Restaurants in Glasgow's Merchant City

No area highlights Glasgow's wide and varying culinary offerings better than Merchant City. From melt in the mouth meat courtesy of DogHouse, to signature Scottish haggis at Mharsanta, and fresh oysters enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill and Mick Jagger (presumably not at the same time) at Rogano. This small pocket of the city is well-loved by Glaswegians and visitors alike. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night spot or the perfect birthday nosh, check out our pick of the best restaurants in Merchant City.

Bar Soba Merchant City

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Serving up Pan-Asian cuisine, Merchant City is the third Glasgow location for the team behind Bar Soba. The restaurant's light and airy ground floor is perfect for family gatherings and working lunches, whilst upstairs you'll find a more intimate atmosphere along with an extensive cocktail list  - the perfect footsie under the table setting

Situated in George Square, this elegant Victoria building is the perfect place for celebratory dinners; from graduation to birthdays. Their menu features a plethora of à la carte classics including slow cooked salted pork belly and prawn and crab linguine. They also offer an affordable afternoon tea option, with a mouthwatering selection of sandwiches, scones and desserts.  

Pronounced 'var-santah' meaning 'merchant' in Gaelic, Mharsanta offers a truly authentic Scottish dining experience. The menu focuses on the freshest local produce; from traditional haggis to hand-dived scallops with black pudding. Also boasting an impressive cocktail menu, this place is the perfect weekend spot - try the whisky based 'Clydeside Swizzle' and thank us later.

'The pub with no-name', 226 Gallowgate (which neighbours the iconic Barrowland Ballroom) is a historic pub which has had many reincarnations over the years but is now a cosy and creative hub, serving up a selection of simple and hearty classics. Pop in for a light lunch or some pre-gig sustenance. 


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This Mediterranean inspired venue is unlike anything else in Merchant City. Sprawling over multiple floors with various rooms and courtyards, stepping into Arta feels like stepping into another world. Their extensive tapas menu includes all the classics you would expect as well as a few innovative surprises. Complete with its own Romeo and Juliet balcony, date nights don't get more romantic than this.

NY American Grill

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NY American Grill is serving up a slice of the States in central Glasgow. Unsurprisingly this place has a pretty comprehensive burger and rib selection, however that's not all, from meatball marinara to NY tacos and creamy mac'n'cheese, you'll be pledging your allegiance to the flag before desserts have even been served.

Bar Gandolfi

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This secret spot is well-loved by locals for its sanctuary against the hustle and bustle of Merchant City. Offering the same great food and wine as Cafe Gandolfi (which is located downstairs), the menu boasts daily specials along with evening seafood and pasta staples. Grab two seats at the bar for the perfect relaxed date night atmosphere.

The Oyster Bar @ Rogano

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If you're looking to get all dressed up to the nines and feast on some seriously fancy fare, then look no further than The Oyster Bar at Rogano. This iconic venue has played host to the likes of Winston Churchill and Mick Jagger in its 80 years. Serving oysters, mussels and crayfish, their menu is a seafood lover's dream (and there's plenty of Champagne to wash it all down with too).