Red Onion

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Red Onion
257 West Campbell Street, Glasgow, G2 4TT
  • Telephone 0141 221 6000
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–7.30pm; Sat noon–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £15.50
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Popular city centre bistro committed to inclusivity and catering for specific dietary needs, with extensive gluten-free and vegan menus.

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Accessibility is a big thing at Red Onion. It opens its wide doors and extends a warm welcome to the business lunchers, the shoppers, and many a large celebratory group. Chef-owner John Quigley was one of the first in Glasgow to really focus on catering to different dietary requirements, and this has been a defining trait of his restaurant for some time now. Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan menus are all available, given equal time and coverage as everything else. Quigley himself calls it “inclusive dining”. Accordingly, food is pitched at a big, broad crowd. Dishes like a trio of bonbons (Ramsay’s haggis, black pudding, and Finnan haddie) or brisket that’s braised in their own Quigley Red Ale are big on portion size and flavour. The tastes of paprika and harissa and tomato-based sauces work their way through many a dish, like a rugged hunk of monkfish in a chorizo ragu. And when lighter plates drift more towards Asia – like bang bang chicken salad with peanut dressing – there’s still nothing too challenging, spicy or fussy. Truly, every customer is in safe hands here.

The List's rating






David James Kirkwood visited Red Onion on 13 February 2019
  • High point: The emphasis on different dietary requirements
  • Low point: Unapologetically mainstream
  • Notable dish: Quigley’s Red Ale braised brisket with rosti, spiced kale and maple roast parsnip
  • Average price: £10.95 (set lunch); £21 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy Listening
  • Capacity: 86
  • Largest group: 86
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best for gluten free and other dietary requirements in Glasgow

31 May 2018

We've sussed out Glasgow's best restaurants for those with food allergies

Whether you're just following the gluten free lifestyle or have a genuine food intolerance, here's a list of some of Glasgow's best restaurants that make dining with dietary requirements easy.

Best restaurants in Glasgow for good pre-theatre deals

31 May 2018

Including fine dining and small boutique style restaurants

Whether you're after a quick pre-show drink and a bite to eat or three courses at a price that won't break the bank, Glasgow has plenty of pre-show dining deals so you don't have to go to the theatre on an empty stomach.