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5.5 /6 Wonderful 506 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.


506 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 506 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 07:58

Fantastic service, very helpful and extremely wide range for all tastes. Particularly great for allergies and Vegan/vegetarian! The waiter was extremely helpful in choosing everything, from meal recommendations to wine selection. Also, the brew their own ale! its a must try!

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
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

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.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2017 23:09

My husband and I had a really lovely meal today. Blade of beef was amazing, as was fruit crumble. First visit and definitely not the last. Would highly recommend . Going to have the summer sampler menu next time.

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 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
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
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.

2 reviews 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
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
11.06.2017 09:46

Great location fantastic food and wonderful service, red onion is highly recommended by both myself and my husband and we will definitely be back. The gluten free menu is one of the best I have found.

2 reviews so far 6
26.05.2017 20:20

Good food as always and excellent service. Air conditioning might have improved the experience as it was very hot in the restaurant due to the good weather, however both doors were open to try and help.

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 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 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.

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.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 19:22

Lovely food - french onion soup was so perfectly authentic in flavour and presentation. Really great wines to choose from. Exciting menu - a heady mix of traditional and bold, blended to perfection. Tip-top service!

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
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 :)

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.

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.

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.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 19:35

As we had been here before we knew what to expect but it seems to get better. Good choice on the menu for all our party and prices are reasonable. Will be back soon.

1 review so far 3
26.07.2017 09:42

While the food and staff were lovely, the dinning experience itself could be improved. The decor is very outdated, the chairs are ripped and the tables could do with being covered with table clothes (or being replaced alltogether, to be honest). The whole atmosphere is not very inviting. We were in and out within an hour, which is a shame as the food per se was really nice!

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 6
29.05.2017 10:14

Ate off the lunch menu, French Onion Soup was fantastic to start! Both mains were of very high quality (pork loin and lemon chicken) - couldn't fault any dish, and was very good value!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 20:03

Great food and great value. Portion size was also really good even though we were on the pre theatre menu. Can't fault this restaurant. Overall a great experience and i will definitely be back

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 23:02

Excellent food and service. Staff were friendly and attentive . Restaurant is clean and welcoming . The set menu is great value and includes lovely dishes that would suit all tastes at good price

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 20:36

The red onion restaurant is a must we booked for lunch the service is exceptional the food is amazing such a friendly atmosphere and so reasonably priced we will definitely be returning again soon

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 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!

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 6
24.05.2017 09:11

Another great meal, value for money all day long we'll be back as should everyone. Great friendly staff, but not in your face but always on hand. A restaurant to be proud of.

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

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!