42 of the best restaurants in Glasgow

The capital of the west, Glasgow is most certainly Scotland’s trendiest city. Not to be beaten in terms of population by the Capital, so huge is the draw of the glorious Gorbals and the curves of the River Clyde that Glasgow outstrips Edinburgh with its inhabitants by over a hundred thousand people. And, we like to think, part of the appeal of this Scottish city is its food scene. With something for everyone, Glasgow’s best restaurants are a true mix of global influences – if you could want it this city has it. Scroll down for our round up of the best restaurants in Glasgow.

Updated on 10 March 2022

From the West End, where Ashton Lane rules supreme thanks to its line-up of trendy cafes and bars, through to the city centre where national chains like The Ivy have set-up shop, there really is a restaurant for every occasion in Glasgow.

Smaller, independent names are also well-able to flourish in this welcoming Scottish city, with locals and tourists alike embracing places that offer something a little bit different. Where previously only European dining was offered up, restaurants dedicated to ramen or Malaysian cuisine now stand their ground. Glaswegians are proud of their go-getting neighbours, after all they do say ‘people make Glasgow’, and ferociously champion their own success stories with gusto resulting in local mini chains blossoming.

For special occasions there are of course formal and Michelin-starred Glasgow restaurants too, that offer that old school fine dining for when only the best will do. Michelin starred Cail Bruich on the Great Western Road, for instance, has established itself as a celebration spot for those in the know and serves up plates of seasonally-lead British food with all the bells and whistles with things like an amuse bouche and petit four coming as standard. Offering up tasting menus for £80, this pinnacle of Glasgow’s restaurant scene is also one of Scotland's best restaurants overall. Another fine-dining option is the recently Michelin-starred Unalome by Graeme Cheevers which promises oft-changing, magical tasting menus, devised and prepared by one of the UK's most exciting chefs, in a beautiful setting by Kelvingrove Park.

If the above snippets of places to eat in Glasgow are enough to persuade you to plan your next meal out, we’ve made it easy. Simply click through on whichever restaurant takes your fancy to read the full review and to book.

Ubiquitous Chip

Ubiquitous Chip

12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ

Notorious on the Glasgow dining scene, Ubiquitous Chip has been in situ on the corner of Ashton Lane since 1971 and is a real tick list place to visit while in town. Food is geared towards getting the best from Scottish ingredients while not neglecting the global influences that can make good food great. The rich umami flavour of miso accompanies sea trout, while crab is lightly spiced and paired with a sweetcorn bhaji for an interesting rift on a classic Indian recipe. Downstairs can be pricy, but the upstairs brasserie offers a more affordable way in.

£30 - £49
Scottish
Crabshakk

Crabshakk

1114 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD

As the name might suggest, this trendy Finnieston restaurant specialises in shellfish. Here you’ll find seafood dishes for purists: oysters on ice, seared scallops served au natural, rich crab bisque and spaghetti vongole. There is a steak option in case of mixed preferences in a group but for the most part the fish here is the star of the show. Open 12-12 every day, Crabshakk makes for the perfect lunch or dinner venue, but if venturing out on the weekend make sure to book ahead as it does get busy.

Under £30
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Partick Duck Club

Partick Duck Club

27 Hyndland Street , Partick, Glasgow, G11 5QF

Partick Duck Club looks like a traditional pub from the outside with its painted blue facade and large windows, but the inside has more of a bistro vibe, in line with it serving one of Glasgow's best brunches. Partick Duck Club deals in comfort food - expect British classics with influences also coming from all around the world. Starters on offer range from fried macaroni cheese with truffle oil and parmesan to crispy Asian cauliflower, with chilli, sesame, coriander and soy, and at dinner time you can expect dishes like a 12-hour crispy duck leg or steak with chimichurri.

£30 - £49
Scottish
The Ivy Buchanan Street

The Ivy Buchanan Street

106 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2NB

The now-national chain of Ivy restaurants opened its second Scottish site in Glasgow, only preceded by the Edinburgh offering. As with other branches all over the country, this city centre restaurant is luxuriously appointed with rich soft furnishings and a large marble bar taking centre stage. The menu is a whole host of long-standing favourites, from prawn cocktail to steak and chips, and delivers reliably robust flavours without skipping a beat.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
International
Monadh Kitchen

Monadh Kitchen

19 New Kirk Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 3SJ

This buzzy neighbourhood bistro is a fair schlep out of Glasgow city centre, but it doesn’t stop people heading all the way out to Bearsden to get a table. Monadh promises locally sourced, modern Scottish cooking, and delivers with dishes like roast celeriac and spinach tagliatelle, and game and black pudding terrine with fig chutney. There’s a very reasonable lunch set menu on offer too, but Monadh has held a Michelin Bib Gourmand for a few years now so it’s not always easy to get a table. 

£30 - £49
Scottish
Gaga Glasgow

Gaga Glasgow

566 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow, G11 6RH

Fresh from the huge success of Julie’s Kopitiam, Julie Lin has teamed up with Marc Ferrier and Ken Hamilton of the nearby Thornwood to open Gaga Glasgow - a riot of south-east Asian sharing plates, desserts and delicious cocktails. Not only is the food and drink absolutely ace, this is a larger space than the cosy Kopitiam so you’re more likely to get a table if you venture out west on the Dumbarton Road.

£30 - £49
Malaysian
South East Asian
Caprese don Costanzo

Caprese don Costanzo

13 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow, G3 7UL

Chequered tablecloths, portraits on the walls and a friendly, pasta-making nonno in the kitchen - Caprese don Costanzo is the very epitome of a neighbourhood trattoria. Despite counting many local celebs as fans, Caprese remains completely down to earth, serving healthy portions of Italian home cooking at very reasonable prices. 

Under £30
Italian
Bar Brett

Bar Brett

321 Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, G49HR

Natural wine and food cooked over open fire - Bar Brett would be a perfect fit in East London, and even among the heavyweights of wine bar cuisine it would more than hold its own. The team keeps things simple from Monday to Wednesday with yakitori nights, but later in the week there’s a wider range of smartly-curated small plates. It’s pretty cosy inside with only a handful of tables up for grabs, but if you can get one, you won’t regret it. Make the most of very knowledgeable staff for great wine pairings.

£30 - £49
Bars
International
Wine Bars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Silk Road Deli

Silk Road Deli

34 Minard Road, Glasgow, G41 2HW

This southside Glasgow gem was set up by former Million Pound Menu contestant Tanya Golhil, and has quickly gained a rep for seriously good sandwiches. Even more impressive, it’s an entirely vegetarian offering. Dream of tortilla hash with padron peppers, salsa brave, shaved manchego and aioli or a crispy panko sweet potato stuffed sub with katsu gravy, pozu dressed leaves and pickled ginger, whilst you queue for a lunchtime treat. Silk Road Deli closes when the sandwiches run out, so get there early to avoid disappointment.

Under £30
Fusion
Number 16

Number 16

16 Byres Road, Glasgow, G115JY

With two AA Rosettes and a place on The Good Food Guide this reliably good Glasgow restaurant runs two services each day and is a sure-fire winner when it comes to delicious food, cooked well. The menu changes regularly according to what’s in season and at its best but dishes you can expect see the likes of hand-dived scallop with Jerusalem artichoke, apple and lardo for starters, and beef onglet with ox cheek, celeriac and black garlic for mains. Make sure to save room for pudding too, as there's always a line up of great treats.

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Gate

The Gate

251 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TP

We found room for The Gate in our list of the best restaurants in Scotland, so it would be remiss not to also include it here. Yes, this is technically more of a pub, but The Gate serves the best drinks in Glasgow for our money, and does so alongside some white bread cheese toasties and faithfully curated Scottish cheese boards.

Under £30
Gastropub
Dakhin

Dakhin

89 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 1NP

Dakhin was a frontrunner in bringing South Indian food to Glasgow’s restaurant scene and has held firm in its position as a well-loved local since. With dishes from Kerala and the surrounding regions you can expect the plates to be packed with the rich flavour of coconut and sweet and sour notes. Flame cooked tiger prawns marinated in ginger, garlic, cumin and crushed bay leaves are a crowd-pleaser, while more substantial curries like the Kozhi stew combines chicken, potatoes and carrots in a creamy coconut gravy. The entire menu is allergy-friendly, with the restaurant being Coeliac UK accredited, and the kitchen uses no nuts, sesame, celery or molluscs in the dishes they send out.

£30 - £49
Indian
The Finnieston

The Finnieston

1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8ND

With sustainability at its heart The Finnieston is found on bustling Argyle Street and serves up a menu of carefully curated Scottish seafood and proudly labels itself as Glasgow’s premier gin bar. It is a moody and masculine subterranean space, punctuated by a mixture of exposed bricks, wood-panelled walls and cosy leather studded booths separated by ornate glass screens. Expect classics like fish soup, Orkney crab cakes and seafood curry, all beautifully executed. 

£30 - £49
Scottish
Bars
Fish
Gamba

Gamba

225a West George Street, Glasgow, Central Scotland, G2 2ND

Sitting pretty on the Michelin Guide, this small Scottish restaurant has drawn crowds from across the country and beyond thanks to its stunning French-leaning fish dishes. Prices are steep, at around £25 for main courses, but the cost is justified when the kitchen only uses the very best ingredients from Scotland’s larder. Shetland cod, Isle of Gigha fish and king scallops sit alongside each other on the quietly confident menu that signals an experienced kitchen team. This Glasgow restaurant finds its home in a luxuriously appointed basement space making it one for special occasions.

£30 - £49
Fish
Bilson Eleven

Bilson Eleven

10 Annfield Place, Glasgow, Glasgow, G31 2XQ

Playful and intriguing in equal measure, Bilson Eleven hosts tasting menu evenings from an old Glasgow tenement block in Dennistoun. Sometimes the setting far outweighs the dishes at tasting experiences such as these, but Bilson Eleven delivers on all fronts a smart seasonal tasting menu that moves seamlessly from dainty snacks and single bites to larger plates and desserts.

Scottish
FIVE MARCH

FIVE MARCH

140 Elderslie St , Glasgow , G3 7QF

Seasonal menus and ethically sourced ingredients are championed at FIVE MARCH, and there's also plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans, meaning that there’s something for everyone. Mediterranean small sharing plates ensure you can get a good taste of everything from the menu, making this a great place for meeting friends. The decor is gentle and pleasing - pale pink walls, banquette seating and plenty of foliage make the restaurant feel like something between a café and a gastropub, and there's a terrace area too for warmer days.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Mediterranean
Cafe Gandolfi

Cafe Gandolfi

64 Albion Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 1NY

This legendary Glasgow city centre restaurant knows what its audience wants, and that’s the classics. To cater to this the team here have a menu that doesn’t change – which features things like a trio of pates alongside cullen skink and haggis neeps and tatties – as well as a seasonal selection of dishes. Plates from the latter menu might feature things like ginger braised pork with smoked cauliflower or pan roasted duck breast with Scottish girolles. Having been around since 1979, this Glasgow restaurant is testament to the fact that good, solid cooking never goes out of style.

£30 - £49
International
Fish
Brian Maule at Chardon D

Brian Maule at Chardon D'Or Restaurant

176 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, G2 4RL

Chardon d’Or translates as ‘golden thistle’ – a reminder that the auld alliance is alive and well at Scottish-born Brian Maule’s elegant Glasgow destination. After time away from Scotland (working in kitchens like Le Gavroche with Michel Roux Jnr) chef proprietor Brian says he returned home because of the outstanding quality of the country’s produce, which he uses to fashion a beautiful French and Mediterranean-inspired menu. The space is elegant, if slightly old fashioned, and there are private dining and wedding hire options too.   

£50 - £79
Modern European
French
Sapporo Teppanyaki Glasgow

Sapporo Teppanyaki Glasgow

2-6 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 1HA

Dinner with a side of theatre makes this one of Glasgow’s best Japanese restaurants. Watch as the skilled chefs cook your meal on the grill at the centre of your counter seating. Expect audience participation.

£30 - £49
Japanese
El Perro Negro Woodlands

El Perro Negro Woodlands

152 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6LF

Not all burgers are equal and El Perro Negro – for us – does the best in Glasgow. While there are veggie and chicken options, we have got to give star of the show to the classic burger topped with pickles, caramelised onions and a healthy serving of sauce.

Under £30
Burgers
Ranjit

Ranjit's Kitchen

607 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2QG

This relaxed restaurant-cum-deli doesn't have a pretentious bone in its body - what you see is what you get at Ranjit’s Kitchen, and what you see is Ranjit cooking up an entirely vegetarian menu of curries, rotis, chutneys and more. The menu changes depending on what Ranjit buys from local fruit and veg shops, but the food is always delicious, and very reasonably priced.

Indian
Ka Pao

Ka Pao

Botanic Gardens Garage , Glasgow, G12 8BE

Ka Pao comes from the team who run perennially popular Ox and Finch down the road. This cavernous basement restaurant is found in a beautiful Glasgow building, the Category A-listed Art Deco Botanic Garden Garage on Vinicombe Street, which is faced in green and white tiles and features impressive arched windows. Ka Pao has a buzzy bar atmosphere and serves twists on Asian flavours from across the continent.

£30 - £49
South East Asian
The Gannet

The Gannet

1155 Argyle Street, , Glasgow, G3 8TB

Offering up fine dining in Finneston, The Gannet is a neighbourhood gem run by three friends. The tasting menus change regularly to ensure the best seasonal produce is being championed and there’s a great drinks list too. The Gannet isn't huge, but the striking brutalist interiors - think exposed brick, concrete and pipework - make it a pretty cool place to hang out.

£50 - £79
Scottish
Paesano Pizza - Miller Street

Paesano Pizza - Miller Street

94 Miller Street, Glasgow , G1 1DT

You’ll need patience to nab a spot at this popular no-bookings pizza restaurant (i.e., expect to queue at busy times). If you do manage to bag a table you’ll be rewarded with authentic Napoletana pizzas topped with high end ingredients like Tuscan fennel sausage or grilled aubergine.

Under £30
Pizza
Italian
Two Fat Ladies City Centre

Two Fat Ladies City Centre

118a Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 4EG

With three restaurants in Glasgow, this mini chain has certainly built a reputation for itself, and for good reason. The menu focuses primarily on Scottish ingredients, elevating them by bringing them together in classic combinations. Roast chicken is butter basted and served with a fondant potato and Madeira jus, while Isle of Barra scallops are caramelised in a hot pan before being plated up with a curried parsnip puree. For classic cookery, it doesn’t get much better than this restaurant in Glasgow’s city centre.

£30 - £49
Fish
Stravaigin

Stravaigin

28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX

A combination of globally inspired dishes made with some of Scotland’s best ingredients has sealed the fate of Stravaigin as one of Glasgow’s most popular restaurants. For those who are in town just for a day or two they do a great haggis neeps and tatties, but for those who have tried all the typically Scottish dishes and are looking for a bit more there are options too. On the weekends, Stravaigin opens its doors for a popular weekend brunch, which features all of the usual brunch favourites such as buttermilk waffles and eggs benedict.

£30 - £49
Scottish
International
Celentano

Celentano's Glasgow

28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Glasgow, G4 0XA

Chef Dean Parker was Robin Gill’s right hand man in London for years, heading up The Dairy, The Manor, Sorella and Darby’s before heading to Glasgow with wife Anna. Anyone who has eaten at Sorella will have a fair idea of what to expect here - Italian-inspired dishes, with a focus on fermentation, preserving and curing, all done in house. Nab a table on a Sunday for a bit of live music to go with your dinner.

£30 - £49
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Mother India

Mother India

28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, G3 7RU

Well before the trendy chains like Dishoom were established in Scotland, Mother India brought authentic Indian food to Glasgow. For special occasions there are real showstoppers on the menu, like the lamb raan, which is a leg that is slow cooked with whole spices and served with rice, raita and breads for two people to share. Glasgow is a city that knows Indian food very well, and Mother India remains one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the city - that says a lot. 

£30 - £49
Indian
Six By Nico Glasgow Argyle Street

Six By Nico Glasgow Argyle Street

1132 Argyle St , Glasgow , G3 8TD

Six by Nico started in Scotland - at this very restaurant in fact - and now has restaurants all over the UK thanks to the popular six course tasting menu format. For the price this fine dining experience is a bargain. The menu changes every six weeks, with dishes often playing on classic flavours, sometimes taking inspiration from childhood memories - think reimagined fish fingers, eggs and soldiers and fish and chips.

£30 - £49
Scottish
International
Cail Bruich

Cail Bruich

725 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX

After a refresh a wee while back this West End restaurant came back better than ever, now majoring in solid seasonal cooking that keeps the team here busy with back to back diners most days. Unusual combinations populate the menu – like tomatoes with strawberries and dashi or young summer veggies with barley and fermented turnip – and there are a couple of tasting curations to choose from. Prices can be steep, but eat at lunchtime and you can take advantage of a slightly more affordable tasting menu from the Michelin starred team headed up by Lorna McNee. 

Over £80
Modern European
Scottish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Dhabba

The Dhabba

44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, Central Scotland, G1 1LE

Found across North India, Dhabbas are family-run roadside diners, but this restaurant has put a slightly more sophisticated spin on things. The menu makes use of the very best ingredients to produce high end Indian fare served in a luxurious and vibrant dining room. There is a whole section of the menu dedicated to biryani and homemade paneer is also afforded its very own mini line-up – perfect for vegetarians with a soft spot for this popular Indian cheese.

£30 - £49
Indian
Epicures by Cail Bruich

Epicures by Cail Bruich

159 Hyndland Road, Glasgow, G12 9JA

This spot in Hyndland has been taken over by the team behind Cail Bruich and acts as a more relaxed, informal foil for the Michelin-starred sibling, serving up brunch classics, soups and sandwiches, as well as a selection of tempting goods from the in-house bakery. Menus flex with the seasons for fresh, ingredient-led dishes, and the airy dining room is cosy with a few counter spots for solo diners.

Under £30
Modern European
Julie

Julie's Kopitiam

1109 Pollokshaws Road , Glasgow, G41 3YG

Often found buzzing about her tiny, open-fronted kitchen hereself, you might recognise Julie from her stint on MasterChef. Now she heads up her Kopitiam baby which specialises in Malaysian food and does a killer nasi goreng. The informal nature and reasonably priced menu of Julie's Kopitiam make it the perfect place for a lunch or dinner time feast with friends and family.

Under £30
Malaysian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Six by Nico Glasgow Southside

Six by Nico Glasgow Southside

142 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, Glasgow, G41 5RB

Here six courses centre around a theme that changes every six weeks. The focus is always playful – think ‘chip shop’ or ‘childhood favourites’, and while portions can be small, for what you get all in it is great value for money. With space for just 30-covers, it's a relatively intimate affair but that only adds to the buzzy atmosphere when the place is packed full of customers, and the leather banquettes, booths and chairs gives Six Southside a nice bistro vibe.

Scottish
International
Ox and Finch

Ox and Finch

920 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TF

Serving up small plates of globally inspired dishes, Ox and Finch has managed to establish itself as one of Glasgow’s most popular restaurants in just a few short years. The menu is packed with vibrant, globally inspired plates, all beautifully executed, and the service is equally accomplished, made up of a trendy team who know their stuff when it comes to the menu and are well versed in making recommendations should you need any.  

£30 - £49
International
Fusion
The Butchershop Bar & Grill

The Butchershop Bar & Grill

1055 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 7UD

The exposed stone walls and brown leather banquettes are classic steakhouse chic, but the Butchershop Bar & Grill is so much more than your average diner. For a start, there’s the views - of Kelvingrove Art Museum and Glasgow University - but then there’s the food. Beef comes as chateaubriand, fillet, rib-eye, rump, sirloin and T-bone, all served with plenty of sides. Save room for the indulgent puddings too, and try to get a table here on a Sunday for one of the best roasts in Glasgow. 

£30 - £49
North American
Steak
Alchemilla

Alchemilla

1126 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD

With a buzzy atmosphere, colourful interiors and large sharing plates, Alchemilla is a great spot for groups. This is a thoroughly contemporary space, designed to feel bright and spacious despite only having room for just under 50-covers. There's counter seating up at Alchemilla's bright orange bar too, while the other tables are tucked under a wooden mezzanine level, giving them a particularly cosy feel. Expect wide-reaching Mediterranean fare with everything from croquettas to ceviche on the menu at any one time.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Big Counter

Big Counter

76 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7AA

Big Counter is pretty innocuous from the outside, and from the inside too - think wood benches and red laminate table tops - but there’s some serious cooking going on in the kitchen. Big, bold, vaguely Mediterranean flavours smash into each other on a handwritten menu that gives little away. Mystical, magical and magnificent.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Mediterranean
British
Hanoi Bike Shop

Hanoi Bike Shop

8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG

Owned by the people behind Stravaigin and Ubiquitous Chip, this unpretentious colourful spot, tucked away down a lane off Byres Road serves up some seriously satisfying Vietnamese fare. The menu changes semi-regularly but the old favourites remain firm in their placing – you can always expect fresh rice paper rolls, fragrant pho and that sweet and syrupy Vietnamese coffee that can play the part of dessert should you wish. Occasionally a menu that features a whole range of unfamiliar dishes can feel overwhelming, but happily the team here have thought of that. If you simply utter the words ‘feed me’ you’ll be delivered a mystery selection of dishes for £25 per person giving you a variety of things you may not have chosen yourself, and portions are robust.

Under £30
Vietnamese
Unalome by Graeme Cheevers

Unalome by Graeme Cheevers

36 Kelvingrove Street, Glasgow, G3 7RZ

Wherever Graeme Cheevers goes, Michelin stars seem to follow, first at Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, then at Isle of Eriska Hotel, and now at Unalome. His latest restaurant is a celebration of Scottish produce - some of the best in the world from shore to shore - and Graeme applies lots of Asian inspiration to create stunning tasting menus in a beautiful setting near Kelvingrove Park.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Spanish Butcher

The Spanish Butcher

80 Miller Street G1 1DT, Glasgow, G1 1DT

Spanish food meets New York generosity at this industrial-chic Glasgow steakhouse. Spanish Butcher champions the finest Galician beef, premium Iberican Jamon and fastidiously sourced seafood, combining Spanish and Mediterranean inspired flavour - pick your preferred beef cut alongside a choice of sides and sauces. 

£30 - £49
Steak
Spanish
Gloriosa

Gloriosa

1321 Argyle Street, Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow, G3 8AB

Pairing wines from small independent makers with Mediterranean sharing food is a winning format at Gloriosa, which also houses a coffee shop, deli, off-licence and florist. Celebrated chef Rosie Healy is at the helm, and the warm atmosphere encourages laid-back lunches and dinners. 

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
SquareMeal UK Top 100

Planning on visiting the capital city? Have a look through our round up of Edinburgh's best restaurants. Or click here for a complete list of all our Glasgow restaurants, where you can narrow down by restaurant type, ambience, price, cuisine and more to find your perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner spot.