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Restaurants in Aberdeen

There's plenty of fresh seafood available throughout the city from traditional fish and chips at The Ashvale in the West End to gourmet dining at the Silver Darling in the harbour. In the city centre, find Spanish, Thai and Chinese cuisine, as well as chic brasseries and cafés which give a contemporary twist to classic dishes. Last orders are usually at 10.30pm. Tip about 15 per cent if service isn't included on the bill.

The Ashvale, Aberdeen. Courtesy of The Ashvale

Top-end

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  1. 1. Silver Darling - Top-end: (More than £45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Silver Darling is an award-winning fish restaurant located in the harbour, offering diners unspoiled views of the maritime traffic. French chef Didier Dejean prepares fresh fish dishes such as crab cakes, monkfish with shitake mushrooms and sea bass with olive tomatoes and fennel fondue. Save some room for the selection of rich desserts.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2pm & 7pm-9.30pm; Sat 7pm-9.30pm

    Address

    Pocra Quay, North Pier, Aberdeen, AB11 5DQ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 576229

    Transport

    No 14 bus from Union Street to Footdee

    Website

    Silver Darling Website

  2. 2. Conservatory Restaurant - Top-end: (More than £45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Conservatory Restaurant at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, west of the city centre, places an emphasis on locally sourced produce. Pork and beef feature high on the menu along with a wide selection of fish dishes and vegetarian options. The restaurant maintains a reputation for quality cuisine and first-class service. Diners can eat outside on summer days.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-10pm; Sun 1pm-3pm

    Address

    Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen, AB15 9YA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 861000

    Transport

    No 18 bus from Union Street

    Website

    Marcliffe Hotel and Spa Website

  3. 3. Simpson's Hotel Restaurant - Top-end: (More than £45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Restaurant in Simpsons's Hotel combines Scottish produce with contemporary flavours. Try dishes such as traditional Cullen skink (beef broth), monkfish wrapped in parma ham and supreme of chicken with Stornoway black pudding. This West End restaurant is smart but relaxed and is decorated with possibly the only palm trees in Aberdeen.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 6.30pm-9.45pm; Sat 12pm-2pm & 6pm-9.45pm; Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm

    Address

    Simpson's Hotel, 59 Queen's Road, Aberdeen, AB15 4YP

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 327777

    Transport

    No 18 bus from Union Street

    Website

    Simpson's Hotel Restaurant Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. Foyer Restaurant and Gallery - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Foyer Restaurant, Aberdeen. Courtesy of Foyer Graphics

    The popular city-centre Foyer Restaurant offers dairy-free and gluten-free options such as honey-and-mustard grain chicken with smoked gammon and mash. The menu changes every few weeks, keeping it fresh and matching the modern interior design. Housed in a former church, the restaurant is also used as a gallery space for local artists.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 11am-11.30pm

    Address

    82a, Crown Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6ET

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 582277

    Transport

    Heading west, turn left on Union Street before you pass the Music Hall

    Website

    Foyer Restaurant and Gallery Website

  2. 5. The Stage Door Restaurant - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Stage Door, Aberdeen. Photo by aberdeenphoto.com

    Look out for visiting thespians at The Stage Door Restaurant, close to Aberdeen's main city-centre theatres. Over the past decade this restaurant has made a name for itself, so it is always busy; the pre-theatre set menu is particularly popular and value for money. Steaks are the speciality, but there's also a decent selection of Scottish dishes with a continental twist.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 5pm-late

    Address

    26, North Silver Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1RL

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 642111

    Transport

    Any buses to Union Street

    Website

    The Stage Door Restaurant Website

  3. 6. Ferryhill House - Mid-range

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    Located in its own park and garden on the city's southern outskirts, Ferryhill House has a fireplace for chilly afternoons and a beer garden for summer, as well as a conservatory. The wholesome and hearty dishes on offer are prepared with market-fresh ingredients. Menu items include chicken fajitas, fried haddock filet, char-grilled burgers and angus steaks.

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    Cost

    Main courses £8.95-£19.95

    Address

    169 Bon Accord St, Aberdeen, Scotland

    Telephone

    01224/590-867

    Website

    Ferryhill House

  4. 7. Little Italy - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Little Italy in the city centre is the place to find good old-fashioned Italian cooking, "just like Mama used to make". Try classics such as carbonara and lasagne with wines to match. The atmosphere is lively, the staff friendly and the decor is rustic with wooden tables and bright tablecloths.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10.30pm; Thu-Sat 12pm-10.30pm; Sun 5pm-10.30pm

    Address

    79, Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6BR

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 572240

    Transport

    Buses to Union Street

    Website

    Little Italy Website

  5. 8. Cafe 52 - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Cafe 52, Aberdeen. Courtesy of Cafe 52

    Cafe 52 in the city centre is a big hit with locals who love its continental feel and warm atmosphere, so booking is advisable. Lunch can include light bites such as homemade fishcakes or sandwiches with smoked pepper mackerel. There's also a late-afternoon tapas menu, and dinner mains range from Scottish kippers to Moroccan tagines and vegetarian options.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9.30pm; Sat 12pm-4pm & 6pm-9.30pm; Sun 12pm-4pm

    Address

    52, The Green, Aberdeen, AB11 6PE

    Telephone

    +44 (0)1224 590094

    Transport

    Any buses to Union Street

    Website

    Cafe 52 Website

  6. 9. Brentwood Hotel Restaurant - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The traditional decor of pink table cloths, complementary curtains and deep sofas make Carriages Restaurant a comfortable and welcoming place for dinner. Located inside the Brentwood Hotel in the city centre, it serves pub menu classics such as homemade lasagne and Scottish beef, as well as poached monkfish and spicy lamb.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-11pm

    Address

    101, Crown Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6HH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 595440

    Transport

    Any buses to Union Street

    Website

    Brentwood Hotel Website

  7. 10. Bhan Thai - Mid-range: (£25-45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    City centre restaurant Bhan Thai in Rose Street has a menu brimming with quality Thai dishes at affordable prices. Oriental artwork adds to the authenticity of the ambience and the menu. Favourites include the coconut chicken, pad thai and hot red curries, washed down with a cold Tiger beer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm & 5.30pm-11pm; Sun 5.30pm-11pm

    Address

    21, Rose Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TX

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 639155

    Transport

    Any buses to Union Street

    Website

    Bhan Thai Website

Budget

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  1. 11. The Ashvale - Budget: (Less than £25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Ashvale, Aberdeen. Courtesy of The Ashvale

    The Ashvale in the West End serves fish and chips. Haddock, cod, plaice, lemon sole, skate and turbot all feature on the menu, along with The Ashvale Whale, a one-pound cod fillet for anyone with a big appetite. A family favourite, this is an unfussy and good-value diner that has won numerous national "best chippy" awards.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.45am-11pm

    Address

    42-48, Great Western Road, Aberdeen, AB10 6PY

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 596981

    Transport

    No 18 and 19 buses from Union Street

    Website

    The Ashvale Website

  2. 12. Astoria Restaurant - Budget: (Less than £25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Astoria Restaurant, Aberdeen. Courtesy of Aberdeen Northern Hotel

    At the Astoria Restaurant in the Aberdeen Northern Hotel in Kittybrewster, find classic dishes. The Art Deco-themed interior makes it a popular with locals, particularly for special occasions. The menu includes favourites such as game pie and haddock stuffed with prawns and cheese, as well as the eight-ounce prime Aberdeen Angus fillet steak.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6pm-9.45pm

    Address

    1, Great Northern Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3PS

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 483342

    Transport

    No 17 or 18 buses from Union Street

    Website

    Aberdeen Northern Hotel Website

  3. 13. Blue Moon - Mid-range

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    City centre Indian restaurant Blue Moon has a contemporary interior and a menu featuring a broad variety of Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani dishes. Starters include king prawn bhaji and Goan chilli tiger prawns, marinated in garlic, coconut and tamarind. Speciality mains range from fish mooli curry, prepared with halibut and mustard seeds, to burnt green curry from a traditional recipe of chicken, spinach and spices.

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    Cost

    Main courses £8.75-£16.15

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thurs noon-2pm & 5pm-1am; Fri-Sun noon-1am

    Address

    11 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, Scotland

    Telephone

    01224/589977

    Website

    Blue Moon

  4. 14. Christos Greek Taverna - Budget: (Less than £25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Christos Greek Taverna, Aberdeen. Courtesy of Christos Greek Taverna

    The experience is as authentic as it comes at Christos Greek Taverna in the city centre. There's quality, affordable food, a warm atmosphere and optional after-dinner entertainment such as dancing and plate-smashing. Popular menu choices include mousaka and souvlaki (skewered meat), but there are also vegetarian options.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6pm-late

    Address

    14-20, John Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1BT

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 1224 636320

    Transport

    Any buses to Union Street

    Website

    Christos Greek Taverna Website

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