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. Kool Ba

    $$ | Merchant City | Asian

    Thick wooden tables, tapestries, and soft candlelight make you feel at home in the comfortable dining room of this atmospheric haven serving...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. Ox and Finch

    $$$ | Finnieston | Eclectic

    This immensely popular restaurant shines at every level—service, presentation, and taste. The stripped-back, rustic decor encourages chatter...Read More

  • 4. A'Challtainn Fish Restaurant

    $$ | East End | Seafood

    A welcome addition for East End diners, A'Challtainn (which means "Hazel Wood," the area's original name) occupies the central courtyard space...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Balbir's

    $$ | West End | Indian

    Don't let the tinted windows discourage you: this place is a temple for pure, healthy Indian food that's impressive in taste and presentation...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Café Gandolfi

    $$ | Merchant City | British

    Occupying what was once the tea market, this trendy café draws a style-conscious crowd and can justly claim to have launched the dining renaissance...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Celino's Deli and Trattoria

    $$ | West End | Italian

    After over 20 years on Glasgow's east side, Celino's has expanded into the city's West End, with a setup that's really two establishments in...Read More

  • 11. Hanoi Bike Shop

    $$ | West End | Vietnamese

    Glasgow's first Vietnamese canteen offers a different style of dining, which is apparent from the moment you walk through the door and see the...Read More

  • 12. Ibérica

    $$ | City Centre | Spanish

    The Spanish small-plates revolution has arrived in Glasgow in this grand former bank, going a step beyond tapas with portions that are larger...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. MacCallums Oyster Bar

    $$ | Seafood

    Located in Troon Harbor, this outstanding seafood restaurant's menu varies with the day's catch, but you can usually count on lobster in garlic...Read More

  • 16. Pelican Café Bistro

    $$ | West End | Eclectic

    The hum of conversation and a glimpse of the busy kitchen through the open hatch give this restaurant a relaxed vibe. A horseshoe-shape bar...Read More

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