Whether you’re a fully-fledged vegan or vegetarian or fancy a day off the meat, Glasgow is brimming with top notch restaurants serving vegan and vegetarian food. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in the city along with some eateries serving some pretty impressive vegetarian and vegan options on their menu that are worth trying. They’re so good, they’ll have many a carnivore getting more than a little confused…
Whether you fancy a full blown meal or a light bite, Mono offers a range of meat-free plates for you to enjoy along with an in-house record store and regular live entertainment and gigs. Enjoy a range of salads, sandwiches, main meals, snacks and pizzas at this vegan cafe bar in the heart of the Merchant City. . Their hand-stretched sourdough pizzas have epic flavours including one topped with veggie merguez sausage, olives, chickpeas, cheese, chilli and rocket. They also do an insane vegan version of a philly cheese steak sandwich using beef style slices of seitan and vegan fish and chips.
Mono, 12 Kings Court, King Street, G1 5RB
Stereo is another location for gigs that also has a vegan restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the Mackintosh-designed Daily Record building in the city centre, Stereo serves up a great menu which is a fusion of junk food, Asian and Latin American cuisines. Their small plates include the likes of sticky tempeh, panko mac and miso, plus buffalo cauliflower. Mains include the Original Stereo Seitan Burger, as well as banana blossom tacos which consists of marinated beer battered banana blossom that flakes away like fish, curtido slaw, chipotle baja sauce and tajin sprinkles. And if you still have room at the end grab a slice of the chocolate, tahini and caramel tart.
Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 5AR
3. The 78
The 78 is a cosy bar and restaurant in Finnieston which has a roaring fire on during the cold winter nights. The 78 offers delicious vegan food, with the menu including the likes of jackfruit shawarma on a khobez flatbread with chipotle harissa and tzatziki. Their small plates include grilled artichoke hearts with romesco and padron peppers with aioli. Although their menu isn’t the most extensive, the food on The 78 menu certainly doesn’t lack flavour and won’t break the bank either.
The 78, 10-14 Kelvinhaugh Street, G3 8NU
Located on the long old road that is Great Western Road, The Hug and Pint is a vegan bar, restaurant and music venue. The food on the menu is inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines, whilst the live music programme features both local artists and international acts. This restaurant bar also aptly named their previous takeaway service The Hug At Home as when you eat their food it does feel like a warm hug inside. Their menu is full of vegetarian and vegan comfort food like the jackfruit curry served with jasmine rice or mushroom rice pudding with pickled onion and crispy shallots. All you need to do is add a pint and then you’ve got a great night sorted.
The Hug and Pint, 171 Great Western Road, G4 9AW
For all your vegetarian and vegan brunch needs, head to The Glad Café and you’ll be glad you came. The Glad Café is a not-for-profit arts hub, which hosts a range of events within its architecturally award-winning venue and café space that has a delicious menu. Plus, not only will you be eating for a great cause (The Glad Foundation) but you can enjoy brunch from 10am until 6pm. Yes 6pm! So all you late risers can get stuck into a sweet or savoury stack of pancakes or a full on breakfast. Later in the day, you can also enjoy some light bites such as baba ganoush, hummus or butter beans in a vinegar marinade.
The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG
Born in London back in 2017, Biff’s are the Kings when it comes to vegan junk food – and they’ve even been credited for converting avid meat-eaters into vegans. The spot serves up fried jackfruit burgers (a recipe they have truly nailed) with a number of tasty toppings – including vegan cheese, bourbon BBQ sauce, onion rings, and more. Not only that, but they also have their own jackfruit wings and piled-up ‘filthy’ fries, too – meaning you can get your comfort food fix without the guilt of eating meat. Biff’s is available to order from within the Deliveroo radius of the city (just search ‘Biff’s Vegan Burgers and Wingz‘). You can also get your hands on Biff’s at your local Brewdog pub and restaurant.
Biff’s, Brewdog Merchant City, 99 Hutcheson Street, G1 1SN
Down To Earth describes themselves as ‘flexitarian dining’, and has a mainly meat-free menu with plenty of veggie and vegan options. Their Instagram is one of the most colourful ones of this list and their feed is brimming with buddha bowls, veg-packed burgers, sandwiches, soups and açaí bowls. Down to Earth use 100% organic, fresh produce which is locally sourced. and you can order from an extensive menu, which also features delicious vegetarian or vegan breakfast muffins.
Down To Earth, 351 Dumbarton Road, Partick, G11 6AL
If you fancy some delicious Asian cuisine but is also totally meat-free then Suissi Vegan Asian Kitchen is the one. It can sometimes be tricky to order a fully vegan or vegetarian meal as ingredients such as fish sauce are sometimes hidden in the dish, but this restaurant run by chef Mama Lim has created some amazing dishes minus the animal products. Feast your eyes on a menu with oodles of noodles (there are four types to choose from), delicious dumplings and aromatic curries. Snack on lotus root chips and tempeh bao before tucking into a bowl filled plant-based protein such as tofu and oyster mushrooms. Originally from Malaysia, Mama Lim also avoids the excessive use of salt and white sugar, and all dishes contain zero MSG additives.
Suissi Vegan Asian Kitchen, 494 Dumbarton Road, Partick, G11 6SL
When it comes to an Indian restaurant, we recommend visiting Ranjit’s Kitchen. It is a family-run Panjabi food deli with a fully vegetarian menu packed full of dishes with paneer, but we are most certainly not complaining. If you’re not entirely sure what to order from this divine menu then pick Ranjit’s Panjabi thali- a tray of flavour with a bowl of the daal of the day, sabji of the day, homemade natural yoghurt, salad, two rotis, pickles andchutneys. Or if you’re with a friend, or just absolutely famished, order the Panjabi tea for two. You get a portion of pakoras, samosas, aloo tikki, sweet channa paneer, tamarind chutney, mint yoghurt, a trio of panjabi sweets and Panjabi tea or Panjabi coffee. With such a selection of dishes packed full of flavour, you’ll be leaving pretty satisfied.
Ranjit’s Kitchen, 607 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2QG
Plant-based pizza pioneers, Veganizza, opened in Glasgow in January 2021 and offer a range of sourdough, meat-free pizzas with all the toppings made from scratch, including a selection of handmade, in-house vegan cheeses. You can even select some creative yet cruelty-free toppings like vegan Gorgonzola, pepperoni, ‘nduja and Tuscan sausage. And if you are missing the meat, don’t worry, as Veganizza have some plant-based alternatives available, with the potential to lead avid meat-eaters into temptation.
Veganizza, 90 St Vincent Street, G2 5UB