Our Favourite Restaurants Near the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
A major concert hall and art venue that hosts hundreds of live concerts every year from some of the world’s very best composers and popular music stars, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a jewel in Glasgow’s cultural crown. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, classical, pop, rock or everything in between, there should be something on the schedule to pique your interest.
The hall is also located right in the heart of the city and is surrounded by shops, bars and, of course, restaurants. So, if you have a gig or a show coming up at the hall and are looking for a place to catch some food and refreshment either before or after the show, allow us to offer you some options for restaurants near the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The Raven (81-85 Renfield Street, G2 1LP)
A city-centre venue located a stone’s throw from the central station on Renfield Street, The Raven is named for the Edgar Allen Poe story of the same name, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s some kind of gothic haunt. In fact, The Raven is a comfortable pub famous with craft beer enthusiasts and meat eaters alike, due to the decadent low and slow smokehouse menu. Ribs that fall off the bone, succulent chicken wings and stacked burgers are the order of the day and it’s all very reasonably priced to boot!
Yiamas Greek Taverna (16-20 Bath Street, G2 1HB)
Traditional Greek food served with a smile, Yiamas is all about the kind of food you can throw down with glee for a quick bite before a big show. Specialising in maze dishes (which operate in a similar manner to Spanish tapas), the restaurant also serves glorious gyros, which are essentially the doner kebabs of the gods. The atmosphere is unashamedly Grecian and the location on Bath Street just a short walk from the concert hall make it ideal as an affordable pre-show dining location.
Bella Italia (47-49 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3AT)
Styled like an Italian metro station to reflect the busy but warm atmosphere of Glasgow itself, Bella Italia is located a stone’s throw from the Concert Hall car park and the central train station, so is perfectly placed for concert-goers. It’s also situated right by the Glasgow Science Centre, so offers an ideal stop-off on an educational day out. The food is simple, easy and filling Italian fare with ample vegetarian and vegan options and the atmosphere is reflected by al fresco seating, Mediterranean artwork and a rare attention to detail.
The Wild Olive Tree (St Georges Tron, 163 Buchanan St, G1 2JX)
Located inside St George’s Tron, the Wild Olive Tree has more to offer besides its quirky location. A charitable organisation that devotes all of its profits to helping the city’s most vulnerable people, it’s a sanctuary named for the olive branch of peace that is open to both practising Christians and all hungry wanderers. Most of their food is sourced from ethical suppler Greencity, with bread from the Freedom Bakery, which provides skills to prisoners. The food itself is hearty and affordable - cakes, soups and salads, so perfect for cruelty-free diners. An ideal place to pop in for lunch before a matinee performance.
La Bonne Auberge (161 West Nile Street, G1 2RL)
Located in the heart of Glasgow’s Theatreland, Lan Bonne Auberge has been serving the finest French Mediterranean cuisine to Glaswegians for over forty years. Walking distance from not only the Royal Concert Hall but the King’s Theatre, Theatre Royal and Pavilion Theatre, it’s the ideal location for a pre-theatre meal. The food is authentic French fare, with a la carte or set menus to choose from, each of which offers a range of fragrant and exotic dishes. It’s also a recent award-winner, having taken the 2017 Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award at the Prestige Awards.
Shilling Brewing Company (92 West George Street, G2 1PJ)
The craft beer movement has exploded in recent years and in Glasgow, that explosion has been centred around the Shilling Brewing Company microbrewery. It doesn’t get much fresher than this - the beer is brewed just metres from where you’ll be enjoying it and it’s served right from the tank! The bar also serves freshly baked pizzas (with ample vegetarian options) made with brewers yeast for a very reasonable price indeed. It’s proximity to the concert hall, meanwhile, means that it’s the perfect place for beer acolytes from all walks of life to enjoy a pre or post-show drink and snack.
The Doner Haus (85 West Nile Street, G1 2SH)
The doner kebab is the ultimate comfort food. No great night out would be complete without it. The Doner Haus, however, serves up something a little more special than your average fish and chip shop. Bringing the best recipes from Berlin, the Doner Haus reimagines the humble kebab as something truly epic. Also serving classic German dishes such as frankfurter, bratwurst and currywurst as well as gigantic beer steins, this is fast food like you’ve never experienced it before. Its location on West Nile Street also means it’s ideally placed for theatre and concert goers.
Next time you’re planning an evening out in Glasgow’s Theatreland, make sure you keep the restaurants above in mind. Hopefully, there’s enough variety there to appeal to even the most demanding music and theatre fan.
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