Restaurants, cafes and pubs are open across the city, with safety measures in place. If you are dreaming of a fancy meal out in an award-winning restaurant, al-fresco drinks in a pop-up beer garden, trying out the newest restaurant on the scene or a plant-based feast in one of Europe's most vegan friendly cities - Glasgow's got you covered! Check out our guide to experiencing Glasgow's amazing food and drink scene, including information on restaurants that have extended the UK Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme into October. Don't forget to check individual websites for details on booking systems and for opening times. Be aware that all restaurants and bars in Scotland are subject to a 10pm curfew and that face coverings are mandatory when moving around.
The UK Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme to encourage people to dine-out in August has come to an end but due to its success, many Glasgow restaurants continued the scheme into September and now into October! Glasgow restaurants which have extended the offer include Glaschu, Chaophraya, Barca Tapas, NY American Grill and more. Check individual websites or social media pages for terms and conditions and to find out if your favourite place is participating.
Ever-evolving and ever-entrepreneurial, Glasgow's amazing food and drink scene has continued to change shape over the past few months. Many outdoor spaces, kitted out with umbrellas and heaters, and including menus from some of the city's most exciting street food vendors, have opened with great success. Meanwhile, new restaurants and bars that were due to open spring 2020 are now finally getting the chance to open their doors to the public.
On the banks of the River Clyde set beside the Rotunda is Cranside Kitchen, an outdoor and indoor venue with a food market and beer garden. Food is available from five Glasgow restaurants - Rioja, Halloumi, Pickled Ginger, Kilmurry & Co and La Rotunda, served up at bespoke picnic tables with fantastic views of some of the city's iconic buildings and structures.
Ready to accommodate all weather with both indoor and outdoor space is Ronnie's Bar and Bike Shop at SWG3. Food is available from five leading Scottish street food vendors, Shawarmarama, GaGa Chicken, NOMAD pizza, Sprigg and Julie’s Kopitiam.
The city centre has seen the arrival of two new outdoor beer gardens. Have a pint with the Big Yin at Glasgow Beer Works, which is based beside John Byrne’s Billy Connolly mural. Open Thurs-Sun, food is served from popular food trucks, such as Fire Dog Gourmet Hotdogs and Muerte por Churros. Just around the corner is Festival Village at Candleriggs which has food from Pizza Geeks, Say Cheese, The Butcher Boy and a drinks list, including Gin by Glaswegin.
New to the city's restaurant scene include Glaschu, which serves modern Scottish fine dining right in the heart of the city in Royal Exchange Square and includes the likes of a showstopping sharing beef wellington for a minimum of two people. The chef behind Bar Soba and Pizza Punks, brings his latest venture, Mamasan Bar & Brasserie to Ingram Street, marrying the best of Scottish produce with South-East Asian inspired flavours.
Thundercat has opened on the stylish Miller Street, serving up deep dish pizza pies and other US-inspired staples and is sure to be popular if the team's previous venture, Buck's Bar, is anything to go by. The Calton Taproom at Barras Art and Design has its own state-of-the-art smoker to bring the best BBQ, rotisserie and grilled meats, fish and vegetables to the area. As the name gives away, they are also aiming to be one of the finest watering-holes with over 20 different taps of local brews and over 100 bottled and canned varieties available.
A new venture in the west is 111 by Modou (formerly 111 by Nico). Serving inventive tasting menus, the restaurant takes its name from head chef and owner Modou Diagne, who started as a kitchen porter at 111 back in 2014 and tirelessly worked his way up.
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.
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.
The beautiful Ubiquitous Chip, which has been a stalwart of fine dining in the city since 1971, serves up contemporary Scottish food, including the likes of Loch Etive sea trout and Barra scallops.
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 live for the west neighbourhood haunt which is run by two chefs who have worked in the best hotels and restaurants in Scotland.
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, including 8oz rump steak with ancho chilli and potato terrine and coconut caramel hake.
Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery and Two Fat Ladies in the City
The Buttery is one of Glasgow’s oldest restaurants, serving up fine Scottish cuisine it is renowned for its style and old-school charm. Sister restaurant Two Fat Ladies in the City has also reopened Wednesdays-Saturdays. For info and menus for both of the Two Fat Ladies' restaurants visit here.
Ox and Finch
Ox and Finch in Finnieston is one of the hottest places in town, serving up innovative sharing plates. Sister restaurant, Ka Pao on Vinicombe Street is also back serving up their delicious South-East Asian cuisine.
Six by Nico
One of Glasgow’s hottest restaurants Six by Nico has two city locations in the city, South and Finnieston. Every six weeks, the restaurant changes its menu to a completely new theme, comprising of six delicious courses. Be aware, it books up early!
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 rum, cocktails and beer.
For scrummy Italian food within an iconic city restaurant, make a reservation for the Battlefield Rest. The historic building, which was a resting place for tram travellers, has been home to the family-run restaurant since 1994.
The multi-award winning, weekly Big Feed street-food market brings together an array of quaint looking trucks serving up everything from wood-fired pizza to Prosecco, from churros to Czech food. Head along to enjoy delicious food and live music, whatever the weather, in this family and dog-friendly indoor venue.
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar in Govanhill has reopened with a brand new menu, moving away from sharing 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!
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 walk-ins for its outdoor space on Pollokshaws Road. And we can confirm, the popular Turkish eggs are on the menu!
Operating a booking only system with fixed sittings, The Bungo is serving up brunch to supper, within its neighbourhood bar and kitchen in the heart of the trendy Strathbungo.
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.
Mackintosh at the Willow
Mackintosh at the Willow is now open, serving up afternoon tea within the meticulously restored Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed tearooms. Book now for a dining experience that is truly unique to Glasgow.
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.
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 cafe bar Saramago, based in the Centre for Contemporary Arts, is serving up their seasonal veggie menu six days a week (closed Sundays) . They recommend booking but there will be a few tables kept for walk-ins. For details on Saramago's opening times and new autumn menu click here.
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.
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.
There's delicious brunch, stunning cocktails and beautifully prepared seasonal dishes to enjoy in the stunning Art Deco surroundings of The Ivy Glasgow.
Enjoy some retail therapy in one of the mall's speciality stores then enjoy a delicious meal in stylish surroundings. Restaurants within Princes Square include Barca, Cranachan, NY Grill, Darcy’s, Il Pavone, October Glasgow and Restaurant Bar and Grill. Please check individual restaurants for details as days and discounts may vary.
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.
The boutique inn and hotel, Cathedral House is operating a first-come first-served basis for tables within their stunning terrace garden and indoors at their Green Room cafe-bar, serving seasonal menus.
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 within their cool haunt, which serves 'food for the soul'.
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 singer Lewis Capaldi has already been spotted back out enjoying one of their signature beers!
After weeks of preparing takeaway menus, Bilson Eleven is 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.
Duke Street favourite Coia's Cafe is back serving breakfast, lunch and dinner indoors and out. Their deli is still serving some delicious takeaway options too.
Sit inside or within their Jack Daniel's beer garden at Van Winkle's and enjoy BBQ and southern style food, as well as choosing from Scotland's largest selection of bourbon and American Whiskey. Van Winkle have recently opened a second branch on Byres Road in the west.
Killermont Polo Club
Head to Killermont Polo Club on Maryhill Road for a delicious authentic Indian curry in sophisticated surroundings. The team use classic cooking techniques to create authentic dishes from India and Pakistan.
The Botany delivers comfort food at a high level using locally-sourced ingredients within its restaurant, glasshouse conservatory and outdoor terrace.
Black Sheep Bistro
Serving up Scottish favourites such as steak pie and haggis pakora, Black Sheep Bistro is based just off Maryhill Road.
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Article last updated: October 2020