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The Tolbooth Restaurant, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

The Tolbooth Restaurant

4.7
4.7
189 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Tolbooth Restaurant - re-opening in April 2023. Now taking bookings

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Scottish, Fish
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00–16:00 Tue–Sat 18:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    01569 762287
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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189 Reviews
  1. Garonne9

    Yorkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit here and it was another amazing experience. The Menu, including the Specials' Menu, choices were fantastic- so difficult to choose as everything sounded great. The four of us each had a starter, then two had the Hake and the other two shared the Roast Beef. We then shared two deserts between the four of us. Everything was delicious and really well presented. The presentation of the 'Roast Beef' "sharing platter" was brilliant (in presentation & taste). Finally, the two guys who were 'Front of House', took our food choices & served the food - they were br superb, very welcoming, helpful & friendly Their knowledge of each dish was excellent. We'll done to everyone. A real Gem in Stonehaven.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited the Tollbooth for a birthday celebration. The service was excellent, we’d requested a high chair and it was at the table when we arrived. The food was exceptional and beautifully presented. We will certainly be visiting again in the future.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional meal dining for the first time at the Tolbooth. Having eaten at sister restaurant Cafe Boheme several times. Great hospitality from the start with very welcoming staff. The space has been very well thought out with great views over the harbour from many of the tables. Oysters, Scallops and Turbot a great selection of Scottish seafood, with plenty of additional choices on the menu. Real attention to detail with presentation being on a level expected from far pricier establishments. The Tolbooth represents excellent value and a relaxed yet special dining experience.

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  4. AllieF

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dinner and we were lucky enough to have the first fresh lobster of the season. Also a great selection of wines. Our waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. We will definitely be going back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    beautifully prepared and very tasty. Staff extremely friendly

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and ambiance was great Disappointed that the set Sunday menu costs more than the a la carte. My mum is vegetarian and she was £35 for a veggie main and a very small dessert. And no with an expensive bowl of the soup - which was delicious!

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  7. Kenny

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friendly welcome. Our pre-request for a window was noted and given. The service was quick and efficient. The menu was expansive and food and wine were excellent. Given the quality and ambience of the Tolbooth, it represented good value for money. We would certainly recommend to friends and family. Well done Tolbooth management and staff.

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  8. AndrewD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, really good service, food was delicious. Restaurant had a good atmosphere. Had a very enjoyable experience here. Liked the fact that the service charge is automatically added to the bill, no faffing about with tips. Would visit again if in the area.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food , great service in a beautiful setting.

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  10. Foodlover22

    Glasgow

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, and attentive but unobtrusive service. The restaurant was fairly quiet (Tuesday lunchtime) which was great for a pair of old friends catching up over a lovely lunch. Great choice.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome from staff on arrival. All staff friendly and engaging. Food 1st class.

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  12. DavidU

    Italy

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eccezionale ristorante di pesce nello splendido porto antico di Stonehaven! Rapporto Qualita prezzo altissimo e pesce veramente fresco e gustoso, ottimo servizio in particolare di Louis che è stato super gentile e premuroso. Di sicuro, in futuro, ci torneremo!

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  13. SusanW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Staff were excellent. Lovely setting. Will definitely be back.

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  14. AnastasijaT

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit. Absolutely amazing experience. Booked for next Sunday again!

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  15. FionaM

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service, lovely setting with a beautiful view of the harbour.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting , great atmosphere & ambience, super staff and great food and drink Couldn’t ask for any more

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous views and wonderfully fresh menu! Service was attentive and customized for our younger daughter. Would absolutely recommend!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to such a lovely restaurant, staff were so friendly and very professional, food was amazing, could not fault nothing. Will definitely be returning.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have always had a great meal at The Tolbooth. The fish tastes fresh and the desert offerings are tasty too. The staff are also very friendly and knowledgeable. My mother and I don’t eat pork and the staff didn’t make us feel awkward about it and made sure we were aware which dishes to avoid and they did their absolute best to substitute ingredients for us as well so we didn’t feel like we missed out.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Angus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, lovely food, great service. Party of 4, we all had different dishes and they were all delicious.

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  21. stuartf

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, good service and nice ambiance with a great location at harbour.

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  22. DavidS

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tolbooth is consistently excellent. Fantastic food in a super location.

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  23. WilliamS

    Kincardineshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and a lovely restaurant overall Amazing view of the Harbour We will be back!

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  24. GaryG

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beyond expectations, food was exceptional. Highly recommended.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu was very good, lovely place. Was very quiet when we were in. Four of us and another couple. Atmosphere would have been better if busier but can’t fault it for that Definitely worth a visit

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  26. JonathanM

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet again, The Toolbooth excells. The food is fantastic and the staff superb. Thanks

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  27. Shugg

    Dunbartonshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely welcome by staff. We had a later booking and unfortunately, they ran out of the special main course on offer (can't be helped), so one of our party was a little disappointed but they managed to find an alternative, so all good. We were offered bread for the table. In most restaurants I've frequented, bread is complimentary. However, I was shocked we were charged £24.00 for bread (one member of our party is coeliac and didn't eat any). Service was attentive but we should have been made aware of the cost for the bread when asked if we wanted any. We asked for water for the table and I expected a jug of tap water (as water in Stonehaven is perfectly potable) but out came the unnecessary bottle of Highland Spring and another unnecessary charge on our bill. I don't mind people making a profit but felt a little taken advantage of. I wanted to leave a tip but felt I'd already been relieved of the equivalent amount. Nice restaurant but I'd prefer more transparency when being offered additional items like bread and water.

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  28. DODK

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delighted that Stonehaven has a restaurant of this quality. A reassuringly small menu, which I would happily have chosen anything (and everything) from. Pleasant surroundings - in a fantastic location - with superb service. Set price for 2 and 3 course meals was very sensibly priced. Can't wait to go back!

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  29. StewartL

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding meal and the taster did not disappoint. Great service and food.

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  30. Lollipop

    Aberdeen

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the minute we stepped through the door we were made to feel very welcome. Service was first class and food was amazing. Would definitely recommend thisvenue

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. I had the duck, the halibut, and the hazelnut frangipani tart. The staff were friendly and attentive, without being over present. I’d definitely go again if I’m in the Aberdeen area.

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  32. BobbiM

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at the Tolbooth and definitely won’t be the last. Delicious, classy, excellent service, greta ambiance, fab wine selection and the cocktails were spot on. Loved it. Be back soon ❤️❤️

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  33. Steve

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were both fantastic. We thought the noise level was quite high with other people and as we were on a romantic date it was not conducive to this. This was not the fault of the restaurant

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  34. MarionS

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food and service. We had the tasting menu and will definitely be back again as every course was delicious.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I returned to this restaurant for the first time since the new owners took over. Having been a regular for years I was a bit wary of what I might experience, however I found the new updated decor was very welcoming. The food was amazing and staff and service very friendly and attentive. I certainly recommend a visit and personally will reinstate the restaurant as my favourite.

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  36. EddieP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable. Top food and lovely setting. Pricey but everything is these days.

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  37. RachelT

    Aberdeen

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely venue, staff were well trained in food knowledge. Beautiful fresh ingredients and well presented dishes. We had quite a quick service when we placed the order for oysters then starters, with quite a long wait for main. Overall a nice experience and would go back.

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  38. DavidS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic meal, great attentive staff, recommend a visit

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  39. PaulG

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were on the 'itison' package which proved to be fabulous value ... all 4 courses were really good, but stand-out was the Langoustine Bisque. I went for the wine pairings aswell - a bit pricey at£37 for the 4 wines, but again all four were fantastic, culminating in a Chateau Filhot Sauternes. Staff were brilliant, and it was no problem to cater for my pescatarian wife ! The place has been relatively recently refurbished to a high standard and looks great. My only small downside (understandable given the historic nature of the building) is that the steps up to the entrance would be challenging for some, and I gather there is no wheelchair access.

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  40. TommyH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although the menu is very short, what we had was very good indeed and well presented. We would prefer to see more seafood choices for the mains as only 2 out of 5 listed were seafood. Will be back again soon.

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The Tolbooth Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 189 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Tolbooth Restaurant

The Old Pier, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2JU

Additional information

  • Area
    Kincardineshire
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00–16:00 Tue–Sat 18:00–00:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Scottish, Fish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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