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. Babbity Bowster

    $$ | Merchant City

    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 charming...Read More

  • 2. Cail Bruich

    $$$$ | West End

    A Gaelic phrase that means "to eat well", the restaurant known as Cali Bruich certainly lives up to its name as evidenced by its many...Read More

  • 3. Chaophraya

    $ | City Centre

    You can experience dining at its most sumptuous and elegant for a good price in the grand surroundings of what was the Glasgow Conservatoire, where...Read More

  • 4. Crabshakk

    $$ | Finnieston

    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

  • 5. Kool Ba

    $$ | Merchant City

    Thick wooden tables, tapestries, and soft candlelight make you feel at home in the comfortable dining room of this atmospheric haven serving an intriguing mix...Read More

  • 6. Mother India

    $$ | Clyde

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

  • 7. Mussel Inn

    $$ | City Centre

    West-coast shellfish farmers own this sleek restaurant and feed their customers incredibly succulent oysters, scallops, and mussels. The pots of mussels, steamed to order and...Read More

  • 8. Opium

    $$ | City Centre

    This eatery has completely rethought Asian cuisine, taking Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai cooking in new directions and using sauces that are fragrant and spicy but...Read More

  • 9. Ox and Finch

    $$$ | Finnieston

    This immensely popular restaurant shines at every level—service, presentation, and taste. The stripped-back, rustic decor encourages chatter and the sharing of the eclectic small plates...Read More

  • 10. Rogano

    $$ | City Centre

    Two things have made the Rogano a Glasgow institution: its beautiful art deco decor, which echoes the luxury Clyde-built oceanliners of the thirties, and its...Read More

  • 11. Stravaigin

    $$$ | West End

    For many years Stravaigin has maintained the highest quality of cooking, creating adventurous dishes that often combine Asian and local flavors and unusual marriages of...Read More

  • 12. The Finnieston

    $$ | Finnieston

    A 19th-century inn turned into an elegant restaurant, the Finnieston retains the dark wood and narrow cubicles of earlier times, but today it is one...Read More

  • 13. Anchor Line

    $$$ | City Centre

    Occupying the former headquarters of the Anchor Line, whose ships sailed from Scotland to America, this bar and restaurant near George Square has been impressively...Read More

  • 14. Baffo

    $ | Finnieston

    There has been something of an explosion of new pizzerias in Glasgow, many of them newer chains, but Baffo has made its mark and won...Read More

  • 15. Balbir's

    $$ | West End

    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. Try the...Read More

  • 16. Barras Art and Design

    $$ | East End

    A welcome addition for East End diners, BAaD occupies a sprawling campus of spaces, including a stylish glass-roofed courtyard, a large beer garden split over...Read More

  • 17. Bay Tree

    $ | West End

    This popular small café in the university area is unpretentious and quite cheap. It serves wonderful Middle Eastern food—mostly vegetarian dishes, but there are a...Read More

  • 18. Bread Meats Bread

    $ | West End

    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...Read More

  • 19. Brig o' Doon House

    $$

    Originally built in 1827, this attractive hotel restaurant often has a piper by the door to greet hungry travelers ready for a Scottish setting and...Read More

  • 20. Butchershop Bar and Grill

    $$ | Finnieston

    An early arrival in the redeveloping Finnieston area, Butchershop occupies what was once a pub and overlooks the bowling greens in Kelvingrove Park. Modern, open,...Read More

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