Riverside Café

Riverside Café
Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS
  • Telephone 0141 287 2720
  • Food served Mon–Thu & Sat 10am–4pm; Fri & Sun 11am–4pm.
  • Average price £12.50 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.encorehospitalityservices.co.uk
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Café housed within the Riverside Museum, complete with views on to the Clyde and a large menu catering well to dietary requirements.

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Just as the Museum itself, with its vintage transport collection and recreation of an old Glasgow street, is hugely popular with families with children, so is the café: weekends especially can be mobbed, even early on. But it’s no wonder, for this exceptionally pleasant café combines corporate efficiency with a stunning view of the river and the Tall Ship, along with great service. The menu is brisk and comprehensive, with breakfasts; soups, snacks and salads; a children’s section; and mains including satisfyingly meaty pies, decent quality fish and chips, and a huge, oozy beefburger. Desserts are indulgent, but a cranachan overwhelms its oats with too much cream. The dishes are all well presented, which is fitting in such a stylised building. Upstairs there is also a more basic takeaway café and the museum refreshingly even offers facilities for those who just want to eat a packed lunch – but it might be worth treating yourself, because this is a café which knows its target market exactly and caters to them well.

  • High point: Excellent service
  • Low point: May need to wait for a table at busy times
  • Notable dish: Riverside pies - braised beef and sausage
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 150
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle