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A selection of recent reviews for The Pierhouse restaurant. If you've enjoyed your meal with us, then do let us know. If you wish, please also recommend us in the Good Food Guide or Trip Advisor - many thanks!

Dine at The Pierhouse Seafood Restaurant - simply cooked to perfection served with a stunning view
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant
The freshest of local produce at The PIerhouse Hotel's Seafood Restaurant

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Loved everything about this hotel

Dinner was amazing, the freshest lobsters and mussels I have ever eaten and the special one night was local sole which was fantastic too. All the staff were really helpful and welcoming. Just to sit in the dining room or bar and watch the view which changes all the time as the clouds go by and the sun comes out (hopefully!), was one of the highlights of our trip to scotland. jazzskye, August 18

Out of this world

Second visit here and even more fabulous than I remember. We dined in the restaurant with the amazing views over Lismore. I had the Mussels to start followed by the Lobster Thermidor. The mussels were so juicy and sweet. The lobster was the best I’ve ever had. Scottishlulu57, August 18


A wonderful venue. We arrived by boat. Happy with wellies, life jackets and oilies. Friendly, professional staff. Really good seafood menu. Good wine. Great venue with fantastic views. A wonderful way to spend a night with friends. Anthony S, July18

Superb restaurant in delightful Port Appin

The food, particularly the fresh seafood, is a real highlight, wonderful langoustine and a superb seafood platter were enjoyed in our 2 night stay. Staff are very friendly and eager to help and advise. susancC701QM, July 18

What a find

This is a beautiful hotel which was a surprise find - well to me anyway. It was a busy little oasis in a magnificent setting. The food is fabulous (they were kind enough to let me order three starters for dinner so I could try a bit of everything and I think the scrambled eggs for breakfast were the best I have ever had). FoodandTravel007, June 18

Highlight of our trip

The Pierhouse Restaurant serves up splendid meals comprised of local ingredients that looked great and were absolutely mouth watering. Oh, and then there's the bar where one can endlessly explore Scottish ales and spirits. Bravo and well done. Standing ovation from two very happy guests from the United States. Mark M, May18

Pleasant surprise

The evening meal and breakfast were both first class! While eating our evening meal we saw the most amazing sunset, which just added to our wonderful time at the Pierhouse. AlisonHols, May18

So good !

The views from the hotel are really breathtaking! I can't imagine anything more impressive. Then it came to Dinner, perfect in every way, the Chef is amazing, so much attention to detail so sorry we had booked for just one night. I love this hotel and restaurant and can't wait to get a chance to return. MickM, April 18

Wonderful. As usual!

Dinner was amazing - which we knew it would be - husband started with scallops and I had mussels, then we both had the gigantic surf and turf!!! Ribeye steak cooked to perfection, 5 or 6 langoustines and garlic butter - I am salivating even typing it. Jenny D, March 18

Delicious food in welcoming pier side hotel

It is always lovely to go to the Pierhouse for a light tasty lunch when we are in Port Appin. A very warm welcome in the cosy bar/lounge and a great menu with something to suit all tastes. Their soups are really delicious served with warm crusty bread and you overlook the pier which always has some activity going on. Locals are happy to chat and it is really lovely atmpsphere for relax with various seating areas depending whether you prefer a table with sea views or a snug comfy sofa by the wood burning stove.Enjoy!  Blackfaceewe, March 18

Superb restaurant in sensational location

The restaurant commands a lovely view over the narrows, to Lismore. Great just to sit back and relax as the wee local ferry potters over the the nearby island. This friendly and hospitable restaurant serves great food. Renowned for fresh seafood, but we've enjoyed the steaks and other fayre, too. Arrive early, and enjoy pre-diiner drinks beside the log fire in the cosy lounge. Laurence, Jan 18

A great spot for lunch!

We live on the west coast of scotland and popped over to The Pierhouse Hotel for lunch. Sat in the bar and had the most delicious lunch; fish and chips and moules. The staff were incredibly friendly and everything done with a smile! A hidden gem. I will definitely be returning. AliceBF, Sept 17

Impeccable service

Impeccable customer service from the moment I phoned to book to the check out. For dinner, my wife and I ate the Cullen skink and pulled duck starters and both had steak as a main. Absolutely delicious and breakfast was of an equal standard.  SamL, Dec 16

Fabulous lunch

Sat in the restaurant for lunch looking out over the autumnal colours of Scotland. The emerald green and the beautiful browns. The food...oysters Kilpatrick, huge starter portion of 6, delicious. For me, mussels done with a glorious smokey flavour. Followed by a generous plate of salmon, fresh vegetables cooked to a lovely crunch and no more and fennel dauphinoise. A dreamy a great price. happy4clive, Nov 16


Didn't stay at the hotel, we initially called here for a coffee one afternoon (great coffee, by the way) and having looked at the dinner menu decided to celebrate my birthday that evening at the Pierhouse. Wasn't disappointed - everything was perfect. The service, food and wine were superb. I wish this restaurant was closer to my home - we'd be regular customers. Recommended. OBx2, Nov 16

Return to serenity

Like the crisp and dry Autumn weather this week, so was the Sauvignon we had with our sea bass. A tremendously tasty reward after a 55 mile cycle on Ardnamurchan, the Pierhouse delivers what it always delivers... Friendly welcome and great seafood. We had salmon and prawn kebabs and sea bass. Calm pastels and warm environment. Bliss. The gin selection is expanding with a terrific selection of Scottish gins... Crossbill was a new one for us. We will be back. Again. lanternerouge2015, Oct 16

Stunning place

We had lunch in the restaurant which was fabulous - I have to say probably the freshest and creamiest oysters I have ever had and meaty large langoustines. The wine selection is fab too with the house Chardonnay very good value and gorgeous. So much care and attention has gone in to everything about the place.  Fridaynite1, Oct 16

Seafood 'Par Excellence'

If ever there was a 'Dream Location to be able to enjoy ultra fresh seafood of all descriptions form within a few mile radius of the restaurant then The Restaurant at the Pierhouse Hotel , Port Appin is the one!! Enjoy locally sourced Langoustines, Fresh Lobsters, prawns etc. all from close by are on hand to titillate the discerning palate!!! The view from the Dining Room is just fantastic as one gazes over the water were most of the seafood has been caught. Add a drop of Malt whisky and your evening is complete! Wills1389uk, Sept 16

Freshest Scottish seafood in a wonderful place

Arriving in the midst of a storm; we arrived to roaring open fire and to generous welcome. This restaurant is part of The Seafood Trail which the menu is a true testament to - fish, oyster and seafood though a steak is available. We ordered a seafood platter and there was no problem to exchange the oyster (which we don't like) to a beautiful salmon mousse. On arrival of the platter; an introduction and guide to the platter before we indulge in the best seafood we ever have had. Truly amazing. Sol-Dev, Sept 16

Dining in surround scene

To dine really well is rare. To dine with a wonderful view over the sea to islands, hills, a castle and a lighthouse is rarer. The Pierhouse restaurant achieves both and Its remarkable.  johnsusan2014, Aug 16

Paradise on a plate

A lovely friendly welcome, an enticing small bar, a seafood restaurant which serves "paradise on a plate" for breakfast and dinner whilst you sit transfixed by incredible views through the huge windows, what's not to like?! All your worries just melt away here and all the staff were fantastic especially Caroline. Three days was not enough - we'll have to come back!!  Diane M, July 16

Back for a lovely lunch again!

This is the 3rd time I have visited this gem of a restaurant, to be strictly accurate we had a bar meal the 1st time which was so good that it prompted us to return and dine in the restaurant proper. If you are a seafood lover you will be in 7th heaven. We now will always make a point of visiting when in the area. Scallops, lobsters, langoustines, oysters are all available in various different guises, service and ambience are great too. All I can add is please keep doing what you are doing and we will be back.  Susanne H, June 16

Top marks for breakfast

After a sound nights sleep in a quiet & comfy bed, breakfast next morning was just fab. The full Scottish (top marks for serving it with both black pudding and haggis, the quickest way to my heart!) was exemplary, with both the grilled tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms being notably flavoursome - I get the feeling that produce is well understood in this kitchen.  Graeme C, June 16

Beautiful retreat with gourmet experience

We sat outside on their patio on the first afternoon we arrived in the warm sunshine overlooking the loch and drinking really decent Scottish artisan gin. It could not get more perfect for me than that!

The food in the evening is exceptional and they have an extensive seafood menu. Everything was cooked to perfection and the service was fantastic. We were sat at a table next to the large windows with a wonderful views of the loch and the setting sun.  Debworthy, June 16

Want to go back!

We dropped into this hotel for a light lunch, sitting at an outside table with a view of the loch. We chose Cullen Skink, which for those who don't know is a creamy fish soup, and I have to say it's the best Cullen Skink I've ever tasted. Based on the delicious food and excellent service it's on my list to stay the night next time we're in Scotland. Can't wait to try dinner in the restaurant!   Tony G, June 16

Lovely bar food

Excellent selection in the bar where nothing seems to be any trouble to the staff. Fabulous views watching the little ferry come in and out. The bar has such a relaxed ambiance that the holiday starts right away. Food is always of a very high standard and an absolute must for fish fanatics. Thank you once again.   Bannlagan, May 16

A warm welcome, exquisite cuisine and the most outstanding surroundings...

Having worked up an appetite on Scotland's finest coast, the feast that follows is the reason so many return to The Pierhouse Hotel. I'm not a food connoisseur but I would challenge anyone to find fault here. The produce is all Scottish, the seafood is local and it is simply divine. We were in heaven and with the evenings becoming lighter outside the views from the dining room are as good as it gets. CraigP, April 16


...The food was something else though, we had the Cullen Skink to start which was lovely, followed by the Grand Seafood Platter, words can't adequately describe what that was like  - lobster, langoustines, scallops, oysters, mussels, smoked salmon, hot roast salmon etc, you get the idea. With some super wine like the Spanish Marqués de Cáceres Rioja rosado, it was a superb foodie evening.  Paul T, April 16

Incredible weekend break

I have stayed at a lot of hotels on the West Coast and eaten at many of the restaurants it has to offer but have never received quite the same quality of service or food/drink for that matter as I did at the Pierhouse. The food could not have been more fresh (highly recommend the seafood platter!) and the barman's knowledge of the local ales and whiskey was fantastic.  James M, March 16

Lovely people offering more than lovely food

I can't decide what was better, the food or the scenery. Luckily I didn't have to choose as I enjoyed a homemade burger and a pint of best whilst watching the sun bouncing off the water, slowly disappearing behind the mountains. Then for dinner I devoured the best fish platter I have ever had, washed down with the option of every whiskey under the sun.   Ruaridh Y, March 16


We booked here for our Christmas meal and what a superb choice we made. The hotel were extremely helpful and a mix and match of their festive menu and al la carte menu was no problem. The seafood selection was great, lovely scallops. Surf and turf was delicious and a request for dressed langoustines was accommodated. Venison was very tasty and the turkey main course was one of the best I have ever seen. Puddings were a delight. Wine flowed freely and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. Thank you to all at the Pierhouse.  LeSinge77, Dec 15

Cosy haven for good food and refreshment

We usually go into the Pierhouse for drinks and their delicious soups when out walking around Port Appin.The Cullen Skink Soup is fantastic and a real winter warmer with crusty buttered bread.Their tasty home baking and hot chocolates are also delicious.The staff give you a warm welcome as do the cosy log fired stoves in the bar and lounge areas. There is also the bonus of stunning views over the water to the island of Lismore. A great place to while away some time if you are in the area for lunch, dinner or light refreshments.  blackfaceewe, Dec 15

Wonderful, friendly and totally relaxing inn

This place is precious. The silence hits you from your room. The water lapping on the shore and the mountains all around. Simply wonderful!! The food is excellent both in the restaurant and in the wonderfully atmospheric bar. The seafood is superb, a must try are the mussels with smoked salmon. The waiter who served us at both the evening meal and for breakfast was extremely friendly and the service is excellent. Breakfast is also very good, sat watching the fish farmers go to their boats to start the day and the little passenger ferry leaving for Lismore on the hour! Absolutely perfect. In fact all the staff and the owners are really friendly and can't do enough for you. We will be back.  Jan D, Oct 15

Top Drawer Seafood

I stopped here for lunch during a cycle trip around the West Coast. It has been recommended to me on many occasions by friends and family, so I had been looking forward to it immensely - it did not disappoint. Indulging slightly, I had the Pier House Seafood Platter, a delicious smorgasbord of all the riches of the surrounding Lochs. Delicious! In my opinion it was definitely worth the price tag. And of course, the views from the restaurant are lovely. The staff were very friendly, attentive, and keen to engage in conversation if desired - a pleasant experience when travelling on your own.   calscott87, Sept 15

WOW Factor

What a beautiful place. We stayed here for five days and ate in the restaurant each night. The staff, the room, the food, the wine, the whole atmosphere were all first rate. We loved it and coupled with sunny weather found it a real wrench to leave. Would we return? In a heartbeat. This is simply food for the soul - book it now!  rbuck, Sept 15


It was a delight to stay in your hotel on Saturday evening. From the moment we arrived we were looked after by your excellent staff, whom are a credit to your establishment. Regarding the restaurant, being a real sea-foodie, the food was exquisite with a great variety of shellfish and fish on offer, cooked to perfection. Please pay our compliments to your talented chef.  H&AV, Aug 15

Simply Stunning!

Fabulous food. Stunning view. Excellent service. Highly recommended. Enjoyed local lobster - excellent value for money.   SarahV, July15

Great spot with a great view

We went here for a drink after completing a boat tour and stayed for a late afternoon plate of local mussels which were fantastic and some of the best we've had. The staff were very friendly and the location is simply stunning next the water. Based on our experience we would highly recommend this restaurant.   SalandBrad, July15

Over the moon

Three of us visited your Restaurant for lunch on the above date and I feel I must let you know that we were over the moon with the food and the service that we received. We had visited you on the spur of the moment last year and had eaten in the bar where we sampled the delights of your fish pie and Cullen Skink. We had a lovely three course lunch with coffee and everything was just perfect. I must make a point of mentioning your waiter, I am sorry I don't know his name, however he is from the Czech Republic, so that may help you to identify him!! He was so friendly and efficient and is a credit to your hotel. Please be assured we will return to sample more delights (the west coast bass was out of this world) when we are in the area again.  SH, Jun 15

(The waiter was our very popular Mat)

Escape to tranquility

Go to the Pierhouse for the escape, the food, the views and the atmosphere - you will not be disappointed.  RydalDurham, June15

Lovely light lunch

Went ashore from moorings, had a lovely light lunch chosen from range on menu.The Cullen Skink was delicious as was the smoked salmon sandwich. Staff pleasant and attentive but not intrusive.  EatBritish, June15

Seafood from heaven!!

Wow!! Why do Tripadvisor only give you 1 to 5 stars to choose from?? Can't I give 6 stars?! We've eaten from both the bar and the restaurant menus and are totally impressed! The Pierhouse Platter is amazing and the lobster is out of this world! Perfect service and perfect ambience! Great choice of whisky and where better to sit with a pint of Belhaven and watch the loch go by! The best seafood we've tasted by far anywhere in the UK!  A TripAdvisor Member, June15

Simply Delicious!

My husband decided we must check out Oban while we were in Scotland. It's a three hour drive from where we were staying so he looked for a highly rated seafood place along the route and that's how we found Pierhouse. Best decision in a long time! The food was delicious. The service was awesome (I.e. they don't rush you like American wait staff do and I can say that because I'm American!). They made every effort to keep our two year old happy.   RebeccaR, June15

Well worth any detour to taste the wonderful culinary delights

The setting is idyllic, looking across to Lismore with the ferry pier in the foreground. The busy Restaurant is busy for a very good reason - it serves high quality, good value food. Whether you choose from local seafood or meat the food is delicious. The serving staff were very helpful and friendly in explaining the details of some of the dishes we enquired about, and also made time to have a wee chat too. Every dish we saw looked enticing, and every person that was eating appeared to be enjoying their own personal 'taste bud test'.  Splishsplasher, June15

Best Restaurant Experience in Scotland

This is a fantastic little restaurant and hotel. Food is phenomenal, Service is exceptional, and hotel is lovely. There is nothing better to do done [than] sit at Pierhouse restaurant, have the best seafood and wine and enjoy the view. The view is out of this world. Thank you to all the Pierhouse staff for the great experience.  HL1360, June15

Best food we had

The food here is excellent. Fish is fresh, preparation is perfect, service is friendly, views are amazing. Overall the best place to go at Port Appin.  Kcliff, May15


Let's start with the important bit: the food.   Langoustine to die for, fabulous smoked salmon. Not cheap, but delicious. MrsB028

Perfect Seafood, top location

Just spent a week in Port Appin and frequented the Pierhouse on a few occasions. A quick lunch of very tasty skink and sandwich, hot chocolates after a walk in the rain, a couple of pints to refresh after cycling on Lismore and finally end of holiday dinner of the seafood platter; exquisite mussels, fine scallops and mixture of quality seafood. Great service with pleasant staff with a stunning view.  smilingsailor, April15

Another Fantastic Visit

We have been visiting The Pierhouse, mainly to dine, for the last 18 years or so. We've always had a great time- a cosy old pier-master's house, looking directly at the pier- and beyond to the Island of Lismore and the mountains.And then there's the friendly staff who make The Pierhouse work. And then there's the food and drink- this has to be one of the best sea-food restaurants in Scotland. On Saturday, my wife and I came for dinner, and brought our daughter and son for the first time. When we arrived, we discovered that part of our bill had already been taken care of by my parents as a gift(many thanks, Mum and Dad!) and so there was really only one thing to order- the Giant Seafood Platter. Oh, wow. It really never disappoints- there's lobster; scallops;mussels; smoked and roasted salmon; langoustines; and oysters. And all locally sourced( in some cases, about fifty feet away). My daughter had venison, and my son had the Surf and Turf- again, all delicious. Many thanks to Nicky, the chefs, and staff for creating a memorable evening for my family.  N Dunlop, April15

A real gem

The quality of the food was superb, our seafood platter for dinner was awesome!  OR, Aug 14

Pure Pleasure at The Pierhouse

Best mussels ever served overlooking one of the best views in Scotland.  LS, Jul 14

There's nowhere better

Forget the south of France, at the Pierhouse you get the best seafood anywhere in the world. The location, people and facilities are second to none and we can't wait to come back.  Mark, Dec 13

We'll be back!

View to die for, seafood delicious, Snug very comfortable for afternoon tea, breakfasts very tasty. Eating breakfast whilst watching an otter devouring crabs at the end of the pier was the absolute bonus!  Bill, March 14

Lovely Location, Fabulous Food.

We stayed here on our Honeymoon tour of the West Coast of Scotland. We had two delicious meals here including fresh Lobster, Langoustines and Oysters.Breakfast was hearty overlooking the water looking magical in the morning mist!  NicB

The views from every window are unbeatable.

The food was delicious, but then I am partial to high quality fresh sea food! Even the kipper I had for breakfast was the best ever! Lovely staff too.  Eva, Feb 14

Excellent overall as always!

Friendly staff and excellent fresh seafood! We travelled 2 and a half hours just for the meal and decided to stay! Everything was brilliant.  Megan, Feb 14

A Great Stay

The food in the seafood restaurant was to die for! There is a range of whiskeys for everyone's taste buds.  PhilDuffy, Feb 14

Lovely small hotel, stunning surroundings

We ate in the more formal seafood restaurant one night - try the seafood platter! and also enjoyed a more relaxed meal in the Ferry Bar the following evening, which was just as tasty (and a huge portion!). We also enjoyed a nightcap by the fire in the cosy snug in the lounge.  Hazdl, Jan 14