10 of the most underrated restaurants in and around Dundee

From classic pub grub to spicy curries, there's a Dundee hidden gem for everyone (Photo: Tailend)From classic pub grub to spicy curries, there's a Dundee hidden gem for everyone (Photo: Tailend)
From classic pub grub to spicy curries, there's a Dundee hidden gem for everyone (Photo: Tailend)

Home to museums, abbeys, castles and intriguing attractions, Dundee also boasts a superb dining scene, with a great variety of foods and flavours on offer.

Take a break from your usual haunts and try something new at one of these underrated restaurants.


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Serving a fine selection of authentic Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine, you’ll find a great variety of choice at this welcoming, family-run restaurant.

In addition to the tandoori, massallam and seafood dishes, there are a huge range of signature specials to try, including Kashmiri chicken, peppered lamb and the Dil’se special curry, made with lamb, chicken, prawns and mushrooms.

Visit: 99-101 Perth Road, DD1 4JA – dilse-dundee.co.uk


This family-owned restaurant prides itself on serving the highest quality locally caught seafood.

As well as classic fish, chips and mushy peas, you'll also find unique dishes like breaded cod tacos, fish burgers and seafood curry on the menu.

Visit: 81 Nethergate, DD1 4DH – thetailend.co.uk


This stylish ramen and sushi bar has a varied and seasonally changing menu which is full of exciting and exotic flavours.

Along with an impressive range of sushi dishes, the succulent wagyu and kobe beef options are highlights, and there’s a great selection of sweet treats for dessert.

Visit: 162 Nethergate, DD1 4EE – oshiborirestaurants.co.uk

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The Birkhill Inn

Dating back to 1870, this charming country inn offers traditional pub grub, as well as a wide range of draught beers, lagers, and fine wines.

Their acclaimed signature steak pie is a must-try, and if you have room to spare, the warm sticky toffee pudding topped with custard is the perfect after dinner treat.

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Visit: 124 Coupar Angus Road, Birkhill, DD5 5PG – birkhillin.co.uk


Situated at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront, Kobee offers a superb selection of steaks, seafood and pan Asian dishes.

The steaks - served with thick cut chips, salad and their signature sauce - are delicious, and diners can even try their hand at cooking for themselves using the hot marble slabs provided.

Visit: 42 Dock Street, DD1 3DR – kobee.co.uk


With nachos, wraps, baguettes, hot dogs, salads, and more than 50 handmade gourmet burgers on the menu, Tonic is the place to go for satisfying comfort food.

Be sure to try one of their speciality burgers (which include ostrich, zebra and wild boar), accompanied by a fruity cocktail or signature coffee.

Visit: 141 Nethergate, DD1 4DP – tonic-dundee.co.uk

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Gallery 48

In addition to its exciting exhibition space, visitors to Gallery 48 can also enjoy authentic Spanish tapas after working up an appetite.

Serving meat, vegetarian, fish and salad dishes alongside a range of Spanish wines and gins, there’s plenty for everyone.

Visit: 48 Westport, DD1 5ER – gallery48.co.uk

Biederbeckes Bistro

Named in honour of the cornet player and composer, Bix Beiderbecke, this cosy bistro is known for its jazz theme.

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The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, from pastas and steaks, to burgers and stir-frys, and the tempting dessert options offer the perfect after dinner treat.

Visit: 167 Brook Street, DD1 5BJ – beiderbeckesbistro.co.uk

The Milton Inn

This charming traditional inn nestled in the pretty coastal town of Monifieth provides a peaceful spot to tuck into a delicious menu of locally sourced homemade fare.

Wash it all down with your choice of cask ales, wines, Scottish and Continental lagers, or more than 50 carefully selected malts.

Visit: Grange Road, Monifieth, Angus, DD5 4LU – themiltoninn.co.uk

The Gulistan House

Housed inside a historic gothic church, this family-run eatery offers both a unique dining atmosphere and a superb menu of tasty Indian dishes.

The extensive menu provides a huge array of options, including biryani and tandoori dishes, flavoursome curries, and Balti cuisine.

Visit: Queen Street, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2HN – gulistanhouse.com

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