Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest and most charismatic city, is a destination famed for producing talent.
A place that has given the world comedic geniuses like Billy Connolly, sporting heroes like Sir Alex Ferguson, and accomplished musicians like Lulu, those who find themselves in Glasgow these days will undoubtedly see the city’s tourism slogan ‘People Make Glasgow’ emblazoned on a poster along Buchanan or Sauchiehall Street.
It is the gastronomic treats coming out of Glasgow’s burgeoning culinary scene however that have drawn people’s attention in recent years.
So, as the locals would say, gather up the troops and head on down to these sensational Glasgow restaurants for a true belter of a meal:
The 8 Best Restaurants in Glasgow
Mister Singh’s India
We start our list of best restaurants in Glasgow with one of our favourites: Mister Singh’s India. An institution of authentic Indian cuisine, the team at Mister Singh’s have been welcoming diners to their establishment for more than two decades.
The talented kitchen staff at this Elderslie Street eatery aren’t afraid to combine Scottish produce with flavours from the subcontinent, with dishes such as the restaurant’s legendary haggis pakora a testament to the skills of the resident chefs.
The recipe for Mister Singh’s signature curry, the Ambala, is a closely guarded secret that has been passed down from generation to generation. The local Glaswegian foodie community must have a good idea by now of its contents however given the amount of times the dish has been ordered.
An absolute treat for the senses, a meal at Mister Singh’s India comes highly recommended.
149 Elderslie Street, Glasgow G3 7JR
Tue-Sat: 12:00pm to 11:00pm; Sun: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
One of Glasgow’s finest West End restaurants, Cail Bruich is an award-winning, stylish eatery that offers diners a series of seasonal Scottish menus.
Partnerships with local and regional food suppliers enable the kitchen staff at Cail Bruich to always use the freshest ingredients on the market, and the standard of food produced on a daily basis is simply sensational.
An impressive drinks card featuring a fine selection of whiskies, digestifs and cocktails can be perused at leisure upon arrival. The attention to detail given to the presentation of each plate makes dining at Cail Bruich a memorable experience that you’ll want to repeat again and again.
725 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8QX
Lunch – Wed-Sat: 12:30pm to 2:30pm; Sun: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Dinner – Mon-Sat: 6:00pm to 9:30pm; Sun: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ox and Finch
Located on Sauchiehall Street, one of the city’s most vibrant thoroughfares, Ox and Finch is hands down one of the best restaurants in Glasgow.
This popular venue boasts a comprehensive tapas-style menu featuring a whole host of eclectic dishes. The eatery’s contemporary design and attentive service also help to create a wonderful dining atmosphere.
A name synonymous with Glasgow’s impressive food scene, Ox and Finch has a loyal following of satisfied guests. Picture-perfect plates of food and an exquisite wine list as long as the River Clyde further add to this restaurant’s appeal.
Tables at Ox and Finch are often at a premium, so the earlier you book, the better.
920 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G3 7TF
Sun-Sat: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Partick Duck Club
Continuing our list of best restaurants in Glasgow is the Partick Duck Club, an absolute haven for lovers of quality food served with a touch of class.
Open since April 2017, Partick Duck Club has quickly found its feet in the city’s West End. Indeed, diners can often be heard singing the praises of the chefs at this Hyndland Street establishment.
Housed in a historic building, Partick Duck Club serves up gems including a venison burger, beer-battered haddock, and shredded spiced barbecued duck leg.
27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5QF
Sun-Thu: 8:00am to 11:00pm; Fri-Sat: 8:00am to 12:00am
Located just a short stroll away from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Number 16 and its team of dedicated chefs are experts when it comes to plating up their own masterpieces.
Embracing the wonderful flavours of Scottish cuisine, the kitchen staff use locally-sourced produce to whip up crowd favourites like braised short rib of beef with hasselback potatoes and Loch Tarbert scallops with bacon and asparagus. When it comes to great places to eat in Glasgow, very few restaurants better Number 16’s reputation.
16 Byres Road, Glasgow G11 5JY
Lunch – Mon-Sat: 12:00pm to 2:30pm; Sun: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Dinner – Mon-Sat: 5:30pm to 9:00pm; Sun: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
La Lanterna on Hope Street is a restaurant in Glasgow’s city centre that prides itself on making its guests feel right at home.
The oldest family-run Italian restaurant in Glasgow, La Lanterna is a real favourite amongst the local foodie community.
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Serving up authentic Italian pasta, risotto and seafood dishes, the chefs at La Lanterna never put a foot wrong. Their carefully-curated pre-theatre menu is also perfect for those looking for a delicious bite to eat before catching a show.
A stone’s throw from Glasgow Central Station, La Lanterna is an easy restaurant to get to. However, with a dreamy dessert card complete with tiramisu and freshly-made panna cotta with caramel, you’ll soon realise it is also a difficult place to say goodbye to.
35 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6AE
Sun-Thu: 12:00pm to 10:00pm; Fri-Sat: 12:00pm to 10:30pm
The Fish People Cafe
Scotland’s fishing heritage is proudly put on display at Glasgow’s The Fish People Cafe, where each dish is seasoned (and spiced) to absolute perfection.
Whether you’re in the mood for a roast Scrabster landed cod, a serving of Cumbrae rock oysters or a mouth-watering Campsie Glen smoked salmon, you are sure to find magnificent food at every turn.
The Fish People Cafe’s bistro-style interior and elegant marble bar help to add a dash of class to proceedings. Located close to Glasgow’s Shields Road subway station, one is never too far away from this restaurant’s warm hospitality.
350a Scotland Street, Glasgow G5 8QF
Tue-Thu: 12:00pm to 9:00pm; Fri-Sat: 12:00pm to 10:00pm; Sun: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Capping off our list of best restaurants in Glasgow is Ubiquitous Chip, an eatery commonly referred to as ‘the Chip’ by locals.
Founded by Ronnie Clydesdale in 1971, Ubiquitous Chip is an icon of Scottish cuisine in Glasgow. The beauty of the restaurant’s stunning courtyard dining area also has to be seen to be believed.
Drawing inspiration from some of the country’s most famous dishes, the team at Ubiquitous Chip on Ashton Lane balance the flavours on their seasonal menus brilliantly. Deserving of all the plaudits it receives, Ubiquitous Chip is a must visit.
12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SJ
Lunch – Mon-Sat: 12:00pm to 2:30pm; Sun: 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Dinner – Sun-Thu: 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Fri-Sat: 5:30pm to 11:00pm