Glasgow Restaurants

Glasgow’s vibrant restaurant culture is constantly renewing itself. Some of Britain’s best-known chefs have opened kitchens here, including Jamie Oliver and Yotam Ottolenghi. More recently, the city has responded enthusiastically to the small-plate and sharing-platter trends, but there are still plenty of fine-dining options on the one hand, and steak houses and burger places on the other. The city continues to present the best that Scotland has to offer: grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, wild seafood, venison, duck, and goose, not to mention superb fruits and vegetables. The growing emphasis on organic food is reflected on menus that increasingly provide detailed information about the source of their ingredients. Around the city, an explosion of coffee shops offer artisanal macchiatos and mochas.

You can eat your way around the world in Glasgow. A new generation of Italian restaurants serves updated versions of classic Italian dishes. Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani foods, longtime favorites, are now more varied and sophisticated, and Thai and Japanese restaurants have become popular. Spanish-style tapas are now quite common, and the small-plate trend has extended to every kind of restaurant. Seafood restaurants have moved well beyond the fish-and-chips wrapped in newspaper that were always a Glasgow staple, as langoustines, scallops, and monkfish appear on menus with ever more unusual accompaniments. And Glasgow has an especially good reputation for its vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Smoking isn't allowed in any enclosed space in Scotland, but more restaurants have placed tables outside under awnings during the warmer summer months, some of which permit smoking.

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  • 1. Macintosh at the Willow

    $ | City Centre | British

    Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms were the ultimate place to be seen in Glasgow in 1903, not only for the tasty tea but for the beautiful art...Read More

  • 2. The Finnieston

    $$ | Finnieston | Seafood

    A 19th-century inn turned into an elegant restaurant, the Finnieston retains the dark wood and narrow cubicles of earlier times, but today it...Read More

  • 3. Bread Meats Bread

    $ | West End | Burger

    One of a new breed of burger joints that has emerged in the city, this casual spot with long wooden tables, stools, and benches is also a meeting...Read More

  • 4. The Brunch Club

    $ | Finnieston | Café

    The name says it all: this pleasant, airy café pays homage to all things brunch. There are eggs in every combination, decadent waffles and French...Read More

  • 5. The Left Bank

    $$ | West End | Eclectic

    Close to Glasgow University, this popular bar and restaurant attracts a more mature student crowd. It's an airy spot with high ceilings, leather...Read More

  • 6. Ubiquitous Chip

    $$$ | West End | British

    Occupying a converted stable behind the Hillhead subway station on busy Ashton Lane, this restaurant is a Glasgow institution, with an untarnished...Read More

  • 7. West on the Green

    $ | East End | German

    This microbrewery serves beer brewed "according to German purity laws of 1516"—in other words, no additives to muddy the flavor. The German...Read More

  • 8. Where the Monkey Sleeps

    $ | City Centre | Café

    This quirky basement café, in a series of small rooms with brightly colored sofas, serves huge sandwiches with amusing names—the "Wytchfinder...Read More

  • 9. Stewarts Victorian Tea Rooms

    $ | Merchant City | Café

    Afternoon tea, complete with cakes and tiny sandwiches served on a three-tier stand, has become popular in Glasgow. In this City Centre tearoom...Read More

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