Dundee restaurants to visit with your parents if they pay


Let’s face it, being a student is hard. And waiting for your SAAS payment to arrive so you can try some local Dundee restaurants is always a challenge.

But when your parents come to visit for the day or decide to go out for a bite to eat, direct them to the restaurants you might not be able to afford on a college budget.

Although much of Dundee’s dining scene is geared towards students, there are a few local gems that are a bit more expensive but worth every penny.

Here are some suggestions you might want to try the next time your parents and family visit.


If it’s Thai food, you’re looking for one of downtown’s hidden gems. Rama which offer a mix of dishes suitable for all dietary requirements.

Open for years, I often visit Rama with friends and family and love their king prawn tempura and Thai green curry.

They also have a very large selection of seafood as well as wok, rice and noodle dishes.

And to end the meal, their banana fritter in a crispy coconut batter served with ice cream is the perfect treat.

Address: 32-34 Dock Street, Dundee DD1 3DR


Serving authentic food since 2007 is based on Perth Road, Piccolowhere chef Athol, originally from Dundee, learned to cook by working with Italians.

Using local ingredients, Piccolo offers revisited Italian cuisine and offers an intimate dining experience with its small dining room.

I would definitely recommend booking in advance as this place is always busy and getting a table for four or more can be a bit tricky at busy times.

Address: 210 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4JY


Japanese inspired Oshibori is the best mix of Scottish and Japanese cuisine, and although it is a must, it has a higher price tag.

However, if your parents are paying and can afford to spend a little, be sure to try a chicken or salmon bento box, or some of their freshly made sushi.

Depending on what extravaganza you’re looking to do, they have options including a 24 piece sashimi sushi boat, which I have to say is quite breathtaking.

You can read my colleague Julia’s review here.

Address: 162 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EE


Based in Broughty Ferry Tayberry offers a contemporary dining experience. Set over two levels in a beautiful coastal setting, the restaurant overlooks the River Tay.

Chef Adam Newth’s six-course tasting menu includes an amuse-bouche, starter, fish dish, main course, cheese and dessert made with local, seasonal ingredients.

Dishes can be altered to suit any dietary requirement, and with a delicious menu lined up, it’s a feast not to be missed.

Address: 594 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2EA

Forfar market lamb with broccoli sprouts, polenta and black olive. Photo by Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson.

Restaurant Representative

I bet you didn’t know that inside one of Dundee’s most prestigious theaters is a hidden gem of a restaurant serving some of the best food in town?

With their award-winning food, the Restaurant Representative is a great place before theater or dinner if you want tasty food with a relaxed dining experience.

They also offer a wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free options, so if you need different dishes for you and your parents, this is the one for you.

Address: Dundee Repertory Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB

Dark Chocolate Beet Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce – freshly made for the Rep Restaurant…

posted by Dundee Rep’s Theater on Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Bridgeview Station

Last on my list of Dundee restaurants to try is Bridgeview Station. The ultimate setting for Dundee waterfront dining, this venue offers fine dining that is sure to blow your mind.

Serving delicious dishes with local ingredients, family is at the heart of this business and it’s one you and your parents will enjoy.

With a mix of small and large plates with sides, flatbreads, platters and desserts, this is well worth it and should be next on your list.

Address: Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4DB

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