Top restaurants in Glasgow: The best food in the city

I’m always talking up Glasgow these days. From the wonderful locals to the superb architecture it is a city that keeps getting better and better. But in my past scribbles I’ve ommitted Glasgow’s cuisine from my gushing praise. Well, no more! Here’s the run-through of my top restaurants in Glasgow.


The Indian influence

Indian cusine has had a huge impact on Scotland and it’s most prominent in Glasgow. Indian restaurants are to be found throughout the city but my favourites (and it’s hard to narrow this shortlist down) are:

Dakhin and Dhabba – sister companies that offer North (Dhabba) and South (Dakhin) Indian food. Amuse yourself with the monstrous and delicious dosas in Dakin and amaze your tastebuds with Dhabbas ridiculously good monkfish.

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Mother India – this place consistently offers the best curry in Glasgow for me and is a bit of an institution, located right outside Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Try the Butter Chicken…..


Keeping it Italian

It would be a sorry excuse for a city that did not offer first class Italian restuarants. Glasgow has many but, for this Italophile, the best two are:

Bella Napoli – best pizzas in Glasgow. They put cured pears on one of their favourite pizzas and it works a treat. Requires a trip to the city’s south side, but well worth it!

Fratelli Sarti – have multiple restaurants in the heart of Glasgow city centre and particularly great for a plate of pasta, or for a morning espresso.


Simply Scottish

Some love it, others hate it but Scottish food is at its best in Glasgow. We have some of the world’s best seafood, first class beef and rivers of glorious whisky. We also have some other not so nice things that are not worth mentioning.

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Crabshakk – easily the best crab cakes I have ever tasted this little gem pretty much exclusively features food from the deep, of the very highest standard. Undoubtedly one of the top restaurants in Glasgow.

Rogano – a place of legend. Probably not for the budget conscious but first class quality and range of food. Rogano’s is proud of its long list of celebrity visitors and is also great for a cocktail.

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The Ubiquitous Chip – one of the West End’s best known venues, this is Scottish food with a wee bit of France slipping in. Look out for the artwork of Alasdair Grey, pictured, which makes finding your way to the bathroom all the more special. The Chip always has a good atmosphere and is also great for a drink in the upstairs pub!

Gandolfi – Gandolfi Fish is one of the top restaurants in Glasgow’s Merchant City for those that love seafood. Part of the same group are Cafe Gandolfi and Bar Gandolfi which are also both on Albion Street and are well worth a visit.

West Brewery – This real brewery on Glasgow Green is great for a lunch, or just a first class pint. With a focus on meat dishes and great beer (naturally) West mixes Scottish and German tastes superbly.

Have I convinced you that Glasgow knows food? Are there other top restaurants in Glasgow that I have missed?

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