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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
1611 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

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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

Popular dishes

What 1,611 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Overall

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    Best Ambiance

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Value

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for Groups

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Healthy

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Great for Lunch

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Romantic

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Special Occasion

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Scottish

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Most Booked

  • Inverness

    Best Overall

  • Inverness

    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

  • Inverness

    Best Ambiance

  • Inverness

    Best Value

  • Inverness

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inverness

    Healthy

  • Inverness

    Great for Lunch

  • Inverness

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Inverness

    Romantic

  • Inverness

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  1. EM

    EmilyM

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience as always!
  2. AC

    AlanC

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent. Would go out of their way to make the cocktail I liked!
  3. RM

    RuthM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful food and fantastic service as always 😀 Finished off with great cocktails 🍸 Always a great night to be had at Cafe 1
  4. AL

    ALISONC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We are four friends of a certain age (!) who meet several times a year in Cafe 1 and have always had a good lunch...until today. My friend ordered scallops (a starter at £14) but wanted them as a main (expecting more scallops on her plate) but only 3 arrived. The girls said she would take another plateful along ( which she did). Six scallops in total = £28!!! I ordered the sea bass at £20. What came was one small fillet of sea bass, a few little potato squares three blobs of puree and a spoonful of spinach...I was still hungry after eating it and could've gone the whole plate again! The portions are much smaller than they used to be but the prices don't reflect this. I think we'll go to Rocpool next time. Very disappointing.
  5. a

    amyfoodie

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Well they had a flood in the kitchen and were not able to serve us.
  6. AC

    AnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excelente., the restaurant, good and service.
  7. GF

    GordonF

    Inverness

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    My wife had the scallops to start which were very good. I had the chanterelles which were poor. There was far too much cream which overpowered the mushrooms and the portion was too large, heavy on spaghetti. My main course was monkfish which was good. My wife had the pork fillet and didn't enjoy it as it was bland and not very enjoyable. The presentation was fairly poor also. The staff were fine but nobody checked to see if our meals were ok. The table was a bit dirty and sticky.
  8. D

    Daffy

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good was great and service generally. Quite noisy as busy. Only issue really was the sides arrived about 5 mins or so after menus and I’d eaten about half main by then! Overall though deffo recommend
  9. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place to eat and enjoy an evening out with friends and family
  10. AM

    AliMac

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    While we thought the service and food was excellent. Our only criticism is the fish portion and accompaniments were inadequate for an adult.
  11. PW

    PatriziaW

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! And the staff is very good and very nice.
  12. LG

    LorraineG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food and service were very good but for this kind of restaurant we were very surprised and disappointed by the quality of the bread and to have San Pellegrino’s when the Scottish water is excellent. And really too much noise.
  13. V

    Velvet61

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice setting, waitresses and waiters cheerful and efficient. Food was delicious (maybe the mayonnaise with the langoustines should be a little less spicy) best cheesecake I’ve ever had. As French we highly recommend this place.
  14. J

    Jones

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, friendly service. Would definitely come back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked for dinner was a lovely restaurant service was wonderful and food was great
  16. DO

    DavidO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Probably the best Scallops we've ever had, lovely friendly staff, great place for dinner.
  17. LR

    LaurenceR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous food. We both had seafood dishes and were delighted with the quality and the carefully balanced flavours. Truly exceptional!
  18. CM

    CallumM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All round excellent dining experience . Warm and friendly service .
  19. DH

    DylanH

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal as always, never disappoints on any visit! Would highly recommend a visit for any occasion, lovely environment, staff are fabulous and the food is devine.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Attentive staff. Definitely would recommend.
  21. L

    Lynne

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxed atmosphere with incredible food full of flavor! My number 1 in Inverness.
  22. SC

    SarahC

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely as usual, have been here several times, and always try to bring any visitors we have as we know they will love it.
  23. FM

    FraserM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of this world food. Staff were incredibly attentive. Will be back again very soon!
  24. AE

    AngelaE

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Cafe1 was fantastic. After reading many different reviews of restaurants while planning a 2 night stay in Inverness, we settled on Cafe1 and we were not disappointed. My daughter had the burger and I tried the seared sea bass which was delicious. I would definitely recommend if you are on town.
  25. BA

    BruceA

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal....both food and service were excellent. I would definitely return for another meal here
  26. RW

    RWils

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasure as always- good food, prompt service from friendly staff & a welcoming atmosphere. Can’t ask for more:-)
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  28. DB

    DanB

    Dallas

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very busy night. However, the service was very prompt. The food was great. Good option for dinner.
  29. RH

    RebeccaH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Totally meh and over rated- our only poor dining experience in Scotland. Awful atmosphere- windowless ugly 1990s room- we looked around and would have left but we were charged for make the reservation so couldn’t cancel. We ordered wine by the glass x 2 and both tasted old, tried to switch to beer and out of both we wanted, ordered fresh fruit Bellini instead thst came without any fruit, ordered apps and never got them, steak good but overpriced for atmosphere. We were so over the terrible atmosphere we left without even looking at dessert menu. Bad way to end the trip. Avoid/ many way more charming places that don’t pretend to be fancy by charging to make a booking
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, wine was delish and service brilliant. My new favourite restaurant.
  31. NS

    NaturalSolutions

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Reasonable prices for very tasty and slightly more upmarket food. Great staff and great place to eat.
  32. KB

    KittyB

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall I enjoyed my meal very much indeed. It was VERY noisy ...... through acoustics rather than anything else ..... which made conversation difficult, and the lighting was really low so it was hard to read the menu. Service and food we're excellent! Thank you!
  33. a

    annt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the restaurant was very busy the service was amazing. The staff knowledgeable and so upbeat. Had both the specials and best meal of my 3 weeks in Scotland. We were unable to get in our first try but so glad we reserved ahead for our return visit to Inverness.
  34. DO

    DavieO

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top drawer as usual. Well done Norman and the team!
  35. AV

    ArjanV

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tempura prawns where very good, so was the angus filley steak. Friendly service.
  36. D

    Daisy

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From service to food, Cafe 1 exceeded all of my expectation. Fabulous service from a prompt and friendly greeting at the door to attentive waiters. With beautiful food, cooked well and perfectly balanced, and a cracking wine list. We could not have had a better night. Thank you for making it so special.
  37. h

    hatedoingdishes

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The restaurant was very crowded and noisy. We were helped by multiple servers which was both good and a little confusing. Some servers were much more helpful than others. Service was fast, but we felt a bit rushed. Food was good, but I wouldn't go back again.
  38. IR

    IdahoRafting

    Boise

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Highly rated on open table and trip advisor. But.. over all experience was not 4 or 5 star. Very busy place, lots of larger tables. Noise was loud, and they played music anyway. Ordered King scallops, green side Salad and a dinner special of small rounds of beef in a wine gravy with potatoes and mushrooms. The king scallop plate had 4 tiny scallops, smaller than a quarter in size. I had just been on Islay were the scallops were 2 inches across. The green salad came with no dressing. No oil, no vinegar, no dressing of any kind. Maybe it is me, but I had not had this anywhere else in Scotland. The beef was cooked perfectly, but lacked in flavor. Maybe it needed salt, but the brown gravy was very salty. It seemed more like a commercial brown gravy than a wine reduction sauce. Overall it was a nice dinner, just not a great dinner.
  39. JE

    JoepE

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    an absolute fantastic meal - once again. We LOVE Cafe One! Always fantastic service, ambience and food! The wine list is not bad either. Can't wait for the next meal
  40. SF

    SouthFLGuy

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service coupled with superb food. The presentation of each course was impressive. The monk fish and mussels are excellent choice. I’ll be back.

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 1611 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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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