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“Tiny portions & V Slow Service”

The Terrace Restaurant
Ranked #54 of 150 Restaurants in St Andrews
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$48
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Scottish
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: We strive to provide a range of fabulous dishes, using the best of local produce, handled with passion, care and knowledge. The elegant, relaxing and spacious 2AA Rosette Terrace Restaurant offers a seasonally changing a la carte menu. At Rufflets, we spend much time sourcing the ingredients for our menus - working with local small producers within the region, to find the very best of what is available. We are also proud to be able to boast "zero food miles" for the herbs, vegetables and soft fruits grown in our grounds. Chef David Kinnes and our gardener, Phil Harper, work together to supply the kitchen with an eclectic range of fresh produce all year round. All this effort has been recognised by VisitScotland who awarded 'Taste our Best' for use of Scotlands' Larder, presentation, quality and service standards. To complement your meal, our wonderful cellar offers an eclectic choice of wines from around the globe, including an extensive selection of half bottles and wines by the glass.
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I was sadly very disappointed with this restaurant despite its wonderful location , interior and setting. We arrived on time to be told that the menu’s had not been printed as yet which didn’t fill me with any great expectations as they had had the whole day to prepare them. Decided however to let that go. We all went for the three course set dinner menu and, I must say, that the quality and taste of all the food delivered was indeed excellent including the bread served at the outset. The downside however was the size of the portions. I ordered smoked salmon to start with – there was literally four separate mouthfuls nestled amongst a heap of salad leaves ( I suspect to make it look like it was an adult sized portion.) I then ordered the duck breast which was again superb albeit on the very small size – literally another four mouthfuls and its was gone – 8 green beans and one approx. one 7 cm slice of potato fondant – again, gone in two mouthfuls. I was still hungry after this and hoped that my chosen dessert of sticky toffee pudding would fill me up. Unfortunately all the desserts took 45 minutes to arrive so I was even hungrier at that point. Hardly any apology to speak of either – we got a “your deserts are just coming” when staff noticed we were looking around impatiently and openly looking at our watches . “Just coming” amounts to “Another 15 minutes folks.” When they were eventually served we then got a “sorry for the slight delay with the deserts” and a swift walk away before we had the chance to respond or pass comment. A great shame. We noticed at one stage that the entire restaurant clientele were all sitting waiting for their desserts also. Unacceptable in an establishment of this calibre. I doubt vey much I will return. If however if you like child size portions and are prepared to wait a very long time then the food itself is good and you may wish to give it a try.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We were a group of four couples on a vacation to St Andrews. Friends back home recommended this location to us for a memorable dinner. We arrived to a charming hotel on the outskirts of St Andrews. The hotel grounds feature a series of manicured gardens that were a relaxing setting before dinner. We sat in the living room and the Manager, Angela, welcomed us and took our drink order as the final changes to the menu were being printed.

The individual courses were all exceptional. With 8 people who are all particular to be so satisfied is quite rare. The wait staff were prompt and attentive. The menu and the wine list were excellent and uniquely planned by the chef, as was the preparation of each course.

We had an elegant and exceptional evening and would provide our 5 star rating on the restaurant.

Couple #1

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1  Thank Jim V
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We returned to St Andrews to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Our wedding reception was held in the Terrace Restaurant back on the day. We had a great time then and a great experience this time, too.

This time around:
1. The waiting staff were very professional and attentive. We were well looked after throughout our visit.
2. The food and wine were excellent. Beautifully cooked, superbly presented, and really tasty.
3. Very good value for money. Some restaurants serve excellent food and charge a lot for the experience. The Terrace Restaurant is not expensive and well worth booking a table for any kind of occasion.

Would we go back? For certain, and we won't leave it until another anniversary arrives!

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Thank NLJS
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Good food, great service, but not for a younger crowd. Nice authentic Scottish offering. The sticky toffee desert is a must!

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

My husband stayed at Rufflets for the weekend and enjoyed a dinner bed and breakfast package. We enjoyed lunch in the hotel on Saturday too. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and it was very good value for money for the quality of food.

Thank Karen T
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