11 of the best restaurants near Glasgow's George Square

Whether after a special night out in Glasgow, or simply looking to grab a bite to eat before you catch your train, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in and around the George Square area.

Published 29th Jan 2018
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

Here are 11 of the best.

Atlantic Brasserie

Set in a stylish basement venue, this centrally located Brasserie delights diners with its traditional French dishes.

The eatery specialises in cuisine  from across the channel made with Scottish ingredients, and the undoubted star of the menu is the outstanding rotisserie chicken.

Visit: 12-16 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2EU - atlanticbrasserie.co.uk

The Western Club Restaurant

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Part of the prestigious members only Western Club, this city centre restaurant is thankfully open to the public.

Divine high-end Scottish fare with a classical twist is on offer at the grand venue, with main dishes including loin of Ayrshire pork with black pudding, apple purée and Madeira jus.

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Visit: 32 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AB - theclubrestaurant.co.uk


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Glasgow isn't short of superb Indian restaurants, but Charcoals of Renfield Street holds its own against the city's spice kings.

The homely restaurant serves up classic dishes from the sub-continent, along with a few house favourites such as kofta curry and "Charcoals goldie", a curry made with seven different lentils and either chicken or lamb.

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Visit: 26A Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 1LU, Scotland - charcoals.co.uk

Elia Greek Restaurant

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Looking out onto George Square's City Chambers, Elia's serves up fresh Greek cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

This restaurant is one for the carnivores with slow cooked beef and lamb featuring prominently on the menu.

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Visit: 24 George Square, G2 1EG - eliagreekrestaurant.com

Cafe Andaluz

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Perfect for those looking for a quick bite to eat before hopping on a train from Glasgow Queen Street or Central, Cafe Andaluz specialises in small plates of Spanish cuisine.

If you're unsure of what to order then opt for the restaurants Plato Combinado Espanol featuring; Spanish tortilla and Serrano ham.

Visit: 12-15 St Vincent Place, G1 2DW - cafeandaluz.com

Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie is a safe bet for quality french food in the George Square area.

Sumptuous beef bourgignon with potato and chive puree, bacon lardons and chestnut mushrooms, or a Breton fish stew of seabass, mussels, clams, prawns and squid are just two of the menus highlights.

Visit: 41-43 W Nile Street,G1 2PT - cote.co.uk


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Whether you like your steak rare or well done, this Argentinian steakhouse will keep you satisfied with their mouth-watering selection of beef cuts.

If feeling particularly peckish, try the 600 gram Tira de Ancho, known as "the king of steaks".

Visit: 224 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 3BX - caurestaurants.com


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Using their authentic wood fired ovens, imported from Naples, Paesano produce exquisite discs of sourdough pizza.

Try the fresh Tuscan fennel sausage, wild broccoli, mozarella and evoo pizza, with a side of balsamic onions.

Visit: 94 Miller Street, G1 1DT - paesanopizza.co.uk


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This bright and relaxing space, offers delicious dishes using nutritious and cruelty free ingredients.

As well as offering a range of wholesome food, Picnic serves up smoothies packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Visit: 103 Ingram Street, G1 1DX - picnic-cafe.co.uk

Nippon Kitchen

Set in a stylish space a stone's throw away from George Square, Nippon Kitchen is one of the best places to enjoy sushi in the city.

Diners can tuck into a three course meal of vegetable gyoza, katsu curry and green tea ice cream for just £15.

Visit: 91 West George Street, G2 1PB - nipponrestaurant.co.uk

The Wild Olive Tree

Each day The Wild Olive Tree serves up three different flavoured soups, five different types of scone and three different types of cake.

The cafe is looking to make a difference in the community and has partnered with Glasgow City Mission and Bethany Christian Trust in order to help the local homeless community.

You too can make a difference by opting to buy an extra soup or coffee for those who can't afford the luxury whenever you eat at the Wild Olive Tree.

Visit: St George's Tron Church of Scotland, 163 Buchanan Street,  G1 2JX - wildolivetree.co.uk

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