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Where to Eat in Aberdeen - From Angus Steak to Scottish Seafood

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Aberdeen serves its visitors a tasty menu. As you'd expect in a thriving fishing port, there's an abundance of fresh seafood. The surrounding farmland is famous for steak and lamb. Native game like pheasant, grouse, and venison comes to Aberdeen tables from nearby moors and forests.

Typical dishes

 

Northeast Scotland's signature dish is the "smokie" (smoked haddock). It's a key ingredient in Cullen skink, a chowder-like soup. Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, is the birthplace of the deep-fried Mars Bar - a local chip-shop favorite.

Central Aberdeen

 

Restaurants and gastro-pubs in central Aberdeen serve locally caught seafood like lobster, crab, salmon, and halibut. City centre eateries fuse Scottish produce and traditions with cosmopolitan influences. You'll find Cullen skink, haggis bon-bons, squid tempura, and scallops with pork belly at spots like The Courtyard and The Office Kitchen. Courtesy of a long-established Italian community, you'll also discover lots of old-school trattorias in Aberdeen. Aberdonians have also acquired a taste for dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Turkish, Tex-Mex, Punjabi, Bengali, Thai, and Chinese restaurants abound.

 

  • The Courtyard, 1 Alford Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1YD; Tel: +44 1224 589 109; Website: The Courtyard
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  • The Office Kitchen, 7 Crown Street, Aberdeen AB11 6HA; Tel: +44 1224 571 475; Website: The Office Kitchen

 

Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter

 

Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter has become the city's go-to district for lively, informal bistros and café-bars. At the likes of Carmelite Bar and Grill you can take a break from the district's boutique shopping with a glass of fizz, and enjoy hearty dishes like pie and mash or black pudding and chorizo stew. The menu at Merchant Bistro features Scottish scallops with braised pork belly, among other treats.

 

  • Carmelite Bar & Grill, Stirling Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JU; Tel: +44 1224 589 101; Website: Carmelite Bar & Grill
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  • The Merchant Bistro, 19 Correction Wynd, Aberdeen AB10 1HP; Tel: +44 1224 636 676; Website: The Merchant Bistro

 

Aberdeen's harbor neighbourhood

 

For an informal meal, try the pubs and fish chip shops around Aberdeen's harbor and in Footdee (pronounced "Fitty") at the mouth of the River Dee. There are also some classy eating places in this part of town. Silver Darling, on the quayside, is renowned for seafood. At 210 Bistro, diners can enjoy fishy treats like baked turbot and seared tuna with spicy harissa while looking out to sea.

 

  • Silver Darling, North Pier House, 43 Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ; Tel: +44 1224 576 229; Website: Silver Darling
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  • 210 Bistro, 210 South Market Street; Tel: +44 1224 211 8857; Website: 210 Bistro

 

Aberdeen surrounds

 

Surf and turf dishes dominate at restaurants in Aberdeen's surrounding villages and countryside. Locally reared Aberdeen Angus and Wagyu beef appear on the menu at the Conservatory Restaurant in the leafy surroundings of Pitfodels, south of the city centre. Other treats here include lobster, king crab, rabbit and other local game. It's worth making a special trip to Catterline, a tiny fishing village around 25 miles south of Aberdeen. At the Creel Inn you can sample imaginative seafood dishes like monkfish wrapped in Parma ham.

 

  • Conservatory Restaurant, Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen AB15 9YA; Tel: +44 1224 861 000; Website: Conservatory Restaurant
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  • The Creel Inn, Catterline, Stonehaven, Aberdeen AB39 2UL; Tel: +44 1569 750 254; Website: The Creel Inn