The Pelican Café

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Pelican Café
1377 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AF
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 3–7pm
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12
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The Pelican Café

Funky bistro with a casual menu appealing to the large number of tourists and walk-ins from Kelvingrove Art Gallery opposite.

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Overlooking arguably the most famous landmark in Glasgow, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Pelican Café is in prime West End territory. Inside, dark wood dominates the cosy space while a handful of leather booths add intimacy, with funky illuminated wine bottles hanging low from the ceiling casting colour and shadow. The menu leans towards the more casual side of dining with a large proportion dedicated to burgers – whether patties of chicken, beef, venison or lamb they have all with options to add a mind-boggling array of toppings. Try the DB burger – a juicy piece of beef piled high with mushrooms, crisp bacon and fried egg – Swiss cheese binding it all together while slow-roasted tomato cuts the richness, with monster potato wedges accompanying for dunking in the side pot of spicy pepper sauce. Elsewhere expect fish and chips, ribeye steak or mussels, the latter plump and sweet, their freshness evident. Local sourcing is demonstrated using Glasgow-reared rare breed pork, west coast seafood and MacDuff beef, while plenty of passing trade keeps the atmosphere buzzing throughout the night.

  • High point: A warm and cosy space to enjoy the view
  • Low point: Sauce quality a bit lacklustre
  • Notable dish: DB Burger
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £19 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Relaxed Indie
  • Live entertainment: Regular open mic acoustic, jazz, occasional DJ (Northern soul) on the weekend
  • Capacity: 75
  • Largest group: 75
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
  • House wine: £16 per bottle
  • BYOB: £7 corkage