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The oystercatcher

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, British, Scottish
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Main Street, Portmahomack IV20 1YB, Scotland
+44 1862 871560
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite there being only four diners in this by appointment restaurant we were obliged to delay our arrival by half an hour from that requested. It became clear why this had been done as we proceeded through a number of courses presented by our co-proprietor waitress (her husband being the chef). The food was good and the service excellent but... More 

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Thank 364tilley
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing experience for lovers of seafood! Great service and great food - a culinary delight. The tasters between courses are a real treat too. We highly recommend this place.

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Thank Michael H
Copenhagen, Denmark
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We had dinner,bed and breakfast here so had the full Oystercatcher experience. A lovely welcome and comfortable room with views stretching across the Dornoch Firth awaited us. We then had an extremely tasty dinner which was supplemented by all the little extras from home made bread and home made butter to an egg cup full of tasty cullen skink. Breakfast... More 

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Thank HungryForester
Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Visited this wee gem on the recommendation of a friend and boy, we weren't disappointed. Stayed in the hotel, great room, very comfortable bed and had a great nights sleep. Lovely views looking over the seafront. We came for the food and the whisky selection and both were outstanding. From pre dinner nibbles to wonderful little surprise tastings throughout the... More 

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Thank LANDDTROUP
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Eaten here about a dozen times, never disappointed, if you like lobster or want to eat a good one, this is the place for you, for the size of the crustacean you'll struggle to get better value anywhere. Grilled lobster with garlic butter, hand made duck fat chips, the most wholesome of foodie foods. Whilst there's more on the menu,... More 

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Thank DavidHRobertson
Worcester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

A fabulous restaurant and antique shop overlooking the Dornoch Firth on the Tarbat Peninsula. We ate perfectly cooked scallops and oysters, deep fried kale, a hot smoked salmon hash, scrumptious homemade bread rolls and luscious deserts with a wonderful view of the setting sun from our table in the window. We were very lucky to get a table for a... More 

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Thank Wendy E
Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The food was excellent - impressing that you get this quality at such a small place - if you choos the set menu - you must add an extra 7.50 pound - so you can have their lobster as maincourse its extremely fresh and the size - don't miss this place if you are around - remember to reserve a... More 

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Thank Michael A
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a quirky restaurant which serves up enormous quantities of very good food. It's in an incredible spot and you get a friendly welcome. The food was fantastic - huge portions - one crab would have been ample but two arrived - and that was apparently the small serving. Delicious duck fat chips to go with it, we couldn't... More 

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Thank HPLondon2011
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Ended up staying in Portmahomack just to eat at this restaurant and was not disappointed! Service is impeccable. Small tastes between courses are a nice touch and delicious. Had the local oysters and scallop appetizer as an entree. My boyfriend had the Sole Meuniere. Dessert is not be missed and highly recommend to end the meal with a glass of... More 

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Thank Elizabeth O
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Phenomenal food, so glad I was recommended to go. It's quite an experience, only 3 tables and lots of mini courses in between the mains, so so good

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Thank KeenFoodie81

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Seafood, British, Scottish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Portmahomack IV20 1YB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Ross and Cromarty  >  Portmahomack
  • Phone Number: +44 1862 871560

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?