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5.5 /6 Wonderful 423 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.


423 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 423 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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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
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
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
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.

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 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.

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
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 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 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 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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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
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.

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 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 6
12.04.2017 10:32

Food and service were excellent. My wife has severe food intolerances and appreciated the gluten and dairy free menu. No need to ask what is in everything or for something to be left out. Will definitely be back.

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
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
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
21.05.2017 10:10

Great food and service as always! Partner has gluten intolerance, we love going here as they have great menu choices and the staff are all knowledgable about allergies and friendly. It's must go for lunch or dinner!

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
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 5
25.03.2017 21:43

Excellent Vegan menu which vegetarian daughter loved. On the main set menu, there was something to suit everyone. My steak was excellent, while our other guest enjoyed a very tasty chicken main. Restaurant lovely and light too on a sunny day. Nice ambience.

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.

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 :)

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 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
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 .