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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

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