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Cafe Kisimul

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Main Street | Catlebay, Scotland
01871 810645
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Scrumptious Scallops!

Four of us had a great outdoor lunch, just opposite the Kisimul Castle pier - we could time our meal perfectly before catching the boat! We all enjoyed the food, the friendly banter, and my scallops pakora were a revelation!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Four of us had a great outdoor lunch, just opposite the Kisimul Castle pier - we could time our meal perfectly before catching the boat! We all enjoyed the food, the friendly banter, and my scallops pakora were a revelation!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Barra do not miss out on the experience of eating at the Cafe Kisimul, located by the harbor. Reservations are a good idea as it is very popular. The Indian dishes are very good, using mostly local ingredients and can be made hot, medium or mild to your taste. People say the Italian dishes are good... More 

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Alloa, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Enjoyed tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes by day and returned in the evening again to sample the evening meals. We all chose Indian dishes which all tasted really nice but they have a menu to suit all tastes with a "Specials" board too. Nice selection of beers to choose from.Was extremely busy the night we visited. A lively wee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This restaurant has a real homely feel it feels a little like your in someones front room. The food was excelent, a grate voriety of both indian and italian with some English or Scotish fair thrown in. For example there was fish and chips on the menu. I had a sea food pasta dish which was amazing. The wine was... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Best curry we've had for a long time. Who would have thought a cafe in a remote location as this would be so good. The scallop pakora were superb! The menu is a mixture of Indian and Italian and uses local produce. Highly recommended

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

We went as a party of twenty . We were booked in for the second sitting at 7:45 . The owner seems a really nice guy but seemed stressed . The service was really random , we weren't given menus or offered drinks we had to ask . The starters were good but the curries were excellent . Some of... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place is a bit of a contradiction but if you remember that it is run as a cafe that provides restaurant-quality food then you will not go wrong. There is an interesting and eclectic menu with a good range of starters and mains. We decided just to have a main course and had the spaghetti marinara which came as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Recently in Barra for work and had a meal here one evening to make a change from the hotel. Curry was good with a bottle of beer about £15 each as indicated in other reviews. They were in a bit of hurry to get closed up but then there were only two of us there and it was the middle... More 

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I liked the fact that it was open on 2nd jan!!..the only place in Castlebay! I had a chicken korma...it was actually very tasty..though more red, tomatoey in colour than cream but good...awful 'trifle' but when we mentioned it they didnt charge for it...wine was expensive..it was supposed to have been an australian Shiraz..but was Sicilian?..22 quid..and not that great.... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I went on a Saturday evening. It was quiet & I was served immediately. The service was good and I had a good chat with the owner. I had a chicken bhoona which was really tasty and filling. It’s roughly £15 for a curry, rice, chapatti and beer so not bad value either.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street | Catlebay, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Outer Hebrides  >  Isle of Barra
  • Phone Number: 01871 810645

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Indian

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