- Telephone 0141 560 3898
- Opening times 11am till late
- Bar open Tue–Sun 10am–midnight
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sun noon–9pm. Wine bar open Tue–Sun 10am–10pm. Closed Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5–6.45pm; Fri/Sat 5–6.30pm
- Average price £10.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.95
- Website www.barbarossarestaurant.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Barbarossa comes in two parts – a wine bar downstairs and a chic restaurant upstairs – and thanks to a very committed chef, a host of regulars have been dining here for more than 10 years. The wine bar has a reasonably priced selection of pasta, pizza and grill foods, while the restaurant is a more refined dining experience. The small à la carte menu has both an Italian and Scottish influence, with many ingredients sourced daily by the owner from local producers. The sea bream fillet to start is light and crispy, while the house lasagne main is filling, if a little heavy on oil, though the rocket and ricotta ravioli is a tasty and healthy veggie option. Where Barbarossa excels is with dessert. The home-made cheesecake and the white chocolate crème brûlée are both ridiculously good. Now with off-licence staus, they will sell any wine from the vast wine list, at much reduced prices, for you to enjoy at home.
- High point: Good lunch and pre-theatre deals
- Low point: Why cram people in one area when there is lots of space?
- Private dining: Up to 45 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Live entertainment: Pianist in the wine bar on Fridays only
- Capacity: 62 restaurant; 73 wine bar
- Largest group: 28 restaurant; 45 wine bar
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle