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The Tolbooth Restaurant, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

The Tolbooth Restaurant

4.7
4.7
163 reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Tolbooth Restaurant - re-opening in April 2023. Now taking bookings

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Scottish, Fish
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    01569 762287
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

163 Reviews
  1. JonathanM

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet again, The Toolbooth excells. The food is fantastic and the staff superb. Thanks

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  2. Shugg

    Dunbartonshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely welcome by staff. We had a later booking and unfortunately, they ran out of the special main course on offer (can't be helped), so one of our party was a little disappointed but they managed to find an alternative, so all good. We were offered bread for the table. In most restaurants I've frequented, bread is complimentary. However, I was shocked we were charged £24.00 for bread (one member of our party is coeliac and didn't eat any). Service was attentive but we should have been made aware of the cost for the bread when asked if we wanted any. We asked for water for the table and I expected a jug of tap water (as water in Stonehaven is perfectly potable) but out came the unnecessary bottle of Highland Spring and another unnecessary charge on our bill. I don't mind people making a profit but felt a little taken advantage of. I wanted to leave a tip but felt I'd already been relieved of the equivalent amount. Nice restaurant but I'd prefer more transparency when being offered additional items like bread and water.

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  3. DODK

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delighted that Stonehaven has a restaurant of this quality. A reassuringly small menu, which I would happily have chosen anything (and everything) from. Pleasant surroundings - in a fantastic location - with superb service. Set price for 2 and 3 course meals was very sensibly priced. Can't wait to go back!

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  4. StewartL

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding meal and the taster did not disappoint. Great service and food.

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  5. Lollipop

    Aberdeen

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the minute we stepped through the door we were made to feel very welcome. Service was first class and food was amazing. Would definitely recommend thisvenue

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. I had the duck, the halibut, and the hazelnut frangipani tart. The staff were friendly and attentive, without being over present. I’d definitely go again if I’m in the Aberdeen area.

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  7. BobbiM

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at the Tolbooth and definitely won’t be the last. Delicious, classy, excellent service, greta ambiance, fab wine selection and the cocktails were spot on. Loved it. Be back soon ❤️❤️

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  8. MarionS

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food and service. We had the tasting menu and will definitely be back again as every course was delicious.

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  9. Steve

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were both fantastic. We thought the noise level was quite high with other people and as we were on a romantic date it was not conducive to this. This was not the fault of the restaurant

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I returned to this restaurant for the first time since the new owners took over. Having been a regular for years I was a bit wary of what I might experience, however I found the new updated decor was very welcoming. The food was amazing and staff and service very friendly and attentive. I certainly recommend a visit and personally will reinstate the restaurant as my favourite.

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  11. EddieP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable. Top food and lovely setting. Pricey but everything is these days.

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  12. DavidS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic meal, great attentive staff, recommend a visit

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  13. RachelT

    Aberdeen

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely venue, staff were well trained in food knowledge. Beautiful fresh ingredients and well presented dishes. We had quite a quick service when we placed the order for oysters then starters, with quite a long wait for main. Overall a nice experience and would go back.

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  14. PaulG

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were on the 'itison' package which proved to be fabulous value ... all 4 courses were really good, but stand-out was the Langoustine Bisque. I went for the wine pairings aswell - a bit pricey at£37 for the 4 wines, but again all four were fantastic, culminating in a Chateau Filhot Sauternes. Staff were brilliant, and it was no problem to cater for my pescatarian wife ! The place has been relatively recently refurbished to a high standard and looks great. My only small downside (understandable given the historic nature of the building) is that the steps up to the entrance would be challenging for some, and I gather there is no wheelchair access.

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  15. TommyH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although the menu is very short, what we had was very good indeed and well presented. We would prefer to see more seafood choices for the mains as only 2 out of 5 listed were seafood. Will be back again soon.

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  16. LottieM

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal at the Tollbooth. The food was delicious and the service was very good. We would definitely return when in the area again.

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  17. AndrewCarol

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner, exceptional service. Try the sourdough roll…it will blow you away!

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  18. paulC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn't been since before pandemic, so was looking forward to heading back to the Tolbooth. Fantastic experience. Polite, attentive and thoughtful service from Louis (might be Lewis?); amazing food (I can recommend the rock turbot which was incredible), and we polished off cheese board and a crumble with limoncello. Great ambience as the room was chocca and chatty. Only downside was having to leave the place (we were the last to go!) and head out into the frosty Stoney wind. Great night. Great service Incredible food. we'll be back soon. ps (apologies that I can't remember the other waiter's name but he was great as well! )

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  19. AREL

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good dining experience, would happily recommend

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  20. GrahamW

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent varied menu, each course was wonderfully cooked and presented. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable of the food and accompanying wines.

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  21. LorraineD

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. we always enjoy the delicious food and service wss exceptional.

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  22. ClaudeM

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wondeful cooking, wondeful service, near the port and the Town

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  23. GavinB

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely setting. Will go back and would recommend.

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  24. ElaineB

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely lunch, the food was so fresh and delicious. The service was prompt but without feeling rushed. We had a great view of the harbour and the sun was shining so overall we all had a great experience. .

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  25. Graham

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have never been disappointed with the Tollbooth. The food is a different class! Friendly service and nice surroundings.

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  26. JoyceM

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the tasting menu. The food was excellent and very well presented by frienly, efficient staff. The menu included dishes that we would not have normally chosen eg ox cheek but it was delicious. Beautiful location.

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  27. JLPC

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, we enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately service suffered a little as the restaurant filled up but we appreciated how quickly the food came out.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food in a beautiful setting. Each dish was beautifully presented and the flavours were amazing. We wine paired and the young waiters knowledge of each wine and why it would compliment each dish was very impressive. All the staff were attentive and professional. My only criticism has nothing to do with the food or drink, it’s a personal thing for me, in that I like a bit of low background music.

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  29. FionaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We loved every course. Lovely staff. Friendly and helpful.

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  30. PaulW

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. And decent value for money, not cheap cash wise but considering the food quality and service quality it was great value. I would put it in my top 3 meals ever, maybe top 2.

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  31. ColinH

    Inverness

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The starters and main course were fabulous! I would only have the two courses adding on a pudding expensive and not worth £10 extra I wondered why people were still wearing their coats while eating - because it was very cold inside! Apart from that great service really friendly staff.

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  32. KirstyT

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Lovely food. Baby-friendly. We will be back!

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  33. minpingz

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Changed me almost £5 included service charge for a glass of hot water..that's a bit ridiculous. Food was just OK.

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  34. AlistairL

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food tasted fantastic. Service perfect, friendly but not too intrusive. Time between servings just right. Reasonably quiet but not too quiet. Just right for conversation. Only slight negative would be price of bottle of wine. Cheapest £36, would prefer a cheaper option to be available. Struggled to tell the difference between a £10 supermarket Malbec and £37 one we had. Would have liked a little more smoothness at that price. But overall a very positive experience.

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  35. SteveM

    Aberdeen

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service (as usual). Highly recommended

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  36. RobinF

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Highly recommend. Excellent cuisine.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived late but weren’t made to feel uncomfortable at all. Nothing was rushed, the food was exquisite, the staff for attentive and the whole experience was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back

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  38. FionaH

    Kincardineshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven't been to restaurant for few years. The recent refurbishment has made a big difference. It was cosy had a nice buzz about it. The food and service was fantastic. It was lovely having live music. Only one tiny thing was music was slightly too loud but this was only a tiny thing and certainly wouldn't put us off returning. Will definitely be returning in near future x

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  39. IanaC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was absolutely fabulous, could not fault any of the dishes and absolutely worth the price! The setting is lovely and even better in day time when you can enjoy the surrounding views!

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  40. Brocklebec

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for an excellent evening. The food was beyond delicious (especially the "special" halibut) and all served with lots of very friendly smiles and personalities. The only issue was that the wine suggested, ie; "the closest you have to Pinot Grigio" wasn't like PG at all and meant we were left with a glass of wine which we didn't really like and wasn't to our taste but still paid for. Would have been better to have been offered a taste before serving, given the indecision we had and which was discussed with the waiter. It was noisy, and a table in the corner particularly loud, but guess that cannot be helped at this time of the year and supported a festive atmosphere. We will definitely return in the New year.

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The Tolbooth Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Tolbooth Restaurant

The Old Pier, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2JU

Additional information

  • Area
    Kincardineshire
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Scottish, Fish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
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