Be Inspired Perthshire: City Centre Restaurants

Take a break from a day’s shopping with a stop at one of Perth city’s many cafes, bars, and restaurants. From a great coffee and homebaked scones like your granny used to make, to two-rosette dining by the banks of the river, you’ll find an award-winning army of cooks, chefs and servers to keep you fuelled and happy.

When shopping is over – or as a pick-me-up midway through – head to one of our many bars or pubs for a glass of wine, a cold craft beer or a specially mixed cocktail. This is just a small selection of the city’s eateries and bars, and you'll find many more when you arrive. 

Spend your Perth Gift Card: Many of our cafes, bars and restaurants accept The Perth Gift Card. If you’ve been lucky enough to receive one, why not treat yourself while you shop.


Café Tabou

Loved by locals and a draw for visitors, this award-winning French brasserie in Perth’s café quarter is a restaurant where fantastic dishes are skilfully prepared and served with care. Here, delicious meals are inspired by top quality, fresh seasonal ingredients from trusted suppliers, creating a destination venue for daytime or evening dining, its welcoming interior complemented by outdoor terrace seating.

A family affair, Café Tabou is run by experienced restauranteurs, Kasia and Dawid Bednarik, whose passion for good food and attentive service shines through everything they do. Combining the very best from Scotland’s larder with a talent for continental cuisine, the result is traditional French bistro dining with a Scottish twist. Try French toast with cinnamon, maple syrup and crispy bacon for breakfast, or indulge in dinner à la carte with coquilles saint-jacques followed by bouillabaisse – a Provençal fish stew originating from Marseille – and a salted caramel crème brûlée for dessert. An excellent value set menu is also available. 

An exciting wine list competes with Café Tabou’s famous cocktails, or how about sampling their very special artisan cider imported from Brittany? Whether you’re stopping by for a drink on the terrace or settling in for a fine-dining celebration, Café Tabou’s patrons are always in capable, and talented, hands.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Cafe Tabou >


North Port

North Port Restaurant is conveniently situated in Perth’s performing arts hub alongside the Concert Hall and just down the street from Perth Theatre. Housed in a historic building once used as sailors’ accommodation, North Port is now a family business offering a contemporary dining experience in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

The restaurant opened in 2014 with chef-proprietor Andrew Moss leading the way in the kitchen and Karen holding the reins at the front of house. They specialise in Scottish, ingredient-led cuisine using the finest produce supplied by small local growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers expertly crafted into mouthwatering dishes. The quality of the vegetarian options is particularly impressive … even the heartiest carnivore might find themselves sidetracked by caramelised celeriac with apple, celery and juniper crumble … or perhaps the Black Isle ribeye steak with chips would prove too tempting!

Knowledgeable waiting staff are fully up-to-speed on the menu, and you have pre-theatre and private dining options. Cosy in to the main restaurant with its dark, oak panels, candlelight and spiral staircase, or reserve the beautifully refurbished ‘Tay Room’ and tailor the menu for your group.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit North Port >


Tabla Indian Restaurant

For a taste of India in the heart of Scotland, the authentic home-cooking offered by Swarna and Praveen Kumar at Tabla Indian Restaurant on Perth’s South Street is hard to beat. Opened in 2009, Tabla is renowned for its fresh, authentic Indian cuisine and has received countless accolades including ‘Chef of the Year’ at the Asian Restaurant Awards, a ‘Taste our Best’ award from VisitScotland, and an AA rosette held for five consecutive years.

Swarna and Praveen aim to mirror their mealtime experiences growing up in rural India, by freshly preparing every dish using locally sourced ingredients. Their meat and seafood is sourced from Perthshire and their vegetables are grown here too. Spices are the genuine article from the family fields in southern India. 

Tabla is a family business serving food close to its owners’ hearts, prepared with attention to detail and served in cheerful premises with an open kitchen and friendly, efficient service. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, and an extensive takeaway and delivery menu is available. 

Look out for the Praveen Kumar range of frozen meals, or you can even try your hand at Praveen’s recipes – learn from the man himself at Praveen’s Indian Cook School on Edinburgh Road, classes now open for booking!

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Tabla Indian Restaurant >


The Two Chihuahuas (Gringos) Latin American Street Food Bar & Restaurant

If you’re in Perth’s café quarter looking for good food in a venue with a laid-back, Latin vibe, head straight to The Two Chihuahuas (Gringos) Bar & Restaurant at its new premises on St John Street. Specialising in fresh, delicious street food from Mexico and South America, this is the perfect hotspot to take the chill off and relax.

The Two Chihuahuas is going all out on freshly prepared tapas, home-made cocktails and a fun and funky ambience, to give you some light relief from our mercurial Scottish climate! Bright colourful décor, fairy lights and Latin American street music add to the atmosphere. 

Select from burritos, tacos, empanadas and enchiladas with a variety of flavour-packed fillings, or street vendors’ specialities such as a chicken skewer, sweet peppers stuffed and fried, or loaded nachos to share. Churros or a dulce de leche banana and choco wrap should satisfy your sweet tooth. Veggie, vegan and gluten-free diets are catered for.

Finally, keep an eye out for the Gringos bus – it’s on the move, serving you hot, tasty food to eat while you’re out and about in Perth. 

For further information, menus and opening hours visit The Two Chihuahuas >


63 Tay Street

63 Tay Street was established in 2007 by Perthshire-born Graeme Pallister, since decorated as “Chef of the Year” at the prestigious Catering in Scotland Awards, and acclaimed by leading food critic Joanna Blythman as “one of the country’s most reliable cooks”. Such accolades are only matched by the word on the street, which confirms 63 Tay Street as a fine-dining experience not to be missed.

Situated by the River Tay in Perth city centre, the restaurant’s elegant dining room boasts lovely views across to Kinnoull Hill and, notwithstanding its award-winning reputation, is a warm, relaxed and welcoming space. Graeme and his small team aim to keep their food local, honest and simple, whilst showcasing the very best of Scotland’s seasonal larder.

Choose the ‘4 for £24’ set menu, four perfectly balanced courses available with a paired wine flight. Or opt for the ‘Just Feed Us’ set menu and enjoy five courses (or six including cheese) that will sate the most sophisticated of appetites. An extensive drinks list has been selected with a focus on superb quality as well as provenance and sustainability, and includes exquisite cocktails, Scottish gins, local beers and ciders.

For special occasions, you can reserve a private dining room for up to 40 people, and there is also a range of gift vouchers to treat friends and family. A gastronome’s delight, 63 Tay Street offers you something truly special to enjoy in the moment and to savour for a long time afterwards.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit 63 Tay Street >


Kisa’s Restaurant

Kisa’s Restaurant, its sister restaurants already esteemed in Kinross and Auchterarder, opened its doors in Perth city centre in 2015. Right beside the Concert Hall and close to city centre shops, Kisa’s quickly established itself as the go-to destination for a light lunch, pre-theatre dining, a celebratory meal or drinks with the girls.  

Owners Sam and Kim Wightman have created a restaurant and wine bar that effortlessly provides freshly cooked food all day every day, complemented by exemplary service and a lively city vibe. Kisa’s day menu offers hot and cold drinks, breakfast specials, light bites and sharing plates, sweet treats and much more. There is a bespoke children’s menu and dietary requirements and allergens are catered for. In the evening, the restaurant gives you its tried and trusted favourites as well as introducing a host of new, exciting additions designed by head chef Sam to tantalise your tastebuds.

You will find comfortable outdoor seating at Kisa’s (dogs are welcome) and flexible gift vouchers are available. Book your meal online or simply drop by for drinks in the lounge.

 

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Kisa’s Restaurant >


Cardo

This contemporary Mediterranean restaurant first opened its doors on South Street as Pig’Halle, back in 2006, and quickly established its reputation for delicious dishes brimming with the colour and flavours of warmer climes. Owners Herve and Paula Tabourel let their continental backgrounds shine through their diverse menu, which is laden with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

The menu here changes depending on the produce in season, and the daily specials board is always a highlight. Pasta, pizza, burgers and salads compete with Black Isle beef straight off the grill and fresh west coast fish, shellfish and seafood. Try braised Iberico pork cheeks to start, and who could resist le café gourmand – four little pastries and a tea or coffee – to finish?

Cardo’s meat is supplied by award-winning butcher John Henderson’s of Glenrothes, and fish and seafood come direct from George Campbell & Sons in Perth. Bread, patisserie and wood-fired pizzas are baked on site, and don’t miss Cardo’s very own Chardon macarons, made on the premises and completely irresistible.

Enjoy the cosy ambience and fresh décor in-house, or make the most of Cardo’s take-away and delivery service for home dining. 

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Cardo >


The Bulldog Frog

New kid on the block – The Bulldog Frog – has certainly created a buzz about town since opening on Perth’s South Methven Street in 2021, and going on to win the category for ‘Best Perth Business’ at Scotland’s Business Awards in the very same year was no mean feat! Well-deserved success for the Bulldog Frog team.

This is a family business with owners Graham Dunbar and Jessie Meehan establishing a cool hang-out with groovy music and a laid-back vibe. The restaurant prides itself on its piping hot food, generous portions and quick friendly service. 

Breakfast is served from 7-11am and the skillet and veggie breakfasts have an ingredient list as big as your appetite. You can add extras if you wish, including your choice of sauces and seasoning, or try a breakfast burrito, eggs benedict or a Bulldog Frog Madame!

Lunch, between 11am and 4pm, is also not likely to leave you peckish, with juicy double-patty burgers in sesame brioche buns, crispy chicken with fries, and dirty dawgs on the menu. There are weekly specials, DIY fries (choose your own toppings) and sweet, indulgent milkshakes.

Billed as Perth’s newest pig-out spot, check out their late-night Fridays and see what everyone’s talking about.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit The Bull Dog Frog >


Breizh

This authentic French restaurant on Perth’s High Street specialises in tasty, traditional dishes from the north of France and is the only place to go for a perfectly prepared Breton crêpe. Chef de cuisine Damian holds the fort in the kitchen and ensures the menu is built around fresh, local produce with tempting daily specials ever-changing on the blackboard.

The Breizh lunch and dinner menus offer pizzas hot from the wood-burning oven, and galettes filled with anything from black pudding with apple compote and calvados flambé to ham, gruyere cheese and a fried egg. There are moules marinières with crispy fries, les salades, les sandwichs, and steaks with hand-cut chips or dauphinoise potatoes. The desserts, crêpes and sundaes are irresistible, and the kids’ menu is ideally tailored to suit younger tastes.

Family-friendly, warm and inviting, the Breizh team welcomes you in for coffee and pastries, cocktails on the terrace, a three-course dinner and drinks, or a long-overdue get-together with your tribe.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Breizh >


Everest Inn

Everest Inn opened its doors in Perth city centre in 2014, offering something quite different with Himalayan cuisine and a fresh approach to traditional Nepalese and Indian cooking.

The restaurant’s refined décor with soft lighting and pristine white tablecloths lends a touch of class to your lunch or evening out, and as winners of the Best Scottish Curry Award for several consecutive years, Everest Inn is guaranteed to spice up your life with its special blends of aromatic spices and herbs.

The Everest Inn chefs give their recipes a contemporary twist, and use only the finest locally sourced ingredients. The Nepalese-style biryani house special comprises your choice of meat, king prawns or veg with saffron basmati rice and a vibrant mix of onions and spice. Or try one of the chef’s signature dishes such as chicken Nepal cooked with coconut, green cardamom and mango slices. 

There is everything from fiery chilli chicken to cool creamy korma. Child-friendly alternatives are available and vegetarian and vegan options are noted on the menu. If you’d prefer to unwind at home, simply go online to order delivery or takeaway.

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Everest Inn >


Jade Garden Restaurant

This traditional, third-generation family-run restaurant has been part of the furniture on Perth’s Scott Street for more than 40 years, serving delicious and authentic Chinese, Thai and Indonesian cuisine. As one of the longest-serving businesses in Perth, it holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many local customers who return here time and time again.

Step through the double doors to find crisp white linen table cloths, red and gold décor and quick, friendly service. The mouthwatering, wide-ranging menu is built on meat from Perth’s DG Lindsay & Son butchers, sustainable fish from Mara wholesalers, and fresh veg from Martin’s Fruit Bazaar, just a city block away. Dishes can easily be tailored to meet special dietary requirements and kids’ meals cater for younger appetites. 

Private functions and events can be booked in advance, and there is karaoke available within the function suite too – go on, you know you want to! Eat in, pop by for a takeaway or order your delivery by phone and online.

 

For further information, menus and opening hours visit Jade Garden >