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. Crabshakk

    $$ | Finnieston | Seafood

    Anything but a shack, this intimate dining room has heavy wooden tables and chairs, an elegantly ornate ceiling, and a bar so shiny and inviting...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Mussel Inn

    $$ | City Centre | Seafood

    West-coast shellfish farmers own this sleek restaurant and feed their customers incredibly succulent oysters, scallops, and mussels. The pots...Read More

  • 5. Opium

    $$ | City Centre | Asian

    This eatery has completely rethought Asian cuisine, taking Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai cooking in new directions and using sauces that are...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Rogano

    $$ | City Centre | European

    Two things have made the Rogano a Glasgow institution: its beautiful art deco decor, which echoes the luxury Clyde-built oceanliners of the...Read More

  • 8. Schottische Restaurant at Babbity Bowster's

    $$ | European

    This warm and welcoming old merchant's house in the heart of the Merchant City offers excellent Scottish food, a barbecue menu, and a lively...Read More

  • 9. Stravaigin

    $$$ | West End | Eclectic

    For many years Stravaigin has maintained the highest quality of cooking, creating adventurous dishes that often combine Asian and local flavors...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Anchor Line

    $$$ | City Centre | Steakhouse

    Occupying the former headquarters of the Anchor Line, whose ships sailed from Scotland to America, this bar and restaurant near George Square...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Bistro du Vin

    $$$ | West End | French

    Here you can enjoy fine dining in the luxurious surroundings of a grand terrace set back from Great Western Road. Located within the Hotel du...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Brig o' Doon House

    $$ | British

    Originally built in 1827, this attractive hotel restaurant often has a piper by the door to greet hungry travelers ready for a Scottish setting...Read More

  • 19. Butchershop Bar and Grill

    $$ | Finnieston | Steakhouse

    An early arrival in the redeveloping Finnieston area, Butchershop occupies what was once a pub and overlooks the bowling greens in Kelvingrove...Read More

  • 20. Cafe Andaluz

    $$ | West End | Spanish

    With Iberian flair, this lively basement eatery is beautifully decorated using Spanish tiles throughout. The first tapas place to make an impact...Read More

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