Best Restaurants In Glasgow
There’s no one word to describe the luxury dining scene in Glasgow other than extraordinary. Whether you’re looking for somewhere with original art-deco design, a converted townhouse to enjoy modern French cuisine or an evening in the Punjab in the heart of the city, you’ll find it in Glasgow. So read on and discover TLE’s pick of the best restaurants in Glasgow.
Formerly known as Hutchesons’ Hall, the newly restored building positioned within the Merchant City is now the home to three floors of exquisite dining, complete with brasserie restaurant, cocktail bar and an exclusive private dining room.
From lavish original decorative features, original stained glass to succulent steaks and fresh seafood, this space will give guests a magnificent dining experience. Come for Sunday roast, light lunch, decadent dinner or cutting-edge cocktails and you’ll see why they were voted ‘Most Stylish’ Restaurant at the Scottish Style Awards in Association with Moet & Chandon.
address: 158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ
2. Ubiquitous Chip
Tucked away on cobbled Ashton Lane in the heart of the West-end, it’s a delectable feast for the eyes and taste buds.
This famous Glasgow icon, now 40 years old, continually strives to break down the formalities of top-end fine dining while creating stunning food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Whether in for a light lunch or formal dining experience, both the main restaurant and brasserie menus will impress. Inspired by the abundance and variety of the Scottish larder, they showcase the best of the season in creative and sumptuous ways. Highly prestigious and always striving for the best culinary experience, diners will never be let down by the high standards they place on themselves.
Don’t forget to spend some time looking at the art that surrounds the wall. Created by patrons and past staff alike, you’ll find it’s a who’s who of impressive and prominent Scottish artists.
address: 12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8SJ
3. The Left Bank
Inspired by Scottish produce at its best, this chic bar / restaurant in the West-end is a cool place to hang out at any time of the day.
Bathed in calming, but trendy music, comfy couches and Timorous Beasties Scottish designs, it’s a space that invites you to stay a while.
Mixing Scottish and global flavours, their menu is a foodie heaven. Taking care to cater to all food needs, including coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians alike, it doesn’t shy away from flavour, texture and taste.
Not in the mood for food? They have a great selection of cocktails, draft and bottle beers, smoothies and spirits, ready to quench your thirst.
address: 35 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NU
Fitted with original Art Deco design when it opened in the 1930s, this well-known seafood restaurant in the city centre is 75 years old and still shines with exuberant style.
Dedicating themselves to cooking and presenting the finest of Scottish seafood, it’s a style and culinary icon you shouldn’t miss.
Whether you sit in the elegant restaurant, hurry in for a snifter and sandwich in the Oyster Bar or scoff a light bite at Cafe Rogano, you’ll not miss out on the ambiance, taste sensations and atmosphere of Rogano.
address: 11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 3AN
You’ll find this vibrant and trendy restaurant, bar and venue is a painstakingly restored and richly decorated banking building in the heart of the Merchant City.
Resist the urge to only visit one part of the building. Each area has a different vibe and mixes modern design with exquisite original features in unique ways. Look out for Roman Doric pilastrades, elaborate cornicing, a 26 foot glass dome and beautiful sculptural plasterworks.
More than the beauty of the Flying Scotsman vaulted auditorium and balconied restaurant and private dining rooms, Tellers Bar & Brasserie, Charlie Parkers cocktail and piano bar and the Club, it is a veritable showpiece for innovate and delicate culinary prowess.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night supper, you’ll find they celebrate the best of Scottish cuisine and style.
address: 191 Ingram St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1DA
This highly acclaimed restaurant has deep roots in the trendy West-end.
From their award winning haggis to luxury fish suppers, Inverurie lamb and Perthshire pigeon, foodies will enjoy the best of Scottish cuisine. But, with a motto like ‘Think global, eat local’ it’s no surprise their menu showcases ways to use Scottish produce to create globally inspired dishes.
Whether you have a fine-dining experience downstairs, grab a pint and a plate with mates in their cafe bar upstairs or sit down to a weekend brunch, you won’t want to Stravaig away from your delicious and lush plate.
address: 28 Gibson St, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8NX
7. Two Fat Ladies
There may be two ladies, but there are three separate restaurants in Glasgow that serve splendid seafood and Scottish cuisine.
Whether you go to the institution that is the Buttery, bathed in oak and mahogany, stained glass and tartan carpet, eat in the City with its underwater theme, get cozy in the Shandon Belles snug under the Buttery or chill in the intimate and always busy Two Fat Ladies West-end, you won’t be disappointed.
Relaxed fine-dining is at the heart of the Ladies empire, serving simple, honest and beautifully cooked dishes.
address: 652 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8UF
8. Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or
This is a restaurant that works to create consistently outstanding food with a real attention to detail.
Located in a converted townhouse in the centre of Glasgow, the lavishly polished floorboards, beautiful abstract art adorning the walls and fresh roses on each table make for a formal dining experience without the formality.
Brian Maule creates culinary masterpieces of complexity and accomplishment. Taste the richness of foie gras, the sweetness of hand dived scallops, and the luscious flavours from the many varieties of game on the menu.
More than just a nice restaurant, this is a luxurious dining experience perfect for sharing, and won’t break the bank.
address: 176 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RL
9. The Honours Glasgow
At the heart of Malmaison Glasgow is Martin Wishart’s newest restaurant, the Honours. Named after the Scottish crown jewels, the atmosphere exudes luxury and opulence. From glittering domed ceilings, luxurious furnishings and sumptuous food, your dining experience will make you feel like royalty.
Their attention to detail is spectacular, with decadent round booths, floor-to-ceiling mirrors looking into the kitchen, a swish cocktail area and of course their critically-acclaimed menu. Bringing all of these elements together they’ve created the perfect relaxed formal dining experience.
Luxury has a price, but it comes at a reasonable price at the Honours. Their Prix Fixe menu available Mondays – Saturdays for lunch or early dinner (booking is essential) and Le Week-End menu from Fridays to Sundays of Chateaubriand for two and a glass of wine, is the perfect balance of amazing food with an affordable price. Definitely not to be missed.
Read our guide to The Honours Glasgow
address: 278 W George St, Glasgow, UK G2 4LL
10. The Dhabba
Luxurious dining experiences don’t only encompass European tastes and flavours. The Dhabba is a great example of how the fragrant and distinct flavours from Northern India fit squarely into the luxury dining scene.
Named after the roadside diners found in North India, the Dhabba restaurant is far more than its name-sakes. Serving up only the most authentic Northern Indian curries commonly found throughout Northern India, it mixes the best locally sourced produce with the most fragrant spices from India.
More than just sourcing spices from India, they also recruit their highly qualified chefs from amongst the best and the brightest in the industry. Their chefs, some of whom have cooked for presidents, government officials and celebrities, always produce exquisite and luxurious food fit for any king, queen, fashionista or punter off the street.
Don’t miss this trip to the Punjab, right in the heart of the Merchant City.
address: 44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 1LE
11. The Anchor Line
Don’t be fooled that the days of Transatlantic opulence are long gone. Step inside the Anchor Line and you’ll step back in time to when first-class ocean voyage from Glasgow to New York was all the rage.
Set in the old shipping line’s headquarters in the heart of the city centre, it’s a restaurant that showcases the best of Scottish produce, all with an American twist. Let your taste buds savour fresh oysters, lobsters and scallops. Take a bite out of succulent and tender Scottish beef and sup the best craft beers and spirits from both sides of the pond. When you step inside you’ll be on a voyage of luxurious decadence.
address: 12 St Vincent Pl, Glasgow G1 2DH