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Clachan Grill, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Clachan Grill

4.6
4.6
533 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 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

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What 533 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Most Booked

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  1. PG

    PamG

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal at Clachan Grill with both of us having the belly pork, highly recommended! I then followed mine with a strawberry parfait..agin delicious.
  2. AE

    AnnE

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    No one greeted us when we entered. Staff just walked past. Once seated we waited 10 mins before we were offered water or drinks. Service inattentive. Food good.
  3. A

    Angie

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a Birthday celebration it was wonderful! Everything was perfect and it was very special.
  4. MM

    MaryM

    Phoenix

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A bit of confusion because we thought we had reserved at the higher end Clachan Grill, and our open table reservation indicated that, but our table was at the adjacent pub Angus and Ale. Good pub fare, but limited menu.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Well cooked food served in pleasant surroundings. Staff helpful and attentive.
  6. d

    dianeb

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and good service recommended it to friends

    Clachan GrillResponded 7 days agoHi Diane, Thank you very much for your 5-star review! I hope we can welcome yourself and friends back in the future! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  7. HG

    HenkG

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Perfect food. Perfect service. Perfect ambiance. We are very satisfied.

    Clachan GrillResponded 7 days agoHi Henk, We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Clachan Grill! Your 5-star review means a lot to the team here, and I hope that we can welcome you in the future. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  8. JA

    JulianA

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday Beef Roast and Dessert. Would recommend the Grill if you are visiting Ballater.

    Clachan GrillResponded 7 days agoHi Julian, I am glad that you enjoyed our Feather Blade of Beef! Our chefs do an amazing job every Sunday with cooking up their roast! Maybe we will see you again to try another one of our roasts! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  9. GS

    GreigS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant best meal out we have had for a long time

    Clachan GrillResponded 7 days agoHi Greig, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are really glad that this is the best meal you have had in a long time! I hope that you will return at some point in the future! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  10. FA

    FiAB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were great and very friendly, food was delicious, service amazing and had a lovely cosy atmosphere.

    Clachan GrillResponded 7 days agoHi FiAB, Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Clachan Grill and hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  11. IA

    IANM

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed a lovely meal. The food was excellent and the service was first class.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Ian, Thank you very much for your 5-star review! I am so glad that you enjoyed your evening with us, and hope that we can welcome you back soon. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food lovely friendly staff.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi there, Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  13. JO

    JonnyOL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The service, food, location were all great. The menu is simple, but everything that we had was delicious. The onion rings were especially good, so good we ordered more. The staff were attentive despite it being busy, and they were double hatting with with the connected burger bar (which we sadly didn't get a chance to try). Drinks selection was better than a lot of restaurants, and as one of the few restaurants open in Ballater it's definitely worth a visit or two.
  14. l

    landryml

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful find in Ballater. Food was exceptional. Love the “2-course or 3-course” menu. Ambiance is pleasant. Only complaint was that it was very hot making it a bit uncomfortable. Filet was a 10!

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Ian, I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to Ballater and the Clachan Grill! We are sorry about the heat - we try to keep the restaurant as cool as possible but unfortunately on some nights, there are some unwelcome "guests" flying about, so we are unable to keep any doors open. We hope that we can welcome you back in the future, when it may be cooler for you. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  15. SW

    StephenW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very good restaurant good pricing and the food was very good. My only complaint was that it was very warm in the restaurant with no air.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Stephen, We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Clachan Grill! We must apologize for the warmth - we would love to have the doors open when it is warm but unfortunately don't welcome any small flying beasties at the restaurant. We hope that on your next visit it is a bit cooler. Thanks again! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  16. MK

    MathiasK

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wir hatten leider nur ein Übernachtung im Ort und auf der Suche nach einem Restaurant, das ein bisschen mehr als nur FishnChips oder Burger anbietet, sind wir über diverse Suchportale immer wieder auf CG gestoßen. Online-Reservierung unbedingt empfehlenswert. Obwohl ich mit allem SEHR zufrieden war, habe ich nicht die volle Punktzahl gegeben, denn die Anstrengungen sollten nicht nachlassen!
  17. r

    rogerb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food. Would highly recommend.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Roger, We are so pleased that you would highly recommend the Clachan Grill. Hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future - why not take your friends! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  18. M

    Mieke

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice food in cosy ambience. Service was good, considering how very busy it was. 👍🏻👍🏻 To the 2 guys serving everybody. Would go there again. Make reservation well in advance

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Mieke, Thank you very much for your review! The 2 guys in question did extremely well themselves - we are super proud of how they performed with a staff member short and a full restaurant. We hope that on your next visit we can show you the full 5-star service of the Clachan Grill. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  19. R

    Renalda

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice place for a dinner. Good selection and quality food.
  20. TH

    THOMASC

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Handy location, nice ambience inside the restaurant. The staff were attentive and helpful. My wife and I had the Sunday roast whereas our friends had the fish goujons, both were excellent and also plentiful . Certainly recommend.
  21. M

    Mike

    Hampshire

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Clachan Grill. We come here whenever we are in Ballater, and it was good to see some familiar faces again, and also new wines since our last visit-we had the Shiraz Tempranillo, which was very good. Highlight dish for me was the Black Pudding gratin that accompanied my belly pork-wow! Looking forward to September already!
  22. L

    Lorna

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Obviously very popular, with good reason. Warm greeting, interested staff.
  23. VM

    VictoriaM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely restaurant with committed staff who make it a great meal and delicious local produce.
  24. JW

    JulieW

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As it was my birthday, I had requested a table by the window- on arrival, we were pleased to see the request had been granted. Had been waiting 2 years to return to this restaurant and were not disappointed. Food excellent, service- with a smile! - excellent. Hope to return again next year!

    Clachan GrillResponded on 16 June 2022Hi Julie, I am so glad that you enjoyed your birthday with us at the Clachan Grill! The table at the window is a customer favourite! The view is beautiful! We look forward to welcoming you back again next year! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  25. LN

    LocalNewbies

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Whilst there was a limited menu everything that they prepared for us was excellent. Would definitely recommend and we will definitely be back.
  26. RH

    RalphH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good burgers and steak. Friendly and attentive service. Note that the menu at Angus and Ale is different to the menu of the Clachan Grill.
  27. DB

    DavidB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience from start to finish was excellent. Our second visit when in the area, I highly recommend a visit when in Ballater.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 6 June 2022HI David, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the Clachan Grill and thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review! Hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  28. GH

    GavinH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service, lovely food, particularly the fish of the day and pork belly.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 6 June 2022Hi Gavin, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here, and hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  29. KH

    KarenH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to the Clachan grill, lovely way to finish a holiday in Ballater. Cosy and welcoming atmosphere, staff very friendly and food was delicious. We had main and pudding which was just enough for us, but the starters sounded good too. We will definitely be back next time we're in Deesside

    Clachan GrillResponded on 6 June 2022Hi Karen, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Ballater and look forward to welcoming you back to Clachan Grill in the future! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality and service

    Clachan GrillResponded on 6 June 2022Thank you for your 5-star review! It means a lot to the team! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  31. P

    Pantomime

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Well presented and tasty. Nothing was too much trouble. They even peeled the potatoes for my husband who doesn’t like their skins. The pork belly was succulent and potatoes with black pudding delicious.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 27 May 2022Hi Pantomime, Thank you very much to take the time to write such a great review! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Clachan Grill, and hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  32. JC

    JohnC

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. A lovely evening had by all.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 27 May 2022Hi John, I am glad that you had a lovely evening here at the Clachan Grill. We look forward to welcoming you back! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  33. LW

    LewisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and lovely relaxing setting with a strong country vibe.

    Clachan GrillResponded on 27 May 2022Hi Lewis, Thank you so much for your 5 star review! I am glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to welcome you back again! Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  34. B

    Bonus

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food and service in a pleasant atmosphere. My steak was really tasty, thanks

    Clachan GrillResponded on 6 June 2022Hi there, Our steaks are locally sourced from Neil Menzies butchers in Braemar - so we are so happy that you enjoyed a taste of the local area! Hopefully we can welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards, Clachan Management

  35. FS

    FionaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Very friendly staff. Had a fab meal and will definitely be back next time we are in the area

    Clachan GrillResponded on 22 May 2022Hi 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

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent from the Gravadlax starter to the perfect aged steaks and the sumptuous desserts

    Clachan GrillResponded on 22 May 2022Hi 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

  37. 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 on 22 May 2022Hi 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

  38. 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 on 22 May 2022Hi 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

  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 533 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 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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