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Silver Darling

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Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
(01224) 576229
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Today
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 152
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 33
    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
Most recent review
Best Restaurant in the North East

Was recently very lucky to have visited the Silver Darling Restaurant in Aberdeen and found it to be delightful from start to finish. The Staff were curteous, friendly and had found the perfect balance between formal service and laid back casual dining. I've heard of the Silver Darling being rather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Bart V
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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297 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Was recently very lucky to have visited the Silver Darling Restaurant in Aberdeen and found it to be delightful from start to finish. The Staff were curteous, friendly and had found the perfect balance between formal service and laid back casual dining. I've heard of the Silver Darling being rather expensive but in all honesty I thought that the prices... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had a great family dinner here on a Friday night. The food as service was outstanding an we tried pretty much the majority of the menu as we were 7 people. The waiter ( half Italian) was very attentive and made sure our glasses were always full and we had everything we needed.

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Bryne, Norway
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Had an 3 course dinner at the silver darling with some collegues. This was probably the best prepared food I have had during my Aberdeen months. Will most definetly go back. Had a crab and prawn cocktail as starter and yellow fin tuna as main. Chocolate cheesecake for dessert. All the food was cooked to very high standards, but the... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Went here for lunch with friends. The food was good service matched expectation and staff were friendly and did not rush us. The wine was also good. With the sun streaming in it made for a very good experience.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The venue for the Silver Darling is superb. Right by the Aberdeen Docks with the big boats majestically coming in and out of the Harbour. The service was average and there was no proper choice for non fish eaters other than Venison. My John Dorey was chewy and very disappointing. The mushrooms and onions with it quite tasty. I came... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Not been back here since I came out for diner way back in the 1990's and whilst the addition of the new glass atrium is lovely makes a huge change, certain things remain the same. My wife had taken me there as part of a Groupon lunch deal (Two meals £25) which seemed a bargain for the location & food.... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Just been to Silver Darling. A bit disappointed,bread choice not great, main courses not that hot. Dessert choice boring. No petit fours with coffee asked for some and needed more coffee, and got charged. Because of location, no bar think they would try harder. E. Rae

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Food good but very expensive for what we got. Won't be going back. With the downturn in oil prices places like this should have a serious look at their menu prices.

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Cala d'Or, Spain
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The food was superb, beautifull cooked fish & seafood and gorgeous presentation. The staff are very helpfull, the ambiance is great with lovely views over Aberdeen Harbour. We have been several times and it's always very consistent. There is a special set menu during the week but the choice is not huge compaired to the normal menu. Some items are... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

We chose from a special weekday set menu - not an enormous choice but every single item looked delicious. Beautiful sunny day with views of the harbour, superb service and great company. Very ambient atmosphere with light jazz playing. Really an excellent choice for a romantic lunch - we had not been in years but having enjoyed our time so... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?