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Inverness Restaurants & Pubs

There's lots of places to Eat and Drink in Inverness from corner cafes to 5 star restaurants. Here's a selection of eateries in Inverness city centre.

Top 10 Riverside Eateries

  • The Waterfront Bar & Restaurant - Best Gastro Pub in Scotland 2018. Located in Huntly Street on the riverside, serving contemporary Scottish fayre including seafood and game
  • Mustard Seed restaurant - very popular restaurant on Bank Street with some terrace seating upstairs overlooking the river.
  • The Kitchen Brasserie on Huntly Street is a uniquely designed glass-fronted building right on the riverside. Outside seating available.
  • Prime on Ness Walk specialises in steak and seafood. Outside seating available overlooking Inverness Castle.
  • The River House Restaurant on the corner of Grieg Street and Huntly Street (near the 'bouncy' bridge) specialises in seafood.
  • Rocpool Restaurant award-winning stylish contemporary brasserie on the corner of Ness Walk by the river.
  • The Waterside Hotel on Ness Bank which has a restaurant in the conservatory overlooking the river plus a beer garden with lots of outside tables.
  • McBains by the River at 10 Bank Street near the pedestrian bridge.
  • Contrast Brasserie - the award-winning restaurant at the Glenmoriston Town House hotel on Ness Bank on the riverside. Listed by The Lonely Planet as one of their best value restaurants in Inverness. Now has an outdoor marquee overlooking the river.
  • The Palace Hotel has a good lunch and dinner menu with bay windows overlooking Inverness Castle.

The Waterfront gastro pub Inverness

Contrast brasserie y the River Ness in Inverness

Casual Dining with traditional Scottish fayre

  • Number 27 is a bar and restaurant in Castle Street which serves lunches and evening meals every day. Local ales and fresh home cooked food with a difference.
  • Girvan's Restaurant is a cafe by day and a restaurant by night. Situated on Stephen's Brae near the Eastgate shopping centre.
  • Fig & Thistle Bistro serves Scottish food on Stephen's Brae in the city centre.
  • White House Cocktail Bar and Bistro on the corner of Union Street and Church Street.
  • ASH bar/restaurant at the Royal Highland Hotel offers lunch and dinner menus, plus afternoon teas in the tartan-decked foyer of this historic hotel with Titanic theme grand staircase.
  • Cafe 1 in Castle Street serves Scottish and European dishes.
  • Urquhart's Restaurant on Young Street is close to the river and a short walk from Eden Court.
  • John Macnabs Bar & Bistro (at The Columba Hotel) offers bar meals and also has outdoor seating.
  • 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie overlooks the river and is set within The Mercure Inverness Hotel.
  • Opening April 2024: Aye Eat on the High Street will be offering Scottish dishes including Highland cow burgers and steaks, seafood, Cullen Skink and much more, along with whiskies and local beers. Family friendly.

Menu at Ash restaurant Inverness

The Kitchen restaurant Inverness
The Kitchen restaurant Inverness

Spanish Restaurants

Asian Restaurants

  • Hou Hou Mei is a highly recommended new restaurant serving Asian cuisine with a modern take. Situated in Tomnahurich Street near the river.
  • Love Dosa on Mealmarket Close in the city centre just off the High Street serves authentic Keralan food (South Indian cuisine) specialising in Dosa (fresh crepe made from rice and lentils).

Indian Restaurants

  • Tiger on the Wall is a restaurant by the river on Ness Walk offering authentic Indian and Oriental dishes. Takeaway also available.
  • Mangrove in Academy Street. Takeaway also available.
  • Ness Mahal in Academy Street
  • Spice Tandoori overlooking the river
  • Sams in Church Street
  • Cinnamon - opposite Morrisons on Millburn Road
  • The Rajah - behind the post office

Italian Restaurants

  • Bella Italia and Zizzi on Bridge Street are both well known franchises.
  • Pizza Express is in Falcon Square.
  • Cheese and Tomatin is a pizzeria on Stephen's Brae near Eastgate.
  • Little Italy on Stephen's Brae is a family-run authentic Italian Restaurant near Eastgate Shopping Centre with some outdoor seating.

International Restaurants

Haggis sign - Inverness pub

Pubs and Bars

  • Castle Tavern up which is well recommended for its food and real ales.
  • MacGregor's specialises in local craft beers and traditional live music (at the far end of Academy Street)
  • Black Isle Bar & Rooms which specialises in pizza and local beer (from the Black Isle Brewery and elsewhere).
  • Hootananny in Church Street. A very popular venue with regular live music.
  • Johnny Foxes - this pub offers live entertainment in the evenings and serves good bar meals all day.

Something special

For an award-winning 5 Star dining experience, you can dine Chez Roux at the Rocpool Hotel. The restaurant offers Scottish ingredients with a French twist. Founded by Albert Roux.
The Ness Walk hotel has a restaurant and you can also get afternoon teas.


  • Artysans is a social enterprise working with local produce, offering breakfasts and home baking. Situated in Strothers Lane between the bus station and railway.
  • The Rendezvous Cafe on Church Street is a local establishment, previously a record shop and dance hall.
  • Comfort Foods is a cafe and deli in Church Street.
  • The Hidden Gem cafe at the Spectrum Centre has light bites and is just by the bus station.
  • Inverness Botanic Gardens cafe is known for its delicious cakes and scones.

The Gellions pub Inverness

Prime restaurant Inverness

Highland Food & Drink Trail

Launched in 2022, the Highland Food & Drink Trail showcases local produce from street food vendors on pitches adjacent to the cathedral by the River Ness. Usually operates on weekends in winter and from Wednesday/Thursday to Sunday during the busier months.

You can also sample local produce in the new food court at the Victorian Market in the city centre. This has numerous eateries including Sushi Inverness, The Redshank, Ollie's Pops, The Mart, Namaste Inbhir Nis (Indian Street Food), Salt N Fire (international vegan street food), as well as the Bad Girl Bakery and Good Girl Greengrocer. Live music at weekends. There are also numerous cafes in the main part of the market.

Loch & Larder

Loch & Larder is the new food collective in the Eastgate shopping centre. Launched in February 2023, this includes Italian and Indian street food, sweet treats, and the 'Scottish Kitchen' by Gary McLean - Scotland's national chef & BBC's Masterchef the Professionals winner.

Inverness Food and Drink Tour

Local lady Cath Findlay offer a new Inverness Food and Drink Tour daily at 1pm where you walk between different venues and learn about this historic city. Advance booking essential. She also offers walking tours and private car tours around the Highlands.

Highland Food & Drink Trail by the River Ness in Inverness

Live Music

Many pubs in Inverness have regular live music sessions with local bands and musicians.

  • Hootananny / Mad Hatters (Church Street) - including ceilidhs on a Saturday afternoon.
  • MacGregor's (bottom of Academy Street)
  • Gellions (Bridge Street)
  • Johnny Foxes (Bank Street, overlooking the river)
  • Encore Une Fois (in Young Street just over the bridge)
  • Market Bar (Church Street),
  • The Tooth & Claw (tucked away in Baron Taylor's Street),
  • The Dog House (opposite the post office in Queensgate)
  • MacNabs at the Columba Hotel on the river has live music on Saturday nights in the summer.
  • The Glenmoriston Hotel (Ness Bank on the riverside) has music at weekends in the bar.

There's also a full programme of shows and live events at Eden Court Theatre & Cinema (near the cathedral on the river).

Food outlets in the Eastgate shopping centre Inverness