We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

Travellers' Choice


US$150 - US$150
Seafood, Scottish
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

This pretty little crofter’s cottage sits in an idyllic spot on the Waternish Peninsula and offers commanding views across the countryside to the mount...
Read more on MICHELIN Guide
One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Simple restaurant
Reviews (819)
Filter reviews
772 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews clootie dumpling seafood hake prawns fruits de mer bread tasting menu crab michael smith front of house small restaurant relaxed atmosphere fabulous meal visiting skye worth the journey stein inn assiette
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to our visit here and had booked very early (note that payment is taken in advance!). We were promised a menu based upon the daily catch and so it proved. There were many excellent dishes such as the buttered bay...prawn pot au feu, but all 3 of us were very disappointed by the Lobster with chanterelles and pickled apple. As huge fans of lobster we all found that the apple detracted from the natural flavour and meant that the star dish was disappointing. Service was very friendly and personal.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021

I booked our table for four 10 weeks in advance, taking a chance that the Covid restrictions would not be re-imposed. This proved to be a sensible move as on our visit we were told that the restaurant was fully booked for the next 4...months. It is easy to see why; we had a wonderful evening and superb food. We felt very welcome and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is small and had 5 tables during our visit but can accommodate 7. The décor is pleasant and we were given a window table over-looking the bay. The set menu “Skye Fruits de Mer” consisted on 6 courses of fresh local ingredients all beautifully prepared, cooked and presented. Some of the highlights, which we all enjoyed were, Bay Prawn & Shrimp Bisque with Crab & Mull Cheddar Toasti, Sconser Scallops with Orbost Herbs, Tomato & Saffron (proper sized scallops) and the Cod with Razor Clams & Mussels, Summer Vegetables. However, every course was delicious. I accompanied my meal with the Wine Flight, 5 carefully selected wines to accompany each course. I was very impressed with the quality of these wines (predominately French). If you enjoy a top quality dining experience do not miss a visit to the Loch Bay Restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 13 June 2021

When researching our stay on Stein, we were very keen to secure a reservation here and the very helpful and friendly Graeme kept us informed as to when reservations would be available. We had advised of our dislike of oysters and this was taken into...account and omitted from our tasting menu, being replaced by an alternative. Each course was presented beautifully with the highest quality of ingredients and the portion sizes were quite large for a tasting menu. The price is high by anyone's estimations but you can see what you are paying for with the exceptional ingredients. If we had one small criticism this would be that the tract was left in on one of the langoustines in the bisque but we did not draw attention to this. All in all, an outstanding evening of exceptional food and service which we will be certain to revisit if we ever, hopefully, stay in Stein again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 13 June 2021 via mobile

Beautifully cooked and presented fruits de mer menu. Friendly and attentive front of house. Book very early to avoid disappointment!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 June 2021 via mobile

The tasting menu was delicious, couldn’t fault it. Each of the six courses were beautifully presented and the service was amazing and so friendly.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 31 May 2021

Superb food, exquisitely presented. Exemplary service. Beautiful location and charming decor. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Great food, service and ambiance!! Waiter was excellent and food was excellent. Highly recommend a visit here when coming to Skye. But make sure you book.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 18 November 2020

We arrived at Loch Bay on a dark and extremely wet drive November evening, mid-pandemic restrictions. We had a perfect evening: The cooking, with fresh local ingredients, including scallops, lobster, hake; was superb; the service friendly and extremely professional. The restaurant itself was warm and...welcoming. It could not have been better. We applaud the restaurant for staying open during such challenging times, and on being so welcoming and professional, despite the circumstances. Thank you, we will be back!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 23 October 2020 via mobile

An excellent lunch at the Lochbay, a wonderful restaurant in a beautiful setting. The Fruits de Mer meal on offer showcased the local fish and shellfish to perfection and no corners cut by chef Michael Smith, in spite of the current restrictions, to which staff...and diners alike strictly adhered. Thanks also to Graeme, for keeping us fully informed, over the months, about all the changes. We were mightily impressed. We will certainly be back again next year, hopefully minus masks, to sample more of Michael’s Michelin starred meals.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 23 October 2020

Skye is defined as much by its waters as its mountains. Peninusulars stretch out providing sandy beaches, rocky bays and sheltered coves. It is an environment that is great for shellfish espcially and at Loch Bay Michael Smith is one of the best at showcasing...great shellfish on a plate. Covid-19 limits the restuarant to 4 tables and a single fish based menu which walked the diner through all that is wonderful about hte Skye waters. Oyster, langoustine, scallop, crab, lobster and clams all featured alongside a beutiful piece of cod. A wonderful leisurely lunch. No alcholol indoors dure to government restrictions so unable to accompany the food with a nice crisp white or dry champagne but the food sparkled and remains the star of the show at Loch Bay.More

Date of visit: October 2020
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Redwood House Hotel
266 reviews
8.11 km away
Edinbane Lodge
44 reviews
9.75 km away
Uig Hotel
758 reviews
14.99 km away
Marmalade Hotel
224 reviews
24.84 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Stein Inn
871 reviews
.08 km away
Greshornish House Hotel
57 reviews
8.15 km away
The Three Chimneys
2,517 reviews
9.00 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Trumpan Church
33 reviews
6.17 km away
380 reviews
.81 km away
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
3,057 reviews
7.47 km away
Colbost Croft Museum
114 reviews
7.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
11 December 2018|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from LochBayManagement | Property representative |
We recommend googling Visit Waternish - you will find a website which lists many catered and self-catering properties in the Waternish peninsula. Some are within walking distance, some are a little bit further afield but... More
14 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from LochBayManagement | Property representative |
Yes we accept credit cards except American Express.
Lesley M
24 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from DerrickJS | Reviewed this property |
Check with them direct. If you are on Facebook they are there with the opening hours but seem to recall from chatting to them they may be closed over Jan. if so try Scorrybreac in Portree.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Loch Bay Restaurant

Loch Bay Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5