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.
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.
The overall experience was great, the staff were funny and friendly the atmosphere was great and the food was amazing! The music played was also great and the place looked very nice.
Excellent from the beginning. A warm welcome, engaging waiter and fabulous food. Good value too. I'd highly recommend the tagliatelle gamberoni and the Antipasto Italiano. Very nice atmosphere, there looked to be a lot of regular customers chatting with the staff.
The staff were so friendly, went right out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. They were so friendly with the kids, made a real effort to keep them happy. And the food. Oh my god the food is amazing. So so so so good. Fantastic value for money as well. I'm definitely going back, thinking of just moving in actually...
Amazing staff and even better food! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an authentic Italian restaurant to eat in. Very good with kids and always happy to help!
This has got to be one of the best dining experiences we have had recently. Booked as a result of customer reviews and a glowing review by Tam Cowan the food critic, we were not disappointed. The restaurant is spacious but unpretentious and has some of the finest Italian fare that we have sampled in recent years. The service was exemplary. Attentive but not in your face and with great passion and customer care. Paco and Munti our waiters, had us in stitches throughout our stay with their lively banter and witty repartee. You almost felt as if you were the only diners in the restaurant, which was in fact quite busy and their flawless service made our visit the outstanding success that it was. We will be returning shortly for more of the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.