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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 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 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

  • 10. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Stereo

    $ | City Centre | Vegetarian

    Down a quiet lane near Glasgow Central station, this ultracool eatery dishes up a fantastic range of vegan food, from paella and gnocchi to...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

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