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Silver Darling

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Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
(01224) 576229
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Named after a local term for herring, Silver Darling makes the most of a...
Named after a local term for herring, Silver Darling makes the most of a superb spot at the entrance of Aberdeen harbour. Built on the flat roof of the old customs house, the conservatory style restaurant commands panoramic views of the Dee estuary one side, and the length of the beach and headland the other (summer sunsets are priceless). A classic French menu is a triumph of superbly presented dishes, singing with flavour. Three courses at dinner could start with oysters marinated with lime and Granny Smiths, followed by pan-fried Atlantic sea bream in red wine, and the dessert du jour.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 158
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
As good as 20 years ago!

A return visit for me and a first for my partner. The "new" 1st floor conservatory gives sweeping views over the bay and the ships sail passed the window into the busy harbour. The food was very good and the service just right. I hope it's not another 20 years before we can return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
sheila55_10
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ellon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The food and views that can be enjoyed at this restaurant amaze me every time. I have been to the restaurant several times for lunch and dinner, the service is top notch, the food is delicious and the whole experience is fantastic from arrival to departure. The views are unrivalled at this unique coastal spot and the staff attentive and... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Marvellous lunchtime fare for our group of four retired gentlemen. Easy to book, good welcome, nice table, great choice, well-informed staff, well presented food and most importantly tasty food. Four replete gentlemen enjoyed their meal. Thanks.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A return visit for me and a first for my partner. The "new" 1st floor conservatory gives sweeping views over the bay and the ships sail passed the window into the busy harbour. The food was very good and the service just right. I hope it's not another 20 years before we can return.

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aberdeen
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Renowned as being expensive, we recently went here for a Group on introduction. The service was first class as was the food. We will be back so Group on has done its job.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went here for a celebration lunch and were not disappointed. We had a lovely table looking out to sea on a gorgeous spring day so the views were fabulous. Lunch was delicious - scallops and salmon for our starters, sea bream and tuna for mains. Everything was very well cooked. Service was excellent, especially the young waiter, Rory. He... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had a lovely lunch at the restaurant, food awesome, service good, sea view amazing, definitely to be repeated.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Visited with elderly parents (who are not used to dining out) as a treat bought as a gift voucher. Unfortunately the restaurant was also booked by a large table who had decided it would be lovely to provide their own entertainment in the form of bagpipes and flutes. Very inconsiderate to other diners. The staff were very apologetic especially when... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Some really good seafood, beautifully presented and with very charming staff. The views from the restaurant at the mouth of the River Dee can be very dramatic. Had a lovely lunch whilst watching boats coming and going. Staff were not at all pushy as you get in some places and went out of their way to assist with dietary needs.... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Have been for lunch three or four times over the last few months and the standard of food is always excellent . I love a table by the window looking out on to the mouth of the harbour. Had not visited this old favourite for a few years , but will certainly be back .

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My wife and I had lunch at Silver Darling today with a voucher from itison, the menu is cut down to three choices of starter, main and dessert. The choices for us was fine and the food was good. We had beers to drink and was surprised to see £4.75 for not a half pint of beer!! I know this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Aberdeen
  • Phone Number: (01224) 576229

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 41
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Named after a local term for herring, Silver Darling makes the most of a superb spot at the entrance of Aberdeen harbour. Built on the flat roof of the old customs house, the conservatory style restaurant commands panoramic views of the Dee estuary one side, and the length of the beach and headland the other (summer sunsets are priceless). A classic French menu is a triumph of superbly presented dishes, singing with flavour. Three courses at dinner could start with oysters marinated with lime and Granny Smiths, followed by pan-fried Atlantic sea bream in red wine, and the dessert du jour.
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?