My top ten Glasgow restaurants

I’ve been eating out since I was a baby

My family have always been fond of eating out and my Dad probably ate out daily. It’s something we’ve always enjoyed and appreciated.

My first career choice was hospitality and I worked in the industry from the age of 13, washing dishes in a cafe, through to when I left to go into PR, when I was 21. I’ve always loved food, restaurant environments, great service and when you’ve eaten out as much as me, as well as have the training, you tend to notice everything!

Despite there being a plethora of new restaurants opening in Glasgow, some of the oldies are my favourites. Perhaps because of the memories, but also because the quality is still there.

I tried to put these into some of ranking, but actually, they are on a par in their own ways. I’d recommend visiting them all!

Here are my top ten Glasgow restaurants.

10 ten glasgow restaurants#1 Ho Wong

I got engaged here! It’s always been my favourite restaurant, long before many people even knew about it, back in the 90’s. The mixed hors d’oeuvres to start followed by chicken in capital sauce is my absolute favourite! Always accompanied by seaweed. Salivating at the thought!

It’s not cheap but it’s the best cantonese I’ve ever eaten in. The staff are super efficient and the lunchtime set menu is actually good value and you’re always in and out quickly.

Worth booking in advance.

crabshakk-001#2 Crabshakk

Apart from the seating, which can be uncomfortable depending on where you are seated, the smell hits you when you come in the door and that’s it! My favourite from the menu is scallops in anchovy butter to start followed by the monkfish cheek scampi with the homemade ketchup. I always ask for another ramekin of ketchup!

Worth booking in advance. (website down at time of adding link)

gamba_01#3 Gamba

Apart from the fact I used to handle the PR for Gamba, back when Derek and Alan Tomkins co-owned the restaurant, Gamba always feels a bit special. The effort in each dish and the flavours packed into each element, are just so fresh and tasty. I love the lobster thermidor and Gamba’s chips. If you’re ordering that, you won’t need a starter!

The service is always slick – attentive but not intrusive. The place is always so clean as well!

Derek always adds an extra special something when I visit. That level of details is always noticed and appreciated!

facade-note-to-trip-advisor#4 Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery

Once an institution, The Buttery was where most of Glasgow business was done and the media got their stories. Now, Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, the restaurant still retains much of the 70’s and 80’s charm with wood panelling, patterned textiles, vintage china, silver cutlery and there’s always something fabulous about white crisp table clothes and the flowers they put on the table.

The service, led by Maddie and her team, is always friendly and professional. They remember customers and their needs and they go the extra mile to make your visit special.

One to book in advance and possibly one for a special treat.

10 top glasgow restaurants#5 The Gannet

The Gannet is one of the restaurants on ‘the strip’ at Finnieston. My husband raved about it when it first opened and he visits regularly. I’ve eaten there a good few times now and the food is always amazing. They describe it as the three-course menu experience. It’s not the sort of place you pop into for a quick main course. The thing I really loved was recently learning about the time and effort the owners put into developing the menu. They are also hands on in the kitchen. They often forage and visit farms to source the best quality local produce.

The service is always friendly and the interior is modern and clean.

#6 Ox and Finchphoto-2-17

I love the Ox and Finch. I especially love the charred peach and mozzarella salad! This is a great venue, great location, great food and the staff are always on top of your needs. As it’s more tapas style food, you can eat as much or as little as you want.

The only thing I’d say is, the private dining space downstairs is good, but it’s beside the toilet, so you get a lot of people passing by. For larger parties, tapas style food isn’t great because it arrives in bits and bobs. I was left with one plate whilst everyone else was tucking in!

guys-restaurant-glasgow#7 Guy’s

A gem of a restaurant in the Merchant City. The live music adds a touch of fabulousness and the fact Guy is always around means it’s a more personal experience. We had a fabulous Valentine meal there a couple of years ago and the wine list is excellent.

The interior has a bit of old world about it but it’s still quite modern in its own way.

lanterna#8 La Lanterna

An institution! Having dined here more times than I care to remember, La Lanterna was refurbished over a year ago and it was needed. The new interior is fresh and it now allows for more tables.

The fresh pasta and hot food produced, is always a winner. I say hot, because too often pasta and the like can arrive warm, but the food is always hot!

Chris and team are always welcoming and they’ve been winning loads of awards recently, too.

stravagin-brunch-may-2015#9 Stravaigin

What can I say… from pigeon and squirrel on the menu, to the fabulous asian-inspired food they produce, Stravaigin is always a winner. The restaurant downstairs is darker and more intimate, whilst the bar upstairs has a more informal menu and a bit more lively environment.

Downstairs has had its issues though with cold draughts and smelling of damp. That’s just what happens in most basement venues.

The ‘Think Global Eat Local’ slogan is good and describes the brand well.

The allow dogs in the bar and they serve the best breakfasts and brunches! In the summer, the outside area on Gibson Street is always hoaching!

the-chip#10 Ubiquitous Chip

A fabulous, unique venue. Nooks and crannies, bars and restaurants. This is a lovely place for a weekend meal or special occasion, but it’s also nice just for drinks in the west end.

The ‘outside inside’ is nice, as is the natural light. The less formal restaurant has a fairly limited menu but it always has nice simple fresh food. The staff are attentive and the atmosphere is always buzzing.

Got any others to add to another list? Let me know!

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