Where to eat in Glasgow


Glasgow’s love of food (or scran as the Scots call it) can be seen everywhere in the city. The diversification of people’s tastes has seen the proliferation of new vegan restaurants, cool cafes, and funky takeaways in recent times. By keeping up with the changes, Glasgow has found itself to be a culinary hotbed for exciting places to eat. Whether your stomach’s desires are calling for hearty Scottish classics or aromatic Asian street food, this city has it covered. To guide your taste buds in the right direction, we’ve broken down the best places to eat in Glasgow to make your culinary adventure one to remember.

  1. Scottish Restaurants
    1. Cail Bruich
    2. Bothy Glasgow
  2. Vegan Restaurants
    1. Glasvegan
    2. Puti Vegan Cafe
  3. Brunch in Glasgow
    1. Scran
    2. Wilson Street Pantry
    3. Canteen 58
  4. Asian Restaurants
    1. Yippon
    2. Opium
  5. Italian Restaurants
    1. Viva Ristorante
    2. Paesano

Scottish restaurant

Interior of a restaurant

Scottish food has evolved much over the years, however, the traditional taste of Scotland should not be missed. While haggis, neeps, and tatties remain the hallmark of traditional Scottish cuisine, the creative chefs of today have put their own twists on the classics, often with deliciously astounding results.

Cail Bruich

The last time a restaurant in Glasgow received a Michelin star rating was back in 2003. At least, that was until the beginning of 2021 when Cail Bruich proudly ended that long run. Cail Bruich, which translates from Scottish to ‘eat well’, was renovated in 2017, and has since managed to transform itself into one of the swankiest restaurants in Glasgow. The ingredients are sourced from all over Scotland with an ever-changing menu. This is quintessential fine Scottish dining!

Price: High
Food type:Traditional Scottish
Location: 725 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX
Website: Cail Bruich
Hours:6:30pm-10pm Wed
12pm-10pm Thu-Sat

Bothy Glasgow

If Michelin stars are out of your price range but you don’t want to miss out on some fine Scottish food then Bothy Glasgow is the place for you. Situated in the beating heart of the West End, Bothy Glasgow is a relaxed Scottish restaurant that serves classics with a modern twist. The menu often changes, befitting of the seasons, however, the ingredients sourced from all over Scotland is a constant.

Price:Medium — High
Food type:Traditional Scottish
Location: 11 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow G12 9BG
Website: Bothy Glasgow
Hours:5pm-11pm Wed-Thu
12pm-12am Fri
11am-12am Sat
11am-11pm Sun

Vegan restaurants

A vegan dish with dessert

For the past decade, due to the rise of environmental awareness, swathes of people all over the world are turning to vegan and plant-based alternatives. With that, vegan restaurants are in high demand all over the world, and Glasgow certainly hasn’t failed to notice that. For meatless munchies, Glasgow is the best place to eat at in the whole of Scotland. There are many great spots with twists on an abundance of classics from all food types.

Glasvegan

Donner Kebabs, Chilli Nachos, Hot Dogs. Does this sound vegan to you? Well, believe it or not, at Glasvegan it all is. This vegan fast food restaurant in the heart of the city centre has many carnivorous favourites whilst promoting sustainability. They have an expansive menu with everything from Donner Vebabs and Burgers to Pancakes and Ice Cream Sundaes.

Price:Low — Medium
Food type:Vegan fast-food
Location: 50 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DH
Website: Glasvegan
Hours:9am-6pm Mon-Thu
9am-7pm Fri-Sun

Puti Vegan Cafe

It’s fair to say that the wonderful tastes of Asian cuisine are not usually vegan-friendly ones. But thanks to Puti Vegan Cafe you can indulge in all the delicacies of this fragrant part of the world without compromising your vegan beliefs. The pan-Asian menu features plant-based curries, stir-fry and noodle dishes that are bound to leave you satisfyingly stuffed.

Price:Medium
Food type:Vegan Asian
Location: 65 Cambridge St, Glasgow G3 6QX
Website: Puti Vegan Cafe
Hours:11:30am-9pm Fri-Wed
Closed on Thu

Brunch Glasgow

A brunch serving

Evident from the number of brunch places around, Glasgow has not failed to capitalise on the high demand of brunch-goers. If you’re an avocado on toast aficionado, a pancake fanatic, or a full Scottish devotee, Glasgow will not disappoint when it comes to this niche eating out experience.

Scran

This dog-friendly cafe on Alexandra Parade is a cosy spot that is ideal for a bite of brilliant brunch. It comes as no surprise that they have been the recipients of many food and hospitality awards thanks to their delightful menu and incredibly affable staff. There’s Brunch Buns, Poached Eggs, Sourdough Toasties, and so much more.

Price:Medium
Food type:Breakfast
Location: 594 Alexandra Parade, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 3BS
Website: Scran
Hours:10am-3pm Wed-Fri
9am-3pm Sat-Sun

Wilson Street Pantry

Overlooking the cobbled streets of Merchant City is the stylish and unique Wilson Street Pantry. Offering a laid back atmosphere and a menu teeming with brunch classics, this place is a must-visit for brunch lovers. Eggs Benedict, Sourdough Toast, and other gems make this menu a crowd-pleaser. What’s more, brunch is served all day, so if you need an extra couple of hours in bed there’s no rush.

Price:Medium
Food type:Breakfast
Location: 6 Wilson St, Glasgow G1 1SS
Website: Wilson Street Pantry
Hours:9am-4pm 7 days a week

Canteen 58

Situated on Ingram Street, Canteen 58 put a premium on freshness whether that’s the freshness of the food or the menu. They frequently refine their menu adding all sorts of delights. Traditional breakfasts, poached eggs pots, and French toast are some of their best sellers. Their friendly staff ensure there is always good vibes.

Price:Medium
Food type:Breakfast
Location: 56 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EX
Website: Canteen 58
Hours:8:30am-6pm 7 days a week

Asian restaurants

Asian dish

Amongst the ever-growing food scene in Glasgow, some things never fail to entice and satisfy their stomachs. Asian food has become somewhat of a staple in the Glaswegian diet with one of the first Chinese restaurants opening up around 70 years only to be followed by an influx of aromatic cuisine from the far east. Today there are masses of Asian restaurants with different styles and twists on a wide range of diverse dishes. Here are a few we recommend.

Yippon

Whether it’s a quick bite you’re looking for or a casual dine-in experience then Yippon is the spot for you. Located on George Street, this modern eatery is all about quality and quickness. Their brightly lit interior makes for a great space to eat, relax, and socialise. Their selection of handcrafted food offers sushi rolls and box sets, Asian hot foods, soup, light bites, ice creams, crepe cakes and so much more.

Price:Medium
Food type:Traditional Asian
Location: 106 George St, Glasgow G1 1RF
Website: Yippon
Hours:12:30pm-8:30pm Tue-Sun
Closed on Mon

Opium

As an award-winning Chinese restaurant, it’s fair to say Opium knows what it’s doing when it comes to Chinese food. Specialising in a mix of traditional Dim Sum traditional and fusion dishes, this is a great place for a top-quality Chinese dine-in experience. Their variety of dishes such as Korean BBQ chicken, salt and chilli ribs, and dumplings are bursting with flavour and beautifully presented.

Price:Medium
Food type:Chinese
Location: 191 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2UL
Website: Opium
Hours:12-2:15pm and 5-9:30pm
Tue-Fri
12-10pm Sat
1-9:30pm Sun

Italian restaurants

Italian dish

Thanks to Scotland and Italy’s longstanding connection that dates back generations, the Italians have embedded their food into Scottish cuisine. Glasgow’s range of Italian eateries is something to behold. From fish and chip places to delis and pizza restaurants, Glasgow is teeming with some of the best Italian restaurants in Scotland.

Viva Ristorante

Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, Viva Ristorante is a family-run Italian restaurant dedicated to authentic dishes. Their terracotta decorated interior complements the fresh ingredients of their dishes making for a splendid dining experience. Pasta, fusilli, veal, and steak are all on offer here, cooked to a meticulous standard hard to find anywhere else.

Price:Medium
Food type:Authentic Italian
Location: Mercantile Chambers, 77 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6TS
Website: Viva Ristorante
Hours:10am-9pm Mon-Thu
10am-10pm Fri
10:30am-10pm Sat
4pm-9:30pm Sun

Paesano

It would be a crime to mention Italian restaurants without recommending at least one top-notch pizza place. Since it first opened, Paesano’s pizzas have quickly become a hit with the Weegies. Thanks to artisan-built wood fire ovens, the authentic taste of Naples is bursting from within these Napoletana pizzas. The soft crusts are created by scorching their handmade dough at an extreme heat before a variety of high-level toppings such as spicy salami, prosciutto cotto, or grilled aubergine are added to make for some of the best pizza in Glasgow.

Price:Medium
Food type:Wood fire pizza
Location: 471 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HL
Website: Paesano
Hours:12pm-10:30pm Sun-Thu
12pm-11pm Fri-Sat