5 of the best restaurants in St Andrews

One of Scotland's oldest and most distinguished towns, St Andrews, offers a range of excellent restaurants to eat in.

Published 13th Feb 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Located on the east of Scotland, St Andrews is well known for its university, golf courses and rich history; however it also has a culinary scene that's well worth checking out if you're in the area.

5 of the best restaurants in St Andrews

The Grange at St Andrews

(Grange Rd, St Andrews KY16 8LJ)

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Sitting at the top of the pile of Trip Advisor reviewers who have dined in the area's restaurant list, The Grange has had over 500 reviews - 88 per cent of which are rated excellent.

hugely popular with residents and tourists alike the restaurant is housed within a 17th century converted farmhouse with a pleasingly stripped back aesthetic and Chef Proprietor John Kelly serving up delicious dishes made using locally sourced produce.

The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

(130 Market Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9PD)


It's an obvious choice when visiting the coast to indulge in a fish tea but with so many excellent eateries available where do you choose?

Thankfully, Tailend St Andrews - which has become so popular it's opened a second restaurant in Dundee - makes the choice a little easier by mixing the comforting style of a traditional seaside chippy with the class and delivery of an award-winning restaurant.

All of the inscrutably sourced fish they serve is supplied by their own fish house in Arbroath, G&A Spink Fish Merchants and they offer a range of seafood dishes including an excellent fish tea.

They also do a five course seasonal menu for £45 per person on a Saturday night - dubbed the Chef's Table, it's well worth checking out.

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The Adamson

(127 South St, St Andrews KY16 9UH)

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The Adamson is named after one of the town’s most illustrious characters, pioneering photographer Dr John Adamson, who lived on the site until it became a post office in 1865.

Now a restaurant, it's one of the town's most popular - and effortlessly cool eateries - with a brasserie style format and a menu that's stuffed to the brim with seasonal ingredients and delectable dishes. Make sure you don't miss out on their award-winning cocktails too.

Seafood Ristorante

(Bruce Embankment, St Andrews KY16 9AB)

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Locations for restaurants don't come more dramatic than the Seafood Ristorante, perched on a bank on the shorefront, the glass frontage offers stunning views out to sea.

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With a focus on seafood with an Italian twist, the Ristorante offers plates filled with delicious ingredients like Shetland Mussels, Hand Dived Ardnamurchan Scallops baked in the shell, and  Anstruther Lobster lovingly grilled with garlic butter.

Seasons at Rufflets St Andrews

(Strathkinness Low Road, Rufflets St Andrews, KY16 9TX)


Newly reopened, the Seasons restaurant at Rufflets St Andrews is a modern looking eatery with a spacious interior designed for whiling away evenings with great food and even better company.

Overlooking Rufflets' award-winning gardens, Seasons offers dishes made using the very best ingredients sourced from Fife's (and the rest of Scotland's) bountiful larder.

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It's a fine dining affair when it comes to the menu which features the likes of Cairngorm venison loin, tea smoked duck breast and St Andrews  lobster ravioli.


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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