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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
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $ $
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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 Friday, 10 November 2017

Food got better and better as the night progressed. Great value for money. Best carrot cake I've had in my life. Appetiser (some fried chicken thing) could be better but otherwise amazing.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 November 2017

couldn't comment highly enough. every time. definitely my favourite restaurant in glasgow, if not absolute favourite full stop. staff are great and food is really incredible.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Best meal in Glasgow in the last few years. Great service from very attentive staff

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

I love all the dishes. However, I found the dessert was on a bit of the heavy side. The chocolate moouse was too sweet and I didnt enjoy it that much.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Excellent food lovely atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Lovely restaurant, just the right amount of attention from staff, nice wee buzz about the place, looked more lively in the front section would request to sit there next time but still overall happy with our table. The food was delicious, presented well and really interesting. I personally loved all the game options. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Had a great evening with excellent food and wine. Thanks for making us feel so welcome!

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Best restaurant in Glasgow

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Food was excellent, service was slow.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 November 2017

Top notch relaxed dining - great food, drinks and service.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 November 2017

Wonderful dining experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

Really amazing good and very attentive staff. Lovely place for a meal with a great atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

Best meal out we have had for a while!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

Excellent food and service. Good atmosphere. Will definitely return. As always mark up on wine is 50% but fairly good wine list. Excellent champagne.

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Really impressed with the quality and presentation of the food which compared favourably with exceptional meals we've had in Copenhagen, Paris and Lyon. The service was friendly and efficient. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Well worth the trip from Aberdeen!

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Good advice from sommelier-best dry martini in west end 👍👍👍

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Superb.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 November 2017

Absolutely fabulous place with divine food! Will come again

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Our waiter for the evening was very knowledgeable about the supply chain of food ingredients as well as the way it's cooked and prepared. He was also well up in the supply of wines on the menu . All in all great food , great venue, great staff , And we as a small family had a fantastic night

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Professional helpful staff enabled us to have a delightful meal and get to the theatre in plenty of time. Really interesting menu with unusual dishes and all beautifully cooked. If I had one criticism, it would be that the Shetland landed plaice which was beautifully coooked and oh so tasty, was full of bones that were difficult to pick out and spoiled the dish for me. Apart from that everything else magnificent.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 November 2017

We enjoy the type of food at the gannet, long may you continue to do so

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

Fabulous!

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

Great cocktails and venison and duck were excellent

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Visited On Friday, 03 November 2017

Beautiful meal. Service wasnt rushed so made for relaxed evening to savour but see how could be considered slow if you had somewhere to be. Really lovely place and super food.

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Visited On Friday, 03 November 2017

Excellent

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