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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Cafe Zique

    $$ | West End | British

    This small but inviting café has a vibrant, bustling atmosphere while remaining unhurried. Its changing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus of...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Corinthian Club

    $$ | Merchant City | British

    Inside what was once the mansion of tobacco merchant George Buchanan, the Corinthian Club includes two bars, a nightclub, and a casino in its...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Las Iguanas

    $$ | City Centre | South American

    The bright interior of this restaurant, part of a popular chain, echoes the Latin American–themed menu in its vibrant colors and decoration...Read More

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