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5.5 /6 Wonderful 506 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.


506 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 506 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
17.08.2017 07:50

Great food and great staff.made to feel very welcome.i would recommend it as a premier venue for a night out.will certainly be going back soon.

3 reviews so far 6
13.08.2017 19:57

I visited the red onion on a recent trip to glasgow. Being celicac i am always on the search for gluten-free restaurants. This place will not disappoint. The food is excellent and well presented.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2017 19:01

Great food and lovely kind staff. Having a vegan menu is great and very tasty. The decor is very tasteful and welcoming. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 17:41

Visited Red Onion for lunch with relations from abroad. We were not disappointed. Food was delicious, staff friendly. We will certainly be back & reccommend..

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 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.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 13:48

Red Onion was recommended to me. I am so pleased I went with my husband and 2 friends everything about it was great - ambience, decor, service and of course the food was excellent. It was our first visit to Glasgow we wilol return and certainly go back to Red Onion

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 22:09

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.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 10:10

A nice ambience, overall. The friendly chef took the time to speak to us, the staff were engaging and appeared genuinely interested in delivering a great experience. The food ... wow ... absolutely delicious!! We were previously regular guests at a restaurant around the corner, yet thought to try Red Onion for a bit of variety, and we are absolutely thrilled that we did so. Looks like we're changing our regular lunch location!!

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 10:47

Second visit to this wonderful eatery. This is casual fine dining if there is such a thing. Every morsel is worthy of a mention and the atmosphere is comparable to having friends over for dinner - just much more than normal!! On our latest visit "Chef" made an appearance at our table to apologise for a noisy hen party - no apology required - we were loving the fun. He also added he had 62 people in from a choir over from USA again no apology required especially when we got a rendition of Going to the Chapel to accompany the hen party. Great night. Food amazing. Will we visit again - try and stop us. Only one complaint from hubby - no draught beer!!! We will just leave him at home next time !!! Sorted.

1 review so far 5
31.07.2016 07:09

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.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 12:43

We visited the Red Onion last week and all enjoyed delicious freshly cooked meals. We had three courses from the pre- theatre menu which was amazing value for money. The staff were very efficient and friendly too. Five of us in our group and each one of of said that we will definitely return here and are recommending to friends already. A great find in Glasgow!

1 review so far 5
22.06.2017 20:24

Rather nervously, I booked this place for dinner with a visiting friend; I had no personal recommendation and was just going off web reviews. But it was pretty good and worked out well. We had the "pre-theatre menu", despite arriving at 7.45 pm on a Wednesday. We both had a very (!) simple starter of pâté and oat cakes before I had steak and chips and my friend the pork loin. These mains were good and filling. We then both had a very (!) simple dessert. To accompany the food we had some Glasgow tap water and a bottle of Chilean Merlot. The food came to about £35 and the wine £30! The wine list is not cheap at this restaurant. Overall, however, I was pleased with my choice of eatery and would go there again. It was busy, indicating that I am not alone in this judgement. The staff were very friendly and chatty.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 20:09

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!

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 18:53

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!

1 review so far 5
31.07.2017 11:12

The Red Onion is a lovely place to eat. The atmosphere is calming and the food and service are excellent. My score is slightly downgraded as the steak frites we all had were quite tough and we did report this to the server who offered to bring us something else but we had no time to wait for another dish to be prepared. The other courses were delicious so I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
01.08.2017 08:49

Lovely place. I ate in Red Onion several times now and not once was disappointed. Food is just delicious. Cooked nicely and very tasty. Lovely staff. And price! What a great value for your money! Definitely place to eat if you don't want to be disappointed. They have separate menu for every allergy - not many places offers that. 5*

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 08:16

Delicious meal beautifully presented by helpful and knowledgable staff. Looking forward to returning to Red Onion. The monkfish Lena was excellent and my husband loved the sea bass. Starters were super top. Did not have dessserts abs in fact we were not offered any - must have read our minds as we did it have enough room left for dessert

2 reviews so far 6
30.07.2017 09:59

Red Onion came as a complete surpise - a very pleasant one. I couldn't believe I hadn't known about it before. The food was great, the sauces delicious, the ambience comfortable and the service perfect. There is a varied choice and the menu changes each day. I will definitely be back now that I have found this treasure.

1 review so far 6
05.12.2016 09:27

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.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 22:18

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

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 09:50

Second time I went and it was amazing! I am vegan so it's always a bit tricky to find something really delicious but Red Onion never disappoints! My mum came to visit Glasgow for the first time and she loved it so much she had 3 courses! That never happens! We will definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
02.09.2016 11:06

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.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2016 22:15

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 👍🏻

1 review so far 5
31.08.2016 06:55

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!

1 review so far 4
21.09.2016 07:59

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!

1 review so far 4
13.02.2017 21:04

The food was great, atmosphere is nice. The staff are helpful and welcoming. The only downside is the 2hr time restriction on the table. We booked for 5:30, arrived slightly late but called ahead to advise were I was reminded of the table return time. It took 20mins for our food order to be taken, although this was not a problem, it is when you have a table return time. We did finish our meal 10mins prior to the return time, however had I not been reminded of this we would have ordered another bottle of wine with our mains and stayed for coffee but this may have taken an additional 30mins. The frustrating part of this is the restaurant was not busy when we left, there was no need for our table to be returned promptly or for the constant reminder there was a table return time,

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 08:36

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.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 09:03

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.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 15:48

Fabulous lunch today at Red Onion. As always the food was delicious and the staff professional and attentive. Great atmosphere in the restaurant and the set lunch menu is incredible value. Definitely one of my favourites and would recommend to anyone looking for quality at an affordable price.

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 13:24

Excellent venue took my sister who lives in London and wishes Red Onion had a place in London as it was so good to be able to eat vegan dishes with meat eating family who also enjoyed their dinner as much as the vegan and veggieeater too

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 15:28

First visit to the Red Onion and it did not disappoint. We were greeted with a welcoming smile. The food was excellent, good portion size and full of flavor. The restaurant was busy on the Saturday we attended and the servers were not as attentive which stops us from giving top marks. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 22:47

Red Onion is a delightful restaurant - very tastefully designed and cozy. The food and service were both first class. My family lay and I were in for the pre-theatre menu which had loads of choice - even for outlet picky teenagers. Keenly priced too.

2 reviews so far 6
01.01.2017 13:57

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!

1 review so far 4
10.04.2017 09:25

Food was fairly average for me, but my 14 yr old son thought it was fantastic rating the bang bang chicken salad as a starter. The service was a little rushed to begin with.....that feeling that they want you in and out as quickly as possible which I found a little irritating - there are smart ways of achieving turnaround, leaving the customer feeling more appreciated. We were also shown to a table right next to the window which had a terrible draft - I had to wear my scarf whilst having dinner! The chef comes out to speak to customers which is normally a great touch, but not when he interrupts a conversation with the American holiday-makers sat next to us without even an 'excuse-me'. It's unlikely I will return.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 15:47

This was our first visit to Red Onion. Very happy they had a full Vegan side menu, all the options looked amazing so very difficult to make a decision. Both service and food was over the top - will definitely be back! <3

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 22:14

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??!! :)