Stravaigin

Address: 28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX, Scotland
Telephone: 01413342665

- Mid-range

4.3

Ethical Glasgow West End stalwart with a ‘think global, eat local’ philosophy.

Opened in the mid-1990s, I used to come here for a splurge when I’d had an easy lecture day at the nearby University of Glasgow (those were the days!). Translated from Gaelic as ‘to wander’, this restaurant has always had a rambling appetite – producing classic French, Italian, English and Scottish haute cuisine with the finest of local ingredients – and it’s as good as it was when it first opened. Upstairs it has a gorgeous bar, a replica of something more likely found on the Isles of Skye or Mull. A true gem.

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
3.6
90%

Food and drink

Keen purveyors of locally sourced hearty produce, Stravaigin prides itself on using bacon from Ramsays of Carluke, seafood from Macallums of Troon and venison from Carsphairn, on the edge of the Galloway Forest – so the inspiration is firmly suited to the plate of St Andrews, the patron saint of Scotland. West coast hake and roast fennel ‘en papillotte’, baby onions, mussels, clams, tomato and saffron broth is my current pick.

Recommended dishes

Mixing the best of vegetarian – Tuscan baby aubergine, cherry tomato and bocconcini cannelloni, fontina cheese sauce, watercress, pear and parmesan salad – with meat classics –slow roast pork belly and cheek, red cabbage, roasted squash, celeriac and apple puree – it’s a tough choice.

Ambience

Like a shore-side gourmet gastro-pub, Stravaigin is hearty, homely and hard to leave – especially after a few drinks.

Service

Award-winning.

Location

A short walk from Kelvingrove subway stop and a two minute walk from the Gothic spires of the University of Glasgow.

Price advice

The restaurant offers a £30 and a £35 set menu and a two course or three course pre- and post-theatre menu for £12.95 or £15.95.

Branches

Following the success of the flagship restaurant, it was only a matter of time before a second venue opened. Stravaigin 2 (Ruthven Lane, Glasgow) is a five minute walk away if you fancy more of the same and the original and best is full. 

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Education
  • People watching
  • Design and architecture

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