La Rotunda

La Rotunda
La Rotunda
Ground Floor, 28 Tunnel Street, Glasgow, G3 8HL
  • Telephone 0141 375 1111
  • Opening times Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri & Sat noon–10.30pm
  • Food served Sun-Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon-10.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 3–10pm, Fri/Sat 3–10.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19.95
  • Email
  • Website www.larotunda.com
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Contemporary Italian restaurant set in the historic tunnel rotunda, convenient for the Hydro and surrounding hotels

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Occupying the basement of Glasgow’s iconic Rotunda building, staff at this Italian are knowledgeable about the history as they proffer a menu of usual suspects alongside some more contemporary, heavily meat-focused mains. Golden arancini are a staple done well, stuffed with oozing smoked scamorza cheese while mini polpetti are a generous bowlful, with garlic bread to mop up the juices. Pastas and thin-crust pizzas are well-judged versions of classics – think tuna, black olive and oregano topping or rigatoni heaped with Italian sausage. Stray a bit with pan-seared chicken alongside a butter-rich pancetta risotto and sweet red pepper sauce or the show-stopping side of potato fondant, slow-cooked to melting in homemade stock. The kitchen shows flair with its in-house dessert menu – a cloud-light tiramisu topped with a crown of amaretti biscuit is unexpectedly one of the best in town. On the doorstep of the Hydro and a growing cluster of hotels, La Rotunda could be forgiven for serving up the basics to its captive audience of concert and conference goers, but dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover some real gems.

The List's rating
7

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Ruth Marsh visited La Rotunda on 13 March 2019
  • High point: Those homemade desserts
  • Low point: Stark lighting not very atmospheric
  • Notable dish: Tiramisu
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Via Deliveroo, Just Eat, Hungry House & Uber Eats
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Standup comedy Fri/Sat from 8.30pm (in the American bar above La Rotunda)
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 130
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £21 per bottle