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Starfish Restaurant

Castle Street | Tarbert, Tarbert PA29 6UH, Scotland
+44 1880 820733
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (132 reviews)
“ginger pudding” (16 reviews)
“scallops” (54 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Castle Street | Tarbert, Tarbert PA29 6UH, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 637 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my boyfriend were recommended this restaurant by our hosts in Tarbert as our last evening in our trip to Scotland. We were not disappointed! Local langoustines were amazing and the selection of fresh fish and shellfish and accompanying sauces were also great. Something...More

Thank Lauren K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was recommended this restaurant by my son who had visited with work colleagues a couple of times previously. It’s a busy place so book in advance or you may miss out on a true gem. Staff very hospitable & friendly. Atmosphere was buzzing. Food was...More

Thank Jayne M
Gillian H, Owner at Starfish Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review, Jayne. We hope to see you in the restaurant again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should have been a great experience but it wasn't the service was poor when I said I couldn't eat the unopened mussels i was asked to point then out - that really annoyed me .The chairs were weirdly low and were uncomfortable - to...More

Thank carolmcneil555
Gillian H, Owner at Starfish Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Carol. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. I’m extremely disappointed to hear you received poor service, as we pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient service. We can only apologise...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been to Starfish 3 times over the last couple of years (booked to go again this week). If you love seafood this has to be on your list. The Cullen skink is the best I’ve ever tasted and the specials board is the stuff...More

Thank Fiona K
Gillian H, Owner at Starfish Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Fiona, for your lovely review. It’s great to be able to pass on these positive comments to the staff at this busy time of year. We look forward to having you and your boys in the restaurant again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling round the west coast we found an interesting delicatessen in Lochgilphead where the owner recommended we drive to Target and eat at the Starfish. Wow what a great place it turned out to be. Bright, clean, friendly staff, and amazing menu. After much deliberation...More

Thank Amalyah K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Agree with most of the other top reviews on here. Very varied menu based on whatever fishy things are fresh that day, plus some menu staples if you are with non fish lovers. I had razor clams, which you don't often see on menus. Good...More

Thank EsmithScotland
Gillian H, Owner at Starfish Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A sign of a good restaurant is how busy it is. This one is busy, but they try to fit people in at short notice. A fantastic menu of locally sourced fresh seafood, served simply but with imagination and perfect flavours. Honestly, I could not...More

Thank StephenandRo
Gillian H, Owner at Starfish Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your lovely review. We hope to see you in the restaurant again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited this cosy restaurant twice and had a great meal on both occasions. The most recent visit was for lunch on a weekend, and we were very happy with everything about the experience. We shared the mackerel pate starter, which both of us...More

Thank IthakaOnMyMind
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We were recommended to the Starfish by our hotel as the best local fish restaurant. I don’t know about the best but if there are any better they must be amazing!! The fish was served hot and cooked to perfection and the service was fast...More

Thank Anthony L
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed another superb supper at this fantastically friendly restaurant. We were joined by friends who were experiencing Starfish for the first time and who thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. The fish and seafood was, as always, outstanding but for the first time the hubby had...More

Thank Anne S
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Questions & Answers
22 January 2017|
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Response from Seamus60 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The restaurant is closed until March - so you will have to wait until then!
21 July 2016|
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Response from lasttango | Reviewed this property |
As indicated in earlier answers, it will be necessary to book to avoid disappointment - enjoy.
17 May 2015|
Response from carlymac8 | Property representative |
Hi, the restaurant is open through until Monday inclusive, closed on Tuesday then 7 nights a week thereafter. It's very busy this weekend owing to the annual regatta. Regards Carolyn
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 24 - US$ 33
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castle Street | Tarbert, Tarbert PA29 6UH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Kintyre Peninsula  >  Tarbert
  • Phone Number: +44 1880 820733
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Fully licensed seafood restaurant in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, specialising in locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish prepared with simplicity and care. Full menu and daily specials with meat and vegetarian options also available, as well as a well appointed wine list. We promote a relaxed and friendly dining experience and look forward to welcoming you to Starfish.
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