Best bistros and brasseries in Glasgow

Best bistros and brasseries in Glasgow

Niven's By Café Source

Expect stylish settings and inventive food in the city's top bistros and brasseries


The bistro brand of cosy casual dining is a good fit for Glasgow: welcoming, unpretentious and really very good. Some of the city's finest architecture has been given over to the cause, with imposing former churches, banks and courthouses now home to inventive seasonal specials and reasonably priced set menus. Here's our favourites bars and pubs in Glasgow:

The Brasserie at the Chip
The informal offshoot of the renowned Ubiquitous Chip showcases innovative bistro dishes that elevate local produce.

Five March
A convivial and spacious restaurant and bar with its finger on Finnieston's pulse, doing inventive small plates and exotic cocktails.

Gather By Zique
The sophisticated young sibling of the Zique family brings a focus on modern European dishes with quality Scottish ingredients.

Niven's By Café Source
Neighbourhood bar and brasserie with particular focus on brunch, small plates and an elegant bar.

Ox & Finch
Creative, contemporary cooking in Finnieston's bustling food scene, serving sharing plates and excellent drinks.

Stravaigin Café Bar
An informal bar-restaurant embodying the best of bistro dining with international dishes, big flavours and quality ingredients.

A The Brasserie at the Chip
12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ
The informal offshoot of the renowned Ubiquitous Chip showcases innovative bistro dishes focusing on fresh local produce and Scottish ingredients.
B Ox and Finch
920 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TF
First-rate restaurant doing deliciously inventive small plates and great drinks with excellent service.
C Stravaigin Café Bar
28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
In the heart of the University quarter, this café, bar and restaurant is dedicated to locally sourced ingredients served with a globally inventive twist.
D Five March
140 Elderslie Street, Glasgow, G3 7QF
Small plates bring big flavours in this subtly stylish eatery with well-chosen wines, cleverly concocted cocktails, and an ethos of giving back.
E Niven's by Café Source
72 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 2AN
An elegant bar and restaurant deftly handling contemporary trends and tastes in eating and drinking.