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5.6 /6 Wonderful 323 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.


323 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 323 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 10:59

Very friendly staff, great food and they looked after my grandchildren very well. Couldn't fault anything. Well worth a visit. We will be back (probably without the grand kids and I won't be driving next time :)

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 15:49

Food was lovely served quickly and was Tasty. Came to celebrate our anniversary and will be back soon. Friendly staff very attentive no waiting around

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
09.08.2017 01:07

Made to feel at home, food is amazing and staff are outstanding, couldn't of asked for anything better. This was my second time in Qua and fair to say its been a friendly service each time !!! Loved it and will defo be back again.

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
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.

2 reviews so far 6
31.08.2016 13:13

We have dined in Qua a few times and have always been blown away with the quality and price of the food.All,not some of the staff are extremely friendly and always have a wee joke with my kids.This makes the whole experience fantastic.Having Qua to many friends and family members they now visit regularly.

1 review so far 5
22.02.2016 23:25

Arrived a little early but seated straight away by Luca the manager.Menu great but specials were very appealing and we asked questions and were expertly directed by Luca.Starters and mains were great,my sons buffalo mozzarella starter was superb.Did not have dessert but finished up with a very good Amaro Montanegro.Great atmosphere in the room knowledgable staff fine Italian food and wine.Really enjoyed it

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 22:19

Service, food and value for money were excellent. We ate from the 'light bites' menu where portion sizes were described as 2/3 of normal, which was just as well, as we could not have eaten more food! The ambience was great and all members of staff were very attentive without being overbearing.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2016 09:34

Great service from walking in to to finishing, the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful especially to one of our party who needed assistance to move around. The ambience was great, menu covered all our expectations and more and quality and quantity more than sufficient. Will be back well done

1 review so far 6
03.07.2017 08:46

First time in Qua. Excellent food and service, Staff very attentive and chatty without being overbearing. Given time between courses as required. Portion sizes and price were good. Was a quiet Friday afternoon, would be interesting to see if service as good on a busy weekend evening. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 23:08

Great service and atmosphere! We were well taken care of and the food and wine were both brilliant - lovely evening at Qua Italian Restaurant.

1 review so far 6
01.11.2015 00:19

Really nice place, delicious food, great service. Highly recommended. We had lovely starters as we had snack through the day and we couldn't eat everything else. I wish to ne more hungry but definitely will visit again when in Glasgow. Good prices as well and Moretti on tap :)

1 review so far 6
23.06.2017 00:05

Enjoyed a special birthday meal in Qua. From the welcome at the door to the haste Ye back as we left everything was perfect. The food as per usual was excellent and the service second to none. Would not hesitate to recommend Qua and will be back soon.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 18:12

Food was excellent, staff were exceptionally friendly, atmosphere was good and food represented excellent value for money. Had an early meal but chose from the main menu rather than the light bite menu which was still reasonably priced, orders a bottle of house wine which was fantastic.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 09:41

Very friendly and welcoming staff! Nice atmosphere and comfortable seating. Recommend sitting upstairs as it's a bit more cosy. Visited their sister restaurant before it closed and food is still as good as it was there! Definitely coming as regularly as we did the sister restaurant.

1 review so far 3
31.01.2016 10:58

Booked a table for 5pm for 4 people and I was not informed of any time limit on keeping the table. Around 7pm we were told we would need to vacate the table as others were wating to use it. (There were other empty tables for 4 people around the restaurant and no-one waiting to be seated). Then very strangely when we requested the bill we were offered liquors! Excellent food but evening spoiled by this. If time at table is limited this should be made clear at time of booking.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 01:24

An amazing experience from when we were seated, arrived 1/2 hr early but didn't matter the waiters all were attentive and friendly very efficient and charming food very tasty and good size portions even though we had the 3 courses. Would definitely recommend to friends

2 reviews so far 6
18.06.2017 09:38

Very good first impressions and seated at a lovely table by the front window. Service was very attentive and food was very good quality, chosen from the lunch menu. Just a shame weather wasn't quite good enough to sit outside. Would definitely come back again.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2015 07:21

One of Glasgow's finest eateries. Food, atmosphere, staff, prices........all good. The set lunch menu is a bargain but everything else is also well priced - just about the only place I don't actually look at the prices, I just order what I want to eat.

1 review so far 3
15.01.2017 02:49

Food was excellent. Staff seemed under pressure and very little time between courses.Excellent tip given with no appreciation. Overall a nice place to eat with good prices but dont bother taking your jacket off if arriving before 7 pm as you will be rushed. I will visit again to reevaluate this review and enjoyed the food and the banter with the staff.Please try it yourself and form your own opinion as Qua was well worth a visit. I booked in advance hence no waiting time in the review

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 17:29

Great food and great service, as always! Always our first choice if we're going out for an Italian meal in Glasgow. Worth making a reservation, especially at the weekend as it can be a really busy restaurant, and after you've eaten you'll know why!

1 review so far 5
03.05.2016 09:19

The waiter service was first class and we never felt rushed despite the restaurant being extremely busy. The food was excellent as well. As I said, the restaurant was really busy so it's not a place to go if you are looking for a quiet meal but we thoroughly enjoyed our night.

3 reviews so far 6
13.06.2016 09:52

We had our first meal here and it wont be the last as already booked next one. The food was delicious and the staff were lovely friendly and very polite. Thank you Paolo, your staff made us feel like part of the family.

1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 11:07

The restaurant was very busy and as a result was very warm and quite noisy. This made it difficult to hear the waiters. However, the service was very good, with all the staff being very friendly and welcoming. The food (and the cocktails) was lovely and I will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 20:44

The atmosphere was very relaxed and the restaurant was not too noisy, meaning that I could talk rather than shout which can be the case in many other restaurants. Above all the food was lovely and the waiting staff were very attentive.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 09:14

I absolutely loved my dining experience at QUA! The staff was so helpful and friendly, and the food was tasty. Moreover, the food portions were really big, whereas prices were rather low for a restaurant. So really good value for the price!

1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 16:14

We had a lovely meal at Qua. The service was great and we were made to feel very welcome. The food was lovely and very reasonably priced. I only booked Qua because of the good reviews and certainly it did not let us down. Would definitely return in the future.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 22:37

Friendly, attentive staff, great venue, interesting menu with lots of choices, delicious food and good value for money. We'd highly recommend a visit here and already planning on going back again. Thanks for making our son's graduation meal a special event.

4 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 09:58

been to this restaurant several times, each time the food, service and atmosphere have been first class.The only complaint i would have is the wine can be a bit expensive but this is balanced by the food being very reasonable.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2015 10:41

Staff friendly and welcoming, very attentive without being obtrusive. The food was good, well presented and reasonable priced.Although I had been before my two companions hadn't and they were very impressed and both said they would be happy to return.

2 reviews so far 6
08.02.2016 11:25

Excellent food that really tastes home-made, and at reasonable prices. Friendly and efficient staff. We think the internet booking hadn't found its way through to the restaurant, but in any case we were offered a nice table with no fuss.

1 review so far 4
04.12.2016 10:22

very friendly, children made very welcome. food was very good with decent portion sizes making good value for money. my only criticism is the 1hr 45m time limit. that should be plenty but the service was a little slow at times so I got a little stressed that we may overstay our welcome through no fault of our own.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 16:19

When we arrived , the restaurant was very busy and we had to wait about 15 mins for our table until the previous occupants left. Once seated we had no complaints , the service was very good , the staff were friendly and the meal was delicious.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2017 11:42

Very welcoming and friendly restaurant. Great value lunch menu. The Light Bites is supposed to be smaller portions. Could have fooled me !! Was absolutely stuffed. Staff are great and very attentive and more importantly it feels genuine. Would go again without hesitation and thoroughly recommend Qua.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 16:08

The restaurant offered excellent customer service and great food in a very pleasant and enjoyable environment. We will definitely be back again as a result, the excellent staff went out their way to make it a great dining experience

2 reviews so far 6
10.11.2015 10:01

Lovely food - appears "home made". Pre-theatre menu very good value, and with enough choice. Service very efficient in a crowded restaurant, but also considerate - the offer of a pause before the desert was appreciated. We'll be back.