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The Gannet

1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 8TB
Critics Review 4/5
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday
Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday
Closed Lunch : 17:00 - 21:30
Thursday - Saturday
12:00 - 14:00 : 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday
13:00 - 19:30

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining

About The Gannet

The Gannet is an award winning Scottish independent bar and restaurant in the vibrant destination of Finnieston in Glasgow. Our menus celebrate the best of Scottish produce, dictated by the rhythms of the British seasons in a stripped back and relaxed setting. Opened in October 2013, we have won Best Restaurant Newcomer in the Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards 2014, Best Newcomer at The List Eating and Drinking Awards 2014, Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Three AA Rosette's and have received reviews in The Guardian, The Sunday Herald and The Scotsman. Winner of the title 'Scottish Restaurant of the Year' at the AA Awards 2015.

Cuisine: Scottish, Fine Dining
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Emma Mykytyn of Food and Drink Glasgow:
4/5
Formerly one of the west end’s least-inviting neighbourhoods, Finnieston appears to be where Glasgow’s foodie renaissance is taking place. Akin to Shoreditch in London and the transformation that has taken place there, many of cities best restaurants can now be found within a few blocks of each other and slap bang in the middle of this go-to area, The Gannet leads the way with a Michelin Bib Gourmand, CIS award and AA award to its name – all this despite being only two years old! Does it live up to the hype? We think it does. With small plates or full a la carte, the menus offer a high-quality selection of seasonal Scottish ingredients with a focus on game and a few eye-catching items such as pig's head croquette! Each dish shines out against the moody decor and exposed brick, be it a seafood, meat or vegetable course. The plates are beautifully presented with vegetables framing the main ingredient and it’s all high-quality fare without any gimmicks or molecular gastronomy – just fresh ingredients, sensible combinations all cooked well without overpowering sauces or garnishes to ruin the real taste of what you’re eating. We arrived early so took a pew at the bar – there’s plenty of wine and a good selection of cocktails. We opted for the cheapest bottle of red, a Syrah/Carignan from Languedoc for £19 which was a no-frills basic red but low on tannins. The a la carte menu is a sensible size – 5 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts. It just about caters to vegetarians but certainly isn’t vegan-friendly. Meat is prominent, Scottish meat in fact: partridge, lamb, beef, duck and venison. Provenance is important, so don’t forget the fish landed at Peterhead either! Confit was also prominent and after an amuse-bouche to whet our appetite we had this in three dishes: the partridge, duck and salmon - which is only the second time we’ve eaten that! The partridge starter was a bit dry but was the only course that disappointed. We had beef too and one minor criticism was that we weren’t asked how we’d like it cooked but thankfully it came out pink and tender, and the dripping potatoes that came with it were marvellous - fluffy interiors with a crisp coating. The duck which was also pink and tender came with, appropriately, duck fat potatoes which were almost as good. Onto the last course and the desserts are outstanding! We overheard the chocolate feuilletine being described as "if Michelin restaurants did Mars bars", it certainly tasted like it and seemingly the salted caramel fondant is worthy of a special visit, so we shall have to return! Portions aren’t the biggest so if you still have room after 3 courses we recommend sharing the cheese, which is supplied by nearby George Mews. We were provided with a cheddar, brie-style, blue and a goats’ cheese, so a mixed selection – all served at room temperature with toast and chutneys and all tasting great! Messrs Stein and McKenna, the chef proprietors, know their food and it shows. Our meal, including tip, was around £100 for three courses each and a bottle of wine. Service was slick, seating was comfortable, ambiance perfect and toilets were clean. Ease of booking: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Quality of food: 4/5 Quality of drinks: 4/5 Atmosphere: 5/5
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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

This dinner venue was perfect for a large-ish party of 25 people. The menu was fabulous and highly recommend all around.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Tasting menu excellent with the exception of the scallop dish. Service slow and had to ask several times for water. Not sure why they took a drinks order before giving out a tasting menu with paired wines. We might have gone with that option. Tables are far too cramped and couples either end of us interrupted our meal repeatedly, as is the norm when sitting across from the bar given the proximity.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Excellent celebration meal. Severin the Sommelier is a star!

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Really enjoyable evening. Attentive knowledgeable staff and excellent food. Will be back for sure

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Really lovely meal and ambience, superb food

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Great food, cosy atmosphere; the go-to place in Glasgow's West End.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Poor service at times with a sense of pretentious manners. Lighting was accidentally changing (3 times) Dropping cutlery Waitress pouring tap water to fill a half empty glass of sparkling water Lack of availability of one of the steak dishes. Long waiting times to even pay the bill.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Excellent service (very attentive), excellent food. Will be back

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Great tasting menu, nice wine, the French lady whom served us was incredibly knowledgable and is a great asset to the Gannet

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

The service was disappointingly slow. 20 to 25 minutes between courses would be acceptable for a standard 3 course meal but it is too long for a 6 course tasting menu. We did mention to this to our waitress half way through the meal but this made no difference. The food however was excellent as usual.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

As ever our meal and whole experience was gorgeous.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We had a very special meal on Saturday, it really was exellent. We had plenty of time to enjoy our meal in a rpleasent, relaxing atmosphere. I shall be returning!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Great place, fantastic food with a warm sophisticated atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

An excellent meal served in a warm ambient atmosphere.Attention to detail and professional service all contributed to our dining experience. A very enjoyable evening and we will certainly return to the Gannet.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Without doubt the best taster meal we have ever had FANTASTIC

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Lovely in season food.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Lovely food and wine

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Superb squid and a wonderful caramel dessert!

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Wonderful food and great service. On the expensive side but atmosphere and quality are excellent

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Excellent meal once again. The Gannet never fails to deliver.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

The Beatson charity night at The Gannet was an amazing experience! The food was incredible, the staff were amazing and the wine flight was perfectly matched!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Excellent overall, although very rich and the fixed menu focused heavily on meat. A special meal for a special occasion.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

Another superb evening at the Gannet on 27/9. We visit Glasgow from our home in London 2-3 times a year and would never miss an opportunity to eat with you.

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