From Italian to Indian, decadent cakes to caffeine kicks, we’ve rounded up some of the favourite restaurants, cafés and coffee shops that are well worth checking out during your stay in town. To help you get started, here are just a few of the best places to eat in Dumfries.
Places to eat in Dumfries
If you only eat at one restaurant in Dumfries, make it the top-ranked TripAdvisor eatery Brunos. A family-run traditional Italian restaurant on Balmoral Road that’s been dishing up pasta and pizza for over 40 years, it’s the perfect place for a romantic meal or for families. You’ll need to book in though to make sure you get your fill of tiramisu, as it can get fully booked on weekends.
If you can’t get a table there, try Casa Mia, a slightly more upmarket Italian and European restaurant on Nunholm Road to the north of Dumfries. With dishes like roast duck and pan-fried venison loin, it’s one of the more high-end restaurants in Dumfries but still good value for money.
Another pan-European restaurant, Home – located on Whitesands on the River Nith – is a fun-filled restaurant. From the playful menu decked out with comic illustrations to the intimate bistro setting, it’s a laid-back and relaxed restaurant where the food, a mix of classics and quirks, takes centre stage.
If it’s steak you’re after, Truffles Bistro does some of the best-cooked meat in Dumfries. Head down the narrow entrance to the underground bunker, a restored warehouse, and you’ll find a cavern-like bistro that is surprisingly cosy and homely. As mentioned, the steaks come highly recommended, while the tapas-style sharing plates are a great way to explore a range of dishes.
Located on Queen Street in the heart of Dumfries, Daksh Indian Restaurant is one of the leading curry houses in town and a short drive from our Dumfries hotel. With dark wood walls and a red interior, the style is a little dated, but the food and service are top-notch. They’ll happily cook your curry to your taste and preference, but if in doubt, go for their butter chicken which is a big hit with locals and regulars.
On the banks of a glorious body of water, the Loch Arthur Creamery and Café is well worth the 15-minute drive from our Dumfries hotel. With home-made, locally sourced food to the fore, the café is an excellent breakfast, lunch and snack option. Make sure you don’t leave without checking out the farm shop, which is stocked with meat, vegetables, freshly baked cakes and more.
If you’ve had a hard day’s work taking in the nearby Robert Burns Centre, then stop off at Mrs Green’s Tea Lounge on Queensbury Street for some respite. As the name suggests, tea and cake loom large in this cool and quirky retro café, which also does excellent sandwiches and soups.
On the same street is Kings Coffee and Books, home to some of the best – if not the best – coffee in Dumfries. A not-for-profit church charity launched in 1998, grab a paperback, a flat white and one of their cupcakes, and enjoy the quiet atmosphere for 30 minutes.
A 50s-style American diner, Palmerston Café is a great place to indulge two of the finer delicacies in life – fish and chips and ice cream! Their fish and chips can be enjoyed in the café or taken away (alongside pizzas, burgers, nuggets and more) and they even do a gluten-free batter option every Wednesday.
If that doesn’t satisfy your ice cream fix, Drummuir Farm Ice Cream is sundae heaven with over 20 different flavours on offer, including rhubarb and ginger, kiwi and coconut and apple crumble. Located several miles to the south of Dumfries, there’s also an indoor and outdoor play area for kids, while they also do a decent range of food spanning ploughman’s lunches, soups and sandwiches.