About Red Onion
Offering a superlative dining experience in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Red Onion is an award-winning restaurant dedicated to contemporary Scottish cuisine. Started in 2005 by chef and restaurateur John Quigley and his wife Gillian, Red Onion was opened as an alternative to the stuffy gourmet restaurants that have become the norm in recent years, instead providing a space that’s casual yet stylish, with food that’s at the very top of its class. Found on West Campbell Street, Red Onion is an ideal spot for pre-theatre dining. Booking ahead is essential.
- Monday 12:00 - 21:00
- Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
- Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
- Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
- Friday 12:00 - 22:00
- Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
- Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
What separates Red Onion from other gourmet restaurants isn’t only its charmingly casual setting, it’s also the way the kitchen manages to take classic Scottish cuisine and elevate its flavours to near holy levels. Using regional produce and creating all of their dishes from scratch, chef Quigley and his team offer a refreshing approach to gourmet dining that’s unparalleled in the city centre. The calm, casual dining space at Red Onion only helps to further enhance guests’ focus on the most important aspect of dining: the food.
If this West Campbell Street restaurant’s relaxed vibe doesn’t win you over right away, the cuisine certainly will. Featuring a wide range of menus – pre-theatre, a la carte, vegan, gluten-free and more – plus an impressive wine selection, Red Onion sets the bar high for contemporary Scottish dining in the city centre. Fans of seafood will delight in dishes like the roast shellfish spaghetti with lobster, king prawns, mussels, scallops and lemon, the grilled seabass fillet with rosti potato, crisp baby gem, avocado and Caesar dressing, and the fresh fish and chips, while vegetarians will rave about the bean burger with tomato hummus, the wild mushroom risotto with rocket and the spaghetti with vegan meatballs. There’s truly something for everyone at this gem of a restaurant in the city centre. Book today to avoid a wait.
This was our first time at Red Onion and did not know what to expect. Its an amazing place and well worth walking that little bit further from other restaurants close to the Concert Hall. The service was great, the ambience just right, the food first class and even though it did start to fill up with other diners very quickly the staff remained calm and professional. We look forward to our next visit to Glasgow and will definitely return to Red Onion without hesitation.
Service was friendly and attentive, food was delicious with so much choice for all tastes including vegan and gluten free in our party, (this alone was a triumph!) and even for midweek the ambience was excellent. Not our first visit and certainly not our last
Booked a table for the pre-theatre before going to an event at the Hydro . Once again the quality and choice of food was superb and an absolute steal at £16.95 foe three courses .
We had such lovely food and the price/quality it pretty amazing. Very relaxed atmosphere and friendly service, with some good tunes in the background. Can't wait to go back.
We visited Red Onion, wanting a nice meal a quiet table - no intrusive background music - so we could hear each other talk, as we were having an informal meeting of our work team. It ticked all those boxes, even though it was quite busy, being a Thursday evening. One of the party is Vegan, and she was very pleased with the choices on that menu. Another received good advice on how to order the steak and it was cooked just the way she wanted it. The fishcake was very filling with lots of fish and not over-potatoey. My wild mushroom risotto was very tasty and just the right amount. The puddings were great. We went for the fruit crumble, banana fritters and I can vouch for the ice-cream with salted caramel sauce which was more than moreish. The bottle of Prosecco was favourably priced compared to other restaurants and bars. Waitress was helpful without being overly-attentive (meaning not constantly checking if we were enjoying the food, etc, which can be irritating) Altogether a very pleasant evening in terms of food, ambience and the two-course pre-theatre menu is great value for money. We'll be back !
This was my fifth visit to The Red Onion - previously, once as a work lunchtime outing and three times with my partner and other couples. As always, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. On this occasion we took my partner's parents as part of a Christmas outing to the theatre and they were extremely impressed with the venue and loved their menu choices. It is very refreshing to enjoy good food in such nice surroundings while being looked after by attentive and efficient staff and to be charged a reasonable tariff. We all agreed that dinner for four (2x3 courses and 2x2 courses), including a bottle of wine and soft drinks for under a hundred pounds in a quality, city centre restaurant was impeccable value - and we got parked at the door. Looking forward to our next visit soon.
Work Dinner. Really nice food as usual with a great priced pre theatre menu. Enjoyed by everyone. I did not order from the pre theatre as my favourite dish in Red Onion is the Lobster Spaghetti at £23 it is expensive, however worth every penny it is absolutely delicious. I have to give the chocolate brownie a mention too - delicious. Although this was not my first visit to Red Onion it was for my 3 co workers, all 3 had a lovely time and have said they would be back.
It's some time since we have dined at the Red Onion due to our last experience there. On our last visit my husband and I had not been that impressed with the food or the standard of service. We decided to give it one last go to see if things had improved. We where both pleasantly surprised, we got a warm friendly welcome from staff. Given plenty of time to have a look at both the wine list and menus. When the food arrived it was of a good standard and flavorsome. I had the veg soup of the day which was good, my steak mains was very tender cook to my liking and peppercorn sauce added to the flavor of the steak. My husband had bang bang chicken salad and for his main he had the pork meatballs and spaghetti . Our overall experience on our recent visit was relaxed and friendly and we had a good experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Red Onion ,we were well looked after and everyone without a doubt had a lovely meal both visually and tastefully and staff were all very professional , also knowing our booking requirements - to have a gluten free menu . It was so nice of John to get the time to come and talk to us and we most certainly will be back again . Thank You all at Red Onion .
We wanted to treat a very special friend to dinner before she went away. I booked online (very smoorth process and we were greeted warmly on arrival. I've been here a few times and never had a bad experience. Very happy to say that this is still the case. Having all opted for the pre-theatre menu, we had two French onion soups and the soup of the day (Thai Sweet potato & cocount) to start. The French onion was so, so tasty and perfect for a really wintery evening. Mains were Haddock fishcake and two lemon chicken kormas. Again, everything was delicious. So much flavour in the fishcake and the peas sauce and lettuce seemed like a slightly odd accompaniment but was so light, fresh and tasty - perfect compliment. A fruit crumble for dessert and I treated myself to a dessert from the main menu. Devestated that I couldn't finish it! Cheescake with caramelised banana and peanut brittle. Staff were friendly, courteous and gracious. I've previously eaten from their vegan menu and the food has always been beautiful. Can't wait to return!
Fabulous food, excellent service...what else could you ask for! Always enjoy a visit to the Red Onion as you know the quality of food will be top notch and the staff are always so welcoming and friendly. If looking for a special meal in a lovely atmosphere, you can not go wrong with a visit to the Red Onion.
One of the most important parts of eating out for me is to firstly feel comfortable in my surroundings and in Red Onion this was true. The service and the food were outstanding, very friendly staff who gave our party plenty of time to deliberate the menu. The icing on the cake was to meet John Quigley - its good to know that it matters to him that his customers are well catered for. Will definitely visit again, perhaps for an evening meal next time.
Always a treat eating at the Red Onion. I am gluten free and so having my own stylised menu helps me to enjoy eating out knowing that the chef has carefully prepared the food to suit my dietry requirements. Have read that the chef can also cater for many dietry requirements ie lactose intolerant, vegan etc Staff very welcoming and friendly. A lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. Food was delicious and so fresh. 10/10 every time.
We booked online. The restaurant was almost fully booked and we couldn't get our first choice of time. A good sign I suppose although irritating. One must be aware that nowadays Glasgow is blessed with a huge variety and number of excellent restaurants. We were greeted almost immediately when we entered and taken to our table and offered drinks. The place was packed and buzzing with seemingly happy dinners. This was at 5.30pm. The decor is practical, you can chat to neighbouring dinners if you are in the mood. All diners were nicely dressed but certainly not formally. No tattoos were visible (I'm slightly offended by this practice) The staff are friendly and helpful. The menu wide ranging. The food was tasty and the portions generous. We were told that the chef was the owner/proprietor, John Quigley. We would certainly return but would ensure to book early in order to obtain a table at a time we desired. All-in-all a pleasant experience.
I altered the booking twice at very short notice and Red Onion accommodated us brilliantly. The food was amazing and all six of us left completely clean plates! Absolutely love that they have a vegan menu, and a few of my family ordered from it just because it looked so good. The pumpkin ravioli in particular was so nice. We had a great evening!
John Qiugley is a culinary genius. The haggis bon bons were possibly the best vegetarian dish I've ever had! The mushroom risotto with rocket and parmesan was perfection....along with a side of wok seared greens. Such a nice meal! The restaurant is beautiful... a cozy fireplace, fantastic artwork... Casual but intelligent and comfortable. I highly recommend Red Onion, and Mr. Quigley's fantastic menu!
I booked a table for 2 people for 1pm. We were five minutes late getting there but the guy who greeted us upon arrival didn't mention that and showed us straight to our table. He was friendly and helpful throughout our stay, as were all other members of staff. My sister-in-law ordered a main meal which we were told immediately would take about 25 minutes to make. We were in no rush and this was not a problem. It was certainly worth the wait. Both dishes were delicious and we had a fabulous dessert each too. Beautiful surroundings and décor. Food delicious and beautifully presented. Atmosphere perfect. Would definitely recommend it and will definitely be back.
The Red Onion is our regular choice for a pre theatre meal on the way to the.....theatre.Again we were not disappointed.We always get another good "first impression" .The staff are friendly but not overbearing.the menu is varied but too much choice.The Bang Bang chicken is a delight, either as a starter or main.Good value for money,we'll be back
A lovely meal last night at The Red Onion. Lovely friendly staff and superb food especially the cheesecake with the caramelised banana. I would have given this restaurant a 6 however they were unable to make a mini beef burger for my two year old grandson. Come on John Quigley I'm sure you could have risen to this request! Overall a lovely meal enjoyed by all.
We really loved our dining experience at Red Onion. The staff were excellent, very attentive but not overly. The food was equally as good, loved the starters, haggis based, and the shin of beef melted in the mouth. And the sweets, to die for ! Made our weekend in Glasgow even more enjoyable, thanks 👍🏻
Great food well presented at Red Onion and good service. Only a few diners so bit of a lack of atmosphere. Slight confusion over lunch price as menu we were given said £11.50 for two courses but blackboard outside said £10.50 for two courses! After pointing this out the server agreed that it was indeed only £10.50 and menu had printing error!
A frequent visitor to the Red Onion we were a bit disappointed on this occasion. It may have been that in choosing the pre theatre deal we did not allow ourselves the choices provided on the la carte. As we have always had lovely food there I would go back and try again. The food generally is great, staff attentive and friendly and there is a nice ambience. Better luck next time I say!
We had a lovely evening meal with friends in a nice relaxed atmosphere with efficient friendly waiters. I can recommend the sea asks and in is and gunn slow cooked blade of beef which was tender and tasty. The desserts cheesecake and the warm chocolate brownie were divine. I would highly recommend the Red Onion For quality and service.
Great food. The restaurant was busy around 6pm. As they have a pre theatre menu, I would think that this would be the reason why, as the main meals were a little overpriced. Look for good deals with the Red Onion as this is a lovely little restaurant.
Amazing food, brilliant service! Love the Red Onion for their vegan menu choice, the staff are all very attentive and look as though they truly enjoy working there. You can tell that a lot of care is put in to every customers meal and experience!
First time visiting the Red Onion. Restaurant was recommended to me by a friend and I was not disappointed. My partner and I had a lovely meal. The staff were friendly and attentive. We would definitely go back again for another meal.
Love Glasgow, Love the Red Onion. Visit Glasgow maybe twice a year, always visit the Red Onion for great food, atmosphere... does that make me a regular??!! :)
We have been to The Red Onion on four previous occasions and we have never been disappointed. Again we had great food with happy friendly service. Recommend the Sea Bass with Caesar Salad. Looking forward to our next visit.
We had been at Red Onion before when visiting Glasgow and had an excellent meal, and on this latest visi they certainly didn't disappoint. Another superb meal, so we know where we'll eat again next time we're here.
Food was lovely, staff were friendly, atmosphere was really nice. Great vegetarian and vegan menus. My only criticism is that you are given the main menu and aren't offered the veggie/vegan menu; you have to ask for it. So if I didn't already know about it from the website I would have missed out. Personally I think everyone should be given all the options. Had a lovely night here, we will be back soon :-D
We chose Red Onion due to its reputation as good for gluten intolerance. We were not let down. The gluten free menu was fantastic! Both our meals were lovely and I was able to relax knowing that everything on my plate was 100% gluten free.
We had the pre theatre menu which had a varied choice of starters and mains, my wife had the bang bang chicken salad and I had the chicken liver parfait, both were outstanding, especially my red onion marmalade. For mains we had steak frites and lemon and paprika chicken with patatas bravas, took me back to Spain. Unfortunately we had no room for desserts, bargain at £14.50 for 2 courses, will be back.
The pre-theatre menu is very good and provided the food we were looking for at a reasonable price. The ambience is excellent for couples and discerning diners. The staff were particularly pleasant and efficient. The music should be turned off when it is busy as it just is a blue-bottle trapped in a jar but I guess is nice when you can hear it. My male partner could have eaten a little more veg or sauteed potatoes with the fishcake main.
From the moment we walk through the door we were greeted with a very friendly staff Drinks were order straight away and our food was order and taken by a chatty staff member during the main course we were asked by various staff members if we were enjoying our meal between courses staff came and talked to us and on leaving all said good bye
The staff were very attentive and friendly, the food was awesome and the atmosphere very relaxed - not bad going for a Saturday night two weeks before Christmas. The quality of the food for the price we paid (we had the pre-theatre) was outstanding. I will definitely be back and I will definitely be recommending it as the place to eat in the City Centre.
Red Onion always provides Consistently great food, over the years, in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. pleasant and friendly staff and good service, always my 'go to' restaurant in Glasgow. Highly recommended
Excellent service and surroundings, this was my second visit to Red Onion as a birthday celebration. Good choice of dishes on the set dinner menu and reasonably priced wine list too.
My husband, mum and I had a very enjoyable experience at the Red Onion. Great atmosphere and the food was superb. I will definitely be visiting again in the year future.
You are always guaranteed a good meal at the Red Onion. The atmosphere and the service were good too. I have been several times now and it is consistently good.
we had a lovely time at red onion on30th june for daughters birthday dinner, the food was superp, and staff very friendly and helpfull, its so good to know that both vegan and meat eating family can all get a lovely meal ,and its just a 40 min drive away, we will definatley be back, thankyou all, (the mccalls )
The pre-theatre menu had plenty of choice and all the selections from our group of 5 were very tasty, the smoked haddock fish cake possibly being the star. The waiting staff were helpful and not overbearing, but when the restaurant got busy seemed a little over stretched. Only issue was that they managed to get our bill wrong twice!!, but otherwise a very pleasant pre-theatre meal. Would probably go back again.
What a fantastic restaurant! Service was friendly and the food was out of this world. Fresh bread with houmous whilst looking over the menu, Bang bang chicken salad was incredibly fresh and the Innis and Gunn beef melted in the mouth... so, so full but still managed to have the amazing vanilla cheesecake - sublime. We will be back!
Excellent staff and service, we ran a little late with our arrival, however having phoned to advise of same along with requesting an additional two covers, we were accommodated with a smile. Food and service briiiiiilllllllllll !. BH. Lanark, yeah we travelled from the " sticks " to Gods country .............................a Govan Bhoy at heart.
Friendly, very attentive staff and delicious food. As a sufferer of coeliac disease I have rather specific dietary needs. They provided a gluten free menu with an excellent choice on both pretreatre and a la carte for me. They took time and care which gave me confidence. I will be returning for another visit.
It was our first time at Red Onion but definitely going back! We ate from Vegan Menu and the food was delicious, portions generous and attractively served.
We went at lunchtime and loved it. Food is fantastic, great value for money and portions big. Staff are very professional and attentive but not in the hovering way or asking if you are enjoying the food when you have just stuck a forkful in your mouth :). Highly recommend. Will definitely go back.
Red Onion is one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow. The food and service are always excellent and the atmosphere is always welcoming while still feeling special.
We go here regularly and the food and service is consistently excellent. The vegan menu is fantastic, and I'm assured by the non vegans, that the regular menu is of a very high standard. Good range of wines by the glass and overall excellent value for money. Absolutely recommend - particularly to vegans.
Had a group dinner here on Saturday 17th of December. Amazing food with great choice and an additional bonus was the fantastic Gluten Free A la Carte Menu! Others with food intolerances can agree it is very hard to find a decent restaurant in Glasgow. Great & fast service. Would definitely come again!
Great ambience, tasty food, service ok, prices reasonable. Recommend for a relaxed enjoyable meal. We were seated by an open door and were cold, but staff reseated us in a warmer area which was fine, but if it had been busier with no other available tables, we might have wished we had worn warmer clothes! Liked that it is very light and spacious.