Reviews & Awards

It's not just our customers who know where to find Glasgow's best seafood. Nationally recognised and frequently awarded, Gamba continues to keep the quality high. Check out various Awards and Reviews to see what the experts say.

Recent Awards

UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015 Seafish and Caterer 
Scotland's Best Restaurant Experience 2017 Thistle Awards - National Final
Best Restaurant Experience 2016/17 Scottish Thistle Awards
Certificate of Excellent Rating 2015 Trip Advisor
Three Star Sustainability Champion 2016/17 Sustainable Restaurant Association 2012–2016
Hall of Fame Winner 2011-2016 Trip Advisor
Two AA Rosettes 2016/17 AA Rosette Awards
Taste Our Best 2017 Visit Scotland
Best Restaurant Finalist – Highly commendation SLTN Awards
BII Customer Service 2013 DRAM Awards

Reviews & Press

SEAFISH AND CATERER UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year 2015

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.


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.


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.

TRIP ADVISOR Certificate of Excellence 2015 and Hall Of Fame Winner

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.

TIME OUT GLASGOW 5 Stars for Gamba

“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.”


“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.”

HARDENS UK’S Restaurant Review

“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."