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“Misses the mark in so many places” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zizzi - Glasgow West End

Zizzi - Glasgow West End
8 Creswell Lane, Glasgow G12 8AA, Scotland
0141 334 8258
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Ranked #475 of 1,885 Restaurants in Glasgow
Price range: $16 - $39
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: At Zizzi we like to do things a little differently. We don’t do over-complicated recipes or scrimpy portion sizes. We’re all about the well-chosen ingredients, simply put together to make exceptional Italian food.Located down a side street our West End Zizzi is the perfect place to stop off after visiting the Kelvin Grove Museum or the stunning Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Our Zizzi in Glasgow's West End started as a 'Blank Canvas' and, after one night of live art; the walls are now covered with the designs of talented artists from Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.Dine al fresco with an outdoor dining area for sunny weather.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Misses the mark in so many places”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We decided to give Zizzi a try after passing by several times...a poor decision.

If this place was anywhere other than Glasgow's west end it may be okay but Glasgow loves and knows it's Italian food and is competing with at least four genuine and far, far superior genuine Italian restaurants literally just around the corner.

Zizzi's just fails on so many counts.

Food average and overpriced, we had pizza and chicken pasta. Their pizza rustica is apparently their "signature" pizza and is meant to be rolled thinner than their classic pizza. I had the rustica and my daughter had the classic and the only difference was the shape (rustica is oval - big deal, so what).

Their "bread bin" is bordering on a breach of trade description standards and although nice certainly wasn't enough to constitute the word "bin" in the title. A "very, very small tub of bread" would be a better title.

Despite a very helpful and attentive waiter the actual food and drink service was slow (plenty of staff on so no excuse).

What Zizzi offers is the look and feel of chain restaurant dining, the atmosphere of a burger takeaway and the noise level of a busy pub - just awful.

Italian restaurants in Glasgow, including the smallest informal ones, set the bar very high and Zizzi comes nowhere close to meeting that high standard.


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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Popped in on the off chance of getting a table, great meal, wine and service all for reasonable price. Amazing portion sizes! We will be back x

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and a great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visited for a family birthday, the portions are very generous and the garlic bread was magnificent. The menu has a good range of options if pizza is not your thing. There was live music on the night we visited which added to the nice atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Value for money?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Before I moan, I like the place. Food generally of a high standard and a good atmosphere. But I would question the value for money. My fish stew consisted of about six mussels, five squid rings, three bits of some kind of meaty fish and five or six sliced new potatoes; all served in a tomato based sauce. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely, but for £15!? My partner's risotto was also on the small side for a hefty £11.50. Slightly disappointing.

Visited March 2014
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Dumbarton
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83 reviews 83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“A great place to meet in the west end”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Had lunch the other day and it was very good. Freshly prepared and cooked and the lunch special menu is very good value. The place was very quiet and the service was great so probably best for through the week. Can recommend for a good lunch.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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