The menu in the hotel restaurant looked promising, and the lure of not having to drive was too much for me.
It was wonderful. 6 oysters to start, then scallops. We both ordered the same thing. A bottle of New Zealand Gruner Veltliner added to the enjoyment.
We even pushed the boat out and had dessert. A chocolate tart, and a cranachan.
Lovely views out over the bay.
Service was helpful and friendly.
We had aperitifs & digestifs in the bar, which also serves food. Looked like the same menu, but in a more informal setting.
Favorite Dish: The scallops. Perfect.
A lucky find. We'd arrived in town after a 3 hour drive, dumped the car in the first car park we found, and set out on foot to find lunch.
After rejecting a couple of possibilities, we liked the daily special in this place - langoustines.
We weren't disappointed. Mussels to start - one in cream sauce and the other in tomato. Then the langoustines & taglierini with seafood.
All delicious. Langoustines are hard work of course, but fun.
£64 for 2, including a bottle of water and 2 large glasses of white wine.
Favorite Dish: Has to be the langoustines. Sublime.
Ee-usk is the phonetic version of the Gaelic word for fish. You can guess the rest...
It is located at the end of the North Pier, with wonderful views of the bay and surrounding landscape, plus all the harbour activity.
I had dressed crab followed by fish cakes. Crab is one of my top 5 foods, and this one was wonderful. The fish cakes were super too - salmon, mashed potato and leek. Spoiled myself with a glass of white Languedoc too.
OH had Thai fish cakes as a starter - lovely as well - and then a trio of salmon - cold smoked, hot smoked and poached (served cold).
Service was excellent. A busy place on a Saturday lunchtime in August, so worth booking (and eating earlier) to get the best of the service.
Would go back anytime.
Favorite Dish: The crab. Just perfect.
Without doubt the Sea Food Temple is a fine dining experience with large fresh seafood meals.My wife and i had a most memorable meal here recently and are happy to travel 120 miles to repeat the experience in December.We took a 3 uk pounds taxi ride to its location but were very happy to walk back to our hotel.Be advised the portions are very generous so starve yourself before dining.Only open Thurs,Frid,Sat, Sun with two sittings ,i think from memory and 6 and 8pm.
Favorite Dish: The seafood chowder starter must have had a halfpound of fish in it.It was superb. my 3 fish fillets were so fresh served with mashed potatoes.My wife had a main dish of salmon hot and cold said it was suberb.Dont miss this restaurant.
Rather a Hidden Gem, the Seafood Temple is a modest walk out of Oban on the Gallanach road, out past the Lifeboat Station. It's a 1930's public toilet which has been converted to a fantastic fresh seafood restaurant in a stunning location. The owner/chef, John, is a former fisherman who also owns the famous Local Seafood shack on the ferry pier in Oban. He sources all his seafood from previous colleagues still fishing so you just don't get any seafood fresher than this. With only 20 covers booking is essential for the 2 evening sittings at 6 and 8 pm. Already it's reputation has spread worldwide because of it's huge portions at unbelievably small prices. Whenever visit Oban I always try to get a booking here. The wines are well chosen and very reasonable (£12/bottle). John likes to come round and have a personal chat with all the diners to get feedback and is also a fount of local knowledge. He is a well-known local character and this contributes to a special experience.
Favorite Dish: There are so many, but I often choose either the Dressed Crab or Chowder for starters, then the "Duo" of the daily fish for mains. You won't get to the pudding...
Downstairs is a self-service restaurant, with a good variety of food. They serve hot food, salads, home baking, coffee/tea cold drinks.
Upstairs is what they call their service restaurant, with menu. May to September they have a Scottish show from 8-10pm.
The restaurant is on George St., the main shopping street.
Favorite Dish: I love the (as described on their menu):
Haggis & Neeps £ 7.95
This famous Scottish dish comes highly recommended by our National Bard, Robert Burns. Served with 'Bashed Neeps' (Mashed Turnip) and Creamed Potatoes
I find the seasoning great, and enjoy the taste mixture with the Neeps and Tatties. I remember ordering it once and seeing the look on the server's face - "Silly tourist, bet she doesn't know what she's getting". He couldn't tell me if it was a Highland or Lowland haggis... highland haggis has a much wilder taste.
The Spinnaker cafe seems to be THE local cafe. There were a lot of old ladies there having an afternoon break of tea and scones.
The atmosphere was simple and welcoming and the view over the bay was ideal.
Favorite Dish: We only went for coffee, hot chocolate, and a couple of scones, but you can get a full meal.
The Waterfront is located on the quay, and within literally minutes of the train station.
The restaurant is located upstairs but we stayed downstairs in the pub as it was quiet and we like a wooden atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: I opted for my favourite, the haggis, which was fried and was gorgeous. My friend had giant scampi. The choice is wide and you can sample freshly caught fish in batter, chowder, or mussels.
Piazza is a great place to go if you fancy something a little bit special, but not too expensive. A great menu offers a huge selection including the normal pizza and pasta, but often with a Scottish twist. The views from this restaurant are fantastic, as it sits on the North Pier looking out across Oban Bay but also out to the Island of Kererra and down the sound of Mull beyond.
We often come here to celebrate birthdays, leaving do's and the passing of Viva's (there always seems to be something to celebrate!)
Favorite Dish: My favourite meal here would include the Bruschetta, the Scozzese pizza and then finish off with a Banana Split (which I always have to share with my boyfriend as I cannot eat a whole one!)
We went in here as it was nearing lunch time, but the food did not intrigue me the history did. After the Jacobite uprising this was one of the hideouts the Jacobites used to change from their trousers into their beloved kilts. Thank God thie kilt is not banned now!
From the outside, this green shack may not look like much, but it's some of the best seafood you can find, all at reasonable prices. Steamed crab, freshly smoked salmon sandwiches, mussels, prawns, scallops... They'll even serve fresh oysters on the half-shell for 55 p apiece. It is a takeaway stand, but there are some benchs just next to the shack. Just be aware of gulls looking to come in and snatch you meal for themselves!
We ended up eating here all 3 days we were in Oban since it was so good. Just be aware that they close around 6pm, so get there early if you want to stop there for a dinner.
Depnds on how much you get, but you could get a meal for 5 pounds or less. More if you wanted to splurge.
Favorite Dish: Their garlic scallops were some of the best I've ever tasted. It's served with bread and the garlic taste isn't overpowering. They literally melt in your mouth.
Smoked salmon sandwich is a close second.
Ok, so this is not a restaurant - but I have to mention it anyway!
If you plan on getting fish and chips one night, and just taking a stroll along the seafront, eating out of old newspaper and watching the boats come in - don't go anywhere else for your fish and chips!!
Norries is the best fish bar in town - all of the others pale by comparison. Take my word for it, I have tried them all over the years, and now won't go anywhere else!!
McTavish's kitchens are situated in Oban and
Fort William and we called in here for a quick bite to eat. I had Chicken with chips and salad and to be honest although a simple meal the chips were soggy and the meal in general was nothing special. my friend had a lasagne and he also had the same opinion so it was not confined just to my meal.
i had heard good things about this place and dont get me wrong it was ok and the staff were friendly and teh place was clean but the food was not up to scratch. - Sorry!
Favorite Dish: not applicable for reasons explained above.
The Calendonian in Oban is opposite the railway station and ferry terminal. It is a large 100 year old Victorian hotel with great views overlooking Oban Bay. You can just get a drink here or have lunch or dinner.
They of course provide accommodation as well.