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5.5 /6 Wonderful 542 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.


542 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 542 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
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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 6
09.09.2017 07:39

Red Onion is my favourite restaurant in Glasgow. I eat there almost every time I am visiting the city. The early evening menu is just great, and this time I invited two friends along, and both give it full marks for selection, quality and service. Thanks, everyone, for a lovely evening.

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.

2 reviews 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??!! :)

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
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
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.