survey result

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!”

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!”

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “brilliant longstanding cafe in Merchant City – you will love the furniture and decor, especially the iconic stained-glass window” (decorated with fish) but also the “great-sized portions” of local food.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
100

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.00 £15.00 £4.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
64 Albion St, Glasgow, G1 1NY
Opening hours
Monday8 am‑5 pm
Tuesday8 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday8 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday8 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday8 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday8 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday9 am‑5 pm

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