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5.4 /6 Excellent 562 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.


562 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 562 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
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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

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
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
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

1 review so far 5
09.09.2017 08:52

pleasant venue with good food in sizeable portions. Staff attentive and polite. Spoilt only by the very loud tour guide who burst into the restaurant followed by thirty or more foreign holiday makers. She then took to the floor ( either assuming the restaurant was hers or she was on the stage) barking instructions at them for all to hear, including the amount they should tip. Perhaps this should have been done on the tour bus! It was certainly grabbing the attention of the couple beside us, who were also raising eyebrows. It is obviously a regular haunt for this particular company so perhaps the management could have a quiet word with her for future visits. although quiet is obviously not part of her vocabulary. Don't be put off though, great place, We will be back, but hopefully not on a tour guide night.

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
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
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 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 👍🏻

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.