As Glaswegians, we are pretty lucky with the abundance of restaurants on our doorstep. From Japanese to Spanish and Greek to Russian, we have an eclectic choice from around the world, as well as restaurants serving up local fayre as well. This year has been a very exciting year for foodies, with a variety of new establishments opening their doors. GlasgowLiving takes a look back at the best restaurants that have opened their doors in 2016…

The Spanish Butcher

GlasgowLiving, The Spanish Butcher, a dish from menu, Steak sliced on a plate and sprinkled with salt, prepared rare
Image: Facebook @SpanishButcher

Despite only opening at the beginning of December, it has made quite an impact already. Opened by the same people from The Butchershop Bar & Grill, the menu boasts dishes inspired by Spain and beef sourced directly from the North of Spain.

Revolución de Cuba

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Image: Facebook @deCubaGlasgow

The “Latin Inspired Rum Bar and Cantina” recently opened on Renfield Street, bringing a taste of Cuba to Glasgow! With amazing cocktails, delicious tapas and live music on weekends, it has all the makings of a great venue. Highlights include the Berry Mojito Sharing Cocktail and the Pork Belly Skewers, Gambas Pil Pil and Churros for dessert…

Ramen Dayo

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Image: Facebook @RamenDayo

If Glasgow lacked anything it’s a restaurant focused only on Ramen… until now! Ramen Dayo has opened on Gordon Lane, serving authentic Ramen and Gyozas. With different variations of broth and fillings, get down for a big bowl of warming Ramen to heat you up this winter!

A’Challtainn Fish Restaurant & Bar

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Image: Facebook @AChalltainnatBAaD

Located in the Barra’s Market, as part of the Barras Art and Design centre (BAaD), the menu is mainly fish, with some meat and vegetarian options too. The menu includes; Smoked Salmon & Crab Cannelloni, Ocean Trout Tartare (pictured) and Grilled Langoustines.


GlasgowLiving, Paesano, pizza, pizza with olives cheese and tomato, another pizza with parma ham, mushrooms and cheese and tomato, two large pizzas, pizza slicer on table
Image: Kaitlin McManus

The first to bring traditional Napoletana pizza to Glasgow, Paesano pizzas are made with a “hybrid yeast and sourdough proofed for over 48 hours”. Get down to Miller Street and prepare to queue though if it’s busy as they don’t take bookings… but it will be so worth it!


GlasgowLiving, Iberica, Jamon, spanish ham on a plate, bread and olive oil for dipping, plate of salad, plate of meat, pine cones and cinnamon sticks decorate the table
Image: Facebook @iberica.restaurants

Situated on the corner of Hope Street and St Vincent Street, Ibérica focuses on the Celtic region of Asturias, Spain. The menu is extensive, with a range of Artisan Cheeses, Cured Meats and a varied selection of Tapas including Beef Cheek Carpaccio, Fried Chorizo Lollipops and Octopus a la Gallega.

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

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Image: Facebook @ChaakooBombayCafe

Chaakoo may have only opened this year, but it is already a firm favourite. The authentic Bombay Cafe serves Tiffin (light lunch), humble curries and grilled marinated meats in tapas-style portions. Hailed as one of the best places in Glasgow for a curry, get along quick and try it for yourself!



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Image: Facebook @HalloumiGlasgow

Named after the Greek ‘squeaky cheese’, Halloumi is the latest Greek restaurant to arrive in Glasgow. Described as “big flavours, small plates, Greek style!” Halloumi also serves up Tapas-style dishes. The menu boasts classic Greek dishes including; Gyros, Dolmades and Moussaka.

Pizza Punks

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Image: Facebook @pizzapunksgla

Bringing anarchy to Glasgow, Pizza Punks serves Artisan & Wood Fired Pizzas. Pizzas include nduja + chorizo sausage, scorched red peppers and caramelised red onion, chipotle + chocolate pulled pork, jalapeños and roast corn salsa and hot smoked salmon, herb crème Fraiche, capers and lemon. Want to build you own? You can do here with no extra charge… yay!