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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic food to go with the fantastic view

My husband and I got an ItIsOn voucher for a 3 course lunch so we made our reservations and went yesterday. We'd both never been before but were pleasantly surprised with the resteraunt itself - as you go in, you have to go up the stairs so all the tables are on the first floor so you get a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Karen L
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Ellon, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited with a friend a few weeks ago on a Saturday evening. Having called in the afternoon for a table that night we were greeted by friendly serving staff who quickly showed us to our table. They were kind enough to let us know that a large party of 15 were due to arrive within the next 10 minutes which... More 

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Thank alanm1982
Ellon, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I got an ItIsOn voucher for a 3 course lunch so we made our reservations and went yesterday. We'd both never been before but were pleasantly surprised with the resteraunt itself - as you go in, you have to go up the stairs so all the tables are on the first floor so you get a fantastic... More 

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1 Thank Karen L
Aberdeen
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here last night for a meal with the wife. I don t know why but I always seem to forget about this place when thinking on dining out maybe it's the location? but it never disappoints for lunch or dinner. The service is outstanding from the waiter and waitress they are very attentive. The food is a bit pricey... More 

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1 Thank Leecass83
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting for this restaurant is superb with great views and harbour activity .A very warm welcome on arrival,no rush for our order as we soaked up our surroundings. Food was excellent,no rush between courses,really enjoyable lunch with excellent service. Nice to see a busy restaurant at lunchtimelunch was using an Itison Voucher,a Great Deal.

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Thank Beryl D
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to Silver Darling after recommendations from family members. We had a lovely lunch served by two very pleasant waiters, Neil and Rory. Will certainly visit again.

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Thank 108Alice
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food. Friendly staff. Great setting. While the portions might not satisfy the larger appetite the quality of the dishes was great. Overall good value for money.

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Thank Stephen W
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic restaurant. a first floor conservatory looking across the Aberdeen harbour mouth. Watch all the oil tender ships leave at dusk as you dine on amazing shell fish starters and fishy mains. Even on a cold wet January night is was an experience to savor. I'll definitely be back!

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Thank Don1205
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a 5 course meal here that was fantastic from start to finish. You can watch the boats go by in the water from the window as you eat the freshest sea food in Aberdeen!

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Thank Cara B
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We were a party of five, including one vegan and two vegetarians so a fish restaurant was not an obvious choice. In the event they managed us very well and though the non fish choices were limited they fitted the bill very well. Details like remembering to bring oil and vinegar for the bread as well as butter were appreciated.... More 

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1 Thank Sheila J
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Went here for Christmas Lunch with a group of work colleagues. Everyone at the table was impressed with the food. The view from the restaurant is first class, looking out on the mouth of the River Dee with the constant ships passing. The biggest disappointment came when we had to pay the bill. They initially charged us more than £70... 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: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?