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Great family restaurants that will keep the kids happy in Glasgow

Picking a place to go for something to eat while keeping the whole family happy can often seem like a bit of a chore, to help we've picked out some great restaurants in Glasgow that will keep even the kids happy. 

Published: March 12, 2018

Glasgow's extensive restaurants cater for nearly everyone but what about the parents with little kids?

Short of ending up in a Maccy D’s, there’s not usually much written to cater for them. So we’ve come up with a list of the best places in Glasgow that both the parents and the wee ones can enjoy.


(89 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5TF)

great restaurants in Glasgow kids happy

They sell margaritas. Lots of them. That might be all you need to know, but Topolabamba in Glasgow has a whole host of other reasons to visit with the kids in tow.

Wee ones can be notoriously fussy, but the tapas feel to their Mexican menu means you can choose a number of dishes, and nothing goes to waste.

Our favourites are the artisan-style Jack Cheese fondue, the moreish tacos, and a delicious meatball dish.

They provide colouring books for the kids, delicious cocktails for the adults, and an all-round fun atmosphere for the entire family. You might even be persuade to don a sombrero!

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(11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow G1 3AN)

great restaurants in Glasgow kids happy

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Visiting a nice restaurant for the first time is an experience that stays with most of us: the sights, the smells, and the feeling of entering the grown-up’s domain.

There’s nowhere better in Glasgow to introduce your wee ones to this delight than Rogano. Established in 1935, the venue is fitted out in the same style as the Cunard liner, Queen Mary, which was being built on the Clyde at that time. A gorgeous spot, it’s designed to bring you back to “old Glasgow”.

The food is fantastic, the decor beautiful, and it’s a great way to give the latest generation an insight into the city’s past.

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

great restaurants in Glasgow kids happy

If there’s one way to ensure you have a great time while out with your kids, it’s keeping them entertained.

And at Sapporo, the kids, the parents, and the grandparents will all be delighted by the showmanship of the cooking.

The teppanyaki dishes are prepared in a theatrical style; expect big flames, thrown food (which no one can get mad at, for once), and amazing trickery, before delicious grub lands on your plate. There’s sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki, and even a Japanese-style menu tailored to little palates.

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(1/7 Clarkston Road, Glasgow, G44 4EF)

great restaurants in Glasgow kids happy

If you’re a Glasgow South-sider, you know all about Barbarossa. Situated in an unassuming building below the Cathcart train station, it’s a little gem that the locals rave over. Part of its charm is a team of amazing staff who make everyone feel welcome, no matter their age.

Owner, Enzo, is known to sit down at the tables and chat, telling tall tales to the children to keep them entertained. Their menu features pastas and pizzas for everyone, while their delicious tiramisu is made from a family recipe originating in his Southern Italian town. It’s the perfect spot to make you feel relaxed and at home for any occasion.

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(85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT)

great restaurants in Glasgow that will keep even the kids happy

Picture: Drygate

Set in the city’s East End, right next to the Tennent’s factory, Drygate is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat in Glasgow. Firmly on the “serves really good beer” map, it’s a huge space with outdoor areas, an upstairs bar, and a classy but relaxed restaurant.

Having so much space means there’s lots of room for buggies and squirming mini-mes, so you don’t need to worry about getting in anyone’s way. Sit back, chill out, and enjoy an award-winning beer while enjoying a brilliant menu, filled with highlights like fillet of hake and duck breast.

Keep an eye on their calendar for their child friendly events if you are looking for even more ways to entertain the kids.

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TGI Fridays

(113 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3HF)

great restaurants in Glasgow that will keep even the kids happy

A family classic, TGI Fridays has been providing tasty meals that fill up the whole gang for decades. Although the meals are undoubtedly tasty, that’s not the main reason it’s stayed so popular throughout the years; that’s down to the atmosphere.

With the super-happy servers, cocktail flaring behind the bar, and hundreds of interesting pictures to keep the kids entertained, it’s a place where it’s impossible to wear a frown.

Try out their chocolate-filled mudslide, or the Corona ‘rita for a taste of holidays, even in March.

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The Left Bank

(33 - 35 Gibson St, Glasgow, G12 8NU)

great restaurants in Glasgow that will keep even the kids happy

A trendy little spot near Kelvingrove Park, The Left Bank is a great place for eating out in Glasgow, whether you’re brunching, lunching, or braving an evening dinner out.

They pride themselves on using local produce to produce world-class food, and their homemade spritzers are something of a sensation. For eats, their burgers are legendary, and there’s a Goan curry that people travel miles for. After you’ve filled yourself up, you can keep the little ones entertained with a visit to the park, or to one of the many museums and galleries nearby.

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