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European, British, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 14 April 2024 via mobile

Absolutely love this place! This was my first time here as I’d previously been put off by the relatively small menu! Wished I hadn’t as the food was well worth the trip out to Banchory. The pulled pork tacos were amazing as was the twice...baked soufflé. This is an artisan bistro where the food quality and source are the mainstays of this restaurant’s ethos. The staff are attentive and engaging. I did not need to ask for more bread with our tapas board and water is provided on the table. Also on offer are locally sourced produced for sale including eggs, preserves, and candles. I think the cost is very reasonable considering the sustainability of the sourced ingredients and overall the experience was well worth the cost. Oh and the view from the restaurant and terrace is amazing! I’ll certainly be back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

The setting of this cafe/restaurant is beautiful over a candle lit dinner and live music. The problem comes with the menu which has a choice of 4 main courses and a high price tag (£20) per main. If this was a pop up taster menu...with a good chief then fair enough but this was items like chicken Kiev which was average, not £20 worth for a main! I think the restaurant should look at their prices a bit and add some other options to eat. If they looked at prices and menu options the setting is 5 stars.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Popped in for the eggs Royale brunch - absolutely delicious. Very relaxed setting. Would definitely come back. Lunch options looked amazing.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

We live fairly locally and normally go to Buckanan’s four or five times a year. We have been twice since the new owners took over and it was a fantastic experience! Had been out with the dog on Sunday morning and stopped off for breakfast....We were greeted by one of the owners (didn’t know that then) at the door with a genuinely friendly welcoming smile and told we didn’t have to sit outside as dogs were now welcome inside. Bonus! We had scrambled eggs and poached eggs both done to perfection along with excellent coffee. Cycled over a few weeks later for lunch and again a warm welcome (minus dog). We had the seafood platter and the venison along with a glass of wine. I swithered about the venison because of the price, but it’s only the kid’s inheritance, so went for it and was glad I did. It was absolutely superb, full of flavour and expertly cooked. The empty seafood platter proved likewise. A great experience and “we’ll be back “.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 May 2023

We had such a lovely evening. Food, wine and beer all great. The informal atmosphere. Unhurried, friendly service. Great views. Menu enough for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Accommodate GF. Hope to be back!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023

Lovely breakfast menu. Something for everyone with scrambled eggs or eggs benedict for vegetarians, with saussage, bacon or salmon options for meat/fish eaters, or beans in a home made sauce for vegans. There were also waffles with berries and cream too. Lovely selection of cakes,...including a gluten free option and freshly made, crumbly, melt in the mouth scones which we took away for later. Very friendly, helpful staff.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 22 July 2022 via mobile

Visited tonight for a gourmet evening when a taster menu of 5 courses with matching wines was offered. It was exquisite - the best meal we've had in a restaurant for a very long time. The menu was extremely well planned, the food was carefully...prepared and presented, every course was delicious without exception, and the wines complemented the food perfectly. The service was excellent and the price was very reasonable. Overall a hugely enjoyable experience. Will definitely return for the next gourmet evening.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 13 February 2022

First visit in a while post lockdown. Food was just amazing - special small menu but enough choice. Wonderful slow cooked beef. Pudding incredible with wonderful home made ice cream.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 30 December 2021

I came here at the beginning of the month for the pizza night, the pizza’s and the place looked good on Facebook so thought I would book. We arrived and were seated, kids menu was not offered so that’s something that needs to be addressed....The place is eery and the lighting is not cosy in fact it was quite cold. I ordered three pizzas at £12.50 each and after waiting 45 minutes for them to come out and people who arrived after us were getting their food first, it was average plain pizza, I make fresh pizza every week and supermarket pizza was better than what we were given here. There was also a party of people that arrived who were extremely loud and other customers were looking at them being disturbing but nothing was mentioned by the staff. To round this review up in a nutshell, the service is so slow, the food is average and too expensive for what you get and the place does not have a warm and inviting feel to it, I will not be back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 17 October 2021

Two of us popped in for morning coffee. Plenty of tables available but told we could only sit at one of the tables with those awful high stools or go outside. We chose the latter. The young waiter did not show any interest at all...so we just ordered coffee and went outside. The table was filthy which was especially off putting when everyone was trying to be extra careful because of COVID. Silly of me assuming tables would be cleaned as soon as they were vacated, obviously not. Coffee was underwhelming. Having eaten in some of the best restaurants in Scotland, I found the whole experience rather pretentious.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

Great food. Really tasty. Vegan and vegetarian options. Helpful staff, very attentive. Tables inside fully booked. Plenty of tables outside.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

Great selection of new courses. All the right size for us. The slow roast beef had a wonderful deep flavours with a fresh piquancy. Warm chocolate mouse and summer fruits had a wonderful balance of flavours. Worth watching for fortnightly Friday openings. The next one...is on 20th August. The menu varies each time. Service sensitive to digestion - not too quick but nicely timed.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 July 2021 via mobile

All the food was delicious- soufflé, chickpea casserole, and fish salad. Lovely salads accompanied all our dishes and a bowl of fresh bread to share. Very pleasant atmosphere inside with good views of Deeside. Service was very good too. Portions were an adequate size

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 13 June 2021

We stopped for lunch here today . Been a few times before for coffee / cakes . Unfortunately we were disappointed with today’s lunch . The outside seating area is made of wooden pallets - very uncomfortable and they were dirty too., coffee stains etc.... The menu selection was very limited and when we did order the portions were tiny - main courses served in 3 inch shallow bowls with salad on the side £12 per meal ! Coffee £3 each in small take away cups . The risotto option had no veg or any chicken or fish etc in it .. it was basically rice and strong lemons / herbs . The side salad was varied . £30 for a very small lunch for two persons and two coffees . Unfortunately I do not recommend, there are so many other nice cafes / restaurants in this area which offer better value and much superior food - eg . ride coffee , birdhouse , Banchory lodge . Cakes are lovely and the customer service is good but we won’t be recommending or returning . If sitting outside then the use of proper cups would be better rather than take away ones .More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 13 June 2021 via mobile

100% recommend for everyone excellent Fresh testy food been there few times and all the time the food was delicious !!!! Fabulous Thank you

Date of visit: September 2020
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BUCHANAN BISTRO, Banchory - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Buchanan Bistro offers takeaway services.

Buchanan Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5