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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
1806 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 7 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 1,806 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Good for groups

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    Romantic

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    Good for special occasions

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

  • Inverness

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    Best Value

  • Inverness

    Innovative

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    Good for groups

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  1. AF

    AlisonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will be back, lovely meal, attentive great staff. Special thanks to Kasia who always looks after us superbly and makes every gathering extra special for our family 🤍best craic, service and delicious early bird menu. Thank you 😊
  2. AA

    AngelaA

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food. Friendly atmosphere. Service fantastic
  3. RR

    RanaldR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal with great service. Central location. Local produce.
  4. K

    Katy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here for dinner with two friends at the end of January and we were so so happy with everything the food was amazing, service and value are so good as well just know you’re going to get a good meal here. We loved the dessert cocktails too 👌
  5. FR

    FrancesR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was a little slow. Food was good value for money although not many options for vegetarians. Very noisy table beside us which made it hard to hear conversations
  6. AM

    AnnetteM

    Inverness

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the set meal which was fantastic value. Hollyhouse burger was so tasty and juicy. Portion sizes were plentiful. Best kids menu i have ever seen.
  7. MM

    MarcM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. The waitress was very good always checking if everything ok and we had enough drinks. Food was outstanding best I’ve had in Inverness in a long time. Definitely be back again soon
  8. J

    Jools

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service as always.
  9. AB

    AbeBouliche

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Atmosphere was great. The service was nice and calm and friendly. Definitely recommend.
  10. TM

    TraceyM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful as always ❤️ food was amazing pre theater menu great value
  11. DM

    DonaldMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant Inverness hospitality - doing the city and the Highlands proud.
  12. I

    Isla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and the service was second the none! Will definitely be back!
  13. D

    Dmac

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very tasty food wines and good service. We'll be back.
  14. A

    Aiky

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unfortunate visit this time. Main course poor. Servers need to listen. Never had to complain before. Regular user of Cafe 1.
  15. CW

    CarolW

    Inverness

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite restaurant. Always a pleasure to go. Staff food are all excellent
  16. l

    laurac

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and great food will definitely be back again
  17. AM

    AndrinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal from start to finish. Service was outstanding as always.
  18. AM

    AngelaM

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing , will definitely be back again.
  19. K

    Ktmonster

    Scot. Islands

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Friendly attentive service and delicious food (portions were on the small size for my husband).
  20. L

    Lach

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 1 is consistently good. Nice ambience with attentive staff and the food is always very tasty. Cafe 1 is a favourite
  21. KG

    KarenG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food, service and ambience. The Early Bird Menu was good value. Would happily return when I revisit Inverness
  22. GH

    GaryH

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and quality food. Would definitely return. Good value wine list.
  23. DM

    DonnaM

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We ate here on Hogmanay evening. Glass of champagne on arrival and staff very welcoming. Food was very good, although our preference would have been for it to be a bit hotter. Our waitress was excellent throughout.
  24. JD

    JamesD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Cafe 1 for over 15 years and have never once had to send food back or complain, it’s always been spot on. They have a great menu choice and steaks are always cooked exactly how you want them. They always look after their customers and you will often find Norman there welcoming people or grabbing a chat. If you’re on a budget, then going at lunch can be more suitable as you will Easily go into 3 figures at night time per couple, but you definitely get what you pay for. Strongly recommend this to anyone visiting Inverness.
  25. CH

    ColinH

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a lively environment- highly recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drink and service as always!
  27. TD

    TrishnDunc

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food good service and smiley faces. Lovely presentation too
  28. BC

    BabetteC

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It is a nice and cosy restaurant with helpful staff and overall good service. I found the prices of the dishes quite high compared with other restaurants and the quality is just average/good not special.
  29. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Starter was slightly burnt but the meal overall was fantastic as normal Music was slightly higher than normal but could be to being Christmas Eve
  30. DM

    DMac0729

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding quality on the dishes we chose, seriously first class produce cooked to perfection. Priced very reasonable considering the quality, wine menu also very favourable. Only downside for me was the noise, it resonates of the ceiling and walls.... Acoustic tiled ceiling would help greatly.... However that will not stop us going back..... Love the place ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  31. LT

    LewisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service with a smile. Decent pint of beer on tap and plenty cocktails on the menu.
  32. JL

    JohnL

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good service and great food. Spoilt a little by large party of diners being quite loud.
  33. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue and lovely food, would highly recommend.
  34. y

    yvonnec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Great value for money. Staff very helpful and attentive.
  35. o

    omega70

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good choice on menu, all excellent. All food served piping hot and very tasty.
  36. TS

    TheresaS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding food. Everything was very good. Reasonable priced
  37. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and experience at Cafe 1 was exceptional as always! I simply can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!
  38. GM

    GwenM

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food so good how ever it was a bit cold I was just getting warm and we were finished.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really friendly staff and amazing food !!!
  40. DG

    DavidG

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service from friendly staff, lovely atmosphere. We look forward to returning soon

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 1806 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 7 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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