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Porter & Rye

1131 Argyle Street, Glasgow , United Kingdom
Critics Review 4.5/5
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Open daily for Lunch and Dinner

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  • Disabled Access
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • Gluten Free Available

About Porter & Rye

Fine dry-aged meats & classic mixed drinks.
Molecular cooking & small plate dining.

Cuisine: Small Plates, Steak, Fine Dining
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Emma - of Food and Drink Glasgow
4.5/5
Part of Kained Holdings, the innovative team behind The Finnieston, Lebowskis and Crafty Pig; Porter & Rye is a meat filled jewel located in the middle of the Finnieston strip. We booked in advance as it's not the biggest and always very busy when we pass by. The well-stocked bar stands out on arrival and this is one of the few places in Glasgow where you can have a glass of Rye Porter from WEST brewery, walk past the bar and it’s meat eaters’ heaven. A huge dry-aging cabinet is filled to the brim with hunks of beef and prime cuts at that: Onglet (Hanger), Rib Eye, Chateaubriand and Porterhouse. We dragged ourselves away from the display of meat to our table and made our choices. The vibe here is cosy and intimate; small tables with subdued lighting and a stripped-back interior. An amuse bouche of Smoked Haddock beignet (small fritters) with a lemon emulsion arrived quickly and was like superstar scampi: plump smoky fish with a tart lemon sauce for dipping. We cleared the plates quickly- a trend that would prevail well into the night! Sweet doughy bread and salted butter came next and was devoured before the starters could arrive. The Starters: Grilled Scottish Langoustine with braised sticky pork belly, apple and vanilla purée with thyme-compressed apples first, and thankfully no wrangling with langoustine shells was required. The moist and sticky sweet pork belly was delicious with the crisp thyme apples, an excellent pairing. Our other starter was a huge bowl of Ox Broth served with a couple of mini cheese scones. This was a rich beefy broth with threads of meat, full of flavour which begged for the scones to be dipped in. Before the main event, it was time to pick our implements: a selection of steak knives of differing styles and sizes was presented – serrated, full metal or a wooden handle? The choice is yours! he main event we opted for the Porterhouse menu choice which comes with two sauces and two sides. The Porterhouse: a 54 day-aged beauty from Tom Rodgers butchers, aged in-house. It’s a great cut, providing two types of steak, tenderloin and strip steak. We left it to chef to cook as he recommended; it came chargrilled on the outside, pink and moist on the inside. For the sides we chose beef dripping chips and Brussels sprouts, kale and lardons. We regret not ordering two portions of chips- as they were perfect. The earthy sprout/kale /lardon combination was delicious too, but beef dripping chips dipped into our sauces were to die for. The sauces: a classic béarnaise and a smoked oyster with roast garlic emulsion. The smoked oyster sauce was creamy with an anchovy saltiness accompanied by the welcome taste of garlic. We finished our mains and thought we might need to call it quits...however the siren song of dessert came calling. The peanut butter and banana crème brulee arrived at the table flambéd. It was creamy, full of peanut butter, with a crunchy sugar topping and served with a huge soft cookie. The hot toddy cheesecake with the accompanying clementine flavoured whisky was a bold choice, but proved ideal for the cold night we visited. Service was friendly and attentive and a great meal was had. We would certainly recommend booking here as it’s a busy restaurant in a popular area. Ease of booking: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Quality of food: 4/5 Quality of drinks: 5/5 Atmosphere: 4/5
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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Best dinner place in town!

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Excellent meal from start to finish! Service was very good and very attentive. Menu had a good selection of high quality meats. Would definitely recommend a visit!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Can’t fault the food, but service was hit and miss. Starters we got someone else’s starters and the waiter just dumped them on the table and walked away. I had to follow them downstairs to tell them. They didn’t seem bothered. Also when charging the prices they do, the very least you can expect is that your plates are warmed up. The lovely sauces we got turned cold and congealed within minutes of hitting the plate. The actual food was fantastic, but if you charge 5star prices you need to deliver 5 star customer service and attention to detail

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Second time I have been to your restaurant and to be honest probably the last. The service was good the food was good but I felt the starters and desserts were very small portions for the price which was charged £255.00 for a meal for four could have got better elsewhere for less. Not one member of staff acknowledged us as we left the restaurant

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Service was first class, bit disappointed re drink choices, no limoncello or sambucca

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Visited On Monday, 08 April 2019

Excellent food, good portion size

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Love Porter and Rye- one of my fave places to eat!

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Great service, fab food.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Music was a bit on the loud side for a late afternoon and unfortunately, only afterwards did I learn a member of the party with a hearing aid, actually missed most of the conversation due to music. Food excellent, as usual.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Staff were brilliant and the food is amazing

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

I took my friends here for an anniversary dinner. It was my first visit as I relocated back to Glasgow recently. I made some requests pre-arrival and these were all met with no problem or fuss. Without exception all of the waiting staff and bar staff were charming, efficient, friendly and professional. I have trained crew for an airline and have been a nurse for 35 years so I hopefully know what good customer (and patient) service is. The restaurant isn't cheap but you get what you pay for and the menu is priced similarly to restaurants of a comparable standard in the area. I honestly cannot recall the last time I had such a brilliant steak, my friends said the same and I am embarrassed to say I am a bit fussy with regard to where I eat out. Thank you to all of the lovely staff and the excellent chefs and to the young Australian lady I hope you are felling much better. See you soon hopefully.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Great service and well looked after

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

Food was fantastic but we were sitting downstairs (under the stairs) and felt pretty isolated and no atmosphere. We did have quite a late booking to be fair but there was space up on the mezzanine which would have been better.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Sent this email to you yesterday : Last night my husband and I had a meal at Porter and Rye for our 2nd wedding anniversary and I would just like to extend my thanks to your staff. We had such a wonderful night and your staff made us feel so special with the added treats - we were given two glasses of Prosecco and a selection of petit fours with “happy anniversary” written on the plate. It was so nice and really made our night extra special. The 3 course meal we had was delicious and the desert (dark chocolate cremeux) was absolutely incredible and I will be returning with my mum so she can experience this absolute treat! Thanks again Michelle Graham

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

The latest of many visits and Porter and Rye never disappoints. Food, service and atmosphere are always excellent - might seem a little pricey, but the quality gives value for money. Not just for meat eaters either, although vegetarians might struggle with the glass cabinets.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

Brilliant as always - can’t recommend highly enough. Best steaks in Glasgow bar none!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

This was one of our worst experiences ever. The service was appalling. 45 mins before our wine came and nearly an hour for food. The table behind us were shouting and swearing constantly. The table in front of us needed a room, not a table. The music was so loud, we could barely have a conversation. The venison was off so if you don’t eat beef, it was monkfish - the smallest portion I’ve ever been served - or gnocchi. I had to ask three times for our empty glasses and bottles to be taken away from our cluttered table. On the third request, they were. I ordered coffee and petit fours. The coffee arrived 15 minutes before the petit fours so I had to order another cup. A terrible experience all round. We failed to see the attraction of this very over hyped restaurant.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 March 2019

As always, another great dining experience at Porter and Rye. Looking forward to the next one already. Great service too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Excellent meat and a good selection of wines to accompany.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Wow. Outstanding meal and service, an absolute pleasure.

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Great service from the lady with the floral top and dark hair. Lovely menu choices, even on a restricted Itison menu. Fourth time dining here and consistently good each time. Always recommend Porter and Rye to friends and family who like steaks

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Great service and food

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Visited On Monday, 25 March 2019

Great food with great service, well worth a visit

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Visited On Monday, 25 March 2019

Our daughter bought us a voucher for our anniversary so the meal was definitely great value for money. Friendly staff & tasty food , what more can you ask for ?!?!?

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