The Stack Restaurant and Bar

4.6
266 Reviews
£25 and under
Modern European
Current opening hours
(in-line with Covid restrictions ) can be viewed here -https://thestackrestaurant.com/
Restaurant closed at 11.30pm,-when making a booking please allow yourself as much time as possible to relax and enjoy your visit.
Outside area-closed at 12am ,which we recommend booking in advance. 
Situated in the coastal village of Muchalls, just off the A90, and 10 minutes from Aberdeen and Stonehaven,The restaurant derives its name from the sea stacks located on the beautiful surrounding coastline.

It is brought to you and led by head chef and owner Andy Smart, who’s aim is to offer a flexible and relaxed environment where everybody is welcome.
Dogs are also welcomed too.(we have treats and water bowls for them!)
Dining in a relaxed environmen , the food style is seasonal and inventive and draws inspiration from international flavours, whilst using local suppliers, with an emphasis on simplicity, and where the staff are both friendly and professional.

Support The Stack Restaurant and Bar during COVID-19

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
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 266 people are saying
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Missk
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappointed, food great, service great, no complaints

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MarkB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and great value, definitely be back again

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StephenD
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always - portion sizes are generous and the quality of the food is exceptional - one of, if not the, best restaurants in the area. Well worth the short journey.

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NeilE
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fantastic meal, freshly prepared. From arrival to departure all in all a wonderful experience. We will be back

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AndyF
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner with my partner. Really interesting menu, can tell the chef has travelled. All food very well cooked and presented. Staff were young but attentive and polite. Have already recomended to friends and family.

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MickBeavers
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best overall I have ever had, the quality of the food is amazing. The menu had something for everyone. The service was on point, and the atmosphere was excellent, everyone enjoying themselves and the food. I have eaten here many times, I’ve not had a bad meal, but Friday was incredible. To Andy and the team 🙌🏻

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VivienneG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food with a great choice from the menu. The staff are first class & the restaurant is lovely & clean & welcoming. Parking is easy & it's very accesible for elderly folk or wheelchairs too. Their cocktail are amazing & I can't wait to return. Thanks to Andy & his team.

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AngelaD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food as always. It’s so fresh, creative and visually appealing every time and a huge choice to choose from.

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RodolpheB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a vegan meal. The cauliflower was delicious. There were lots of surprising tastes in the plates. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Diamondgirl1
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always very good .
Friendly young staff . Good service

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RachelM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu, beautiful food, thoughtfully prepared and well presented. Good service and a good atmosphere. Looking forward to returning.

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PaulA
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately, unlike other occasions the service was not up to the usual standard. Based on previous experience we will try again and would recommend generally speaking.

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DavidM
North Scotland
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Slight dissonance between the location, the appearance and the menu. Doesn't really look like a restaurant, perhaps more like a domestic front room. So the excellent quality of service and food comes as a lovely surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was most enjoyable.

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KCS7
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely atmosphere, staff are friendly and food is excellent. Many thanks

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Harjor
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and staff! Definitely will go back again!

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AnneR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, we are never disappointed by the food or atmosphere.

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GrunnyG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. Welcome was friendly. Seemed short staffed. One of the coffees was cold, but quickly remedied.

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Diner125
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal. Good choice of local beers. Always a pleasure.

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NeilC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As usual, food was excellent. Only criticism I could make is that we seemed to get forgotten about after our mains were cleared. Evantually we had to ask to see the dessert menu! Apart from that, all good.

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OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and the surroundings very much and the waiter Connor was friendly and attentive. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Davekt
Angus
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great visit to this outstanding little restaurant. Sunday lunch at a quiet time, service started with a warm greeting and was attentive and efficient throughout. I had the scallops to start and a fantastic piece of venison for main course, one of the best venison meals I've ever had. The wife had cullen skink, confit duck leg and langoustines, small plates from the starter/tapas page of the menu. The venison was on the Specials page which has been different every visit. Good food, locally sourced but with an eastern twist, some delicate, subtle tastes.
Highly recommended venue, well worth the trip to Muchalls.

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PeterJ
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My partners Prawns were sent back as they still had the black vein running through them. We did receive and apology only to be told that these are bought in...i assumed everything was home made.
This was replaced by fried Calamari but cooked in pretty well used oil,,,did not eat
Duck started was fine

Rest of meal was fine although how 2 pieces of Monk fish on the same plate can be so different....one near enough spot on...maybe just and no more overcooked and the other was undercook but still ate.

Been here before and this time away of the mark from our previous visit...may have been a bad day but wont be in ahurray to return.

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JackieM
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night. The food was fantastic.

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Suetrigs
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I’d been wanting to go to the stack for since I saw a write up on it during lockdown. The food was good and arrived quickly. Unfortunately, service let it all down. I felt that large tables took preference and smaller tables were just an annoyance. We weren’t read any of the specials unlike a large table next to us whilst we were half way through our meal and drinks service was slow.
It was a good meal but the experience put me off and I don’t think we’ll return.

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ChristineD
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and plentiful, excellent value for money and delicious. Restaurant was quiet but that could be due to mid week booking. We were planning our next visit during our meal.

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SS13
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu choices. Food was delicious and service was friendly and efficient. Thoroughly recommend dining at The Stack m!

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Echto
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Amazing food but decor and lighting really need addressing to set the ambiance. Some aspects of Front of House require training, young staff doing their very best but need help to really make it the best experience.

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JDogg
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten at The Stack on a number of occasions, and for good reason. The menu is excellent, the food wonderful and the staff have always been very friendly and helpful.

10/10 every time.

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BobM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had midday lunch- first visit. Really good food and service - a real find. We’ll definitely be back.

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Johnboy
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a celebration lunch for a friend who passed a year ago, the service was very good the food was magnificent. The cost was very reasonable, I think you might have a few more customers after our day out. Keep up the good work

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was nice and the service very polite but what let this down massively was the time taken to service our simple table of 4. We did not have elaborate courses, we had basic starters and mains were x2 burger and x2 Scampi but it took 3.5hrs to complete our 3 course meal.
We had to fetch our own dessert menus despite asking twice, we were missing a fork in our cutlery bundle at one of our seats. Visited stack before and loved it, this time round is seemed absent of leadership and time management.

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Louise
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fantastic menu choice and in particular the fish dishes. Just a little bit different with great flavours.

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JoshC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Food was amazing really tasty. Unfortunately table service was really bad only got one drink at the start after sitting down then never attended to bar being served food. Ended up getting the bill after our mains as our drink order wasn’t even put through and had been waiting for two courses and then a further 20 mins after we finished our main. Rather disappointed, but the food spoke for itself.

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colin
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great choice of local seafood and craft beers. Great service from the young lad who served us, overall an excellent local restaurant.

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MikeG
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff very friendly , helpful and attentive . This is my second time at the Stack and both times the food has been superb. Also a decent bar selection. Will defiantly be going back and will recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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EmmaP
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, Great Service and lovely a atmosphere.

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JamesD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party was very impressed bi The Stack. The welcome was extremely warm, the gin choice was excellent, the staff were lovely and very helpful, and the food was outstanding. The ambience of the place was one of happiness and contentment.

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Sanny
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal in lovely surroundings. Very efficient staff. Will def be back. Cocktails were excellent

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SharonS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch at the Stack - my partner said the mussels were the "best I've ever had". Great selection of options, difficult to choose between them, so we have booked to go again for our birthdays !

FAQs

The Stack Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01569 730393.

The Stack Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

The Stack Restaurant and Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thestackrestaurant.com/gift-vouchers/.

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.