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5.5 /6 Wonderful 536 Reviews

Red Onion

City Centre Gourmet £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • 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
Red Onion, 257 West Campbell Street, G2 4TT Glasgow

Further Information

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.

View Taste our Best Menu

A delicious 5 course tasting menu highlighting Red Onion’s most celebrated and loved dishes. Chef/patron John Quigley and his team will prepare, cook and present 5 glorious tasting courses featuring the finest, freshand seasonal Scottish produce each one demonstrating Red Onion's winning signature style.


536 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 536 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 16:57

Excellent meal and wine and very friendly service. It was just a pity that we had to sit at an uncomfortable table (pillar in bench) until we could move.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2017 10:52

That was our second time in red onion, and it didn't disappoint in anyway,the service with a smile at all times I may add in second to none.......and the food we would give it a big fat 10 out of 10 well done John Quigley for the way your restaurant is run with efficiency and cheery happy staff big 👍

1 review so far 6
09.09.2017 07:39

Red Onion is my favourite restaurant in Glasgow. I eat there almost every time I am visiting the city. The early evening menu is just great, and this time I invited two friends along, and both give it full marks for selection, quality and service. Thanks, everyone, for a lovely evening.

2 reviews so far 6
07.09.2017 15:57

Yet another fantastic meal at Red Onion. The food is always excellent and the lunch menu- which is incredibly good value- varies regularly so that there's always something new to try. And the staff are super too - professional and welcoming. Already looking forward to my next visit. Thanks Red Onion!

1 review so far 6
07.10.2016 09:11

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 !

1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 18:06

We really enjoyed our meal at the Red Onion. Great choice on the menu. All three courses were all we could have asked for. I normally only ever have two courses, but decided to have three, as did my two friends, and we were glad that we did. The staff were very attentive without being intrusive. Great value for money and each of us would be happy to recommend the Red Onion to friends and family and would visit again. Cannot really think of anything negative to say about the food or service. The only criticism would be that the tired toilets let it down. Definately not the same standard as the food.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2017 18:29

Red Onion was, as I had been led to expect, a fine restaurant with very friendly, intelligent and attentive staff and a splendid chef in the kitchen. My dining partner is coeliac and particularly enjoys the Red Onion for its professional care over preparing food. I would and will go back any number of times. On arrival our reserved table had both the regular and the gluten free menus awaiting us. That's attention to detail! Very impressive and very good. Thank you Red Onion.

1 review so far 6
06.09.2017 20:38

This was my second visit to Red Onion and it didn't disappoint. Nice ambience and excellent food. We booked Red Onion as we were taking another couple out to dinner and my husband and myself had both been to Red Onion before on separate occassions and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food so we thought this wood be a good choice, and we were right. Our friends really liked the venue and enjoyed the food, will definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
03.06.2017 20:53

The fact that the Red Onion actually has a separate vegan menu with choice is amazing. A chef that can take the time to make good vegan food in a nice environment in Glasgow is a novelty. We are older Vegans and like to eat out in a nice places, the combination is often hard to find in Glasgow. You can get good vegan food but its usually pub grub and this is okay but sometimes you just want an up market feel to your night out. I am a Chef and Nutritional therapist and very picky about what I eat, so enjoying a meal out can be a challenge. So well done Red Onion on offering a better service.

1 review so far 5
03.01.2017 19:10

The Red Onion never disappoints, the quality of the food is outstanding and choosing from the fixed price menu makes it a very affordable option for a late lunch or a pre-theatre meal. We have been occasional customers at the Red Onion for several years now and the meal and service are always first class. Quite often chef/owner John Quigley comes round the tables to chat to the diners, a lovely, personal touch. I would recommend the Red Onion to anyone looking for unpretentious, good food and friendly hospitality.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 23:55

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.

1 review so far 6
29.07.2016 11:24

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.

1 review so far 6
23.02.2017 14:06

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.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 20:44

This is my 4th visit to Red Onion, this time dining from the vegan menu and I can say it was extremely enjoyable, it is difficult trying to eat out vegan and some of the places are a bit 'studenty' and bare. Red Onion is neither but offers a tasty menu with a good variety that will make me return and recommend to friends and family. The staff are very attentive and helpful and our overall dining experience was very enjoyable. Thank you 😁

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 12:17

I always love going to Red Onion. Lovely restaurant, nice atmosphere and good food - what more could you ask for? We opted for the pre-theatre (which was still available at 8pm), my friend had the chicken tika and I had the vegetable tika both were very tasty. We following this with chocolate browine (yum!) and a seasonal crumble (double yum!). We shared a bottle of wine and the bill came in very reasonably. The owner/chef walked around chatting to folks which I think is a really nice touch. We are looking forward to our next visit, even more so now that I know there is a vegan menu to work my way through!

1 review so far 4
25.09.2016 18:09

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.

1 review so far 5
16.05.2016 10:02

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 .

1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 16:24

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!

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 09:55

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.

1 review so far 6
16.08.2016 19:44

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.