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Dine out in Glasgow

Restaurants, cafes and pubs are reopening across the city, both indoor and outdoor. So whether you've been dreaming of a fancy meal out in an award-winning restaurant, al-fresco drinks with friends in a pop-up beer garden or to trying out the newest street food on the scene - Glasgow's got you covered. As the city's amazing food and drink scene reopens, with safety measures in place, now is the time to treat yourself and support local businesses at the same time. Check out our guide below to experiencing Glasgow's food and drink scene during Phase 3 out of lockdown and don't forget to check individual websites for details on opening times and booking systems.

 

Dining out in the west

Ronnie's Bar and Bike Shop

The multi-purpose arts venue SWG3 has transformed its Galvanizers Yard into a new space, Ronnie's Bar and Bike Shop. They are ready to accommodate for all weather, with outdoor and indoor spaces. Food is available from four leading Scottish street food vendors, Shawarmarama, GaGa Chicken, NOMAD pizza and Julie’s Kopitiam. Reservations are required via SWG3's booking app.

Brel

Enjoy a pot of mussels and an ice-cold pint at Brel on Ashton Lane either indoors or outdoors, within their beautiful outdoor heated garden, which includes newly installed fire pits. Bookings are advised, with limited walk-ins available also.

Cottiers

Cottiers is open for drinks daily and for food Thurs-Sat within their garden venue which has undergone a makeover in advance of reopening. Bookings are now open for their indoor tables based within the beautiful theatre space, which will reopen on July 27.

Bananamoon

Bananamoon in the stylish Kelvinbridge area has cocktails, beers and cheesy beano toasties on offer from inside their funky small bar and from their outdoor space on Great Western Road.

Six by Nico

One of Glasgow’s hottest restaurants Six by Nico has reopened its Finnieston and South restaurants. Every six weeks, the restaurant changes its menu to a completely new theme, comprising of six delicious courses. Be aware, it books up early!

Dockyard Social

The street food market Dockyard Social, based in a revamped industrial warehouse in Finnieston, is back Fri-Sun with reserved seating available for 2.5 hours. Selected food vendors and specialist bars will operate alongside live bands and DJs.

Red Sky Bar

There's nowhere quite like the Radisson Red Sky Bar rooftop bar for enjoying drinks with friends whilst looking out over a spectacular city view. Open daily noon-1am, the hotel bar is ideal for stunning views, cocktails and a delicious menu of 'little plates'.

Partick Duck Club

Named the coolest brunch spot in Scotland by the Sunday Herald, Partick Duck Club is now open. Online bookings are now live for the west neighbourhood haunt which is run by two chefs who have worked in the best hotels and restaurants in Scotland. 

Stravaigin

For award-winning Scottish cuisine, Stravaigin is the place to go. The team have created a new menu full of knock-out dishes using locally sourced produce.

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

The Buttery is one of Glasgow’s oldest restaurants, serving up fine Scottish cuisine it is renowned for its style and charm. Good news that they are now taking reservations and will open once again on July 23.

Ox and Finch

Ox and Finch in Finnieston, one of the hottest places in town, is taking reservations for when they reopen on July 30.  They will be participating in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme which will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.  Sister restaurant, Ka Pao on Vinicombe Street is also back serving up their delicious South East Asian cuisine.   

Dining out in the South

Rum Shack

The Rum Shack's restaurant, bar and colourful beer garden are now open, serving up an authentic Caribbean menu of classics and chargrilled favourites as well as a rum, cocktails and beer.

Battlefield Rest

For scrummy Italian food within an iconic city restaurant, make a reservation for the Battlefield Rest. The historic building, which was a resting place from tram travellers, has been home to the family-run restaurant since 1994.

The Allison Arms

The Allison Arms is a lively, community pub which is enjoyed by all kinds of folk. With a fantastic selection of craft beer, over 160 gins and weekly entertainment, the team at the friendly bar have been working hard to create space whilst maintain their cosy vibe. 

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar in Govanhill has reopened with a brand new menu, moving away from sharer plates to a more traditional starter and main course set up to accommodate for the current climate. But be assured that old favourites are still on the menu, just in a slightly different form!

Gnom 

 

Featured in the latest Lonely Planet’s Glasgow Guide is Gnom. With Scandi-inspired style and street food menu, Gnom is open for bookings for its restaurant and for walk-ins for its outdoor space on Pollokshaws Road. And we can confirm, the popular Turkish eggs are on the menu!

The Bungo 

Operating a booking only system with fixed sittings, The Bungo is open now, serving up brunch to supper, within its neighbourhood bar and kitchen in the heart of the trendy Strathbungo.

Phillies of Shawlands

Pizzas, burgers and wee plates are back on the menu at Phillies of Shawlands with the vinyl playing day and night in this hip hangout. They have also opened an outdoor section on Pollokshaws Road.

Church on the Hill 

For traditional pub grub and a large beer garden, then check out Church on the Hill, located opposite Queen's Park. 

Dining out in the City Centre

Cranside Kitchen

Cranside Kitchen is a new outdoor venue, with a food market and beer garden, set beside the iconic Rotunda on the banks of the River Clyde. Food is available from five Glasgow restaurants - Rioja, Halloumi, Pickled Ginger, Kilmurry & Co and La Rotunda, served up at bespoke picnic tables. Reservations are required.

Glasgow Beer Works

Glasgow Beer Works' pop-up Beer Garden is now open beside John Byrne’s Billy Connolly mural, just off Osborne Street. Open Thurs-Sun, the child and dog-friendly space serve food from popular food trucks, such as Fire Dog Gourmet Hotdogs and Muerte por Churros.

Bier Halle

Head to Gordon Street for bratwurst hot dogs and tapas at Bier Halle. Advance bookings not required, tables will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Spanish Butcher 

The Spanish Butcher on Miller Street and The Butchershop Bar and Grill in the west are both now open and taking reservations.  Many evening slots are already taken so get in there quick to reserve a table for lunch or early evening. 

The Dam

Brunswick Street is the place to go to chill out with beers and Aperol spritz surrounded by the beautiful buildings of the Merchant City at The Dam

Brian Maule at Le Chardon d'Or

For exquisite French food with a very Scottish twist, head to Brian Maule’s hugely acclaimed fine dining restaurant in the city centre where the team have been working hard to ensure a safe, memorable dining experience. 

Merchant Square

Experience outdoor dining, indoors at the beautiful Merchant Square.  The Square’s bars and restaurants, Bar Soba, Bar Square, O'Neill's Merchant Square, Monterey Jack's, Steak Cattle & Roll, Metropolitan Cocktail Bar & Restaurant and Fanelli's are all now open. Contact the individual venues for bookings.

Mharsanta

The team at Mharsanta is delighted to welcome back customers for lunch, dinner or a cocktail or two.  Sit inside where they have installed beautifully designed safety screens, or enjoy your meal on the outdoor terrace overlooking Merchant Square.   

Ardnamurchan

The contemporary Scottish restaurant, Ardnamurchan, based on Hope Street is taking reservations. The team behind the Highlands and Islands inspired restaurant has redesigned their space with safety measures, such as screens, to allow for intimate dining for 2 or private dining for up to 16.

Platform at Argyle Street Arches

Platform at Argyle Street Arches is now Scotland's largest bar and restaurant and brings together the best independent food traders, serving up a great variety from quirky food trucks. Based within the refurbished former arts venue, The Arches, the street food market is ideal for friends and families. 

The Piper's Tryst

The Piper’s Tryst at the National Piping Centre is now open, along with their hotel and shop.  Serving food from 8am, their Pipe Major’s Breakfast is sure to set you up for the day.

Lychee Oriental

In the ever-popular, award-winning Lychee Oriental chef Jimmy and his team are serving up their famous Cantonese dishes once again to their loyal customers and hope to welcome lots of new patrons too.

The Ivy

There's delicious brunch, stunning cocktails and beautifully prepared seasonal dishes to enjoy in the stunning Art Deco surroundings of The Ivy Glasgow.

Dining out in the East

West on the Green

Enjoy food and locally brewed beers at West on the Green which is set within the city's largest park, Glasgow Green.

Cathedral House

The boutique inn and hotel, Cathedral House is operating a first-come first-served basis for tables within their stunning terrace garden.

Saint Luke's and The Winged Ox

Back open and taking bookings for indoors as well as their outdoor areas, Saint Luke's and The Winged Ox have safety measures in place and will be offering table service only so you can sit back and relax in this cool spot in the east. 

Drygate

Another much loved venue in the east that has reopened its outdoor and indoor dining areas is Drygate.  Check out their new summer menu, pre-book your table and you can now also pay via their app.  Scots signer Lewis Capaldi has already been spotted back out enjoying one of their signature beers!

Bilson Eleven

After weeks of preparing takeaway menus, Bilson Eleven are welcoming back patrons to dine in the elegant surroundings of their 19th century townhouse and have just launched their new opening menu. Once booked your table is yours for the evening so you can enjoy a laid-back dining experience.  

The Gate

The Gate has exciting plans for their first few weeks back, from collaborations to exciting kitchen takeovers to amazing drink experiences. Join them on Sundays for Brunch Bingo!

The Palais

Dine indoors or out at The Palais who are delighted to be back serving delicious cocktails and hearty Sunday roasts. 

Coia's Cafe

Duke Street favourite Coia's Cafe is back serving breakfast, lunch and dinner indoors and out.  Their deli is also still serving some delicious takeaway options too.

Van Winkle

Sit inside or within their Jack Daniel's beer garden at Van Winkle's and enjoy BBQ and southern style food, as well as choose from Scotland's largest selection of bourbon and American Whiskey.

Dining out in the North

Killermont Polo Club

Head to Killermont Polo Club on Maryhill Road for a delicious authentic Indian curry in sophisticated surroundings. 

 

For ideas and inspiration on how to enjoy and experience the city at the moment, check out our Glasgow Now section for articles on shopping, virtual Glasgow, exploring neighbourhoods and more.

Article last updated July 2020