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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
1673 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Welcome to Cafe 1
I have pleasure in offering you a unique, fine dining experience here in The Highlands at Cafe1, Inverness.

We take great pride in sourcing local ingredients - some produced by ourselves from our own Croft!

Our open plan kitchen turns quality Scottish produce into appealing modern dishes.

We are a restaurant that moves with the times.

All tables are re-booked 2 hours later.

No shows will be charged at £20 per person Monday - Thursday £40 per person Friday & Saturdays.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01463 226200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Coubrough

  • Neighborhood

    Inverness

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    7 minute walk from Inverness train station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,673 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Good for Groups

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    Healthy

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    Special Occasion

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    Scottish

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    Most Booked

  • Inverness

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

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    Fit for Foodies

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  1. GA

    GillesA

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Thanks for this moment, the steak was really good. welcoming and attentive staff.
  2. SM

    SeonM

    Inverness

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely, staff were great and as usual Norman was a gent!
  3. M

    Mechu

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The waiter was very friendly. Food was ok, but nothing special. A bit overrated
  4. AG

    AmyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must visit. The food and drinks were delicious. The service was spot on. Nothing to fault here. Will definitely visit again in the future.
  5. RE

    REnew52

    Denver

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small but wonderful. Good for light meals or hearty portions good wine list.
  6. AP

    AlastairP

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening meal served by courteous and pleasant staff.
  7. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and impeccable service. Would definitely go again.
  8. GM

    GenaM

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the variety of choice of food and drink was really good. The waiting staff were lovely and very polite and the place had a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend.
  9. IH

    IanH

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening in mid-September
  10. KS

    KarenS

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a good dinner. Service by a Alexander was superb. I highly recommend !!
  11. PA

    PhilipA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Quality of food is excellent and a most enjoyable evening was had with very good service and staff attention. Atmosphere made the experience most enjoyable.
  12. QT

    QuentinT

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Although the place was very busy and very noisy, what we ate at cafe one was absolutely delicious. The staff is nice, always a smile on their face and is very attentive. I would recommend this place to anyone who is visiting inverness.
  13. VG

    ValeG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent dinner, a warm and attentive service, great and original food!
  14. GB

    GeaB

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Please do not call us "he guys" ! For the rest it was beautiful!
  15. AR

    AndrewR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very good meal. I asked a very young waiter about the beer choice. He did not know and did not make the effort to find out.
  16. GO

    GeorgeO

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the wine selection great also. I'll be back but not soon enough.
  17. MM

    MargaretM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with great menu choice. Food is delicious and the staff are very friendly and the service is fast.
  18. CM

    CalumM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always.
  19. CM

    CathyM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All round an excellent dining experience. Would recommend without hesitation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service second to none. Best in Inverness.
  21. M

    Madge01

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    Ordered bottle of Viognier wine, they came with the wine and said “although this has not got Viognier on the label this is what we sell as Viognier” poured a glass it wasn’t what we had asked for, explained that Viognier was French and the bottle of wine they had given us was Australian, it wasn’t even on their wine list, they then came back with correct bottle of wine. I paid the bill and my sister asked me to show her the bill to make sure they had taken the wine off and realised we had been given the wrong bill, so had to refund us £60. Service very poor . Although food was nice won’t go back. It would have been a nice gesture to offer us a complimentary drink .
  22. SW

    SueW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great steaks perfectly cooked. Dessert was an elderflower and prosecco jelly which was delightful.
  23. SC

    StanleyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The vegan main dish was heavy on pasta, light on veggies and was overly sweet and salty.
  24. s

    stewartb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were in for an early menu meal as we had booked tickets for 7pm. After waiting 50minutes we were told that they had lost our order. So we waited for an hour before getting our starters. This put a dampener on the evening but the manager was great and it was handled well
  25. SF

    SusanF

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and was impressed by the restaurant, staff and food. The food was delicious but was expensive.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. A tad bit noisy. And they make an amazing hot chocolate as after dinner drink or instead of dessert.
  27. AH

    AlisonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had just arrived from Kent at the start of a tour of the Highlands and had been recommended to your restaurant. The only fault I have is that we felt rushed - I like time to digest my food properly before starting the next course. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and efficient.
  28. LE

    LynnE

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with a variety of choices.
  29. PD

    PDXTravlr

    Portland

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The restaurant itself is nice, but the lack of baffling and tables spaces close together makes it less than optimal for a quiet dinner for 2. Food was delicious, if somewhat overpriced (£9 for ONE stuffed courgette flower- really?). We very much enjoyed the monkfish “rendang”, which was actually a yellow Thai curry, not rendang as advertised. However, it was the best spiced meal we’ve had in Scotland so far. My husband enjoyed his vegetarian udon noodles and they were also well spiced. Not a fan of their cocktails — I had originally ordered a Negroni, but was told they were out of Campari. The pear vodka fizz was tasty, but short on vodka. Also, in case anyone was thinking of just ordering a couple of small plates: there is an £18 pp minimum at dinner.
  30. LG

    LesleyG

    Inverness

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very noisy for a romantic meal! Lights very sim struggled to read menu. Service however was outstanding.
  31. PG

    PatriciaG

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Absolutely delicious we went with our granddaughters and they had a great time. We will back
  32. k

    kirstyi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, food was absolutely delicious, cocktails were amazing, staff were very friendly and attentive, whole experience was amazing , will definitely be back and highly recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy the food and everything else at Cafe 1 and last night was no exception.
  34. PC

    PhyllisC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An unexpected delight. Great ambience, service and food!
  35. BR

    BillR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, lovely staff. Would definitely recommend eating at Cafe 1
  36. CN

    CatarinaN

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely cocktails. Really good food, especially the prawn tempura starter and the pork main.
  37. D

    Dudley

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very well prepared and the presentation was lovely. The wait staff were very attentive despite a capacity crowd in the restaurant. It was so nice to see people working so hard, but enjoying what they were doing.
  38. DS

    DianeS

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent service
  39. AG

    AndreaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was recommended to us by a local. We were not disappointed. Hard to book a table, but worth it.
  40. KJ

    KimJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dinner we‘ve had in Scotland! Great twists to traditional dishes, lovely staff, good drinks and delicious dessert!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cafe 1 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01463 226200.

Cafe 1 is rated 4.7 stars by 1673 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Cafe 1

75 Castle Street, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EA

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Inverness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    7 minute walk from Inverness train station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Coubrough

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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