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Silver Darling

Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
(01224) 576229
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Ranked #68 of 489 restaurants in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $41
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I love this restaurant. The location is excellent, the building beautiful and the view fantastic. The food is always superb, no exceptions. However, on the last two occasions that I have visited the Silver Darling the service had been dismal. Staff have been more interested in their own conversations than looking after the customers. It has taken far too long... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We came upon this restaurant by chance as we were in Aberdeen just for a day and walked down to see the old fishing village. We saw the menu outside and decided to treat ourselves, we were treated politely and offered a table as we obviously hadn't booked. The meal was excellent as was the service, we had scallops and... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This was my first time at this restaurant and I will not be going back, the food was awful, bland and tasteless. There are nice views from the windows, but the atmosphere was uncomfortable and cold, I really didn't enjoy my time here.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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88 reviews 88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is the second time I'm eating at Silver Darling. Excellent fish restaurant. I got oisters - most likely some of the best I've ever had. Main course was the Munk Fish with redwine gravy. Excellent taste. And the selection of cheeses w. A glass of port. Superb. Thanks. And enjoy the spetacular view when the large supply vessels sneek... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Seafood Platter was delicious with Locally Caught Tastie Lobster, local crab meat, yummy scallops and king prawns in their shells. All served on fresh seaweed. My partner ordered fillet steak, perfectly cooked and deliciously tender mmmm. The service was great, atmosphere fun and the views absolutely stunning, over Aberdeen Beach and Balnagask. The Silver Darling Restaurant is by far... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Have just had the most amazing dinner at the silver darling. Seafood starters and mains were some of the best we have had. In fact my husband enjoyed his starter so much he had a second one as his desert. Staff couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Would thoroughly recommend seafood lovers to give it a try although a... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Had some great turbot here, professional and discrete service , with views across the harbour and comings and goings of large ships, this is a very unique restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

For the price and the reputation they have I was disappointed both for the main course and the desert. It was good but not up to the standard you may expect for their prices. However the location is such that you take that in stride. On a sunny evening there is no location in Aberdeen where you can find more... More

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Aberdeen
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Just delightful. Go in daylight as the views are amazing, giving a real sense of Aberdeen. Service always amazing and food of excellent quality.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Silver Darling always delivers to the highest standards. The plates of delectible food go hand in hand with the professional and faultless front of house service along with fantastic views of the beach.

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