8 of the best places to go for a cheap meal on Valentine's day in Glasgow

With Valentine's Day coming quickly after the longest January on record, not everyone can afford to go crazy when it comes to wining and dining their favourite person.

Published 8th Feb 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

With that in mind, we've picked out some of the best places to go when your wallets a little light that won't mean a compromise on quality.

Paesano Pizza

( 471 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HL and 94 Miller Street, G1 1DT, 0141 258 5565)

Not only is it cheap but it's also one of the (if not the) best places to get pizza in town and with two venues you have options.

There's no reservations meaning no matter how late you leave it, there's still a chance you'll get a seat.

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

(79 St Vincent Street, G2 5TF, 0141 229 0000)


Your options don't need to limited when dining on a budget, Chaakoo offer some amazing Indian cuisine dishes in small plates that are perfect for sharing.

For Valentine's you can share their set menu between two for just £25.95 per person including one of their special drinks.


(37-43 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ)

Picture: Trip Advisor

Always tasty, always romantic... Brel was perfectly set up to be the ultimate date night restaurant.

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With a fun accessible menu, plenty of drinks options and even the opportunity to share a chocolate fondue for dessert you are sure to rack up the brownie points here.

Hug and Pint

(171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9AW)

Don't worry if your date is vegan, we have you covered, Glasgow has many, many options when it comes to plant-based food but H and P are our go to for a fun meal that won't break the bank.

The menu changes daily and places emphasis on sharing, so you're sure to enjoy whatever they put in front of you.

Bread Meats Bread 

(701 Great Western Road, G12 8RA and 104 St Vincent Street, G2 5UB) 

Picture: Trip Advisor

Prepare to battle the crowds for a seat as this is one of the most popular restaurants in town, but if you're prepared to wait, it's also one of the most rewarding.

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Proper comfort food at its finest, BMB truly are the victors of Glasgow's burger war (well until El Perro Negro steals its crown that is).

Come for the burgers but stay for the poutine.


(3 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2PR)

Picture: Trip Advisor

The next big food trend for us is definitely Korean food and in Bibimbap you have the best example of a restaurant that excels in that style of cuisine.

Named for the ultimate Korean comfort food, you'll have fun exploring this wonderful new cuisine at prices that won't leave you feeling cold when the bill arrives.

Absurd Bird

(Stock Exchange, 3, Nelson Mandela Pl, Glasgow G2 1QY)

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Fried chicken and cocktail lovers should head along to Nelson Mandela place to indulge in a little fun at Absurd Bird.

For Valentine's Day you can enjoy two courses and a glass of prosecco/wine for £14.95 as well as a wide range of cocktails for less than £6.

Five March 

(140 Elderslie St, Glasgow G3 7QF)

Picture: Five March Facebook

One of the most exciting new venues in Glasgow, Five March offers a small but well curated menu of vibrant dishes that are optimised to make the most of the excellent ingredients used to make them.


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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