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Oakwood Restaurant aboard the Highland Lassie, Dochgarroch. Sample the best of Scotland's larder at the Captain's table with meals prepared with local produce, or dine alfresco along our jetty. The warmest welcome awaits you from this family run business with exceptional views of the Caledonian Canal. To Find Us: Turn off the A82 at Dochgarroch. Follow the road past An Talla and drive along the tow path until you reach the boat. parking available outside the boat.
PRICE RANGE
US$12 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood, Scottish
FEATURES
Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, BYOB, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 24 August 2021

I cannot recommend the Oakwood Restaurant and the Highland Lassie enough. Calling ahead to make a reservation and preorder the food was a minor struggle for me—doesn't seem like the cellular reception is great there—but it was absolutely worth the small effort. Bring your own...wine if you want it, Oakwood has no liquor license. Also of note: you're on a boat, the small dining room has only one table that seats six. Perhaps we should've expected it, but we were surprised to arrive and find that we were sharing the table with two sets of strangers. Don't shy away, lean into this! We all got to chatting and sharing stories of our lives and experiences, and it made the meal so much more memorable, enjoyable, and special than it would've been otherwise. The food is fantastic, I don't think there's a bad item on the menu, everyone exclaimed about how delicious their meals were, we all cleaned our plates and made room for the fantastic desserts as well. If you have dietary restrictions, let them know when you call, Gus & Gaby will find a way to accommodate you with something special. Gus was very attentive during the meal trying to make sure that everyone was happy. If you have an appreciation for boats, especially wooden boats, dining on the Highland Lassie is an extra special experience. My partner grew up on a wooden boat and knows the craft that goes into them and how much work they are to maintain. We got to talking with Gus and Gaby and they revealed the time and effort they personally put in to restoring the boat (formerly a fishing trawler), designing the wooden decks, rails, and cabins, the types of wood used, and Gus very kindly gave us a tour of the boat after dinner to show her off. She is an absolutely stunning lady with an amazing character and history. The rooms are quite nice, too, if you're considering sleeping on board or taking a cruise! Wonderful experience all around, definitely a memory we will treasure and a highlight of our trip to Loch Ness and the Highlands! Mahalo nui Gus and Gaby, from Angela and Forrest! Aloha from Hawaii and Orkney!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021

We visited Oakwood on Saturday the 11th of May, 2019 and we had such a great time I forgot to leave a review. Coming across some old photos we were profoundly struck by how wholesome and wonderful our experience was dining with thed team at...Oakwood. The food was incredible and one of the unique cuisine experiences of our 6 month trip. Gus was a wonderful host and we truely enjoyed his dry humour and banter. I strongly recommend making the drive out for a dinner you won't forget.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2021

Thank you so much for such a warm review. We are always touched by such fond memories that are experienced aboard Highland Lassie.

Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

Always a great dining experience at The Highland Lassie with Gus & Gaby, they make you feel most welcome and the food is amazing. We always make a point of visiting them whenever we visit Inverness. Be ready for Gus’ dry humour, it could catch...you unawares! 😂More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Frank, we look forward to seeing again soon!

Reviewed 10 May 2021 via mobile

We went to Highland Lassie for lunch to celebrate my fathers very big birthday. Gus and Gaby went out of their way to make him feel special. He lives a bit of banter. The food was first class as usual. A lovely place to go...for lunch, especially if you want more of a personalised service.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Thank you very much for the lovely review. It was a joy to have you onboard, hopefully see you again soon

Reviewed 8 May 2021

We walked up without a booking after a long day’s drive and got some delicious seafood! Were able to sit outside with our dog.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience, we are delighted you enjoyed the seafood. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Reviewed 6 May 2021

We booked this restaurant for a birthday celebration and were certainly not disappointed. The whole experience was excellent the dining room on the beautifully renovated boat was very tastefully refurbished, the food was excellent all cooked to order and although not a big menu there...was a good choice and all beautifully cooked. Last but not least the host and hostess were lovely and created a lovely atmosphere we will definitely return.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2021

Thank you very much for the lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and experience, hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 29 April 2021

Came today with my auntie and uncle and ordered three breakfast rolls and can say with ease, that it is better than anywhere else we have been. Customer service was also incredible and very friendly. Would definitely recommend!!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Gaby G, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2021

Thank you so much for the lovely review. Hopefully see you again soon ☺️⚓

Reviewed 26 September 2020

We received a welcoming wave as we cruised past the restaurant heading to Fort William and thought that it would be a lovely place to eat on the way back to Inverness. Phoned and tried to book a table but due to covid restrictions there...were no tables available but could eat outside or have a delivery to the berth which was a good option so confirmed. On the return day it was suggested that we could have a mid afternoon meal inside so accepted and had a superb meal followed by a coffee in the wheelhouse. Excellent meal, BYOB, attentive service, could not ask for anymore. Gaby showed us around their beautiful cabins and we were very impressed and would like to return for a long weekend. Only downside (which has nothing to do with the restaurant) is that you need to be careful where you berth as there are unmarked private/reserved pontoon places and we had to move boat just as the first course arrived. Great meal, great service and you cannot fault the ambience and location!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

The Highland Lassie is a wonderful converted trawler which is now a unique restaurant and boutique hotel. Our delicious meal was a delight from starter to dessert, from the tasty haggis and tatty cakes, the melt in your mouth salmon ( or succulent wagyu burger)...to the divine Orkney cheesecake, we couldn't have wished for better. Everything was freshly made to a very high standard. We could have dined in the beautiful dining room, but Gus was kind enough to deliver our meal to where we were moored up on the canal.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 30 August 2020 via mobile

6 of us ate onboard the stunning boat The Highland Lassie the new home for the Oakwood Restaurant. Surroundings, service and food were superb. The hosts were very welcoming and very proud of this beautiful boat as they should be. We ate a variety of...dishes including Venison Stew and the trio of seafood and could not fault a thing. Food was so tasty and fresh. We will definitely visit again just wish we lived nearer.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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hl1569, Owner at Oakwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2020

Thank you for your fantastic review, almost as fantastic as you! We look forward to seeing you next year, let's make it extra special for your 5th year in a row!

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Response from Sai C | Reviewed this property |
there is a wee seating bit outside so probably could use that.
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Yes, they have plenty of gluten free dishes. My daughter is coeliac so we have to pay particular attention to this in restaurants. She was delighted with the choices on the menu and the specials board.
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