A Quick Guide to Glasgow’s Best Restaurants

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  • 3 August 2012
A Quick Guide to Glasgow’s Best Restaurants

Beef and Grape starter at Chaophraya

Places to suit any taste

The Classics

The places that made and maintain Glasgow’s reputation for great dining

Bistro at One Devonshire Gardens

1 Devonshire Gardens, G12 0UX, 0141 339 2001, www.hotelduvin.com
Recent changes in the kitchen see this elegant and formal restaurant back serving exquisite, sumptuous, pricey food.

Café Gandolfi

64 Albion Street, G1 1NY, 0141 552 6813, www.cafegandolfi.com
The Merchant City’s longest-standing restaurant has had little reason to change much in three decades of glorious, delicious service.

Fratelli Sarti

42 Renfield Street, G2 1NF, 0141 572 7000, www.sarti.co.uk
A long-standing favourite, with three distinct venues in the city centre offering up quality Italian food for any mood.


42 Jamaica Street, G1 4QG, 0141 248 8581, www.macsorleys.com
Regular live music, original fittings and fixtures, and great pub food combine at this classic city pub.

Mother India

1355 Argyle Street, G3 8AD, 0141 339 9145, www.motherindiascafeglasgow.co.uk
This curry classic never lets its extremely high standards slip, whether at the original or its two nearby sister venues.


11 Exchange Place, G1 3AN, 0141 248 4055, www.roganoglasgow.com
For nearly seven decades, this plush, opulent seafood restaurant has been pleasing the city’s fine diners.


28–30 Gibson Street, G12 8NX, 0141 334 2665, www.stravaigin.com
Michelin doesn’t give bib gourmands easily, and this popular place’s is well deserved thanks to outstanding global dishes.

Two Fat Ladies

88 Dumbarton Road, G11 6NX, 0141 339 1944, www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
The West End venue is the spiritual home, but their Buttery operation is a formal treat in the city’s oldest restaurant.

Ubiquitous Chip

12 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ, 0141 334 5007, www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk
The granddaddy of Glasgow’s fine dining still impresses with excellent Scottish-inspired dishes in its unique setting.

Summer Hits

A taste of summer, even if the sun ain’t going shine anymore

An Clachan

Off La Belle Place, G3 7LH, 07846 463614, www.kelvingroveparkcafe.co.uk
A wee idyll in Kelvingrove park, helped along by homemade food and community spirit.

Art Lover’s Café

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW, 0141 353 4779, www.houseforanartlover.co.uk
Elegant, smart décor and quality Scottish cuisine to match, plus outdoor dining to enjoy the leafy, attractive setting.

City Café

Hilton Garden Inn, Finnieston Quay, G3 8HN, 0141 227 1010, hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
Feast on good food and impressive outlooks onto the Clyde and Squinty Bridge from this hotel bistro’s riverside decking.


93–95 Hyndland Street, G11 5PX, 0141 357 5825, www.thecottier.com
Worshipping is still done in this former church’s garden, but now it’s to the sun and beers and barbecues.


70–72 Hyndland Street, G11 5PT, 0141 339 2000, www.delizique.com
Banish rainy-day blues with a little Mediterranean spirit, great pizzas and a huge indoor olive tree.

Epicures of Hyndland

159 Hyndland Road, G12 9JA, 0141 334 3599, www.epicuresofhyndland.com
Gaze upon the West End hoi polloi over an al fresco coffee, big breakfast or three-courser at this crowd-pleaser.


215 Byres Road, G12 8UD, 0141 339 2221, www.nardinis.co.uk
Legendary ice-cream makers from Largs now churning out delicious sundaes, cones and coffees on Byres Road.

The Tiki Bar

214 Bath Street, G2 4HW, 0141 332 1341, www.tikibarglasgow.com
Blending Polynesian and 1950s style with expertly handled rum concoctions to tempt out the sun.

WEST Brewery

Building 4 Templeton Building,Glasgow Green, G40 1AW, 0141 550 0135, www.westbeer.com
Popular German-style microbrewery serving up tasty beers and good food from its prime spot on Glasgow Green.

Hip and Hot

Venues doing some movin’ and shakin’ on the Glasgow scene


72 Nithsdale Road, G41 2AN, 0141 423 1411, www.cookiescotland.com
Expect something different at this Southside bistro, from inventive seasonal dishes to chef wars and guest cooks.


The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Place, G1 2LL, 0141 332 0041, www.chaophraya.co.uk
Glasgow’s chain invasion continues with the arrival of the biggest, and possibly blingiest, Thai restaurant in Europe.


48a West Regent Street, G2 2RA, 0141 353 1301
Deep south-inspired soul food using ultra-fresh locally caught fish and shellfish at this informal basement venue.

The Drake

1 Lynedoch Street, G3 6EF, 0141 332 7363, www.thedrakebar.co.uk
Upstairs for classy dining; downstairs for cosy basement drinking; and around the back for the new secret garden.

The Finnieston

1125 Argyle Street, G3 8ND, 0141 222 2884

Seasonal Scottish seafood, fabulous gin cocktails and a sneaky beer garden from the Lebowskis dudes.

Saramago Café Bar

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD, 0141 352 4920, www.cca-glasgow.com/cafe
The CCA’s soaring atrium and outdoor terrace suit this chilled, arty bar and diner serving quality vegan food.


141 Elderslie Street, G3 7AW, 0141 237 7141
Effortlessly cool vibes, quality café/bistro food, and a great soundtrack at this neighbourhood hangout.

Table Eleven

1132 Argyle Street, G38TD, 0141 357 6401
A second venue-cum-extension for seafood specialists Crabshakk - same stylish looks and moreish mix of Scottish and global.

La Vita

161 Queen Street, G1 3BJ, 0141 248 3533, www.lavitapizzeria.co.uk
Summery Spanish flavours served up at this Southside tapas bar housed within the 1901 pub.