Food & Beverage

Best Restaurants to Eat at Before You Die 2021: Glasgow

Food & Beverage

Glasgow, the friendliest city in Scotland, full of culture, historic sites and of course, great food! We do the leg work and break down the must try restaurants in the area! 


For steak evangelists 

“Holder of the crown for best steak in Scotland” – The Scotsman

The ultimate dining experience in Glasgow’s West end – The Butcher Shop combines the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, superb Scottish beef and excellent service. 

Working closely with their 4th generation master butcher, their grass fed, Scottish dry-aged beef is hung for 45 days. This ensures a consistent high end product which reaches optimum flavour levels.

So what’s so amazing about grass fed beef?

Among the best in the world, Scottish grass fed beef is reared outdoor, on natural products such as grass or root crops. As a result, the beef develops a natural full flavour which results in a tender, succulent and mouth-watering taste. 

Any true meat aficionado mustn’t miss out on one of their colossal cuts on the bone! Named after a deadly weapon, their 45 day dry aged Tomahawk steak is served with the entire half-meter long rib bone. This packs an intense beefy punch and is an ideal sharing steak for the ultimate meat eaters indulgence. If your up for a real challenge, you can try and consume this colossal cut yourself! 




For Endangered cuisine

This multifaceted venue is the 5th longest champion, serving two AA Rosettes and Good Food Guide rating since 1971. It consists of an upstairs pub, for friendly conversation, an open roof terrace, fine dining restaurant and brasserie. A must mention – their whisky bar boasts the most whiskies in Scotland per square foot!

This venue is known to serve up warm Glaswegian hospitality and extraordinary Scottish food. Using the finest ingredients, Ubiquitous Chip believes that Scotland has some of the finest raw materials to be found anywhere. They refer to this cooking style as “endangered cuisine!” An example of their sourcing – ‘Oban landed hake’ and ‘Ramsay’s of Carluke bacon! They have also been perfecting their own homemade haggis for 50 years! This is a must try if you are on a trip to Scotland! 

Dining in their verdant courtyard next to the coy carp filled pond is a relaxing take on fine dining. Did we mention their wine lists? Not only have they been consistently winning awards for years, but they have over 350 bins to choose from! That’s a whole lot of choice! From classics to quirky, Ubiquitous Chip has you covered. 

Must Try: The Chip’s own venison haggis, neeps and tatties

Tellers Bar & Brasserie

For sophisticated citizens

The Corinthian Club, synonymous with its stand out service and high end feel, houses Teller’s Brasserie. Set in a former bank and high court this grade A listed building has a lot to offer. The brasserie has a wide variety of clientele, allowing for business lunches, mimosa brunches, afternoon tea and of course, dinner with a bottle of red!  

Taking inspiration from classic French cuisine whilst using Scottish produce, their executive chef works to ensure guests receive the freshness and seasonality of a small independent restaurant, but with the presentation and flair of a high end establishment. Making a day (or night) of it is easy when there is a casino, nightclub and dining areas, spread over five floors! Events are prominent at Tellers with a great music scene consisting of upbeat jazz, ambient house music and string quartets.

Be aware that the large demand for weekend champagne and cocktails at Tellers means it’s best to book in advance. For something more intimate and laid back the Sunday Roast Sharing Platter is a must! Indulge in two perfectly cooked meats, seasonal root vegetables and homemade giant yorkshire puddings! 

Must try: brown butter roasted sea bass with sweet potato mash, bacon and bok choy


For the adventurers

“Inspiring folk to wander off the beaten path” – Stravaigin 

A warm and lively place to gather, Stravaigin has earned its reputation as one of Glasgow’s best west end restaurants. This intimate venue sets the mood to explore exotic cuisine, through a menu that wanders the world. Promoting culinary curiosity, Stravaigin emphasizes sustainable sourcing through local and global suppliers. “Think global, eat local” perfectly sums up their ethos. 

The atmospheric decor is adorned with fairy lights and a collection of salvaged art from all over Scotland. Dark leather wallpaper is seen throughout the basement restaurant and upstairs consists of a less formal cafe/bar above. However, they both share the same menu, so you can enjoy their signature cooking style upstairs and downstairs. 

Fun fact: Stravaigin means “wander” in Old Scots language. Their brand has so many lovely scottish touches and influences: homemade haggis, which contrasts with imaginative international dishes: “Indonesian pork balls with vermicelli noodle jam jar salad.” If you like exciting informative food without the foodie formalities, and staff that know the menu inside out, this is the place for you! 

Must try: Vegetarian platter: Roasted squash, grilled vegetables, heritage beetroot, halloumi, Freedom Bakery sourdough


What a delicious foodie journey we have been on with this amazing selection of Glasgow based restaurants!


Check out our other guides to the best restaurants to eat at before you die. St Andrews and Edinburgh will have your taste buds tingling!