5 of the best Glasgow Merchant City restaurants

Glasgow's Merchant City is a true food and drink hub, here are five of our favourite restaurants for you to check out.

Published 28th Mar 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023


Russian, Japanese, two types of Indian, Mongolian, Scottish, Italian... the list goes on, when it comes to world cuisine the area around the Candleriggs is surely one of Glasgow's best for choice and quality?

Café Cossachock

(10 King St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 5QP)

Borscht with sour cream & bread. Picture: Trip Advisor Traveler

Most people will give you a funny look when you tell them that Glasgow has it's very own Russian restaurant, but since 1998 those in the know have been enjoying some of the best Borscht and Blinis this side of the former Eastern Bloc.

Representing the former USSR in "cooking, culture, and hospitality", you can enjoy dishes from Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia.

The decor reflects the dazzling array of cultures represented with handmade wooden furniture and Russian shawls covering the ceiling, art fills the walls and regular exhibitions and live music make for an electric atmosphere that's perfectly fitting for the dynamic foods on offer.

Sapporo Teppanyaki

( 2-6 Ingram St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1HA)

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveler

More of an experience than simply a visit to a restaurant, Sapporo really is worth sampling for the cooking style alone.

One of the city's best venues for Japanese food, it has all the usual suspects - sushi, gyoza, tempura - readily available in abundance.

Where the far eastern really stands out is the addition of a dedicated Teppanyaki chef, who theatrically cooks the food on a teppan (iron griddle) right in front of you.

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Be prepared to enjoy the show before tucking into delicious salmon, steak, scallops or chicken, all cooked to perfection before your very eyes.

Guy's restaurant and bar

(24 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1TD)

The haggis, the wonderful, wonderful haggis. Picture: Guy's

The kind of restaurant that Glasgow is famous for - warm, quirky and very, very welcoming.

Guy's is one of the best known of the Merchant City restaurants and for all the right reasons - great service, unparalleled value and most importantly amazing food.

The eponymous Guy is an industry expert with decades of experience in the catering industry which he has used to create dishes that literally range from tuna & scallop sashimi and Bang Bang chicken to mince and tatties and steak pie.

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It's also our favourite place in the city to enjoy haggis, especially when it comes served with Guy's clapshot and whisky sauce.


(44 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1LD)

Picture: Dhabba

Not your typical Indian restaurant, Dhabba, and sister restaurant Dakhin, were ahead of the curve when it comes to hyper regionality - one of 2016's major food trends - offering regional Indian cuisine in a city that's well known for it's infatuation with curry.

Specialising in dum puhkt, in which the ingredients are sealed in a dish and cooked in their own juices, Dhabba has an amazing array of sections in their menu with chicken, lamb, vegetables and of course seafood all featuring heavily.


(Merchant Square, Albion Street, 1 Merchant Square, Glasgow G1 1NY)

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Of all the Merchant Square eateries, Arisaig is the one that shines in terms of its food offering. Much like Guy's it does a roaring trade in Scottish cuisine and is credited with being one of the best around when it comes to employing Scotland's produce.

Having survived in an area that's famed for its revolving selection of food and drink establishments, Arisiag has built up a reputation for some truly exciting seafood dishes sourced from some of Scotland's best producers.

West coast oysters and scallops sit side by side with mussels and salmon from Shetland and for those of you who prefer the fruits of the land there's plenty of wonderful options too, most impressively in the option of game dishes such as the roast pheasant and the duo of duck.

The addition of new bar\restaurant The Hawke upstairs is also the perfect excuse to enjoy some post meal cocktails while you people watch in the busy square below.


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