Clachan Grill

4.5
235 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
As one of the CranberryCo clan, the Clachan Grill prides itself on serving only the finest locally and sustainably sourced produce.

With our scenic River Dee backdrop, we're ideally located for locals and visitors alike. Warm and welcoming, we promise to serve our delicious, Scottish fare with a side of Northern hospitality.

A carefully designed menu reflects the diverse ingredients Scotland has on offer, drawing inspiration from Scottish classics, while elevating them to the level of a modern Grill.

An ideal location for a lunch or dinner, pop in for a taste of the Cairngorms

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 235 people are saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LorraineM
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surround, exceptional service and the food was amazing.

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Lynnet103
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, staff friendly, food was all lovely but the fillet steak was exceptional!

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LOUISEB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another fabulous meal at the Clachan Grill. Cannot fault anything. The food, the staff and restaurant are outstanding.

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Anna
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice ballater find,
Lovely evening in this local place

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TomI
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday celebration! Quality food and great service!

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JamesL
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience

Great food and exceptional service

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really warm welcome to this amazing restaurant. Modern furnishings and contemporary cuisine. Excellent value for money. Would go again if we lived closer 😀

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GeorgeM
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food with a warm welcome and a wonderful warm fire on a dreich Aberdeenshire day!

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The quality of food was very good, especially the deal on Chateaubriand. Only slight constructive and well intended criticism was the lighting level could have been a bit dimmer in keeping with the informal and pleasant atmosphere. Otherwise we had a great dining experience with top notch grub and good value for money. We will definitely be back to the Clachan Grill when next in Ballater. Thank You.

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ElizabethW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service will come back again next year

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CarolineG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere. Unobtrusive but good service and food was excellent.

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Pollyanna
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Restaurant warm and inviting. Greeted on arrival and shown to our table. Menu nice, but small selection. Food served promptly. Well presented and delicious! All in all a lovely evening.

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LOUISEB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fabulous meal. It was my birthday and received a complimentary drink for the two of us. Will definitely be back.

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vipGail
Edinburgh
45 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very nice Sunday lunch. Cosy restaurant with great menu.

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Bradley
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three courses, incredible value. Quality, taste and presentation of food is outstanding. If in Ballater certainly go along.
Very positive dining experience, only thing i would add is maybe the Wine is alittle expensive a glass.

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stephenT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

lovely food and very pleasant staff would thoroughly recommend.

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vipJudyL
Aberdeen
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely salmon dinner and delicious chocolate/orange dessert! Owner of restaurant was at the next table and he gave us wonderful ideas of what to do on the Isle of Skye!!

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PaulB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Enjoyed the food - I had nice if a little bland celeriac soup and then feather blade of beef. Wife’s meal of salmon followed by chicken were better plates. I did ask for some mustard with my beef but not provided without explanation by young waitress. However overall nice meal.

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DouglasB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The roast beef looked nice but was very chewy and a disappointment. Pub grub can do better than this.

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AllisonD
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quite busy for a rainy Wednesday night and we were greeted with a warm welcome. The food was lovely as was the service we received. We both had 3 courses and there was no complaints from either of us. I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

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John
Essex
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and l booked in advance, she is a vegan. The food was wonderful, with excellent service and a good choice of wine.

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MichaelA
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding as usual; excellent but modest menu; prompt service and reliable courtesy

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Very relaxed and comfortable setting

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julied
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We both had the confit lamb shoulder to start. I had chicken and my partner had the fillet steak, perfectly cooked. Excellent meal in pleasant surroundings

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Hans
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Steak was perfect. Starter too small for the money. Staff seemed to be stressed by the guests. Maybe better without?
Even with free tables it was not possible to add a friend of us to our table....
We will not go there a second time.

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MelL
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a beautiful Sunday lunch here, the roast beef was delicious, succulent and plentiful. However they forgot the roast potatoes- I don’t know why I didn’t ask! But when I mentioned it at then end, they were very apologetic and didn’t charge for the desert course. Really good food and Ballater is a great spot for a walk around after lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A superb meal on a very busy night for them (the night before the Highland Games). Great ambience and a simply delicious meal. As seasoned diners, would thoroughly recommend

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PascaleF
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks were fantastic, chips really tasty and the sauce was fab

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Emlog
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an extremely good meal here at very late notice. They were very accommodating of our late arrival due to a delayed flight and all our food was delicious and beautifully presented. Highly recommended. We look forward to a return visit when back in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and we had such a great experience, we went again a few nights later. Definitely eat here, but make a reservation. We saw lots of folks come in, but no room!

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AliW
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service as always. Our favourite restaurant in the area

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ErnieT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Exceeded our expectations.

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was average
Had to ask twice for beer we ordered
Asked for raw onions to which they had none!’
Asked for recommendation on steak or chicken and the answer we got was “I don’t know as I don’t eat red meat “

Steak was good though

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Derek
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant, our experience couldn't have been any better.

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, without being too noisy or too quiet.
Staff friendly and helpful.

but

The Food

Oh my gosh, it was absolutely off the scale delicious.

Beautiful local produce, sensitively cooked for phenomenal flavours.

11/10, will be going again.

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GRMun
Aberdeen
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice meal to celebrate a friend’s birthday. 3 courses all very tasty. Service efficient.

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vipSquanLocal
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Small menu, and our two dishes, the ravioli and the beef blade, were delicious and well prepared. They happily substituted the vegetable for the beef dish. The night we were there they were short on servers, so service was very slow. The two servers were kind and apologetic. We didn’t mind as it allowed us to have a leisurely dinner.

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MargaretR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening out with the family. Busy on a Monday evening which wax a good sign. Excellent and friendly service. Relaxed atmosphere. Food was fine.

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vipMariaH
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Wish they were open on Tuesday and would have ate there again. Highly recommend.

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AntoniyaA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We enjoyed all the meals we ordered! Highly recommended!

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KevinM
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sunday lunch with very generous portions. A little surprised that rice pudding was a cold dessert but tested very nice.

FAQs

Clachan Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.