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Jan 19, 2012 01:28 PM

Glasgow and Reservations

Is Glasgow the kind of place where I need to make my dining reservation a month in advance like here in NYC (or as I was just advised on Isle of Skye - months in advance!), or is it the kind of place where you don't even really need reservations?

We're hoping to visit Stravaigin, Crabshakk and Two Fat Ladies (probably at the Buttery), and possibly Cafe Gandolfi. We're only going to be in town a couple of days, not at the weekend (Tuesday and Wednesday, in late May). Are any of these places the type that will fill up far in advance? Do I need to reserve for lunches as well?

Any advice is welcome. Thanks!

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  1. I assume the Skye booking was the Three Chimneys which is small and globally renowned so best to book early.

    For Glasgow I think booking makes sense but weeks ahead not months, you could probably wing it and not book for mid-week but why chance it for the sake of a few phone calls or emails?

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    1. re: PhilD

      Thanks, Phil. I figure any dinners I will reserve just to be safe (and I know now to do that a few weeks in advance - thank you), but lunch can be a bit harder since we'll be out and about and I'll be unsure of the best time (but I'd book to avoid disappointment if I knew I had to). If it were you, would you reserve for, say, Stravaigin and Cafe Gandolfi at lunchtime midweek?

      And yes, we were advised for both Three Chimneys and Lochbay Seafood to book as early as possible. And that you even have to book to go to the pub (but only a day before or day of)! Now that I found surprising.

      1. re: _emilie_

        I should say I have not been to Glasgow for years but base my recommendation on general UK dining. At lunchtime you should be OK. Skye is a small place with lots of affluent tourists in search of good food - there is nowhere else to go so booking is essential. The same is pretty much true in all small towns popular with tourists like Padstow.

    2. I'd say yes for the buttery and no for the other two. Personally as far ahead as possible for the Buttery as i wouldn't want to miss it, but practically, a couple of weeks ahead should be safe.

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      1. re: stilldontknow

        Would you say the Buttery's a good choice among the 3 Two Fat Ladies options in town? It looked the most unique in terms of atmosphere, but I know its not the original. (Full disclosure: It and the City Center one are closest to our hotel, with West End being the furthest.)

        1. re: _emilie_

          They're very different restaurants. The city centre two fat ladies is similar in style to original in the west end whilst the Buttery carries on the finer dining feel traditional to that site.

          1. re: stilldontknow

            We havn't been to the Buttery for many years (when it was still the Buttery). Good to hear it continues as a "fine dining" place (doncha just really detest that phrase?)

            1. re: Harters

              I do but it was the best I could come up with to show the difference between it and the more bistro approach of the other two fat ladies sities. :-)

              1. re: stilldontknow


                My partner reminds me that the last time we were at the Buttery was because she'd chosen it as the place where she wanted to celebrate her 40th birthday. Mercifully, she is not vain about such matters so I can say that it was 1993. Many meals eaten since, but I've not been back to Glasgow since then.

      2. Meant to add I've never had a problem winging a weekday lunch at gandolfi but even a wee wait can be spent very pleasantly at the upstairs bar gandolfi.