225a West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2ND
  • Telephone 0141 572 0899
  • Seasonal times Closed first week of January, and all Sundays in January.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.15pm, 5–9.30pm; Sun 5–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri 5–6.15pm
  • Pre-theatre price £22
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A beautiful basement space serving fresh fish with a decidedly Asian flair, alongside great wines and drinks to boot.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The carefully designed entrance to Gamba signals the luxurious and sophisticated eating experience that is to come. The à la carte menu offers a uniquely wide range of fish and seafood sourced both locally and internationally and subsequently crafted into creative and individual dishes by chef owner Derek Marshall – whose knowledge of local suppliers and culinary trends stems from 20 years of nurturing this gem of a restaurant. A thoughtful if sometimes over enthusiastic awareness of current fads such as Thai and Japanese flavours can be detected in the tangy fish soup redolent with ginger and coriander, as well as in spectacular dishes such as the monkfish and scallops steamed in paper with ginger, spring onion, fish sauce, lemon and sweet soy or the scallop and tuna sashimi. All this comes at a price and thankfully there are good value weekday lunch and pre-theatre menus as well as a Saturday lunch menu, which includes a glass of wine. Starters and desserts on the set menus are frequently drawn from the à la carte with celeriac and blue cheese soup and rosemary crème brûlée being notable examples.

The List's rating






Jane Allan visited Gamba on 27 January 2018
  • High point: Well-sourced seafood cooked with inventive flair
  • Low point: Rather stodgy sides for the Asian-style mains and starters
  • Notable dish: Crisp-fried sea bream, Norwegian prawns and capers
  • Average price: £22 (includes 175ml wine); £33 (dinner)
Glasgow Larder

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Boasting 2 AA Rosettes, Gamba serves fresh, sustainable seafood in the heart of Glasgow's city centre. Joining the seafood options on the menu are fresh meat and vegetarian dishes, cheese boards, and indulgent desserts. With a nautical theme, the bright interior features a marine mural on one wall.

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  • Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £22 per bottle

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Side Dishes (13 March 2008)

13 Mar 2008

Gamba restaurant in Glasgow is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of special meals, kicking off with an Oriental night on Friday 14 March. Tickets cost £59.95 for four courses with wines; book on 0141 572 0899. Two of leith’s most venerable…