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The View, Oban, Argyll and Bute Council

The View

3.9
3.9
34 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
The View is Oban's largest independent restaurant, cafe bar and grassroots music venue.
Our popular waterfront terrace has incredible views of the ‘Gateway to the Isles' and is open from 12noon till late.

Our versatile venue provides food, traditional Scottish ceilidhs, live music, club nights and a programme of events and functions.

We also have space for meetings, corporate events and weddings.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, British, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Thu, Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01631 569599
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

34 Reviews
  1. tracyD

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we went for the hogmany party had a fantastic night staff were all great

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  2. sharonc

    Argyll

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    New Year’s Eve …Starter was good . Main meal and desert were poor . Looked liked they had been microwaved. Deserts tasted days old .. service was good . Music was really good . Not the best NYE but not the worst ! Would recommend for party and drinks but not for food !

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  3. TracyM

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak and sausage pie was amazing we loved all the food and will be coming back soon

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  4. HughM

    Argyll

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food lovely, great menu, friendly efficient staff, would most certainly return👍

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  5. Mermaid71

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table at least a week in advance. When we got there , we were made to wait with no professional greeting . Then shown to a table that hadn’t been cleared then told most of the menu was unavailable. The view from the outdoor eating area did look nice but the staff not brilliant and ambience but like a skittle alley .

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  6. DougL

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entertainment was good and so was the food, very reasonable price.

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  7. Robin

    Argyll

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We made a reservation. Arrived on time. Quite a few empty tables, but all needed to be cleared & cleaned. Finally told to “sit anywhere”. Sat at a dirty table for about 30 minutes, completely ignored. Not one employee would even make eye contact. We left & had a lovely dinner ELSEWHERE.

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  8. SueD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was cheery and attentive. Food was great. Also enjoyed the music playlist

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  9. ClaireE

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun restaurant and bar. Great atmosphere. Traditional music.

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  10. KerryH

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food alongside the views. Everything served was fresh and tasty.

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  11. Kevin

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Decent food. Decent service. Toffee pudding was great. Too bright, too loud.

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  12. RafaelS

    Argyll

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Locale centrale e con una bella terrazza, la parte interna sembrava un po' un fast food invece che un ristorante tipico, cibo buono

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  13. PetraB

    Munich

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice view to the sea and harbour. Excellent service. The steak was well done instead medium, the Burger cold. But the taste was good

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  14. JaneD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic evening here. Delicious food , very good macaroni cheese said the vegetarians who were well catered for . The Ceilidh dancing was such good fun , made all the more brilliant by the musicians and Scottish country dancer ....we loved being able to dance , everyone enjoyed it including our usually reluctant 13 year old. Service was prompt and friendly . They also has a good choice of drinks . The view over Oban harbour as the sun set was magical ! The warmth and welcome of Scotland was in everything they did . Thank you !

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  15. MargaretS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    There were only 4 tables of diners when we visited 8.30p.m. The service was extremely slow {went to the bar ourselves for 2nd round of drinks). When the food did come (after an hour) all of our plates had cold food that had to be replaced. Other tables were experiencing problems too with some peoples food arriving when others had finished or not arriving at all. We were not offered a discount or complimentary drinks to offset our poor experience. Staff were nice but clearly overwhelmed.

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  16. Ian53

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish n chips was lovely, steak and sausage pie was a bit strange. If your going to put a lot of veg in steak pie please state that on the menu....totally altered the pie taste. Service was incredibly slow....15 mins from ordering extra drinks until they arrived.

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  17. DavidG

    Glasgow

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Met with a warm welcome, good service and decent food. We sat outside and the view is very good.

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  18. DebbieF

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The actual view is lovely. The service was scattered and nonexistent but friendly. The food was to be expected of pub food. I had the mussels and 2 days later my stomach and bowels are still unsettled. Ordered a dessert but did not receive so just a heads up to check the bill. This place has potential but needs to get its service issues sorted out which are likely due in part to staffing issues.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was ok…the view was wonderful. I had a different impression of it based on the fact that I had to leave a credit card for booking and needed to cancel a few days in advance. It’s basically a no frills pub with pub food and a nice view. It’s just ok. I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

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  20. BarbaraR

    Newcastle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Chaotic and disorganised service Dont know if its cos their understaffed or just terrible management. Individual staff pleasant but waited for ages for food even longer for drinks. Had to ask for cutlery. Charged for burger we didnt order. A slice of mothers pride bread rather than the sourdough on the menu. Good view from the terrace apart from that dont bother.

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  21. DorisH

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The View rocks! Literally, The View is the best seat in town with a fantastic overlook across the bay. The food options are delicious as are the beverages. Service was good, attentive and friendly. When you're ready to pay, go to the bar to settle your bill.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. AnnW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had reservations at The View to take advantage of the dance that evening, which was unfortunately canceled. It was replaced with a charity Bingo game. It took a while for our food to arrive. While we were in a separate room, the noise from the Bingo game was at times disruptive.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. fivefootnuthin

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service from our waitress Lola was outstanding; warm, friendly and highly efficient! The food was fantastic; tasty, fresh and well presented. Drinks and cocktails were amazing too. The View certainly lives up to its name as well, one of the best spots in which to enjoy a meal or a drink in Oban, fabulous! We will definitely be back, superb!

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  24. AlexandraM

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic lunch , the menu is brilliant, the food was delicious, and the staff are very friendly, and that view 😎

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  25. GBDew

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Entertainment excellent! Staff are friendly and good! Food, not so much.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Hoopgirlie

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience with the Ceildgh, food and drinks. It was a fun evening with music and dancing.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. KeiraB

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was absolutely wonderful, i can’t remember her name, she made us really comfortable and she was polite and funny! food was good, we tried the lite bite menu, i really reccommend the texmex tacos! cocktails were fab as well, really loud but that was due to a bagpipes fundraiser

    1 person found this helpful

  28. JillA

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service but the one young man seemed to be doing all the work while several of the girls were standing around doing nothing

    1 person found this helpful

  29. SharonM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent! Offered to move us when the outside door was left open and the cold air was hitting us. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. PeteN

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered food at 8.10 but it hadn't arrived by 9.00, so we left. Obviously can't comment on the quality if the food! Staff were friendly and apologetic - just not enough of them.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked 8:45 pm reservations and were asked to come early as the kitchen was closing at 8:00 pm. No elevator, has to carry the stroller up the stairs but the waitress helped us very kindly. Food was really excellent and can’t beat the view. Everyone was very nice but they were out of a lot of menu items. Waitress didn’t bring me the glass of wine I ordered as they were starting to close up shortly after. Overall, we recommend it based on the food and views.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. DavidE

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointed. Firstly they didnt know about booking which I found strange seeing as I had an email from open table to say I was there at 19:17 when I did not arrive until 19:25. Think they gave the booking to someone else. They seated us and gave us menus and advised what was not available and that was it until 19:55 when we had had enough and walked out without being asked for a drink or any food. However, they did manage to serve 2 other couples who came in after us with both food and drink. So cant comment on food but can comment on service....two words...non-existent. Good help the place if it ever got busy.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. JoanneM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, friendly staff. The view was amazing.

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  34. SusanR

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would recommend the veiw amazing place and lovely friendly staff 😊 food was excellent entertainment was brilliant what can I say thanks to all at The Veiw, made my new year 💜

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

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The View is rated 3.9 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The View

34-38 George St, Oban, Argyll and Bute Council PA34 5NL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Oban
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Thu, Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, British, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan
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