The Stack Restaurant and Bar

4.6
235 reviews
£25 and under
Modern European
Current opening hours
(in-line with Covid restrictions ) can be viewed here -https://thestackrestaurant.com/
Restaurant closed at 11.30pm,-when making a booking please allow yourself as much time as possible to relax and enjoy your visit.
Outside area-closed at 12am ,which we recommend booking in advance. 
Situated in the coastal village of Muchalls, just off the A90, and 10 minutes from Aberdeen and Stonehaven,The restaurant derives its name from the sea stacks located on the beautiful surrounding coastline.

It is brought to you and led by head chef and owner Andy Smart, who’s aim is to offer a flexible and relaxed environment where everybody is welcome.
Dogs are also welcomed too.(we have treats and water bowls for them!)
Dining in a relaxed environmen , the food style is seasonal and inventive and draws inspiration from international flavours, whilst using local suppliers, with an emphasis on simplicity, and where the staff are both friendly and professional.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 235 People Are Saying
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Johnboy
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a celebration lunch for a friend who passed a year ago, the service was very good the food was magnificent. The cost was very reasonable, I think you might have a few more customers after our day out. Keep up the good work

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CraigB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was nice and the service very polite but what let this down massively was the time taken to service our simple table of 4. We did not have elaborate courses, we had basic starters and mains were x2 burger and x2 Scampi but it took 3.5hrs to complete our 3 course meal.
We had to fetch our own dessert menus despite asking twice, we were missing a fork in our cutlery bundle at one of our seats. Visited stack before and loved it, this time round is seemed absent of leadership and time management.

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Louise
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fantastic menu choice and in particular the fish dishes. Just a little bit different with great flavours.

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JoshC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Food was amazing really tasty. Unfortunately table service was really bad only got one drink at the start after sitting down then never attended to bar being served food. Ended up getting the bill after our mains as our drink order wasn’t even put through and had been waiting for two courses and then a further 20 mins after we finished our main. Rather disappointed, but the food spoke for itself.

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colin
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great choice of local seafood and craft beers. Great service from the young lad who served us, overall an excellent local restaurant.

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MikeG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff very friendly , helpful and attentive . This is my second time at the Stack and both times the food has been superb. Also a decent bar selection. Will defiantly be going back and will recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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EmmaP
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, Great Service and lovely a atmosphere.

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JamesD
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party was very impressed bi The Stack. The welcome was extremely warm, the gin choice was excellent, the staff were lovely and very helpful, and the food was outstanding. The ambience of the place was one of happiness and contentment.

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SandraH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal in lovely surroundings. Very efficient staff. Will def be back. Cocktails were excellent

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SharonS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch at the Stack - my partner said the mussels were the "best I've ever had". Great selection of options, difficult to choose between them, so we have booked to go again for our birthdays !

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KarenI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect choice to celebrate our sons birthday with family. Superb food, excellent service and an impressive menu and wine selection. Everyone enjoyed their food. Would happily return when next in the area and would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely restaurant to friends and family. Thank you.

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GillieD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed amazing food and service as always. Can’t wait to go back!!

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DerekH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

an energetic personal slant on some classic dishes that are both delicious and very enjoyable.... love it

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KerryF
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you want truly good food this is the place to go . I would definitely recommend booking before hand as it can be quite busy especially at the weekends.

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PaulineG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable atmosphere, lovely food presentation, and friendly service.

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AngelaC
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent just as the times before. Definitely recommend the scallops and feather blade of bbq beef with cheesy macaroni delicious.
Staff was so attentive. Can’t wait to go back

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SheenaH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treasure of a place to find. The food was delicious and was difficult to choose just one thing off the menu as there was such a good choice. We will definitely be back

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janer
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little place . Large variety of choice on the menu , delicious food

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Scotty392
Inverness
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food excellent; wonderful flavours; service very good. Decor and ambience in restaurant could be improved.

SG
SimonG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very easy to book and enjoyable experience at the meal. Food good and staff attentive.

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NeilC
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, lovely people and lots of choices around where to sit and enjoy the great food. Andy the chef is excellent and the service staff couldn't be more helpful and attentive. Buddy the puppy had a great time too, as the outdoor seating and the bar are dog friendly.

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Skateraw
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We hadn’t dined out on our own for some time! Really enjoyed the evening which started in the small cosy bar area ..very good gin menu!
Party of 2 adults so was in a small table towards rear of dining area - was ok but next time will request a table in main section as felt a bit cramped in and area was quite dark even on a sunny evening.
Wide choice of starters and mains including plant based dishes and can provide meals for specific dietary needs ..Gluten free etc.
Starters - Vietnamese roll with local crab meat which delicious and excellent dipping sauce. One would have been adequate for me and my husband had local langoustines which were excellent.
Mains - I had a loin of cod fillet with spicy panko breadcrumb topping along with orzo pasta with mini sweet red bell peppers in a herby, buttery dressing…absolutely fantastic flavours and cod cooked to perfection!! My husband had the Moroccan lamb dish with mini cannelloni and again excellent.
Dessert - Affogato for my husband and I had to try the Martini Coconut Espresso cocktail..brilliant!

So a great dinner and all 3 staff were very attentive and pleasant, knowledgeable about the food and drinks menu.

They were on top of the current Covid requirements and we both felt comfortable.

Definitely return again and bring along friends.

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MonikaR
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was recommended to us by a friend, which means that we were there for the first time. It looks very mediocre from the outside, the interior design doesn't impress either, but the food and service absolutely make up for this visual "wow" lack. Food pleases the eyes and the taste buds. We highly recommend this place and will be back for sure😁👍

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Dell
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always outstanding . Andy is always happy to accommodate any dietary requirements and always serves high quality , inventive and incredibly tasty dishes .

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KCS7
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service fantastic, very much recommend and thankyou for all your hard work, especially in these current difficult times!

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JaniceM
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous with the normal friendly service. The menu is very good with choices to suit everyone. Can't fault it. All staff without exemption are friendly and professional.

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LizS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Stack is a place we will go back to again and again. Service is good, food extremely well prepared with a good choice at lunchtimes.
It has a good varied menu, need to return to try other options as soon as we are allowed to travel.

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CarolineS
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the Stack and it didn't disappoint. We loved the food, service and is was such a relaxed atmosphere. So we will be back again! Thank you Stack!

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AlanaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous hidden gem of a place! Best meal we have had in long time and the cocktails were great too.
Will definitely be back soon

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ChrisM
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal for lunch.
Quite expensive menu, with no lunch menu.

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JadeH
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuinely the best restaurant food we’ve eaten in a very long time! The parsnip and apple soup was incredible and the steak was cooked to perfection! Massively recommend the coconut espresso martini aswell!

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GeorgeC
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with large portions. Good Social distancing compliance.

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AlanG
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great friendly service.
The Moroccan Lamb is amazing. The venison was cooked to perfection.
Any time we eat here the food and service are first class.

DH
DawnH
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

With only one person on service was pretty slow but overall was still good. A little pricey for food

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Domain
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent. Covid compliance excellent. Only slight disappointment was that the restaurant was a bit chilly, at least the part we were in.

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Davekt
Angus
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked on a recommendation from a friend, certainly wasn’t disappointed. Quite an unassuming building setback off the street which belies the food on offer inside. Not a huge menu, always a good sign, with a specials option. I had salmon with a ginger caramel sauce, sounded a little weird but was first class, accompanied with rice and veg, always nice to try something a little different. The wife had short rib of beef which was tender and flavoursome, as well as being a large portion. Service is friendly and efficient and will certainly be going back again.

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TD2018
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here food is great and plenty of choice for everyone and the staff are always so friendly

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CarolineS
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were welcomed as soon as we entered and we were shown to our table by our friendly waitress. The menu was extensive and there was plenty choice for all tastes. I was so happy with my choice of beef shin then I had the sticky toffee pudding which was so light and it was the best I have ever tasted. We will be back very soon!

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and staff very helpful and attentive. Portions could actually have been slightly smaller.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the evening, everything was exceptional, thank you

FAQs

The Stack Restaurant and Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01569 730393.

The Stack Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.