Citation

Citation
40 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1HD
  • Telephone 0141 559 6799
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–9pm; Sat noon–6.15pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
  • Email
  • Website www.citation-glasgow.com
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Neo-classical columns front Citation's split-level form, which contains a ground-floor tavern and more opulent dining room upstairs.

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Citation occupies one of the Merchant City’s grandest Victorian buildings – the former Sheriff Court – and crossing the threshold of the magnificent neo-classical facade feels like it should lead to a glamorous, special-occasion evening. It comes as a surprise then that the restaurant majors on a bargain ‘market menu’ at just £14.95 for two courses and a glass of wine or beer, available till 9pm (6.15pm on Saturday), and that the food tends to be no-nonsense, somewhat old-fashioned favourites like prawn cocktail, roast beef, fish and chips and breast of chicken. It’s a formula that works for many shoppers, visitors and loyal locals, ensuring the place is particularly busy in the early evening. With two smart bars stocked with a huge range of gins and whiskies, a killer cocktail list and a good line in champagne and prosecco, the glamour's more evident on the liquid side of the business than the hearty, dependable food.

The List's rating
6.2

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Martin Cross visited Citation on 3 March 2019
  • High point: Customers can get discounted all-day city-centre parking
  • Low point: Food can be unremarkable (though good value)
  • Notable dish: Roast breast of chicken with mashed potatoes and roast root veg
  • Average price: £14.95 (inc. drink); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Current hits
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle