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US$13 - US$35
Steakhouse, Seafood, Scottish
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All reviews venison cheesecake chowder mixed seafood potatoes post office cooked to perfection caledonian canal loch ness no corkage charge inverness area local produce bring your own wine varied menu harris tweed warm welcome gus
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We booked this restaurant for a birthday celebration and were certainly not disappointed. The whole experience was excellent the dining room on the beautifully renovated boat was very tastefully refurbished, the food was excellent all cooked to order and although not a big menu there...was a good choice and all beautifully cooked. Last but not least the host and hostess were lovely and created a lovely atmosphere we will definitely return.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came today with my auntie and uncle and ordered three breakfast rolls and can say with ease, that it is better than anywhere else we have been. Customer service was also incredible and very friendly. Would definitely recommend!!

Date of visit: April 2021
Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review. Hopefully see you again soon ☺️⚓

Reviewed 26 September 2020

We received a welcoming wave as we cruised past the restaurant heading to Fort William and thought that it would be a lovely place to eat on the way back to Inverness. Phoned and tried to book a table but due to covid restrictions there...were no tables available but could eat outside or have a delivery to the berth which was a good option so confirmed. On the return day it was suggested that we could have a mid afternoon meal inside so accepted and had a superb meal followed by a coffee in the wheelhouse. Excellent meal, BYOB, attentive service, could not ask for anymore. Gaby showed us around their beautiful cabins and we were very impressed and would like to return for a long weekend. Only downside (which has nothing to do with the restaurant) is that you need to be careful where you berth as there are unmarked private/reserved pontoon places and we had to move boat just as the first course arrived. Great meal, great service and you cannot fault the ambience and location!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

The Highland Lassie is a wonderful converted trawler which is now a unique restaurant and boutique hotel. Our delicious meal was a delight from starter to dessert, from the tasty haggis and tatty cakes, the melt in your mouth salmon ( or succulent wagyu burger)...to the divine Orkney cheesecake, we couldn't have wished for better. Everything was freshly made to a very high standard. We could have dined in the beautiful dining room, but Gus was kind enough to deliver our meal to where we were moored up on the canal.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 30 August 2020 via mobile

6 of us ate onboard the stunning boat The Highland Lassie the new home for the Oakwood Restaurant. Surroundings, service and food were superb. The hosts were very welcoming and very proud of this beautiful boat as they should be. We ate a variety of...dishes including Venison Stew and the trio of seafood and could not fault a thing. Food was so tasty and fresh. We will definitely visit again just wish we lived nearer.More

Date of visit: August 2020
hl1569, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2020

Thank you for your fantastic review, almost as fantastic as you! We look forward to seeing you next year, let's make it extra special for your 5th year in a row!

Reviewed 27 February 2020

This place is fantastic, couldn’t fault anything. Staff were very attentive. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: February 2020
Oakwood01, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2020

Hazel thank you so much to taking the time to review us, we are grateful. We will very much look forward to having you back.

Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

We came across this lovely restaurant by chance..... drawn in by the words local produce ,home cooked meals. We weren’t disappointed. The food was delicious and the portion sizes substantial But what really made it was the warm welcome from the proprietors . A definite...‘must eat here’ restaurant if you are in the area but you’ll have to be quick as this rare gem is closing in the next few months.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Oakwood01, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2020

Thank you 458dee, very kind of you to take the time to tell us what you thought, but fear not, we are not closing down, we are moving just 700 metres onto our boat Highland Lassie where you can still enjoy our home cooked &...More

Reviewed 22 February 2020

Had this wee place recommended to us. It turned out to be a great recommendation, the food was amazing. Lovely fresh seafood is their specialty, and it was cooked to perfection. The chowder was delicious and the mixed seafood main was cooked in a white...wine, cream and tarragon sauce that was right up there with the tastiest I have ever had. Great service, very competitively priced and the couple who run it know what they are doing. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the Inverness area.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Oakwood01, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2020

Ross A, thank you so much for such a grand review, we are chuffed!!!! Recently got a bad review so still feeling the pain - you have been my pain killer so again, THANK YOU.

Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

We found this gem of a place on Trip....the food was fantastic from the Chowder which was soooooo tasty. The sauce on the mixed seafood was to die for along with the most amazing cabbage ever. We will all be back next time we are...in the areaMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Oakwood01, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2020

Thank you Janice, Tripadvisor is so important to us to ensure travellers get the right brief, your recommendation is so welcomed and appreciated, we take our job seriously. XX Hope you return soon.

Reviewed 21 February 2020 via mobile

Very nice food and kind owners. Authentic. They will soon (April 2020) be moving their restaurant in a boat doing cruises on the Loch Ness. Don’t miss the opportunity either now or later.

Date of visit: February 2020
Oakwood01, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2020

Thank you Samuel for your kind words. Yes we are moving onto Highland Lassie berthed here @ Dochgarroch in April, open for lunch and dinner as we only have 10 covers would suggest you ring ahead - will would love to welcome you back.

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Response from Sai C | Reviewed this property |
there is a wee seating bit outside so probably could use that.
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Response from jilly7208 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have plenty of gluten free dishes. My daughter is coeliac so we have to pay particular attention to this in restaurants. She was delighted with the choices on the menu and the specials board.
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    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5