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River House Restaurant

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1 Greig Street, Inverness IV3 5PT, Scotland
01463 222033
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: For an authentic taste of Scotland���s islands and Highlands look no...
For an authentic taste of Scotland���s islands and Highlands look no further than River House, a beautiful restaurant on the banks of the River Ness overlooking the Grieg Street bridge to the Free North Church. The restaurant���s spectacular view���s are complemented by the casual sophistication of the dining room, a comfortable and unpretentious space with timeless design and a warm, cosy atmosphere which invites you to relax and really enjoy your dinner. Dedicated to sourcing the best possible ingredients from the surrounding areas, the River House kitchen cooks each dish to order in the open plan kitchen, using fresh, seasonal produce prepared in such a way that individual flavours shine through. Though mainly Scottish in heritage the River House���s recipes also take inspiration from international cuisine with, in particular, a nod to French cookery woven in to many of the creative, modern dishes. Wines are carefully selected to complement the River House menu, providing a good, but not overwhelming, choice of labels.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing food and service

Lucky to get the last table for 2 on a busy Saturday night. Chef / owner gave us a wave on arrival and later was keen to ask how our meal had been. Staff were very attentive and pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. It was very difficult to choose from an amazing menu but think we made a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
caz71_abz
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Lucky to get the last table for 2 on a busy Saturday night. Chef / owner gave us a wave on arrival and later was keen to ask how our meal had been. Staff were very attentive and pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. It was very difficult to choose from an amazing menu but think we made a wise... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Recommended at last minute to try here and so glad we did as our hotel offerings looked expensive and bland in comparison. A blowy, wet Thursday night saw us blown in the door just before 6pm, we were the only ones in so early but given a cheery welcome and a cosy table. The place filled up after 7pm with... More 

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Hervey Bay QLD Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great restaurant set right on the river... quaint and very intermit... Amazing food and wine/beer... I had the oysters for starters and my husband had scallops. Came out quickly and the shot of Loch Ness ale with my oysters was a bonus... Main was just as yummy... I wish I could have eaten more... 5 star service all the way...... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and read some of the glowing reviews. Went there on a Friday evening and had the same kind of experience. Can't say enough about it. Food was excellent ... awesome soup and seafood! The service was good, nice location along the river ... probably the best meal we had during a two week trip... More 

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Buckie Scotland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Visited the River House for the first time on Saturday Night whilst on a week end break in Inverness, and I'm glad we found it on Tripadvisor, and booked before we went. A small homely restaurant with open plan kitchen area where you can watch everything taking place. Mainly a fish restaurant with excellent, scallops and mussels, I chose the... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

First visit on a Friday evening. Very impressed. I had fish. Not a large portion but a good size. The young waitress was excellent. I plan to go again the next time I am in Inverness. Great views of the river.

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Halkirk, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Excellent food especially the chicken, service and ambiance. Look forward to a future visit and an evening visit.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I started off with the scallops. I was a little skeptical about them being served with lentils, fearing they would have nothing to add but pasty blandness. I was so wrong. They were just right to temper the richness of the scallops with the saltiness of the pancetta to forge the perfect starter. Then, I had the rib-eye steak. Nicely... More 

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elgin inverness
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I've eaten here several times and I love it...First impressions beyond the mystery of the velvet curtain (which gives the effect of stepping into a Parisian bistro) are of garlic, butter and super fresh seafood.. The hustle and bustle of an open small kitchen staffed by some first class chef.s gives the place a dynamic, authentic feeling . I had... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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216 reviews 216 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a charming small restaurant, served by one very able and lovely waitress. My husband faced the kitchen and was fascinated by the way Chef and his helper worked together. We didnt want a starter but I adore scallops - and they were very happy to adapt the starter accordingly - and Himself had mussels ina provencal sauce. Both... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Greig Street, Inverness IV3 5PT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Inverness
  • Phone Number: 01463 222033

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32 - 58
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

For an authentic taste of Scotland���s islands and Highlands look no further than River House, a beautiful restaurant on the banks of the River Ness overlooking the Grieg Street bridge to the Free North Church. The restaurant���s spectacular view���s are complemented by the casual sophistication of the dining room, a comfortable and unpretentious space with timeless design and a warm, cosy atmosphere which invites you to relax and really enjoy your dinner. Dedicated to sourcing the best possible ingredients from the surrounding areas, the River House kitchen cooks each dish to order in the open plan kitchen, using fresh, seasonal produce prepared in such a way that individual flavours shine through. Though mainly Scottish in heritage the River House���s recipes also take inspiration from international cuisine with, in particular, a nod to French cookery woven in to many of the creative, modern dishes. Wines are carefully selected to complement the River House menu, providing a good, but not overwhelming, choice of labels.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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