Merchant Square, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE
  • Telephone 0141 553 1488
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–midnight; Sun 11am–midnight
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri 11–3am; Sat 11–3am
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5–10pm; Fri 5–10pm; Sat noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri 5–10pm; Sat 5–8pm
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £29.95 (per couple, inc bottle of wine)
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Birra Moretti

Upscale eating, drinking and music venue at Merchant Square, with good food and smartly dressed clientele

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Ever popular with the Merchant City style conscious, Metropolitan continues to pull in a glamorous set with a mix of cocktails, music and dining. Ascend the spiral staircase from the ground floor bar and choose a table on the balcony overlooking the cobbled square to experience the full atmosphere of indoor-outdoor dining, or perhaps the secluded white leather booths at the back of the restaurant for a quiet romantic meal. From the predominately Scottish menu with a European accent, chicken liver parfait, so often generic in flavour, is as smooth as butter, full of garlic, herbs and cream – a boozy kick helps elevate and keep things interesting. Mains, expect fish, meat and game options such as lamb loin with white bean ragù or chicken breast with parmesan risotto and asparagus. From the grill, sirloin steak is a tasty choice – charred and moist accompanied by surprisingly good hand-cut chips. Visiting at the weekend? Make sure you visit the late-night piano bar, a relaxing end to the evening while enjoying an after-dinner digestif.

  • High point: A whole night out under one roof
  • Low point: Can get exceptionally noisy later on in balcony seats
  • Notable dish: Sirloin steak with hand-cut chips
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Live entertainment: Weekends: piano player, singer or band 8pm–midnight
  • Capacity: 200
  • Largest group: 200
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle