Neo-classical columns front Citation's split-level form, which contains a ground-floor tavern and more opulent dining room upstairs.
Merchant City’s Citation occupies the former home of Glasgow’s Sheriff Court and is a few steps up from street level making it difficult to see anything more than the glittering pillars as you walk past. While, this means diners can enjoy an elegantly hushed experience once they are inside the opulent building, it does little for picking up passing trade. Perhaps that is why Citation regularly offers value-for-money deals through voucher websites. This smart move brings new customers their way and offers a decent swing at the à la carte menu for a significantly reduced price. Their pre-theatre is pretty good, too (£14.95 for two courses, £17.95 for three including a glass of wine or beer) which all comes as a bit of a surprise given the sumptuous surroundings. Dishes are high-end and photogenic, artfully arranged takes on old favourites that lean heavily on top-quality Scottish ingredients where possible. Roast chicken breast is served with a rich mushroom gravy – indeed richness is a running theme across the menu where deep strong flavours abound and entice.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Piano and guitar, roughly twice a month
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle