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City Merchant

#153 of 1,934 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
City Centre
Steakhouse, Seafood, Scottish
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97-99 Candleriggs St. | Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1NP, Scotland
0141-553-1577
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • 297
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 31
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
expensive but a nice treat

Had a lovely meal in here again. We knew it was expensive before visiting because we have been a few times before. It is well worth a visit nonetheless. We paid an extra £2.25 for a little basket of bread which was nice. The waitresses are attentive and the manager came round to check we were happy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
jan16081
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely meal in here again. We knew it was expensive before visiting because we have been a few times before. It is well worth a visit nonetheless. We paid an extra £2.25 for a little basket of bread which was nice. The waitresses are attentive and the manager came round to check we were happy with everything. The... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We had a 5pm deal here on a quiet Sunday night. It could be argued that this isn't the optimum time to judge a restaurant but a place like this shouldn't let standards slip. I had crayfish cocktail to start. It was tasty but had clearly been placed on the plate straight from the fridge. So was inedible for 5-10... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to a couple of the points you make in your review. The Crayfish cocktail is indeed served straight from the fridge in accordance with food safety regulations, as seafood is generally classed as a high risk food it would not be professional of us to leave sitting out in order to... More 

Mauchline, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Ate here last weekend before going to see Jimmy Carr at the Armadillo. Not many restaurants do a pre theatre on a Saturday evening but they do which, at £14.50, I think is very good value. It is known for its fish so the menu has a number of fish choices on it but there are others too. One of... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review and highlighting our great value pre theatre menu. Our head chef makes every effort to come up with imaginative idea's for the menu, which changes monthly, it is great that your vegetarian friend appreciated his efforts. It is also pleasing to read that you found the staff to be efficient, pleasant and helpful, your... More 

Airdrie, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had lunch here recently on a deal-2courses and glass of wine £9.95. Room was empty when we arrived 12pm but jam packed when we left 2.15. Menu was choice of 4 starters n 4 mains. The starter was a weird salad of potatoes, rocket and beetroot--others chose the crab cakes or garlic and cauliflower soup, which were nice.I chose dish... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review after your recent lunch with us. I would however like to clarify a couple of the points made - - The lunch menu has 6 starters, 5 main courses and the menu on the website is a sample menu, which is clearly stated. We are currently working on a new website which we will... More 

Gourock, Scotland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

booked through 5 pm to have a meal before going to see a band at the Fruitmarket as this restaurant is so handy for that venue. Food was excellent. As was the value for money. The staff are really lovely at this restaurant. friendly and attentive but in a natural way. This was my second time eating here and I... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great 5 star review, your comments are greatly appreciated. I Look forward to your next visit. More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Saturday night meal for 2 for a special occasion - we couldn't fault it. We had 3 courses each, a bottle of wine and coffee/liqueurs for just over £90 which was really good value for beautiful food in lovely surroundings. We'll be back. PS Steven our waiter was brilliant.

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to spend your special occasion with us at City Merchant. Great to hear you had an enjoyable dinner and found Steven, your waiter, to be brilliant! Hope you dine with us again soon. More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Arrived on a busy Friday evening without a reservation. We had 20 minutes to wait for a table but we were given a seat at a table and had a drink while we waited. We had three tasty and filling courses. Very high quality produce and well executed dishes. I had the roast chicken on pearl barley, it was juicy... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a fantastic 5 star review. It is great to read that you enjoyed the whole experience, food, service and atmosphere. Hope to see you some time in the near future. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Have been in this restaurant about half a dozen times now and have yet to be disappointed. Although predominately a fish restaurant, (the fish dishes are awesome) I visited last month on the living social deal and had the venison, wow, what can I say it was absolutely delicious. Not being too familiar with the description for the meal from... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for your "outstanding restaurant" review and highlighting the awesome fish dishes and delicious venison as well as the tremendous staff. Your comments are greatly appreciated and we hope you'll visit us again soon. More 

Lima, Peru
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I have a garlic allergy I told waiter that fine we will cook without garlic. My meal arrived covered in garlic and garlic butter on the side. My so called chips tasted like left over potato cooked in old oil. Nobody seemed concerned about service seemed like fast food factory but very expensive as I then found out they had... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Please accept my sincere apologies regarding your recent experience. Although we arranged for your meal to be served without the garlic, there was some mis -communication between the kitchen and front of house staff and you were served the wrong meal. I would like to assure you that we take any allergy's our guests may have very seriously and try... More 

Glasgow
Top Contributor
263 reviews 263 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

At £12.50 for two courses including a glass of wine, this must be one of the best value pre theatres around. There are 5 or 6 choices for each course and everything we ordered was well presented and excellent quality. The waiters are pleasant and we were served quickly but didn't feel at all rushed. Definitely somewhere to go more... More 

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Jennifer A, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

It is pleasing to read that you enjoyed your recent meal with us and highlighting the great value of our pre theatre menu. As you mention you should come more often, so we'll hopefully see you soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 97-99 Candleriggs St. | Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1NP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Glasgow>  > City Centre
  • Neighborhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: 0141-553-1577

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 48
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Scottish
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?