Restaurants in Glasgow
As the city gradually becomes more international and cosmopolitan, the restaurants in Glasgow follow suit. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is from the fair city, and though it lacks an international reputation for fine dining, you'll find plenty of good options when looking for places to eat out in Glasgow.
Interestingly, Glasgow has been named the 'Curry Capital of Britain', and you'll find a number of good Indian restaurants catering for all budgets, as well as the ubiquitous fish and chips takeaways. Glasgow is home to large immigrant populations, so there are tasty eateries that serve Greek, Korean, Lebanese, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish cuisine in addition to the usual Chinese, Italian and Thai options. This variety is one of the main delights of eating out in Glasgow, but there are also plenty of restaurants serving traditional Scottish cuisine.
The West End is packed with pubs, bars and restaurants, and The Merchant City district is also a great place to find trendy restaurants.
Many Glasgow restaurants close for either Sunday or Monday. Diners are expected to tip wait staff around 10 percent, or 15 to 20 percent for very good service. Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants and bars in Scotland and hefty fines await those breaking the law.
The Corinthian Club
The Corinthian in Glasgow is one of the most popular venues in the city. A bar/restaurant/nightclub, it's situated in a stately former Bank of Scotland building with fully-restored Victorian style. The menu is full of local specialties, including Aberdeenshire steak, Ayrshire corn-fed chicken, Loch Fyne mussels, and Gruth Dhu cheese. The venue is always hopping, and it's best to make a reservation ahead of time.
Address: 191 Ingram Street, Merchant City
Telephone: 0141 552 1101
For good, local Scottish food in Glasgow, many head to Fanny Trollope's. The decor and service are both old-fashioned and welcoming, and the menu is constantly evolving with new and old favourites like Glenfarg lamb, ox cheeks, Cullen skink, and orange marmalade. As a bonus, the kitchen has a reputation for being accommodating to vegetarians. Fanny Trollope's is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm (closed 2pm-5pm), and Sunday from 5pm.
Address: 1066 Argyle Street
Telephone: 0141 564 6464
There are a number of popular Italian restaurants in Glasgow, and La Parmigiana is among the favourites. The elegant eatery has been run by the same family for three generations, and the years of experience show in the delicious food and discreet service. While the prices are not cheap, those looking for fine dining in Glasgow, particularly wonderful Italian dishes like grilled salmon with honey-roasted vegetables or pan-fried pork cutlet with caramelized apple, will want to make a reservation at La Parmigiana.
Address: 447 Great Western Road
Telephone: 0141 334 0686
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