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, 19 October 2019

Absolutely delicious food and great service, with food description and attention. Some fellow guests were a bit rowdy, but generally a great, simple and classic atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Excellent food

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

Amazing meal with amazing paired wines. So worth it!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Fantastic Meal. Great food and the service matched. 5 star

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Quite possibly one of the best meals we've ever had! Casual Friday lunch turned unexpectedly into a wonderful dining experience.. food amazing, beautifully presented and staff very attentive.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Service was excellent, food tasty and no big waits between courses. Would have liked a few more choices rather than the whole menu being fixed but overall it was a lovely meal.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Outstanding as always. Every dish on the tasting menu was packed full of delicate flavour and the whole meal was well balanced. Stand out dishes included the beef carpaccio and the Salted caramel pudding, closely followed by the brill with barley risotto. Service was friendly and attentive without a hint of stuffiness. The Gannet is our favourite Glasgow restaurant for a special meal - we can’t wait to return!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Delicious 7 course tasting menu, excellent service. Michelin star presentation. Will be back...

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Truly delicious, fantastically calm atmosphere and lovely staff. Can't speak any higher or it to friends and family. And I can't wait to come back for more!

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Food was great

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Amazing meal and great service as always. Dietary requirements catered for really well.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Only very small criticism would be a slightly bigger glass of wine with the pairing menus. Apart from that everything was stunning. Food was superb. Staff absolutely brilliant. Loved every morsel. An experience rather than just a meal.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Super food and super wine flight with wonderful service. A real privilege to dine with you. I can't wait to return

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

We were using a wedding voucher to enjoy an anniversary meal and we couldn't have asked for a better evening. The ambience of the restaurant was perfect, service great and the food was absolutely delicious. Given that I am 7 months pregnant, I felt they went the extra mile to make sure that I enjoyed the food as much as my husband did, and made minor adjustments to some courses.I just wish I couldn't have enjoyed the wine too! Thank you to all at The Gannet for a superb night!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

Outstanding as always

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Stunning food.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Excellent food, service and atmosphere - a lovely experience, thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Fantastic food, wines and service

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Food and service were excellent as always. Music was too loud and not needed at all.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Fabulous as always!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

Just so good 😊 Really enjoyed the whole experience. Well done to all the staff!!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

First time for the tasting menu and we were not disappointed. Wide variety of Scottish produce beautifully presented. Pittenweem crab was amazing. The paired wines were excellent. The service was a little haphazard at the start - please read the comments added on the electronic booking. Overall a great night out and yes I have already recommended the Gannet to friends

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Planning my next visit already, the food was absolutely delicious, can’t wait to return!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

Food was just beautiful and service was fantastic, our waiter was so lovely and just made our night.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Everything was perfect, fabulous food, service and atmosphere, would definitely recommend a visit.

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