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. Chaophraya

    $ | City Centre | Thai

    You can experience dining at its most sumptuous and elegant for a good price in the grand surroundings of what was the Glasgow Conservatoire...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Baffo

    $ | Finnieston | Italian

    There has been something of an explosion of new pizzerias in Glasgow, many of them newer chains, but Baffo has made its mark and won approval...Read More

  • 4. Bay Tree

    $ | West End | Middle Eastern

    This popular small café in the university area is unpretentious and quite cheap. It serves wonderful Middle Eastern food—mostly vegetarian dishes...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Cafe Le Monde

    $ | Italian

    This Italian-style café with alfresco seating for good weather serves lunch and smaller bites to a mainly day-visitor crowd. The ciabattas and...Read More

  • 7. Little Italy

    $ | West End | Italian

    Offering all things Italian, this constantly busy, noisy, and extremely friendly café sits in the heart of the West End. Its pizzas, made on...Read More

  • 8. Stereo

    $ | City Centre | Vegetarian

    Down a quiet lane near Glasgow Central station, this ultracool eatery dishes up a fantastic range of vegan food, from paella and gnocchi to...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. The Butterfly and the Pig

    $ | City Centre | British

    Down an innocuous-looking flight of stairs, this intimate restaurant is the type of place young locals love: flickering candles, mix-and-match...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Wudon

    $ | West End | Japanese

    Pleasant and relaxed, this Japanese restaurant with white walls, simple furniture, subdued lighting, and a large window onto the street offers...Read More

  • 14. Pancho Villa's

    $ | Merchant City | Mexican

    Images of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata are everywhere in this festive and authentic Mexican eatery, whose pink, yellow, and blue walls are...Read More

  • 15. 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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