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Whaligoe Steps Cafe

The Square, Whaligoe KW2 6AA, Scotland
+44 1955 651702
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bread” (36 reviews)
“pizza” (16 reviews)
“ice cream” (8 reviews)
Open Now
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM Hours
Cafe, Mediterranean, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Square, Whaligoe KW2 6AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If only this place was closer to home, I would definitely be a regular. Outstanding food. Attention to flavour. Modest, yet beautiful. Simple, yet elegant. The hearth bread was delectable. The halloumi chips were stunning. The fish goujons were morsels of crispy deliciousness. I'm hungry...More

Thank Qasim H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Popped in for lunch today, warm friendly greeting with an invitation to sit anywhere, the views are stunning from most of the tables. We both chose the meatballs which were obviously freshly made to order and came with a very tasty and interesting side salad...More

Thank Chris Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic place to stop for a drink, ice cream or even a meal we stopped here before we went to wick for an overnight stay and I was glad we did. Food was exceptional and so fresh it was worth the wait. The...More

Thank Alison D
Karen D, Owner at Whaligoe Steps Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, it's great that you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you again sometime.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unexpected culinary delight. Easily the best meal we've had on tour this last month. I had the Smokey Lamb Keema and I didn't want it to end. Wonderful vegetarian options as well. Thankyou so much. X

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped off to visit the Whaligoe Steps, and noticed this cafe at the top. We’d planned to stop in Wick for lunch, but decided to try here instead. We expected the standard toasted sandwiches and baked potatoes, instead we an had outstanding, high quality...More

Thank Fiona G
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

We visited this wonderful cafe for lunch and I was so impressed by both the standard of cooking and the friendliness of the welcome. I’m a vegetarian and I can vouch that this cafe has plenty of great dishes suitable for vegetarians. The helpings are...More

Thank John H
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

What fabulous food and a lovely friendly, chilled environment. We were served plate after plate of tempting, tasty morsels. Karen's cooking influences come from all around the world, and are melded together into food which was so moreish. I can heartily recommend Whaligoes Steps Cafe....if...More

Thank sue249
Reviewed April 13, 2018

first went down and up the steps and then enjoyed coffee with scones in the café. Friendly atmosphere, cosy interior, great view and good food/coffee!

Thank bart c
Karen D, Owner at Whaligoe Steps Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Thanks for your review Bart, K

Reviewed April 10, 2018

We found the Cafe Website on the internet as no one could suggest a stop for ‘a light meal’ on the way up to John O Groats this Easter . The room has stunning views of the sea and As a vegetarian I was completely...More

Thank Penny O
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Find this place and enjoy some of the best food you can find in the Highlands if not the UK. The word cafe under sells what wonderful food you can find on a varied menu. A beautiful place with gorgeous food. Karen and John I...More

Thank Wint704
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Thomas L
August 2, 2017|
Response from Karen D | Property representative |
We are open Thursday to Sunday, 10:30 am to 5:30pm, with evening meals available by reservation. Call us on 01955 651702 to reserve a table.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Square, Whaligoe KW2 6AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Caithness and Sutherland  >  Whaligoe
  • Phone Number: +44 1955 651702
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