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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Halloumi

    $$ | City Centre | Greek

    Greek cuisine was not well represented in Glasgow until Halloumi arrived to fill the gap. Its large windows onto the street invite you in to...Read More

  • 5. Number Sixteen

    $$ | West End | British

    This tiny, intimate restaurant serves only the freshest ingredients, superbly prepared, on a constantly changing menu. Halibut is served with...Read More

  • 6. Rioja

    $$ | Clyde | Spanish

    Rioja belongs to the second generation of tapas restaurants, combining classic small plates with new and innovative interpretations. At this...Read More

  • 7. Six by Nico

    $$$ | Finnieston | British

    In a street of adventurous eateries, Six by Nico adds a new dimension of fun and wit. The concept at this intimate, modern restaurant with black...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Gannet

    $$$ | Finnieston | European

    One of the early occupants of the new Finnieston, the Gannet has maintained its stellar reputation. Its comfortable wood-and-brick interior...Read More

  • 10. Two Fat Ladies

    $$$ | City Centre | Seafood

    From its start in 1989 in a tiny West End space, Two Fat Ladies raised the standards of seafood in the city well before the Finnieston revolution...Read More

  • 11. City Merchant

    $$ | Merchant City | British

    If you have a penchant for fresh cuisine and a taste for intense and flavorful sauces, head to this welcoming spot with simple but traditional...Read More

  • 12. 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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