- Telephone 0141 572 0400
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Tue noon–6pm; Wed–Sat 5pm–10pm
- Average price £15 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.rabhas.com
An old-school survivor in the trendy Merchant City, offering bar, restaurant and hotel.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
While places open and close with alarming speed in the Merchant City, Rab Ha’s is a survivor. This hotel-pub-restaurant has changed hands several times in the past 25+ years – and wavered up and downmarket – but it’s always stuck doggedly to a no-nonsense Scottish theme. Hearty, fair-value meals here include excellent beer-battered fish with chunky chips, a generous steak and ale pie and, naturally, haggis (original or veggie) with neeps and tatties. The kitchen occasionally gets a little more creative – the Christmas menu last year had venison with a redcurrant and port sauce, and shellfish linguini – but generally, it’s pub grub in a part of town where an all-day breakfast (for seven quid) is a rare sighting. The dining room has limited opening times but the bar – which serves food all day from noon (12.30 Sunday) – is a comfortable option, with a decent range of beers.
- High point: Excellent fish and chips
- Low point: Murky basement dining room
- Notable dish: Beer-battered haddock with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce
- No. overnight rooms: 4
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: MOR
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 1990
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £15.25 per bottle