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City Merchant

#80 of 1,989 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
City Centre
British, Seafood, Scottish
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97-99 Candleriggs St. | Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1NP, Scotland
441415531577
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 376
    Excellent
  • 172
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 36
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family meal

Nostalgic cracking evening meal with the wife and family on Friday night .... The place was busy but the staff were friendly and attentive, the food was excellent and mostly Scottish fare with various fish dishes The Cullen skink was really nice and I would definitely recommend the pan fried sea... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Robbiemcdon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nostalgic cracking evening meal with the wife and family on Friday night .... The place was busy but the staff were friendly and attentive, the food was excellent and mostly Scottish fare with various fish dishes The Cullen skink was really nice and I would definitely recommend the pan fried sea bass washed down with a nice Italian Beer called... More 

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Thank Robbiemcdon
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for leaving such a great review after your recent meal with us. It is great to read that you found the staff to be friendly and attentive and the food excellent, your positive comments are gratefully received, thank you. We look forward to you dining with us again soon. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would go again but not with a voucher. Staff were lovely but menu was bland and unimaginative. Bottle of wine included in the deal was very poor. If I had a restaurant I wouldn't have offered this as house wine.....sorry

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Thank Lesley M
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review, although I am disappointed to read your comments. The dishes on the Itison menu are from the a la carte menu and our head chef strives to create dishes which are imaginative and creative which is generally well received as the majority of the reviews on this website and others... More 

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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

visited for a lunchtime menu on a saturday. place was clean, well staffed and not too loud (but it wasn't heaving with customers, about 2/3rds of the capacity of the ground floor). food was promptly served and it was cooked to perfection. service was excellent and very friendly. would definitely recommend.

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Thank pozaicer
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for posting such a fantastic 5 star review following your recent lunch at City Merchant, your kind compliments are much appreciated. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked this restaurant having purchased an Itison voucher on Friday 5 February 16. Was given a table directly adjacent to main door and small reception area. I kindly asked if we could possibly have the available window table and was told by the assistant manager or head waitress yes however we would have to wait 10 minutes for the table... More 

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1 Thank col594
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

In response to your negative review, I find your recommendation to "avoid this restaurant" rather over the top, especially as you say the food was very good. A table plan for bookings is essential to ensure the smooth running of the restaurant, unfortunately some customers may not be happy with their allocated table, so if possible, as on this occasion,... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A delightful restaurant in the heart of the Merchant City. The ambiance is just right, the décor (murals of whisky boats and fishing fleets) lovely, the overall atmosphere is what you would wish from a dining experience. The staff are attentive without being overbearing, allowing for speedy efficient and friendly service. An array of specials is shown on blackboards around... More 

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Thank KozelFan
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review full of lovely descriptive comments, your kind compliments are most welcome and appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed the coley which is the chef's interpretation of surf & turf. I think some customers, like yourself, may think it sounds an odd combination, but thoroughly enjoy the dish. We look forward... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place with good food! Only problem was it was very noisy due to being wee, but a lovely meal. Would go back

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Thank Chris C
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, we hope to see you again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here last night with friends, was not sure I would find something I would like (I was the only non fish eating in our party) however, menu was fantastic so much so I will have to come back and try other dishes. For starters I had the red onion tart which was really light and tasty! My husband shared... More 

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Thank Jckhaugh2013
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for posting an amazing 5 star review following your recent meal at City Merchant. We think we have something to offer most palates and I am delighted that you and the rest of your party were impressed with the food and enjoyed your evening. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pre-theatre menu, great value and good quality food plus we were not rushed. The mussels were delicious (not at all salty)

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Thank Derek M
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great 5 star review, I am delighted you enjoyed your meal and hope you'll dine with us again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here to try it on a deal. We recommend other places... Gandolfi is great. So are Gamba and rogano and they do deals as well. Our mussel starters were delicious. My salmon with greens was overcooked and had sauce of a bizarre consistency. It wasn't terrible... But there are tastier places to visit.

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Thank TibbieMac
Jennifer W, General Manager at City Merchant, responded to this review

It seems the point of your review is to recommend other restaurants rather than offer any constructive criticism, I'm sure they will welcome your custom. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with a friend on an itison voucher main meal for two with a bottle of wine. Have been before and yet again was not disappointed. We decided to have a starter of mussels with salmon and white wine between us it was amazing really enjoyed. I had the seabass yet again it was beautiful and my friend had... 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: 441415531577

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 48
  • Cuisine: British, Seafood, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
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?