When it comes to love and romance, words can only do so much. After all, actions speak much louder. With this in mind, there’s nothing more satisfying than bonding over a mutual appreciation of food. And who knows? That in-depth debate about which dish to choose may just be the start of happily ever after! Let the sparks fly in Glasgow
and take your pick from the most romantic restaurants on offer. The rest is up to you!
Restaurant, Contemporary, British, $$$
Since setting up shop in Glasgow’s Finnieston area, The Gannet
has absconded with the hearts of many. Each dish on the menu promotes a riot of culinary curiosity resulting in what can only be described as a serious love affair with food, while the premium Scottish produce, which isn’t tethered to its roots, helps produce elevated results. Industrial rustic décor lends itself to a prime date night setting made all the more glorious by the daily changing produce and meticulously curated European menu featuring vegetarian, seafood and meat options. You can’t go wrong.
111 By Nico
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Those in it for innovative dishes and perfect wine pairings will fall head over heels for 111 by Nico
. Situated on the West End
’s Cleveden Road, the suave interior is relaxed and sets the scene for the ever-evolving gastronomic journey to come. Scotland’s natural larder plays a starring role in the wonderfully inventive contemporary dishes that taste as beautiful as they look. A man with a vision, Nico is known for his academy, which provides mentoring to aspiring young chefs who may not have had the best start in life. An overall winner for food enthusiasts.
Porter & Rye
Restaurant, British, Steakhouse, $$$
Located in Finnieston, Porter & Rye
is the kind of place you keep coming back to time and time again. Graced with unsurpassable service and an intimate ambience, this New York-esque restaurant is famed for its fabulous seasonal cocktails and premium aged meats – a dynamic duo to say the least! The Porter & Rye passion for fresh wild and foraged food, an admirable trait, translates onto each plate, with their molecular plate dining style being second to none.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
, the latest jewel in Glasgow’s food crown, is the talk of the town. If you like your restaurants like your relationships – fuss free, one of a kind and the type to write home about – then this one is a keeper. Deserving of its spot in the Sunday Times
Top 100 list, Alchemilla stands out from the crowd with its sustainably sourced natural wine and sharing plates featuring the freshest Mediterranean eats. Unforgettable.
Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
If Tiffney’s Steakhouse
were a person, it would be the kind you take home to meet the parents – it’s that delightful! Appropriately pinned as ‘The Home of Dry Aged Beef’, this charming restaurant prides itself on serving top of the line Scotch prime beef sourced from Speyside and the North-East of Scotland. Before the meat reaches the menu, it is meticulously hand-picked and aged in a humidity-controlled meat locker for at least 70 days until it obtains peak tender perfection. The result is one worth savouring. Tucked away between tenement buildings in an old car showroom on Otago Street, the cocktails, wine list and own brew lager, GRAY’s, equate to an unforgettable date night.
Restaurant, British, $$$
, with its sultry smooth surrounds and irresistible charm, outshines the rest as one of Glasgow’s hottest hangouts. Blessed with a fabulous booze selection and swoon-worthy veggie options, there are no expenses spared when it comes to flavour, service and setting. The menu sports a range of desirable options from pizza and lamb meatballs, to monkfish scampi, steak pie and carrot and leek vegetarian stovies. That mac and cheese, though. Sparks will fly.
Restaurant, Italian, none
As Glasgow’s oldest family-run Italian restaurant, La Lanterna
is a miniature Italy nestled right in the heart of Glasgow. Since 1970, this basement eatery has consistently won over food fanatics with its utterly mouth-watering Italian fare. The handsome array of dishes appeal to the taste buds and the service couldn’t be more spot on. Wonderfully relaxed and bursting with old world charm, La Lanterna oozes a fiercely romantic essence that’s made all the merrier by the authentic food and intimate ambience. The passion is contagious.
The Spanish Butcher
Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, $$$
The Spanish Butcher
, with its impressive spread of Galician Beef, superior Jamon Iberico and fresh seafood, is a tribute to the wonders of Spanish and Mediterranean cooking. Bursting with flavours destined to make the taste buds dance to their own little victory tune, this vibrant restaurant possesses that New York loft feel with a welcomed dose of Scottish hospitality. Based out of the Merchant City area, The Spanish Butcher is a fiesta for food lovers.
Restaurant, British, $$$
The saying ‘great things come in small packages’ certainly rings true when it comes to Wee Lochan
. Between the ultra-cosy contemporary setting and sharp Scottish menu, this bonnie wee gem is a force to be reckoned with. The menu, which features the finest local produce, boasts an array of special lunch deals and delicious dishes like pan-seared scallops with chorizo, twice-baked goat cheese and caramelised red onion soufflé, and Stornoway black pudding with a poached egg. With food that tastes as good as it looks, there is no such thing as a bad date here!
La Lanterna West End
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
A breath of fresh air, La Lanterna West End
is the new sister restaurant of the renowned city centre location. And she’s just as fabulous! Pioneered by local culinary luminaries, head chef Luca Conreno and general manager Chris, this beauty walked away with multiple awards the moment she opened her doors in 2017. Authentic, heavenly Italian dishes reign supreme – think freshly made minestrone soup, traditional homemade lasagna with a rich bolognese and cheese sauce and roasted pepper and goat cheese ravioli – while the fun and punchy cocktails are out of this world. The sleek airy interiors exude effortless romance and just the right amount of pizzazz.