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Grant MacNicol at The Castle, Dornoch, Highlands

Grant MacNicol at The Castle

4.4
4.4
88 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Welcome to Grant MacNicol at The Castle. Located in the heart of historic Dornoch Castle Hotel, we source only the finest local meat, fish and vegetables to create seasonal and fresh menus which showcase the best of the Highlands.

On sunny days, the garden is a sociable hive of activity with customers enjoying an open-air dining experience in our beautiful walled gardens, an ideal location for taking in Scotland’s long summer nights.

Our menu changes frequently depending on seasonal produce, below is a sample menu.

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2 people

19:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:30–14:30 Dinner Daily 18:00–20:45

  • Phone number

    01862 810216

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Grant MacNicol

  • Area

    Dornoch

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NC

    NikkiC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Recommended by a young lady working at Loch Ness cruise cafe- the hotel looks stunning from outside- dining room average. Food was exceptional, staff very friendly and helpful.
  2. L

    Loeterjan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Not cheap, very noisy, excellent staff. Foodprocessor = ok.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything tasted very good and the service was excellent. The only reason I put 4 stars was that I ordered the Duo of Pork and it came with only the pork belly. The pork cheek was completely missing. I wondered if they ran out until the table next to us both ordered the same and theirs had the pork cheek on the plate. Bummer!
  4. AL

    AnnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our friends joined us for the meal. It was superb with excellent service and food. It was a great experience
  5. SR

    SusieR

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a lovely meal at the Castle. Food and service both excellent.
  6. CB

    CarolineB

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had 2 lovely dinners here. Prompt and efficient service, good but not too extensive wine list, beautifully presented, well cooked food with interesting accompaniments. Thank you to all concerned.
  7. GK

    GaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service at a less than eye watering price. Lovely restaurant and bar which was very quiet and relaxing on the evening we visited.
  8. G

    Garethflo

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a classy setting. The desserts were amazing. Cosy bar area for pre and post meal drinks.
  9. IS

    IanS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We we’re upgraded as it was part of our honeymoon,the staff were very helpful and friendly,will definitely be going back again 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booking was easy. We were made to feel very welcome. The food and service was excellent. All the staff were very friendly and professional.
  11. SA

    SandraandAndyF

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely friendly staff. Good menu selection. Tasty food and generous portion sizes.
  12. MD

    MrsDay

    London

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service, consistently wonderful. We are very grateful to have this restaurant in Dornoch.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service in the castle , music was a bit lively for what is a proper eating venue
  14. GG

    GillianG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and wine, great service and atmosphere was lovely. Next time we visit Dornoch we will be sure to book again
  15. ND

    NicolaD

    Nottingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Last minute booking due to unavailability of anything else in the locality. This is a normal hotel restaurant, nothing special but more than adequate with good food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quality of food was very good although portion size too big for the richness of the dish that I ordered. Spotlight above our table was flickering but didn’t detract too much from our experience.
  17. AI

    AlIiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this for my partners 30th and it was lovely! The staff were all friendly, kind and hospitable. We really Enjoyed our meal here and the food was also excellent!
  18. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was okay. The restaurant itself felt more like a hotel breakfast room with little atmosphere. Staff were friendly. The bar was overwhelmed with orders being run by what seemed inexperienced/new staff. Wait time to be served a drink was long. Overall we were a bit underwhelmed by the night.
  19. MD

    MrsDay

    London

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always amazing, fantastic steaks & langoustines. I have been about 6 times in the last few months for dinner and always have a fabulous time. Grant is underrated in my opinion, he’s doing a fantastic job.
  20. FB

    FionaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The surroundings lacked character. Table and chairs were wobbly
  21. CS

    CeliaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Having eaten at the hotel a few times in the past (also had our wedding here) went back for our anniversary lunch.. as was unable book a room to stay, am now so glad we were not staying as very disappointed with the food and choice for lunch, service was excellent just felt the food was overpriced and a bit bland... certainly will not be rushing back again
  22. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really great meal and the service and professionalism was first rate. Looking forward to my next visit
  23. MM

    MaureenM

    North Scotland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The starter of the day chanterelles on toast was delightful, but everything else was underwhelming. It was very noisy, needs some sound absorption.
  24. NM

    NicolaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Disappointing for children, and over-priced. Waiting staff were good but kitchen staff were not. There are no starters on the kids menu so I asked if I could have some cucumber sticks or a couple of tomatoes or any vegetable for the kids to have while we ate our starters, but the kitchen said no because they had no spare vegetables! This was night 10 of a tour of Scotland and every other restaurant had accommodated this request if they didn’t have starters for kids. It didn’t seem an unreasonable request and I made it clear I was willing to pay. The food looked and tasted good but it was very over-priced (£40 for a small sirloin and 3 langoustine surf and turf) compared with all of the other places we stayed, and no better in taste or quality.
  25. RC

    RossC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic little place. The food was tasty and excellently presented. The staff were approachable and friendly. All in all one of the best dining experiences I've had.
  26. LG

    LiamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    food was very nice and staff were cery nice and attentive.
  27. ED

    ElaineD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Booked for outlets first night in the area and it did not disappoint- staff attentive & food delicious- well done.
  28. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    An excellent dining experience with great food and service
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great evening, excellent food
  30. A

    Annr

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lovely Beer garden. Good choice of wines. Limited choice of Main courses. Starters where good. Did not have a dessert.
  31. TG

    TheGrumpyTeens

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The venue was nice and welcoming and the food was good. We did ask for a starter as a main dish but it still came as a starter size. Our drinks order was forgotten and we had to remind the staff; the drinks only arrived once we were half way through our meal. We weren't offered another drink at all even though it was obvious we didn't have one after finishing the first. Overall, the service was really disappointing and spoiled our enjoyment of the evening.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    On holiday
  33. JG

    JG9800

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb meal and service. A real gem to find in a small town. Definately will be returning
  34. AW

    AllisonW

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal staff friendly and very efficient.The creme brûlée was superb Would definitely eat ther again
  35. J

    Jonathan

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food well cooked and decent portions. The ambience is rather modern and not in keeping with the remainder of the building but that’s a small issue
  36. E

    Emst

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere. We both had the sirloin steak was delicious! Was here on holiday and would definitely recommend it again to friends and family.
  37. HP

    HollyP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I’ve eaten at a few Michelin star restaurants and the quality of the food was on par!! Only thing was service a bit latchy when we arrived and forgot drink order twice!
  38. JC

    JulianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Would definitely recommend, fantastic all round 😊
  39. WE

    WilliamE

    Surrey

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A lovely introduction to some great food of Scotland. One of the best meals we had in our 2.5 week tour around the north coast.
  40. S

    Sydie

    Inverness

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely meal with good service. The food was delicious and very well presented. I had chicken terrine to start followed by the beetroot risotto. Both dishes were exceptional. My husband had salmon followed by the chicken dish which had a good serving of mash and sauce with it. My only minor is would have preferred the Window blinds open more as I found it a tad dark, very minor and personal preference. We will definitely be returning as most enjoyable meal out I’ve had in a while. Only took one pic of my sweet course!

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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Grant MacNicol at The Castle is rated 4.4 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Grant MacNicol at The Castle

Castle St Dornoch, Highlands IV25 3SD

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Dornoch

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:30–14:30 Dinner Daily 18:00–20:45

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Grant MacNicol

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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