From beachfront seafood gems to home grown beef, scenic coastal views and traditional Scottish dishes; there's a bit of everything to tingle your taste buds in Aberdeen.
So, if you haven't uncovered Aberdeen's eclectic food scene, here are some quirky restaurants and eateries to get you started.
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1. The Silver Darling
Enjoy dinner with a view at The Silver Darling located on the harbour at Footdee. Boasting a unique heritage and stylish interior, tuck into a delectable selection of locally caught seafood and fish served up on a creative dish with the best Scottish produce. Head upstairs for floor to ceiling glass windows that offer an incredible panoramic view of the harbour and Aberdeen. Watch the ships sail by and keep an eye open for seals and dolphins bobbing around in the waters below as you enjoy a delicious meal.
2. Slains Castle
You don't get quirkier than Slains Castle. Just a little different from your average pub, admire the interior décor which drew inspiration from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and is even set in an eerie old church. Contrary to its name, the pub is not actually a castle, but it's a Gothic-style wonder in the heart of Aberdeen, and if Halloween is your favourite holiday of the year, this is the place for you.
3. Angus & Ale
Who doesn't love a good old juicy burger? But this is not just any burger! Made with the finest, homegrown Aberdeen Angus beef, Angus & Ale burgers are extra delicious and mouth-watering. Pair it with some of the finest cold craft beers produced in the region and you've got the perfect combination for a true Aberdeen meal. Share snaps of your burger of choice using #angusandale.
4. Moon Fish Café
Located on the medieval streets of Aberdeen's merchant quarter, Moon Fish Café is another spot on the map that serves up incredible local and seasonal produce. Offering casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy views of the 12th century Kirk of St Nicholas. Plus, it's a great spot to revisit as the menu of innovative British cuisine is everchanging. Don't forget to check out the beverage list and extensive gin selection too.
5. Native Restaurant
Uncover the finest locally sourced steak and seafood at Native Restaurant, based in the heart of Aberdeen. Located in the Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre hotel, Native has gained a reputation as being one of Aberdeen's finest restaurants, showcasing the very best of Scotland's larder. It's no surprise when you read the menu of dishes boasting international flavours and seasonal twists, made with the highest quality ingredients.
6. Nargile Restaurant
If you fancy something a little more exotic, head to Nargile Restaurant for some delicious authentic Turkish food. As Aberdeen's only Turkish restaurant, there's something special about knowing you can't taste this international cuisine anywhere else in the city. Showcasing an array of authentic Middle Eastern dishes, each is freshly prepared using only the finest local produce, cooked to order and complemented by specially imported traditional herbs and spices.
7. Sanddollar Café
Set on the glorious beach front of Aberdeen, Sanddollar Café is a lively bistro and offers some delicious comfort food with a picturesque backdrop. Home to a menu boasting local specialities and seasonal produce, including burgers, milkshakes and delicious home baking, it's a great wee spot to stop off at whilst exploring the city.
8. Food Story
Fancy an eco-friendly vegan foodie adventure? Food Story Café is not only a lovely little place to tuck into some incredible plant-based dishes, but is somewhere where you'll feel part of a community through arts and crafts workshops and bi-monthly reggae music nights. Alongside its varied menu for all food preferences, the café itself was built from recycled furniture and salvaged parts, giving it a homely and cosy feel.
9. Cup Aberdeen
Brunch, lunch, afternoon teas, evening tapas and lots more awaits you at Cup Aberdeen. Sip on a warming cup of artisan tea or coffee, taste the delicious soup of the day, choose from a range of tasty sandwiches, and treat yourself to a full Scottish breakfast or some indulgent waffles.
10. Namaste Delhi
Authentic Indian food served in a welcoming tapas style, Namaste Delhi is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre and is quite a new addition to the city's foodie scene. Tuck into the highest quality but value tapas which is healthy and nutritious, without compromising on flavour. Which dish will be your favourite?
11. 8848 Restaurant
If you're looking for exotic, international dishes, 8848 Restaurant has ventured far and wide across Nepal and India to bring to you a fiery array of authentic Nepali and Indian recipes, just bursting with flavour and aromas. Head along to be introduced to a whole new world of fresh culinary masterpieces.
12. Vovem Meat & Liquor
Who doesn't love a steakhouse and bar? Well Vovem Meat & Liquor is just that. Not only do they serve up succulent steaks, Loch Fyne oysters and charcuterie boards, but Vovem boasts their very own secret bar. Speakeasy 21 Crimes is Aberdeen's first 'secret bar' and even requires a password to get in. Located within Vovem on Union Street it is an exclusive and elusive bar that features a distinct vintage-style interior.
We hope this has whet your appetite and inspired you to get out and experience Aberdeen's quirky food and drink scene. Find out more about food and drink in Scotland, or plan your own city break. Share your quirky food experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and share your favourite spots on our iKnow Community.