The 10 Best Local Restaurants In Glasgow, Scotland

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9 February 2017

Glasgow is a lively city offering culture and a down-to-earth charm that attracts an increasing number of visitors. Scottish food, however, and Glasgow’s in particular, has long been held at arm’s length by much of the world. These ten restaurants in Glasgow prove that the local cuisine is in fact exceedingly delicious.

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The Sisters Kelvingrove

Restaurant, Contemporary, British, $$$
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The Sisters Kelvingrove
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Owner Jacqueline O’Donnell is the force behind this chic restaurant in Glasgow’s Finnieston neighborhood, a hop, skip and jump from popular music venue The Hydro. From a home-smoked Shetland cod fillet, to Isle of Mull scallops, to Howgate brie, everything the kitchen turns out is Scottish food at its finest.

Stravaigin

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, British, European, Wine, Beer, $$$
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With a motto of ‘think global, eat local,’ it comes as no surprise that this renowned restaurant serves up Scottish fare with a hint of worldwide spice. Try the award-winning haggis, or come by for weekend brunch and order up a full Scottish breakfast, featuring square sausage, beans, fried egg, mushrooms, tattie scone, grilled tomato, black pudding, and bacon.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Arty, Fine Dining, Stylish, Modern

Shish Mahal

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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This Indian restaurant is often touted as the birthplace of chicken tikka masala, the national dish of Britain. The restaurant’s manager, Asif Ali, says that ‘We consider ourselves to be Glaswegians first and Scottish second so we are proud to have invented it here.’

Ubiquitous Chip

Restaurant, Brasserie, Bar, British, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Around since 1971, The Chip has become an institution, reinventing and refining old regional classics since a time way back when, when the idea of Scottish cuisine was widely believed by many to be ludicrous. Using seasonal and fresh ingredients provided by specialist suppliers, this is one restaurant not to miss.

City Merchant

Restaurant, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$
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City Merchant
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For excellent local seafood, look no further than this restaurant located in the heart of Glasgow’s historic Merchant City. Try the oysters, Scottish venison, or the North Sea poached fillet of cod; but vegetarians shouldn’t worry, because the meat-free dishes are just as wonderful, including homemade potato gnocchi with peas, fennel, and a glaze made of Dunsyre blue cheese.

The Grill on the Corner

Restaurant, European, $$$
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A bustling and welcoming spot, this convivial grill will make diners feel right at home amid the comfortable leather seats and dark wood surroundings. Especially if you start the meal with one of the restaurant’s wonderful specialty cocktails, like the Eton Mess or a Sloe Negroni.

Number Sixteen West End Ltd

Restaurant, Contemporary, European, $$$
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Number 16 Restaurant, Glasgow
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Decorated with red walls, white brick, and exposed rafters, this West End restaurant is a unique and modern place. The menu is ever-changing due to availability and quality of fresh produce, making every meal here a special one.