Where to Eat in Glasgow
Collected by Tommy Alexander , AFAR Staff
16-18 Blackfriars St, Glasgow G1 1PE, UK
Glasgow's notoriously unpredictable weather doesn't offer reliable scope for balmy days in a beer garden. However, when the sun is shining, this Merchant City favourite reels in the punters. The upstairs restaurant at the venue has a French...
12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
If you wanted to trace Scotland’s modern culinary renaissance, you would begin here, on Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End, where the late Ronnie Clydesdale opened Ubiquitous Chip in 1971. Even then, Clydesdale recognized that Scottish...
64 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY, UK
Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, Cafe Gandolfi is a bona fide dining landmark in the Merchant City district of central Glasgow. It’s aged remarkably well, thanks to its organic timber furniture by Tim Stead and simple but...
7 Buccleuch St, Glasgow G3 6SJ, UK
“This is a tiny little shop close to my home that’s been converted to an Indian restaurant with an open kitchen. It only has five or six tables, but it’s hugely popular and serves really great curry.” - Stewart Laing This appeared in the...
97-99 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NP, UK
Scotland's national dish is a divisive item. Its most vocal detractors, however, are those who are put off by the idea of eating a dish that consists of offal, oatmeal and spices which is then wrapped and boiled in a sheep's stomach. Those who...
208 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8HA, UK
Glasgow's restaurant scene is as healthy as any in the UK. Sometimes, however, it is hard to beat a dinner of deep fried battered fish and chips liberally doused in salt and vinegar eaten direct from a greaseproof wrapper. Beloved of Glaswegians...
239 North St, Glasgow G3 7DL, UK
A fixture with Glasgow's cool kids, Chinaski's continues to thrive. It may not look like much from the outside, but interiors inspired by novelist Charles Bukowski, a great selection of music and some excellent drinks and bar food ensure its...
42 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
Any tea aficionado best sharpen their sleuthing abilities and set out to find Tchai-Ovna. Squirrelled away on a residential street in the Glasgow Uni ’hood, this cosy tea house is a welcome reprieve from the damp cold that seats itself into your...
176 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RL, UK
Regularly cited as the best restaurant in Glasgow, this classy venue delivers elegant haute cuisine made with the very best produce from Scotland's abundant larder. Menu items include dishes such as spiced crab with citrus salad and grilled sea...
28 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NX, UK
This West End spot is known for its haggis, but on my first night in Scotland, I wasn't quite up to that traditional savory pudding of sheep's pluck, oatmeal, onions, and spices encased in stomach lining and then stewed into submission. Instead, I...
66 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PT, UK
Scottish grub was never really about the famed haggis or deep-fried mars bars, and although you can still search these treats out today’s chefs have re-invented the old and familiar. In the city’s west end, Cafézique is a best kept secret. The...
22 Bridge St, Glasgow G5 9HR, UK
Exotic Arabic charm hits guests from the word go at Nur with ballooning ceiling drapes and soft cushions heightening the Eastern atmosphere. The food is equally alluring. Egyptian staple foul -- a starter of tomato and fava beans -- is excellent...
164 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2LW, UK
“Let’s have a Greggs!” This refrain is certainly something you may overhear while roaming the rather handsome streets of Glasgow. Is Greggs a chain? Yes. Does Greggs have a rather ubiquitous presence? Certainly. Did somehow I find myself back...
450 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6SE, UK
Although blessed with many fine attributes, Scotland got a pretty raw deal in the weather department. It rarely ever gets truly freezing in Glasgow, but count on experiencing a miserable day or three -- especially if travelling in winter....
71 Elmbank St, Glasgow G2 4PQ, UK
"Just off Sauchiehall Street you’ll find Kings Café. Nobody wants mozzarella cheese on their pizza in Scotland; they want orange Scottish cheese. And this is the place to get it." - Stewart Laing This appeared in the January/February 2014. Read...
441 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
Nanakusa does a lot of things very well. The long, narrow restaurant in the heart of the city is a huge hit with the office lunch crowd thanks to its reasonably priced set meals and bento boxes. There's a fair bit of flair on show too. In addition...
161 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2UQ, UK
Glasgow is a little short on options for French dining, but this city centre gem compensates for the relative paucity of rivals. Named after co-owner Richard Dupupet's house in Burgundy, the restaurant is every inch your classic bistro. Staples...
910 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TF, UK
If one area has dramatically transformed into Glasgow’s latest dining destination, it’s Finnieston. Once a rather nondescript district between the stylish West End and the City Centre, Finnieston is now the place to go, whether for...
729-731 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AA, UK
The Scottish penchant for fried food is well known, but Glasgow's best cooked breakfasts are growing ever more sophisticated. A case in point is Gusto and Relish in the city's southside which uses only the best quality ingredients from local...
725 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX, UK
Recently revamped to showcase an open kitchen, this West End venue gives diners a ringside seat from which to watch the culinary alchemy unfold. Although the name is Scottish and the produce is sourced locally, influences are derived from a range...
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