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“Friendly staff, wonderful food and caring owner”
Review of Cafe 1

Cafe 1
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Ranked #9 of 255 Restaurants in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$58 - US$59
Cuisines: European, British, Scottish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Connecticut, USA
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, wonderful food and caring owner”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We had dinner here and loved it so much we went back a few nights later. Owner remembered us and inquired as to how our days in Inverness had been. We had our grandson with us and coloring pencils and paper immediately appeared. When the owner realized most of the pencils had broken tips - he produced a pencil sharpener and sharpened so our grandson could color. Food was excellent. The staff was friendly. A great wine selection that was not expensive. Desserts were excellent.

  • Visited June 2014
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Inverness
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“birthday party”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Food was excellent service was excellent and the staff could not have been more helpfull definitely go back.

Visited May 2014
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scotland
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“WOW!”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Ate here for the first time yesterday evening and can safely say it wont be the last! From the moment we entered the premises until we left the service was faultless. Warmly greeted by Norman (Owner) and seated with drinks whilst awaiting our friends arrival.

The restaurant was quite busy but plenty of staff in attendance. Ambience was brilliant, décor was classy and chic as was the table settings. A couple of reviews have mentioned tables set too closely together but we would disagree with this entirely.

The food was wonderful! Elegantly presented and delicious. Cannot comment on the wines (apart from the house SB which was fab) as we had to drive, but perusing the extensive wine list left a lasting impression, so much so that next time we shall take a taxi and enjoy a bottle or 2.

Norman was a fantastic host, mingling with his diners, making sure everything was well.

Cannot believe we have never eaten here before. We have struggled with ideas as to where to take friends out to Dinner. In the future it will definitely be Café 1.

Thanks to all for a wonderful evening.

  • Visited June 2014
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best Lamb on the planet!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Norman, the owner of Cafe 1, rears his own lambs on a farm on the Black Isle and must produce the tastiest and most tender lamb I have ever eaten. My wife & I ate there again recently and were treated to Cafe 1's famously hospitable hospitality, a friendly welcome and really good staff who all appear to enjoy their work. Norman's wine lists are legend and his recommendations are well worth listening to as you can be pleasantly surprised at trying a wine you might not normally choose. Everything bursts with taste - a lovely robust green pea soup, an intricate dish of scallops and mussels or a full-on braised lamb with celeriac and saute potatoes and red wine reduction. Just sublime.

  • Visited April 2014
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“First Class Dining Experience”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

My wife and I and several friends had a fantastic evening meal in Cafe 1 where the atmosphere was very friendly and there was a buzz about the place. Norman MacDonald the owner knows all of his regular customers and their families and takes a genuine interest in what they are all up to. Add to this atmosphere fantastic local produce and an excellent selection of wines and spirits and you have the recipe for a great night.......we even enjoyed a sing song with most of the other tables joining in. Great place with super staff.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank JO130158
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