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 Thursday, 05 December 2019

Best meal in Glasgow this year.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Superb experience as always with the food and wine pairings perfectly matched

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

The food and service were both excellent and we had a lovely evening!

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Very good meal but have had a better one with you so cannot hi to 5!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Real gourmet stuff - perfectly judged set menu and amuses bouche Thanks Ben

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Fantastic tasting menu and matched wines. Beautifully considered pairings, masterfully executed. Staff were welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. Five stars, 10/10.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Underwhelming and would probably not go back. Booked for a celebratory anniversary, we got a great table at the top. The bonbon and cone of parfait, was a great way to start. But two cold main dishes in the menu not a good idea. Didn't feel right to have a cold fish dish then the beef tartare. The main dish of deer was okay. The sausage was tasty but the deer was a bit tough. All dishes were under seasoned so much so we asked for salt at the table. However, we got sugar instead so we had to eat a sugary beef tartare. Apart from an apology, nothing more was done about this. We were also given the wrong wine to go with our main but this was swiftly corrected. The wines were well paired with all the dishes. After our main we were asked: "Would you like your cheese before or after dessert?" At no point (until we got the bill) were we told this was not included. Deceptive sales pitch and what we got for £8 each was two distinctly average tiny slices of cheese. To be fair the crackers were great. The pre-dessert and dessert were both very tasty. But I felt that the presentation could have been better on the chocolate. It seemed a shame to have the chocolate ganache covered with cream. At the end of the meal I didn't feel satisfied, all the dishes were tiny. For all the accolades, the experience did not live up to the expectation.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

Excellent food and service.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

The food just gets better and better. My favourite restaurant in Glasgow. We had the 4 course set lunch and it was all superb. The tartare was just to die for. The food has always been great, but every time we come it moves up a notch. Always love coming to The Gannet and I cannot recommend it to others highly enough.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

More than lived up to expectations. The food was exceptional and the service was first class. From start to finish, it was a very relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon (including the wine and cocktails).

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

If there was a competition to see what restaurant charges the most for the least food The Gannet has won hands down. I could have put all 4 courses on one plate saving on dishwashing. Quality is only one aspect of fine dining. Comfort a No No. the chairs were hard the room was on the cold side the descriptions of Food was unclear. If fine dining is what The Gannet supplies it’s a fine they should get. Quality is the key to success but Customer satisfaction is a nil from me and that’s what is the most important attribute a restaurant should strive for. Repeat business must be minimal unless your dining with your Bank Manager. Angus T McLean MSc MIQA.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Staff are excellent and catered to an alergy without any trouble. Second visit here and will not be the last.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Fabulous as ever! Particularly the paired wines - the orange wine was outstanding!!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Excellent restaurant with a fantastic tasting menu at an affordable price

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Great food and service.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Incredible food and wonderful service!

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Fantastic meal and wine. Service was brilliant. Will definitely be coming back

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Thank you for a delightful meal last night. The various courses were each full of a fantastic array of delicious tastes & textures.& the portion sizes perfect to be able to thoroughly enjoy the entire menu! All the staff struck an excellent balance of imparting their knowledge about the food (& drinks) with a friendly approachable manner. Due to our very early; pre-concert; dining time, the restaurant was very quiet for the first half of our meal - hence the reason for only scoring you 4 for atmosphere. We mustn’t leave it so long to return next time!

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Superb in all areas. Marvellous food and exemplary service. Well worth a visit

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

A wonderful special meal yet again. The many courses were light and delicious. And the wine flight perfectly matched. Cannot wait to return.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

A wonderfully relaxed gastronomic experience at the Gannet. 7 courses all done to perfection. Staff obviously studious and educated in the fine dining wizardry which takes place Below stairs. Fabulous.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

Fabulous taster menu, every course was interesting and delicious.Portion sizes were ideal to ensure all courses could be enjoyed .Service was excellent,staff knowledgeable and friendly.Would definitely recommend a visit to this excellent restaurant.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

Outstanding food and service, the Gannet has firmly cemented its place as our favourite place to eat.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

Fantastic dining experience made even better by the fabulous way our server welcomed our 2 children and helped us have a great lunch!

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