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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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

453 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 453 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 07:42

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.

1 review so far 5
22.05.2016 10:37

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.

7 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 18:06

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

1 review so far 5
03.06.2017 12:38

The food was fantastic, full of flavours and presented beautifully. The service was excellent, quick, let's us alone to decide what we wanted. The place was busy with 2 big parties arriving in staff handled it superbly whilst dealing with the smaller parties dotted through the restaurant. Just a few wee pointers that could have made it prefect the table was full of salt (as if it hadn't been cleaned properly I blew it off) and the hand dryer in the ladies toilets didn't work. Food and service was delightful

1 review so far 5
18.04.2017 13:22

Food was excellent, great atmosphere and the staff were lovely. All around a great night. Only (slight!) issue was despite putting it on my reservation and the restaurant catering very well for coeliacs (one of the reasons we were there), we still had to explain our requirements for our orders and this wasn't then picked up on our dessert order, one of which had to go back for a quick replacement due to a wafer issue. Still would recommend to anyone though, and will very likely be back!

1 review so far 6
06.05.2016 18:44

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.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 16:18

Lovely restaurant with attentive friendly staff. I am Coeliac and I had an excellent choice of starters and sweets from the gluten free Christmas menu. I was limited for choice on the main course as I am pescatarian but the sea bass I was served was beautifully cooked as were the accompanying vegetables. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant and I will certainly be visiting it again. 10/10

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 10:30

Food and service were both excellent. A minor issue with my friend's chicken dish was quickly sorted out by the friendly and helpful staff. The atmosphere was good and although it was a warm night the temperature inside the restaurant was pleasant. We were not rushed in any way and they were happy to give us a good break between our main course and our sweets. It was nice to meet John Quigley himself when he came round the tables later in the evening.

1 review so far 6
05.11.2016 23:40

Made to feel welcome when we arrived as a party of six. Arrived slightly earlier than booking time but was not a problem as table was ready. Waitress was very welcoming and took out jackets and gave us time to choose wine and then took food order. Service was very good and all dishes served from starters, mains and deserts were really good and certainly value for money.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 10:12

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.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 11:20

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.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 12:53

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

1 review so far 5
11.04.2017 08:54

Food delicious as always. Pre-theatre but it was getting busy. Staff attentive. Only disappointment was we asked for 2 large glasses of wine when we sat down followed by another 2 during the meal and were charged for separate glasses. I would have expected them to suggest we just bought the bottle given there couldn't have been much, if anything, left in it rather than charging for individual glasses - will remember that if I go again.

2 reviews so far 6
31.03.2017 15:54

Always love visiting the Red Onion for a special evening. The vegan options are delicious, even my meat eating friends are envious. Great choice and the food is super yummy! Definitely recommend!

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 19:32

we had the pre theatre menu and couldn't fault it. the food was beautiful and the service was was fabulous. would thoroughly recommend the Red Onion and will definitely repeat the experience.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 00:44

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

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 21:12

First visit to THe Red Onion .A hidden gem . Fantastic choice of gluten free food delivered with outstanding service. Fantastic end to a great day . Will definitely be back .

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:25

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.

1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 10:35

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.

1 review so far 4
24.05.2017 17:51

Very good pre-theatre meal, great value and friendly efficient service. Only slightly sour note was that one of our company wanted the steak, which was extra - fair enough in principle, but the scrawny shilpit piece of meat that actually came was very disappointing. Anyway it would be wrong to emphasise that (even though that's what I've just done) as the rest was really good. Maybe a one off: we all have off moments, and Mr Quigley will be no exception. Try it, it's good: but ca' canny about the steak!

2 reviews so far 6
30.05.2017 09:32

Absolutely first class. We took our son there (he is vegan, we are not!) and we all had a super meal. The waitress was extremely helpful and friendly, the atmosphere was perfect - busy but we still felt we had our own space. Nothing was too much bother and we will certainly go back next time we are in Glasgow.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 08:39

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.

1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 14:41

This was our first time at the Red Onion. The food was wonderful and the staff were extremely attentive. We could not have asked for a better Christmas Eve meal.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 12:01

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 )

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 09:24

Regular customer at the Red Onion and the food never disappoints. Attentive service from the moment you step through the door. Great value for money. Hope to return very soon

1 review so far 5
29.12.2016 20:17

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.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 09:27

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!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 00:46

Another lovely meal at Red Onion. Food was delicious as always. Service was great, served quickly and friendly staff. Managed to book online at short notice. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 10:50

Our first visit and we were not disappointed. Food was very very nice. Staff were friendly. We will be back and would not hesitate to recommend Red Onion.

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 19:16

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.

1 review so far 4
09.04.2017 20:02

Tasty food, really enjoyed our meal but for the price we would have expected a little better. The staff were polite and friendly and attentive enough without being annoying. I asked for a rose wine but was served white. I never complained as the wine itself was lovely :-) There wasn't a good choice of beer. We expected them to have Innis & Gunn given there is a dish on the menu using this but they only had Heineken or St Mungo.

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 08:52

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.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 22:07

Fantastic food!!! Service excellent. Gluten free menu is the best we have ever had. Well done Red Onion for making us feel normal again. Would definitely recommend

2 reviews so far 6
14.07.2016 16:32

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.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 23:02

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.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 19:07

Wonderful food,great ambiance.Lovely staff.Spent a few hours after the theatre,everyone of our party loved it.E ould definitely come back.Great value for money! Keep it up Red Onion!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 19:17

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.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 08:30

We had a great meal at the Red Onion. On our four day visit this was the best restaurant. Very relaxed, not rushed. Throughly enjoyed our evening.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 11:14

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!

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 19:27

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.

1 review so far 5
27.07.2016 11:04

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.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 16:37

Great food and very good portion size, service was warm and friendly. We all agreed that we would return again to The Red Onion. Five Stars.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2017 08:29

Good food, good surroundings, excellent service. We had a lovely evening at the Red Onion, next time I'm in Glasgow I won't hesitate to go back.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 11:01

Great value food that tastes amazing! Brilliant open atmosphere with friendly and helpful waiting staff. One if the very few restaurants that I have ever seen the head chef take a wonder round the tables speaking to diners, was refreshing to see. Will be booking a table here again in no time!

1 review so far 2
28.12.2016 11:12

Nostalgia was the driver for the return visit - but that won't happen again. The visit overall was very disappointing and the following will give a flavour of the most unsatisfactory points:- From memory the seats at the window are always cold - and my memory served me well. To order one type of risotto and be presented with something completely different - because "there are too many menus and the waitress got confused" - was not a good start. Then to wait 55 minutes to order and receive a dessert (a mediocre brownie and ice cream) is completely unacceptable. The service provided by 3 members of staff was inadequate - particularly as the restaurant was not busy. We visited (prior to a theatre) as it was a special wedding anniversary - and although adjustments were made to the bill to compensate for the poor service - it did mar what was otherwise a special occasion.

1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 16:12

lunch menu had plenty of choice and was fantastic value for money. The food tasted delicious and portions were very generous. Staff were delightful.. One of our table was running 30 minutes late but we were never harassed or made to feel uncomfortable. I would highly recommend restaurant, especially for lunch/pre theatre.

1 review so far 5
28.07.2016 09:25

Lovely place . Been before. Seating arrangements meant I had to be given my plate over as I was sitting at a closed end. The plate was rather hot so I was handed it in two napkins. I don't know why restaurants have these seating arrangements . Risky when there's scalding liquids involved. But a lovely meal in lovely surroundings .pleasant staff.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 00:48

Booked the pre theatre meal. There was a good variety of starters, mains and desserts. My daughter and I had steak and both were cooked exactly as we requested. Service was very efficient and staff friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be returning. Very good value for money.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 09:19

As always red onion never disappoints. The hardest part of our visit was choosing which options to go for and the enevitable food envy when you see everything arrive. My tip would be visit with someone who likes to share and then you can have a taste of theirs too 😉.

1 review so far 4
28.01.2017 20:39

Great food as usual but had to send one main back as it was luke warm only. Came back scalding, so hot couldnt go near it!!. Sat at a table in corner near bar with air con blowing down on us on a cold day! Got moved to window seat, not much better. Had to wash hands in gents toilet in cold water. Waiter seemed harrassed. We love the place but standards seem to be falling.