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Cafe 1

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75 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3EA, Scotland
+44 (0)1463 226200
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were enjoying our meal and wine when the owner came over and asked how we were doing and then graciously gave each of us a taste of Scottish gin! Made the evening even better. Highly recommend!

Thank Louise M
Annapolis, Maryland
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Certainly one of the best meals we have had during our trip to Scotland. The pork belly was perfectly seared but still moist and tender. The lamb chops were well seasoned and cooked exactly as requested. The service was attentive and insured that we were happy with our meals. The wine list had a nice variety and was well priced.... More 

Thank John F
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had the lunch deal. The soup was good, but the main courses were small. There was nothing wrong with the fod, but it wasn't outstanding. Staff were friendly. We had a lovely time in the restaurant, but that was more to do with the company than the food.

Thank Peter M
Nairn, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting and good value sample menu tempted me to book an impromptu lunch with my wife. The place seemed quiet for a Friday however the relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff made us feel pretty chilled. We were offered a good selection of dishes on the £12 2- course lunch menu and freshly boiled potatoes to replace the buttery mash... More 

Thank Graham B
Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on 6 October. Food and service were a 5. However, a little disappointed in it as a wine bar. We had a glass of white wine in the bar before dinner. Wine was too cold and served in wine glasses you would expect in a beer bar. At our table for dinner, ordered a bottle of white wine and... More 

Thank konovan
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited 5/10/2016 We had plans for our Anniversary and opted to return to Cafe 1 as the last visit was excellent (5 star review). I booked a week in advance (with the owner who put it all on his iPad) for 7.30 cocktails in the bar followed by 8pm searing. We arrived at 7.30 and were shown straight to our... More 

2 Thank eldrakyn
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and friendly service were completely spoiled by unacceptable level of noise from group of what appeared to be golfers on a night out.No consideration for other diners. Pity that what could have been an enjoyable meal was spoiled in this way. However will return and hope that this was a one off

Thank Mrsnoah41
Los Angeles, California
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249 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did not make any reservation, but the owner squeezed us in for the last minute early bird dinner(5-6:45pm). We were totally impressed by the 2 course $12 dinner. Its wonderful, nicely done and delicious. One of the best and value meals we had in Scotland. The service was good, portion was adequate and don't miss this place, if we... More 

Thank itcheetam
Hildenborough, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the seared venison and the pasta with lobster and monkfish. Absolutely first class as was the wine list which is very reasonable. I would high recommend this establishment.

Thank ChileKent
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we had the opportunity to eat at this restaurant. The service was impeccable and the mushroom appetizer is a must. The manager came over and spoke with us and made us feel right at home. I highly recommend this place to everyone!


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$58 - $59
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Inverness
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1463 226200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?