Argyll and the Isles Restaurants

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  • 1. Café Fish

    $$$ | Coffee

    This restaurant's location has certainly contributed to its success—it's perched on the pier at the end of Tobermory. The owners pride themselves on the freshness...

    This restaurant's location has certainly contributed to its success—it's perched on the pier at the end of Tobermory. The owners pride themselves on the freshness of their fish; they have their own boat and bring in their own seafood each day. The fish is served simply, grilled with a slice of lemon, to let the natural flavors speak for themselves.

    The Pier, Tobermory, Argyll and Bute, PA75 6NU, Scotland
    01688-301253

    Known For

    • Roast shellfish platters
    • Glengorm rib-eye steaks
    • Mull lobster grilled with garlic butter

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–mid-Mar., Reservations essential
  • 2. Ee-Usk

    $$$

    This clean-lined restaurant's name means "fish" in Gaelic, and it has earned quite a reputation for serving excellent dishes made with the freshest fish and...

    This clean-lined restaurant's name means "fish" in Gaelic, and it has earned quite a reputation for serving excellent dishes made with the freshest fish and shellfish delivered directly from Oban's harbor. The signature creations use appealingly simple sauces; try oven-baked wild halibut with creamed leeks or the full-scale seafood platter. On clear days, there are nice views of the islands through the large glass windows. Children under 12 are not admitted for dinner.

    North Pier, Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 5QD, Scotland
    01631-565666

    Known For

    • Mull scallops and Loch Linnhe oysters and langoustines
    • No children under 12 during dinnertime
    • Island views

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 3. Harbour Inn

    $$$

    An adjunct of the Bowmore distillery, the Harbour Inn has a bar frequented by locals and a more upscale restaurant with a menu that emphasizes...

    An adjunct of the Bowmore distillery, the Harbour Inn has a bar frequented by locals and a more upscale restaurant with a menu that emphasizes oysters, langoustines, mussels, and other local seafood. The elegant dining room looks out onto the water.

    The Square, Bowmore, Argyll and Bute, PA43 7JR, Scotland
    01496-810330

    Known For

    • Classic Islay oysters
    • North African–influenced vegetarian dishes
    • Seafood paired with malt whiskies

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed mid-Nov.–mid-Feb.
  • 4. Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

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    The first of a chain of seafood restaurants that now stretches across the United Kingdom (though the rest are now owned by the Greene King...

    The first of a chain of seafood restaurants that now stretches across the United Kingdom (though the rest are now owned by the Greene King brewery chain), this restaurant continues to please with its emphasis on ultrafresh, locally sourced seafood, simply prepared. Oysters, are, of course, a keynote, but the menu also features mussels, lobster, prawns, salmon, and much more from the sea, accompanied by perfect crunchy green vegetables such as peas, beans, and asparagus. There's a fishy tapas array, too.

    A83, Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, PA26 8BL, Scotland
    01499-600482

    Known For

    • Plump oysters perfectly prepared
    • Meltingly tender smoked salmon
    • Seafood tapas

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 5. The Pierhouse

    $$$

    The round towers of the old pier mark the entrance to this restaurant, appealingly situated on the water's edge. The restaurant serves the freshest seafood;...

    The round towers of the old pier mark the entrance to this restaurant, appealingly situated on the water's edge. The restaurant serves the freshest seafood; try its signature platter of lobster, scallops, mussels, and langoustines. The restaurant and bar (which also serves light meals) are lively and often filled with walkers and water-sports enthusiasts. The Pierhouse also has small but clean and comfortable rooms.

    Port Appin, Port Appin, Argyll and Bute, PA38 4DE, Scotland
    01631-730302

    Known For

    • Delicious lobster thermidor
    • Rib-eye steak with langoustines
    • Lively atmosphere
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  • 6. Brodick Brasserie

    $$$

    This lively bar and restaurant serves fixed-price lunch and dinner menus featuring popular if unadventurous seafood favorites such as monkfish, halibut, and scallops, and adds...

    This lively bar and restaurant serves fixed-price lunch and dinner menus featuring popular if unadventurous seafood favorites such as monkfish, halibut, and scallops, and adds spice to the mix with an array of Asian-influenced dishes. Like many places in the west of Scotland, hours are restricted, so it is well worth booking ahead.

    Alma Rd., Brodick, North Ayrshire, KA27 8BU, Scotland
    01770-302169

    Known For

    • Sunday roast with all the trimmings
    • Brodick bouillabaisse of local langoustines and shellfish
    • Gigha halibut with roasted gnocchi

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential
  • 7. Cafe Thyme

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    This bright and pleasant restaurant offers a combination of Scottish and Turkish flavors (an expression of the owners' backgrounds) as well as fine views out...

    This bright and pleasant restaurant offers a combination of Scottish and Turkish flavors (an expression of the owners' backgrounds) as well as fine views out to sea. Look for meze as well as pides (Turkish pizza)—try the haggis-and-cheese or crayfish-and-olive combinations.

    Machrie, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EB, Scotland
    01770-840227

    Known For

    • Mediterranean meze
    • Unusual East–West fusion dishes
    • Turkish-style haggis pizza

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, Reservations essential
  • 8. Hawthorn Restaurant

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    Fish shares the menu here with local lamb, pork, and game. Although it's just a few miles from Oban (whence it sources its seafood), the...

    Fish shares the menu here with local lamb, pork, and game. Although it's just a few miles from Oban (whence it sources its seafood), the setting is rural, surrounded by crofts that are still working farms. Inside, modern furnishings are offset by white walls.

    Benderloch, Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA37 1QS, Scotland
    07483-145534

    Known For

    • Freshly caught haddock
    • Argyll lamb
    • Tasty steak pies

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Oct.–Mar.
  • 9. Oban Seafood Hut

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    Serving arguably the best-value seafood in Oban, the late John Ogden's quayside fish shack is a local legend. Look for a green-painted shed on the...

    Serving arguably the best-value seafood in Oban, the late John Ogden's quayside fish shack is a local legend. Look for a green-painted shed on the pier, then join the line of cognoscenti waiting for simply sautéed scallops, grilled langoustine, and lobster, oysters, and mussels. Freshness is everything here. With just a few rough-hewn outdoor tables, you may have to eat standing up, but it's worth it.

    CalMac Pier, Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 4DB, Scotland
    07881-418565

    Known For

    • King prawn sandwiches and scallops in garlic butter
    • Cash or debit card only
    • Limited seating

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr.
  • 10. Samphire Seafood Restaurant

    $$

    This small, cozy, unpretentious restaurant in the center of Inveraray has earned a reputation for excellently prepared seafood, though it also serves meat and vegetarian...

    This small, cozy, unpretentious restaurant in the center of Inveraray has earned a reputation for excellently prepared seafood, though it also serves meat and vegetarian dishes. Favorites include the seafood pie, and the Taste of the Loch medley of shellfish and crustaceans is a special treat.

    6A Arkland, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, PA32 8XT, Scotland
    01499-302321

    Known For

    • Lavish seafood platters
    • Hearty seafood pie
    • Roast cod loin

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon, Reservations essential
  • 11. Creelers

    $$
    Closed Permanently

    It would be hard to find fresher seafood than at Creelers. The shellfish served in the restaurant will often have been caught that day by...

    It would be hard to find fresher seafood than at Creelers. The shellfish served in the restaurant will often have been caught that day by the owners' own boat. The restaurant's name comes from the "creels," or baskets, used to gather shellfish. The restaurant serves a range of delicious smoked fish from its own smokery next door, as well as other fish and meat dishes. Try the Arran scallops with cauliflower and lobster or the halibut with a mussel chowder sauce. The restaurant does not sell wine but you can bring your own bottle (£3.50 corkage).

    A841, Brodick, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DD, Scotland
    01770-302810

    Known For

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential
  • 12. Kitchen Garden

    $ | Coffee
    Closed Permanently

    This delicatessen serves good homemade soups, paninis, and sandwiches, as well as freshly baked cakes. If you're visiting in summer and pushed for time it's...

    This delicatessen serves good homemade soups, paninis, and sandwiches, as well as freshly baked cakes. If you're visiting in summer and pushed for time it's best to book your table in advance or take your order to go.

    14 George St., Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 5QD, Scotland
    01631-566332

    Known For

    • Home-baked cakes
    • Tasty panini and sandwiches

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, Credit cards accepted
  • 13. Taste Bowmore

    $ | Coffee
    Closed Permanently

    Bowmore Distillery's in-house café-restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, soups, and cakes throughout the day. Summer brings a more substantial evening menu featuring steaks, burgers, and some...

    Bowmore Distillery's in-house café-restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, soups, and cakes throughout the day. Summer brings a more substantial evening menu featuring steaks, burgers, and some vegetarian dishes.

    3 School St., Bowmore, Argyll and Bute, PA43 7JR, Scotland
    01496-810491

    Known For

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Mar. Closed Sun. and Mon. Apr.–Nov.

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