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to the UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015 - 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.

Please note we will be closed Christmas Day - 27th, opening back at 12pm on 28th December.


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 Lukas 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 many charities including The Fishermen’s Mission, STV Appeal, Cancer Support Scotland and the Marine Conservation Society.

Recent Awards

  • Seafish and Caterer UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015
  • Three Star Sustainability Champion 2015, Sustainable Restaurant Association 2012 – 2015
  • Two AA rosettes 2015
  • Visit Scotland Taste Our Best 2015
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellent Rating 2015
  • Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Winner 2011 -2015
  • DRAM Awards BII Customer Service 2013
  • Highly commendation finalist 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 2.30pm
  • Monday to Saturday Dinner:  5pm till 10pm
  • Sunday: 5pm ’til 9pm


"We have been recognised as the best seafish restaurant in the UK after winning the Seafish, Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015 award. Not only is this wonderful achievement for the full team at Gamba, but for the fantastic Scottish seafood industry and all its champions, suppliers and producers."
Seafish and Caterer UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015
"Gamba seafood restaurant has been acknowledge for the last 17 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
"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"
"We have once received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the last five years. Thanks to all of our staff and the continued support from our guests. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years"
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and Hall Of Fame Winner
"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
"Fish fans, as you would expect, are spoiled for choice and while I almost ordered the Isle of Gigha Halibut for my main, I opted for roast Shetland cod with citrus gravy, broad beans, asparagus and prawns - beautifully cooked and working well with the other flavours. King scallops and monkfish with ginger and spring onion steamed in paper was another amazing fusion of flavours."
Karen Peattie for High Flyer
"“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
"Supporting the local business community, Gamba is a proud member of the Glasgow Restaurateurs Association "
Glasgow Restaurateurs Association Member
"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
"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 awarded the highest accolade from the Sustainable Restaurant Association with their three star sustainability rating in 2015 - 2016. "
SRA Three Star Rating
"Gamba seafood restaurant is proud to be a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association for 2015 / 2016"
Sustainable Restaurant Association Member

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.



  • Gamba Gift To You
    • December 1st, 2015
    • Gamba

    ***OUR GIFT FROM GAMBA TO YOU!*** Happy December! ‘Tis the season for gift giving and to celebrate the festivities, we are running a foodie competition to win a three-course meal...

    Fighting for Scottish Fishermen
    • November 5th, 2015
    • Gamba

      Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Seafood Celebration Evening for The Fishermen’s Mission at Gamba. Our team had a fantastically fishy evening – and we managed...

    Seafood Week
    • October 12th, 2015
    • Gamba

    It’s Seafood Week: Day 4 and all about delicious prawns. We thought we would share the recipe for our Fish Soup with Portland white crabmeat, prawn dumplings,  coriander, stem ginger....

  • Scottish Thistle Awards Finalist
    • September 20th, 2015
    • Gamba

    Scottish Success! For over 20 years the Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognised as Scotland’s tourism industry’s Oscars. Celebrating excellence, innovation and success within the country’s valuable hospitality and tourism sector...

    #RememberACharityWeek Fishermen’s Mission
    • September 16th, 2015
    • Gamba

    As it’s #RememberACharityWeek we wanted to share our plans for the wonderful charities that we are proud to support! September sees the end of our fundraising drive for the STV...

    Two #AA Rosettes 2015/2016
    • September 1st, 2015
    • Gamba

    It’s with great pleasure today that we can share that once again we have retained our Two ‪#‎AARosettes‬ from The Automobile Association Hotel and Restaurant Inspectors. Since 1998 Derek has been creating...

  • Gamba marks the countdown to Seafood Week
    • August 20th, 2015
    • Gamba

    With just 50 days to go until the start of Seafood Week, the seafood industry is being urged to join others in getting behind the biggest celebration of seafood in...

    STV Appeal 2015
    • August 6th, 2015
    • Gamba

    During August and September we’re fundraising for the very deserving STV Appeal within Gamba. We’re very pleased to be showing our support again this year for the Children’s Appeal as every single penny...

    Best Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015
    • June 25th, 2015
    • Gamba

    Two AA Rosette Gamba has been recognised as the best seafood restaurant in the UK  after scooping the Seafish, Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015 title at a award ceremony at...

  • Gamba Shortlisted for Seafish Restaurant of the Year
    • June 3rd, 2015
    • Gamba

    Seafish and The Caterer have announced the shortlist for the inaugural Seafish Restaurant of the Year Competition, the search to find the best restaurants in the UK serving fish and...

    Scottish Fish Provenance
    • May 31st, 2015
    • Gamba

    Gamba is flying the flag for Scottish seafood. As a three star Sustainable Restaurant Association champion we truly care about the fish we serve and its journey to plate. By...

    SRA Three Star Rating
    • April 20th, 2015
    • Gamba

    We’re  very proud to report that we have retained our three star champion rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). As one of the original members in Glasgow to the...

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

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