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Contrast Brasserie

4.6
4.6
638 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
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!

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Sunday Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01463 223777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ian Chambers

  • Catering

    We stay true to our Scottish roots, creating simple dishes built around one great ingredient. We source all our produce locally and produce everything in-house, from succulent rare breed pork, prime dry-aged beef to market fresh fruit and vegetables.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    The oak lined Private Dining Room or Windsor Function Room are available for exclusive hire for 2 to 90 guests and offer the ideal space for a meeting of the minds or a large social gathering. Formal or informal, funky or traditional - what goes on in there is up to you!For something extra special why not ask about dining at the Chef's Table..?

  • Private party contact

    Angela Wilson: 01463 223777

  • Neighborhood

    Inverness

  • Cross street

    Ness Bank

  • Parking details

    With ample free on-site parking there is no need to find a parking place then traipse across town in the rain - you are literally seconds from car to table, door-to-door!

  • Public transit

    The Stagecoach Highland buses 6 (Lochardil) and 16 (Foyers) stop on Haugh Road which runs parallel with Ness Bank where Contrast is situated.<br /><br />The hotel is a short walk from Inverness Train station.<br /><br />

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music from our resident piano player in our Piano Bar every Friday and Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 638 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Service

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Ambiance

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Value

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Healthy

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Great for Lunch

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Special Occasion

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Scottish

  • 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

    Special Occasion

  • Inverness

    Most Booked

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  1. KD

    KenD

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very high class food in great location with attentive staff. Three course lunch is fantastic value.
  2. M

    Marhols

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our visit to Contrast, very nice meal and staff.
  3. UT

    UrsulaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very Good food and excelente Service, the place is nice.
  4. R

    Rpkusa

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service excellent. However the table behind me were very loud talkers. I think they knew the owner. When I turned around to look at who was talking so loud he was rude. That spoiled our experience.
  5. LS

    LynneS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Directed to the bar by receptionist. Arrived a few minutes early. Ordered a drink and cocktail. Went to give our order, then told there was no beef… what we were specifically looking for. The waitress saw the look of disappointment on our faces, returned to say beef would be ready in 20 minutes! Directed to our table, my starter of mussels were excellent, but the main course of beef was one slab, resembling a steak! Not thinly sliced as it should have been. Not best pleased today.
  6. AC

    AnnaCJ

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious and imaginative food pairings with a Japanese theme. We could have eaten the entire menu so it was a hard choice to pick just one starter and main - would have had a pudding if we could have fit it in! It did not disappoint and if we lived locally we would be back to try everything on the menu.
  7. AW

    AlisonWeir2019

    London

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Nowhere near as good as it was in 2019 - we haven't stopped raving about that meal. Not any more. This time my steak was lukewarm and tough, and the replacement didn't match the taste and juiciness of that I had in 2019. Overpriced and disappointing.
  8. MB

    MichelleB

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place for a quiet meal, nice decor with screens making the restaurant seem more intimate. Food and service were excellent 👍
  9. H

    Helen

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Friendly staff. Great experience.
  10. NH

    NormaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really lovely evening, good atmosphere, attentive staff and a very good meal - perhaps a little pricey but enjoyable. A great place for a special occasion.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing!!
  12. MH

    MacgregorH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely ambiance, wonderful service! We couldn’t have asked for more!
  13. KW

    KeithW

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food and prompt friendly service inn quiet environment
  14. LE

    LeeE

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Irish Chef has distinctive menu, very well prepared dishes. The pan fried Sole was the best I have ever had, and I am an international foodie

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  15. ED

    ElaineD

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. Best roast sirloin I’ve ever had for Sunday lunch. Great staff and lovely surroundings.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  16. IC

    IslaC

    Inverness

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and great choices. Nice and quick ,as we were going to the theatre, and enjoyed the cocktails before our meal

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  17. MG

    MartinG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, good wine and friendly service. Recommended.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  18. J

    Jane

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant lack cohesion. Was not Japanese or a steakhouse? We understand what the chef was trying to do but it tasted like Japanese flavors on top of one another. The tuna tartare lacked a good flow. The scallops with pork belly didn’t match either. Individually the ingredients were good but the ensemble didn’t meld The wine list wasn’t varied. More variety and options would be better
  19. EF

    EllenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful three course lunch. The staff were very attentive.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great job by the Contrast team, a throughly enjoyable dinner by the river in Inverness.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  21. FM

    FMBee

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very well presented dishes and superb taste. Will definitely go back again. Only negative was one waiter who has not yet discovered deodorant.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  22. SE

    SirEatsOutALot

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was great with attentive and polite staff. Food was well prepared and served promptly and hot. Less expensive than I was expecting. Very good restaurant over all.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  23. J

    Jock1950

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was excellent but, overall, the experience was let down by slow and uncoordinated service.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the above comment, I'm sorry you thought this was the case with the service. We always get such great feedback. we hope we can welcome you again very soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  24. GM

    GailM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, good service, food well presented and good choice of courses . All in all a really positive experience

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  25. GR

    GemmaR

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic meal! Both my husband and myself said after the meal possibly the best food in Inverness!! Excellent service, very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely be returning!

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thank you for the amazing feedback! I'm delighted you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  26. BM

    BillMcD

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent and food was very good we shared a Tempura starter, followed by a wonderful sole cooked to perfection and then shared a very interesting cheese board. We dine out every week and will certainly return as the meat offerings looked very good. Service was excellent and overall experience was one we would recommend.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  27. J

    Jane

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our evening food was good value and cocktails were also good. Service was good.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sushi afternoon tea - the presentation was beautiful, the sushi to die for! We very much enjoyed our afternoon, very relaxing and attentive service, will definitely be back.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  29. S

    Sand

    London

    31 reviews

    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    There was too much obsession on a timed table. You couldn’t relax. Then we were two people then stuck next to a table of 8 who were walkers whose hygiene was questionable. Had expected it to be a smarter place.
  30. VF

    VictorF

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was very good, as was the restaurant ambience. Food presentation very good, but the chicken in the Chicken Satay dish was overcooked and dry. Three of the guests had the chicken and left most of it on the plate. The restaurant should really have knocked 20% off the bill, but didn't. Because the service was good, I gave a 10% tip, as the waiting staff were not responsible for the cooking of the chicken.
  31. DS

    DavidS

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and staff were superb! Would recommend!
  32. KM

    KatieM

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant by the river very good service tasty food
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Bon mais trop cher
  34. e

    elizabethr

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic helpful proficient professional, friendly staff and service . Would highly recommend to go
  35. CM

    CaroleM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing a la carte menu. Choice and quality of food were incredible. Staff within the restaurant and piano bar were extremely helpful and attentive. Lovely to have the live music pre dinner in the bar. A great evening from start to finish. Thank you

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on July 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  36. MS

    MaryS

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    First waiter treated me like I was invisible and always spoke to my daughter asking how her food was etc. we then got another waiter who was absolutely lovely. Food was good and I like the bar area were we finished our drinks

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on July 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  37. GG

    GaryG

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommended by a chef friend from aviemore who stated this was hands down the best place in the area in his opinion. If anything the restaurant surpassed my already high expectations. Outstanding! Couldn't recommend highly enough!
  38. MS

    MaggieS

    North Scotland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food at a great price, highly recommend.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on July 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  39. AR

    AlisonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely restaurant/bar. We had a great evening, a drink in the bar followed by dinner in the Contrast Brasserie. Our meal was fab, service was spot on and a lovely atmosphere. We will certainly be back.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on July 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

  40. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the birthday champagne on arrival to transferring the bill to our table outside whilst we enjoyed coffee in the evening warmth, Contrast delivered on every level. Excellent service from all staff, often yet not invasive, superb quality food complimented by great wine. For a local and one that only eats out on special occasions this was a perfect evening, thank you.

    Contrast BrasserieResponded on July 24, 2022Dear Guest, thanks for the great review. Myself and the team are delighted you had a great time with us. We hope we can see you again soon Kind Regards Ben Larsen General Manager

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
  • Screening

    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Contrast Brasserie is rated 4.6 stars by 638 OpenTable diners.

Contrast Brasserie does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Contrast Brasserie

20 Ness Bank, Inverness, Highland IV2 4SF

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ness Bank

  • Neighborhood

    Inverness

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Sunday Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    With ample free on-site parking there is no need to find a parking place then traipse across town in the rain - you are literally seconds from car to table, door-to-door!

  • Public transit

    The Stagecoach Highland buses 6 (Lochardil) and 16 (Foyers) stop on Haugh Road which runs parallel with Ness Bank where Contrast is situated.The hotel is a short walk from Inverness Train station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ian Chambers

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music from our resident piano player in our Piano Bar every Friday and Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01463 223777

  • Catering

    We stay true to our Scottish roots, creating simple dishes built around one great ingredient. We source all our produce locally and produce everything in-house, from succulent rare breed pork, prime dry-aged beef to market fresh fruit and vegetables.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    The oak lined Private Dining Room or Windsor Function Room are available for exclusive hire for 2 to 90 guests and offer the ideal space for a meeting of the minds or a large social gathering. Formal or informal, funky or traditional - what goes on in there is up to you!For something extra special why not ask about dining at the Chef's Table..?

  • Private party contact

    Angela Wilson: 01463 223777

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