11 long gone Glasgow eateries we miss

Gone but not forgotten: a pick of some of the most famous lost Glasgow eateries you’ll remember.

Published 23rd Nov 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Glasgow has had its fair share of great restaurants over the years, and some of them have stuck in our memories long after they shut their doors for the last time.

Even though it has been years since some of these places closed, we still miss these 11 long gone Glasgow eateries.

Kings Cafe

Kings Cafe, in Elmbank Street. Picture: Facebook

Opened in 1898, the Kings Cafe remained a popular Glasgow eatery for a whopping 117 years.

As the oldest surviving cafe in the city, they originally catered to the theatre crowd from the nearby King’s Theatre but in more recent years the cafe was popular with clubbers and partygoers, thanks to their 4am closing time.

Sadly, the Kings Cafe closed for good in 2015.


Located in the One Devonshire Gardens hotel, Amaryllis was celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s first ever restaurant in Scotland.

Less than a year after opening, Amaryllis was awarded a Michelin star in 2002, thanks to its top quality food and stylish surroundings.

Due to dwindling numbers of customers, however, the fine-dining restaurant was forced to close permanently in 2004.

The Richmond Bar & Bistro

Picture: Facebook

The Richmond Bar & Bistro was only around for two years, but in that time it gained a reputation as one of the best places in Glasgow for an inventive meal and tasty cocktails.

Classy yet laidback, The Richmond was ideal for everything from an elegant night out to a lazy Sunday brunch, but unfortunately it closed in 2014 when the premises was sold to new owners, TriBeCa.

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The Danish Food Centre

The first of its kind in Scotland, The Danish Food Centre opened on St Vincent Street in 1969.

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Glasgwegians were treated to a whole host of interesting Danish culinary delights in this buffet-style restaurant, which also housed a shop selling Danish foodstuffs and artwork.

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Ceylon Tea Centre

In a similar vein to the Danish Food Centre, the Ceylon Tea Centre offered locals the chance to try something new and exotic.

It opened on Buchanan Street in 1961, and offered a self-service tea bar, along with a lounge serving sandwiches, salads and cakes.

Sadly this unusual cafe is now long gone and has been replaced by shops.

The Squid & Whale

Bringing some sunshine and spice to Great Western Road, The Squid & Whale was a relaxed, trendy bar which was a perfect venue for enjoying some tasty Mexican food and beers.

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After the bar and restaurant closed earlier in 2016, The Squid & Whale team briefly teamed up with Nice ‘n Sleazy to offer their signature Mexican dishes straight from the Sleazy kitchen.

Sadly, the pop-up has now closed too.


Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Another popular restaurant which has returned in a slightly different guise is Paperinos.

With three restaurants throughout the city, dating back as far as 1992, the much loved Byres Road branch was the last to close down in 2015.

If you’re still craving some of their classic Italian food, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Paperinos legacy has been continued with the opening of new venture, Caffe Parma.

Dino Ferrari’s

Dino Ferrari’s on Sauchiehall Street was something of a Glasgow institution.

The original restaurant opened just round the corner in 1966, and - shortly after - it moved to Sauchiehall Street, where it remained a firm favourite for almost 50 years.

Dino’s closed in 2014, much to the dismay of many Glaswegians, when owner Alfredo Crolla retired.

Asia Style


A proper no-frills, authentic Chinese restaurant, Asia Style was famous for its delicious soft shell crab and crispy duck.

Virtually overnight, this Charing Cross restaurant was bought over and changed into Asiama.

At first glance it might seem very similar, but Asia Style fans will know that the place just isn’t quite as good any more.

Buck Rogers Burger Station

Back in the early ’80s, sci-fi TV show Buck Rogers was all the rage. So much so that a whole restaurant was themed around it in Glasgow.

Queen Street’s Buck Rogers Burger Station transported customers into the 25th century, but sadly the restaurant itself wasn’t quite as long-lasting.

After closing down, the venue was later transformed into nightclub, Archaos.

The Grosvenor Cafe

The Grosvenor Cafe is perhaps best known as the spot where rock band Belle and Sebastian was formed back in 1996, and it also attracted plenty of other musicians, artists and Glasgow celebrities over the years.

Located on Ashton Lane, just round the corner from the University, it was a popular haunt for students in the 1990s.

Now, the premises is occupied by the cocktail bar, Vodka Wodka.

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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