40 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1HD
  • Telephone 0141 559 6799
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–10pm, Sat noon–6pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
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Photo of Citation
in association with
Birra Moretti

Neo-classical columns front Citation's split-level form, which contains a ground-floor tavern and more opulent dining room upstairs.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

If the building’s history is firmly judicial, having once housed Glasgow’s Sheriff Court, then Citation’s interior, particularly the first-floor dining room, pertains to more opulent decree. The restaurant blends Baroque-esque furniture – salon chairs with cream wooden frames and aureate upholstery – with more contemporary features, such as glimpses of exposed brickwork and a marbled bar. Steady national grounding is found through a carpaccio of Highland venison, sensibly paired with a sharp celeriac remoulade to balance the meat’s richness. Less bold, though equally impressive, are king scallops – deserving of their regal appellation – lightened by an apple and fennel salad. Classical notes are struck throughout mains: a croustade of confit lamb is gloriously rich and dark, with black pudding and a thyme jus. Loin of cod, wrapped in pancetta, has a punchy dressing of hazelnuts, parsley and anchovies. Chocolate fondant, forever the barometer of precise confectionary (and downfall of many a Masterchef contestant), arrives with a compliant centre of warm and ready-to-run chocolate – an accurate testing ground for, and exhibition of, the kitchen’s proficiency with classic dishes.

  • High point: Wine list – seven reds dip under £20
  • Low point: Cheeseboard rather sad looking
  • Notable dish: Croustade of lamb
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: soft rock
  • 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: £16.95 per bottle