The Finnieston

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The Finnieston
1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8ND
  • Telephone 0141 222 2884
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon-9.45pm; Sun noon–8.45pm.
  • Average price £25 (lunch); £25 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.thefinniestonbar.com

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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

No other bar in Glasgow serves oysters. What’s more, The Finnieston does them properly: on-ice, in a big ceramic half-shell, with Tabasco and pickled shallots. Presentation is more than half the battle here. There’s ‘classily nautical’ décor: aged wood, lanterns, black and white portraits of modern day ancient mariners. Hip, but not painfully so. A ‘gastro-fish-pub’, if you will. The fish of the day is cooked to your preference (grilled, fried, poached), and a supper is available in different catches, with different coatings – the density of hake works really well with superior crispness of Japanese panko breadcrumbs. Pickles in a jar and chips in a mini-fryer are further sassy details. More refined options are equally well-rendered: a starter of fishcakes sees a perfectly poached duck egg wobbling atop a steep tower of haddock, ready to burst and dribble down over the buttery crust. Or a main of coley – salty bacon and another unapologetic lashing of butter taking the neutral flavour of the fish and giving it a hearty kick. There are carnivorous options like venison stew, and the gourmet gin and tonics are most impressive.

  • High point: A stylish bar with a top-drawer fish menu
  • Low point: Can be a bit stuffy if you're just wanting a drink
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mix of pop, rock and soul
  • Capacity: 68
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: Sep 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

Comments & ratings

4. Massieb27 Oct 2012, 5:07pm3 stars The Finnieston Report

Fantastic food, good atmosphere but the staff were odd. Our food was delicious so the poor service was disappointing. When I booked I was told they needed the table back after an hour and a half which was fine. After an hour they came and said they needed the table back in 15 minutes. Safe to say I wouldn't have booked if thought could only have the table for 75 minutes. We got the bill and left as the next customers were standing near the table waiting to jump in our seats. They then banged into us as we left, making us feel we were in a fast food chain. I won't be back which is a shame as the food was great, my rating would be 5 stars for food, 0 stars for service

3. The Real Blythman27 Mar 2012, 1:32am5 stars The Finnieston Report

FOOD: 5/5
SERVICE: 5/5
PRICE: 5/5
DRINKS: 5/5

I visited the Finnieston in Oct 2011 and wasn't too impressed as it seemed to be trying to be more than it needed to.
I've heard from a number of my friends, who are real foodies in the westend, that it had changed its chef and was doing much more affordable and exceptional quality food.
I visited the finnieston for the second time last Friday (23rd March '12) and had a polar opposite experience this time.
As my scoring suggests at the start of this post, i was blown away. Not since '78 st vincent' was around have i had such a superbly delightful dining experience.
I must disagree with the initial intro that the list has given the place as i certainly did not find the menu to be uninspired for example:

Pan seared loin of Lochinver coley with toasted almonds and a roast red pepper emulsion £ 13.00
Whole grilled orange-spotted plaice with browned butter, capers and pickled cauliflower £ 12.50
Roast Isle of Gigha halibut, truffled celeriac, seasonal greens and crispy oysters mushrooms £ 20.95
- to copy and paste just a few, this is not the menu of the uninspired.

All in all, I really enjoyed my night in the finnieston and will be back.

2. Maurine Duffy27 Mar 2012, 12:35am5 stars The Finnieston Report

Stunning! What a little gem of a place. I was met by the friendliest waiter i've ever come across. His name was Marc and he could not have done more for us to make our evening in the finnieston more enjoyable.
we started with the scallops and oysters - very very tasty.
followed by, i know this sounds plain, fish and chips. I almost wanted to take a picture of the presentation but the taste was just as superb.
My boyfriend had smoked haddock with a poached duck egg - he said it was extremely tasty.
The atmosphere and decor is cosy and interesting.
I eat out a lot and have rarely found somewhere where the food is as accommodating and as friendly as the staff. And the price is spot on too.
I'm not a gin fan but apparently the are doing great things with gin in there.
I will be back!

1. G_Man24 Mar 2012, 1:00am1 star The Finnieston Report

Nice place. Nice food. The bar staff are extremely aloof and rude - and undeservedly so. A very poor imitation compared to sister pub lebowskis

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 4 reviews of The Finnieston.

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