The Gannet

1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 8TB
Critics Review 4/5
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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, 16 June 2019

One of the best in Glasgow if not Scotland

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

A most enjoyable experience from start to finish.

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Pacing of the tasting menu is perfect, staff are attentive and knowledgeable. Food is incredibly thoughtful and portion size is just right (for the 6 course meal, it is enough with bread and extras... I could imagine the 4 course might be a bit light for some appetites). However, gold star goes to their service and professionalism - I made a mistake in my online booking time, but they were able to accommodate me with no fuss, despite it being my mistake!

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

We really enjoyed all the food in the 4 course tasting menu, everything was beautifully presented and the flavours were amazing. We had a blood orange cocktail on arrival which was incredibly strong and had very overpowering pine flavour, I felt that it was far too bold to have with food.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Efficient, attentive service Lovely Saturday afternoon

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Simply cannot fault it! Outstanding food and service. We'll certainly be back.

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

A memorable meal, which was elevated by the choice of paired wines! Thank you all!

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

A really lovely lunch to celebrate my daughter’s graduation. Thank you for catering for the 2 vegans in our party.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Amazing food and a wonderful selection of accompanying wines to excite even the most experienced palate. Our servers were incredibly friendly, attentive and knowledgable. I would highly recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

fabulous! It's like a trip to the spa. you feel treated and special, delighted and inspired.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Excellent food and friendly helpful service. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The tasting menu was sublime, complimented by the gentle guidance on food & wine choices from knowledgable staff. A total experience. And the best meal I’ve ever had in Glasgow.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

As close to perfect as possible! Thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 June 2019

Fabulous! Great food, wine and service

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful dining experience. The atmosphere was buzzy yet relaxed, the service was wonderful, striking the perfect balance of delivering expert knowledge on both the food and wine whilst keeping a fun and relaxing feel. The food was simply perfect.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

This was a great from start to finish. The hospitality and care put in to our dining experience went beyond our expectations. Couldn´t recommend it enough. Did I mention the food was really really good? It was.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

We had the 6 course tasting menu and every component was delicious . Loveliest meal we have had in a Glasgow restaurant .

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

You were impressive and we will return. Have shared our very good experience with our pals out here in Alloa!!

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

We had a great night at The Gannet, tasty food, fab wine! Two very happy vegetarians.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

The fine Scottish produce use for the set menu was indeed very tasty, a real treat so have freshly prepared Scottish sourced.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 June 2019

Loved the friendly, relaxed yet professional staff. We had to change our reservation day & times, this was dealt with effortlessly. Food, flavour & presentation was superb, and a nicely balanced selection of “snacks” & delicious breads to fill the gaps. The beef dripping focaccia - wow! The only constructive criticism I would give is that the website needs to update as quickly as the restaurant on prices. The pairing wines on line are £25, yet in the restaurant they are £30.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Creative vegetarian menu in terms of texture and flavors. I would happily return if ever in Glasgow again.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

Friendly, quality food - with a few nice surprises

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

5* as always. Can’t get enough of the gannet!

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 May 2019

I'd been hearing about The Gannet for a while, and finally got to go earlier this week. It certainly lived up to expectations; I got the six-course menu, which was served with some delicious sour dough bread and an extra sampler dish to start. Each course was extremely well prepared, well presented and was surprising and innovative. For example, the halibut was served with ice cream, which sounded absurd, but the combination of the delicate fish taste went surprisingly well with the slight sweetness of the ice cream, the textures and the colours balanced really well and the coldness of the ice cream made for a unique experience. All of the dishes, aside from being out of the ordinary, were well prepared, the mousse was incredibly smooth and packed with flavour, the pate was light but rich. The servers, and there were several in attendance, were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. You get what you pay for, so this was not a cheap dining experience, but worth every penny.

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