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Cafe 1, Inverness, Highland

Cafe 1

4.7
4.7
2253 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Welcome to Cafe 1
I have pleasure in offering you a unique, fine dining experience here in The Highlands at Cafe1, Inverness.

We take great pride in sourcing local ingredients - some produced by ourselves from our own Croft!

Our open plan kitchen turns quality Scottish produce into appealing modern dishes.

We are a restaurant that moves with the times.

All tables are re-booked 2 hours later.

Cancellation policy.
No shows will be charged at £20 per person Monday - Thursday £40 per person Friday & Saturdays.
Cancellations within 5 hrs of dining will be charged £15 per person with the restaurants discretion.

Norman MacDonald MBE
Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland
Proprietor

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01463 226200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    David Coubrough
  • Neighborhood
    Inverness
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    7 minute walk from Inverness train station
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Overall

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Food

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Service

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Ambiance

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Best Value

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for groups

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Healthy

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Hot spot

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Neighborhood gem

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Romantic

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Good for special occasions

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Lively

  • Inverness / Scottish Highlands

    Most Booked

  • Inverness

    Best Overall

  • Inverness

    Best Food

  • Inverness

    Best Service

  • Inverness

    Best Ambiance

  • Inverness

    Best Value

  • Inverness

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness

    Good for business meals

  • Inverness

    Good for groups

  • Inverness

    Healthy

  • Inverness

    Hot spot

  • Inverness

    Neighborhood gem

  • Inverness

    Romantic

  • Inverness

    Good for special occasions

  • Inverness

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inverness

    Lively

  • Inverness

    Most Booked

2,253 Reviews
  1. adcal04

    Dallas

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food were both excellent. Our party of 5 had a wonderful time.

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  2. HughM

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great welcoming team! Great service and top notch food.

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  3. SuzieG

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely first class service as always. The food and drink is brilliant and can not fault anything at all. The staff are always happy and cheerful and Norman is brilliant too 😀 One of my favourite places in town 😀

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  4. MarieH

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food at a reasonable price & a nice wine list

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from Norman and the team, thanks again

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  6. FionaM

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was lovely only complaint they had run out of the desert we wanted on pre theatre menu, however the other menu offered nice choices both of which were delicious.

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  7. RachelM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time, highly recommend this restaurant

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  8. GrahamR

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top quality food and excellent service. Small Issue was no decaf coffee was available. We really enjoyed our visit to Cafe One - thank you!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Flat Iron Tuesday was a massive hit for our family. For what is designed to be a cheaper cut of beef, the quality is excellent. The sides are beautifully presented with great choice. We left fully satisfied having enjoyed the meal and the usual Cafe1 hospitality.

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  10. AliHar

    Inverness

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite place to dine, in Inverness!! Lovely atmosphere Always amazing quality and taste in food Friendly helpfully staff Highly recommended

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  11. Glenrothes

    Angus

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food as always was very good. Service is really friendly and helpful. I have eaten here every time in Inverness. The only comment I would make was that this is the first time I have been at a table in the back and I found it was quite cold all evening.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service outstanding, lovely atmosphere and great Cocktails

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    North Scotland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Excellent service and front of house team. Will definitely visit again. Thank you.

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  14. CallumM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family group had a brilliant evening at Cafe1. Outstanding.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch - our waitress was just delightful, pleasant and knowledgeable

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service were ok, the problem is that the prices listed in OpenTable are very different than the actual prices, and it is much more expensive than listed. For example, the lamb is not £22 as listed here, it is £32. Much more expensive, I would have pick another restaurant if I knew the actual prices. Misleading.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time. Restaurant was lovely, food was delicious and staff were very pleasant. Would go back in a heart beat.

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  18. Bruce

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A chilly Tuesday night and the place was packed. A very warm welcome and some great food and a terrific atmosphere. Try it, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

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  19. RachelD

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal and service. Staff seem to genuinely enjoy their job which is reflective in their work. Thank you for a lovely evening 👌🏼

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  20. lovefinefood

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated immediately. Great service from Mia. Our flank steaks were cooked to perfection and the crepe filled with malteser ice cream and drenched in toffee sauce was pure indulgence. Only drawback was the rather exuberant group of gents behind us.

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  21. Anthony

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and very friendly staff. Lots of staff available, despite being a busy night.

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  22. EmilyM

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! Never a bad meal at cafe 1!

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  23. ElainaG

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe1 never disappoints. Food is exceptional. Service first class. My favourite restaurant in Inverness.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Friendly staff. Quality food. Brilliant service. What more can you ask for.

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  25. DianneC

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly welcome. Attentive and informative staff. Food excellent and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Would definitely recommend.

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  26. KarenH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was excellent however the experience was spoiled by a table of very loud customers who were constantly swearing and generally ill mannered. This did not encourage us to linger after our main course and spoilt what should have been a family celebration for my husband’s birthday.

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  27. MaureenP

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a pleasant time at the restaurant. We had the flat iron steak special , it was prepared perfectly. We were early so pre theatre menu could have been an option too. Waitress and staff were polite and courteous. It was pleasant and it was a meal to celebrate my husband retirement.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lunch at Cafe 1 was excellent. The food and service were exceptional.

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  29. Rebecca

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as always. The quality is outstanding

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  30. DeborahM

    Inverness

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Varied menu of fish, meat and veggie options. Sea bass was delicious. Wine was tasty and not too expensive. Lovely buzz to the place.

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  31. AnneM

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food great staff...always enjoy eating here

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  32. DanielN

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect, just like a month ago. Great, young and attentive staff, wonderful food and a nice chef who asks questions. And a great margerita as a pre-dinner drink. I look forward when I come back from Switzerland to visiting Cafe1 again.

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  33. Beano

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class service, food fabulous, lovely atmosphere, good temperature, we had a lovely experience

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  34. JamesG

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food excellent service would highly recommend

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  35. AlistairM

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the staff were very attentive and spent time with our table to discuss any of of our queries, also went and asked about my Gluten Free options and how they could adapt the menu to suit my needs. Over all an excellent day out with good company and excellent food.

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  36. EllisL

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Completely outstanding meal. Fabulous service as always.

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  37. WhiteRabbit

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal. The food was amazing and the service top notch.

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  38. JohnR

    North Scotland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Half past five pre theatre menu on a Tuesday evening. Interesting menu, excellent service from young serving team, food cooked to perfection and imaginatively presented. Appreciated the owner taking a turn round the tables. Nice ambience and good to see it busy for a Tuesday in February. perhaps not surprising though as good value, good food, pleasant surroundings.

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  39. JonnyM

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a tremendous meal at Cafe1. Great service and menu. Highly recommend.

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  40. KatieA

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed n welcomed warmly. Fabulous food, great service. Definitely will be back.

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FAQs

Cafe 1 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01463 226200.

Cafe 1 is rated 4.7 stars by 2253 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe 1

75 Castle Street, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EA

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Inverness
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Contemporary European, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    7 minute walk from Inverness train station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    David Coubrough
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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