6 Best Restaurants in Dundee, Fife and Angus


$$ Fodor's choice

Downstairs at Dundee Contemporary Arts, this lively eatery serves breakfast at the bar, cocktails and snacks on the terrace in fine weather, or dinner in the open-plan dining area with huge windows that offer views of artists at work in the printmakers studio. There are plenty of handsomely presented dishes featuring quality Scottish meat, fish, and vegetables.

Sol y Sombra Tapas Bar

$$$ Fodor's choice

It looks like an old Scottish pub, and it is, but the vibrant ceramics, tapas, and sangria are so authentic they'll make you feel as if you're in España. Choose from the set menus, like a £20 lunch or £28 dinner, and you'll be served a steady stream of cracking little dishes. Booking in advance is essential. One word of warning: don't go looking for a quiet, romantic meal.

Boat Brae


Located within Newport's handsome former Victorian ferry terminal, this is a stunning spot to dine casually while spellbound by views of the Tay River and the Dundee skyline across the water. A versatile menu includes seafood shared platters and maritime mains, Scots steaks and lamb, and plenty of vegetarian options.

2–14 Boat Brae, Dundee, Dundee City, DD6 8EX, Scotland
Known For
  • historic building associated with the Thomas Telford-desgned pier
  • excellent breakfasts, sandwiches, and a cozy wood-filled bar
  • huge west-facing windows for sunset dining

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This spot delivers elegant and inventive dishes in a stylish yet relaxed contemporary setting on trendy Exchange Street. The young, talented team here showcase quality Scottish ingredients in their well-crafted seasonal menus, complemented by an expert mixologist serving alluring aperitifs, a decent wine list, and cheeky cocktails.
22-26 Exchange St., Dundee, Dundee City, DD1 3DL, Scotland
Known For
  • good-value lunch and à la carte menus
  • epic tasting menus with wine flights
  • tempting cocktail bar.
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Manchurian Chinese Restaurant

This family-run restaurant above a Chinese supermarket will not win any style awards (it feels a little like a hotel conference suite), but thanks to its food it has won a loyal following. Dishes are fresh and light, from plump and fragrant dim sum to more unusual offerings.
15a Gellatly St., Dundee, Dundee City, DD1 3DY, Scotland
Known For
  • authentic Chinese with modern twist
  • Chinese supermarket downstairs
  • handy takeout service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed., Reservations essential



This small basement eatery on Perth Road, with wooden tables and chairs and a quirky staff, attracts a diverse clientele. It serves well-crafted pasta dishes and mains that showcase fresh Scottish ingredients. It's a very intimate and quiet place—so usually a good choice for couples—but be warned that it books up on weekends. Many characterful West End pubs are nearby.

21 Perth Rd., Dundee, Dundee City, DD1 4JY, Scotland
Known For
  • candlelit intimacy
  • reservations needed on weekends
  • Italian pancakes with ice cream
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations essential