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The Castle Restaurant

5 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JA, Scotland
+44 1557 330569
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 21 min
18:00 - 23:00 Hours
European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
5 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JA, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

This was our first visit to the Castle Bistro where we enjoyed the warm hospitality of Paul and his team. We also enjoyed an exquisite meal, fresh ingredients, beautifully presented and even better to taste! The Bistro's recent award of 'Best Restaurant in Dumfries and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Jane A
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We were pleased to find that the Castle Restaurant was open on a Monday night when many other eating places were closed. The interior of the restaurant is simply decorated and furnished. Our food was well prepared and cooked and we were mostly very satisfied...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank tintin630
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Very good freshly prepared food from a small but still,varied menu. Very friendly staff. Decent wines and most importantly sensible prices

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Benthegingercat
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Went to the Castle Street Bistro recently and had a very good meal. There was plenty of vegetarian choice too. Good quality food at a reasonable price, what more do you want !

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Gongfermer
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We much enjoyed our Wednesday night meal at the Castle Bistro (NB revised name). Staff charming a chatty without being intrusive. Menu large enough for choice but small enough to excel. We both had pizzas, which were splendid accompanied by succulent NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Excellent...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 555GRC
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We were advised to visit “The Castle Bistro” where Paul chef/owner had very kindly agreed to advance the evening opening time by one hour,which we very much appreciated.Having enjoyed Paul’s food on the first night of our visit,we decided to ask if the same opening...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank ROGER B
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

I visited again with friends and, once again, had a delicious meal. We all had starters and mains and all commented how fresh, tasty and creamy (where applicable) the dishes were. The service was on point ~ this is the norm, with Amelia once again...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jkitkat
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

I find the reviews for this restaurant astounding. Are people writing about the same restaurant We visited? Our experience was absolutely dreadful. We still talk about the experience even almost a year later. And every time we return to Kirkudbright and drive by the restaurant...More

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank Escape645293
Paul W, Owner at The Castle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Such a shame you decided to leave a negative review after almost a year and after you’ve clearly read our very positive reviews. Some of your comments are simply untrue. We don’t use frozen foods and all our produce is fresh and where possible local....More

Reviewed 20 September 2018

We have been going to this little restaurant for quite a few years and it's always superb Paul the chef is very welcoming and the food is very good indeed The service is always friendly so I can highly recommend this little gem of a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 444annemieke
Reviewed 18 September 2018

As soon as you step into the small restaurant you're in a relaxed atmosphere where you know the food and service will be excellent. We dined at the Castle Restaurant three times! The duck breast was delicious as was the lemon tart.on the second visit...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank William R
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Questions & Answers
Mary W
6 October 2018|
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Response from TheCastleRest | Property representative |
Thanks for your enquiry I’m really sorry but we don’t let dogs in the bistro -we’re a very small place and it’s just not feasible. Hope we can help you anyway. Many thanks.
Mary W
6 October 2018|
Response from jkitkat | Reviewed this property |
I have never seen a dog there. It's a small, intimate restaurant, not sure it's the right settings for dogs under the table. Best to contact the owner for confirmation.
natalie b
6 August 2018|
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Response from TheCastleRest | Property representative |
Hello we do have vegetarian and vegan options on our menu. We have a step in to the restaurant - did have a ramp but unfortunately got broken. There is wheelchair access toilet. Hope this helps - please call us if you need... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Kirkcudbright
  • Phone Number: +44 1557 330569
  • E-mail
Small, family run restaurant. Open 10.30 to 2pm for coffee, cakes, lunch and from 5pm for evening meals. Pizza night every Wednesday. Closed all day Sunday.
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