Date Night Dining: 8 romantic restaurants to try in Glasgow

Glasgow is not only Scotland’s biggest, but also its coolest city, famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture and booming cultural life. It is home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland as well as a thriving music and art scene, attracting talent from all over the world. But does Glasgow also tick the romantic box? We certainly think so! Here’s a list of our favourite romantic Glaswegian restaurants for an unforgettable date night.

Wild Cabaret

Wild Cabaret in the heart of Merchant City ticks all the boxes for a fun-filled evening. The restaurant is decorated in Art Deco style nothing short of Hollywood glam and serves traditional British cuisine with an elegant twist. Why not indulge in the big show menus (choose from two or three courses), sip on a cocktail or two, and enjoy one of the burlesque shows for a romantic evening (and possibly steal one of their dance moves for later on…)?

CAU

Steak lovers should look no further than CAU. The restaurant in the heart of the city just off George Square is known for serving the best steaks in town with an Argentinian flair. With floor to ceiling windows you and your date can watch the world go by – just in case you like a short break from staring into one another’s eyes – as you experience the taste of Buenos Aires.

Number 16

Number 16 is a multi-award-winning restaurant serving modern Scottish cuisine. Besides having won the Eat Scotland Silver Award as well as being voted best restaurant in the ‘Smart But Casual’ category at the annual Glasgow Restaurant Awards, it simply is such a wonderfully cosy space and its intimacy and buzz are absolutely contagious. It’s the perfect space for getting closer to your loved one.

The McMillan

If you’re a steak or seafood lover, The McMillan Bar & Chop House should be top of your list. Presentation and location are a match made in heaven at this restaurant situated on the Northern edge of Glasgow’s Queen’s Park. The McMillan specialises in locally sourced ingredients, from fresh seafood and craft beers to Scotch beef from North Lanarkshire. Tip: why not visit on a Thursday night when you and your date can share a 16oz Chateaubriand and a bottle of wine for just £55?

Cubatas

A visit to Cubatas Tapas Bar and Restaurant is like a visit to Spain itself. Be swept away by its lively atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic tapas which are perfect for date night as you can order plenty of dishes to share. Unique flavour combinations will send sparks flying across the table.

Rogano

Oyster (and seafood) lovers should look no further than Rogano, a seafood restaurant that has been impressing Glasgow foodies for over 70 years. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a wide variety of locally caught fish and shellfish. Of course, we recommend tucking into their specialties – lobster thermidor and oysters Rockefeller – and we all know why the latter might be a good choice on a date. So, sit down at the oyster bar with a chilled glass of Champagne and enjoy nature’s most delicious aphrodisiac.

The Western Club

If you are looking to impress your date, pay The Western Club a visit. The restaurant describes itself as a sophisticated dining experience and we could not agree more. Its clean, elegant décor in neutral tones paints the ideal backdrop for romance whilst enjoying expertly cooked Scottish cuisine. After dishes like Perthshire lamb rump with red wine jus or sea bass with saffron beurre blanc, why not linger over another glass of wine and some artisan cheeses – feeding each other is totally optional.

Alston Bar & Beef

Alston Bar & Beef is nothing short of a movie setting and a must visit if you love your spirits. This stylish steakhouse is located beneath Glasgow’s iconic Central Station and as well as serving fantastic steaks, it boasts the largest selection of gin in Glasgow – cheers to that!

Still hungry for more date night dining options? Visit OpenTable to discover more of the Glasgow food scene.

This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.