Glasgow’s food and drink scene is vibrant and offers something for everyone, including a wide variety of restaurants and cafes with gluten free options. Here's a few suggestions:
Just need to grab something quick? Here's some top choices for you:
Located on Byres Road in the city’s West End, Avenue G is a cute café serving a wealth of Scottish produce. Pop in for a great selection of sandwiches that can be served on gluten free bread as well as gluten free cakes.
Gesso is a relatively new addition to Glasgow’s café scene. They sell some delicious gluten free bakes from Amo Torta, a baker located just outside of Glasgow, and don’t forget to have a look around their art gallery while you’re there!
The Glad Café is an all-day cafe with evening sharing plates, live music, films, poetry and arts events. With a special gluten free menu available, they offer sandwiches and cakes supplied by local company Wild Flours Bakery.
Art Lover's Café at House for an Art Lover
Located in the beautiful setting of Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed House for an Art Lover, the Art Lover's Café is a lovely cafe with a clearly marked menu highlighting any allergens.
If you’re in the city centre and looking to grab something quick, then head to Martha’s, who won best takeaway restaurant of the year at the Scottish Restaurant Awards in 2013. They pride themselves on supplying ‘fast natural food’ with all of the allergens clearly marked on the menu.
SALT delicatessen is another eaterie located on Byres Road, offering a variety of speciality products and fresh dishes as well as gluten free cakes that include peanut butter squares and caramel shortbread!
With a number of cafes located around the city centre and Merchant City, Tinderbox is a great place to stop off after a day’s shopping to enjoy coffee and a gluten free cake.
Gastro Pubs, Bistros, and Bar Food
Grab a quick pub lunch over a drink here:
Located on Ashton Lane in the city’s West End, Brel is a gastro pub with a fab selection of gluten free dishes for you to enjoy. Choose from grilled langoustines, moules frites, pan fried sea bass and so much more. And while you're there, don’t forget to check out their grassy beer garden too!
The Butterfly and Pig
The Butterfly and Pig is famous for their quirky menu and shabby chic interior. Pop upstairs to the tearoom to enjoy delicious gluten free light bites or head downstairs and enjoy yummy pub grub, including their butterfly and piglet burger or traditional fish and chips.
Carluccio’s is an authentic Italian restaurant with a tasty selection of gluten free dishes to choose from. Why not enjoy some caprese bites or one of their delicious pasta dishes? Don’t forget to try one of their many gluten free desserts, including their chocolate and salted caramel sundae!
Firebird is an award winning bar/restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, known for its sourdough pizza and European bistro fare. Their freshly prepared pizzas come with a gluten free base and are a must, but they also offer gluten free pasta that can be substituted into any of their pasta dishes.
Handmade Burger Company
If you love your burgers, check out Handmade Burger Company in the city centre. They offer a gluten free menu which includes gluten free burger buns! With a great variety of burgers including beef, veggie and chicken you'll be spoilt for choice.
A relative newcomer to the West End’s dining and take out scene is La Favorita. Their freshly prepared pizzas are delicious and can be made with a gluten free base and best of all - they deliver it straight to your door!
Soho is an Italian restaurant located on Miller St in the city centre, with a seperate gluten free menu that offers salads, steaks, pasta, pizzas and much more.
If you’re a fan of Asian dining, there's a great selection of places for you to enjoy gluten free delights.
Dakhin is a South Indian restaurant in the Merchant City and the entire A La Carte Menu is gluten free. Choose from Keerai Bhaji, Mamsam Pepper Fry, Meen Chuttathu and so much more. If you're also lactose intolerant, there's also a great variety of dishes available for you to choose from too.
Hanoi Bike Shop
Hanoi Bike Shop can be found on Creswell Lane in the city’s West End. Tucked just off Byres Road, this Vietnamese eaterie has a wide selection of gluten free dishes with a large proportion of their menu being gluten free. Just ask a member of staff for more details!
For a dining experience with a difference, check out Khublai Khan. This Mongolian BBQ restaurant allows you to mix and match your dishes in order for you to omit any potential allergens. Recently awarded a Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence, this restaurant offers a genuinely unique, fun and relaxed dining experience with a lively, interactive atmosphere.
Lychee Oriental Restaurant
For a spot of sophisticated fine dining, take a look at Lychee Oriental Restaurant in Glasgow's city centre - they have a separate gluten free menu so you won't be stuck for choice.
If you’re more in the mood for some Mexican food, then check out these restaurants below:
Bibi’s is a firm fixture in the city’s West End dining scene. Offering authentic Mexican dishes in cosy surroundings, our Facebook fan Jen said that they're great for 'delicious gluten free dishes'.
Las Iguanas in Glasgow’s city centre offers a full gluten free menu with a variety of starters, mains and deserts for you to choose from. Dishes including nachos with crispy corn tortilla chips, churrasco skewers, and chilli.
With a huge selection of gluten free enchiladas, burritos, and tacos, Poco Havana is a must visit for those who love Mexican, Spanish and Cuban cuisine. Open midday to late 7 days a week, just 5 minutes from Glasgow Central or Queen Street Station!
One of Glasgow’s new Mexican restaurants, Topolabamba, offer a variety of authentic dishes. Unless highlighted otherwise, everything on the menu is gluten free so there's a wide variety of classic Mexican dishes and street food for you to choose from.
Something a little special
Looking for somewhere that's just a bit more special? Then head on over to one of these restaurants:
Amarone in the city centre is a beautifully furnished contemporary Italian restaurant offering a wide selection of dishes including gluten free pizza bases, as well as a variety of salads and pastas that cater for different dietary requirements.
Gamba is a two AA rosette Scottish seafood restaurant located in Glasgow’s city centre. You can enjoy a variety of beautifully prepared dishes including sweet potato and chilli soup to start, grilled lemon sole, pan-fried grey mullet, roast Shetland cod for main and iced banana parfait or vanilla panna cotta to finish, all from their special gluten free menu.
Gamba was recently voted Seafood Restaurant of the Year by Seafish and the Caterer.
Award winning Red Onion in the city centre was opened by Chef John Quigley in 2005 and ever since his wife was diagnosed with coeliac disease, they've offered gluten free alternatives. They've got a gluten free a la carte or pre-theatre menu to choose from, with dishes including goats cheese bruschetta, roast chicken, mushroom risotto and a gluten free pudding of the day - you'll be spoilt for choice.
Pop over to the West End’s Ubiquitous Chip for a truly personalised dining experience, as they'll happily adapt their menu to be gluten free. They also bake their own gluten free bread!
More and more restaurants across the city are introducing gluten free dishes and menus so check back for updates!