Quirky restaurants in Glasgow

Claire Murray | Date posted - 15 Mar 2019
Fine dining is all fair and well but sometimes you just want something a bit out of the ordinary. A place where they’ve thought outside of the box, where a meal isn’t just a meal but is an experience, or where it’s acceptable to throw your food around.  Either way, Glasgow has it all. We’ve put together a list of our favourite quirky restaurants in Glasgow where you can kick back and have a great night.


A firm favourite with the ResDiary team, Topolabamba puts the top in top fun! This Mexican themed restaurant serves up delicious small plates and bigger dishes like burritos in a colourful environment, all backed by a great playlist of upbeat music. Scattered around the venue are sombreros, perfect for taking hilarious photos of Dad when he’s had a couple of their tasty margaritas. And sober him up with their famously huge burritos, or get the whole gang to share dishes like the queso fundido (Mexican cheese fondue), tacos, and jalapeno poppers.


Is there anything more joy-inducing than throwing food? Toddlers don’t seem to think so and we can’t imagine why we’ve grown out of it as adults. Thankfully, Sapporo have come to the rescue of grown up kids everywhere with their incredible teppanyaki. This Merchant City venue lets you sit and watch the chefs as  they prepare your food with style, throwing food in the air, cooking it with massive flames, and doing intricate knife tricks. If you’re looking for quirky restaurants in Glasgow, this is one of the best.

Six by Nico

In our quest to find you the best quirky restaurants in Glasgow, we had to bring you to 6 by Nico. Every six weeks, these guys bring out a new menu, focused on one concept, and always delivering surprising results. Taking the tastes and looks you’d associate with the theme, they turn them on their heads and create super fun dishes and quirky cocktails that have patrons giggling and talking about the experience for weeks afterwards.


Jacques in trendy Finnieston is definitely grabbing a top spot in the quirky restaurants in Glasgow list with their cheese-heavy meny, filled with fondue and raclette. Not satisfied with a full meal of melted cheese? Get on their dessert options of toasted marshmallows and give your belly a real treat. They even have a great outdoor area and a “Treetops” private dining room, where you can enjoy your cheese al fresco or away from the crowds.

So L.A

So L.A, the new venture by Glasgow entrepreneurs Rusk and Rusk knows that being a bit quirky is a sure fire way to be a hit. Featuring “Californian-style” menus and dimly lit rooms, this is the perfect spot to gather your pals and have a big, glam night out. Their cocktails are cool, the people are hot, and the music carries on til the early hours.

The Record Factory

Popular opinion says that The Record Factory has the best beer garden in Glasgow and we’re never one to disagree. But that’s not all they do. With regular live music, pool tables, comedy gigs, and loads more, this is a firm favourite of Glaswegians. Their food menu is great too, featuring finger foods like nachos, buffalo fries, tacos, and much more. Match it with some great cocktails, comfy seats, and you’re in for a night of revelry.
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