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to Glasgow's finest seafood restaurant - Gamba Glasgow.

We're a two AA rosette award-winning seafood restaurant in Glasgow’s city centre serving the finest sustainable seafood that Scotland has to offer and a range of exceptional wines in a relaxing setting.

Expect to find some of Scotland’s best seafood on our menu – which is updated every six weeks – including locally sourced Isle of Gigha halibut, Scottish lobster and Scottish smoked salmon from Marrbury.


Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of seafood dining at Gamba - the perfect foodie gift for friends, loved ones or colleagues.

View our gift vouchers page to purchase your gift vouchers easily via our online booking system, pick up from the restaurant or alternatively call Jim Kerr to arrange on 0141 5720 899.

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About Gamba

Back in 1998 Derek Marshall had a concept for a restaurant that would let produce speak for itself. Gamba was to become about the simple cooking of fantastic produce and over a decade on, the ethos is still the same. A modern new elegantly styled restaurant complements Derek’s elegant, classic but modern style of cooking.

Gamba’s cookbook echoes Derek’s concept for the restaurant, ‘Simple Cooking’ where the secret of the famous Gamba’s fish soup is untold.

It all started for Derek back at the Fountain restaurant where he realised his passion and aptitude for cooking. Derek spent time in the Channel Islands and French Alps learning his trade. On return to his home town he was appointed the head chefs position at one of Glasgow most prestigious restaurants, Rogano.  A brief sabbatical to Spain gave Derek the opportunity to hone the art of cooking fish. On return again to Glasgow Derek was appointed head chef of Papingo, another classic restaurant in Glasgow dining history.

In 1998 Derek was head chef and co-owner of Gamba, which would turn out to be one of Glasgow’s finest restaurants. Derek is now sole owner of Gamba and looks forward to a prosperous future.


We’re passionate about sourcing and delivering the best produce with our fish direct from sustainable stocks. It’s then cooked with respect using fresh seasonal ingredients to offer an extraordinary dining experience. Expect to find some of Scotland’s best seafood on our menu – which is updated every six weeks – including locally sourced Isle of Gigha halibut, Scottish lobster and Scottish smoked salmon from Marrbury.

At Gamba we care about what we put on a plate. Our executive chef and owner – Derek Marshall is committed to reducing his carbon footprint and this dedication has resulted in Gamba being the first Glasgow member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Derek also lends his support to Cancer Support Scotland and the Marine Conservation Society.

Recently we have been awarded a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, retained our two AA rosettes, won the DRAM Awards BII Customer Service accolade and received a highly commendation as finalist at the SLTN Awards for best restaurant.  Dine with us at Gamba to enjoy the best sustainable seafood dishes Scotland has to offer.

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Saturday Lunch: 12pm ’til 2.15pm
  • Monday to Saturday Dinner:  5pm till 10pm
  • Sunday: 5pm ’til 9pm


"“The best fish soup in town” and “superbly prepared seafood” help evidence the “very serious cooking” at Derek Marshall’s city-centre basement – a “cosy” destination, that has long been one of the Glasgow’s culinary standard bearers."
Hardens UK’s Restaurant Review
"For a fish-fix in Glasgow’s theatre district, seek out this beautifully lit basement restaurant. Now in its 16th year, it serves exquisite seafood, often with an Asian twist – try scallops and monkfish steamed en papillote with ginger and spring onions"
"Gamba seafood restaurant has been acknowledge for the last 16 years and this year retains its two AA rosettes award by the British Automobile Association (AA). Our rosettes are awarded for the innovation, greater technical skill and skillset of the dishes cooked at Gamba by chef patron, Derek Marshall."
Two AA rosette restaurant
"5 Star Rating from Time Out Glasgow - Gamba is an accomplished seafood restaurant that offers good ingredients given an international spin in the kitchen. Since its launch in 1998 Gamba has been among a select list of Glasgow eateries that are both eminent and much loved which is testament to chef-proprietor Derek Marshall's judgement and expertise."
Time Out Glasgow
"Supporting the local business community, Gamba is a proud member of the Glasgow Restaurateurs Association "
Glasgow Restaurateurs Association Member
"Marshall’s take on fish soup is a legendary broth loaded with crabmeat, ginger and prawn dumplings (naturally), but his kitchen also shows his class with Loch Duart salmon tartare, sea bass Caesar salad or red mullet with honey mustard sauce and chanterelles. "
The Waitrose Good Food Guide
"We were recognised for our efforts in offering and delivering a very high standard of customer service, food and experience at Gamba"
BII Scotland DRAM Customer Service Award 2013
"As always, Gamba is a civilised, intimate place to eat with good service. It’s peaceful enough to converse easily, but with enough life to leave you feeling that it’s burning on all cylinders."
Joanna Blythman - Reviews Gamba
"For many, Gamba is Glasgow’s best on the strength of its fresh fish and seafood dishes prepared by chef and co-owner Derek Marshall — complemented by the professional and cordial staff. The basement venture is modern and stylish without feeling excessively fancy. Starters include Marshall’s signature fish soup or sashimi, with succulent slices of salmon and scallops"
Frommer’s Travel Guides
"We have once again received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Thanks to all of our staff and the continued support from our guests. "
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
"We were awarded the highest accolade from the Sustainable Restaurant Association with their three star sustainability rating in 2013 - 2014. "
SRA Three Star Rating

Gift Vouchers

At Gamba we are an award-winning two AA rosette seafood restaurant in Glasgow’s city centre and have a range of gift vouchers that make for the perfect foodie gift for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, Christmas gifts and special occasions.

Gift vouchers can be used at any time and also against any of our wine dinners or food events at Gamba.

We take great pride and passion in serving the best sustainable seafood Scotland has to offer and our gift vouchers are available in dominations of £10 and £25 and are presented with a special printed postcard. Our gift vouchers can be sent out first class to any address in the UK and anywhere you desire. (postage is £3.75).

If you would like to give the gift of Gamba Glasgow dining for a loved one, friend, partner or colleague, gift vouchers can be purchased online by completing the form below, in person at the restaurant or over the phone by calling 0141 572 0899.



  • Valentines
    • January 21st, 2015
    • Gamba

    This Valentines Day why not enjoy a romantic meal at Gamba and sample chef patron Derek Marshall’s excellent seafood cooking in our modern basement restaurant in Glasgow’s city centre.  ...

    December Drinks
    • December 11th, 2014
    • Gamba

      Enjoy our Christmas cocktails this December with Derek’s fantastic festive menus. Tempt your tastebuds whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail that’s spicy or sweet. Why not try...

    Gift Vouchers
    • December 7th, 2014
    • Gamba

    Still time to give the gift of Gamba Finish your Christmas shopping and purchase our gift vouchers – the perfect foodie gift. Let your friends and family experience Derek’s wonderful...

  • Great British Cookbook
    • November 17th, 2014
    • Gamba

    Chef patron Derek Marshall is proud to feature in the Scotland edition of The Great British Cookbook. His cooking skills have seen him chosen to feature alongside the best chefs...

    • November 1st, 2014
    • Gamba

    For the last 15 years Gamba has been recognised by the AA Hotel and Restaurant Inspectors. We are pleased to share that for this year:  2014/2015 we have yet again retained...

    STV Anniversary Splash
    • October 27th, 2014
    • Gamba

    “Glasgow seafood lovers quite literally step up to the plate this week to support a very important cause.” That’s what STV had to say about our upcoming fundraising dinner.   Here’s...

  • Fishermen’s Mission Fundraising Dinner
    • October 23rd, 2014
    • Gamba

    The Evening Times interviewed our chef patron, Derek Marshall ahead of our 15 year anniversary fundraising dinner for the Fishermen’s Mission on Tuesday 28th October. They also captured an interesting...

    15 Years at Gamba
    • September 23rd, 2014
    • Gamba

    We’re very pleased to share that we’re hosting a fundraising dinner for the Fisherman’s Mission to celebrate our 15 year anniversary and our favourite dishes over the years at Gamba....

    Christmas Booking Form
    • August 28th, 2014
    • Gamba

    If you’d like to reserve your Christmas party at Gamba, please send us an email with the following details and Jim Kerr – our manager, will reserve your table Christmas...

  • Scottish Food Fortnight at Gamba
    • August 20th, 2014
    • Gamba

    Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is the annual celebration of Scotland’s fantastic produce, which takes place every September. Delivered by industry leadership organisation Scotland Food & Drink since 2009, the Fortnight grows...

    Market Menu
    • July 9th, 2014
    • Gamba

    Our fabulous market menu has been updated by our chef patron, Derek Marshall for the summer. This menu is very reasonably priced and showcases some of our favourite dishes at...

    Flower Boxes
    • July 4th, 2014
    • Gamba

    Our flower boxes are in full bloom outside Gamba. Perfect colours for the summer. We hope you like them as much as we do!

Contact & Reserve

Address: 225a West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2ND
Phone: +44 (0)141 572 0899

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