From art-deco splendour to a 200 year-old hospital building and the place where the upper classes used to buy their transatlantic liner tickets, Glasgow’s incredibly rich heritage and architecture has guaranteed some truly spectacular places to have your breakfast, lunch and supper. Here’s a few places where you can dine out in style in the Dear Green Place.
Now over 80 years old, Rogano is a Glasgow institution. Located just off the grand Royal Exchange Square, it was famously created in the same art deco style as the ship the Queen Mary (which was being built on the Clyde at the same time) and is just as iconic for Glaswegians. The incredible interior guarantees an experience like no other in the city. From the curved banquette to the seaweed-green upholstery, the attention to detail is exquisite, as is the smoked haddock and clam chowder, served in a sourdough bread bowl. And there's always the added bonus that you might spot a Scottish celeb; Rod Stewart is known to dine here when in town.
Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery
The Buttery is one of Glasgow’s oldest restaurants and was restored to its former glory by Ryan James, the owner of that other Glasgow institution, Two Fat Ladies, in 2007.
The original Finnieston foodie haunt, walking through the door of The Buttery feels like heading into a different era. It has the feel of a 1930s Scottish film set, all wooden panelling, vintage table decorations and intriguing artwork.
And despite the white tablecloths, tartan and the waiting staff’s kilts, The Buttery oozes calm and a refined warmth. Thankfully the food matches the stunning surroundings; the best Scottish seafood cooked with precision.
Built in 1842 on the site of the 18th century Virginia Mansion in the Merchant City, The Corinthian Club is one of Glasgow's most elaborate and richly decorated buildings both internally and externally. Faithfully restored in 1999, it now houses a stylish restaurant, bar and club. The truly spectacular domed ceiling, replete with ornate detail, make the brasserie feel incredibly indulgent, while the menu is an interesting mix of exotic dishes and Scottish staples.
Relax in the stylish surrounds of the new Radisson RED Sky Bar while enjoying unrivalled views across the city skyline. This new hotel located next to The SSE Hydro has fast become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike with amazing views, stunning cocktails and a delicious menu of 'little plates' to be enjoyed.
If you like a restaurant where walking in makes you feel like you’ve wandered into The Great Gatsby, then Hutchesons in the heart of the Merchant City is for you. Housed in a stunning, 200 year-old former hospital building, the restaurant is the brainchild of James Rusk, who cut his hospitality teeth at Balthazar in New York.
The lavish dining room and stylish café bar are matched with slick service and fantastic food, from a selection of Scottish steaks to pan-seared chicken supreme and spectacular seafood. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the incredible cocktails…
The name of the transatlantic liner company whose first class ticket office was housed in this building lends its name to one of Glasgow’s most opulent restaurants and bars, located just off George Square. The Edwardian architecture is beautifully complemented by the maritime memorabilia on show, much of it from the Anchor Line company itself. From speakeasy-style cocktails to fine Scotch beef cuts and excellent seafood, this is the perfect spot for some Scots-American nostalgia in style.
La Bonne Auberge
Glasgow’s original Brasserie, La Bonne Auberge serves up tantalising French and Mediterranean cuisine. The award-winning AA-Rosette Brasserie is surrounded by the city's top theatres, making for the perfect pre-theatre dining. Using the freshest of ingredients to create classic French dishes, the team at La Bonne Auberge bring a little piece of Paris to the heart of Glasgow.