Glasgow is a lively, buzzing city with a fantastic variety of restaurants to choose from.

With such a diverse selection, the choice can be rather daunting.

To help you find the finest dining in Glasgow, here is our list of restaurants we know you’ll love.

Cail Bruich

(725 Great Western Road, G12 8QX, 0141 334 6265)

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With the emphasis on ingredients from Scotland’s natural larder, this Michelin-recommended restaurant offers top-quality modern Scottish cuisine. Seasonal produce is delivered to the restaurant daily, meaning that the menu is constantly changing. The drinks menu is also specifically focused on small wine and ale producers.

Cail Bruich managed to scoop the title of Scotland’s Best Restaurant at the Entertainment Awards for two years in a row. The interior is designed to be relaxed and welcoming, with a spacious dining area. The exquisite seven-course tasting menu costs £55, while the market menu offers three courses for £25.

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

(652 Argyle Street, G3 8UF, 0141 221 8188)

Housed at 88 Dumbarton Street, Two Fat Ladies derives its name from the bingo-caller’s nickname for ’88’. But, having been established 25 years ago, the Fat Ladies group has since expanded to include four restaurants.

The Buttery is the most upmarket of the four, with a traditional tartan-clad dining area, adorned with stained glass.

The menu’s star attraction is the Grand Dessert, which lets the diner sample all the best puddings. The à la carte menu’s main courses cost between £19.50 and £30.

Gamba

(225a West George St, G2 2ND, 0141 572 0899)

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This seafood restaurant takes the freshest Scottish fish and cooks it to perfection, often influenced by international flavours and techniques. Having earned the 2015 Seafood Restaurant of the Year Award, and two AA rosettes, you can be sure of the food’s high quality.

The restaurant itself is a swanky basement in central Glasgow, and the service is known to be impeccable. The set menu offers three courses for £45.

Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or

(176 West Regent St, G2 4RL, 0141 248 3801)

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Brian Maule spent 11 years training at Michel Roux Jr’s London restaurant, La Gavroche. His Michelin-star grounding shows itself in his French-style haute cuisine.

World-renowned wines are paired with local produce, such as scallops, beef and game. The restaurant is decorated in a crisp, fresh style, with accents of thistle-purple. The three-course pre-theatre menu costs £24.50, and the indulgent celebration menu costs £59.95.

Number 16

(16 Byres Road, G11 5JY, 0141 339 2544)

Founded just before the new millennium, Number 16 brings the European bistro into the 21st century. The dining area is spread across the ground floor and a mezzanine level, and is full of rich red and natural wood.

The menu includes intriguing dishes like sage and pumpkin ravioli, and the coconut popsicle.

The three-course menu costs £19.95.

The Hanoi Bike Shop

(8 Ruthven Lane, G12 9BG, 0141 334 7165)

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This casual eatery has the honour of being Glasgow’s first Vietnamese restaurant. It has a canteen-like style, with trendy stools and bright colours.

There are no distinct courses; food arrives when it is ready, keeping customers on their toes. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, and the hand-pressed organic tofu is made on-site. Dishes cost between £5.45 and £10.95.

The Gannet

(1155 Argyle Street, G3 8TB, 0141 204, 2081)

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The Gannet can be found in Finnieston, one of the trendiest areas in the city. Set up in a derelict tenement, the interior has a stripped-back, industrial look.

The Gannet specialises in contemporary Scottish food with a European outlook. Winner of an AA Rosette award, and named the Best Newcomer Restaurant in 2014, this is one to watch. Main dishes cost between £16 and £23.

Restaurant at Blythswood Square Hotel

(11 Blythswood Square, G2 4AD, 0141 248 8888)

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This elegant restaurant is situated in a beautiful former ballroom. The neoclassical architecture is celebrated in the décor while also bringing in modern touches, such as purple Harris tweed furnishings and red-fringed lights.

The à la carte menu is innovative and full of delicious surprises. Main courses cost between £16 and £22.50.

The Ubiquitous Chip

(12 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ, 0141 334 5007)

Ronnie Clydesdale established The Ubiquitous Chip in 1971, and it’s still run by his family today. It made history as one of the first restaurants to offer modern Scottish cuisine, and regularly hosts special events.

The main restaurant’s courtyard is decorated with fairy lights, plants and picturesque ponds. The à la carte main dishes cost £15-£27.

Ox and Finch

(920 Sauchiehall Street, G3 7TF, 0141 339 8627)

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Picture: TSPL

Opened in 2014, this restaurant has won a Bib Gourmand for its affordable dishes.

Guests are encouraged to share a number of small plates, making for a sociable and varied dining experience.

The rustic wood and brick interior makes for a cosy feel, and the flavours evoke both Scotland and the Mediterranean. Dishes cost between £6 and £9.50.

About The Author

Maddy Searle

Maddy lives in Edinburgh and has written for the Sunday Herald and the Ed Fringe Review. She is passionate about authentic, sustainably sourced food, and is always keen to discover exciting new flavours.

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