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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Inverness / Scottish Highlands

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Inverness / Scottish Highlands? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Sundancer Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (38)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Nairn
About the restaurant
Opened in 2017 The Sun Dancer restaurant is positioned overlooking the Moray Firth.

Well known for the quality and presentation of our food using only the freshest and locally sourced produce and renowned for our expertise in crafting and presenting our own in-house and classic range of cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was absolutely beautiful, the scallops just melted in your mouth. The staff were brilliant & very attentive. Stunning views of the beach, a great night all round.
A photo of The Allangrange Arms restaurant
4.4
4.4 (686)
£25 and under
British
Inverness
About the restaurant
The Allangrange is a hotel and restaurant in Munlochy, on the Black Isle, We are a 10 min car journey from Inverness.

We provide gourmet pub food, fine wine & ales with boutique rooms.

Every Thursday we have Gerry Coogan on piano
Every Friday we have world renowned classical singer Tone Hendry
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This is the third time we've been on holiday in Inverness-shire and gone back to the Allangrange for dinner. The food has always been excellent as has the friendly staff, & great service. Love the atmosphere, relaxed and with the added bonus last Thursday of a live singer and his keyboard. What can be better than listening to a Piano Man sing Billy Joel, fab.
A photo of The Mash Tun Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28)
£25 and under
British
Aberlour
About the restaurant
The Mash Tun sits beside the River Spey, nestled in beautiful Aberlour. Recently refurbished, it is now a stylish boutique hotel. This historic establishment has been transformed into a beacon of Scottish hospitality, marrying tradition with contemporary luxury.
Our small restaurant offers fine dining without the fuss and a cosy and intimate ambiance.
The whisky bar boasts a magnificent stock of Scottish malts, with a few guest stars from around the world and our own award winning Stalla Dhu range. We also boast our own cigar humidor where guests can choose from an impressive selection of Cuban and New World cigars, to be enjoyed in our enclosed and heated cigar hut!
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Amazing food, friendly staff, perfect atmosphere. Would highly recommend…
A photo of The Badachro Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (453)
£25 and under
Scottish
Gairloch
About the restaurant
Visit The Badachro Inn | Restaurant by Gairloch for the best hospitality the West of Scotland can offer. The Inn offers good food, beer, wine and spirits to go with it.

Badachro Inn is a unique bar / restaurant in a unique place – a sheltered bay in spectacular Loch Gairloch – one of the best West Coast anchorages. It’s a popular place to meet for a drink or a pleasant meal.

Visit us for the best hospitality the West of Scotland can offer. The Inn offers good food, beer, wine and spirits to go with it. We can also point you in the right direction for places to visit and accommodation in the local area.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT DOGS IN THE CONSERVATORY AREA. IF YOU WISH TO BRING YOUR DOG PLEASE BOOK A TABLE IN THE BAR AREA.

PARTIES OF OVER 6 MUST BOOK BY PHONE ON 01445741255. Please call between 9AM-12PM. OR 3PM-6PM

IF ALL TABLES ARE FULLY BOOKED WHY NOT TRY ONE OF OUR OUTSIDE WOOD FIRED PIZZA FROM THE STAG AND DOUGH ON OUR DECKING CA
Top review
Yitzvip
Dined 3 days ago
We loved the energy in this pub, and were happily surprised by such the varied and eclectic menu. How interesting that in addition to the regular Scottish fare there was Beef Rendang and Middle Eastern Lamb Flatbread. On top of it all the price was quite reasonable. It’s not fancy but surprisingly sophisticated food and a fun atmosphere.
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4.5
4.5 (142)
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Inverness
About the restaurant
Jimmy Badgers is a cocktail bar and kitchen in Inverness, serving an extensive selection of premium wines, champagnes, Proseccos, spirits and cocktails, all carefully curated and designed with every sip in mind. We also serve a hand crafted menu of high quality meals designed purposefully for their flavour combinations, and made fresh on site every day by our culinary experts.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Really good choice food/drinks , lovely friendly staff 😀
A photo of The White House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1149)
£25 and under
Scottish
Inverness
About the restaurant
Stylish City Centre cocktail bar and bistro offering a wide range of cocktails, quality wines and premium spirits together with freshly prepared, Scottish based lunch and dinner menus available all day from 12 noon til late. The emphasis at The White House is on high end customer service in a relaxed and friendly environment. Table service means there is no need to queue at the bar so why not pay us a visit, take a seat, relax and let us look after you....!
Top review
GarethB
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere, food and service. Menu could be a bit more varied, but that’s my only bit of constructive criticism. Drinks were first class!
A photo of Thai Dining restaurant
4.6
4.6 (564)
£25 and under
Thai
Inverness
About the restaurant
With our cooking staff born and raised in Thailand, you are assured of an authentic Thai Dining Experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We made a reservation earlier in the day. We were a few minutes early for our reservation, but were seated promptly. The host and waitress were very nice. The food came out quickly and tasted wonderful. All five of us enjoyed our meal. We’d definitely recommend Thai Dining.
A photo of Cafe 1 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2305)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Inverness
About the restaurant
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.

Cancellation policy.
No shows will be charged at £20 per person Monday - Thursday £40 per person Friday & Saturdays.
Cancellations within 5 hrs of dining will be charged £15 per person with the restaurants discretion.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor
Top review
Johnathanp
Dined 3 days ago
The food is always amazing…. And the service on a par with that. We love going here and have never had a bad meal. The specials are my go to but the Mac and cheese is the best I’ve ever had !
A photo of Fig & Thistle Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (882)
£26 to £40
International
Inverness
About the restaurant
Fig & Thistle Bistro offers modern Scottish cuisine in a casual dining venue in the heart of the city centre, Using Quality local produce with daily specials, they offer value for money and a warm welcome.
Top review
WendyWvip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We asked to eat earlier than our reservation and were nicely accommodated. The fish and chips were excellent as were our appetizers of the goat cheese tart and salmon skewers. The wait staff were friendly and attentive.
A photo of Contrast Brasserie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (916)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Inverness
About the restaurant
Welcome to Contrast Brasserie. With a sharp focus on Scottish, locally sourced produce, we invite you to savour the tastes of the season with a touch of Pan-Asian flair.

From succulent rare breed pork, prime dry-aged beef to market fresh fruit and vegetables we try to stay true to our Scottish roots, creating simple dishes built around one great ingredient. Located just a short walk from the City Centre of Inverness, take a wander along the tree lined river where a warm welcome awaits!

Early Bird Menu not available on Saturday night
Top review
JeffS
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Best experience in Scotland so far. Wonderful food and incredible service.
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