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The Finnieston

1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 8ND
Critics Review 4.5/5
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Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Bar
  • Outside Seating Area

About The Finnieston

The Finnieston is a seafood restaurant and gin cocktail bar in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, with an emphasis on only freshly sourced Scottish seafood, complimented by a collection of bespoke draught beers and fine champagnes, with a seasonally changing cocktail menu showcasing the carefully sourced spirits from across the globe.

Cuisine: Seafood, Fine Dining, Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Emma Mykytyn of Food and Drink Glasgow:
4.5/5
The Finnieston is deservedly known for its wide range of gins, however it also has a immense array of other spirits to keep you busy on a cold night. A cold night it was. We huddled around the welcoming fire and saw that as it was St Andrews Day there was a special on offer. £30 for four courses as well three drinks, Hendricks Cocktail, Monkey Shoulder cocktail as well as a dram of Balvenie to end. Being very prudent and stereotypically Scottish, we jumped in for this offer. The menu generally is centered around fish and tonight's special menu had the addition of some pheasant as a course. The first course was paired with a Florist cocktail: Hendricks Gin with Fentimans Rose Lemonade and some cucumber. Refreshing whilst waiting for our soup. We started with a clam and barley bree, ideal for a cold November night. A proper winter soup with vegetables and a gaggle of clams to keep it interesting. Next course was pan fried West Coast Mackerel with pickled neeps, mace bon bons and skirlie crisps. Crispy skin to the mackeral and some unusual pickled neeps to add a contrast. The mace bon bons were fluffy, but very little taste of mace. The second drink of the night was a Monkey Shoulder Apple Cocktail, refreshing however we have no idea what was in it, but it was good! Ayrshire Pheasant breast with kale clap shot in a juniper jus arrived soon. Moist Pheasant and we felt extremely healthy after eating our kale clapshot. Unfortunately again the flavours failed to completely come through in the jus. A tasty jus, but limited in juniper taste. Finally! Quince Crumble and Clootie Ice Cream with a Balvenie dram on the side. A perfect comfort food course, Whisky and a gloopy pudding. We were stuffed by the end of this and very happy. Our meal was £60 exactly for four courses each and three drinks. a bottle of wine. Service was friendly and helpful, seating was comfortable, ambiance perfect and toilets were clean although the hand dryers get in the way every time you move in the cubicle. ARGH Ease of booking: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Quality of food: 3.5/5 Quality of drinks: 4/5 Atmosphere: 5/5
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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

We had a really bad experience here for this booking. Service was good from the waitresses. Starters were ok. We then ordered 6 langoustines that were more like goey paste rather that peeling put a nice prawn. Sent them back and the chef agreed they were not right. Never seen anything like it. My partner had half a lobster ate the tail and when she removed the meat from the claw it was raw.....we were disgusted. To make matters worth the chef agreed he didn’t cook the claw for long enough. It’s a seafood restaurant and we don’t know how long to cook the lobster? Really poor guys. Meal still cost me £50 for a couple of drinks and two small starters. Not great.

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Very enjoyable evening with friends, good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Staff were very nice.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

I would highly recommend The Finnieston & would certainly visit again when I’m in Glasgow. I had the sea bass which was stunning, this is the 1st time I’ve had fish cooked as well as my granny cooked fish (she was an excellent cook, she’s the reason most restaurants underwhelm). The fish came with salad, this was just a handful of leaves, so a a little disa, the chips where delicious & hot. My friend had the fish chips & mushy peas, again the fish was superb as were the chips, the portion of mushy peas was small, so maybe the vegetable portion of the main meals needs improving. Dessert was disappointing, I had the panna cotta, on the menu it sounded great, almond coconut, rhubarb, what’s not to like, the panna cotta had to much gelatine so was more like a firm milk jelly (tasted good) and I certainly could not detect the rhubarb & as the puds are not that cheap I expected a little more of a taste sensation. I would suggest simplifying your desserts, flavour over complexity. The service was very good, the staff are very knowledgeable & attentive, making the dinning experience feel special. The wine is priced similarly to other local restaurants, the cocktails & gins are a little over priced. All in all, the best fish I have ever eaten & an experience I am keen to repeat, just sort the desserts please.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

My first time eating here. Lovely atmosphere, attentive but not intrusive service . Nice wine and great food .

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

First time at The Finneston. Starters were great, mains good, chose wrong in sweets. Lemon meringue pie was deconstructed, it was good but I would have preferred it to be the old fashioned way. Service was good although at times a little slow. Table had to be given back at 9 and we would have been pushed to make this deadline. Luckily there had been a cancellation and we were able to keep the table until closing. Good selection of alcohol.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Good gluten free options.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

A wider menu for vegetarians would be helpful. especially for non fish eaters.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Although the restaurant was very nice in arranging a candle for a dessert to celebrate a birthday, I can't say it was a pleasant experience overall. When we sat, we were told they needed the table back in 1hr45min. Although we were not told that when we booked, no problem. We can certainly eat in that amount of time. What followed was laggy service throughout, and then a stroppy 'we need this table back.' and then 'We REALLY need this table back.' Well, then you REALLY should have had the kitchen get our meals to us in decent time. Any normal person can have three courses comfortably in that amount of time. To be treated as if we were lazing around and then pushed off the table, when we ordered as soon as asked and ate as soon as food was presented, was poor. The food was good, and nice cocktails, so we might go back, but I'll remind them of this experience if they try to set a time limit on the table again.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Really enjoyed our evening

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Good food in a nice place with pleasant service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Unfortunately the duck was rather cold and tough. The seats are so high your feet dangle above the floor and your legs go dead.

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Visited On Monday, 30 July 2018

Fried fish about 90% thick batter , absolutely awful We also ordered sea bass which was barely fllleted and therefore inedible Really poor all round

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Lovely atmosphere. Very busy but still had great service And food arrived quickly. Food was incredible and terrific value for money!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Lovely food and lovely staff. The Gigha oyster in Bombay Saphire was like being by the sea - perfect - thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

Food and drinks great, as before, but we had to wait a VERY long time for our martinis/G&T , which eventually arrived when we were half way through our starters. They were worth waiting for however.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

We went to experience local fish & chips and it was delicious. Also the staff was really kind. We can just simply recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

First visit to The Finnieston. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was lovely but feel it is over priced especially as portions are not that large.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Best part of the menu was unfortunately unavailable. Waitress very efficient.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

Delicious food in lovely environment

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

Great food, fabulous staff, beautiful restaurant! Scallops were utterly divine!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

A second visit in just 4 weeks as the food is so good. We booked in advance on-line and arrived at a packed restaurant. But shown immediately to our table. Friendly and responsive service. Food and drinks just as good second time around even though the place was heaving. A real find. Emphasis upon very fresh, beautifully prepared food rather than pretentious setting or fancy surroundings. A lovely gusto-pub feel throughout.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

First visit here. Definitely be back. Oysters with the whisky spray were excellent. Wine prices reasonable. A little gem of a place.

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

Great food and helpful staff

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Visited On Thursday, 12 July 2018

Best meal we had in Glasgow

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Visited On Thursday, 12 July 2018

Lovely food, great service.

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