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“Consistently good.”
Review of Coias Cafe

Coias Cafe
Ranked #75 of 2,428 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Consistently good.”
Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Always a first choice for Sunday breakfast / lunch and perfect for a casual dinner. The food is always good but not as cheap as you might expect for the location and the staff are very attentive.

If you're ordering the pasta- the half portion is still massive. The creamy salmon pasta is definitely worth trying.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank KJSuth
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Italian food with a host of other choices”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Usually if you have too may choices on a menu, quality is compromised. Not so at Coia. We ate 3 meals here and everything we had was outstanding. Great fish and chips too. Great service.

Visited August 2013
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82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Friendly service, decent pizza”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I had the antipasto pizza. I thought it was pretty good. Wine was nice. Staff were friendly and happy to have a little chat. I would recommend this place.

Visited August 2013
Thank TravellingWales
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Level 1 Contributor
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not as good”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I have been going into this restaurant/cafe over the years, but on the last two visits felt that things had changed in relation to food and value.

Although never cheap, it always delivered fair and good value with an extensive menu, but their food was not as fresh on both occasions.

Service and atmosphere was ok, but it has lost it a bit.

I did say to the head waiter that it was not as good, but he nearly jumped down my throat and got very defensive and blamed the owners for the food as they were buying cheaper to get better margins.

I know there are mixed reviews for this place, but I am disappointed and thought a second chance might have done the trick.

It has been in Glasgow for years, but now showing their true colours as an overpriced cafe.

The last point is something that annoyed me. You are sat at your table and before you are given a menu you are asked if you want some bread or focaccia. You of course think this is a nice touch and say yes that would be nice, later to discover when you ask for the bill that there is an extra £5-£6 on the bill. Not looking for anything for nothing, but this is not complimentary, so customers should be aware of this.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank LenzieBoy
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food not great very expensive”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Was in this restaurant/cafe recently the food is very average but very expensive.The prices of drinks were on a par with places in the City Centre.Service was slow as there was a bit of language barrier, our waiter was not only quite hard to understand he had difficulty understanding us.

  • Visited August 2013
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