Glasgow Restaurants

Glasgow is the best known city in Scotland, and has in recent years been enjoying a boom in the cities fortunes. There is vibrancy to Glasgow, the city boasts many cafes and restaurants, areas with restaurants and cafes bear more than a passing resemblance to the continent. With a city on the up, Glasgow restaurants too are becoming more dynamic and visitors are greeted with a vibrant restaurant and cafe scene.

The city attracts many visitors and has a long and distinguished history. When visiting Glasgow there are plenty of restaurants serving various cuisines to be found that can suit every budget. The restaurants scene in Glasgow offers diners a fine choice of restaurants that includes everything from British cuisine to bars and Gastro pubs, and a whole range of world cuisine including Thai, Indian and Italian among others.

Below is our list of Restaurants in Glasgow you may wish to consider when looking for dining options in the city, included are restaurants to suit different budgets and include places to find varying cuisines:


British Cuisine

The Arisaig is a well presented Scottish bar and restaurant that is located in St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. The restaurant aims to offer the best of Scottish cuisine and offers diners the chance to sample some top quality Scottish cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The menu has both the land and the sea elements to it and offers some well known dishes such as haggis and Shetland monkfish among others. For those with vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements there are also options available. The service is both warm and friendly, if you are looking for an authentic Scottish restaurant in which to enjoy some great Scottish food then this restaurant is worth considering. The restaurant offers a great experience for those seeking good food and wine in relaxed surroundings.


French Cuisine

If you are looking for French cuisine in Glasgow then the Michael Caines Abode Glasgow restaurant located in the Abode Hotel in Glasgow is certainly an option to consider. The restaurant is both elegant and stylish, the restaurant has been critically acclaimed for the quality of the cuisine. Diners can enjoy the experience of enjoying their food and wine in pleasant surroundings matched with efficient and friendly service. Seasonal ingredients are used to create some appetising dishes to try. Starters includes dishes such as salad of Scottish scallops with an endive marmalade and port reduction, whilst main dishes include Roast Gressingham duckling with braised beetroot, baby turnips, Savoy cabbage, pancetta and a honey spiced jus, desserts include Milk chocolate mousse with hazelnuts and Gianduja ice cream. For vegetarians there is a separate menu available upon request. This is a top quality restaurant likely to appeal to diners after top quality French/modern European cuisine and is establishing itself as one of the preferred dining venues in Glasgow.


Indian Cuisine

Mother India is an Indian restaurant located in Westminster Terrace in Glasgow. It offers diners the chance to sample some tasty Indian dishes, there is an innovative menu and the restaurant serves up its own unique take on Indian dishes. There is a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy dining and the service is friendly, the restaurant has been established in the current location since 1995 and has since steadily built up a reputation for Indian cuisine for the discerning diner. The menu includes ginger and green chilli fish pakora for starters with garlic pepper chicken and lamb saag for mains, with vegetarian options too such as aloo saag dosa (potato and spinach in a savoury pancake). The restaurant is established as among the favourite Indian restaurants in Glasgow with diners. Address: 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, G3 7RU & Tel: 0141 221 1663.


Italian Cuisine

La Parmigiana restaurant opened back in 1978 and has since established itself as a firm favourite among Italian restaurants in Glasgow. Over the years the restaurant has built up a good reputation and is popular among the Italian community in Glasgow endorsing the quality of the cuisine available here. The restaurant is compact and diners can enjoy their meal in a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. The service is friendly, it is popular with pre theatre dinners especially so given the reasonable price. The menu is in a classic style incorporating the best in Italian cuisine, the decor inside is understated, containing art prints and the Mediterranean roof tiles and white beamed ceiling give it a Mediterranean touch. The restaurant has a number of regulars who have come to like the good quality food on offer here, if you are looking for Italian food and wine in Glasgow this restaurant is worth considering.


Modern Eclectic Cuisine

The City Merchant is located not far from George Square in Glasgow, the restaurant is a favourite among seafood lovers. Diners can enjoy the Scottish ambience and warm welcome in the restaurant. The food includes use of both traditional and modern versions of Scottish favourites and you can taste the local produce prepared by highly skilled chefs. Diners can take their pick from the Daily menu, a la Carte menu and a blackboard Fish Market Extras on offer. The restaurant was first established back in 1988 and has been extended and upgraded whilst maintaining its charm and character. The menu is known for the seafood and meat, with dishes such as the seafood platter popular, for fans of meat there are dishes with duck and steak to try too. This is a restaurant that has built up a good name for itself and a fine reputation among fans of seafood and game.


Thai Cuisine

The Thai Fountain is among the best known Thai restaurants in Glasgow, for fans of Thai food this is a place worth trying. Diners can experience many dishes incorporating the great flavours of lime and chilli and lemongrass. There are plenty of dishes to choose from including a number of regional Thai curries, there are salads and a range of soups and there are plenty of seafood choices making it a particularly favourite with seafood lovers. There are two dining halls in the restaurant and a cocktail bar where you can enjoy a drink before starting your meal. There are also vegetarian options available here for starters and main courses. There is a pre theatre dinner available that offers good value with discounted main courses. The restaurant is a place where diners can relax and enjoy some interesting and varied dishes that are characterised by their flavour and aroma.


Vegetarian Cuisine

The Grass Roots Cafe offers an extensive menu with plenty of dishes to try. The cafe is located in St Georges Road, Glasgow and offers vegetarians and those wanting to try vegetarian food a great place to try. There is a full veggie breakfast that is served until 3pm on weekends. You can try the Scottish pancakes or the sandwiches for a quick bite. The imaginative mains include Nut roast with roast potatoes, vichy carrots, caramelized cauliflower, Brussels sprouts & red wine gravy and char grilled aubergine stuffed with a duxelle of wild mushrooms, braised leeks, confit tomatoes, crushed truffled potatoes & a wholegrain mustard sauce. Desserts include dishes such as Poached Pears with Christmas Cake Tempura and favourites such as Eton mess. Meals are available in half portions for children, for drinks there is an interesting selection of organic fizzy drinks, and organic beer among other things. The cafe has a vast array of teas and coffee to choose from, it is a place a tea of coffee connoisseur would be happy. The cafe opened back in 1999 and has over the years become one of the best loved vegetarian places in Glasgow.


Our quick guide to restaurants in Glasgow has highlighted some interesting places to dine that you may wish to consider when looking for a place to eat. We have highlighted restaurants catering for different budgets and included restaurants for a number of popular cuisines. There are many other restaurants in Glasgow that diner may wish to try, with new ones opening up to join the established ones there is plenty to choose from, all that remains is for diners to try the restaurants so you can judge for yourselves. Like the city itself, Glasgow restaurants are set to enjoy some exciting times giving diners ever increasing choice and variety in dining options.



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