Glasgow Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Glasgow

April 5, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is famed for its culture, shopping and people. Spend your day exploring a wide range of fascinating free museums and galleries, enjoying the UK’s best shopping outside of London, and taking advantage of tips from friendly local people on the city’s hidden gems — then choose from 130+ weekly musical events for a special night out. Glasgow is also the perfect base for exploring more of Scotland, with great connections to the Highlands and the islands.
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1. Fanny Trollope's

1066 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8LY, Scotland Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$110 - HK$330 +44 141 564 6464
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fanny Trollope's

Enjoy some of Scotland's finest seasonal produce in a friendly atmospheric and busy neighbourhood bistro, popular with locals. We specialise in fish, seafood, Scottish beef and lamb, fowl and game.

Reviewed By ANTHONY G - Dumfries, United Kingdom

We were going to see Imagine Dragons at the SECC and looking for somewhere for dinner and did we find a gem ........... oh yes ....... Fanny Trollopes on Argyle street small but so perfectly formed ....... excellent service from Harry..... and the food prepared by Nick and M k was so good....... don’t walk bye pop in you won’t be disappointed........
Guys thank you so much for a excellent evening we’re coming back on Thursday..........

2. Number 16

16 Byres Road, Glasgow G11 5JY, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$196 +44 141 339 2544
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Number 16

Award- winning restaurant in the heart of Glasgow's West End. Number 16 is a cosy, well established and much loved neighbourhood favourite offering quality food, friendly service and great value in relaxed surroundings. Run by a tight- knit, experienced and dedicated team; Number 16 is proud to bring fresh and unusual ideas to modern Scottish cooking. Our ever- changing menu features imaginative, balanced flavours; strong international influences and a commitment to using seasonal produce. We strive to make each dining experience a relaxing, unique and memorable one for every customer. In 2010, Number 16 was awarded an Eat Scotland Silver Award and won best restaurant in the 'Smart But Casual' category at the annual Glasgow Restaurant Awards.In December 2011 Number 16 was awarded an AA Rosette.

Reviewed By Sopp - west midlands

My husband and i visited last night during a weekend in Glasgow, after Reading the reviews on TA. We were very impressed. The staff were lovely, attentive but not too in your face.
We dont eat meat and sometimes have a limited choice in restaurants. Our starter had a fancy name I cant remember but was small pasta parcels with truffle and hazelnuts and was delicious. I nearly licked the plate. The following courses were also very good.
All in all, a lovely wedding aniversary celebration. Thank you

3. Bella Vita

597 Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow G52 1SB, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$212 +44 141 882 1144
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 897 reviews

Bella Vita

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, enjoying dinner with friends or planning an intimate meal for two - our welcoming friendly staff provide a warm and cosy atmosphere for you to enjoy authentic Italian wines and cuisine. With an extensive menu on offer and an excellent range of wines to complement your meal, why not call in or contact us to make a reservation, and you could enjoy great tasting food, at reasonable prices, with your friends or loved ones.

Reviewed By EM1Scotland - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Delicious, well cooked food and some of the best staff anywhere!!!
A leisurely Saturday lunch is always excellent at the Bella....friendly, welcoming and never rushed, just what a relaxing family meal should be.
The starters ... stuffed mushrooms in breadcrumbs served with salad and creamy mayo is always a hit with mum, the house pate is delicious served with hot buttered toast, salad and amazing onion jam and the pollo frito picante is so good again, served with salad and mayo dip ( normally served with a sweet chilli dip but the staff are happy to change it to mayo if you ask )
The mains were excellent... Danny is one mean chef - he and his staff serve some fabulous dishes.
On this visit I had the saltimbocca ... beautifully cooked and the wonderful flavour of whole sage leaves permeating the dish just added to the authenticity of the food- and although offered with potatoes, again, the staff happily changed it to rice for me.
The sauce was sweet, delicious and has a wonderful depth of flavour bringing the whole dish together perfectly.. a massive hit.
Husband opted for fish & chips and although not something he would normally order when out for lunch .. it is so good here that it has become a firm favourite with him... a large fillet of beautiful white flaky fish in crispy breadcrumbs, served with fluffy, crunchy chips and salad.. voted excellent.
Mum selected from the specials board.. a fabulous pasta dish that she really enjoyed but couldn't finish..it was massive!!!
Mum as always, insists on dessert and the special was caramel topped apple pie served with ice-cream.... which she devoured with gusto. In her opinion it was cooked to perfection, with light pasty base, sweet apple with a lovely tang and the most devine caramel topping which wasn't too sweet or syrupy.
A couple a great coffees ( a latte and a double strength flat white) were the perfect end to a lovely lunch.
A fab place, owned by the lovely Mimo, with service from some of the best staff you'll find anywhere and the added bonus of delicious, well thought out menus (make sure you check the daily "special" board for something a different that maybe not on the menu) Chef Danny and team .. please take a bow!!!
I would definitely advise booking a table in advance.. especially for larger parties as even early week, early evenings and lunchtimes can be in high demand.

4. The Fish People Cafe

350A Scotland Street, Glasgow G5 8QF, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 141 429 8787
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 581 reviews

The Fish People Cafe

Reviewed By ccindxb - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

We dined on a Saturday evening, having made a reservation a few days earlier. This is a small and popular restaurant.
We were warmly greeted by the restaurant manager we assumed and given a choice of where to sit.
Jackets were taken and we were quickly seated and given menus.
Bottled beers arrived quickly and then the difficult task of ordering started. What to choose from so many tempting dishes?
I eventually opted for the Handpicked Portland Crab with a Warm Crab Fritter followed by the Monkfish Satay with Thai Spiced Shrimp and Peanut Slaw and my partner went for the Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Sesame Seeds, Pickled Ginger and Si Racha Mayonnaise followed by
Whole Tandoori Sea Bass with Curry Oil and Spiced Basmati Rice.
We thoroughly enjoyed each dish and returned empty plates.
The staff are friendly and efficient and we would happily return.
2 starters, 2 mains and 4 bottled beers came in at £74.10.

5. Mini Grill Glasgow Steakhouse

244 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JW, Scotland Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Grill, Scottish, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$55 - HK$298 +44 141 332 2732
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mini Grill Glasgow Steakhouse

Looking for a delicious premium Steak in Glasgow? An award winning burger? An amazingly affordable Sunday roast? Or perhaps you need the perfect Pre-Theatre deal to compliment your day out? Mini Grill is ideally located just below Bath Street’s well trodden pavements, within a short wander of both Kings Theatre and Charing Cross station. Whilst the surrounding blocks are a hive of activity, we prefer a more cosy and comfortable approach. Come for the locally produced beef, the good eating and the familiar, Scottish twists on the steakhouse classics. Stay for the amazing service, friendly surroundings and the menu deals that ensure you enjoy the best food at the best price. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Reviewed By Vicky S - Palm Harbor, Florida

What just happened? In Glasgow for one night. Down the way from our hotel we found Mini Grill. Small little cozy place. It seemed like as soon as we arrived at-least another four tables filled up quickly. One waiter working but he really had a way of making every table happy. We passed on appetizers and ordered our meals. Waited a while but since we are on vacation it really didn’t bother us. Wow, when the meals came to our table we couldn’t believe how they looked. Are eyes were bigger than our stomachs! Each meal was perfectly prepared and we cleaned the plates! Can’t believe this place! What a gem, our best meal yet while in Scotland!

6. Rawlings - love to eat

583 Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow G52 1SB, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$165 +44 141 810 1298
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 181 reviews

Rawlings - love to eat

"Rawlings Love to Eat" is a family run bistro and coffee house. We make, source and stock the highest quality food. We offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and be served by friendly waiting staff. My mother-in-law and I, along with the rest of the team, strive to produce amazing breakfasts, lunch specials and afternoon teas. At "Rawlings Love to Eat" the quality and simplicity of the ingredients is key.

Reviewed By davglafferty

Have been in love to eat a few times now. Never disappoints. The staff are super friendly. Lovely place to sit and have breakfast or lunch and get a good chat. The food is always outstanding and the cakes are amazing. Seen the set up for the afternoon tea looks great. Highly recommend eating here.

7. Jist Misto

1835 Paisley Road West, Glasgow G52 3SX, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 141 810 3950
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 356 reviews

Jist Misto

Reviewed By Donald M - Glasgow, United Kingdom

I had often passed this restaurant, but had never visited.
Then by chance, I noticed a Groupon voucher for two courses for 2 people.
I booked a table for 5pm, for my friend and I, before I was to drive him to the Airport.
We got there about 10 minutes early, and were shown to our table by the lovely Sally.
The voucher gave you the option of starter and main, or main and dessert.
Sally presented us with the Special Menu, which had only starters and mains, but she told us that if we wanted desserts, then she would show us the dessert menu after we had eaten our mains.
I selected the Texas Rancher Chicken Burger, whilst my friend Paul, opted for the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli.
When the mains arrived, we were both stunned by the amount of food on our plates!!
My burger had a chicken fillet, with bacon and cheese, amazing fries and a nice side salad.
Paul had a massive bowl of pipping hot Ravioli.
Paul usually leaves a lot of food, but to my sheer amazement, he polished off the whole bowl! I think that if he had been in my flat, he probably would have licked the bowl clean!!
My burger was fantastic, and my fries were probably the best that I had ever tasted!
For desserts, Paul chose the Apple Pie and ice-cream, whilst I opted for the Waffle and ice-cream.
It was so typical, that I had left my phone in my car, otherwise I would have photographed all the food.
Fantastic food, well done Chef.
Amazing staff, well done Management.
The only thing that was wrong, was on asking Sally when the restaurant opened (2015), that I was kicking myself for not having visited sooner.
As a side note, Sally your choice of music was outstanding, I think that I will be buying a Belle and Sebastian CD in the near future.

8. The Wild Olive Tree

163 Buchanan Street | St Georges Tron, Church of Scotland, Glasgow G1 2JX, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$110 +44 141 248 2049
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 149 reviews

The Wild Olive Tree

Reviewed By Explore3947 - Nairn, United Kingdom

Very central, lovely building, part church, part cafe. Food, mostly served by trainees, excellent. We had Moroca chicken soup, very tasty, plus scones. Art work, including Peter Howison painting, inside, sculpture outside. Social project, so you can also leave money to buy soup, hot drink for homeless person. Definitely one to support, and enjoy.

9. Cafe Strange Brew

1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 3XA, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$102 +44 141 237 4321
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 197 reviews

Cafe Strange Brew

Laid back dining in cosy and charming surroundings. Everything cooked fresh on the premise, using local and organic produce.

Reviewed By Ghriogair - Dunoon, United Kingdom

Looking through the windows of the Strange Brew Café, I can see a small room crammed with 30 something aspiring middle class types, beard, brogue and checked shirt brigade, who flock to this Café and will even sit politely, in a neatly ordered line, awaiting their chance to swallow the much vaunted cuisine.
As we know, the millennial generation will crawl over broken glass or fire at the merest whiff of a homemade brioche bun, dishes with fancy sauces, squirted on in little patterns, mixed with ephemeral dustings of fine spices or sugars? Specially flavoured foam or some light foraging for little heard of herbs send them into paroxysms of appreciation and Trip Advisor reviews? They also appear to get up a lot earlier than I do to launch themselves at any decent eating establishment in their dozens.
That's the third time I have arrived at the Café Strange Brew to find that all I get is a view of what might have been from the outside, a tiny glimpse of the anticipated culinary luxury within. Smugly seated diners taking their time. People queuing, necks craned forward like hungry Cormorants, poised to swoop on the next empty table.....
When did getting a meal become so competative? All I want is my breakfast on a Saturday morning? Can everyone stay away until after 11am please, go to Ikea or something until I have had my grub? Thanks.

10. Obsession Of India

25 High Street | Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1LX, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Pakistani, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$173 +44 141 552 0700
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Obsession Of India

WELCOME! Brand new Indian restaurant in the heart of City. We like to introduce ourselves as Different than others. We Offer Fresh, Authentic, Honest Indian food. Our philosophy is to cook Fresh for every order and use only highest quality ingridients locally available. Try our Specials and we are confident that the Dish will speak itself.

Reviewed By EM1Scotland - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Saturday lunch with my husband and mum was delicious.
After enjoying a complimentary platter of pompadoms, spiced onions and homemade mango chutney while we made our selection from the menu.
Our starters of Spiced garlic mushrooms with toasted pitta bread was devoured in record time by mum .. the other starters were an amazing chicken pakora.. a light and crispy corriander flecked coating served with salad and dipping sauce tasted wonderful and the gola kebabs tasted great they were succulent, moist and beautifully cooked.. and not a drop of oil to be seen or tasted..impressive !
And as delicious as the starters were, the main courses were even better .. the lamb naintara was incredible... it looks wonderful but it has a complexity of taste that hits so many different levels .. mouth-watering sweet tender slow cooked lamb in a thick fabulous sauce which is beautifully cooked with loads of wonderful earthy coriander and sweet garlic... an incredible dish.... all I can say is WOW and it is a must try!
The others had chicken tikka masala and voted it fabulous... loads of tender chiken in a rich, creamy and mid range spiced sauce. We had a couple of portions of fluffy, fried rice and a wonderful toasted garlic and corriander nan... It was inpossible to finish it all ..and believe me we did try. And not a single drop of the horrible orange coloured oil/ghee that seems to be the norm in so many other dishes served elsewhere!
Mum always has a dessert so it was time for the wonderfully rich warm chocolate cake served with a rich, dark chocolate sauce and icecream... now this, she did finsh along with a fab. coffee.
A bottle of house red, a couple of vodka and cranberry and 2 soft drinks made fof a wonderful and satisfying lunch.
We even had enough food left over that the staff boxed it up to bring home and they added some pompadoms and spiced onion as well.
The other added bonus are the staff.. They so friendly and welcoming..

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