Offering a smorgasbord of cuisines, Glasgow is one versatile city when it comes to dining out. Whether you’re looking for a slap-up breakfast, a healthy lunch or an extravagant evening affair, this city can more than cater to your needs. Here’s a selection of some of our favourite places to dine in Glasgow.
The first dedicated burger joint in Glasgow, Lebowskis showcases high-quality, dry-aged beef, which is supplied by sister restaurant Porter & Rye’s butcher, Tom Rodgers. The menu showcases the likes of The Pulled Porker, which comprises slow-cooked, shredded pork shoulder flavoured with the house bourbon barbecue sauce, and a double-stacked steak burger topped with melted Cheddar, named The Big Lebowski. Add to the offering Lebowskis 30-variations-strong range of White Russian cocktails, and it’s no wonder this venue is toasted as a great place to dine in Glasgow.
At Sapporo Teppanyaki, dinner is served with a show. Highly skilled chefs wow by juggling knives and spatulas, adding a spot of theatrics to your dining experience. As the name suggests, the menu showcases grilled Japanese fare – teppanyaki – with delicious options including duck breast in raspberry sauce, lamb fillet with mushrooms, and chicken with a teriyaki glaze. The menu also offers noodles, sushi, salads and a selection of signature dishes.
If you’re looking for somewhere opulent to dine in Glasgow, look no further than the Grand Brasserie at Hutchesons. Named Scotland’s most stylish restaurant at the Scottish Style Awards, the brasserie is a beautifully ornate room, where Scottish produce takes centre stage. There are numerous menus available to suit your appetite and the time of your visit, including the expected à la carte, a pre-theatre set menu and a brunch menu that offers a dish, bottle of fizz and carafe of orange juice for £25.
After a near brush with a demolition order, Marco Giannasi purchased this old tram station and set to work transforming it into a lovely Italian bistro. The offering includes the likes of squid ink linguine, spaghetti with homemade meatballs, and a delicious range of pizza and calzone. Visit this one-of-a-kind restaurant for yourself and you’ll understand why it has such a dedicated fan base.
This trendy venue combines Scottish fare with the bustling atmosphere of a Manhattan bar. It occupies a great spot opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and is only a short stroll from Hydrop and the Clyde Auditorium, making it the ideal place to refuel after exploring the city. The menu showcases dry-aged, grass-fed Scotch beef, which is complemented by a range of world wines and signature cocktails.
Showcasing history through food is the ethos behind the themed menus at McCune Smith. The venue is named after doctor James McCune Smith, the Glasgow-educated abolitionist, while dishes on the menu take their names from luminaries from the Enlightenment period. Future menus will include the female engineers edition, which will offer the likes of the Victoria Drummond: a barbecued pork shoulder, roast jalapeno slaw and salad sandwich – yum.
Many of these restaurants are also part of the Glasgow Restaurant Association. Check out the website for more information.
Alternatively, have a browse through our recently released Glasgow Food & Drink Guide to discover more exciting places to dine in this vibrant city.