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 Saturday, 17 August 2019

Fantastic meal, as always. 10/10. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Wonderful meal and service.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Delightful service. Every course was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

The Gannet was our favorite restaurant experience in Glasgow, wonderful attention to detail, praise worthy hospitality and of course, most importantly, delicious food. Special kudos has to go to our waitresses who were charming and knowledgeable with great personality, a joy to banter with as they swept yet more pearls from the kitchen whose command of how to bring the most out of local produce is superb. Bravo all round! Tom and Manuela

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Superb food and service in a relaxed ambiance.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

We’ve eaten here several times now, and the menu is always different and always equally lovely. Staff are knowledgeable, helpful and chatty. A delight.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

One of the best meals we have ever had. Wonderful vegetarian food for every course. The meat eaters loved theirs too. EXCELLENT informed, intelligent service. Friendly, yet special atmosphere. Loved it!

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The hostess was extremely rude, arguing with us about our reservation and correcting us on how to speak about wine, like we were children. I found the mackerel dish delicious. The dessert was exceptional with perfect salted caramel. The pork dish was beautiful, but with no distinctive flavor. Not the online menu. Not a pleasant eve

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Fantastic experience, thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

My wife and I loved it. Each dish was delicious and the dessert was the best I've ever had!

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Already recommended to multiple people. Wish we were closer (than Pittsburgh)! Inventive menu, beautifully presented in an inviting and welcoming setting. One of the best meals I’ve had in my life.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

The 4 course tasting meal was wonderful and the wine pairings that went with it was superb. The amuse bouches that started were so flavorful. Then the Hebridean herring starter had just the right amount of curing and tasted great. The beef carpaccio was amazing and the venison main was so tender and succulent. All the purees and sauces that accompanied the main ingredient enhanced the flavors. And the salted caramel with Guinness ice cream was a fantastic end to the meal. The melted caramel seemed to ooze out forever. The wines that were paired with the food only served to enhance the experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 August 2019

All excellent, staff great, food awesome. Loved it all.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

everything was excellent. I must make special comment on your waiting staff. they were all so supportive, knowledgeable and friendly

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Visited On Sunday, 11 August 2019

A lovely lunch, beautifully presented and well priced.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Excellent and interesting wine matches to go with very tasty dishes

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Excellent food, wine and service as always. The quality of Michelin-starred restaurant, but without a Michelin-star or the pomp that can sometimes go with it. Simply the best place to eat in Glasgow.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Really amazing food, and really friendly, nice and suitably attentive service. Not all the wine pairings were to my taste, but that was a very, very minor quibble.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Food was amazing and service was fantastic. Will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 August 2019

The Gannet delivers the perfect balance of foodie and accessible. The tasting menu is delicious and experimental in places but never unnecessarily so. Service is charming, informative but not over the top. Wine pairing equally interesting but always enjoyable and delicious. Highly recommended. All round excellent value too.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 August 2019

We had a fabulous meal with our Australian friends. The waitress was particularly helpful and looked after us very well. Thank you for another great evening!!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 August 2019

Wonderful meal, fantastic service. Would thoroughly recommend 6 course tasting menu and wine pairing. Excellent value for money.

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Excellent taster menu for husbands birthday. We were able to swap out on of the courses for a different one with no problems. Staff were impeccable. Food was delicious! Wine great. Very reasonably priced for the quality. Would highly recommend and will absolutely be going back. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 August 2019

Waiting staff seemed pre occupied and a bit distant. The ‘snacks’ at the start of the meal were a bit bland. The 4 course menu was outstanding quality though and the plates were visually stunning, well thought out combinations. I really enjoyed them especially the herring and the beef. The ‘white’ bread was lacking in salt and didn’t have much depth of flavour, the wholemealy rye one was really tasty mind you.

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