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Silver Darling

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North Pier Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
+44 1224 576229
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 13:45
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 21:30
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Silver Darling restaurant on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at a lunchtime. We were given a warm friendly welcome and shown to our table. To set the scene the restaurant specialises in really excellent sea food and is situated on the harbour entrance, on the first floor of the building with panoramic alround views of... More 

Thank Derek and Chris S
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for lunch with friends. We had an Itison voucher to use and we were not disappointed. Great food, location, and first class service. This restaurant is one of the best I have been to in Aberdeen. I would recommend it without hesitation.

Thank Brian C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely lunch at the Silver Darling today. Although it was a grey and blustery day with the sea waves bursting against the far shore of the river mouth it was cosy inside. The food was tasty, the staff were attentive and friendly but not intrusive. The views from our table were almost 360 so everyone had a... More 

Thank Dana B
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So what about Silver Darling's. I've wanted to try this place for many years and never managed. I was reliably told by the attentive staff last night that it opened 21 years ago, how time flies. Having read many mixed revues of the food and service let me tell you about my experience. As an X chef I enjoy not... More 

1 Thank Colin K
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had our first visit to the Silver Darling the other week We found the staff very helpful, not too intrusive, but very charming and prompt with their service. The food was beautiful, we didn't have a long wait between starter and main course despite the restaurant being fairly busy.

Thank James C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has all the normals. Good food and good views of Aberdeen harbour. Great customer service and quick delivery of food to table. What else can we say. :)

Thank PirateSixtyniyn
Ellon, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had been given an Itison voucher for a 3 course meal so we booked for a Monday night at the end of January - when booking I'd asked if we could have a table looking onto the harbour so we could watch the boats going by from the harbour - that's a tip there otherwise you're... More 

Thank Karen L
United Kingdom
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place for a special treat, the menu is delightful, the fish dishes are wonderful. We have never tasted fish cooked like this establishment can offer.

Thank HopeCaladonia
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We landed in Aberdeen on a cold winters day in search for a great restaurant to accommodate us for lunch. Silver Darling had been recommended to us so we made the short drive out to the pier and we were certainly not disappointed. Service was fantastic , food was exceptional and I might just say it maybe the best fish... More 

Thank Jack B
London, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Silver Darling is in an interesting setting right at the Harbour entrance, the passing Shipping traffic adds interest to the occasion especially after dark. The food was excellent all three dishes were a pleasant surprise with unidentified flavours adding interest. We dined early evening and were a bit disappointed that there was little buzz. The service was friendly and attentive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$41
Seafood, European, Scottish, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 13:45
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:45
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:45
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:45
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:45
18:30 - 21:30
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Pier Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Aberdeen
  • Phone Number: +44 1224 576229
Named after a local term for herring, Silver Darling makes the most of a superb spot at the entrance of Aberdeen harbour. Built on the flat roof of the old customs house, the conservatory style restaurant commands panoramic views of the Dee estuary one side, and the length of the beach and headland the other (summer sunsets are priceless). A classic French menu is a triumph of superbly presented dishes, singing with flavour. Three courses at dinner could start with oysters marinated with lime and Granny Smiths, followed by pan-fried Atlantic sea bream in red wine, and the dessert du jour.

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