8 of the best restaurants in the west end of Glasgow

Our guide to the best restaurants and eateries in the west end of Glasgow.

Published 15th Mar 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Glasgow isn't short of a great restaurant or two and in the west end of the city you are sure to find some of its best.

111 by Nico

(111 Cleveden Rd, Glasgow G12 0JU)

Picture: 111 By Nico Facebook
Picture: 111 By Nico Facebook

A bit further to travel to, as it's the furthest out of our selections, 111 By Nico is well worth the trek.

Nico Simeone and his team run this amazing eatery on Cleveden Road, focusing on creating small menus with big aspirations.

Perfectly formed dishes, exciting concepts and delicious seasonal ingredients all combine to create a dining experience that's unlike anything you'll find elsewhere in the city, and for prices that won't break the bank.


(16 Byres Rd, Glasgow G11 5JY)

Picture: No. 16 Facebook
Picture: No. 16 Facebook

Cute and cosy are two words that could be used to describe this restaurant but there's nothing cute or cosy about the bold way in which they approach flavours on their menu.

Innovating and challenging dishes await such as Saddle of Perthshire venison with celeriac puree, chermoula, sea kale and Jerusalem artichokes or Ramsay’s of Carluke pork bell with spring onion croquette, apple and vanilla sauce, charred cauliflower puree, piccalilli and black pudding; each of which use distinctive ingredients sourced from some of the best Scots producers around that will leave you wanting more.

Black Sheep Bistro

(10 Clarendon St, Glasgow G20 7QD)

Picture: Black Sheep Bistro Facebook
Picture: Black Sheep Bistro Facebook

Come for the no-frills comfort food stay for the wonderful, wonderful desserts.

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Black Sheep Bistro is the kind of unheralded little restaurant that you've always heard about in other cities but didn't think could exist in Glasgow.

Small, squirreled away and serving the kind of delicious food you'd find at your grannies - well if your granny was trained by a Michelin Starred chef - the Bistro is without a doubt one of Glasgow's best new restaurants.

Our only complaint is that the menu is just too big, meaning you'll have to spend more time choosing from all the wonderful dishes on offer before you actually get to the good stuff.

Butchershop Bar and Grill 

(1055 Sauchiehall Street, G3 7UD)

Picture: The Butchershop Facebook
Picture: The Butchershop Facebook

The place to go in Glasgow for a steak, despite recent challenges from some very good competitors like Porter & Rye and Tiffney's, who are both situated close by.

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Their Cuts on the Bone range would be more at home in the opening Flinstone's credits than they would on a tiny plate.

Huge cuts of meat that will have your mouth-watering as they are placed onto the table in front of you. Perfect for sharing they lead to some fun socialable dining experiences as you struggle to finish them.

The Butchershop also specialise in Sunday Roasts meaning a visit there is the perfect way to end the week.

The Ubiquitous Chip 

(12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ)

Picture: Ubiquitous Chip Facebook
Picture: Ubiquitous Chip Facebook

What more can we say about the Ubiquitous Chip? The original Glasgow culinary institution, it's a must try for any foodie visiting the city.

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Featuring a whimsical interior and dishes with both style and substance, it's easy to see why the Chip has been a local favourite for decades.

With ingredients like Monkfish tail, Galloway Roe Deer, Guinea Fowl and the very best Scottish Aberdeen Angus beef you'll be spoiled for choice by their small but impressive menu.

Turnip & Enjoy 

(393-395 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9HY)

Picture: Turnip & Enjoy Facebook

The phrase 'Hidden Gem' is overused in these kinds of lists but if ever a restaurant qualified to be described as such it's this one.

Located on Great Western Road close to the Kelvinbridge Underground Station, Turnip & Enjoy is a food lover's dream.

The perfect date night restaurant, its stylish, candle lit interior is the perfect setting for food that's as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.

All produced from a small kitchen using the very best local, seasonal and foraged ingredients and trust us when we say it's one of the best value eateries on this list.

The Finnieston

(1125 Argyle St, City Centre, Glasgow G3 8ND)

Picture: The Finnieston Facebook

Seafood fans are notoriously fussy when it comes to choosing their favourite restaurants so when they are pretty much unified in their opinion that this place, named for the are in which it resides, is one of Glasgow's best, you can rest assured that it's good.

Split between a roaring trade in award-winning cocktails and satisfying the huge demand for their delightful dishes, The Finnieston is the place to go for those in the know when it comes to Glasgow's food and drink scene.

Albacore tuna, bass, coley, mullet, scallops, mussels and lobster all feature on a menu that sources all of its ingredients from the best Scottish producers and places them in the creative hands of some of Glasgow's best chefs.

The Gannet

(1155 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TB)

Picture: The Gannet Facebook
Picture: The Gannet Facebook

Scottish menus and Scottish produce are very much the in vogue trend of the moment (and quite rightly so) and this drive to reconnect Scots with their national cuisine and the wonderful array of products provided by our natural larder is nowhere better encapsulated than in the Gannet's small but mighty food offering.

Having come up with the concept in 2012, chefs Ivan Stein and Peter McKenna traveled the country in search of producers who shared their passion and the result is a menu that features ingredients as diverse as they are far ranging - Shetland squid, Inverness red deer and lamb from the Borders are all used in some of the wonderful dishes on offer.

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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