Bo'Vine Meats and Wines
- Telephone 0141 341 6540
- Food served Mon–Thu 5–10pm, Fri/Sat 5–10.30pm; Sun 5–9.30pm.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5–7.15pm, Fri/Sat 5–6.30pm
- Average price £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14.95
- Website bovinerestaurant.com
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
As both a Byres Road-facing dinnertime grill and a hotel restaurant serving the Grosvenor Hilton, Bo’Vine Meats and Wines balances the two halves of its dual offering pretty successfully. It’s the former thing first and foremost, with its moody low-lighting and roomy leather-clad booths, selection of metropolitan pre-dinner cocktails and range of skillfully prepared and served rump, sirloin, rib-eye, fillet and chateaubriand steaks plus obligatory lobster and surf ’n’ turf. But the hotel aspect adds another, something-else-for-everyone layer to the menu. Main courses can range from wild mushroom and cheese ravioli to a beef burger, sea trout fillet and beef stroganoff. Bo’Vine’s a bit middle-of-the-road relative to more focused rivals, but likewise that’s what makes it a good safe bet when dining with for instance large parties (to which its spacious layout is also very well suited). Try and make it for the early-dining market menu if you can – smoky chargrilled sirloin steak with a steel basket of triple-cooked chips and fiery peppercorn sauce followed by a childhood-nostalgia-trip tall ice-cream sundae for just £14.95 is solid value for money.
- High point: Broad menu makes for a good all-rounder
- Low point: Late 90s guitar music time-warp soundtrack
- Notable dish: Char-grilled sirloin steak with triple-cooked chips and peppercorn sauce
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 98
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Late 90s/early 00s guitar music
- Live entertainment: Live music in sister bar next door, but not in restaurant
- Capacity: 200
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £19 per bottle