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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, 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 Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Excellent through and through. The sommelier was very talented, gave great descriptions that really enhanced the wine experience

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The gentleman serving us, sommelier(?), was absolutely incredible. His knowledge of the wines was superb especially how they related to the dishes. Our only bit of criticism was that we were charged for a glass of wine that we were not expecting, but the service was so exceptional we did not say anything.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! I will definately be back😊

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great selection of fresh seasonal food and delicious wine. Every member of staff is attentive which adds a personal feel to the experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great atmosphere, friendly staff & service Fantastic food

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Had a fabulous night. The food was absolutely delicious. Loved all 6 courses and the little appetisers. My only criticism would be we were served monkfish in a bowl. The monkfish, sauce and roe I think (it was little gorgeous balls) was amazing but it was difficult to get up all the beautiful sauce and roe due to the high sides of the bowl. The forks couldn’t quite angle right to scoop up all the sauce. 😉 What a brilliant dining experience and can’t wait to return. Thank you very much for a wonderful evening. :)

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Really beautifully presented and delicious tasting menu.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Excellent dining experience. Attentive staff and amazing food. Will be back and will be recommending to all.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Fantastic food! Great service Well worth a visit

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

We booked in for a special meal to celebrate our honeymoon, and were not disappointed. Everything was absolutely superb, from the outstanding food to the attentive service. Thank you for a fantastic evening! We will definitely recommend The Gannet.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Had the vegetarian tasting menu,I am not a vegetarian but the menu was stunning,the combination of flavours etc.with plenty of their homemade crusty bread and dessert finished off with my favourite -the salted caramel fondant.A most enjoyable meal

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

We both had excellent service and food was amazing ! Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

We ate on the £32 4 course seasonal menu. The food was delicious and the relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a Sunday lunch. The only minor criticism I would have was that there was a £6.50 supplement for the beef dish and the dish was relatively small considering there a supplement was payable. Having said that, it was lovely so we possibly just wanted more of it! Having been to The Kitchin recently we would say The Gannet is far better for service, atmosphere and most definitely the food.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

The best restaurant in Glasgow - great food, excellent service, reasonable pricing. Also great wine list. Have to say though that we preferred the place when they offered the a la carte menu rather than tasting menu however.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Fantastic meal - first experience of the 6 course menu. Perfectly balanced. All superb but the monkfish and beef courses stood out

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Good service and friendly staff who seemed very knowledgeable!

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Really fabulous food .very interesting wines . Would have liked a slightly larger tasting .100mls is quite small . Wines are quite expensive.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Had a wonderful evening on our first visit to The Gannet. Food delicious, very attentive & knowledgeable staff. We will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

This was a present from my son. Food was absolutely delicious, staff all really nice. Will be going back. Would really recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

Outstanding 8 course tasting menu and with itison deal this was excellent value for money. The food is always exceptional in the Gannet, the paired wines were just fantastic! Professional and friendly service. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Seamless service and tasty dishes. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Outstanding quality; food, drink, ambience, service ... highly recommended!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

This is the first time we have dined at The Gannet. We were made welcome as soon as we stepped inside. The food was fantastic, and each course was served at the right time. The wine list had a fabulous selection of wines. The staff were always making sure everything was ok a credit to the restaurant. We will certainly be back soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Wonderful food and presentation of the eight course taster menu. The restaurant was busy but the service was not compromised at all. The waiting staff were attentive and very knowledgeable about the food. I think our waitress was called Lauren and she was delightful. It is so gratifying to enjoy quality seasonal Scottish produce cooked and presented in such high quality.

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