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5.4 /6 Excellent 562 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.


562 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 562 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 07:56

Our first time at the Red Onion, but it won't be our last. Excellent food, really good friendly service and a delightful atmosphere. We particularly enjoyed the duck, and I loved the frozen raspberries with hot chocolate sauce.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 23:28

One of my regular haunts. The standard of food and service from staff is always consistent top class. A fail safe option for a quick lunch with colleagues, a quick pre-theatre with friends or a lingering lunch or dinner as a wee treat. What makes this place special is the owner and chefs willingness to not only accommodate but positively cater four for differing food requirements e.g. Coeliac, vegan and a wide variety of allergies. Delightful!

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 07:42

We had been at Red Onion before when visiting Glasgow and had an excellent meal, and on this latest visi they certainly didn't disappoint. Another superb meal, so we know where we'll eat again next time we're here.

1 review so far 5
22.05.2016 10:37

We chose Red Onion due to its reputation as good for gluten intolerance. We were not let down. The gluten free menu was fantastic! Both our meals were lovely and I was able to relax knowing that everything on my plate was 100% gluten free.

1 review so far 5
03.06.2017 12:38

The food was fantastic, full of flavours and presented beautifully. The service was excellent, quick, let's us alone to decide what we wanted. The place was busy with 2 big parties arriving in staff handled it superbly whilst dealing with the smaller parties dotted through the restaurant. Just a few wee pointers that could have made it prefect the table was full of salt (as if it hadn't been cleaned properly I blew it off) and the hand dryer in the ladies toilets didn't work. Food and service was delightful

7 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 18:06

Food was lovely, staff were friendly, atmosphere was really nice. Great vegetarian and vegan menus. My only criticism is that you are given the main menu and aren't offered the veggie/vegan menu; you have to ask for it. So if I didn't already know about it from the website I would have missed out. Personally I think everyone should be given all the options. Had a lovely night here, we will be back soon :-D

1 review so far 5
18.04.2017 13:22

Food was excellent, great atmosphere and the staff were lovely. All around a great night. Only (slight!) issue was despite putting it on my reservation and the restaurant catering very well for coeliacs (one of the reasons we were there), we still had to explain our requirements for our orders and this wasn't then picked up on our dessert order, one of which had to go back for a quick replacement due to a wafer issue. Still would recommend to anyone though, and will very likely be back!

1 review so far 6
06.05.2016 18:44

We had the pre theatre menu which had a varied choice of starters and mains, my wife had the bang bang chicken salad and I had the chicken liver parfait, both were outstanding, especially my red onion marmalade. For mains we had steak frites and lemon and paprika chicken with patatas bravas, took me back to Spain. Unfortunately we had no room for desserts, bargain at £14.50 for 2 courses, will be back.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 16:18

Lovely restaurant with attentive friendly staff. I am Coeliac and I had an excellent choice of starters and sweets from the gluten free Christmas menu. I was limited for choice on the main course as I am pescatarian but the sea bass I was served was beautifully cooked as were the accompanying vegetables. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant and I will certainly be visiting it again. 10/10

1 review so far 6
29.08.2017 22:53

It was our first time at the Red Onion and it definitely won't be the last time. Food was brilliant and the staff were very attentive. Venue itself is warm and welcoming and exceedingly tasteful.

1 review so far 5
24.08.2017 17:52

I have lunch regularly at Red Onion and the varied menu always has something tasty and is excellent value for money. The American waiter is a fantastic asset to the restaurant, he provides one of the best waiter services in the city.

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 10:30

Food and service were both excellent. A minor issue with my friend's chicken dish was quickly sorted out by the friendly and helpful staff. The atmosphere was good and although it was a warm night the temperature inside the restaurant was pleasant. We were not rushed in any way and they were happy to give us a good break between our main course and our sweets. It was nice to meet John Quigley himself when he came round the tables later in the evening.

1 review so far 6
05.11.2016 23:40

Made to feel welcome when we arrived as a party of six. Arrived slightly earlier than booking time but was not a problem as table was ready. Waitress was very welcoming and took out jackets and gave us time to choose wine and then took food order. Service was very good and all dishes served from starters, mains and deserts were really good and certainly value for money.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 10:12

The pre-theatre menu is very good and provided the food we were looking for at a reasonable price. The ambience is excellent for couples and discerning diners. The staff were particularly pleasant and efficient. The music should be turned off when it is busy as it just is a blue-bottle trapped in a jar but I guess is nice when you can hear it. My male partner could have eaten a little more veg or sauteed potatoes with the fishcake main.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 12:53

From the moment we walk through the door we were greeted with a very friendly staff Drinks were order straight away and our food was order and taken by a chatty staff member during the main course we were asked by various staff members if we were enjoying our meal between courses staff came and talked to us and on leaving all said good bye

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 11:20

The staff were very attentive and friendly, the food was awesome and the atmosphere very relaxed - not bad going for a Saturday night two weeks before Christmas. The quality of the food for the price we paid (we had the pre-theatre) was outstanding. I will definitely be back and I will definitely be recommending it as the place to eat in the City Centre.

1 review so far 5
11.04.2017 08:54

Food delicious as always. Pre-theatre but it was getting busy. Staff attentive. Only disappointment was we asked for 2 large glasses of wine when we sat down followed by another 2 during the meal and were charged for separate glasses. I would have expected them to suggest we just bought the bottle given there couldn't have been much, if anything, left in it rather than charging for individual glasses - will remember that if I go again.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 21:12

First visit to THe Red Onion .A hidden gem . Fantastic choice of gluten free food delivered with outstanding service. Fantastic end to a great day . Will definitely be back .

1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 00:44

Red Onion always provides Consistently great food, over the years, in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. pleasant and friendly staff and good service, always my 'go to' restaurant in Glasgow. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
28.07.2017 21:14

We had a lovely meal at Red Onion. Glad I booked a few days in advance because it was really busy. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was excellent.