Bar Gumbo

Bar Gumbo
71–77 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5HN
  • Telephone 0141 342 5726
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.30pm
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A recently freshened-up Westender brimming with strong flavours and rambunctious vibes from the Deep South, USA.

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Fresh from a revamp, Bar Gumbo continues to hearten locals with delights of the South United States, now in a more luminous and modern setting. The hallmark wooden floors and wall panels are still here, but the brighter colours, discreeter décor and street-level views of Byres Road bring a much welcome dose of suave. Comprising two almost completely separate spaces, the restaurant makes room for live music and loud laughs – staying stalwart to the rambunctious roots of New Orleans – as well as calmer, casual meals. The menu strikes a good balance between the meat and seafood offerings of the American South. The flagship Louisiana spicy stews with tomato sauce abound, as well as multifarious grilled gems, from a supple buttermilk chicken starter to steaks with a wonderfully charred finish. And yes, there is a good deal of famed – and infamous – fried Southern goodies. But using fresh, locally sourced produce, Bar Gumbo elevates these ostensibly predictable and heavy dishes into nibbles of a higher order.

The List's rating
7.2

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Marta Matvijev visited Bar Gumbo on 4 March 2018
  • High point: Food and space with strong personality
  • Low point: Limited options for vegetarians
  • Notable dish: Louisiana fish bowl
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: New Orleans jazz
  • Live entertainment: Soul bands on Sun
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £16 per bottle