Best places in Glasgow for seafood, from fish dinners to sushi
Glasgowians are anything but earthlings. While the Shimmering Clyde might not be filled with the best fish, we’re never far from the invigorating sea air – or a great seafood meal.
If you fancy a fish supper or love red snapper, as long as it comes fresh from the Scottish Sea, Glasgow probably has a plate for it.
From crimson tuna fillets and marbled salmon to snowy cod and gourmet mussels, you’d be hard pressed to find another big city that has better seafood than Glasgow.
Glasgow restaurants are ready to satisfy all Pescatarian passions, whether you are heading west or south, east or downtown.
For some of Glasgow’s biggest and best fried fish, we’re throwing our nets away to share the city’s best seafood-focused spots.
Take a look at our picks – were there any that we missed? Let us know!
Now let’s dive in!
The Finnieston – 1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8ND
Monkfish, scallops and oysters, oh my god! It’s the fresh fish paradise you need to know. The little blue restaurant in the middle of the Finnieston Strip can be easy to walk past without being detected, but once you’ve eaten there once, it’s impossible to forget.
Finnieston’s delicious menu changes seasonally and sometimes daily depending on the supplier’s catch. Popular dishes at this low-light, high-energy spot include steamed Shetland mussels, classic fish and chips, and divine oysters fresh from the sea. Wash it all down with one of Finnieston’s classic drinks – they are known for their excellent G&T, cocktails and bespoke beers.
Crabshakk – 1114 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TD
Right across from the Finnieston is another large plaice (sorry). Serving champagne, oysters and shellfish as well as the best fish and chips you’ll find in town, Crabshakk brings all the delights of the seaside to the West End.
If you fancy something more intimate, this is the place. The small site only has a few tables, but the lively atmosphere and delicious specialties will keep you coming back time and time again. Even David Beckham is a fan.
Rogano – 11 Exchange Place, Glasgow G1 3AN
This city center favorite has been serving oysters to Glasgow foodies since 1935, and still offers a sophisticated, cutting-edge place to sip them. Decadent and glamorous, this place is like a throwback to Glasgow’s heyday.
It might not exactly push the culinary boundaries, but as one of Glasgow’s oldest restaurants it is definitely on every locals list.
The golden bar and glittering mirrors have all the romance of an old-fashioned movie and it’s a great place for a special occasion, especially at Christmas when they decorate theaters and the like. Go ahead and order the champagne while you’re there, because if you’re eating at THE Rogano restaurant, why not treat yourself?
Rogano has yet to reopen – but it is said across the street that a major renovation is underway.
CafÃ© Gandolfi – 64 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1NY
In business since the late 1970s, CafÃ© Gandolfi is a charming and unpretentious seafood restaurant with an exquisite menu, incredible drink selection and unparalleled staff. Although their sister restaurant Gandolfi Fish, previously located next door, is now permanently closed, the cafe and bar continue to serve the best of Scottish seafood on their shiny wooden tables.
The locally caught and freshly cooked menu offers something for everyone – so much so that it has remained relatively untouched for decades. Well, if it ain’t broke …
Major hits include the Arbroath Smokies, seafood pÃ¢tÃ©, and seasonal specials, which are most often served with generous heaps of cream and Parmesan cheese. In the winter, warm your cockles with their hearty Cullen Skink or splash around on the scallops if they ever make the specialty list – we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Socket – 186 Fenwick Road, Glasgow G46 6XF
No seafood list would be complete without a good old-fashioned chippy – although calling Catch that wouldn’t do it a favor due to their delicious modern twists on old fishmonger classics.
Their old-fashioned fish and sausage dishes are as good as more contemporary dishes, but the salt and chili and fish tacos will always be our top picks.
Celino’s – 620 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 3BT
Not strictly a seafood restaurant, but such a special place deserves to be at the top of every food list. From its humble beginnings in 1982, Celino’s has grown from a small, family-owned grocery store to a business with two thriving restaurants. After making a name for themselves on Alexandra Parade, they also expanded to Partick, serving stellar Italian classics and delicious seafood straight from the sea.
Our best advice? Order the Branzio all ‘Aqua Pazza, a fondant sea bass fillet and a king prawn dish served with cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce, lemon juice, chili and butter. You can thank us later …
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Number 16 – 16 Byres Road, Glasgow G11 5JY
Intimate yet impressive, this is where you take your mom when she’s in town.
This small restaurant serves seasonal produce and fresh seafood for which Scotland is famous. Think juicy scallops and tender halibut cooked to perfection. A main course will set you back around Â£ 20, but we promise every mouth-watering bite will be worth it.
If you manage to secure a reservation for this cozy restaurant, you’ll enjoy some of Glasgow’s best food – there’s a reason this place regularly holds a place on ‘best restaurants’ lists.
Caile bruich – 725 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8QX
With a number of accolades to his name, including Glasgow’s only Michelin star Cail Bruich in the West End takes sustainable, high-quality seafood seriously.
We stumbled upon the hook, line and sinker for all they have to offer here – but don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself!
The seasonal tasting menus are worth checking out or you can stick to three course dishes from the seasonal menu (a bargain at Â£ 45) Tuesday through Thursday.
Pickled Ginger – 512 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G3 8XZ
Last but not least, we can’t round the list off with a bit of sushi. Good Japanese cuisine is all about combining the best products with skill – two things Pickled Ginger has a lot of.
Whether you’re feasting on spicy salmon or sumptuous shrimp, Finnieston’s Pan-Asian restaurant is always excellent, whether you eat in or take out.