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The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, European, British, Soups, Scottish, Contemporary
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Old Pier | Harbour, Stonehaven AB39 2JU, Scotland
+44 1569 762287
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Came in around 21.00 straight from the golf course with our group. Despite sporty dress which we fancied very friendly service. But better to be dressed a bit more formal then golf attire! Very good fish and mussels. Oysters were spectacular! Pricey but worth the money. Very enjoy full and I should have ordered full dozen and not half dozen... More 

Thank Andreas J
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Popped down for last minute dinner this evening and, as usual, the Tolbooth didn't disappoint. Impressive selection of fresh shellfish specials including some local lobster plus absolutely lovely selection on the a la carte. Great service as usual. We love the new chairs! Thank you, Tolbooth team, for another special meal.

Thank fionahun
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

I had been looking forward to revisiting the Tolbooth in Stonehaven for some time and am delighted to report that it is even better than before. This restaurant simply buzzes on a Saturday evening while tranquil cream and blue green colours create a perfect dining atmosphere. We enjoyed a beautifully smoked then lightly grilled Fillet of Sea Bass with fennel... More 

Thank Chris I
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

Excellent service. Food very good. Had two courses and bottle of wine. A couple of drambuies and Gaelic coffee. Cost £110 which all in all wasn't too bad.

Thank maggiemay2409
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

We had been recommended this restaurant by a friend so made a reservation for dinner on our next visit to Stonehaven. Our table was ready when we arrived and we ordered a bottle of wine and water which were served very promptly while we looked at the menu. We had both decided we would have fish so for starters my... More 

Thank Dennis G
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Dennis G, Thank you for posting such a positive review of our restaurant after your recent experience. I will ensure that your high levels of praise towards the food and service are passed on to all members of staff. We hope that we will see you dining with us again soon. Kind Regards, Andrew More 

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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

My first visit to this restaurant, and it did not disapoint. My wife booked earlier in the day and our preferred time of 6pm did not put out the staff at all. On arrival we were warmly welcomed and shown to a lovely table with plenty of space. Drinks orders were taken promptly and menus provided as well as a... More 

Thank Thebuachaille
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Thebuachaille, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your recent visit with us so much that you took the time to write a great review online. I will make sure that your kind words are passed on to both front of house and the kitchen staff. We hope to welcome you back again soon in the future. Kind... More 

Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

Sunday night dinner for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary. Delightfully fresh, local produce, delicately prepared and combined to offer 5 star cuisine worthy of high praise. First and foremost a seafood restaurant but I had the rabbit roulade to start with and the combination of flavours excelled. Views of the harbour provide a very relaxing backdrop to... More 

Thank LennyWebster71
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear LennyWebster71, Just a quick reply to show our appreciation of your positive review. I hope to see you both back with us soon. Kind Regards, Andrew More 

Perth, Australia
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74 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Definitely worth a visit. If you don't like paying for great service and food, think about takeaway instead. A great little restaurant with excellent service and a small but excellent seafood menu. We're on holiday driving around the higlands and stopped of in Stonehaven for a few days before heading to Edinburgh, so finding a fine dining type experience was... More 

1 Thank manarch
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Manarch, I am delighted to read you enjoyed your visit to the Tolbooth recently. I will ensure that your comments are fed back to all our staff. If you ever find yourself travelling around Scotland again, be sure to stop in past. Kind Regards, Andrew More 

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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

We met friends here for an evening, and picked the restaurant for its location and ok-sounding reviews. It was super. Tasty amuse-bouche followed by fantastic wild mushroom specials for starters. Then two of us had the langoustines and two the sea bass, all very happily. We shared some elegant and tasty little strawberry deserts. The wine was very good too.... More 

1 Thank anonNewcastle
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear anonNewcastle, I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your recent experience with us. I will let all our staff know what a great time you had. You may also be glad to hear that we are shortly doing away with our table clothes altogether. Hopefully we will see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Andrew. More 

Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

Located in a historic building with excellent views over the very photogenic harbour, this small restaurant offers a limited menu, mostly devoted to locally caught fish and sea food. The wine list is nicely balanced, offering a good selection of white, red, and rosé wines by the bottle, but with a ridulously small selection by the glass. The food is... More 

1 Thank Corvette1544
Drew8686, Manager at The Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Corvette1544, Thank you for commenting on your recent visit to our restaurant. I am disappointed to hear that your Oysters were not enjoyable, especially since we would never usually sprinkle salt over them. This must have been an error and I can only apologise. Unfortunately the reason we do not accept Amex is due to the fact they charge... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 56
Seafood, European, British, Soups, Scottish, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Pier | Harbour, Stonehaven AB39 2JU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Stonehaven
  • Phone Number: +44 1569 762287
Intimate fine dining serving fresh local seafood in beautiful historic surroundings.

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