Gala Riverboat Casino, 61 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G1 4RJ
  • Telephone 0141 226 6000
  • Food served Mon–Sun 5pm–5am
  • Average price £22 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

For an old-style American experience, a trip to the Riverboat Casino isn’t a bad bet. Even if you’re not the gambling sort, the period New Orleans look engages before you’ve decided if its kitsch or not. The first floor balcony restaurant looks down onto the casino floor so even when out of sight the rumble of dice and roulette wheels provides an intimate yet electric atmosphere. The food isn’t bad either – and it's available until 3am, with breakfast options taking over until 5am. There’s a real attempt to imitate the Deep South, but with an inimitable Scottish touch – such as haggis parcels with thick spicy meat in crisp filo. Mains have a creole theme with enormous portions well presented. The house speciality braised beef is cooked perfectly: fired on the outside but so soft that teeth are an optional extra when eating it. With fantastic views of the river, it’s worth hanging around for desserts like deep-fried ice-cream, unless the lure of the tables has you pondering whether you can win back the cost of your meal.

  • High point: Great atmosphere when busy
  • Low point: Casino backdrop won’t be for everyone
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop ballads, R&B
  • Live entertainment: DJs on Fri–Sat
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 140
  • Open since: 1996 (relaunch 2012)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £13.95 per bottle