July 15, 2016 Forbes Place

A taste of the Granite City – Our favourite restaurants in Aberdeen

The Boozy Cow restaurant interior
Pesto spaghetti
Drinks at Foodstory Cafe


Looking for somewhere to treat your taste buds? Look no further, as we’ve rounded up some of our favourite restaurants across the city.


Bowl of pesto spaghetti

Nestled just off the high street on Union Row is Rustico, a thriving Italian formed in 2001. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant pays homage to a 50’s style trattoria with rustic alcoves and the Sicilian coast adorning the walls; you’d be forgiven for forgetting that you’re in Aberdeen. With a traditional Mediterranean menu, try the mouth-watering Branzino, fillets of sea bass with garlic scampi and basil spaghetti. It’s best to visit hungry as Rustico always deliver a hearty plateful.

www.rustico-restaurant.co.uk | 62 Union Row, Aberdeen AB10 1SA

The Adelphi Kitchen

The Adelphi Kitchen restaurant interior

Interior of The Adelphi Kitchen. Image courtesy of The Adelphi Kitchen.

The Adelphi Kitchen is one of the most highly rated restaurants in Aberdeen, specialising in seafood and charcoal cooked meats. The menu has recently been revamped and there’s a distinctly American theme running through the lunch board; see the Liberty Mac n’ Cheese or the Mini Yankee Corn Dawgs for a couple of deli style bites.

To experience the best of Adelphi Kitchen’s cooking, visit on Sunday for their twist on a carvery. At the ‘AKarvery’ three types of meat are cooked ‘dirty’, either in the charcoal pit or their custom built smoker, and piled up with sides and sauces. Sunday afternoon perfection.

www.theadelphikitchen.co.uk  | 28 Adelphi, Aberdeen AB11 5BL

Cafe Andaluz

Tapas at Cafe Andaluz

Tapas selection at Cafe Andaluz. Image courtesy of Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group.

With four successful branches in Scotland, the folks at Café Andaluz are certainly doing something right. The Aberdeen branch of Café Andaluz opened last year on Bon Accord Street, and offers diners a tempting selection of Andalucian style tapas. The restaurant hosts an impressive bar area which is perfect for big groups where friends can enjoy a cocktail or two before dinner.

Café Andaluz sources all its seafood from Scottish shores, so you can guarantee your dish will be freshly caught. Go for the Tapas classic Calamares or sample the king scallops with leeks and Serrano ham; so delicious you might struggle to share.

www.cafeandaluz.com | 271 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6BR

Foodstory Café

Drinks at Foodstory Cafe

Drinks at Foodstory Café. Image courtesy of photographer Daniel McAvoy.

With a predominantly vegetarian menu, the team at Foodstory Café focus on living and eating well, they make their dishes fresh each day in their creative kitchens. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the food and drinks are always beautifully presented, whether it’s a hot pot, cocktail or a veggie burger (take a look at their Instagram feed).

The café has been constructed from second hand materials making it a characterful space to enjoy a carefully crafted coffee and slice of cake. Keep a look out for their exciting calendar of events including reggae nights, whiskey tasting and yoga brunches.

www.foodstorycafe.co.uk | 13-15 Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1XZ

The Boozy Cow

The Boozy Cow restaurant interior

Interior of The Boozy Cow. Image courtesy of The Boozy Cow.

Having recently moved to a bigger venue, The Boozy Cow on Langstane Place is a dark, edgy burger venue that packs a punch. Plates and cutlery are a no-no, this is a place to get stuck in and get messy. Open ‘til midnight offering burgers, hot dogs and waffles, it’s a great venue to go to with your mates for a meaty feast with all the extras.

If you’re not too stuffed, order one of their famous boozy shakes and you can feel extra content as all of The Boozy Cow’s profits go to local charities.

www.boozycow.com/aberdeen | 67 Langstane Place, Aberdeen, AB11 6EN

The Silver Darling

Fresh oysters on a wooden table.

With Aberdeen’s coastal location, fresh fish is on the menu across the city, but for some of the best seafood in the whole of Scotland, you have to visit The Silver Darling. Located at the old customs house at Aberdeen Harbour, The Silver Darling (a nickname of the humble herring) has proudly sat here for 30 years and boasts fantastic views of the coast.

The French inspired menu changes with the seasons, but for a taste of Aberdeenshire, visit at lunchtime and tuck into the Silver Darling North Sea Platter for a selection of excellent local seafood whilst watching the ships leaving the harbour. One visit to this elegant restaurant and you’ll understand why it’s stood the test of time.

www.thesilverdarling.co.uk | North Pier House, 43 Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ


So whether you fancy a relaxed brunch or more refined dining, there’s plenty of quality places to eat out in Aberdeen. Book a table and tuck in!


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