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Sand Dollar Cafe

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2 Beach Esplande, Aberdeen AB24 5NS, Scotland
+44 1224 572288
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7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wed 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Description: The Sand Dollar Cafe and Bistro is a seafront restaurant serving...
The Sand Dollar Cafe and Bistro is a seafront restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners (Thur, Fri and Sat from 6pm to late).....offering daily specials in a friendly atmosphere, we have outside seating and always welcome children.
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  • 306
    Excellent
  • 160
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Brekky with visiting family

Saturday morning arrived 10:30 place packed. Waited c10 min for table was still like that when we left at noon. Clearly very popular. Food was good quality if a tad pricey. Service was mixed, some staff very nice and attentive but some a bit harassed and came across short. Coffee seemed a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kaybe_1200
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Saturday morning arrived 10:30 place packed. Waited c10 min for table was still like that when we left at noon. Clearly very popular. Food was good quality if a tad pricey. Service was mixed, some staff very nice and attentive but some a bit harassed and came across short. Coffee seemed a bit weak. Hence my four stars rather than... More 

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Thank Kaybe_1200
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here often for breakfast/lunch and have been for one of their special dinner nights once. Great selection especially recommended for weekend breakfast. Coffee is a bit hit or miss - once told the girl that my latte was really bitter - she came over and said she couldn't make it any other way in a very defensive tone.... More 

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Thank jimbobadmiral
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the Carvery at the Sand Dollar Cafe last night, this was utterly superb! The best carvery by far in Aberdeen, you must try it! Large portions, beautifully cooked food (The ham last night was superb, just melted in your mouth) attentive staff and a lovely atmosphere. Well done to all involved, you have a little gold mine! Also 10... More 

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Thank ScottishShona
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is consistently good and it is very family friendly. We always recommend it to friends who have family visiting

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Thank Moyreen W
Great Baddow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely, really good. Staff perfect. Only thing is that it is a bit over priced. I think about £1/3 off everything would be fair. But I had a great experience.

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Thank PeterThompsonRRWSINl
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You will like this place, if you are lucky enough to get a seat/table. They have a very extensive menu and the food is very good - but be prepared to be elbow to elbow with your neighbour table? It can be a bit chaotic, but you should give it a try if you are in the area. It is... More 

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Thank Gordon C S
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for the January Jazz Night. Food and service both amazing and the jazz band in the corner was a nice change to the usual dining experience in Aberdeen!

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Thank jadet661
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the cafe with my two daughters. The cafe staff seemed to be completely disorganised. There were so many staff, the place wasn't even full (4 tables vacant) and yet we sat for about 20 minutes without being acknowledged. Decided to leave as people who were there before us were just being given their drinks order. Also there was... More 

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Thank James M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go here often for breakfast and lunch. Always excellent food, including choice, and pleasant staff. Like that they use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

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Thank joyser88
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had wanted to try out this place for a while and we ended up having late lunch there on Hogmanay. Place was mobbed but we got a table for 4 straight away. Meal was really tasty (spicy tomato and chorizo soup, goat cheese and onion chutney panini to share) and portions were generous. Kids meals looked like they were freshly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Beach Esplande, Aberdeen AB24 5NS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Aberdeen
  • Phone Number: +44 1224 572288

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view

Description

The Sand Dollar Cafe and Bistro is a seafront restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners (Thur, Fri and Sat from 6pm to late).....offering daily specials in a friendly atmosphere, we have outside seating and always welcome children.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

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