Italian Caffe
Italian Caffe

Italian Caffe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theitaliancaffe.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01415523186
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 05:00PM,
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 05:00PM - 10:00PM; Friday - Saturday: 05:00PM - 11:00PM.
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin McGhee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Italian Caffe
The Italian Caffe is run by the same people that brought the Italian Kitchen to Glasgow. And its ethos is the same - fine, fresh food and superb wines in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
After visiting the enotecas of Italy we recognised a gap in Glasgow’s burgeoning bar and restaurant scene. Where can someone go who wants to enjoy a varied selection of good wine without paying a fortune for a bottle? We think our enoteca is the answer. With over 50 wines to choose from, plus our piccolo piatti, we believe we offer something a little bit different to other wine bars. We do, we serve our great food. We’re passionate about what we do and our customers recognize this. That’s why they keep coming back.
We think eating, and drinking, out in Glasgow has benefited from the Italian Caffe’s presence. But that’s just what we think. Why not come along and think for yourself.
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Italian Caffe reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since 2 June 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4
    Value4
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (62)fit for foodies (52)special occasions (46)good vegetarian options (31)business meals (30)romance (23)group bookings (22)sunday lunch (20)outstanding value (18)brunch (16)disabled access (9)child friendly (7)afternoon tea (7)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Sunday Lunch with family
    surfboardheed
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Good variety of dishes which was perfect as we had a few fussy eaters in our group. The service was friendly and efficient without being too quick. There was quite a buzz in the place on a Sunday afternoon which was good. I like this style of eating with lots of small dishes to share and sample. I particularly liked the cod dish on the specials menu and the bruschetta with figs was delicious.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • tubby
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    As usual Italian Cafe always pleases in so many way!. We had a special visitor who travels the world widely and who is a real "foodie". We took him to have dinner and he just loved it. Well done I.T. again!
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    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre experience
    Crystalchick1
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Booked meal for Saturday and as was our wedding anniversary - had requested a booth. When arrived (8.30pm booking) no mention of booth booking request - so asked if was possible, Was told this was not, as there were only the 2 of us! Fair enough I thought. Then watched 1 walk in couple(2) be given a booth - plus another (2) have one of the other booths. Hubby and I were stuck at the edge of the last booth and behind the wall separating us from the restaurant. Whilst this was going on. Probably the worst table in the place. Still, decided to just let the awesome food speak for itself, Alas, food gone downhill hugely. Sent back the carpaccio, bland & tough. Duck ragu was star of show, Not sure if new owners/chef- but v disappointed
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  • The standard never drops
    EddyC
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    This was our umpteenth visit to the Italian Caffe; it won't be the last.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely meal
    JoanyM
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Great choice of food . Enjoyed tapas plates. Best chocolate ice cream lve tasted.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Lollipop
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I cannot say enough about this restaurant. It is my favourite place to eat anywhere. The food is just amazing and although I'm a very fussy eater I would not hesitate to order anything on the menu. It is filling too which I have found can be a problem with other small dish type restaurants. The staff are very attentive without being overbearing. All at an appropriate price. If you've never been then book it right away as you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian caffe
    OwlscouseVIP
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Ate here during the games. The small plates were actually quite large, so we had plenty to eat. Very tasty , good quality. A bit off putting being able to see the washers up whilst we were eating.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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  • Really really good
    lisy
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    This restaurant came recommended by a friend and we were out for my fiance's birthday. Nice proportioned meals which I thought were very good value for money. We had a shared platter to start and then the three 'small plates' deal for £15. House wine was also lovely. Absolutely no complaints, very chilled out atmosphere. Staff were also very good and friendly considering how busy it was. I would definitely go back when I am next in Glasgow.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    caratcraig69
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Excellent service here. Food arrived quickly and was its usual great quality. I love this place!
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food, good value
    Littlest
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    I'm a real fan of Italian Caffe and have been many times. I booked it for my sister's graduation lunch, for business lunches, and for friends visiting from far & wide. Every time it's a winner. The food is great and you can pretty much pick any item from the menu and know it'll be good. The staff are really friendly and know the menu so I'd you pick some items that are quite similar, they'll advise and make some suggestions for a more varied meal. Italian tapas works really well and the dishes have heaps of flavour. Our only tiny issue was with the calamari which was pretty salty, that was a shame and we left a lot of it. Otherwise, a great meal as always and my friend who'd never been was very pleased I'd taken him there.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • As good as ever!
    Girlsdolunch
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    The Italian. caffe is one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow and I am never disappointed. My friend and I chose a few of the small plates for our lunch and shared a delicious pud. A glass of Prosecco completed the meal and it was super. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Maz1608
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Booked for lunch during the festival / games, no problem getting a table and did not have not wait to be seated. Service was a wee bit slow but it was very busy so understandable. The food was fantastic and good portion sizes. I will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    lynnetta18
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Having heard so many good things about the Italian caffe, I had been meaning to visit for some time - now I wish I had done it sooner! The food was exquisite, between 4 of us we had 12 different dishes and every single one was fantastic. A special mention for the tuna carpaccio- one of the best things I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Friendly, efficient staff & a surprisingly reasonable bill. What's not to like!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    Jedmonstone
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Food is always great here but the service was substandard thi time, two wrong dishes came, and a wrong wine and there was an overall lack of attention and long waits. Not their best night ever.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food,fantastic ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    This was our first visit to the Italian Caffe and it will certainly not be our last. We've been to italian tapas restaurants before and while nice enough, they are nowhere near the quality of Italian Caffe. The menu choices were excellent and everything we ordered was delicious, full of flavours. The atmosphere is important to us when we are dining and this didn't disappoint. There was a constant buzz but service didn't falter and we were asked a couple of times if we we were happy with our food and needed anything else. We really were pleasantly surprised in what I would call a hidden gem. Fantastic experience and I've already recommended the restaurant to family and friends so we will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good Italian Caffe
    bodmin
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    We have been to the Italian Caffe several times. It is very convenient for City Halls. We have never been disappointed either with food or with service. It seems to solved the trick of good service with having a relaxed ambience.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Can't wait to go back!
    Niclovesfood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was amazing !! 4 friends ordered from tapas menu so tried abut if everything !! Was such good value ! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ready2eat
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We had a lovely meal at this restaurant and great value for money with the food being excellent. The only downside was a party of other diners at a nearby table who were so noisy we could hardly here ourselves speak.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Italian Caffe Enoteca
    allyhomsy
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Have been here before with family for lunch, this time we went for a family birthday. We had booked ahead but was pretty full and busy so had to wait a little for table and service was a little slower than I would expect, but definitely worth going for the food! Absolutely delicious even if on the pricey side perhaps, we chose 3 dishes each from set menu for £15 per person, really really great food and good choice of options!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edinfoodie
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Excellent food and wine. The small dishes are a great idea. Will definately return
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    Dined on 16/5/2014
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    accies
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    tried the pre-theatre twice now, both times pretty good; style is "small plates" - pick 2 or 3 £9 / £13. Familiar Italian fare but trying to be authentic. Quantities vary, but decent enough, standard of food pretty good esp. mushroom risotto which was excellent. Pre-theatre is until 6:30, after that it is standard menu but from a quick glance it looks similar and not much dearer, presumably bigger helpings.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A Great Restaurant
    Allan58
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have dined at the Italian Caffe many times and they have never disappointed. The food is always of a very high standard and the staff are very friendly and efficient. The menu choice is good and we have no hesitation in recommending the Italian Caffe to our friends
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Good set menu
    Stiletto
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I found the small plates menu a good range of food and excellent quality. Always satisfies! Classic Italian with some nice individual touches, delicate risottos and some hearty meat dishes with nothing too large in portion size satisfying my need for variety.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal shame about space
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The food and wine were lovely as usual. The restaurant was very noisy with a particularly noisy party at one of the bigger tables but I suppose this can't be helped on a busy weekend. My only gripe would be that when I booked a table at The Italian Caffe I requested a booth as having been previously I was aware that the tables are far too small to hold a bottle of wine, some table water and the tapas that you order. As it was a Saturday and there was just the 2 of us we never received a booth so got stuck at the small table so had to put our wine on the floor and order our tapas as a starter and main so we could fit it all on very annoying. Maybe increase the size of your tables so guests don't feel crammed in.
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    business meals, disabled access, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab early evening
    Sanityclause
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We booked the Italian Caffe, requesting a booth via OpenTable. Overall, we had a great couple of hours, the food was tasted every bit as good as the presentation, we loved the whole Italian Tapas thing, having a small starter and about five main courses between us, there was plenty of choice, the atmosphere was superb, a wee bit buzzy without being fussy or formal, the wine list was extensive (covering all tastes and costs). This was our first visit and I can guarantee that we will return.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Too much garlic
    Feedme
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We had eaten in this restaurant a couple of times in the past & had always found it satisfactory. However this time I was slightly disappointed by the dining experience. In terms of the food, there was far too much garlic used. This overpowered the flavour. I also felt that the table we were seated was in an awkward place in the restaurant. I felt very uncomfortable. Not sure I'll go back. A minor point, we were asked if we wanted Parmesan on a seafood pasta dish. This is a training need for employees
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  • luv2dinewell
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    Relaxing atmosphere, good service and very enjoyable food. The small plates give an excellent choice and the steak and crab paella I would particularly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • The Italian Caffe
    Mrsmartin
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Decllicious food properly seasoned with fresh ingredients. I always think that Italian food is over priced - I can guess how much the ingredients cost and £5 for a rocket and tomato salad without any explanation is a bit much - but this place made up for it. Excellent food.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    EddyC
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food, good service, nice atmosphere on a sunny day, not expensive. Slowly but surely working our way through the menu.
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    disabled access, special occasions, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian tapas
    Cocobella
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Absolutely excellent Tapas especially recommend the risotto and small plates of pasta and Italian sausage and beans
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates
    EddyC
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    We eat here regularly now and it never fails us: you get a friendly welcome from efficient, helpful staff; the menu is varied - we try something new each time; the food is very good; nice atmosphere too and you're never rushed. It's not expensive and the wine list is reasonable. The small plates menu is great for social, sharing eating and encourages you to try things.
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    disabled access, romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Fabulous tapas
    Tina74
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    Had a really enjoyable meal at Italian Caffe on Friday night! Requested a booth and got one which was good for a private chat!
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    business meals, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    Allan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Popped in here on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed. The staff were friendly, welcoming and efficient. The food was great- really tasty and the small plate option means you get to try many different things - provided your dining partners are into sharing that is. Oysters were fresh and delicious - apparently. However for me the sardines and then the tagliatelle with duck ragu were perfect. I shall be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality italian dining
    amcc
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have been to the italian kaffe a few times now and cannot rate the food highly enough. Its well cooked and well presented and is great value for money. The staff are pleasant and accommodating and we reckon its about the best italian in Glasgow.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go back. Issues: 1.
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Would not go back. Issues: 1. We both came out stinkling of cooking - ventialtion very poor 2. My wife almost did the splits in the ladies due to wet floors 3. Not enough staff - service very slow 4. Full portion pasta dishes are not that 'full' - for £12-13? Really? 5. Spaghetti with king prawns tasteless - can do better at home 6. Italian sausage used was very bland Very disappointing. The restaurant is always busy so you would think it's because the food is great - perhaps just taking advantage of poor Glaswegians who don't know any better. Shame.
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  • Good night marred by service
    BobLEats
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The service, food and ambience were great until we ordered our desserts. These were both cold and didn't need much preparation but took ages to come, by which time we were irritated and keen to get home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Allan58
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and as always the food was excellent. This restaurant has everything for a great dining experience
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone!
    theothermrsgall
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    This was our second visit to Italian Caffee and we were not disappointed! As always choosing what to order took a while as there is a huge selection to choose from but the tapas format means between all our table we got to try a wide selection of dishes. Everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection and tasted delicious. The restaurant was busy and had a great buzzy atmosphere so perfect for a night out but perhaps not so good for business meetings but great for entertaining friends or clients. Only comment is that with some dishes costing almost £10 it is not the cheapest place for tapas but the quality of the offering more than makes up for the cost. Will definitely be back.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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  • Porchetta from heaven!
    Peitro
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    This place is simply fantastic! Great food, wine and service! Never had a bad experience here!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.