Hutchesons City Grill
- Telephone 0141 552 4050
- Opening times Mon–Fri 9am–midnight; Sat/Sun 10am–midnight.
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 12pm–10pm; Fri–Sun 10am–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu noon–6pm; Fri & Sat noon–5pm; Sun 5pm–6pm
- Pre-theatre price £17
- Website hutchesonsglasgow.com
Plush and ornate, Hutchesons drips with luxury, with a low-lit cocktail bar and a vast dining room serving beautiful food.
As you walk through the iconic 19th-century Grade-A listed former hospital and up the grand staircase, dripping in old-school glamour, a luxe experience is immediately curated. The décor is all mahogany, leather and muted tones that nod to the building’s history, while still looking strikingly modern. ‘Restaurant Captains’ guide you to your seat, headsets in tow, and expertly explain the steaks with an invested passion. To start, the barrel-aged feta and sweet compressed watermelon or the Thai-cure salmon with pickled vegetables are refreshing precursors to the savoury mains. The raison d’etre of the restaurant, the steaks, come aged for 28 days or more depending on the quality of the cut. Their house rump steak (medium rare) is lean and plump, with the distinctive juicy flavour that oozes out when it’s cooked well. Finishing things off with a crème-brûlée in all its burnt and texturally contrasting glory is a delightful end to an aesthetically and culinary pleasing experience.
For years Glasgow waited for life to return to the old Hutcheson Hospital, a glorious 19th-century building in the heart of the Merchant City. Following success with the Butchershop, James Rusk teamed up with the building’s owners The National Trust for Scotland to create an elegant restaurant that would shine in any city. From a cocktail bar and café on the ground floor, resplendent in marble, mirrors and palm fronds; to the sumptuous brassiere and its huge ornate ceiling, the restoration is glorious, but similar attention has been paid to the dining experience. The cocktail list is excellent and the menu is shaped from the best of Scotland’s larder. A meaty dressed crab to start is topped with shaved egg, while mixed shellfish on ice certainly looks the part. The quality continues into mains dominated by meat and seafood. A roasted monkfish tail shows there’s more to the kitchen than steak, though a fillet with scallops is immensely satisfying. A light blancmange served with raspberry sorbet rounds off a meal perfectly, but not even that can come close to the experience of being immersed in part of Glasgow’s architectural history.
- Private dining: 18-20
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz and chart
- Live entertainment: DJs in downstairs bar
- Capacity: 85 (brasserie) / 55 (cafe-bar)
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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