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Restaurant Recommendations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oban?

We will be in these cities between 7/30/22-8/11/22. We welcome any suggestions for lunch and or dinner at pubs, bars, and restaurants. Thanks. jjkc

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We ate at this restaurant in Oban in 2017. The name means 'fish' in Scottish. It is a bit upscale from some of the other pub-type places, but it is right on the water and the food was delicious.

I believe you would need reservations to get in. Our hotel booked it for us.

Some of the other places in Oban don't take reservations. We were coming off the Three Islands boat trip around 8:00 PM and knew from previous nights that it would be really hard to get in somewhere at that hour without a reservation. They told us at the restaurant that we would not have gotten in then without the reservation.

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Liked it so much we went twice last month when we were in Glasgow.

If you find yourself near the cathedral, check out Drygate Brewery for lunch. **cash only. Try the Peanut Butter Stout

In Glasgow, there are a lot of American chain restaurants along Buchanan Street which is a lively pedestrian walkway. You'll need to walk a few blocks west to find the independent restaurants.

In Edinburgh, my favourites were, it doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is fantastic. In New Town there is a Gordon Ramsey Resturant that was very good,

I can't recall where we went in Oban.

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In Edinburgh, you might want to try Maison Bleue at 36 Victoria St. It is just off George IV Bridge St. which is just off High St. (The Royal Mile) close to the castle. Go to, type in the address, and you'll be able to locate it easily. You can use the street view to "walk" to it before leaving home. You can't miss the blue façade. We've never had a problem being seated at lunch, but dinner reservations are advised. Small place, same ownership for years, and excellent food.

In Oban, there is a great seafood place located right at the pier where the ferries dock. Can't remember the name, but if memory serves correctly it's a two story place.

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We still talk about the Mussel Inn in Glasgow 6 years after our visit. If you love mussels…

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Full disclosure--this was 45 years ago! My husband attended a postdoc physics summer school in St. Andrews for a month and I went along for the ride. We stayed in one of the dorms and ate dorm food--how much mutton can one possibly eat?! Although not vegetarians, we CRAVED fresh vegetables and no meat. On a weekend visit to Edinburgh, we happened upon Hendersons. What a find! It was vegetarian and we gorged. I just googled it and it appears there is now a "new" Hendersons but sounds like the same family and in the same vein.

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Thanks to all for your suggestions. We will be making reservations. jjkc