Unusual places to go for lunch in Glasgow

Tired of chain restaurants, pub lunches and supermarket sandwiches? Why not try one of these more unusual places for lunch instead?

Published 18th May 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Glasgow has no shortage of amazing places to grab a bite to eat but should you be looking for something a little more quirky, we've pulled together a list of slightly more unusual venues for a spot of lunch.

Windows Restaurant Carlton George Hotel

(44 W George St, Glasgow G2 1DH)

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Offering intriguing views of the city centre, the Carlton George hotel has a hidden gem of a restaurant on one of its top floors.

The Windows Restaurant does some excellent European fare and modern twists on Scottish cuisine, and transports you to a side of the city you rarely see from the ground.

The Balcony Cafe at the Glasgow Climbing Centre

(534 Paisley Road West, G51 1RN)

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To get to this wonderful little eatery you have to go on something of an adventure, entering the doors to a former church on Paisley Road West you find yourself in the middle of a climbing centre but head for the balcony and you'll find what you're looking for.

Bathed in beautiful light filtered through a full height stained glass window, you'll soon discover a café that's made the headlines for all the right reasons with its excellent dishes.

Sapporo Teppanyaki

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

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If you like Japanese Food or just enjoy a bit of theatrics (or if you enjoy both), then you'll love a trip to Sapporo in the Merchant City.

The chefs cook your choice of fish or meat on the Teppanyaki grill in front of you and if you've never you are in for a treat as they put on a culinary show you won't soon forget.

Ubiquitous Chip announce Christmas food and drink menu - including festive cocktails and cosy roof terrace

Khublia Khans

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

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Pretty much a Glasgow favourite with anyone who has a slightly more adventurous palate, Khublia Khan's offer everything from crocodile and wild boar to Zebra and ostrich meat.

Serving lunch Friday to Sunday, you can indulge in the full feast, choosing from starters like Crocodile croquettes and Kangaroo haggis before choosing from a huge selection of exotic meats to cook on the BBQ.

Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge

(18 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1LD)

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Take in a show and a two course (£15.00) or three course (£18.95) - plus £8 entry free - at the Wild Cabaret and laugh and applaud the afternoon away as you enjoy the entertainment.

Two Scottish takeaways feature in Deliveroo top 100 worldwide roundup - including acclaimed Thai restaurant

With a daily comedy or cabaret show and plenty of delightful dishes this will be a lunchtime unlike any other.



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