Where to Eat in Arisaig: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 29, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Arisaig /ˈærəsɪɡ/ (Scottish Gaelic: Àrasaig) is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. It is also the traditional name for the part of the surrounding peninsula south of Loch Morar, extending as far east as Moidart. The word Arisaig means "the safe place" in the Scottish Gaelic language. Arisaig is in the Scottish council area of Highland. It has a population of about 300.
Things to do in Arisaig

1. Cornerstone Restaurant

Main Street, Mallaig PH41 4PU, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1687 462306
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 665 reviews

Cornerstone Restaurant

Reviewed By Westlands - Cambridgeshire

The very friendly staff in this place are very used to tourists arriving on the Jacobite train from Fort William with only 90 minutes to spare before the return train leaves, but I would recommend that you book because when busy it's difficult for them to accommodate everyone in the limited time. We booked and received a warm welcome and a window table. The menu is reassuringly short, and really this place is a fish and chip restaurant so we went with the vibe and chose haddock and chips and peas. Glammed it up with a very pleasing bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Fine dining this is not, but hot, tasty freshly prepared and local it definitely is.

2. The Steam Inn

Davies Brae, Mallaig PH41 4PU, Scotland Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Seafood, British, Soups, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks +44 1687 462002
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 640 reviews

The Steam Inn

Reviewed By drmdobson - Oxford, United Kingdom

We had booked elsewhere (Chlathlain Inn) but it was closed without warning, so crossed the road to the Steam Inn - warm welcome, blazing fire excellent quick service, and really good hot food on a cold day. Cullen skink followed by Scampi and chips for lunch was enough to keep us going until breakfast the following day! Worth booking - it filled up quickly and quite a few people were sadly turned away.

3. Chlachain Inn Restaurant

Davies Brae, Mallaig PH41 4QY, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +44 1687 460289
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 583 reviews

Chlachain Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By Spikenboris - Wallasey, England, United Kingdom

We stopped recently during a storm, in the daytime. Excellent bowls of leek and potato soup in front of a coal fire warned us up. Good, friendly service, nice decor. Another couple ordered a children's portion of haddock and chips. That was beautifully presented and they declared it was the best they'd ever had. It is a bit pricey though, hence only 4/5

4. Cafe Rhu

The Harbour, Arisaig PH39 4NH, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +44 1687 450707
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

Cafe Rhu

Reviewed By carolineanderson - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We stopped here on the way back from Mallaig to Edinburgh. We sat outside in the sun with views over the seafront. Filled rolls very good. Coffees good. Service could be better as we were almost finished our drinks before the rolls arrived. Toilets clean. Cafe clean

5. Old Library Lodge And Restaurant

Road to the Isles, Arisaig PH39 4NH, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +44 1687 450651
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Old Library Lodge And Restaurant

Reviewed By riverquilter

We had dinner and breakfast here. Excellent meals and great service. Local fresh seafood, produce, and meats prepared in a creative , modern way. We certainly weren't expecting this type of food in such a remote small village. Maggie and staff are to be commended for the quality and presentation of the food. We also stayed st the B&B. Very good.

6. Cnoc-na-Faire

Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, Scotland Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating British +44 1687 450249
Excellent
48%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Cnoc-na-Faire

Reviewed By Rosiemee - Kilsyth, Stirlingshire

This B &B is beautifully situated round the corner from Arisaig with stunning views. It is very welcoming and extremely comfortable. Breakfast was delicious - they catered very well for people who are gluten intolerant. The "dram before bedtime" was a lovely idea. The dog loved the secure garden too.

7. Glenuig Inn Bar and Restaurant

Sound of Arisaig, Glenuig PH38 4NG, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Scottish, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +44 1687 470219
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Glenuig Inn Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Judgmental - Biggar, United Kingdom

Stayed for 2 nights as part of birthday/anniversary celebrations.
Stunning inlet setting, amazing views across the loch.
The rooms are modern, chalet style accommodation and somewhat basic but v clean and comfortable.
The food in the inn was v good, the staff friendly and the beer was great too!
Be aware, there is no internet within the inn other than the 4G tower was sadly broken when we visited, but 200 yds up the lane is the community shop which has free WiFi accessible at the picnic table outside.
Glenuig is a centre of outdoor activities and particularly sea kayaking, and is also within easy striking distance of Mallaig so ferry trips to Skye are readily doable.
Amazing place. Go.

8. Crofter's Bar

Main Road | Arisaig Hotel, Arisaig PH39 4NH, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Seafood Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$220 +44 1687 450210
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Crofter's Bar

Fresh Local Produce cooked by our team of chefs showcasing the best of local ingredients and produce in a relaxed pub atmosphere.

Reviewed By Donasdhu - Groveland, CA

Lunch on Sunday; one prawn Sandwich and two bacon pieces.
Each Sandwich was bounded by two thick slices of home made bread, baked fresh that morning. The Sandwich contained real prawns aplenty and the " pieces" 4 rashers of smoked bacon.
This was a significantly good lunch!

9. The Mission Cafe

Morrison Building | Station Road, Mallaig PH41 4PY, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 7446 209210
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

The Mission Cafe

Welcome! The Cafe aims to provide somewhere that offers reasonably priced food, home baking and non-alcoholic beverages in a family friendly environment. We serve breakfasts, sandwiches, home baking and full meals from 7am 7 days a week. Baby changing facilities are available as well as a children's play area.

Reviewed By Paula J - Fort William, United Kingdom

Just had fish and chips in here. It was that fresh the haddock fell apart from the batter on the plate. Delicious and we will be back for more. All the bread and cakes are homemade and just yummy. Great job

10. Baywater Restaurant

Arisaig Hotel, Arisaig PH39 4NH, Scotland Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +44 1687 450210
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Baywater Restaurant

Reviewed By 646JimM - Seattle, Washington, Usa

Excellent food, great service, we were there with 11 people, all staying at the hotel and they sat us together. There were other large groups 5-8 and they rearranged as needed to accommodate them all wit crowding anyone. We were there during the Arisaig Highland Games and while busy never seemed understaffed and extremely competent management of service between the main dinning room and an auxiliary dinning space that we took advantage off for a private diner for our family. Absolute must, Shaun and his staff are great-hang not to them

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