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Cafe Gandolfi

4.2
4.2
660 Reviews
£26 to £40
Fish

With its handsome interior, chunky Tim Stead furniture and globe lights, Café Gandolfi is the granddaddy of Merchant City bohemianism. From legendary breakfasts to elegant evening meals, the menu unashamedly raids Scotland's larder for the best seasonal ingredients and iconic produce - think Stornoway black pudding, scallops from Barra, Arbroath smokies and Summer Isle peat smoked salmon - then let the flavours sing!

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Menu

Starters

  • Soup of the Day£4.50

    served with bread

    • Cullen Skink£7.50

      served with bread

      • Gandolfi Pâté£7.50

        a choice of smoked mackerel, chicken liver or aubergine

        • Trio of Pâtés£8.50

          all of our pâtés are served with a choice of toast, oatcakes or gluten free oatcakes

          • Summer Isles Peat Smoked Salmon£9.20

            with brown bread, capers and a wedge of lemon

            • Stornoway Black Pudding£8.90

              with pancake and mushrooms, sourced from Macleod and Macleod of Stornoway

              • Arbroath Smokies£8.50

                baked in tomatoes, cream and parmesan, with toast and salad

                Main Courses

                • Finnan Smoked Haddie£17.50

                  served with spring onion crushed potatoes, Hollandaise sauce and a poached egg

                  • New York Pastrami£14.50

                    cured, lightly seasoned, dried and smoked brisket of beef. Thinly sliced and warmed in the oven on sourdough bread and served with garlic mushrooms, salad and gherkins

                    • Haggis, Neeps and Tatties£16.50

                      sourced from Cockburn's of Dingwall

                      • House Smoked Venison£17.50

                        Smoked in house and served cold, alongside gratin daupinoise, avocado and redcurrant gel

                        • Mung Bean Tarka Daal£14.90

                          pickled vegetables, coconut yoghurt and paratha

                          • Vegan Haggis, Neeps and Tatties£14.00

                            from Macsween's of Edinburgh, served with pickled walnut ketchup

                            Pasta Dishes

                            • Gandolfi Macaroni Cheese£9.95

                              in a Mull cheddar sauce

                              • Sun Blush Tomato Pesto£13.50

                                with crumbled goats cheese and garlic breadcrumbs

                                • Chimichurri King Prawn Linguine£15.50

                                  chili, garlic, coriander, parsley, olive oil

                                  • Crumbled Italian Sausage Tagliatelle£15.00

                                    white wine, cream, gremolata

                                    Salads

                                    • Bacon and Avocado Salad£9.90

                                      with a warm balsamic dressing

                                      • Grilled Goat's Cheese Salad£9.90

                                        with walnuts

                                        Sides

                                        • House Salad£4.00

                                          • Gratin Dauphinoise£4.00

                                            • Chilli and Garlic Green Vegetables£4.00

                                              • Garlic Bread£4.00

                                                • Roast Cherry Tomatoes£4.00

                                                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                                  What 660 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  4.2
                                                  4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                  • 4.1Food
                                                  • 4.2Service
                                                  • 4.2Ambience
                                                  • 3.8Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  91% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                  1. K

                                                    Kelvingrove92

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 24 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I first visited within days of the opening, some 30 years ago. The ambience is still superb. The blue stained glass fish shoal as captivating and the furniture as idiosyncratic as it is exquisite! I returned to Glasgow and the Gangolfi to meet my nephew who was visiting from San Francisco. When I emailed CG reminiscing on old times I described a particularly iconic bench and table and within minutes they rearranged things for me. If there is anything more they could have done to make the visit more pleasant I can't think of it. (Well, Yes I can: it could have been free. But then I am a true Scot ;~}. )

                                                  2. J

                                                    Jellycat

                                                    Edinburgh

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 22 March 2015

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                    This was my first visit but it's definitely being added to the list of Places to Eat when in Glasgow. The service, despite it being a busy Sunday morning, was prompt and friendly. The vegetarian breakfast was very tasty, although I'm not sure about my fried halloumi in the mix. Just make sure you've booked a table first. I'm glad we did.

                                                  3. AP

                                                    AndyPr

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 21 March 2015

                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                    Service was v good, any issue sorted immediately with a friendly smile and banter. Great ambience, good food. Good night had by all.

                                                  4. JP

                                                    JPM1966

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 21 March 2015

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    This is an iconic restaurant in the city - but will not bust your budget! Take your guests for a fine Scottish dining experience. There is a cookbook on sale, based on the menu, and the owner will graciously sign it for you - that makes it an even more memorable meal for your friends.

                                                  5. A

                                                    Alibali

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 16 March 2015

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    Food was excellent , atmosphere was lovely and waitress was very attentive.

                                                  6. WM

                                                    WilliamM60

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 14 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Atmosphere friendly and lively. Food well presented and delicious. Service extremely swift and efficient. Waitress welcoming and knowledgeable of the food they were serving. Overall impression - great, will be returning..

                                                  7. K

                                                    Katemac

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 10 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Gandolfi has always been a favourite. As well as excellent food and service you always bump into someone you know!

                                                  8. c

                                                    cad10

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 8 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Met my friend who is on a work trip for breakfast and it was just how a Sunday morning should be spent. I booked online which was a nice easy, booking. The staff on arrival were lovely and offered me a coffee whilst I waited for my friend. We had lovely eggs alba, perfect poached eggs. Thank you to Cafe Gandolfi for creating a nice, welcoming environment, you have really a nice team. I will definitely be back!

                                                  9. MS

                                                    MrsS17

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 March 2015

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                    We loved the cosy interior of this place. Both the food and service were excellent. The menu had plenty to chose from and the specials featured wine pairing suggestions, which was great. We would recommend this place to anyone and will definitely return on our next trip to Glasgow.

                                                  10. VM

                                                    VisitingMike

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 6 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Took my daughter and wife out and the friendliness of the staff on our arrival set us off on a super evening at this restaurant. Daughter is a vegetarian and had plenty of choice on a limited but well structured menu. The food was exceptionally tasty and full of flavour, portions were good and attractively presented. Wine sermellier was very knowledgeable and recommend and excellent red to go with my venison. Staff were first class with friendly and willing service making us feel at home. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a great dining experience in friendly atmosphere with first class food and service.

                                                  11. L

                                                    Lynne

                                                    Ayrshire

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 5 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Cafe Gandolfi is a great place to go before or after concerts at the City Halls. Staff are always friendly and helpful and the food is great. My daughter and I had a lovely time.

                                                  12. M

                                                    Mick

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on 1 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great service, wonderful food, nice atmosphere, very friendly staff. The scallops are highly recommended.

                                                  13. KP

                                                    KittyP

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 1 March 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Not only the best breakfast in Glasgow, but the best breakfast full stop.

                                                  14. K

                                                    Kerri

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 27 February 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    This was our first visit for a long time (don't know why) but I immediately made a reservation at Gandolfi Fish. We were all well impressed. Hope to go back with other friends too.

                                                  15. BC

                                                    BurgerConnoisseur

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 22 February 2015

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    My partner and I booked a table here to try it out before booking for my birthday. We definitely enjoyed ourselves! Portions are quite big, so you won't be leaving hungry, service was brilliant, they don't annoy you at all and waiting times between food was just right. My partner had the steak and said it was perfect, it comes with wedges that are massive. I went traditional and had haggis neeps and tatties, it was piled high and tasted amazing. They have an extensive wine list and have recommendations on the set menu of which wines to go for. This is my new favourite restaurant and will be back more often, so booked for my birthday! Definitely try it!

                                                  16. O

                                                    Onediappointeddiner

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 20 February 2015

                                                    overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                    Starter was OK, main course a huge disappointment, 3 of our party chose the chicken Kiev, in my view, only take this if you like nuggets! Little or no evidence across all 3 meals of garlic butter, CF to note might be better to allow diners to cut their own chicken,. Restaurant was busy, to the extent that they are asking diners to get up during their meal to let others through, not really appropriate, need to plan who sits where when taking bookings. Not thinking of returning anytime soon too many better options close by.

                                                  17. G

                                                    Greeny

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 14 February 2015

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                    Following a recommendation from a close friend who lives in Glasgow to make a reservation with yourselves for our Valentines Day and Wedding Anniversary weekend, it was such a lovely evening. The food was superb, the wine choices were great and both my wife and I had a lovely evening. Many thanks and may I recommend anyone reading this, that as a person from Manchester so had never been to Glasgow, this was certainly a great place to eat.

                                                  18. JM

                                                    JoshMardell

                                                    London

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 8 February 2015

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                    Felt the whole experience was a bit overpriced for what is was. Food was average, atmosphere was a bit non existent because it was quiet. Nice staff though

                                                  19. DC

                                                    DonaldCar

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 3 February 2015

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    A safe bet, An interesting menu. Warm friendly place. Quirky surroundings, lovely furniture. Extensive wine, beer drinks choices.

                                                  20. JB

                                                    JulesBurgh

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 30 January 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I had the pleasure of dining recently at Cafe Gandolfi, our waitress was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and the environment was cosy and welcoming. There were 4 of us and we had a couple of starters to share, the black pudding and the oatcakes, both were lovely and the portions were huge, probably too much for one person. We then all had fish dishes, I really wanted scallops but didn't like the sound of the sauce they came with as it had peas in it, when I asked the waitress if the chef would be able to make me the scallop dish without peas she went away to ask Chef and came back to say Chef would make me any sauce I wanted which is fantastic service and refreshing to hear. We were eating at a busy time of night but nothing was too much trouble. My scallops were AMAZING and I will definitely be back.

                                                  21. d

                                                    davis65

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 29 January 2015

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Two of our group hadn't been before. However we all agreed the food was excellent. The Black pudding and White pudding starters were particularly tasty, and the mains and desserts very good too. Ambience was relaxed and staff were friendly and attentive. Great night!

                                                  22. C

                                                    Chloe

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 24 January 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Definitely my favourite restaurant in Glasgow. The food is outstanding and the service quick and friendly. Try the Indian Sauvignon Blanc! Can't wait to go back.

                                                  23. J

                                                    Jude

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 24 January 2015

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Thoroughly enjoyable pre concert meal with good atmosphere even at 5:30pm on a Saturday. Will make a return visit the next time in Glasgow

                                                  24. AK

                                                    AlanK

                                                    London

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 23 January 2015

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    A rare menu where most everything looked tempting - and even some nice options for vegetarian at our table. The peat smoked salmon was tasty tasty, and the spanakopita went down will with the vegetarian. A wonderful wine menu delivered two delicious white wines - though we drank too much to remember which they were. The service was friendly and fast and the atmosphere busy but warm and cozy. All in an all a delicious restaurant.

                                                  25. B

                                                    Bonnie

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 17 January 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We hosted some friends from Canada at Cafe Gandolfi on Saturday night. The food was excellent, and the overall experience was fantastic.

                                                  26. OF

                                                    OperaFoodLover

                                                    Devon

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    Dined on 16 January 2015

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    In Glasgow for Celtic Connextions and needed a place to eat before the gig. As the snow fell outside we had a feast of warMing food.

                                                  27. D

                                                    Dobbiesan

                                                    Montana

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on 30 December 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food and good service. We arrived early but were shown upstairs for coffee or a drink in the bar until our table was ready. Would definitely recommend.

                                                  28. j

                                                    johnjoe

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 16 December 2014

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Great meal for 5 of us. Staff and service perfect and in my experience always is in Gandolfi's. Two of my colleagues are vegetarian and if I'm being honest I know they were a little let down by the lack of selection on the Christmas menu. As for the rest of us we were very happy with dinner. Wine selections were also very good. Overall the ambience and always lovely setting of Gandolfi's did the trick and we had a great evening.

                                                  29. n

                                                    nipsy

                                                    Dorset

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on 9 December 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    great place, great food. looking forward to a return visit

                                                  30. A

                                                    Amazing

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 December 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    My husband and I came here for dinner when we spent the weekend in Glasgow for our anniversary. The food was amazing and portions were good sized, the staff were so polite and the attire of the restaurant was beautiful. I would definitely recommend and would definitely come back again.

                                                  31. J

                                                    Johnna

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 6 December 2014

                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                    To start with we shared Pattie and toast. Nowhere near enough toast for the amount of Pattie, mackerel patty and Aubergine Pattie were nice enough. We both had Chicken Kiev with Duchess Potatoes and wilted Spinach. The chicken was nice but lacking on the garlic filling. The potato portions were far far to small and were slightly undercooked. For £16 I thought this was poor value. I had a dessert form the Xmas menu, Plum and gingerbread trifle. Nowhere near not enough gingerbread in evidence and the plum filling was disappointing and jam like. At £7.50 poor value. Nice ambiance and good service.

                                                  32. TB

                                                    TomB

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on 28 November 2014

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                    First visit to Cafe Gandolfi. A bit more expensive than our usual haunts, but had a gift voucher for a special occasion and .... loved our visit. Service was superb, friendly and relaxed from both waiter and waitress who looked after us. The food was delicious, especially the soup of the day which was onion, gruyere cheese and whole grain mustard. Given plenty of time to eat, not hassled in any way, time to let each course settle. Would definitely return.

                                                  33. s

                                                    sjichi

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 21 November 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great atmosphere, great service, good menu choice and food (mostly locally sourced) excellently cooked and served. Gandolfi is consistently good. Bonus points for the owner (Seamus) spending time circulating and casually chatting to a number of customers.

                                                  34. S

                                                    Scribbler

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 7 November 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We booked for 7pm traffic and trains made us late. A call ahead and the team at Gandolfi reassured us all would be fine. The food was fantastic, the service gentle and complementary our wine was mmmmm especially the Malbec

                                                  35. AS

                                                    ASHHEATH

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 7 November 2014

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                    This is an excellent cafe, quality food, atmosphere, and service. Smiling and cheerful staff is an important aspect too -- this is something that one cannot see in many restaurants/cafes. I enjoyed the excellent smoked salmon and fish there, fresh, well cooked and seasoned. Chocolate deserts were also excellent.. We will definitely go again.

                                                  36. G

                                                    Genesys

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 6 November 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    a group of 8 of us dined at the Cafe Gandolfi as we took a work colleague from Singapore out for dinner in Glasgow. The food was excellent, service was first class and i will say i would recommend Cafe Gandolfi to anyone that asks.

                                                  37. A

                                                    Allyboy

                                                    Aberdeen

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 1 November 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Back again, and what a great menu. We're not vegetarians, but the vegetarian options sounded so appealing that we went for them with the house recommendation on wine. Great food, great service and a fine wee bar upstairs for that pre-dinner aperitif. Thoroughly recommended.

                                                  38. O

                                                    Out2lunch

                                                    London

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 28 October 2014

                                                    overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                    Disappointed with our lunch recently. We were a group of 6 who haven't eaten in Cafe Gandolfi for a number of years and we were expecting food of remembered good quality and value, however, some of our choices from the menu were a real let down. We were served salads that were piled high of lettuce but very little else and Macaroni Cheese (how can you get this wrong?) which seemed devoid of cheese and lacking in any taste at all! Cafe Gandolfi has a wonderful ambiance and the service was good (apart from a lipstick stained glass for water which had to be pointed out, but these things happen) so it's even more of a pity that the food itself, considering it's not inconsiderable cost, didn't match the same standard.

                                                  39. GU

                                                    GalwayUna

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 17 October 2014

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Really enjoyed meal last Friday at Cafe Gandolfi's. Had travelled over from Ireland and booked a hotel nearby. It was very convenient to be able to book the meal online and then just walk over to the restaurant. The food was excellent!

                                                  40. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Glasgow

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 17 October 2014

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Good table [with elbow room], great service, excellent menu for different taste buds, food just the right quantity and very tasty. Time to chat = brilliant!

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