The Cabin

The Cabin
996–998 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G14 9UJ
  • Telephone 0141 569 1036
  • Bar open Until 1am Fri/Sat
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm Closed Mon
  • Average price £13.95 (set lunch); £13.95 (set evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2014 edition.

Only just taken under new management at time of visiting, this small restaurant on the Whiteinch stretch of Dumbarton Road is understandably still in a state of flux – with just a two or three course set-menu available to choose from all day long as the à la carte menu, pre-theatre menu and wine list are finalised. But the friendly, unfussy feel that’s made it a firm neighbourhood favourite – albeit one without too much competition close by – has been successfully carried over, and the quality of the cuisine remains high. The art deco-style exterior immediately sets The Cabin apart from its relatively featureless surrounds, and good use has been made of the living-room sized space, which is decorated with vintage nautical miscellany in honour of its Clydeside heritage. Fish cakes with salad, sweet chili sauce and garlic mayo, or spiced venison meatballs served on egg noodles are among typical starters – simple but smartly presented. A main of duck with dauphinois potatoes is given a sophisticated twist by a brandy and orange sauce. Dispensation may have to be granted for awkwardness in the service, especially when it’s busy, but once new owners bed in it’s easy to imagine this place continuing to enjoy faithful local patronage.

  • High point: Nice buzz and atmosphere
  • Low point: Halogen heater in the dining room doesn’t exactly scream class
  • Notable dish: Duck with dauphinois potatoes, brandy and orange sauce
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Paolo Nutini
  • Live entertainment: Fri/Sat: live singer from 10pm
  • Capacity: 44
  • Largest group: 44
  • Open since: 1990
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £15.50 per bottle