Restaurants in Aberdeen

There is a wide range of choice when it comes to dining out in Aberdeen, from quality fish and chips, and homey cafés to smart restaurants serving the finest Scots seafood, beef and game. Avowed foodies should check out the city’s old market area, centring around The Green, to sample Aberdeen’s emerging culinary talent.

The Aberdeen restaurants below have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over £40)
Moderate (£25 to £40)
Cheap (up to £25)

These Aberdeen restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. A service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill in most restaurants. If service is not included, 10% tipping is customary.

Silver Darling

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French, British, and seafood

Large windows overlook Aberdeen harbour at this first-rate restaurant set in a former customs house. It specialises in seafood with a French twist, courtesy of its Gallic owner Didier Dejean. Oysters, scallops, langoustines and sea bass are just some of the fruits de mer that may appear on the changing menu.

Address: North Pier House, Porca Quay, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 576 229.

Prime Cuts

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: British

A must for carnivores, Prime Cuts specialises in the very best Scottish beef, which has been dried and aged for at least 28 days. Tuck into rib eyes, sirloins and fillets or opt for fish and seafood ranging from lobster to monkfish and cod. The wine list will match anything that comes out of the kitchen.

Address: 21 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 590 127.

The Conservatory Restaurant at the Marcliffe

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern British

Located at the venerable Marcliffe Hotel, the high-end and relaxed Conservatory is arguably Aberdeen’s premier pick for a special occasion or romantic meal. Expect extra-friendly service, a changing seasonal menu, the best in Scottish produce, an extensive wine list of 400 labels, as well as bread and ice-cream made on the premises.

Address: North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 861 000.

Café 52

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Modern British

This well-established and pioneering eatery in the old market square serves imaginative food in a contemporary art-filled warehouse space. There are a variety of changing, seasonal menus to choose from, including an excellent tapas menu, a sharing antipasto platter and an especially good (and reasonably priced) selection for lunch. Booking recommended.

Address: 52 The Green, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 590 094.

The Ashvale

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: British and seafood

Among the best fish and chippies in northeast Scotland. Dine in the 200-seat restaurant or take away. Lightly battered haddock and cod are what lure most diners, but poached and grilled fish dishes are also served in the restaurant. Tackle an entire Ashvale Whale (1b cod fillet) to win a certificate, free dessert or another whale.

Address: 42-48 Great Western Road, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 596 981.

The Adelphi Kitchen

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: BBQ and seafood

The Adelphi Kitchen likes things local: from its oils to its fish. With a warm atmosphere and modern bistro-style décor, this is a relaxed place to come for BBQ with charcoaled meat. Look out for weekly specials (especially the superb value lunch and early evening set menus) and upcoming foodie events.

Address: 28 Adelphi, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 211 414.

The Sand Dollar Cafe

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: British

This stylish beachfront cafe serves up hearty breakfasts, sandwiches and light meals throughout the day. In the evening it is transformed into a bistro, where pan-fried halibut and roast lamb often make the menu. It also features events like regular jazz concerts and summer evenings of live music and tapas.

Address: 2 Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 572 288.

Rosie’s Cafe

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: British

Giving opportunities to those recovering from brain injuries, mental health issues and a range of other conditions, Rosie’s is as good for the soul as it is for the belly. Expect homemade soups, thick scones with thick smears of cream and jam, and freshly baked cakes. It has homemade daily specials as well.

Address: 137 Rosemount Place, North Pier, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 626 214.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Indian

The Maya offers authentic Indian cuisine in a sleek contemporary setting. Buffet dining as well as a la carte and set menus pull in the punters, especially at weekends, so booking is advisable. Highlights of the wide-ranging menu, that spans north and south Indian cuisine, include Himalayan Hot Pot and the Thali.

Address: 22-24 King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224 645 015.
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