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5.5 /6 Wonderful 484 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.


484 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 484 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
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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 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 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
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 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 5
27.06.2017 16:31

The restaurant coped with the change in numbers. The food was very good as was the service. Downside was the £20 service charge because we were more than six. I know that it is in the small print, but I really don't see the need as obviously the got two more starters, mail courses, drinks and an extra bottle of wine!

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.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 10:28

Great as always! My boyfriend and I loved it. Thanks for a great night. Red Onion is one of my favourite places in Glasgow :)

2 reviews so far 6
20.11.2016 10:14

We made very welcome, even the lighting was adjusted so we could read the menu! We thoroughly enjoyed our meals - one from the pre-theatre menu, the other a la carte. My sea bass was perfectly cooked and worked well with the chorizo salad and hugely generous portion of chips.

1 review so far 6
05.01.2017 11:34

Food simply fabulous. Lovely place with great staff. Gluten free menu for pre-theatre and al a carte. Ten out of ten for making me feel comfortable and relaxed. Some food places don't get the special dietary requirements so well done Ted Onion. Recommended you on the Gluten Free Facebook page.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2016 08:05

Speedy, polite service and excellent food - will definitely return! One of our party is a vegan and she was so thrilled at the menu she took a photo to share with others; she couldn't believe the selection available and her chocolate brownie for dessert was the best I've tasted.

2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2016 09:03

Took 25 guests to Red Onion. Excellent food, wine and service. All guests were very impressed as was I. Jo Taylor Tour Manager Captain's Choice

1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 11:40

Excellent meal and great service , would definately recommend this place. Veggie options are available and the food looked wonderful and tastes great too. The prices were not too bad at all and we had starters and mains for two, with a bottle of wine, and paid just over £60.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 10:09

Good value food and voucher deals are well priced; service first class; would certainly go back and recommend the Red Onion to family and friends

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 11:10

The duck was perfectly cooked, reasonable price, great atmosphere and great choice. Friendly welcome, the food was incredible, the flavours of the duck and steak were well balanced, the cheesecake dessert also a real highlight. I started with the Crab and Prawns and again these were cooked to perfection.

1 review so far 6
16.06.2016 22:35

First time at the red onion. Food was excellent and delicious. Waitress service very cheery and helpful. Only downside was where we were seated! Upstairs cand gad to squeeze into the seats. It hasn't put me off coming back and I would certainly recommend it to friends. Regards CAthy

1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 18:25

First time we had been there.The decor,the staff and the food were all lovely. We were most impressed with the fact that our vegan son had a whole menu of vegan choices,not just the one veggie option that is normally on offer in restaurants. We will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 13:58

We had a fantastic evening celebrating Uni graduation. The excellent vegetarian/vegan menu (available in addition to general menu) was superb - it is so difficult to find a high quality restaurant which caters so well for both vegetarian/vegan tastes and non-vegetarians. Ambience also stylish and relaxed. Full marks!

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 09:34

Food was exceptional. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Didn't feel rushed like you do at some other place. Ordered pudding but asked for it not to come for 20 minutes and this was no problem at all and came bang on the 20 minute mark. Will definitely back be back.

1 review so far 5
27.08.2016 10:27

Food was very good. We were sitting upstairs and as the restaurant got busy when the staff were coming upstairs with orders they were not looking around to see if any other tables needed attention. Perhaps a little more attention required. A very little niggle. Have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed hence our return visit.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2016 12:53

Delicious food, great service and nice atmosphere. We booked the graduation set menu for each one of us, and it was easy to pick and mix between the vegan/gluten free/regular menus (as we had a number of dietary restrictions such as gluten free and lactose free requirements).

1 review so far 5
25.01.2017 10:21

A lovely restaurant with a really nice atmosphere. Best to book as it's a busy place. Our food was very tasty, with a good range of options on the menu and we'll definitely be back. A little slow with service if you are sitting up in the mezzanine level but thankfully we weren't in a rush.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 20:13

Excellent food again, lovely surroundings, staff pleasant, another enjoyable visit to the Red Onion. Choice of an a la Carte or set menu for 2 or 3 courses.

3 reviews so far 5
24.06.2016 07:44

Always a good meal at Red Onion. Use it for lunch and good selection on fixed price menu with much wider selection on main so something for everyone.

1 review so far 3
05.11.2016 07:38

Very helpful staff, however the food didn't quite match our expectations. The vegan of the party enjoyed her meal whilst the rest of us had a very small steak frite portion which was really quite chewy, we've had better from a far cheaper bar down the road. We had opted for 2 courses and were tempted by a dessert but instead of this coming from the same menu it came from the full menu which we weren't aware of until we got the bill! Suppose that's how they make their money.

1 review so far 5
30.05.2016 17:43

Excellent choice. The service was very Good. We had a lovely evening. We will definitely be back at the Red Onion and would recommend to our friends.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 10:51

Service was friendly and attentive, food was delicious with so much choice for all tastes including vegan and gluten free in our party, (this alone was a triumph!) and even for midweek the ambience was excellent. Not our first visit and certainly not our last

1 review so far 6
06.05.2016 10:20

Amazing atmosphere, food was Devine. Wine was perfect. Couldn't fault it. The best vegan menu in Glasgow, and such a wonderful selection o the menu. So nice to have a real choice and not just have to get the one vegan option on a menu.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:20

Staff were attentive, friendly and efficient. Food was good and brilliant gluten free menu; staff seemed well informed on gf and didn't regard as a problem. They wanted table back within 2 hrs but served us well without feeling rushed. Hope to go back sometime.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 16:28

Lovely main courses for lunch 2/3 of the starters were also very nice (Goats Cheese and Asparagus Soup), the only slight issue was that the Thai Fish Cake starter was had fish cakes which were really dense (more akin to chicken), not really the texture I would expect to a Thai Fish cake.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2016 09:59

Very good service, excellent food and nice ambience. Very much appreciated the vegan set menu. Only criticism is of the original table we were offered. This has a pillar right behind the seat which would have been incredibly uncomfortable to sit at, but there was no problem with us moving to another table.

2 reviews so far 6
29.08.2016 13:33

Delicious food! Well presented. Beautiful restaurant. Great atmosphere. Service was also excellent and food was served quickly. We were allowed to sit and chat away after our meal and didn't feel rushed off our table at any point. Will definetly dine here again xxx

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 12:27

Really fabulous meal and nice staff. Love a restauraunt thats nice n bright shows they have nothing to hide then. Haddock fishcake was immense really tasty. Partner she had for dessert Raspberry and hot white chocolate sauce 12 out of 10 for that one.

1 review so far 5
26.07.2016 07:17

Fantastic service and tasty food. Great value for money and made to feel very welcome. Will certainly return and would recommend Red Onion to anyone. DJ.

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
21.05.2017 00:56

We always go here when we are going to the Kings Theatre, it's a great restraunt very good service and lovely food, we didn't feel like we were being rushed, we will be back for the panto in December looking forward to it

2 reviews so far 4
21.05.2017 14:45

We usually visit Red onion prior to going to the theatre we love the food but feel a change in the set pre theatre menu would be great Set menu is ideal for our budget but we have tried all the food on this menu and feel we need to go elsewhere now in order to have something different Good service helpful staff

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
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 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
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
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 5
04.07.2017 07:46

Good food served with friendly service. It was nice to be offered water automatically. More prominent outer signage would be helpful in preventing this good restaurant being overlooked by passers-by. I was meeting a friend there but she couldn't find it, having already walked past it twice.

1 review so far 5
08.04.2017 22:03

We did have a lovely lunch today the food was 1st class. The only bad comment I would say was the waitress didn't smile much and was really too quick taking our order twice we had to keep her at the table to finish what we wanted

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.

2 reviews so far 6
16.05.2017 08:14

Great food at an excellent price with good service In a relaxed pjeasantsetting . What else can you ask for ? Great ! Will definitely go again next time we are in Glasgow . Lots of veggie choices too

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 6
19.03.2017 09:09

We thoroughly enjoyed a lovely lunch. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The restaurant was full and customers were being turned away. Good ambience. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. Nothing was a bother. Will definitely be back.