12 new restaurants and bars to try in Glasgow this autumn

Glasgow‘s ever-expanding foodie scene is about to get even bigger and better, with a selection of new food and drink destinations opening soon in the city.

Published 1st Sep 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Here's our pick of the top twelve bars, restaurants and cafes to visit this autumn

The Citizen

(24 St Vincent Place, G1 2EU)


Opening on 6 September where The Trading House used to be, The Citizen is a restaurant and bar which will celebrate Glasgow’s heritage.

Everything is themed around The Evening Citizen, one of Glasgow’s first evening newspapers, which used the building as a headquarters from 1889.

The menu is set to feature classic brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner options, as well as vintage-inspired cocktails.

Pianola & Co

(240 Crow Road, G11 7LA)


Pianola & Co, a classic European-style brasserie serving Italian-inspired dishes, opened recently in the West End.

The restaurant hopes to become a friendly neighbourhood hangout for locals – from breakfast time all the way to dinner – and there’s even an antique pianola (a self-playing piano) to provide some entertainment.

Leiper's Attic

(93-95 Hyndland street, G11 5PU)


Picture: Cottiers Facebook

Named for the architect who built the church, Cottier's new restaurant will celebrate Scottish produce and is due to open mid-September

Leiper’s Attic will replace the existing restaurant and is set to launch a completely refreshed menu that’s full of local and seasonal delights including house dry aged beef, wild fish and game.

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Donor Haus

(90 West Nile Street, G1 2SH)


Doner Haus (who already operate a restaurant in Sunderland) are expanding to Glasgow in September.

Serving up traditional Berlin-style kebabs, the menu has German and Turkish influences, with dishes like the Checkpoint Charlie Kebap, featuring doner meat, onions, gherkins, mustard mayo, ketchup and cheese.

In Bloom

(48 Clarendon Place, G20 7PZ)


Opening soon on Clarendon Place is In Bloom, a Nirvana-themed cafe which is also cruelty-free.

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Exact details are yet to be released, but the menu looks set to be completely vegetarian and vegan, and will no doubt include plenty of references to iconic grunge band, Nirvana.

The Boyd Roderick

(1534 Pollokshaws Road, G43 1RF)


Focusing on the best of Scottish produce, The Boyd Roderick is a restaurant, bar and coffee shop “born in Skye, made in Glasgow”.

Their menu is filled with refined versions of classic Scottish dishes, such as west coast mussels with shallot and whisky cream, venison stovies with savoy cabbage, and home-cured Loch Fyne salmon gravlax with pickled vegetables and herb croutons.

Hickory Steakhouse

(87 Kilmarnock Road, G41 3YR)


Picture: Hickory Steakhouse Facebook

Hickory Steakhouse has just opened in Shawlands, offering classic steaks and cuts of meat cooked over a hickory wood-smoked grill.

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The restaurant also has a mezzanine bar, serving up expertly mixed cocktails and a selection of quality beers and wines.


(Buchanan Street, G1 2NG)


Opening in late autumn, popular European chain, Vapiano, will be taking over the former HMV store on Buchanan Street.

The restaurant will offer Italian fast food, with pasta, pizza, salads and antipasti made fresh in front of diners in the open kitchens.


(946 Argyle Street, G3 8JG)


Picture: Avo Facebook

Scotland’s first ever avocado cafe (from the team behind Roaster’s Deli) is set to open in Glasgow this autumn.

Details of the menu are yet to be released, but it is expected to include lots of popular avocado-based dishes, such as avocado on toast, guacamole and avocado salads.


Celino’s Partick

(235 Dumbarton Road, G11 6AB)


Celino’s – the popular Italian restaurant based in the East End – recently opened a new branch in Partick.

Their menu features the classic Italian dishes Celino’s are famous for, including antipasti platters, stone baked pizzas, and tasty pasta dishes.


(84 Miller Street, G1 1DT)


The former Seoul Restaurant has undergone a revamp and reopened as Mujigae, a South Korean and Japanese eatery.

As well as serving authentic South Korean dishes, the restaurant also has an express sushi bar and Korean barbecue grills on the tables, so customers can cook up their own food to perfection.

Cafe Francoise

(138A Byres Rd, G12 8TD)


Located on the ever-popular Byres Road in Glasgow's west end, Cafe Francoise is set to open in September and promises a menu of 'French with a hint of Italian' - a nod to owner Tony's parentage.

Opening in place of Patisserie Francoise - a French-style bakery that has been a mainstay on the busy street for 25 years - the cafe will serve full meals (something that they didn't do before) as well as a selection of drinks from the bar.

Inside has been completely renovated by Tony, and the outdoor seating area will be an ideal sunny spot to enjoy dinner and drinks, should the weather behave.

Gillian is a writer and blogger from Edinburgh, with a penchant for drinking cocktails, exploring the city's independent shops and trying out as many new restaurants as possible.
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