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Cafe Kisimul

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Main Street | Catlebay, Scotland
+44 1871 810645
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Isle of Barra, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just love this restaurant, lovely atmosphere lovely staff small but that just adds to the atmosphere. Booking is advisable, they have two sittings.

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Thank lorna r
UK
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347 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for lunch and had a superb cream of crab & sweetcorn soup. So good we decided to come back for the evening service but that was nowhere near our lunchtime experience. Marinara had split. The Barra smoked salmon spaghetti came with free cotton from chefs uniform. Sent back and replaced with no issues. Both mains lacked seasoning. Asked for... More 

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Thank Brooska
Dornach, Switzerland
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Great to find an 'alternative' eaterie on Barra. Monkfish curry and Dahl - totally amazing! We will be back.

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Thank BauenArt
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This was my second visit to Café Kisimul. The previous year whilst sheltering from the rain a group of us had coffee and cake. Whilst looking over the evening menu I thought that it would be a nice place for dinner if I returned to the island. A year later I decided to have dinner. Booking was essential as it... More 

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Thank Ediski
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing dinner here! We live in London so are used to great restaurants but this is definitely our favourite!

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Not sure if Bohemian is quite the right word for this great little place but certainly an unexpected find on Barra!! Lovely home cooked food. A very interesting menu choice of Indian, Italian or "conventional" food leaves you spoiled for choice as it all looked lovely and tasted great....try the Scallops Pakora!! The place was busy considering it was October... More 

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Thank NormDeak
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Nice wee restaurant in an interesting location. Basic but attractive surroundings and nice friendly staff. Choice of Indian or Italian menus; we ate off the Italian which had an interesting range of options. Food was good although a little too much sauce for the pasta. Enjoyed our visit ... nice to find somewhere a bit quirky with a good range... More 

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Thank Paul H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I visited this establishment while on holiday in Barra. Food was good, but since the original owner has departed the food has changed slightly. The taste of the food is not the same, a bit bland in taste. A bit more spicy I would recommend. Sauces a bit watery. Still worth a visit, and booking in advance is recommended.

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Thank Jack P
United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here for an evening meal October. Booking was essential for both early and late sitting. Food was excellent and service was good. Busy place with lively atmosphere. Would recommend.

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Thank Rbmb0809
Longniddry, Scotland, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Our daughter told us where to find this place & a good idea to book, she wasn't wrong, the place is so popular, we ate here the 2 nights we were in Barra, Indian the 1st night & Italian the second night, the food was top class, The place to eat if you are in Barra, forget the Hotels, they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Indian, Asian, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Catlebay, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Outer Hebrides  >  Isle of Barra
  • Phone Number: +44 1871 810645

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