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Clachan Grill, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Clachan Grill

4.6
4.6
500 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish

As one of the CranberryCo clan, the Clachan Grill prides itself on serving only the finest locally and sustainably sourced produce.

With our scenic River Dee backdrop, we're ideally located for locals and visitors alike. Cosy and welcoming, we promise to serve our delicious, Scottish fare with a side of Northern hospitality.

Head Chef Barry Owen has carefully designed the Clachan Grill's menu to reflect the diverse ingredients Scotland has on offer, drawing inspiration from Scottish classics, while elevating them to the level of a modern Grill.

An ideal location for a lunch or dinner, pop in for a taste of the Cairngorms.

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Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, British, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 15:00–22:30 Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01339 755999

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Ballater

  • Parking Details

    Disabled parking space available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

served until 4.45pm

Scran

  • Breaded Haggis Bon Bons£5.95

    served with pepper sauce

    • Olives£3.50

      served with crusty bread, balsamic vinegar

      • Scottish Cheese Platter£10.95

        selection of blue murder, Isle of Mull Cheddar + Clava Brie, Arran oatcakes, homemade chutney

        Main

        • Cullen Skink£7.95

          hearty smoked haddock cream soup with potatoes

          • Haddock Goujons£9.95

            battered haddock goujons served with side salad + skinny fries

            • Featherblade of Beef£15.95

              horseradish mash, roast veg, beef gravy

              • Roasted Cornfed Chicken Breast£15.95

                roast potatoes, roast veg, stuffing, skirlie, chicken jus

                • Chicken Liver Parfait£9.95

                  homemade chutney, toasted brioche

                  • Cider Poached + Caramelized Pear£9.95

                    blue murder, toasted walnuts, house dressing

                    • Risotto of Wild Mushrooms£11.95

                      parmesan tuille

                      Sides

                      • Hand Cut Chips£3.00

                        • Fries£2.50

                          • Onion Rings£2.50

                            • Side Salad£2.50

                              Puddins

                              • Sticky Toffee Sponge£5.95

                                vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce

                                • Spiced Apple Crumble£5.95

                                  vanilla ice cream

                                  • Scottish Cheese Platter£10.95

                                    selection of blue murder, Isle of Mull Cheddar + Clava Brie, Arran oatcakes, homemade chutney

                                    Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                    What 500 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                    4.6
                                    4.6 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.7Food
                                    • 4.7Service
                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                    • 4.4Value

                                    NoiseModerate

                                    Loved For

                                    • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

                                      Most Booked

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                                    1. LW

                                      LewisW

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Amazing food, service and lovely relaxing setting with a strong country vibe.

                                    2. FS

                                      FionaS

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Delicious food. Very friendly staff. Had a fab meal and will definitely be back next time we are in the area

                                      Clachan GrillResponded today

                                      Hi there Fiona, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a great review! It is very much appreciated! Look forward to welcoming you back! Kind Regards, Management

                                    3. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The food was excellent from the Gravadlax starter to the perfect aged steaks and the sumptuous desserts

                                      Clachan GrillResponded today

                                      Hi there, Your 5 star review means a lot to the team here at the Clachan Grill, and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. I hope we can welcome you back in the future! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

                                    4. n

                                      nesta6245

                                      Aberdeen

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 15 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great restaurant. Have eaten here before. Always fantastic service and great quality food. Lovely for a nice relaxed meal in a welcoming atmoshphere.

                                      Clachan GrillResponded today

                                      Hi there, Thank you very much for your 5 star review! I am delighted that you have enjoyed yourselves again at our wee restaurant and hope that we can welcome you back again in the future! Kind Regards, Management

                                    5. r

                                      richardc

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 15 May 2022

                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

                                      The venue is small and welcoming.The booking food and drink services were all easy and helpful. The restaurant delivers a short menu that is brilliantly cooked and presented.We dined twice in a week and were delighted both times.Wine was good and reasonably priced.A real gem.

                                      Clachan GrillResponded today

                                      Hi Richard, I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to Ballater and the Clachan Grill. Your 5 star review means a lot to the team and we look forward to welcoming you here the next time that you visit. Kind Regards, Jono

                                    6. SD

                                      ScottD

                                      Perthshire

                                      2 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                      limited menu,average quality food and the top end of pricing

                                    7. FM

                                      FionaM

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 13 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely location and the food was delicious. Attentive service in a cozy and welcoming environment.

                                    8. NA

                                      NeilA

                                      Edinburgh

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 11 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Good place to visit , Restricted choice a plus , Very welcoming , Next time in Ballater we would go back. You need to book

                                    9. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Atlantic City

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 11 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely meal and service, would recommend and definitely would return.

                                    10. L

                                      Lesley23

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We love this restaurant and whenever we come to Ballater we always make sure we have a meal here. The food is excellent. Last night I had the chicken liver parfait followed by the fish of the which was cod. Both dishes were flavoursome and the cod just melted in my mouth! Joy! The service is excellent too! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Brilliant!

                                    11. T

                                      Thyme

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Very fresh local ingredients with known traceable sources. Well presented and cooked to perfection. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Nice ambiance. Tables inside and out.

                                    12. DD

                                      DebbieD

                                      Hampshire

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 5 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A beautiful little restaurant with great service and lovely food. Thoroughly worth a visit

                                    13. JS

                                      JudithS

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 27 April 2022

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      Delicious fish course. Perfectly cooked. Service was excellent and very friendly overall a lovely evening

                                    14. SF

                                      SimonF

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      We will return again and again as it is very enjoyable

                                    15. FS

                                      FionaS

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The Clachann was absolutely perfect. Lovely meal is beautiful surroundings and really friendly staff. Couldn't have been better for a birthday meal. Thanks Kevin and co :)

                                    16. AB

                                      AliB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      My fellow diners and I enjoyed our meals very much. The portions were both tasty and large enough, although maybe a little large for the more senior diner among us. I would definitely recommend and also look forward to coming back at some future point when visiting the area again. Definitely worth a reservation.

                                    17. JC

                                      JohnC

                                      Edinburgh

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent food with very friendly, attentive staff.

                                    18. CV

                                      CliveV

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 15 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                      The food was pretty good although my wife's sirloin was disappointing. The service was ok but we were left ignored and waiting at the end of the meal (a) to get a bill, and (b) to pay it, which took the edge off slightly. Otherwise, a nice meal and experience.

                                    19. SM

                                      SamanthaM

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 14 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Absolutely wonderful food, one of the best meals we have ever had - simply delicious! The service is impeccable and all for a very reasonable price. Will definitely be returning when in the area again.

                                    20. C

                                      Cramond

                                      Edinburgh

                                      4 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Lovely evening out. Food very good, staff lovely and the only problem was no draft ales because they had a problem with the lines.

                                    21. CL

                                      ChrisL

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We had a really great dinner here. The pork belly was cooked perfectly - which is not easy to do. The wine is probably a little overpriced, but the flavor of the food and the ambience make up for it. I highly recommend this restaurant.

                                    22. SK

                                      StephenK

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                      Don't know how you can have a charge for 2 courses then add the extra for the meal , two steaks and 2 desserts over £82 . I know times are hard but this is ridiculous

                                    23. GK

                                      GerryK

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                                      overall1food2service3ambience2

                                      very hit and miss - tending to miss for me. Portions pretty small. seabass main, was the smallest seabass fillet i had seen. swimming in grease as well, sent back and cancelled. Other main was a belly pork with black pudding. Black pudding was great, pork not crispy. lots of red cabbage to bulk out. 29 quid table d'hote, beware the extra charges - up to 12 quid for a steak. Starters fine, and drinks good. but overall massively over priced for what it is

                                    24. C

                                      Chris

                                      Edinburgh

                                      2 reviews

                                      2.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 9 April 2022

                                      overall2food2service4ambience3

                                      Pre salted frozen chips….too salty! No effort made! Steak was very good, but let down by the rest of the plate.

                                    25. FT

                                      FilippoTarantino

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 9 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Has been DELICIOUS and DELIGHTFUL!! Words cannot explain!! Everything was perfect, starters, MEAT , puddings. PERFECTION

                                    26. VR

                                      ValerieR

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 April 2022

                                      overall2food3service3ambience4

                                      Welcoming and relaxing aura for eating. The menu was rather sparse but it was a nicely cooked meal. Problems with the debit charge machine were upsetting and aroused personal anxiety and clouded the whole experience somewhat. If I go again I shall be sure to carry cash.

                                    27. CC

                                      CharlesC

                                      Glasgow

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We had a great time at the Clachan. Staff and service was excellent. Our food was delicious, and my fillet steak was perfect.

                                    28. HB

                                      HowardB

                                      Caribbean

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Warm, welcoming, attentive, food excellent, wine excellent, highly recommended. H.

                                    29. AC

                                      AlastairC

                                      Edinburgh

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 26 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      This was simply the best dining experience in many years. Although well presented, the focus in the food was clearly on the flavours and the portion sizes were generous without being too much. Service was very welcoming and friendly.

                                    30. SS

                                      SharonS

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 26 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Excellent meal as usual, good friendly, professional service.

                                    31. IC

                                      IanC

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 25 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Great service fabulous food would highly recommend

                                    32. K

                                      wwwKx

                                      Aberdeen

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 19 March 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Service couldn’t be more attentive, but in same instance wasn’t in your face. Both mains of Haddock goujons and Fillet steak were excellent. Ribeye steak although flavourful was a bit tough (or a blunt steak knife?!) and on mentioning to staff we were given free cheese & biscuits to finish meal. Look forward to heading back next time in Ballater which I think is recommendation in itself!

                                    33. LL

                                      LesL

                                      Aberdeen

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 18 March 2022

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                      Excellent steak cooked as ordered and very enjoyable

                                    34. RT

                                      RichardT

                                      Perthshire

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 18 March 2022

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      Lovely evening, food was excellent. Only comment would be fish portions far to big. Would have been happy to pay the same price for slightly smaller portion rather than waist food. Couple of more options on menu would have been good. Waiters and waitress very friendly. Definitely will be back.

                                    35. HE

                                      HowardE

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 18 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Good food, good service and good value, what more could you ask for….

                                    36. SE

                                      SueE

                                      Glasgow

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 16 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A great meal, great service, thoroughly recommend it.

                                    37. LB

                                      LukeB

                                      Aberdeen

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 13 March 2022

                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                      Food is amazing!!!!!! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

                                    38. CR

                                      CarolR

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 13 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The restaurant looked lovely when we walked in. We were given a great welcome and friendly service. The food was very tasty and cooked perfectly. We will definitely book again.

                                    39. RF

                                      RichardF

                                      Glasgow

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 12 March 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Thoroughly enjoyable experience, certainly one to return to.

                                    40. NC

                                      NeilC

                                      Angus

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 11 March 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      It was a very wet night. We were met at the door and staff took our wet jackets. Good start. Excellent food and staff attention. We would have liked pudding but too full. (main courses) are pretty big. Hooefull they'll do a half portion next time. Will be back, try for yourself......

                                    Safety precautions

                                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                      • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                      • 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
                                      • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                    • Screening

                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                      • Diner temperature check required
                                      • Staff temperature check required
                                      • Contact tracing information collected

                                    FAQs

                                    Clachan Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 500 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                    Booked 6 times today
                                    Google Map for Clachan Grill

                                    5 Bridge Square Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5QJ

                                    Dining areas

                                    Additional information

                                    • Area

                                      Ballater

                                    • Hours of Operation

                                      Wed–Sat 15:00–22:30 Sun 12:00–22:00

                                    • Cuisines

                                      Scottish, British, Contemporary European

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Elegant

                                    • Dress Code

                                      Smart Casual

                                    • Parking Details

                                      Disabled parking space available.

                                    • Payment Options

                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Additional

                                      Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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