Best Restaurants In Glasgow 2024

There's something special about the ritual of dining out; selecting a place, getting dolled up, choosing your dishes (while trying not to get food envy), then lapping up the atmosphere. And that's before we even eat anything. Whether you're looking for a casual dinner with friends or a special date night spot, check out our guide to the very top restaurants in Glasgow here - from Indian to Italian and everything in between.

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Last updated on 1st July 2024




Maki & Ramen Glasgow

You can't go wrong with a trip to Maki & Ramen, which not only boasts beautiful interiors full of pink cherry blossom and pretty lanterns, but also delicious Japanese food. Chow down on everything from sushi platters and noodle soup to yakisoba, paired with plenty of cocktails. You can happily spend the rest of the night here as well, thanks to a spacious dancefloor and live DJ sets every single weekend.

WEST On The Green

While you may know WEST On The Green better for its freshly brewed pints, it's also a haven for German grub. Settle either in the atmospheric boozer or the sprawling beer garden to chomp on chicken schnitzel, currywurst and juicy steak burgers topped with cheese and caramelised onions. Found inside the Templeton Carpet factory building, this friendly beer hall whips up its very own European brews like the Munich Red, GPA and Heidi-Weisse.

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Bar Soba Mitchell Lane

So you're hungry and looking for the best East Asian restaurants the city has to offer? At Bar Soba's outposts on Mitchell Lane and in Merchant City, you'll find trendy urban interiors full of quirky signs and colourful artwork, alongside a menu of fusion fare and deliciously creative cocktails. Think pulled pork bao buns, cauliflower katsu curry, dragon prawn noodles and much more, with boozy brunches available too for just £30 per person.

Mowgli Glasgow

Found on Vincent Street, Mowgli is a city centre gem which serves Indian street food, boasting gorgeous interiors full of hanging lights, indoor trees and foliage to create a magical grden feel.. Whether you're in the mood for Maa's lamb chops that are marinated in aromatic spiced yoghurt or a flavour-packed fish curry with dried smokey Kashmiri red chillies, this two-floor venue has it all.

Hillhead Bookclub

{meat free monday} and 7 other offers

Get your smackers around all kinds of droolworthy delights over at Hillhead Bookclub. If you're stuck for where to eat, this best-loved parlour is keeping hunger pangs at bay with a menu of moules mariniere, steak frites and plant-based doner kebabs. Thy also serve brunch until 2pm everyday, from classic or vegan full Scottish breakfasts to a French toast stack, and if you head there on Monday you can get 30% off meat-free dishes all day long. What's more, they host lots of events here too, ranging from spoken word nights to drag bingo.

Cubatas

Cubatas is renowned as one of the best tapas restaurants in the city. It's beautifully authentic, serving up Spanish small plates, paellas and omelettes cooked using traditional methods, meaning the food is bursting with flavour - think pan-seared seabass with bell peppers and cauliflower purée. They offer a Spanish twist on afternoon tea here as well, and the food is so good that it's been acknowledged by Ron Mackenna, Glasgow Food Geek, the Sunday Times and more in the past.

The Corinthian

Steak Frites and 8 other offers

Nestled within a grand, listed building and boasting opulent interiors, The Corinthian is without a doubt one of the best places to eat. This swish space boasts five different floors, but be sure to head to Teller's brasserie to dine under a 26-foot glass dome. Swing by this bustling spot for banging brunches, beautifully grilled steaks and elevated Scottish classics like fish 'n' chips or whole lobster. As for entertainment? Why not check out Charlie Parker's Piano Bar on Saturday nights.

Gaucho Glasgow

If you're on the hunt for the best restaurants in Glasgow city centre, then you've found it over at Gaucho. This slick, Argentinian-inspired hangout boasts a menu of premium, sustainable steaks alongside burgers, pasta dishes and gnocchi, to be enjoyed in their swish velvet booths under sultry low lighting. Plus, there's a load of wines and cocktails to try out too - our pick has to be the citrus negroni for a bitter, lemony kick.

Thaikhun Glasgow

Wander into the heart of Glasgow's Silverburn Shopping Centre for some incredible food at Thaikhun. Among quirky decor like multi-coloured walls, golden statues and various objects hanging from the ceiling you'll find twists on classic Asian dishes and plenty of quirky cocktails. Chomp down on juicy chicken skewers, sweet and sour stir-fry and katsu curries, while sipping a fruity Bangkok Blast or the pineapple and ginger mojito.

BrewDog Kelvingrove - Glasgow

Vegan Monday

Fronting a menu devoted to US-style comfort food, BrewDog Kelvingrove is one of the best casual restaurants in the city. Maybe go for one of the towering burgers, or perhaps the world-famous wings (chicken or cauliflower) - whatever you've got a hankering for, this place is sure to provide. They've got an absolutely huge selection of craft beer on tap to wash it all down, as well as a regular lineup of live music from local performers.

Shilling Brewing Co.

2-4-1 Pizzas and 1 other offer

Wondering where to eat in Glasgow city centre? If you like your pizzas with a side of freshly brewed craft beer, then Shilling Brewing Co. is the restaurant for you. Pull up a chair to munch on slices topped with haggis, pepperoni or mushrooms, then dip your crusts in Irn Bru chilli jam and jalapeno mayonnaise. They offer all kinds of brilliant deals here as well, from two-for-one pizzas on Mondays to two drinks and a pizza buffet to share for £19.50 per person.

Bothy Glasgow

After the best restaurants in Glasgow's West End? Head on over to Bothy, where beautiful foliage touches and intimate low lighting only add to the allure of the seasonal Scottish menus - which feature everything from air-dried ribeye steak to harissa-spiced celeriac steak or a classic haggis, neeps and tatties. To wash down your meal, expect spirits distilled fresh from the Highlands and a lineup of cocktails - we recommend the blood orange margarita.

Alston Bar and Beef Glasgow

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If you're seeking out hidden gem restaurants in Glasgow, Alston Bar and Beef is sure to blow your socks off. Situated beneath Glasgow Central Station, this atmospheric dining den is ideal for intimate date nights, flaunting unique interiors, sumptuous steaks and an excellent lineup of gin. They source only the top 1% of steak available for their meals, selected from accredited farms in the Tweed Valley of the Scottish Borders.

Windows Restaurant / Carlton George Hotel

Windows Restaurant at Carlton George Hotel has exactly what you expect from the name: beautiful vistas from your table and a rooftop space to boot. From afternoon tea to the British a la carte menu, there are plenty of crowd-pleasing plates to satiate any cravings - we're talking halloumi strips in panko breadcrumbs, beef stroganoff, baked Scottish salmon and more. Even better? With their market menu, you can enjoy two courses for £23, or three for £26.

Moskito Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Let's be honest - if you're looking for cool places to eat in Glasgow city centre, you're gonna head to Moskito Cocktail Bar & Restaurant. Cosy up in the dining area, which is adorned with neon walls, luscious foliage and lantern lights, for one helluva meal - think crispy Enoki mushrooms, miso-glazed salmon and Moroccan lamb meatballs. To wash it all down? We recommend the chocolate orange martini. Be sure to check out their brilliant brunch events too, themed around everything from Lady Gaga to Harry Potter.

Browns Brasserie & Bar Glasgow

Home to quite the mega menu of scrumptious eats, Browns Brasserie & Bar is one of the best Merchant City eateries. While in a super slick setting, dive into a tasty selection of crowd-pleasers served with flair, from prawn and crab linguine to pulled lamb shepherd's pie or mushroom and halloumi burgers. You'll find an extensive brunch menu and even afternoon tea here as well, coming in at just £23 per person.

Chaophraya Glasgow

A four-storey stunner boasting unique, traditional decor and golden furnishings, Chaophraya is famed for its tantalising Thai treats. Not only is it cooking up exquisite and fragrant dishes, but it's also pouring out delectable cocktails and wines. Whether you're in the mood for a rich beef panang curry, stir-fried mixed vegetables in oyster sauce or soft-boiled quail eggs in a sweet tamarind sauce, you can find it all at this city centre destination.

The Ivy Glasgow

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gorgeous place to eat than The Ivy, which some deem to be the best restaurant in Glasgow. This snazzy joint showcases plush furnishings, from the botanical wallpaper to the velvet armchairs, as well as an eclectic menu that features elevated British classics like shepherd's pie or roasted scallops - alongside Malaysian curries and a whole range of tasty burgers.

Ubiquitous Chip

The Ubiquitous Chip is a firm choice when it comes to high-quality food. Not only is this sprawling Ashton Lane spot somewhat of an institution, but it also boasts some of the finest Scottish fare in the city alongside undeniably beautiful interiors - think low lighting and lots of greenery. Tuck into a seven-course tasting menu for £80 per person, or dine a la carte to try out the likes of veal sweetbread, white asparagus in mushroom custard or Aberdeenshire lamb with baked butter beans.

Gamba

Toting an enticing range of seafood specialties since 1998, Gamba is a hot to trot dining spot for date nights and special occasions. When you're not admiring the slinky decor of teal tiled walls and circular mirrors, chomp on monkfish, lobster and scallops prepared to perfection. Sustainability and locally sourced ingredients are all-important here, and their cocktail selection is pretty impressive too.

Six By Nico

Six By Nico is one of the most laid-back yet fancy restaurants Glasgow has to offer, fronting an ever-changing, multi-course tasting experience every six weeks - expertly prepared by Head Chef Modou Diagme. The menu is kept under wraps but is usually based on a special place or memory to add extra meaning to the spread. Previous themes have included a taste of the Amalfi coast and The Chippie, so you're always in for something unique here.

Hanoi Bike Shop

Hanoi Bike is sure to satiate those cravings for wholesome Vietnamese fare, rustling up a range of street food bites like crispy chicken satay and Vietnamese chilli and ginger fishcakes, alongside slurp-worthy bowls of build-your-own pho. It's also beautifully decorated, with colourful, glowing lantern lights and bicycles on the walls, as well as a laidback balcony for outdoor dining.

Ka Pao

Serving plates inspired by travels across Southeast Asia, Ka Pao is an exciting eatery that started life as a series of pop-ups. Created by the minds behind Ox and Finch, its innovative menu takes guests on a tasting adventure with curries, noodles and grilled goods that are sure to impress. Our recommendation? The coconut poached king prawns and jackfruit, paired with a Tangerine Dream cocktail.

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

If you're on the hunt for the best Indian restaurants in the city, the award-winning spot Chaakoo Bombay Cafe is an authentic dining concept that champions sharing plates bursting with fragrant spices - with venues in the city centre and in the West End. The menu is full of meat dishes from the grill, Irani spiced lamb or cauliflower kebabs and indulgent curries like paneer butter masala, while their exotic cocktails are inspired by fruity flavours.

The Finnieston

This beauty pairs stunning dishes with equally impressive interiors - we're talking rustic wooden furniture and exposed brick walls. Join The Finnieston for dinner and revel in a night of expertly crafted cocktails accompanied by some unexpectedly inventive, elegant and downright delicious seafood. Their menu includes everything from steamed Shetland mussels and oysters to sirloin steaks and handmade silken tofu in a signature sauce - with a huge collection of gins to wash it all down with.

Stravaigin

Gourmet, brimming with international bites and renowned for its high-end fare, it's no wonder that Stravaigin is one of the city's top restaurants. Pop over for elevated dishes, including the likes of crispy chickpea panisse burgers, charred broccoli with baba ganoush and roasted venison haunch. Choose between the pretty, fairy-lit mezzanine or the intimate cellar, where you can enjoy an extensive wine list on top of their international menu.

The Butchershop Bar & Grill

The Butchershop Bar & Grill is among the best steak restaurants in Glasgow. From its well-considered menu to its exquisite cocktails and stylish surroundings, this award-winning hotspot has certainly earned its reputation as an absolute must for dining in the city. Expect high quality Scottish beef across Tomahawk and chateaubriand cuts, to name a few, alongside tasty seafood dishes such as roasted Shetland monkfish tail or natural oysters on the rocks.

Sugo Pasta

When it comes to Italian restaurants in Glasgow city centre, nothing really beats Sugo Pasta. Not only is this a seriously stunning place, but the menu of fresh cuisine is sure to absolutely knock your socks off, as will the carefully selected list of drinks. Expect dreamy pasta dishes for as little as £7.95 each, ranging from fettucine in a spicy pork and nduja ragu to mushroom and brown butter tagliatelle.

Cail Bruich

Cail Bruich is one of two Michelin star restaurants in Glasgow, where an elevated yet casual menu of Scottish dishes takes centre stage. Chow down on a sublime selection of innovative eats, all of which shine a light on seasonal produce and come paired with a lip-smacking range of curated wines. They've got five and seven-course tasting menus start from £110 per person, including sample dishes like raw Orkney scallops and Jersey royals.

Bread Meats Bread

Having a delicious meal out doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank. Ditch splashing out on fine wines and exotic dishes by heading down to Bread Meats Bread on St Vincent Street, where you can opt for some of the best burgers and sandwiches in the city. Their extravagant dishes include a beef patty between two caramelised glazed ring doughnuts, as well as classic hotdogs, toasties and plant-based burgers loaded with jalapenos and Buffalo sauce.

Ox and Finch

Ox and Finch is ideal for fine dining, featuring an impressive design that showcases raw brick, Victorian tiling, concrete tables and an open kitchen. To match? An equally incredible menu of seasonal sharing dishes that's earned it a place in the Michelin guide. Expect scrumptious plates of cod cheeks and chorizo on toasted sourdough, charred hispi cabbage in anchovy hollandaise or whipped feta with banana chilli - many of which cost less than £10.

The Spanish Butcher

Modelled off slick New York City brasseries, sporting bare-brick walls and polished concrete flooring, The Spanish Butcher is one of the best restaurants in Glasgow's Merchant City. Head on over to this Miller Street favourite to tuck into fine cuts of Galician beef and hearty plates of European deliciousness - including 30-month aged Iberico ham, whole garlic prawns and cauliflower steak with potatoes.

Finsbay Flatiron

Love yourself a prime cut? Finsbay Flatiron is a place where steak reigns supreme, so it's a haven for the city's carnivores. Making sure that this luxurious offering doesn't come with a hefty price tag, the West End gem slings out cuts for just £12 a pop. You can also get your hands on mouthwatering meals like vegan arancini or Thai noodle salad, as well as a cracking selection of burgers.

The Gannet

Having found itself a place in the Michelin guide for its contemporary Scottish fine dining, The Gannet has become a bit of a local legend as one of the best special occasion restaurants in Glasgow. Head along for stripped-back yet atmospheric interiors, not to mention bites like red deer with hazelnut, black garlic and bitter leaves. Step into this sultry space to find exposed brick walls, low lighting and a fully stocked bar - the perfect setting for an elegant, modern meal.