survey result

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Just a home from home” for its many long-term fans – this Merchant City institution (est 1979) provides a cosy setting, characterised by its paneled walls and custom-made furniture (by Tim Stead). The fare is straightforward rather than of any huge aspiration, but it makes for an affordable destination.

Summary

£55
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Original hand-made furniture (by Tim Stead) and a characterful, panelled interior add to the enduring appeal of this 40-year-old favourite in the Merchant City – one of Glasgow’s stalwart culinary institutions. The food (served from breakfast) is wholesome, but un-fancy: burger, risotto, rarebit, Arbroath Smokies and so on.

Summary

£50
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This 40-year-old pioneer of modern Glasgow dining “never fails to deliver”, with its “great food selection” (including excellent breakfasts) and unique interior, including original hand-made furniture by Tim Stead. Its fish restaurant offshoot a few doors along closed down during the pandemic, but owner Seumas MacInnes saved the Gandolfi by selling his home. His sons Donald and Alasdair are part of the team, as manager and chef respectively.

Summary

£54
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This Merchant City legend, with its custom-made furniture and stained-glass window, still wins a good number of nominations, particularly for brunch, and it’s often held out as a “casual and relaxed” landmark of local life with “always reliable” cooking and a “good, somewhat unusual wine list”. One sceptical report, though, has some ring of truth to it: “Long held up as a Glasgow highlight, it can now seem a bit dull. The food is absolutely fine, but without any particular interest. But the room, with its wooden furniture seemingly made from driftwood and fallen trees, is great!”

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64 Albion St, Glasgow, G1 1NY

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
100

Café Gandolfi Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Café Gandolfi Restaurant in G1, Glasgow by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Café Gandolfi restaurant.
Alexander C
Simple lunch of pastrami sandwich but all g...
Reviewed 6 months, 11 days ago

"Simple lunch of pastrami sandwich but all good quality."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£10.00 £16.50 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.40
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
64 Albion St, Glasgow, G1 1NY
Opening hours
Monday8 am‑5 pm
Tuesday8 am‑10:30 pm
Wednesday8 am‑10:30 pm
Thursday8 am‑10:30 pm
Friday8 am‑10:30 pm
Saturday8 am‑10:30 pm
Sunday9 am‑5 pm

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