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Sand Dollar Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
2 Beach Esplande, Aberdeen AB24 5NS, Scotland
+44 1224 572288
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (50 reviews)
“pancakes” (23 reviews)
“black pudding” (18 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 Beach Esplande, Aberdeen AB24 5NS, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a rather stormy morning when we were seated immediately. There was a steady trade and plates of hot breakfasts were being enjoyed in the cafe. Lattes were good, small Scottish breakfasts cooked very well indeed and of high quality. Perfectly poached eggs, and...More

Thank 26lillys
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been visiting this cafe for the last 4 years on a regular basis. It's a very busy location but that is down to how popular it is. There are several other cafes along the Aberdeen beach front but this one seems to be...More

Thank Steph J T N
Fish-and-Steak, Owner at Sand Dollar Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, it is great to be appreciated, we will pass on your comments to the staff.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having been to the Sanddollar on numerous occasions before, I decided that it would be the perfect place to take a good friend, who had travelled through from Inverness, for a 21st Birthday meal and celebration. The food is always incredible, the views of the...More

Thank caris19
Fish-and-Steak, Owner at Sand Dollar Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

While there are two sides to every story, this particular customer emailed their complaint and ‘threatened’ to write a bad review on Tripadviser if she did not receive compensation, we do not respond to threats!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The full Scottish breakfast was very tasty but didn’t come with baked beans. A tiny bowl of beans as a side order was £1.50! When the breakfast was already almost £10 this seemed rather excessive, also they weren’t keen on any swapping of items. The...More

Thank wirralsquirral2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to try this cafe for a morning coffee and as it was a lovely morning, we sat outside. As I was queuing to place my order one of the young waitresses forced her way past me from behind the counter with no apology or...More

2  Thank lakelandladyMalvern
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff are very friendly. Lots of choices of food. If your in the area I would definitely recommend going ! 👏👏👏😃😃😃

1  Thank ivansneck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sand dollar is by far the best wee cafe at Aberdeen beach. It’s raised the bar of what a wee cafe should be like in today’s market. Not a greasy spoon insight. If you want a business meeting meet a date family time it’s perfect....More

1  Thank D4937YHadamr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a Friday lunchtime. Initially sat outside as it was sunny but moved inside as it began raining. This completely confused the staff although we informed them. Took 45 minutes to receive our coffees, and a waiter removed our 'wooden spoon' given to us...More

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose the sand dollar as it was handy for the cinema & the menu looked good to say the least! I went for the scallops bacon & black pudding special - delicious is an understatement !! The staff in here are so lovely &...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been here quite a few times for breakfast which is really good but never for dinner. Finally made it on Saturday night with relatives from Orkney. You don’t want to be in a rush as the food cooked fresh but so worth the wait....More

Thank nikki s
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Questions & Answers
8 February 2018|
Response from Lilimarie2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, what I would have done. Maybe politely asked the person to speak a bit quieter. Or else, I would have asked to move tables. Not sure if you are finding this helpful. Disappointing that the Cafe never did anything... More
Paul H
21 September 2016|
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Response from Jim F | Reviewed this property |
Yes of course but it can be a bit chilly so take a jacket in case.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Beach Esplande, Aberdeen AB24 5NS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Aberdeen
  • Phone Number: +44 1224 572288
  • E-mail
The Sand Dollar Cafe and Bistro is a seafront restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners (Thur, Fri and Sat from 6pm to late).....offering daily specials in a friendly atmosphere, we have outside seating and always welcome children.
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