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Waterside Cafe Bistro

Main Street, Dunvegan, Scotland
+44 1470 521487
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“seafood chowder” (20 reviews)
“cakes” (9 reviews)
“salad” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, European, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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Service
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LOCATION
Main Street, Dunvegan, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 168 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got a little lost on our route and found ourselves at this petrol and cafe. The chowder was hearty, fresh, and flavorful. We also had the paninis with cheddar cheese and Cajun chicken. It was perfectly grilled and came with a nice side salad....More

Thank Amy K
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Having found us by accident, we're glad you enjoyed your meal. We're very proud of our cafe and strive to give consistently good food. Having the 'Taste our Best' award, means visitors may be sure of getting food with the 'least miles' possible, so mainly...More

Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Staying in Dunvegan we were looking for somewhere for lunch. Great food, especially the chowder and super location. Worth popping in when passing.

Thank Mal_Durney
Reviewed 18 October 2017

My wife and I got to our bed and breakfast a little late on a Saturday night and were stuck for a place to get supper. The owners of the B&B called a few places, all of which had no availability for us. They then...More

Thank Scallywag81
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your meal. Your comments on our location are our problem! We know it's a lovely place, with friendly service and we know our food's great... Our difficulty is convincing people to just come in the door and try us! Lovely...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

First walked in to feel very uncomfortable and unwelcomed, ordered bangers & mash, received microwaved sausages, still frozen peas and smash. The waitress who served us was nice but the other member of staff stared a lot and didn't make us want to stay. Went...More

3  Thank Megan P
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

I was really at a loss to know what on earth to say to you. Microwaved sausages?? Really? Have you ever cooked a sausage in a microwave? Ughh. Peas still frozen - and you never commented? If someone did that to me I would certainly...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We were a little skeptical of the restaurant attached to a gas station but decided to try it based on positive TripAdvisor reviews. It is nice and clean on the inside with a view of the loch. We had seafood Chowder and Rosemarie Salad and...More

Thank Gardener2014
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

It's such a shame that being attached to our filling station seems to give such a bad impression. If people put their head in the door, they immediately realise it's an okay place! I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and I quite agree with you,...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

We ended up going here a bit by mistake, however, the staff were really friendly and accommodating, we had a very jolly evening and the food was great. I really enjoyed the seafood chowder, the kids at sausages and my husband the venison casserole. The...More

Thank gma808
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Isn't it great - when mistakes turn out so well!? Our team are all fantastic, whether it's cooking, or serving you an excellent meal, or going that extra bit, to help you out. Our ethos is; if this was me, on holiday, how would I...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The food is tasty and waiter was very friendly. The wine was good as well. Nice atmosphere and decor.

Thank flyingtraveller98
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you.

Reviewed 13 August 2017

Only place that was open post 8pm for dinner. Next to the gas station. Waiting time was too long. This is your oridinary bistro. Food was not good. Veg lasagne was full of cheese. The onion bhaji curry with rice was not Indian curry but...More

3  Thank observe17
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

If you come into a busy establishment late, you must expect a wait. The vegetable lasagna is topped with cheese - there is no cheese contained in it. We don't advertise our curry as 'Indian '. We are British and would not presume. Our curry...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We ordered the vegetable curry which was ok, vegetarian lasagne which was mediocre- rather like a frozen style with a couple of chunks of vegetables and the rest sloppy pasta. The crusty bread was two slices of dry, day old baguette for £11 and the...More

2  Thank sasi7
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

O.k., so I know the weathers not been that good, but you shouldn't take it out on people like us. Our vegetable lasagne contains mushrooms,tomatoes, sweet potato, courgettes & aubergine, topped with homemade bechamel sauce and grated cheese. We make it ourselves so I Know...More

Reviewed 11 August 2017

On searching the web so dog friendly lunch spots in Dunvegan, Waterside Cafe Bistro popped up so we thought we would give it a go. The customer service was excellent and our waiter even pooped into the kitchen to get a little treat for the...More

1  Thank Glewis90
Arleneskye, Owner at Waterside Cafe Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes, we are very dog friendly. Can't understand why there seems to be such a problem. We find all of our dog visitors are very well-behaved - their owners too...mostly. 🙃 Regarding your problem with portion size, you didn't say...More

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Esmeralda850
9 July 2017|
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Response from Joel W | Reviewed this property |
Not really sure of the hours but no, you do not need to book in advance. This is more of a walk-in and eat place. Prices are quite reasonable and the menu is varied but not always the same. There are not too many places to... More
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Sarah S
6 July 2017|
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Response from rowtwi | Reviewed this property |
It said 10am - 9pm on a what's on in Skye site , hope that's helpful!
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Jerry B
7 June 2017|
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Response from Dai L | Reviewed this property |
We didn't book, but it may be great to do so
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Dunvegan, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Skye  >  Dunvegan
  • Phone Number: +44 1470 521487
Description
Cafe Bistro, with decking providing outside seating to the rear of the Cafe Bistro, looking out over Loch Dunvegan. Next to the village filling- station,
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