Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF
  • Telephone 0141 221 8188
  • Opening times Mon–Sun noon–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sun noon–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–6.45pm
  • Average price £16.95 (set lunch); £32 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95
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Like stepping back in time, one of Glasgow’s oldest restaurants features classic surroundings for high-end seafood and Scottish dishes.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Legend has it that the Buttery is one of the oldest restaurants in town, with the Two Fats stamping their brand of fishy flavours and meaty dishes on the place in 2007. The interior is like passing into a bygone era – all stiff linen tablecloths, traditional tartans, sterling silver and rows of fine china. The atmosphere is married to the formal setting, as are the prices. Starters feature smoked salmon, sea trout mousse and smoked halibut with red chilli, lime and tequila dressing, or king prawns served with warm mushrooms in a sweet sauce. Mains include a huge fillet of Mallaig halibut in a deep pool of chorizo and mussel stew – whose flavours are a littled subdued. Elsewhere, however, Highland venison and wood pigeon is perfectly pink, with parsnip purée and juniper jus a pleasant complement to the meat. Dessert wins dinner hands down – don’t miss the dark chocolate tart infused with mint liqueur and offset by orange chocolate ice-cream. The tiny plate of tasty fancies served at the end of the meal makes for a nice, time-honoured touch.

  • High point: Elegant restaurant steeped in history
  • Low point: Some dishes not quite hitting the heights
  • Notable dish: Mint liqueur and dark chocolate tart with orange chocolate ice-cream
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  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 1940s style jazz and swing
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £18.45 per bottle

Reviews & features

Two Fat Ladies set for staff role reversal

8 Jan 2009

The award-winning Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery has announced plans for a day of role reversal at a special fundraising event in aid of Quarriers, Bridge of Weir on Mon 26 Jan. Front of house staff will don their chefs’ hats in the kitchen, while…

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery - review

29 Nov 2007

When you see the word ‘at’ (or the symbol ‘@’) in a restaurant name there’s always a bit of a suspicion that it’s something of a forced marriage. Like a double A-side or joint top billing it’s a rather clunky effort to tempt the public into believing…