Slightly later than usual, but still an essential snapshot of the city’s food scene, here’s our monthly countdown of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in Glasgow right now. The eating places below are ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating quality: Who has the most buzz?
New openings. Old favourites. Quirky dishes. Emerging food trends. Rising star chefs. Fun vibes. Consistent hype. Whatever the reason, these are the 14 places to eat in Glasgow that are worthy of your immediate attention. Get involved.
#1 A’Challtainn (Last Month: #5)
A’Challtainn is outstanding and relentless. Not content with serving some of the finest fish dishes in the city, you’ll find a rolling roster of market events, movie screenings, performances, and pop-up dining experiences. It’s a constant cavalcade of food fun.
They received an enthusiastic review from Glasgowist. Since then, the kitchen has consistently performed at a high standard. Exceptional, stand-out dishes. Committed and enthusiastic staff. A positive, buzzy, warm atmosphere. It’s the full package. As the festive season approaches, this will be the place to be. Go for a lavish lobster dinner and pink Champagne, or arrive for fish and chips after work and some cans of Vedett. Meanwhile, Magnificent 7, the new joint keeping A’Challtain company at Barras Art and Design off Bain Street, has seven pizzas on sale for £7 each, seven days a week. Another excuse to look east. Check out their oyster happy hour on a Friday.
#2 The Gannet (Last Month: #1)
A true celebration of Scottish cooking, The Gannet continue to serve some of the best dishes in the city. Sit down, check in on Facebook and receive immediate approval from your friends. Spend hours enjoying a procession of small plates, wine and whisky. They have retained their Bib Gourmand status in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide. Dinner here has a relaxed feel but retains a sense of occasion. This month, look for satisfying dishes involving preparations of Shetland squid, Perthshire deer, Skye scallops and Peterhead landed halibut on their delicious autumn menu. Yesterday they launched a new informal lunch and early evening menu, aimed at folk out for a quick bite but looking for the best.
#3 Ox and Finch (Last Month: #2)
Glorious, colourful small plates created with flair and attention to detail. A constantly evolving menu and innovative flavour combinations. Expect dishes like braised blade of beef, celeriac, mushrooms, parsley and marrow crumb or mackerel, baked orange puree, fennel and dill. Confirmed as another of Glasgow’s Bib Gourmand restaurants in the Michelin Guide for the fourth year in a row, Ox and Finch have become a byword for good food in the city. This month they opened Baba, their new mezze, charcoal grill and cocktail bar on George Street in Edinburgh.
#4 Avo Avo (New Entry)
When we sat down with the team behind Glasgow’s first avocado cafe, they admitted they were expecting a strong reaction when they opened. Some are beyond excited. Others, not so much. Either way, seldom has a new opening attracted so much attention, even in the hyped confines of Finnieston. “We’re not just going to be a normal deli” they say. Avo Avo arrived on Argyle Street on Friday and the menu features stand-out dishes like avocado macaroni cheese, a cold avocado soup and other unusual green tinged food items, like a burger served between a sliced avocado.
#5 Madha (New Entry)
A new arrival to the Merchant City, Madha has set out to be Glasgow’s most authentic Indian restaurant. In place of curry house staples, two chefs – one from the south of India and the other from the north – have cherry-picked the best dishes from their different regions. Tam Cowan is a fan. As are we. One of their signature dishes is a delicacy from Kerala – Meen Pollichathu, a whole sea bream dressed with fresh spices, herbs, coconut, lemon and wrapped up in a banana leaf, then roasted. Another popular choice is bhuna gosht, lamb cooked in a typical Punjabi style with onions, tomatoes, green pepper and garam masala. The food is fresh, interesting and bursting with flavour and heat. Add to your list for November.
#6 Bilson Eleven (Last Month: #3)
One of the most interesting neighbourhood restaurants in Glasgow is Bilson Eleven, in a townhouse just off Duke Street in Dennistoun. They had reason to celebrate recently when they were recommended by the Michelin Guide. Chef-owner Nick Rietz worked in Two Fat Ladies before setting out on his own. His menu is short but ambitious, offering re-imagined versions of classic Scottish dishes prepared with real flair. The demand for tables on a Friday and Saturday has led to them deciding to open for lunch on these days from 12-1:30pm. Visit for a menu boasting many great Scottish ingredients including venison and scallops, with a few chestnuts flying about for the festive season.
#7 Big Feed (New Entry)
Laden-down with awards already, growing in stature and scope, Big Feed has pole position in the growing collection of Glasgow street food markets. Eclectic menus, quirky design, music, drinks and family friendly environment. All from a warehouse space in Govan. You’ll find more passionate food producers on 25th November and 26th November. Read our interview with the Big Feed Street Food Social here.
#8 Lebowksis (New Entry)
This hip Finnieston hangout has the best White Russian cocktails in town and a selection of intriguing burgers. Last month they unveiled The Glasgow Oyster, a meaty double beef burger with melted mature cheddar, a scotch pie and beef dripping gravy. They folllowed that up with square sausages on a burger. What a time to be alive. Lebowskis celebrates its 10th birthday this month.
#9 Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or (New Entry)
Whenever Glasgow’s best chefs are mentioned, Brian Maule is invariably near the top of the list. His restaurant on West Regent Street has been showered with awards and continues to provide the highest standard of fine dining in the city. Brian is an old-school working chef-proprietor, in the kitchen each day with his team and going round the tables in the dining room to chat to his guests. Expect dishes like fillet of scotch lamb, puree and roast jerusalem artichokes or roast duck breast, roast celeriac, cepes, port jus. Order the spectacular cheese board for dessert.
#10 Taco Bell (New Entry)
Glasgowist has been writing about the best people and places in the city for the last two years. The news that Taco Bell will be opening on Sauchiehall Street has generated more reaction than pretty much anything we’ve ever posted. Not even open yet, already trending. Start queueing…
In the meantime, Glasgow’s best Mexican food is in Partick.
#11 Pizza Punks (New Entry)
Arguably the best pizza in the city. The toppings combinations run the gamut of flavours and taste influences. The end product is certainly satisfying. Pizza Punks is a city centre hangout with a big personality. We like the soundtrack, enthusiastic staff and the gorgeous big pizza oven where the magic happens. One reason to visit is the a la carte menu which allows you to create your own pizza – any topping you want for a total of ten quid. Here’s our favourite.
#12 Kimchi Cult (#13)
Recommended by the New York Times and always a bit of a trend-setter, Kimchi Cult offers punk riffs on Korean classics. Just off Byres Road, they liked steamed bao buns before they were cool. Strong vegan and vegetarian options if that’s your thing. Expect fermented veg, pickles and marinated meat. It’s the time of year when a warming bowl of bibimbap with bulgogi brisket really hits the spot.
#13 Lagom Kitchen (New Entry)
Lagom Kitchen has taken over the premises where Bakery 47 made a big impression. The name Lagom is drawn from a Scandinavian food concept based around balance, a close relative to the bang-on-trend hygge movement. An interesting new breakfast, brunch and lunch place, there is also plenty of freshly baked treats and coffee.
#14 Six by Nico (#7)
Chef Nico Simeone continues with his bold concept of introducing a new menu every six weeks. Six by Nico is a success, generating a constant stream of images on Instagram, confirming that this is one of the hottest tables in town. The next menu is inspired by Disney. Nostalgic family favourites and the promise of a food journey that takes cues from films like Snow White or Beauty & the Beast. Grab a front row seat from Tuesday 21st Nov to Sunday 31st December.