Glasgow is literally jam-packed with award winning places to eat, from Michelin awards, being listed in The Sunday Times Best 100 restaurants to TripAdvisor’s most highly rated pizza restaurant in the UK, you can easily spend your entire time in the city eating in top-class restaurants. So here is a taster of just some of award winning restaurants Glasgow has to offer.
One of the latest additions to the hipster neighbourhood of Finnieston, is the cool and casual Mediterranean restaurant Alchemilla. Quirky, cool with fantastic food and a fabulous vibe this is a top restaurant to visit with friends; it’s all about sharing deliciously small plates within a fresh environment where the buzz and reputation is evident. It’s no surprise that this restaurant featured in The Sunday Times’ ‘Britain’s Best 100 Restaurants’ in 2017.
Awarded AA Scottish Restaurant of the Year in 2015 two years after it opened, The Gannet has quickly become a must-visit for foodies and has unquestionably added to the culinary kudos of West neighbourhood Finnieston. Chefs Peter McKenna and Ivan Stein create a compact menu of both the hearty and delicate, all inspired by Scottish ingredients from venison to Scotch duck egg. Set in a listed tenement building, the restaurant is cosy but contemporary and their salted caramel fondant is worth travelling many miles for.
Meaning ‘eat well’ in Gaelic, Cail Bruich in the city’s West neighbourhood has established itself as a top Scottish dining experience. It was named as one of the 'Top 50 restaurants in the UK' in The Good Food Guide 2020 by Waitrose & Partners and one of ‘Britain’s 100 Best Restaurants’ in the Sunday Times in 2017. A family affair, run by the Charalambous brothers Chris and Paul, Cail Bruich’s menu boasts an innovative use of the Scottish larder, with many ingredients hand-foraged from the local area. Each season brings exciting new ideas, meaning the 'wow' factor is guaranteed at any time of the year.
Snuggled in the city’s west neighbourhoods, and known as ‘The Chip’s little sister’ (The Ubiquitous Chip) this restaurant, café and bar won a Michelin Bib Gourmand every year straight from 2012-2016. Often described as “fine dining without the white linen” this cosy restaurant is a place where you can truly indulge in award winning Scottish cuisine. Renowned for their local ingredients, much of which is growing by themselves on their small farm just outside Glasgow, Stravaigin is a place where you can enjoy local produce with a global twist in a completely rustic atmosphere. And on top of all that, they also serve some of the best whisky, gin and craft beer in town.
Winner of yet another Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2018 is the Finnieston neighbourhood’s, Ox and Finch. This contemporary sharing dining experience is one of the hottest places is town. Run by the former chef of the McLaren Formula 1 team, Jonathan McDonald, there’s no surprise that this trendy and eclectic eatery is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. With a well-deserved buzz around it, this is a must-book in advance restaurant if you plan to visit during your time in the city.
Award winning pizza is the dish of the day at Paesano with the retro pizza joint rated as one of Europe's top pizza places by Big 7 Travel in 2019. The restaurant, based in the trendsetting Miller Street, has proven such a popular haunt for friends and family to enjoy pizza that it has now expanded to a second location in the West of the city. They were the first place in Glasgow to bring the traditional, authentic Naploetana pizza from Naples to the city. With a quirky, laid back vibe, constantly changing specials, great range of Italian beers as well as amazing value for money, it’s no wonder that this place carries such an accolade. So for an authentic retro slice of Italian pizza in Glasgow, drop into Paesano.
With Glasgow having won the coveted ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ award four times in recent years, you can’t make a visit to the city and not seek out a curry. And what better place than KoolBa, nestled in the cool quarter of the Merchant City, they officially became the ‘Best Curry Restaurant in Britain’ in 2015. Serving up an interesting mixture of Persian and Asian cuisine, this cosy curry house is famous for their high quality ingredients and service. A firm favourite with locals the highlight on the menu at KoolBa is often noted to be their Persian Kebabs.
Also situated in the Merchant City is the award winning vegan café, bar and live music venue called Mono. Having won the ‘UK's Best Vegetarian Restaurant’ award at VegfestUK multiple times this venue is not solely about award winning vegan food but it’s a great venue where visitors can also enjoy the city’s epic music scene. Owned by Craig Tannock, a vegan champion and most notably a key player in the 90s music scene in Glasgow, alongside his other vegetarian and vegan venues Stereo and The 78, Tannock brings together the fusion of fabulous vegan food and the city’s music scene - a delightful combination.
Under the same roof as Mono is Monorail Music, a gem of a record shop run by Stephen Pastel aka Stephen McRobbie from 80s and 90s “indie band” The Pastels. The band were a key act of the UK independent music scene of the 1980s and also had none other than Kirk Cobain as a fan.
Featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Eat in the UK (2018), Eusebi Deli has been bringing an authentic taste of Italy to Glasgow for 40 years. The original Eusebi Deli was based in Shettleston, with the 2015 restaurant opening in the west of the city in 2015. The restaurant serves up everything from buttery pasta laden with truffles, pappardelle with 14-hour cooked shin of beef to poached olive oil cod and shellfish brodo. The Sunday Times describes Eusebi Deli as: “A deli and takeaway and café that has bloomed, under the aegis of lovely Giovanna Eusebi, into a serious restaurant. Their small plates menu is an ambitious revelation.” Eusebi Deli also went on to win ‘Best Dining Experience’ and ‘Best Café/Deli’ at The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018.