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This long-standing, passionately run restaurant never stands still, always investing and evolving over time. It’s still very much a family concern, wit...
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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The only Michelin restaurant between Dundee & Aberdeen! This restaurant with rooms has been around for 40 years or so, I am just astonished that we have not come across it before. The Saturday night we were there, there were 12 dinners in what is...essentially a converted house. The dinner (and breakfast) was excellent. There is no choice on the food, as there is just one tasting menu; but what a menu. The wine list was extensive, so we left it to the server/owner choose some excellent wines.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Been wanting to visit Gordon’s for a while now. Finally got round to it and gosh it didn’t disappoint, food was amazing as was service absolutely faultless, can’t wait to visit again . The rooms are so nice too.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

In 2016, my husband and I traveled to Scotland for the 1st time and by happenstance ended up booking a couple nights at Gordon’s Restaurant with Rooms in Inverkeilor. We were completely WOWED by our stay. Host Maria’s and Chef Garry’s exceptional food, hospitality and...unpretentious warmth created one of the most surprising and memorable experiences of that trip, and some of the best meals we have ever eaten. Fast forward some 7 years later to celebrate a milestone birthday and anniversary, we organized a return trip with our adult children to the UK, with the expressed goal of sharing Gordon’s with them. Our 2nd visit was as incomparably superb as the first — from Maria’s personal welcome and perfect bartending to Garry’s delectable Scottish-themed tasting menu. Garry’s creativity elevates ordinary ingredients to unique and artfully presented culinary delights. It is even more impressive when one learns that Garry conceives and creates all of the food himself, from delicious appetizers, home-baked bread, mains all the way to the dessert. It is no wonder that Gordon's has earned multiple culinary accolades, and continues to draw repeat customers (including from far away US) year after year. The inn's rooms offer an oasis of comfort, beautifully appointed in tartan decor, and allow one to enjoy dining with the convenience of a walk to one’s room afterwards. It’s a good value too as perfect Scottish breakfast choices are included with one’s overnight stay. Maria and Garry treat their guests like family, and we are already thinking of our next visit. We wholeheartedly recommend booking an experience at Gordon's for anyone visiting this charming rural area between Scotland's East coast cities – or as a destination in and of itself. As others have commented, you will not regret it!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2024 via mobile

This was our fourth Hogmanay at Gordon’s and it was up to the usual superb standards. We had the Hogmanay Tasting menu and the variety of dishes and flavours were exceptional. We stayed overnight as usual and the room was very comfortable & well appointed...and breakfast was excellent. Maria (front of house) and her chef son Gary are an amazing double act. The food and service is second to none, even comparing to Michelin star restaurants in the central belt. There is no doubt that we’ll return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Found this hidden gem in Inverkeillor via a recommendation from friends. Having eaten in all but 2 of the Michelin starred restaurants in Scotland, chef Garry's tasting menu is at least on a par with Martin Wishart & Tom Kitchin and not far off Andrew...Fairlie, for sure ahead of some of the newer guys in Scottish Michelin guide. Many of the dishes on his tasting menu just sublime, particularly the duck mousse and salmon, both were so well balanced, well done! Had some fantastic wine served by Maria to accompany the food in a really nice atmosphere, what a wonderful night. I'd heartily recommend this restaurant as one of the very best places to dine in Scotland. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

Our third visit to Gordon’s Restaurant and once again we were blown away by the amazingly delicious food and really friendly service. Everything we ate was absolutely brilliant. Garry catered for a coeliac and non-cheese eater in our party without any fuss. Maria was lovely-so...friendly but also professional. We will be back! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

Tasting menu was beautifully presented, every course tasted amazing. Lovely atmosphere and service was great. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 August 2023

Stayed here overnight and for dinner as a special anniversary treat.. From being greeted by Maria and shown to our exquisite and opulent room and bathroom, the evening was a dream. Completely unpretentious, Maria as front of house was professional and yet very approachable and...friendly. Her service and then the tasting menu was superb. Her son and chef, Garry, came out several times to explain what was in the next delightful mouthfuls. His culinary expertise is extraordinary. To appreciate just how special this place is, you need to try it. Totally divine and unforgettable.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

Outstanding family run restaurant with rooms. We visited on the strength of all the other 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor. The whole establishment is beautifully interior designed with lots of classy touches. We stayed overnight Courtyard Suite that is separate from the main building and...a short walk over the car park to the restaurant. Maria the host is impeccable straight from the start and makes you feel at home. The restaurant is cosy with only six tables and has lovely atmosphere with calm Jazz music playing. Then the food...WOW! Chef Garry who is Marias son cooked easily one of the finest dinners we have had in Scotland from the Beetroot & Horseradish Canape, Pea Veloute with Bacon and Parmesan Curd, Whipped Duck Liver Mousse with Vanilla Cherry, Salmon Tartare with Smoked Mussel, Lamb with the most amazing Black Pudding Puree then the two outstanding desserts of Cluizel Chocolate Cremeux with Pistachio Ice Cream and then the lightest freshest Mango Iced Parfait with Crisp Meringue and acidity of Passion Fruit. We ordered coffee to finish and the Chocolate Caramel truffles served with it were unbelievable! Wines are also excellent and very reasonably priced for an establishment of this sort. Breakfast in morning again first class. The restaurant holds 3AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and rumours that a MICHELIN Star is heading soon. We can not recommend Gordon's highly enough... Go go go!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

We had the tasting menu at £85 per head Some of the food was fabulous The drinks were well priced We liked the amuse bouche sesame treat, the salmon tartar, the lamb and bread and butter We would have preferred not to have had bread...and butter as a course We liked the first dessert made with the best chocolate you can get I just didn't get why we were given an over sweet mango Icecream with meringue after as it was sickly sweet and sugar overload Service nice and relaxed The jazz played was jarring. Overall if you want to splash out, this is a fun experienceMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

Wonderful experience and food tonight. A few years since we visited, due to COVID etc. every bit as good, if not better. Thank you

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 July 2023 via mobile

This is the most amazing restaurant and my third visit. It is addictive, fine dining with flavours that zing on the palate. Local produce cooked to perfection, with love by chef Garry Watson. Service is impeccable, the wine list is impressive and the ambience beautiful.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

Leaving my first ever Tripadvisor review because I wanted to share how great this place is, and I went there because of the great Tripadvisor reviews. Booked for dinner and stayed over (in the spacious and beautiful Thistle room). Maria is a fantastic host, from...the initial contact, through a cordial dinner and delicious breakfast. Garry's tasting menu was superb. First-class, astonishing dishes, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was similarly memorable. Quality ingredients expertly prepared. Forget tasteless crumbly black pudding or over-fatty sausages. Each component of the Scottish breakfast was perfection. All of this presented in a classy, comfortable dining room. As the website says, this place is 'tucked away' but I would heartily recommend looking for it. Thanks again to our terrific hosts.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

This was our second visit to Gordon’s Restaurant with Rooms and we were a wee bit nervous that it wouldn’t be as good as the first time we visited (about 5 years ago), when we had the most delicious meal. We needn’t have worried! We...were welcomed by the lovely Maria and shown our rooms - very stylish and comfortable. We went for dinner around 7.30pm. Every course we had was absolutely amazing - and Chef Garry easily catered for gluten free hubbie and cheese hater sister. The first meal we had here was one of the most memorable and tasty we’ve ever had (and we like eating out). This second meal was easily up there as another one we won’t ever forget. We’ve already decided to go back again in December. Service was friendly and relaxed. Chef Garry also helped with service. We had a laugh with Maria and really enjoyed our evening. We had a good sleep in a comfortable bed, followed by a very tasty breakfast the next day. If you’re even thinking of booking this restaurant, just do it. You won’t regret it.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023 via mobile

We drove over an hour to get here for dinner after hearing about this place. Maria and her husband, Gordon, opened this fine restaurant in 1986. Their son Gary has taken over as head chef in recent years. This was an absolutely magnificent meal from...start to finish. My favorite courses were the soup, the salmon and the strawberries, but all were incredible. Maria gave wine pairing suggestions and all were wonderful. The whole experience was just the finest meal experience we had in years and certainly so far this Scotland trip.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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We only booked a couple of days in advance for a midweek booking. May be different if you wish to go on a weekend. Best to contact them direct to check. Set menu was £65 per person, so best to take some spare cash with you... More
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