620–624 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3BT
  • Telephone 0141 554 0523
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8.15am–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 4pm–6pm; Thu all day
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
  • Email
  • Website www.celinos.com
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Friendly and versatile time-honoured deli-restaurant, with options to sit in or take away from a large deli counter of Italian delights.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This Dennistoun institution has remained family-run since opening over 35 years ago, and continues to light up East End tastebuds today. Its exterior glow beckons alluringly amid Glasgow wind, rain and snow, and during the summer days, outside seating materialises from where you can people-watch over good conversation, Italian espresso, and fresh Caprese salads. Inside, mounted wines, packed deli counter, snug tables and framed art make you feel as if you’re warmly invited into the dining room of your most hospitable Italian relative. Food comes swiftly and simply presented – huge arancini shed golden breadcrumb clothing to reveal piping hot al dente fillings, while spicy Italian sausage caresses penne pasta that is, well, worth every penny. The crab and lobster-filled ravioli, served under a blanket of butter and sage, is a marvellous melange of salt and sea. The most intriguing aspect of all? Celino’s spell is seemingly defiant to time, whether it’s Sunday brunch or the expected dead hours of Monday evening, you’ll be greeted by a full restaurant alight with fervent chatter between mouthfuls of magic.

The List's rating






Laura Blackhurst visited Celino's on 6 February 2018
  • High point: Top quality, locally sourced ingredients
  • Low point: Close tables and packed evenings mean it can get loud
  • Notable dish: Ravioli granchina e aragosta
  • Average price: £10.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian Classics
  • Live entertainment: Swing nights four of five times a year - set menu and dancing for £39.95
  • Capacity: 52 (8 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 1982
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Shortlist Announced for our Reader Award 2019. Final voting now open!

We've released our shortlist for this year's List Reader Award sponsored by Birra Moretti. Pick between the top 5 restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Festive Food Q&A: Claudio Celino, owner of Celino's Italian Delicatessen Trattoria

15 Nov 2018

Claudio shares his Christmas cooking tips

'Tis the season to gather together with loved ones and eat ourselves into a stupor until the new year. Since we've been dreaming non-stop of turkey and trimmings since the weather turned cold, we decided to ask some professional foodies about their…

Best Italian restaurants in Glasgow

17 Apr 2018

The tastiest pasta, pizza and more authentic Italian food in Glasgow

Italian was once the only option for a night out and the city's reliable family restaurants are good crowd-pleasers for inter-generational occasions. Pizzas, however, like burgers a few years ago, have now spiralled off on their own and the city now has…

Celino's Partick: making top-quality Italian dining accessible to everyone

23 Nov 2017

After decades satisfying diners in the East End, Celino's has headed west and opened a second deli-restaurant

There's more than a glimmer of the up-and-coming food scene in Partick and Thornwood right now. Organic food joints, craft beer bars, and coffee shops with gluten-free and vegan delicacies have been sprouting up among the betting shops, old-school…

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year.