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“Fast Paced Great atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Coias Cafe

Coias Cafe
473-477 Duke Street Glasgow, Glasgow G31 1RD, Scotland
+44 141 554 3822
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Ranked #326 of 1,720 restaurants in Glasgow
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Coia family opened their first cafe in Dennistoun in 1928, and ever since then Coia's Cafe has been a favourite meeting place for local people, both young and old. The very first Coia's Cafe, originally on the corner of Duke Street, was owned by Carmine and Amalia Coia. Nicky and Ena Coia took over in the 1950's. In that time they took the business to the next level by introducing confectionery and a larger menu. During the 1980's the ownership transferred to the current owners - Alfredo and Antonia Coia, the third generation of the family to run the business. In 2006, the well known local landmark entered a new era by expanding into the newly built premises next door and by extensively refurbishing the existing cafe. This now includes the new takeaway food section and excellent delicatessen. Coia's Delicatessen is always worth a visit, offering a full off-licence with a large choice of imported wines. The new space also allowed the expansions of the ice cream section, selling Coia's famous homemade Italian ice cream. Coia's Cafe today provides it's loyal customers with an extensive menu to accommodate every occasion and satisfy every taste. We've worked hard to ensure that every dish on the menu is a dish that we are proud of. To mention the great selection of pastas and pizzas, fresh seafood and mouthwatering meat dishes is to only to scratch the surface. We also takes great pride in offering many fantastic 'chef's specials' every single day for you to try. We also recommend that you take advantage of our extensive and unique range of wines, selected personally by Alfredo. To this day, we still pride ourselves in four basics:- friendly attitude, politeness, cleanliness and high quality food. We promise an experience the whole family can enjoy.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fast Paced Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I went to coias just before the football what a great place food was fantastic and service was high and the deserts are impeccable it's a must go.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“AVOID! Overpriced, cheap quality food and abysmal service.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Visited Coias for lunch on Tuesday, this was our 3rd visit as we live locally and we hoped this time Coias would live up to its reputation. Unfortunately It did not. The cafe was not busy and we were seated next to the kitchen after a slight delay as the waiters were standing at the bar glaring while we hesitated whether to take a table.

We decided to order the breakfasts as a treat. We asked if we could change the tomatoes for mushrooms and received the response 'no exchanges'. This is despite the menu offering customers the option of making their own breakfast from a list of items and also a note that customers may be charged for changes. Despite this our waiter rudely swiped the menus away and said 'no tomatoes then' before we had the chance to respond.

The breakfasts come with tea or coffee, we both ordered the coffee which was very nice however we never received the glass of water we requested. The breakfasts arrived promptly however due to our position next to the kitchen we observed why - nothing was cooked fresh except the toast, and every item was soaked in grease. The sausages were of the poorest and cheapest quality we have ever tasted, worse than supermarket value range. The black pudding was the same with the same cheap taste and grease oozing out. The fried bread was half a thick outie (outsider) which was brick hard and completely inedible. The bacon was burnt and very dried out, as well as being cold! The beans were in a tiny separate dish and clearly been reheated several times. For a simple breakfast, this was the worst quality we have ever had and was such a disappointment.

Despite it being obvious to staff who passed us staring at our plates several times, not one waiter asked us if everything was OK which clearly it was not due to us not being able to eat most of our meal. There were at least four waiters on duty who walked round the restaurant repeatedly, though this seemed more of a parade for them than to offer any assistance to us or the other customers. When our plates were taken away, the waiter did not ask or comment on the clear sign that we had not enjoyed our meal. To add insult to injury, the chef then hung over the pass and glowered at us while we waited for our bill. This is disgraceful behaviour and summed up the arrogance and lack of care demonstrated by all staff.

While waiting on our bill (and being stared at by one chef!) we then observed the other chef plating up several meals from heated containers (Bain Marie type) which had obviously been keeping food warm for some time, and who knows when this had actually been made. One of these dishes included the breaded fish which you would expect even they could cook fresh. We also saw the chef using pre-mixed mashed potatoes from a Tupperware and reheating. Keeping food warm and preparing in advance is understandable and perhaps even necessary when catering for mass numbers, not for an apparently reputable cafe on a Tuesday lunchtime where surely simple dishes can be cooked fresh by two chefs on duty?!? This is laziness and considering what they charge is completely outrageous.

For the first time ever in all our visits to restaurants, we did not leave a tip. The waiter who had taken our order had rushed back before we left the table to check for his tip - we found his audacity in doing this justified the lack of a tip, especially as this was the speediest he had moved in our direction the entire time!

In summary, do NOT eat here!! There are so many good quality places to eat in Glasgow and Coia's do not deserve the custom. The food is poor and cheap quality, not fresh, overpriced and the staff are abysmal and have no customer care. The cafe is surviving on reputation alone and if they keep the current standard up, even that will not last.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Firm Favourite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This longstanding restaurant provides food of a high quality and at an affordable price. I went there a few days ago with my wife and was delighted with the tasty pasta and pizza, not to mention the bruschetta. Perhaps the service was a little disorganised but that was probably due to it being a busy friday nioght and certainly did not significantly detract from the high quality of the meal.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Crossgates, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Took my parents for meal at Coia's on Saturday night and everything from, food, service and atmosphere was wonderful. I was brought up in Dennistoun so touch of nostalgia in going back but Coia's is just amazing

Visited November 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Basic cafe that is decorated to be more that it certainly isnt”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Been here few times as it is local. The decor, menu, prices, suggest it excellent food erm no pulling wool over my eyes ! food is average at best. Simple roll on sausage sausage was solid and inedible. Another visit menu suggested good quality authrntic meal erm def no where near I politely asked why and the arrogance of owner saying people in east end don't like or know authentic italian and wouldnt eat it so he keeps it bland and uses lot of pre mixes for them ab horrible that is your clientele you are speaking of have not and will not be back even if food improved the attitude of owner certainly isnt going to

if you want a bland kid on italian this is place for you.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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