The food scene in Glasgow is as wide ranging as it is delicious, from street food to burgers, pizzas to fine dining, we’ve got it all pretty much covered, so where do you go when you want to treat yourself? Whether it’s for a special occasion, or just because, here are some of my fine dining spots across our great city…
Known for it’s seasonal fair and Scottish produce, Cail Bruich is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, nestled in the heart of the west end on Great Western Road. Splash out on their tasting menu of five or seven courses or dine on their market menu if you’re in the mood for a lighter meal. The menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season, so you’ll never eat the same dish twice.
This has quickly become one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow, with a rich, varied menu based on the best produce Scotland has to offer. Head chef, Peter McKenna, loves using unusual local ingredients to create stunning dishes, like slow cooked pig’s cheek with radish, apple, sauerkraut and pork fat. Located on the ever-trendy Finnieston strip, a meal at The Gannet is the best way to treat yourself!
111 by Nico
A lot of people may be currently shouting about Six by Nico, but the original restaurant, 111 by Nico, in Kelvindale, is a secluded spot that is ideal for an evening of quality dining at very reasonable prices. Choose between either a five-course tasting menu for £30, or eat off their a la carte, which still has set prices of £19 for two courses or £22 for three. The kitchen is full of young faces who learn the ropes of the culinary world here, so you’re supporting future chefs in the process!
Home to Great British Menu alum, Jacqueline O’Donnell, The Sisters is acclaimed throughout Glasgow as one of the greats. With locations in Kelvingrove and Jordanhill, the fine Scottish fare on offer is perfect for a special occasion. The Kelvingrove location has also just recently launched Taster Thursdays, where you can try seven dishes for just £22.50 per person!
Two Fat Ladies
A real Glasgow institution, and with four locations around the city, there’s no excuse for missing this fine Scottish seafood! I’ve eaten at the City Centre location, but it’s their spot at The Buttery that they’re famous for. Each location’s menu differs slightly, with the focus is on fresh local seafood, but don’t worry, there a couple of vegetarian and meat-friendly options available too. If you have room, order the Two Fats’ Grand Dessert, it’s incredible!
Famous for bringing fine dining to vegan, gluten free and vegetarian diners, Red Onion is a staple in Glasgow’s food scene, with a range of menus to suit every need. At £30 per person, their taster menu is well worth splashing out on. The pan fried Caledonian Crown sirloin is served with Quigleys Amber Ale jus – a beer that chef and owner John Quigley created with Drygate Brewery, available only at the restaurant.
Six by Nico
Soon to open in Edinburgh, Six by Nico took Glasgow by storm when it opened up last year with their chippie-inspired menu. With a set tasting menu that changes every six weeks, dining here really is more than just a meal. Subsequent menus have focussed on childhood, illusions, Disney and currently, New York. At just £25 for the six courses, it’s incredible value for money, although I recommend spending an extra £25 to get the wine pairing!
Probably one of the most well-known restaurants in Glasgow, the Ubiquitous Chip is an incredibly romantic space. With its cobble stone courtyard, greenery and hanging lights, it’s like dining in a secret garden! Like all good fine dining restaurants, the menu changes based on what’s in season, and it will cost you, so be ready to splash out! If you’re looking for something more low-key but still delicious, you can always eat in the Brasserie upstairs.
You might be thinking there’s a few spots missing from this list, and there are, because I haven’t eaten there yet! So here’s a few fine dining spots I’m still desperate to visit: Black Dove, Alchemilla, Fanny Trollopes, Number 16, Blythswood Square, Bilson Eleven…if you think I’ve missed somewhere, let me know!