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5.6 /6 Wonderful 339 Reviews

Qua Italian Restaurant

City Centre Italian £££ +100
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About Qua Italian Restaurant

Dear diners, please be aware that bookings for Friday and Saturday lunches and early-evening meals before 7pm are available for 1 hour and 45 minutes only. Later bookings may stay until close. Please bear this in mind when making your reservation.

Drawing on a grand tradition of Scottish-Italian cooking, Qua Italian in Glasgow’s Merchant City brings a taste of Tuscany and Rome to the Dear Green Place. They offer a set lunches, a pre-theatre selection and full a la carte menu in the evenings, allowing them to cater for all eventualities. Their location on Ingram Street places them close to countless bars and nightspots, so you can be sure of giving your evening the best possible start when you visit.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Tuesday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Wednesday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Thursday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Friday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Saturday 18:45 - 21:45
  • Sunday 18:45 - 21:45
Qua Italian Restaurant, 68 Ingram Street, G1 1EX Glasgow

Further Information

Eating Italian food is always a pleasure, given the shared history and migration between the West of Scotland and Italy, and Qua Italian on Ingram Street in the Merchant City, stands proudly in this tradition. Their menu features a wide range of dishes from the bel paese, particularly from Tuscany and Rome, and often with an authentically Scottish edge. The squid in their calamari is local, their lamb chops are also locally sourced: even the house pate is served on traditional Scottish oatcakes.

Of course, all your Italian favourites are featured on the menu at Qua Italian. Pizzas, pasta, risotto and steaks are all available down on Ingram Street, alongside lesser seen regional dishes such as penne alla paesana, a house-speciality of oven-baked pork, Italian sausage and cinnamon. Qua Italian is certainly a welcome addition to the already-excellent restaurant scene in the Merchant City, and the discerning diners of Glasgow agree – so make sure you book your table in advance.


339 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 339 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
20.09.2017 12:01

Another great visit to Qua. Great pizzas and great tiramisu in particular. Always friendly staff who always go out of their way to make children feel welcome.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2017 10:06

Went here for a birthday dinner. Food and service was excellent. Couldn't find friendlier staff. Would 100% go back. The owner Tony is the happiest person ever. Had us in stitches.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 08:32

Delicious Italian food with great service. We felt like we were right at home in this cozy and friendly restaurant. If you don't like spicy food, avoid dishes with peppers. We highly recommend eating there.

1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 16:42

This is a lovely family run restaurant. The staff are great and committed to making your visit a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was Excellent (the tiramisu made in-house was tremendous). We would certainly recommend a visit to Quay. We will certainly be back.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 08:15

Excellent quality and variety of food and very attentive and friendly staff. A five star place to eat in my book. We had a birthday celebration there and the lady whose birthday it was said it had been her best birthday meal - ever! If you go, you will find an extremely extensive menu, but don't forget to ask to see the daily specials. The mussels, ravioli, and fillet steak were truly amazing! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I am not in the habit of leaving tips but I did here, and it was very well deserved.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 08:18

We had an excellent evening meal at Qua Italian. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are delightful and generate a very pleasant environment. We were introduced to the whole family who run the restaurant which was great fun. The meal itself was excellent - we had mussels to start which were delicious and were served in a wine sauce with freshly baked Italian bread. We followed with penne al pollo and pollo al diavola - both superb. Overall this was a brilliant meal and at a very reasonable price - and we will return.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2017 07:57

The food, atmosphere and service were all excellent. This was our first time at Qua, but it will not be our last. Having spent years in Italy finding somewhere in Glasgow which strikes the balance of intense flavour and simple quality ingredients in a relaxed setting which still feels special for a celebration meal (it was our silver wedding) is not easy but Qua does this, reminding us of some of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh, when we were first married, Silvio's and Pasquale. We might have found our new favourite.

1 review so far 6
08.06.2017 10:30

Went to Qua for family ( now 4 adults)meal as been there before, as usual staff very friendly and attentive without being overpowering. Food excellent as always ,3 pasta dishes and a steak Rossini special plus desserts, husband got olive oil on his hands and waiter had a hand wipe for him within minutes without us even asking. Atmosphere relaxed. Would not hesitate returning and would highly recommend to friends. Waiter Stephen very informative regarding menu and ingredients, oh and lemonchello with Bill nice ending to meal.

2 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 11:18

A friendly welcome and the best seat in the restaurant was a great start to our lunch. The staff are so friendly and this creates a wonderful relaxed atmosphere but with very attentive service. The food was, as usual, lovely with some great Minestrone and Soup of the day and regular main course choices like penne arabiatta, pizza and Sea Bass. Our lunch was excellent value with coffees and a couple of drinks. This is still my favourite Italian Restaurant.

2 reviews so far 5
03.10.2016 13:06

We had time for a full meal, instead of our normal pre-theatre fare (which we also like very much). Lots of choice, with some inventive combinations (melone alla Qua) and both a risotto pescatore and a spaghetti marinara which were flavoursome and loaded with seafood, including some excellent mussels. An unusual Italian rose wine turned out to be a hit. We like the authentic atmosphere of this place - the Italian staff are informative, friendly and efficient. This will continue to be a regular restaurant for us.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 10:06

Absolutely first class food, service and all round ambience! We were treated like royalty, the waiters and manager took the time to chat and make us feel welcome. I love that this is a genuine italian restaurant, not a big chain or an "Italian" where all the staff are scottish! This is my favourite eatery, we don't go often enough but I would not go anywhere else when I get the chance.

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 11:01

My first visit to qua and it did not dissapoint. Booked a reservation on line on the day got a space nobother. When we arrived we where given our table instantly no wait and with regards to food everything was all done pretty swiftly. The place was packed so I did expect a bit of a wait but no service was amazing! The food was epic! I will be returning

1 review so far 5
08.08.2016 16:56

We were seated in the upstairs area of the restaurant and, although it was very busy, the staff were very friendly and the service was very quick and responsive. The menu is large an offers an abundance of choice to suit most pallets. The food was very good and generous in portion size too. For the city, I thought our bill was very reasonable: two persons, three courses, bottle of wine and 2 alcoholic drinks was little over £70.00. I'll definitely be back

3 reviews so far 6
01.05.2016 14:47

A great experience for all 4 of us. Fantastic choice on the menu, great sized portions and the staff were brilliant. Must mention Bella, Stavros, Luca and our other 3 Italien waiting staff ( sadly, didn't get their names but all were excellent ). Would definitely recommend Qua and will be paying another visit very shortly. Other restaurants would do well to follow Qua's example of staffing - excellent.

1 review so far 6
11.09.2016 20:24

The welcome we received on arriving at the restaurant from the staff was an omen for what we would experience on Saturday. This was my second visit to Qua, but first for my family who were here from Vancouver. Food and service was first class and the ambience of the restaurant was all you would want for a really good night out. I will be back and hopefully soon

1 review so far 6
25.09.2016 07:40

Visited on a typical rainy Saturday in Glasgow and was welcomed in very warmly. Could not fault anything. Service was very attentive. We had three course lunch which worked in at £10.95 each. There is a small supplement on a couple of the main courses, but if you don't want to pay that there is plenty choice anyway. All in all a lovely lunch.

1 review so far 4
11.03.2016 07:29

We had a nice meal last night from the early evening menu. The staff were very friendly and took our orders fairly quickly. The food itself was nice but the lentil soup needed a lot of salt as was quite tasteless. The cannelloni was tasty enough but had very little pasta in it - that could be because it was the special menu but it was nice all the same and the cheesecake was superb. Overall it was a pleasant meal and the restaurant is quite roomy unlike other ones nearby where everyone is crammed in.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2016 09:24

My visit to this restaurant was a very enjoyable experience. From the minute we entered the restaurant we were looked after the service was excellent, the food was superb and the atmosphere was very good. The restaurant was very busy but the staff always had time to talk to you. I would recommend a visit and next time I'm in Glasgow I'll be back.

1 review so far 4
31.08.2016 09:42

Food was beautiful!! Waiter was lovely!! Only grumble with the place was the 1hr 45 min time limit on a reserved table after we had just been served our desserts someone came up and said i need this table back in the next 10/15 minutes next reservation was here felt a little rude and was unexpected the place was very busy at least two large party gatherings so food service was not slow but not exactly speedy... I would go back just maybe not on a busy saturday night

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 16:57

We had a lovely meal here. The food is traditional home cooked Italian. I had the mellanzane which I will dream of and husband had fillet steak Rossini which was beautiful. Stephen (our waiter) was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and made our evening extra special. Will definitely return on our next visit to Glasgow.