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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Little Italy

    $ | West End | Italian

    Offering all things Italian, this constantly busy, noisy, and extremely friendly café sits in the heart of the West End. Its pizzas, made on...Read More

  • 14. Mother India

    $$ | Clyde | Indian

    The brand known as Mother India really covers four adjacent restaurants rather than just one location, all highlighting small plates of impressive...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 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

  • 18. The Sisters Kelvingrove

    $$$ | Finnieston | British

    Walk up the smooth sandstone steps to this restaurant, which aims to inspire your palate with a menu that is locally sourced and always changing...Read More

  • 19. Ubiquitous Chip

    $$$ | West End | Modern British

    Occupying a converted stable behind the Hillhead subway station on busy Ashton Lane, this restaurant is a Glasgow institution, with an untarnished...Read More

  • 20. Wudon

    $ | West End | Japanese

    Pleasant and relaxed, this Japanese restaurant with white walls, simple furniture, subdued lighting, and a large window onto the street offers...Read More

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