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City Merchant

#154 of 1,975 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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Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Exceptionally ordinary

I recently revisited the City merchant with my daughter and a cousin. I should say that I have had some good value pre theatre or lunch deals here in the past but this was not one of them. My main course was scallops - advertised as 6 for a main course, but only three of these were of a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Sam C
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I recently revisited the City merchant with my daughter and a cousin. I should say that I have had some good value pre theatre or lunch deals here in the past but this was not one of them. My main course was scallops - advertised as 6 for a main course, but only three of these were of a reasonable... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Dreadful. Bad service. God forbid you might want to ask for chips instead of potatoes. Made to feel like some kind of low life subordinate skank. Sorry for asking. Would never return. The usual crap for Glasgow city centre. Surviving on their long running name for being 'good' it won't last. Old fashioned outdated crap. Walk by. There's a million... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Were misled into thinking that the offer was for a choice of starter and main course from the A La Carte menu. On arrival discovered that it covered only selected items from this menu, and the cheapest at that. The food served was only mediocre, and although fairly well presented, was not cooked very well.

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

In response to your review I am puzzled as to why you believe you were misled by the 5pm Big Deal offer. The deal is £24 for 2 people to have a 2 course meal, usually £52, offering more than a 50% discount. It quite clearly states on the deal that " The Big Deal is for 2 people to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Four of us ate there on Saturday night. All courses were excellent and the service was excellent too.

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

Many thanks for your superb 5 star review after your recent dinner with us on Saturday. Hope you'll dine with us again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I came here with my family for my Birthday dinner. We had a seat at the window and were able to watch the world going by. The food was lovely. A lot of fish on the menu and it was really fresh tasting. I would recommend the muscles and salmon dish as a starter, it was very good. We were... More 

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

Many thanks for your kind comments in your review, much appreciated. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went here for lunch today on the spur of the moment. The two course for £10 lunch menu is the best value I have had in restaurant. Very high quality

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your " Breathtakingly good food" review, that says it all really! Fantastic comments which are very much appreciated. I Look forward to your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a lovely lunch here today. I am very fussy and found nothing to criticise. £9.95 for 2 courses was great value. Plenty of choice and food was served hot.....Essential. My sea bream dish of the day was sublime. Service from all waiting staff was excellent. Wine advice was spot on. Coffee and tablet a bargain . We will... More 

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

Many thanks for your 5 star review and for highlighting the great value lunch menu we have on offer at City Merchant - 2 course £9.95 It is great to read that you found your seabass "sublime" and service "excellent" Hope to see you again soon. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I had read loads of good reviews of city merchant so chose it for a 5pm deal for that reason. However we were a bit disappointed by the standard of food; the fish soup had practically no fish in it - the waiter explained that this was because "the fish is cut up into tiny pieces". Although tasty it was... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A friend and I went to this restaurant for the early evening offer and were really impressed, good range of dishes to suit every taste for a very affordable price. Waiting staff were excellent and did not rush us as they do in some places just to get the table back. The food was excellent with the crab bon bons... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was our first visit to City Merchant - we accidentally stumbled across it after being turned away from Cafe Gandolfi because it was busy - and were actually quite glad of this in the end! The staff were friendly and attentive. Waiting times between courses was just right - food excellent quality and tasty. We had three courses from... More 

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

Thanks for your review of your recent meal at City Merchant, your kind comments are greatly appreciated. Look forward to your next visit, Cafe Gandolfi's loss is our Gain! 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?