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5.5 /6 Wonderful 346 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.


346 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 346 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 23:11

Delicious food, relaxing environment and welcoming staff, for our family of 5, with 3 teenagers. We were offered the Pre-Theatre Menu even though it was 7.30pm on a Friday evening. A memorable occasion, hopefully to be repeated in the not too distant future.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 21:43

We are over the moon with our meal and experience in red onion. Staff were superb and food was excellent for us veggies. Waiting staff were great and really helpful as we made our veggie choices, thank you for looking after us.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:08

Excellent in every way. Menu had great choices, best duck my husband has ever eaten. He also loved the single malt afterwards. Staff were attentive but not overbearing. There was plenty of space and we had a nice table in the window.

1 review so far 4
23.06.2016 18:33

Place is nice, food was good and staff friendly. I think the kids offering is poor. Even half portions of adult food would be better than cheesy pasta or tomato pasta. U make that at he when there is nothing else, I don't expect that in a restaurant. If this improves I would go back with the family. Great place for adults though.

1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 07:32

Had a lovely experience, food great, atmosphere lovely. I've got coeliacs disease so being able to order a full gluten free meal from your own menu is such a treat, takes the stress out of dining. Would definately recommend a visit.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 20:12

This was our first visit and we found that the food we had was very good. However, it was a little off putting to see dishes from the two adjacent tables being taken back as they complained that their meals were cold. This would not put us off returning.

1 review so far 6
09.11.2016 12:14

Good food in pleasant surroundings and service from very attentive staff what more could you ask for. It was particularly good for vegans with a range of choices not just a grudging take it or leave it plate of vegetables.

1 review so far 6
04.01.2017 08:00

We have been to this restaurant a good few times and the food never disappoints,salt and pepper squid,monkfish korma,both lovely ,and the best dessert ever ,hot raspberries with white chocolate sauce. Staff always very pleasant and helpful,and price quite reasonable.

2 reviews so far 6
18.07.2016 19:40

Visited the restaurant for the first time for lunch with a friend. Excellent choice of dishes on the lunch menu. The meal was delicious and the service was good. I'm taking my wife next week to sample the food.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 10:06

This is an excellent restaurant that provides, not only excellent cuisine, but ample portions unlike other Glasgow establishments. The staff are helpful and friendly and service is always good. We shall return again in the not too distant future.

2 reviews so far 5
05.03.2017 10:04

Brilliant food and a great atmosphere. We all had a fantastic night. Excellent choice across the main menu but also a comprehensive vegan menu that allowed 2 of our party to enjoy a wide variety of dishes, rather than the usual stilted offerings. Thanks very much.

1 review so far 4
16.03.2017 09:51

Lovely setting and very friendly and efficient staff. Ordered off the lunchtime menu - both starters were very nice (pate and tempura haddock). Both mains also tasty but a bit on the large side, felt like I was having to throw food down because of limited time we had for lunch. Other than that, great experience.

1 review so far 6
04.03.2017 18:04

Great pre-theatre menu which is good value for money. Gluten free menu reads like a real menu so our coeliac daughter doesn't feel like a nuisance. All food was delicious. Nice, comfortable environment. Staff are very efficient.

1 review so far 6
27.11.2016 10:18

Had the pre-theatre menu, food excellent and good value for the money. Staff very knowledgable and friendly. The Bang Bang Chicken Salad and the RIbeye were amazing. Was recommended the St Mungos Beer and it didn't disappoint.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 20:49

Great food, great staff and a fabulous time was had by all. Vegan menu was brilliant, as veggies we chose from it and we were not disappointed! Highly recommend John and his staff for a great meal.

1 review so far 6
25.08.2016 09:11

Excellent food, staff were very attentive and friendly. Lovely decor and great ambiance. Could not fault this restaurant in the slightest. Would definitely visit again and would definitely recommend to friends. Overall an amazing dining experience

1 review so far 6
12.11.2016 18:04

The food was simply delicious, the service was excellent but not intrusive and we found the restaurant to be smart, clean and relaxing. Lunch menu was varied and affordable - all in all a lovely afternoon.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2016 14:04

Good service. Nice atmosphere and the food was great. Very quiet at 5.30 pm on a Thursday but was nicely busy by about 7pm. We had a vegetarian with us who really enjoyed the selection available.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 11:38

All the food we had was really tasty, and it was good that they also have a vegan set menu as one of my friends is vegan, so everyone could enjoy a nice meal :)

2 reviews so far 5
25.09.2016 19:09

Lovely meal served by friendly efficient staff. I had the pre-theatre and my husband went a la carte. Not cheap but good value for money and just a really good atmosphere in the place. We've been before and will certainly go back.

3 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 12:03

Booked a table for the pre-theatre before going to an event at the Hydro . Once again the quality and choice of food was superb and an absolute steal at £16.95 foe three courses .

1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 08:20

Really close to the hotel we were staying in and booking a table was easy. The food was tasty and wholesome and the service attentive and helpful. Will definately be back when next in Glasgow.

3 reviews so far 6
09.01.2017 17:19

Cannot fault food or service . One of the best restaurant's in Glasgow . Their Seth menus are great value for money . Advisable to book as it is busy for lunch and dinner .

1 review so far 5
10.12.2016 23:11

Lovely food and excellent service and my daughter was well catered for with a gluten and dairy free menu. Shame we were squeezed into a table upstairs in a corner near the air vent. Downstairs was beautifully decorated for Christmas and warm.

2 reviews so far 5
12.10.2016 19:28

Chose this place deliberately for its extensive gluten-free menu as dining with coeliac friend and she was v impressed with the variety on offer. Staff were all very helpful. All in all, great city centre venue with a strong customer focus.

2 reviews so far 5
06.02.2017 08:38

Very good right up until we had to pay the bill. The staff seemed very disinterested, we had to seek them out to say bye and even then they still seemed to be busy. Even then there was no thank you.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2016 22:25

Our group of 6 ladies had a very nice 2 course set lunch washed down with some chilled prosecco.Attentive service and relaxed setting. Only comment is the online price for both was different on the day. However would definately book again.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:25

Friendly staff, great food, super value for money and they didn't bat an eye when friends brought in a huge balloon unicorn as a wind up for the person who's birthday we were celebrating!

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 09:48

Dinner was lovely , we had the pre theatre offer , also gluten free , will go back again when visiting Glasgow . Also stayed in hotel over the road , so very handy

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 12:22

Fantastic restaurant, great food, great service, big portions, great prices, get along but make sure you book. We did Saturday at 6 and was really busy, great pre theatre menu excellent value, definitely recommended

1 review so far 5
06.02.2017 09:21

Good value and tasty food with a good variety of choices on the menu. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. The only criticism is that my meal wasn't particularly hot so it was perhaps waiting for the others to be ready.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2016 10:32

Had a really lovely graduation dinner with my family. Great value for money with the set menu and everyone really enjoyed their meals! Separate vegan menu was designed similarly to the original and stopped me from feeling left out. Thanks!

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 20:45

Great good, separate vegan menu which is great for me. They also let me hand in a cake beforehand as a surprise for my friend after dinner. Friendly staff. I'll be going back.

1 review so far 6
05.01.2017 17:51

City centre, Fab quality, great value lunch in a relaxed surrounding and with Good portions. Limited menu but it is only £10.95. Great to see John Quigley in his whites in the restaurant

1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 17:14

Great food, and very friendly attentive staff. We had reserved a table but luckily it was quiet at the time of arrival. In and out within an hour, great lunch service. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 07:49

Great food, atmosphere and service. What more could you ask for when looking for a nice relaxing lunch. It was my mums first visit and she loved it as well. Be back soon!

1 review so far 6
21.02.2017 18:34

Lovely meal and great service, would thoroughly recommend so much so that we made another booking for our next trip into town. Good that the chef comes out to engage with the customers

2 reviews so far 6
21.02.2017 10:49

Excellent food and service. The crispy seafood starter was feather light and the monkfish curry delicious. We were extremely well looked after by the staff and the Chilean Chardonnay went down a treat.

1 review so far 4
19.12.2016 15:30

We were a party of 4, and we had recommended you to our friends after our visit on 19/11/16. The food was lovely but unfortunately one of the waiting staff seemed to become more unfriendly as the meal progressed. This was the only point that could be improved upon.

1 review so far 5
22.10.2016 10:38

Good value food, nice atmosphere. We were seated upstairs which was very warm. The food service was very quick but drinks service a bit slow. Ordered drinks and had to ask for them again and same with settling bill.

1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 18:24

Food delightful, service great. Only issue - as soon as we sat down we were told we needed to be out by 6pm. Surely tables could just be managed rather than telling people they are on a time limit?

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 07:43

I loved it here, friendly staff in a pleasant atmosphere,the food was really great and a good selection of wines was available. I will be going back when I can for sure.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 22:03

Great gluten free dining experience, fantastic choice and knowledge staff. Gluten free done properly. Not a box ticking exercise. Very good pre theatre gluten free menu also available. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 06:17

I LOVE red onion it's my fav place to eat in Glasgow and the lady's that lunch menu is fantastic and such value for money 10 out of 10 for me x

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 16:38

Great friendly and attentive service. The location is easy to find and accessible from either the main bus station or either of the two main train stations. The food was delicious!! :)

1 review so far 6
25.01.2017 15:39

Staff were very friendly and service was brilliant. Food was delicious and the pre-theatre menu had a good selection of dishes to choose from. Very reasonably priced. Overall our visit was fantastic.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 08:40

Fantabulous. The atmosphere and surroundings are sumptuous. The serving staff are highly attentive. The quality and taste of each course was of the highest standards. Portion sizes are extremely generous. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:44

Fantastic surrounding,excellent food, lovely atmosphere and very professional and friendly staff, we weren't rushed a very relaxing lunch.Great variety of food on menu. Would highly recommend this restaurant never fails to deliver

2 reviews so far 6
29.09.2016 08:08

Very nice restaurant, always very good for and service. Very much a favourite in Glasgow! They even have a couple of vegetarian options on the 2-3 course set meals. Very good indeed!

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 17:48

Very good service the food was excellent the Main course portions could do with being a little larger but starter and desert was fine all round very good but has potential to be excellent coming back in december