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5.7 /6 Wonderful 188 Reviews

The Fish People Cafe

Kinning Park Fish ££££ +100
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About The Fish People Cafe

Dear diners, for bookings of more than six people, please contact the restaurant directly. Please also bear in mind that reserved tables at this restaurant must be vacated after the allotted time of two hours.

The Fish People Cafe is, as you might imagine, a cafe for people who like fish. This Southside of Glasgow fish restaurant in not far from the River Clyde in Kinning Park, and their menu is based even closer to the water, taking advantage of the bounteous waters available to Scottish chefs. If you’re a fan of the delicacies of the deep, then you could do a lot worse than to book a table at The Fish People Cafe on Scotland Road.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • 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 - 16:00
The Fish People Cafe, 350a Scotland Street, G5 8QF Glasgow

Further Information

There’s something fishy happening on Scotland Street in Kinning Park… On Glasgow’s Southside, right next to the Shields Road Subway station lies The Fish People Cafe, a veritable temple to the treasures of the ocean. Their fish restaurant serves up seafood of all stripes, and in a way that puts the usual Glasgow fish supper to shame. They tip their tam o’shanters to Scottish traditions, of course, with Cullen skink, Cumbrae rock oysters and salmon from Loch Fyne, but by and large theirs is a menu that takes in all and sundry from the sea.

Their crab linguine is a favourite down at The Fish People Cafe on Scotland Road, and it certainly comes with a kick – coriander, lime and chilli – and their sea bass is served up Indian-style in Tandoori spices with curry oil and basmati rice. The foodies of Glasgow are drawn to the south side of the Clyde to Kinning Park for the fish – though don’t worry, there are vegetarian and meat dishes as well – and they’re coming in their droves, so make sure you book a table in advance.


188 Reviews

5.7 /6 Wonderful 188 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
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2 reviews so far 6
16.07.2017 08:05

Lovely little restaurant. Friendly and efficient service, the quality of produce is excellent, all very well prepared and presented. We'll look forward to eating here again.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 15:11

First time at The Fish People. Will be back. Service was excellent and food was first class. Very easy to get to on the subway.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2017 12:08

Great all round experience, quirky starters followed by classic mains and superb sweets, paired with some of our favourite wines . All at sensible prices, we will be back for sure.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 09:00

This an amazing fish restaurant. Great location and nice feel. Staff are excellent. Whole Sea Bass on the bone was on point and the desserts were outstanding.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 12:48

The Fish People Cafe is my favourite restaurant in Glasgow, by far. It's elegant and comfortable, like a wee sanctuary for good food lovers. The service is attentive without being imposing, I can't rate the serving staff highly enough. And for the food- fresh, flavoursome, clever cooking. Whole tandooried sea bass! An impressive dish, such delicate fish spiced to perfection. Crab linguine! Luxurious to eat, with chilli or without to suit your own preference. This place makes me forget the outside world and reminds me to just be.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 12:34

This was our first visit to The Fish People Cafe, but it won't be our last. As expected it's all about fish and seafood, but there was a good choice of dishes, alll very tempting. Everything we chose was truly delicious, simply on a different level from other restaurants. This will become a favourite for future evenings out.

1 review so far 5
10.05.2016 20:03

Quite limited menu, but enough choice. Food served piping hot and was delicious. Staff attentive. Thought portions (mussels for starter and stone bass for main) were quite small. The mussels could also have been served with some bread to soak up the sauce. Stone bass again lovely but served with a few asparagus spears a slice of black pudding and some tiny drops of piped decoration looked pretty but didn't satisfy my appetite and would have benefitted from being served with some potato/pasta/polenta or rice, without having to order extra chips. My partner's starter - prawn cocktail was standard fare. She enjoyed her crab linguine and found the portion adequate, although there didn't seem to be much crab in it.

1 review so far 5
06.07.2016 15:07

A two pal review. Intimate restaurant, although a bit 'out the way'. Food was very nice, but being two pals that like their food, portion size was on the small side. No bread to accompany our order of mussels which we found rather odd. Quite pricey but worth the visit. We ordered coffee at the end of the meal and when it was brought to the table we were told they needed the table as next customers were in. Which of course is fine, but tell us before we order coffee! Or at least at the start of meal when the next reservation is due. Felt rushed to drink up and get out. Would still go back, food was delicious.

2 reviews so far 6
27.03.2017 08:05

Service was friendly and efficient. The meal was delicious. Mum and husband had peppered mackerel Caesar salad to start. I had light, fluffy chicken liver pate. Main courses - fish and chips for Dougie and I - moist fish, flawless crispy batter. Lovely home made tartare sauce. Desserts - Rice pudding, ginger and rhubarb - all of my Mum's favourite things and it was Mother's Day. For me - honeycomb ice cream and bitter dark chocolate sauce. The coffee here is fabulous too. Wine list reasonably priced - superb Albariño. Will be back soon!

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 12:13

We had a fantastic meal at The Fish People Cafe. Staff were friendly, food was out of this world and there was a good choice of wine available. This was our first visit but it definitely won't be our last.

1 review so far 5
23.04.2016 18:08

Surprisingly small (less than 10 tables) & cosy. Very conveniently situated right next to Shields Road subway station and a multi-storey car park. After lunch you can cross the road to visit Scotland Street school (free entry). Food was very good, if a little salty. A 60's compilation as background music. Choice of sweets was interesting as too often it seems like an afterthought when you visit other restaurants. Lunch came to £60 for two people with a dish of olives for tasters and 2 starters, 2 main courses and one sweet course plus soft drinks.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 14:23

Have just enjoyed another super lunch at The Fish People Cafe. The 2 course lunch for £13 is great value. The young lady who served us was helpful and very pleasant. Have recommended restaurant to friends. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2016 17:20

As always, we enjoyed our lunch at the Fish People Café. We chose from the set menu; one of us had the smoked mackerel pate and said it was delicious while two of us had the Cullen Skink which was up to its usual high standard. I had the sea bream and it was very tasty and my friends enjoyed their haddock and salmon main courses. Service was friendly and we look forward to our next visit.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 20:56

Professional staff, very pleasant and helpful. Even offered to do a dish not on the menu due to my Mum's favourite, salmon, not being on the menu. Food as always was fabulous - served promptly but not rushed and service was just excellent. Love this little gem of a place - there is not a restaurant in the city that could beat this place...but could take lessons on quality food and customer care. Love it - GO.

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 09:20

First time visited. Was recommended. We dined on a Saturday lunch time off the main menu and all the food was fab. Hubby had scallops and chorizo after his cullen skink. Mum had grilled sole and I had tandoori sea bass. The sea bass was best I've had and I let them know ☺️ Apparently the Bakewell tart and Tempranillo were great too. Ambience is nice, it being small and intimate. Spotless toilets. Couldn't fault it.

1 review so far 4
18.02.2016 09:43

We were greeted as we entered and our table was shown to us. We were not asked for coats. We had a bit of a wait for anyone to come over with menus and when we ordered drinks they failed to arrive. We had to ask for them again by which time we had already ordered food. Our meals were all delicious, but our overall experience was definitely let down by haphazard service. Empty drinks glasses remained on the table throughout. Plate of chips still sitting on tbale when dessert was served.....what a shame to have poorly trained staff in such a lovely restaurant.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 10:00

Third time there and will be a regular for us!! Food is amazing to the extent we would say best we have tried in Glasgow!! What adds to its charm though -the staff!!The two gentleman waiters we have been lucky enough to get on each visit are just the nicest people and so professional . A big thumbs up!! Chef please bring back the butterscotch dessert -loved it!

2 reviews so far 6
12.11.2016 08:22

Excellent meal with first class service and reasonably priced wines. Although the restaurant was almost full, there was plenty of room between tables and the staff were able to give us their full attention when required. The food was fresh, well prepared and attractively served. The crab starter and scallops main course were both to be recommended. An excellent night and one which will be repeated.

2 reviews so far 5
31.05.2016 10:09

As you might have guessed the fish people cafe specialize in fish. They are owned by the same people who run the fishmonger next door. My mussels and scallops in a thai broth was fresh and excellent followed by an excellent piece of lemon sole for main course. Dessert of a rhubarb sponge with ice cream was lovely. Service was attentive but not over bearing from a young combo. Overall will go again very good.

2 reviews so far 6
18.04.2016 20:25

Fantastic quality food and service. Great place. Starter of fish cake and another of crab mayonnaise excellent. Main of paper baked bass and tandoor seabass again top quality. Very well cooked, not over cooked and flavours very nicely balanced. No so keen on the desert, but we are not avid desert eaters. Staff lovely and friendly, nice atmosphere, easy to get to.

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 12:12

Food was lovely, mussel starter especially! Unfortunately we were running late for the theatre so never had time for pudding. The meal was expensive but it was top quality ingredients and well prepared. Also unfortunately the music selection wasn't to my taste but I'm sure most people probably enjoyed it (I just hate The Beatles and Elvis) Staff were great and ordered us a taxi to make sure we were okay for our evening.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 21:46

Very good service and excellent fish dishes. Raw tuna starter was fab, as was the roast stone bass. Son had the cullen skink - loved it, and the scallops with caesar salad. The chocolate mousse cake with warm caramel sauce looked absolutely wonderful - but he refused to share! Very glad we managed to get a table at very short notice.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 19:45

What a find! In the strangest of places! Lovely place to spend the evening, decor very classy, staff attentive. menu and execution delicious and inventive every course choice that delivered on flavour value. My son is a chef and he said he love a place like this!! Will be back often 2 Foodies that are hard to please!

1 review so far 5
24.01.2016 16:47

Lovely meal and atmosphere. There are only a few tables so definitely book if you want to be sure of a table. It still felt lively though and we enjoyed our evening. Our starters and mains were delicious although we were a little disappointed with our deserts as it didn't feel like all the elements belonged on the same dish. Would recommend this restaurant though, it was lovely.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 08:35

A lovely little restaurant a bit off the high street but definitely worth the travel. Got the tip from a cook who told me that most professional chefs in Glasgow buy their fish at the fishmonger associated with this restaurant. Don't know if this is true, but I can very well imagine it.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 09:22

Very good food and service. We chose oysters, scallops and monkfish, which were fresh and delicious. Tucked away next to Shields Road subway, there is a danger of the restaurant being overlooked by those unwilling to stray away from the city centre or West End, but it's well worth a little extra effort.

2 reviews so far 6
05.05.2017 09:34

There is nowhere better in Glasgow for fish. Great menu and helpful staff operating out of a small restaurant next to the fish shop at Shields Road. Location is in a bit of no mans land but inside the place is charming and the food delicious and not expensive for the quality.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 08:28

Group of five and everybody was happy - clean plates all round. Star of the show was the tandoori sea bass, but the crab linguine and fish cake specials went down well also. Friendly and attentive staff, and a good atmosphere meant a good evening had by all. We will be back!

1 review so far 6
19.02.2016 08:53

One of the nicest meals we have had in Glasgow. The salmon tartare was precise in its parts but nicely blended with smokey overtones. The dover sole was firm, perfectly cooked and well complimented by the creme fraiche and caper sauce; a better combination than meuniere. Straightforward and very nice people.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2017 15:30

Lovely wee restaurant,nice stylish decor,very friendly and cheerful staff,great service and excellent food from the set menu,first time visiting The Fish People Cafe,will be returning!

1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 13:01

Awesome seafood and friendly staff. I was worried about the food portions but the staff addressed all my food concerns. And the dressed crab was a dish to die for. The dessert(caramel and coconut mousse) was one of the best desserts i ever had! Thumbs up for this restaurant!

1 review so far 4
29.04.2016 14:50

Food was excellent and a treat to the taste buds .Having a large appetite I found having the additional chips helped to fill me up. The only downside was the draft from the door and the service was a bit slow for the main course even though the restaurant was not overly busy. Overall the experience was good and I would recommend it if like me you are fond of fish meals.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 08:05

I was disappointed ; I am not in a position to award a Michelin Star! This is a truly delightful restaurant, well worth a visit. From the first hello to a very friendly aurevoi, we received excellent service, high quality food and wines. Chus-sublime!! I thank you.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2016 09:29

Brilliant service, good atmosphere, delicious rock bass cooked in paper bag. Will return as menu changes every six weeks. Thanks to our friendly and really effecient waitress and to the kitchen staff for showing us how to make the appear bag that the fish gets cooked in.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 09:01

Quite modest looking, yet inside the decor, customer care and overall experience is beyond compare. The food offered is unparallel. We choose this place for special occasions only as we are not based in Edinburgh. Otherwise we would probably be there once a week at least.

2 reviews so far 6
28.12.2016 12:46

An absolute favourite. Wonderful food. Before 1600 - best fish and chips ever. Other favourites crab linguine' scallops and black pudding, daily specials. Had lobster which was amazing, potted salmon, Arbroath smokies dish, Cullen skink - all brilliant. Lovely service, lovely atmosphere - a hidden gem.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 11:26

Nice place, easy to get to (quick subway ride from Buchanan Street), good service and EXCELLENT food. Wanted (almost) everything on the menu ... strange to see 'duck' as an option in a fish restaurant - but I suppose there's always one. Loved the place!

1 review so far 5
29.06.2016 08:01

Food was lovely but the service did not compliment that. To be fair, there were new staff on for the first time on Saturday and were clearly being trained, but that, in my opinion, had an adverse effect on normal service. It's an intimate restaurant, well situated for transport links. We will return

2 reviews so far 6
04.04.2016 09:44

Lovely restaurant with very welcoming staff serving tasty food. A breath of fresh air to see staff members go out of their way to help a woman and her young daughter who were stranded as their car had got locked in the car park.

1 review so far 6
10.03.2016 20:44

Great choice from Early Evening Menu Would thoroughly recommend the starter of Thai spiced poached salmon & peanut salad which was a delight. The main course of crisp fried bass fillet, roast pepper salad, olives, goat’s cheese, pesto was a fantastic combination of flavours.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 08:19

We had a lovely lunch here for Mothers Day. Friendly, attentive service; delicious food and wine. We loved the home made soda bread and tandoori sea bass and the scallops were cooked perfectly. I'm never disappointed by the Fish People Cafe. Delivers every time.

5 reviews so far 5
22.05.2016 10:11

A lovely restaurant. Small but with really nice décor. The food was terrific. Fresh with great flavours. Tried crabmeat to start along with the soda bread. Followed this with fish stew and stone bass. The wine list is pricey but the pinot grigio was really nice and fruity. Would definitely try again.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 07:57

A hidden gem in the Southside beside Shields Rd Underground. Restaurant is quite small and lovely decor. The staff are very friendly and professional. Menu has a good choice of fish dishes and chicken for non-fish eaters. High quality food and beautifully presented.

1 review so far 5
12.07.2016 11:15

The restaurant is really nice. Food was delicious and prepared with care. Waiters kind. The place is small but intimate in a nice way. Only thing we did not like is being charged £2 for 4 tiny slices of bread. Go the Spanish/Italian way and serve bread as a free starter!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:06

First time I've eaten at the Fish People Cafe ( I've been to their shop a number of times) and it was a fabulous experience - from the service to the quality of food . I would highly recommend a visit !

1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 10:19

Amazing! Small, quiet place with great food! One of the best sea food restaurants out there for a relatively good price! If you are in town for just a few days and have only one eating option, this will defectively not disappoint!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 11:01

Food was very good and the service was excellent. Very helpful waiter who moved us to a different table further from the door when he noticed that my elderly mother seemed a bit cold. That action alone speaks volumes in terms of customer care. Good ambience, relaxed and enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 07:37

Lovely friendly waiter, fab food, pre theatre great value such quality fish. Don't hesitate to book. Sunny day with the door open and a lovely cold Fyne Ales to wash it all down with. Next time a la carte treat,

1 review so far 6
27.04.2016 21:13

Beautiful fresh fish and lovely friendly service. The mussels started is big enough for two and it was a nice cosy atmosphere, perfect for a cold windy night. So easy to get to being right next to the underground station.

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 09:59

Great as ever. Just love the Tandoori Angelsey Sea Bass. Great little place to visit. Only a couple of stops on the subway from St Enochs centre, Shields Road, about 3mins. Brilliant food and great service. Will be back 🙂