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Local cuisine, European, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
A quaint restaurant located in the heart of the highland town of Thurso. Family run establishment serving locally sourced meat and fish produce. We offer USB charging points near most tables and superfast fibre wifi throughout, free of charge.
US$ 7 - US$ 35
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
European, Scottish
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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We stopped by on a whim for dinner and were there 5 minutes before opening and phoned for a table. I’m glad we did as the waitress was having to turn people away as she was fully booked. The service was exceptional from the outset....The waitress was working on her own and run off her feet but it didn’t stop her amazing service! The food was absolutely delicious and served quickly but still lovely and fresh. Great value and we would definitely hurry back if we’re ever in Thurso again!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Small cosy restaurant with a lovely ambience food very high-quality and very enjoyable experience. Food was very tasty and I would definitely recommend another visit

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Despite the late booking and being squeezed in we had a lovely meal with superb service. Made up for the disappointment of our other booking closing for the evening with no notice.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A small welcoming restaurant. Service very prompt and efficient. Excellent quality of interesting food very covid aware!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

Thurso was the first stop on a three week tour of north Scotland, and our first dinner couldn't have been better. For a start, we tried to book only shortly before we wanted to eat but were fitted in to the last table. The food...was delicious, and although the menu was limited there were attractive options for both a meat eater and a vegetarian. My scallop starter was wonderful and the complimentary amuse bouche of elderflower sorbet was uniquely heavenly! We left feeling that this would be the best meal of our holiday and it was (although equalled by another two weeks later in Shetland).More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb dining experience with a wonderful menu selection with Scottish inspired culinary creations. Food had great taste combinations with excellent local ingredients. We loved this cozy and excellently run restaurant, with great service and lovely wines.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with family and with current restrictions meaning difficult circumstances can only recommend Bydand. Great food, great service and very reasonably priced for high quality menu. All felt very safe, Well worth a visit

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for dinner while in the local area. Quite difficult to get a table simply due to its popularity which is always a good sign. As a party of four we ordered a good selection from the menu and all of the dishes served were...a big success - scallops, smoked salmon, grilled salmon, shredded beef and chicken dishes all well cooked, seasoned and presented. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team who are clearly committed to good food and service. Happy to recommend and while social distancing is still a requirement I’d suggest booking early.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic from start to finish. Delicious scallops and haggis to start. Beef and chicken was throughly enjoyable, pallet cleanser was an added treat. Owners run a show and left very happy and full! 💫

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed the 2 course meal during our stay in Thurso. The food was fantastic, we both had the shredded beef which was very tasty. We would recommend a visit to Bydand.

Date of visit: September 2021
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6 June 2018|
Response from briangK6547OJ | Property representative |
Yes, We have roast root vegetable Risotto with trio of Puree. Portobello mushrooms with leek & goats cheese, wild rocket pear and walnut salad. Penne pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce Tomato and mozzarella pizza As... More
Rachel L
29 March 2017|
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Response from Brian G | Property representative |
If you follow for A96 for Inverness then the A9 to Thurso. This would take you to us although this is about a 4.5-5hr journey from Aberdeen. Hope this helps. Best Regards Brian
3 March 2017|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hi Allistair, I can send you a PDF of the evening menu if you could let me know your email address. I am unable to attach the file in this reply. Best Regards Brian
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bydand

Yes, Bydand offers takeaway services.

Bydand is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4