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“An absolute gem”
Review of Coias Cafe

Coias Cafe
Ranked #69 of 2,407 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Cafe, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Sydney, Australia
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“An absolute gem”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

I ate here for 3 nights during my short stay in Glasgow. What a gem of a place for great food. I had the seafood risotto the first night, (like another previous reviewer) - I was simply blown away with it - juicy succulent mussels, calamari, fish - I've never had a seafood risotto like it anywhere. A must try dish ! ! The wait staff were efficient and quite friendly - especially when they knew we were from Australia. The place does get busy and was quite crowded on the nights we dined there, so my tip would be to book if you can. Even though we didn't book, they always found a table for us with no fuss. Some might think the prices are a tad high, but I've paid similar prices in other places for what has been really 'ho hum' stodge. They've been there since 1928, so they must be doing something right. Also, go next door to their delicatessen and feast your eyes on the selection of deli foods, pesto, olives etc.
If you're in Glasgow, make an effort to seek this place out if you can - I don't think you'll be disappointed

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

In Glasgow for the Games was looking for somewhere to eat about 4 o'clock and found this gem. It was busy at 4 but there were tables available although later people were queueing out of the door. The menu is extensive with traditional Italian food and British food. The portions were generous and served piping hot . I had the best seafood risottoiI think I have ever tasted.. My friends were happy with their meals and the chips were proper old fashioned very tasty chips. The house wine was reasonable and of Good quality. The desserts we had were also excellent. Everything was spotless and the staff friendly there was a real buzz to the place. Will definitely go again.

Visited July 2014
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Glasgow Uk
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104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Quick lunch”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Enjoyed a quick lunch, and staff accommodated our request for speedy service as we were hospital visiting.
Food very good, served in vibrant busy café surroundings.
Prices are high, but there is a huge selection of foods on offer.
Overall, I would recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank hammi2565
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Xmas vouchers”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We received vouchers for Coias as a Xmas gift and just got round to using them last Sunday. This is the first time we have dined here - our friends bought us the vouchers because they love it there ... and I can see why! The food was delicious, especially the chippy chips!!! Very family friendly, staff attentive without being intimidating.
Unfortunately we did not get round to trying the ice cream because the portions were huge!!!
First time - but hopefully not our last.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Azzagazza
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice breakfasts ”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This place is lovely.

Well run & nice for a full cooked, tasty breakfast.

One of the best I've had.

Never tried for an evening meal but the menu and choices of desserts etc looked amazing!

All the wines etc on display aswell looked fantastic.

Service though seemed a bit chaotic but it was early & busy so it wasn't that much of an issue!


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