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Here is my guide to some of the many culinary delights that Glasgow has to offer.

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

7 Places

6 City Tips

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7 Places

The Ubiquitous Chip

Restaurants

Black Sheep Bistro

Restaurants

Mother India's Cafe

Restaurants

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

Restaurants

Fanny Trollope's

Restaurants

Malaga Tapas South-Side

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Ox and Finch

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Paul P's City Tips

  • The bus service is very good, but make sure you have exact change. Ticket prices for single journeys vary, but a day ticket is good value if you plan to ride the bus a few times.
  • When you take a taxi, it is common (although not expected) practice to round up to the nearest pound.
  • Avoid the topics of Scottish football and Scottish politics at the table!
  • Although tipping is not expected at most cafes, it is customary to tip 10% in restaurants.
  • When taking the train or underground, buy tickets in advance if the station is staffed, or from the conductor if it isn't.
  • Glasgow is generally a very relaxed place when it comes to dining.
  • The Ubiquitous Chip
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
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    Paul P Says:

    Founded in 1971, The Ubiquitous Chip was 'locavore' long before that word was trendy (or perhaps before it even existed). The name is a subtle dig at Scotland's culinary reputation — but the restaurant intends to change that, one delicious, locally sourced meal at a time. Combining traditional Scottish dishes with some new-fangled twists, the restaurant abides by the seasons, going local on everything from produce to venison, and even wine. The atmosphere is as exquisite as the food, with a verdant courtyard that feels a bit like a magical forest. Less expensive, brasserie-style food is served on the upper level, while the Wee Pub — Scotland's smallest! — is a great place for a nightcap.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The cheese platter is very decadent and beautifully presented. Pair it with an old port!
    • If you want to try haggis, the restaurant's starter is delicious.
    • Save room for dessert! They are all local, including ice creams, cakes, and crannachan (a Scottish dish of oatmeal, cream, whisky, and honey with raspberries).
    • Ask your server about where your ingredients come from — you may hear tales of mushroom foraging or local farmers knocking on the door with fresh parsnips!
    • For a main, the smoked venison is an excellent choice.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent reason to spend an evening in Glasgow! 20/10/2018
    • explosion of taste & flavour 17/10/2018
    • The Ubiquitous Chip
    Address:
    12 Ashton Lane
    Glasgow G12 8SJ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 334 5007
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Black Sheep Bistro
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
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    Paul P Says:

    You would not expect to find a quaint little restaurant among the historic tenement buildings of the St George's Cross area, yet here it is: Black Sheep Bistro. The family-run restaurant feels like your favorite aunt's living room, complete with charming paintings and quirky ornaments on the walls. And the hearty portions make it feel like your favorite aunt is feeding you, too! Home-cooked dishes include 'macaroni cheese,' cullen skink (ham, potato, and onion soup), lentil and ham soup, and 'haggis neaps 'n' tatties' — all served with a side of good conversation with the friendly staff.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The "smoked salmon and potato rosti" starter is delicious, and the "breaded pork stuffed with ham and Wensleydale cheese" is superb.
    • Go very hungry — the portions are huge!
    • There is normally a trio of mini desserts which are all delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner - You must go!! 14/10/2018
    • Wow - great night out 14/10/2018
    • Black Sheep Bistro
    Address:
    10 Clarendon Street
    St George's Cross
    Glasgow G20 7QD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 333 1435
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$33
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Tue - Thu
    5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Fri
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mother India's Cafe
    Restaurants (Pakistani, Indian, Asian)
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    Paul P Says:

    Based around the ethos of 'trying a little and tasting a lot', Mother India's Cafe serves up Indian food tapas-style. The small dishes make it easy and fun to sample a wider variety of the freshly prepared, traditional Indian dishes, including tangy 'chana aloo' and spicy 'desi khana beef'. There are also some innovative menu items, such as spiced haddock, chili fish cakes, and butter chicken.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Three to four dishes per person should be enough.
    • The oven-baked spiced haddock is delicious, and the butter chicken in almonds is also very tasty.
    • Vegetarians will find a lot of good options here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lunch Took me back to India 09/10/2018
    • Best Indian in UK 05/10/2018
    • Mother India's Cafe
    Address:
    1355 Argyle Street
    Glasgow G3 8AD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 339 9145
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
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    Paul P Says:

    Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery reaps the benefits of two Glaswegian dining institutions: The Buttery, one of Glasgow's oldest restaurants, lends it stunningly classic interiors, while the Two Fat Ladies team (which took over in 2007) brings top-notch cooking and service. Rich mahogany, antique cutlery, and tartan carpets set the tone for Scottish elegance, and outstanding food completes the experience. Two Fats specializes in seafood, so the regularly changing menu features the best of what's in season, from buttery brown shrimp to lemony sole — plus some excellent meat and non-meat options, like pressed pork belly and wild mushroom linguini.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The affordable prix-fixe lunch options represent a much better value than dinner. (Go for the three-course option!)
    • The desserts are also excellent, so be sure to save room!
    • Order coffee or tea, if only to sip out of the china teacups.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A celebration meal 19/10/2018
    • Did not impress 19/10/2018
    • Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery
    Address:
    652 Argyle Street
    Glasgow G3 8UF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 221 8188
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Fanny Trollope's
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
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    Paul P Says:

    A cosy yet bustling neighbourhood bistro, Fanny Trollope's is all about flavourful, no-nonsense food. Works by Scottish artists decorate the walls, and the menu features Scottish classics with contemporary twists (think pan-seared pigeon with truffle-scented artichoke or curried mussels, cooked in Indian pale ale with crispy paratha flatbread). For ingredients, the restaurant takes advantage of Scotland's local abundance whenever possible.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The dark chocolate & marmalade steamed sponge with chocolate sauce and custard, is divine.
    • The braised ox cheek is very tasty.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of our favourite 20/10/2018
    • Good food....poor service attitudes! 18/10/2018
    • Fanny Trollope's
    Address:
    1066 Argyle Street
    Glasgow G3 8LY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 564 6464
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$39
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Malaga Tapas South-Side
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    Paul P Says:

    With its bright red walls and photos of Spanish dancers, Malaga Tapas brings a lively Spanish feel to Glasgow. Wherever possible, the family-run spot uses locally sourced, organic ingredients in its delicious, authentic tapas.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The homemade croquetas are very tasty.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Real ambiance of a rustic Spanish restaurant 19/10/2018
    • Great lunch- excellent place 13/10/2018
    • Malaga Tapas South-Side
    Address:
    213-215 St. Andrews Road
    Glasgow G41 1PD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 429 4604
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$38
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ox and Finch
    Restaurants (Scottish, European, Contemporary)
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    Paul P Says:

    Situated in the food-centric neighborhood of Finnieston, Ox and Finch is both contemporary and laid-back, with a focus on affordable, well-prepared dishes. The casual atmosphere, with dishes arriving as they are ready, lends a convivial quality to the restaurant, and the small plates menu focuses on bold flavors and quality ingredients.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The restaurant is very central and close to all the main shopping areas and Charing Cross station.
    • Make sure you book well in advance, as Ox and Finch is very popular.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 2,057 restaurants in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice 17/10/2018
    • Waited a long time for this one.... 12/10/2018
    • Ox and Finch
    Address:
    920 Sauchiehall Street
    Glasgow G3 7TF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 339 8627
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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