B

                                                    Belfasttravellwrs

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food and great service. Plenty of staff who were very friendly and welcoming.

                                                  30. CS

                                                    CarolynS

                                                    Surrey

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Excellent steak, staff very friendly and attentive. Malteser crepe fantastic as usual

                                                  31. SE

                                                    SusanE

                                                    New England

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We were visiting from the US and given a recommendation for Cafe 1 by our hotel, Ness Walk. We had an outstanding experience at Cafe 1 and would highly recommend it to Inverness visitors.

                                                  32. MF

                                                    MaureenF

                                                    London

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Outstanding meal. All of our food was delicious. Good varied menu. Steak cooked to perfection. The chefs are clearly talented. The staff very efficient. The owner charming. Wish we lived nearer!

                                                  33. LM

                                                    LouiseM

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Was recommended to go here by a friend and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Thank you for a lovely meal and lovely service Cafe 1.

                                                  34. MB

                                                    MelanieB

                                                    Inverness

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Young staff members are well trained and efficient. Excellent food, reasonably priced. Have been eating at Cafe 1 for a long time and it never fails to deliver. Highly recommended

                                                  35. JB

                                                    JohnB

                                                    Orlando

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Excellent service, great food & sensibly priced, staff motivated, friendly & attentive, very enjoyable

                                                  36. a

                                                    amandab

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Amazing food and service- husband had the ribeye and I had the monkfish. The best food we had our whole trip in Scotland. Chefs kiss!

                                                  37. VB

                                                    VictoriaB

                                                    Aberdeen

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Really enjoyed our meal, staff polite and helpful and food is delicious, will 100% be recommending cafe 1 to family and friends back home in Aberdeen :-) xx

                                                  38. G

                                                    Georgie

                                                    Inverness

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Staff very friendly and carter for your every need beautiful lay out cleanse perfect food beautiful taste second to none

                                                  39. RH

                                                    RyanH

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent restaraunt, delicious food and lovely chatty staff. Owner chatted to us and we felt very well cared for. Would definitely recommend.

                                                  40. TM

                                                    TomMac

                                                    New England

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Early evening Dinner - food was excellent and service was very attentive. Worth a visit when staying in Inverness !! You must book as the restaurant is busy.

                                                  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 1495 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                  Booked 23 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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