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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
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
30.07.2016 11:20

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.

1 review so far 5
23.04.2017 07:29

Great service, great food and great atmosphere. The freshness can be tasted in every bite and wonderfully complemented by the most delightful sauces. The only thing stopping this being a 6 and not exclusive to this restaurant is the need to serve soft drinks in 200ml bottles at a very substantial mark up! Not a major issue and understand staff costs, running costs etc are added to this but ordering 2 in the one go (I like a pint) just double the price to £4+ for 400ml! Great restaurant with a great reputation but draught coke surely wouldn't damage this.

2 reviews so far 6
27.06.2017 07:20

Been here plenty of times and never wrote a review, it's definitely my favourite restaurant in Glasgow. Have brought my entire family here and lo and behold my mother had 3 courses! This for a woman who eats a main and leaves half on the plate 😅 Staff is adorable but the main reason I love it is because the menu is so thought through, all the flavours go beautifully together and their vegan menu is absolutely fantastic, I can only recommend it.

4 reviews so far 6
08.08.2017 12:54

Great Scottish food perfectly cooked and beautifully presented Staff courteous and attentive..decor and ambience stunning..love eating here Nice touch by Mr Quigley as he mingles through the tables chatting..done in a very understated way...like that😍 Highly recommend the Red Onion

1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 12:20

Very impressed with this restaurant. Loved the red/purple design & spacious table room. I visited years ago & had forgotten what a gem it is. There was four of us & the pre-theatre menu had plenty and varied choices to suit everyone at £16.95 for 3 courses. Good amount of food but I wasn't stuffed, which was good as we were heading to the theatre. Service was professional but friendly. This is definitely on my list to revisit.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 08:14

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.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 23:28

One of my regular haunts. The standard of food and service from staff is always consistent top class. A fail safe option for a quick lunch with colleagues, a quick pre-theatre with friends or a lingering lunch or dinner as a wee treat. What makes this place special is the owner and chefs willingness to not only accommodate but positively cater four for differing food requirements e.g. Coeliac, vegan and a wide variety of allergies. Delightful!

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 6
24.05.2017 07:56

Our first time at the Red Onion, but it won't be our last. Excellent food, really good friendly service and a delightful atmosphere. We particularly enjoyed the duck, and I loved the frozen raspberries with hot chocolate sauce.

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

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
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.

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
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 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 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
28.07.2017 21:14

We had a lovely meal at Red Onion. Glad I booked a few days in advance because it was really busy. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was excellent.

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
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 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 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!

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 )

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
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 6
01.07.2017 22:12

Again and again the Red Onion surpasses expectations and keeps getting better. The food, the service and the prices are superb and I will be coming back many more times

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.

2 reviews so far 6
21.06.2017 07:41

Finally a restaurant that has taken the time to understand dietary requirements. A lovely a la carte and pre theatre menu for gluten free. Dinner was beautiful, second visit and certainly won't be the last. Also got to speak to John quiggly who is the owner. Well done John thank you for another lovely meal.

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 5
11.07.2017 07:55

Had lunch with their fixed lunch menu, 2x courses for £10.50 / 3x courses for £13.50. Food was excellent and great value. Only negative was price of the drinks. No draught beer available and 330ml bottle of local lager was £4.95 and 175ml of wine was £6.15. Accept that the drink prices subsides the food but still think the price of the drinks was excessive

1 review so far 6
24.07.2017 08:39

Excellent service and the food was delicious, I will definitely recommend Red Onion and I will be a return customer. Keep up the great work and standards.

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
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
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
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.