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Scott's Bistro

$$ - $$$
British, Scottish, Seafood, European
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Harbour Street, Tarbert PA29 6UD, Scotland
+44 1880 820190
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Right on the harbour and very tastefully decorated, this place is a wee gem. The food is very tasty mostly no fuss high end British but with the odd international dish thrown in. Everyone is very friendly you had better book in high season as it's very popular but doesn't have lots of tables

Thank HamP21
Scottish Borders
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57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed two evening meals and a breakfast at Scott's. The seafood pizza is brilliant and the dish with scallops was of a similar high standard. Good selection of local beers, particularly the Jarl. Excellent breakfast, Stornaway black pudding is a must.

1 Thank SL.123
Keswick, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2015

whenever we go to Islay we spend the night before in Tarbert. We have never yet been able to stay at Scott's as they are always booked so far ahead. However we always manage to eat there in their restaurant. It is tastefully furnished and immaculate. The service is prompt and we always feel very welcome. The menu is varied.... More 

2 Thank Dot T
Durham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

Second visit and still fantastic. Both the food and service are exceptional, although only open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Thank Tom S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Ate here on Saturday night after a days sailing. Staff were very welcoming and the restaurant was tastefully decorated. The food was excellent, without doubt the best seafood I've ever tasted. I can recommend the chowder and the seafood pizza. There was also a good selection of craft beers and lagers to be had. I'll definitely be back for more.

Thank Andy D
Forres, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2015

The service was personalised and excellent. The food was cooked freshly, menu mainly seafood. I enjoyed the starter of smoked mussels with home made foccacia bread as an accompaniment. My husband had the seafood chowder which ressembled cullen skink and was delicious. Main course for me was sea bass - 2 generous pieces of fish with a tasty sauce (not... More 

Thank Barbara K
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

There are not enough words to describe how delicious the food in Scott's is. We had booked an overnight at Struans (the B&B above the Bistro) and had decided to sample the food on offer at Scott's. Booking is definitely advisable in this cosy Bistro on Tarbert Harbour. We ordered the Smoked Mussels as an appetizer, along with a bottle... More 

Thank Gillian M
Essex, UK
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194 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2015

I was in Tarbert overnight and simply walked up and down the quay looking at the various eating options before settling on Scott's Bistro. I struck lucky because (1) most tables were already reserved and (2) this is a stunningly good restaurant. I started with the tomato soup (a special) and followed with a substantial dish of smoked salmon carbonara... More 

1 Thank JohnScott48
Dunmow, UK
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2015

My husband discovered this restaurant last year and was very keen to bring me to try it. It was really lovely. Excellent seafood and the key lime pie was to die for! Excellent service too.

Thank Liz B
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went to Scott's with a small party of friends for my wedding supper. It was fantastic! The service was brilliant and friendly and the food absolutely lovely. The owner went out of her way to make us happy and I would have no problem with recommending this restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

Thank gwen k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
British, Scottish, Seafood, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harbour Street, Tarbert PA29 6UD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Kintyre Peninsula  >  Tarbert
  • Phone Number: +44 1880 820190

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