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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 gastronomes should check out the city's old market area 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.

Expensive

Blairs Restaurant

Cuisine: Scottish, British

Set in the grand Mercure Ardoe House Hotel, a 19th-century mansion house in the peaceful Aberdeenshire countryside, this restaurant serves up modern European and Scottish dishes using fine local ingredients.

Address: , South Deeside Road, Aberdeen, AB12 5YP
Telephone: +44 1224 860 600

Silver Darling

Cuisine: French, British, and seafood

Large windows overlook Aberdeen harbour at this excellent 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 that may appear on the ever-changing menu.

Address: , Porca Quay, Aberdeen, AB11 5DQ
Telephone: +44 1224 576 229
Website: http://www.thesilverdarling.co.uk

The Conservatory Restaurant at the Marcliffe

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, and an extensive wine list of 400 labels, not to mention the bread and ice-cream made on the premises.

Address: Middleton of Pitfodels, North Deeside Road, Aberdeen, AB15 9PL
Telephone: +44 1224 861 000
Website: http://www.marcliffe.com/cuisine.htm

Moderate

Café 52

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 is a variety of changing, seasonal menus to choose from, including an excellent tapas menu, a sharing antipasto platter, and an outstanding (and reasonably priced) selection for lunch. Booking recommended.

Address: , 52 The Green, Aberdeen, AB11 6PE
Telephone: +44 1224 590 094
Website: http://www.cafe52onthegreen.co.uk

The Adelphi Kitchen

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, AB11 5BL
Telephone: +44 1224 594 131
Website: http://www.theadelphikitchen.co.uk

The Ashvale

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 also make a good choice. Tackle an entire Ashvale Whale (1b cod fillet) to win a certificate, free dessert, or another whale.

Address: , 42-48 Great Western Road, Aberdeen, AB10 6PY
Telephone: +44 1224 575 842
Website: http://www.menu.theashvale.co.uk

Cheap

Kamoon Kitchen

Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean

The first and probably the only Lebanese kitchen in Aberdeen, this place offers authentic manakeesh (pastries), sumptuous kebab and hummus wrap. The café has a small seating area if you don't fancy a takeaway.

Address: Bridge of Don, Unit 3 Jesmond Drive, Aberdeen, AB22 8UR
Telephone: +44 1224 379 233
Website: http://www.kamoon-kitchen.com

Rosie’s Cafe

Cuisine: British

Giving work 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 generous smears of cream and jam, and freshly baked cakes. It has homemade daily specials as well.

Address: North Pier, 137 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2YH
Telephone: +44 1224 626 214
Website: http://www.rosiesenterprises.com/cafe

The Sand Dollar Cafe

Cuisine: British

This stylish beachfront cafe serves up hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, and light meals throughout the day. In the evening it's transformed into a bistro. It features events like regular jazz concerts and summer evenings of live music and tapas.

Address: , 2 Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen, AB24 5NS
Telephone: +44 1224 572 288
Website: http://www.sanddollarcafe.com

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Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

This celebrated 5-star hotel sits in verdant grounds. Its beautifully appointed rooms have paintings, antique furniture, and TV. The Conservatory chefs specialise in Grampian produce - Aberdeen Angus beef and game with fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports. The wine cellar has over 400 wines, and the Drawing Room bar has more than 100 malt whiskies.

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Chester Hotel

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