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 Thursday, 12 March 2020

Loved it. Should have been years ago. Really enjoyed every dish and although I’m usually more savoury than sweet, the barley dessert was the perfect way to round it off. One critique would be of the cheeseboard. More fruit, and/or less cheese (can’t believe I’m saying less cheese especially considering how good they were) Ciarán

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Simply excellent!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

One if the best dining experiences I have had. Excellent service and food in a comfortable atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Second visit - wine pairings were fantastic which is something you can’t always say for tasting menus! Had great service staff and food was in the main exceptional. Will certainly be back next time I’m in Glasgow

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

The best meal we have ever had! The wine pairing was fabulous. We had a brilliant evening. Thankful for a superb night in the midst of the current situation.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Excellent in every way

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

My wife and I do enjoy a "nice meal" as she often miss-describes eating at Bib Gourmand and Michelin star restaurants. As a vegan many place simply will not offer a vegan tasting menu but the Gannet were superb at not only offering one but also serving one that was superb. My meal (as the omnivore) was superb . The service was attentive and helpful explaining the meal choices. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service unrushed .Eating out at this standard is a treat for us but this was one of the best we have eaten at and we have eaten at a few . Will definitely be back when we next visit Glasgow.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Absolutely first class food and service. Really was a treat. Have recommended to lots of friends already. Really was special.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Our server was fantastic, very kind and helpful. All staff couldn't be more attentive and all the little touches made our dining experience amazing.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Superb food , well served by knowledgeable and very enthusiastic staff , up there with the best restaurants in Glasgow

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

We had a lovely time, the food and service was amazing. Would highly recommend

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Fabulous evening from beginning to end, great service and attention to detail. All the staff were very attentive and friendly and of course the food was fantastic, definitely the best meal I’ve ever had. Beautiful fresh ingredients and gorgeous balance of flavours.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Great meal and really appreciated the gesture from Kevin Be back soon

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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Always a delight to visit The Gannet. The food is always a treat and this visit was no exception. Small dishes but with interesting and excellent blend of flavours with best of ingredients. The staff here always help make the visit. Relaxed but very attentive but most of all very knowledgeable about food and wine in general, not just the day's menu.

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Fantastic service, food, and wine pairings were amazing, enjoyed every minute..... will definitely be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Perfection on a plate, fautless from start to finish. the duck dish and the apple dessert where the ones that really stood out but the whole meal was amazingly good

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Our food was absolutely delicious, actually the best meal I'd ever had! My only comment would be that my vegan friend felt that all her food was vegetables only and was lacking in carbs and protein. She felt some of the veggie dishes could easily have been made vegan to suit all three of us. Just a small point as she loved th flavour of what she was eating

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Excellent experience from the moment we arrived. Food delicious and friendly service. Have already recommended to friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

The food was exquisite throughout, we particularly enjoyed the duck course with the different textures and flavours. Service was impeccable and overall, it was a lovely way to while away a Saturday afternoon.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

No complaints at all. We had a first class meal with good wine and excellent service. We were on the mezzanine which we liked as it was little quieter.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

The food from start to finish was phenomenal!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Excellent! Always a really enjoyable experience

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Tasting menu was just brilliant. Waiters knowledgable about both the food & wine. A genuine gem in Finnieston.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

We dined here for the first time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere! We were very well looked after and will definitely return. The food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious! Loved the sweet especially 😊

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