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The Riverside Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 257 Restaurants in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $52
Cuisines: Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We are a small family run restaurant along the River Ness. We are a family team with over 12 years experience in the hospitality trade. Our restaurant reflects our passion for excellent Scottish fayre. We offer lunches, high teas, early evening and a la carte meals with a selection to suit all tastes.
inverness, scotland
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“full marks”
Reviewed January 16, 2010

not too often a restaurant gets full marks but this one hits the spot. girls night out and we arrived early but were welcomed, given drinks and no problem till our table was ready. the food was great - nice and hot and certainly seemed freshly cooked. they even catered for one of our party's aversion to onions without any hesitation!
puddings to die for... toasted gingerbread, butterscotch sauce and ice cream anyone? to die for!
no rushing us out when we were finished either.
we'll be back!

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Wales, United Kingdom
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435 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
“Excellent - a real hidden gem!”
Reviewed November 2, 2009

We visited the River primarily as something to kill a little time before our overnight train to London. We wre delighted to find it was a fabulous experience!

We both selected from the Highj Tea menu, which included a rack of toast (brown or white), plus tea or coffee and home baked cakes to follow for £9.95 each. The toast arrived almost straight away and was delicious - I never though toast could be so good as an appetizer! I thoroughly enjoyed my gammon steak which was char grileld to perfection and came with boiled potatoes ( I could have had chips instead), half a large char grilled tomato, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. My partner was similarly delighted with her selection of lasagne, which came with bread and a generous side salad! The cakes afterwards were out of this world. There were so many we took some on the train! There were scones, chocolate cakes, cheesecakes and sponges!

There was a lovely quiet ambience in the attractively furnished restaurant, and there was a romantic atmosphere with flickering candles and a pleasant view of the River Ness throught the window (as the name implies!). The service was efficient and our serve was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our only regret is that we didn't find the River until our last day and so couldn't return! Nevertheless, we'll be back whenever we are in Inverness in the future.

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Belfast
1 review
“A restaurant of exceptional quality in food, service, value and location!”
Reviewed September 25, 2009

This is a great restaurant, we came for dinner and enjoyed it so much we came back again the next evening. The food was of excellent quality reflecting its Scottish heritage but very much showing a mastery of contemporary cuisine.

The staff were friendly and very efficient ensuring that the overall service was very good. My one complaint is that I live so far away that I will not be back for qiet some time!!

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Waitsfield, Vermont
Level 6 Contributor
40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“High Tea - Excellent!”
Reviewed September 15, 2009

We just stumbled onto the Rive Cafe while wandering around Inverness. It looked appealing from the outside, and we were surprised that the menu offered such variety and value. Both my husband and I opted for the High Tea that they serve until 6:30pm. For less than ten pounds we received toast and jam, grilled Salmon, potatoes and fresh vegetables, followed by tea and an amazing assortment of cakes. Unbelievable! All of this coupled with attentive delightful service. We couldn't have been more pleased with our meal. Highly recommended!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed September 6, 2009

Had previously been for coffees during the day. Getting a booking for anywhere in Inverness is a nightmare so was surprised managed to get one the day before for a Saturday night. The quality & variety of food was outstanding and every desert sounded appealing. The service was also excellent, not too in your face or too fast or too slow! Nice atmosphere on banks of River Ness, limited number of seats!

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