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Reviewed 1 November 2023

The tomato and fennel soup served with sourdough bread and homemade butter was so very flavorful and pure ingredients. Charming atmosphere and so near St. Andrews golf course. Delightful service.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Excellent service and food. Nice atmosphere. Great location. Filet was very good. Portions were perfect.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023 via mobile

Menu looked good, friendly service but very disappointing food and expensive for what it was. We had beef cheek ragu with truffle shavings that had no truffle, bog standard pasta and not worth the £25 price tag. The veggie burger was dry and the chicken...burger was tough and overcooked. The chips however were amazing.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

6 of us had dinner at this lovely little restaurant. The dishes were imaginative and delicious and there was something for everyone. The wine list was good and desserts a treat.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023

Return visit to Playfair’s for dinner, having enjoyed our dining experiences here in the past. Not quite as good as in the past - less choice on the menu and ambience not as elegant. Waiting staff were welcoming and helpful. Our food was nicely presented...and delicious. Enjoyed our dinner but not as good as before.More

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

Booked this restaurant after cancelling our dinner at the Fairmont Hotel, due to dreadful customer service. We arrived early in the evening and restaurant was empty at the time. However service was provided smoothly and professionally. We were given plenty of time to consider the...menu and the waitress checked with the kitchen to answer a couple of questions. The food when it arrived was very good, well presented, and good value. By now the restaurant was filling up but service standards remained at a high level throughout the evening. Happy to recommend this restaurant. Food is good, service is good.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 21 July 2023

This is possibly the worst place in St Andrews for dinner. A breast of duck consists of two strips of duck. Absolute nonsense. After 40 mins wait. Please don’t go here.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023 via mobile

The location is just a few blocks away from the 18th green at the Old Course. The restaurant itself didn’t offer much of an ambience although service was professional and efficient. The food was a bit uneven - the fish of the week was great...and we also enjoyed the chocolate fondant with peanut ice cream and brittles.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 June 2023 via mobile

The service, atmosphere and food was great. My friends and I enjoyed a variety of dishes and all were good. If someone is in St Andrews, I would recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 April 2023

Great service, food was lovely and prices were reasonable. Over all a great place to eat.👍. Many thanks

Date of visit: April 2023
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PlayfairHotelsLtd, Manager at Playfair's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2023

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your meal with us. We really appreciate your kind feedback. Kindest Regards Jose

Reviewed 18 March 2023 via mobile

Simply put the best meal I've had. The 12 hour slow cooked ox was easily the best dish I've ever had in my life. The meat was incredibly tender and the cod special was equally as amazing. Anyone saying the prices are expensive have not...been elsewhere in St Andrews as these prices are incredible value for how good the meal was. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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PlayfairHotelsLtd, General Manager at Playfair's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2023

Thank you very much for taking your time and leaving us a review. We are grateful that you enjoyed your dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Guest Services

Reviewed 9 February 2023

we dined here on saturday night were disappointed to say the least my friend who was over from the states had a bowl of soup and the ravioli at £38 is in my opinion extortionate,main course was hake on a bed of chowder, the chowder...was stone cold which spoiled my dinner at these prices there shouldn,t be mistakes overall a very disapointing dinner experience, i had a fish and chip tea in anstruther on sunday night at£15 much better dinner for a third of the priceMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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PlayfairHotelsLtd, Manager at Playfair's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2023

I would like to thank you for taking your time to leave us a review.. We are disappointed you did not enjoy your dinner. A new menu is going live soon and we will take your feedback on board when making the final decisions. Thank...More

Reviewed 12 October 2022 via mobile

After researching various St Andrews restaurants I decided on & booked Playfairs. And I am SO glad that I did. It’s not listed in the Top 10 to visit - I read a lot of reviews & to be honest I’m not sure why. It...was absolute perfection from beginning to end. The setting, staff, food & drinks were all excellent. Warm, friendly & perfectly designed. Every aspect of the night perfectly complimented each other - a great drinks list accompanied locally sourced and delicious food, which had clearly been lovingly created and served. The menu is not extensive but with plenty of choice - it was actually hard to narrow down what to pick, so I’m glad it wasn’t any larger!!! Our party of 4 all are different dishes and no one was disappointed or had any food envy. Looking around the restaurant at the various other customers ( a variety of clientele) every table seemed as delighted with the meals as we all were. We were out, as a family celebrating a special birthday & I’m very glad I choose there, definitely a highlight of the weekend.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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PlayfairHotelsLtd, Manager at Playfair's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2022

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. It was a pleasure to have you dinning with us at Playfair's, we are very happy that you enjoyed your evening with us. Thank you for your kind feedback. Kindest Regards Daniel

Reviewed 25 September 2022 via mobile

Playfairs Restaurant St Andrews is quite simply as good as it gets! I was lucky to be a guest of the amazing Ardgowan Hotel last weekend and I’m so glad that I booked to dine in the restaurant on the Saturday evening! At first glance...of the menu I thought they may just have bitten off more than they could chew however dinner was executed to absolute perfection! The menu includes local fresh produce and you can tell that it’s taken years of experience and real passion from the team to deliver a menu and food to this level. The attention to detail is amazing! What restaurant kicks off the evening with home made salt and vinegar butter to accompany their fresh home made bread!? The starter of homemade haggis was so smooth and flavourful, the main of lamb was cooked to absolute perfection and I can’t stop thinking about the homemade panacotta and sticky toffee pudding we shared. A lot of restaurants try to be something they’re not, some think they are a lot better than they are but very few punch this far above their weight! The food in the Playfairs certainly wouldn’t be out of place in any Michelin restaurant, it was that good! It’s great to see so much thought and creativity from a chef and he absolutely deserves praise for this. This is an absolute gem of a restaurant located slap bang in the centre of St Andrews. Thanks for an amazing weekend, keep up the good work, we can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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PlayfairHotelsLtd, Manager at Playfair's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2022

Thank you very much for taking your time and leaving us a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your dinner with us, we are very grateful for you kind comments about our menu. We at Playfair's are looking forward for your next visit....More

Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

I booked a table at the window for Saturday night. I was in the restaurant at the time, I booked. . Waiter went checked on his computer, told me this was fine. Arrived at a very busy restaurant, 7pm as was arranged, to find my...table had been given to another couple. My disappointment was obvious. The waiter more or less called me a liar and said”you cannot book specific tables” as I am deaf, I can assure you that I need a quiet table. In what is a packed and noisy restaurant. I have waited on management response, over a week now and not even the curtesy to apologise. Soon the summer will be gone and with a recession round the corner. I sincerely hope they have a change of attitude.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Hi Ktbeagle, Thanks for your enquiry. We will have our TVs on in Playfair's during lunch time (12pm-5pm) and we can put it on the Rugby channel for you if it's not already!
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