The Best Local Restaurants in John O'Groats
*Please note that this information was correct as of March 2020 and due to COVID-19, some restaurants may be operating under new guidelines - for full information, we recommend you contact the establishment directly.*
CAPTAIN’S GALLEY, SCRABSTER
Steered by the exceptional talents of Jim & Mary Cowie, the Captain’s Galley offers multi-award winning seafood dishes, situated within the 18th-century historic Scrabster Icehouse and Salmon Bothy. Having gleaned worldwide-acclaim and hailed as one of the best seafood restaurants in the UK, guests can feast on innovative and locally produced plates of outstanding ocean fayre from their truly memorable tasting menu.
Expect; King Scallops, Langoustines, Razor Clams & Seafood Tapas
OPENING HOURS: Thursday - Saturday 6.30pm till late (last orders 8pm)
Specialising in the ‘farm to table’ approach, this boutique restaurant on Thurso high street offers beautifully prepared dishes, showcasing the best of Scottish fayre. It may not be the largest eatery, but the service is wonderful and you can be guaranteed a memorable meal.
Expect; Highland treats such as Venison, Cock-a-leekie Soup, Scallops and more
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-3pm then 6pm-9pm
THE PRINTERS REST, WICK
Bought to you by the owners of the legendary Whaligoe Steps Cafe, this new establishment offers beautiful dining in the heart of Wick.
'We use excellent ingredients, with local provenance wherever possible, and believe that delicious food is a joy and privilege in our lives. Our fantastic new space offers you a view into our open kitchen while you order your food, and if you’d like to eat-in, we have some tables too. We are very proud of having achieved award winning status over the last few years at Whaligoe Steps Café, and in our new kitchen we will continue to maintain our high standards, and love of Mediterranean inspired food. We now will also have a small ‘deli’ section, where you can buy our home made pasta & sauces ready for you to use at home, together with some of the lovely ingredients from our carefully sourced suppliers.'
Expect; Homemade breads, Maltese/Mediterranean-influence small plates, outstanding salads, hand-stretched pizzas and the freshest pasta
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 11am – 8pm
This atmospheric bar and grill in Thurso is the perfect spot to pick up a filling meal for all the family. There are plenty of weekly specials that make the most of local, seasonal ingredients and plenty of comforting options to tuck into after a bracing coastal walk! There are plenty of veggie and vegan options to choose from too, and the team are happy to accommodate all.
Expect; Hearty burgers, filling breakfasts, a wide range of sandwiches and tasty pasta dishes.
OPENING HOURS: 8am-9pm, 7 days per week
CAPILLA TAPAS, SCRABSTER
Having only opened in 2018, Capilla is quickly become a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Chef Richie’s love of cookery is evident in the delicious ‘small plates’ he created and there is a fantastic ambience in the intimate setting too.
Expect; Homemade Sangria, delights such as Aubergine Fritters and Sautéed Chorizo, plus classics including Patatas Bravas, Gambas Pil-Pil and Calamares.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 4pm – 9pm
NO 1 BISTRO, WICK
Discover the tantalising tastes of the Highlands from the comfort of this hotel bistro in nearby Wick. From light lunches to classic evening meals, the team are happy to cater to any dietary requirements you may have, going above and beyond to ensure a wonderful experience.
Expect; Orkney Scallop Gratin, Beef Featherblade and an excellent cheeseboard
OPENING HOURS: 9am – late, 7 days per week
SEAVIEW HOTEL, JOHN O’GROATS
The closest restaurant to catch a quick bite-to-eat at is the Seaview Hotel – quite literally at the end of our road and in stumbling distance of our luxury lodges and apartments! The atmospheric bar may be traditional in style, but it serves good, honest dishes at a reasonable price.
Expect; Fish & Chips, Steaks & Pies, Lasagne and other ‘Pub Grub’ type fayre