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KELP, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

KELP

4.6
4.6
318 reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
At KELP we take our time to make sure the food that goes on your plate is a fresh and local as possible. We source our seafood to be specifically Scottish and sustainable. We pride ourselves on using local suppliers for all our food. The fish people supply our fresh seafood daily. Our bread comes from Bavarian bakehouse, a family owned bakery in Cumbernauld. Our meat comes from ABR butchers, based in Bearsden. Our dairy products come direct from the Ballantyne family dairy in Hamilton.
Our executive chef, Christopher Hutchison, creates amazing, innovative dishes to be enjoyed and shared with friends and loved ones. We are located on Cowcaddens Road, just around the corner from our sister restaurant, Ardnamurchan Restaurant and Bar and a stones throw from the theatre royal. Perfect for a meal before a show. Relax in our modern, airy restaurant and watch the chefs work in the open kitchen.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Scottish

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0141 332 4032

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Christopher Hutchinson

  • Area

    Glasgow

  • Cross Street

    Theatre royal Glasgow, Tesco bank offices

  • Parking Details

    On street parking behind restaurant that is reasonably priced, max 3 hour stay. Car park on Cambridge street within view.

  • Public Transit

    Cowcaddens subway close by, bus tops outside Royal Conservatoire and Theatre royal. Walkable from Buchanan bus station.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

What 318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Glasgow/Lanarkshire

    Innovative

  • Glasgow

    Innovative

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  1. N

    Nick

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second lunch visit - took friends with us as we wanted to introduce them to Kelp. We all loved it. Food was exceptional. Welcome very good and staff very attentive, professional and friendly.
  2. DT

    DottieT

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Small plates restaurant with excellent choices. I would definitely recommend pork and clams and scallops. There were a couple of problems but the staff were brilliant and resolved the issues quickly. Absolutely worth a visit.
  3. O

    Oldtimers

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our party chose from the market menu, excellent, portion sizes where just right. Our party all said that they would return and would recommend the Kelp.
  4. SW

    SharonW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely start to our weekend in Glasgow for Celtic Connections. The food was delicious and the service and atmosphere perfect
  5. RG

    RogerG

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food very creative menu and great service
  6. MM

    MarkM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Being not in the centre of Glasgow helps this restaurant as it has to exist by the reputation of its food. I and my guest thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday lunch here. The setting is 70's international with booths onto the street plate glass window. Oysters small but interesting sauces/ additions. My Colley and lobster bisque the highlight for me. Mussels fine, the Kelp butter with the sourdough delicious. J loved her salmon tatare and squash tempura.
  7. WL

    WillLondon

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is truly excellent, with the chef and staff going above and beyond to produce a menu that genuinely goes toe-to-toe with some of the best seafood restaurants in the U.K. The service was prompt, friendly, yet professional and the wait staff produced some of the best pre-dinner drinks I’ve had in ages; certainly the best I’ve ever had in Glasgow. All in all, my visit to Kelp was a genuinely memorable one, and definitely for all of the right reasons. I’ll most certainly be back!
  8. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    A dish described as 'figs in a blue cheese sauce with filo pastry ' came with a lot of 'shards' of pastry, said sauce and half a fig!
  9. LY

    LYNM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We hadn't been here before. We picked it due to proximity to the Theatre Royal. It wasn't busy for a Saturday lunchtime but the calmness suited us. The staff were friendly and the service was top notch. We were offered one menu: £18 for two small plates and a side each. We struggled a bit to find six dishes between us that sounded appetising. You will like this place if you like tidbits of cured fish. Our favourites were the scallops and the roast potatoes. Not successful to our taste were the leeks. We love leeks, but these were large, undercooked rather tasteless chunks that we didn't finish.
  10. EG

    EricG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    high quality produce at value for money prices with friendly staff. good range of dishes so not all fish, allowing a variety of choices. loved it
  11. AM

    AngusM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a great time at the restaurant with excellent and friendly service from all the staff. Quality of food is great with some interesting and unexpected fusions. It was very good value for money with costs for drinks, coffees and puddings being reasonable.
  12. ED

    EDee

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a lovely lunch yesterday on its first day of opening this year. The food was excellent also the fact that we were offered the a la carte menu at the market price menu, two small plates plus a side each for £18.00 per head which is a very good deal. The hand picked Barra scallops were lovely. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of wine.
  13. AC

    AndrewC

    London

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Don’t go here for a pre theatre dinner . We waited 50 minutes for a first course and had to cut the rest of the meal short . There was obviously a problem on the night but no communication to explain . It is not a good idea to give some customers a free glass of wine or a reduction on their bill as an apology . It should be for everyone or no one . Won’t be returning anytime soon
  14. G

    Georgek

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time visited this restaurant. What a great surprise.Quality of seafood dishes was excellent with the oysters fab and the Turbot in a Mushroom and Chicken broth was outstanding.Will definitely be back and would recommend
  15. HP

    HPrentice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant! The food was outstanding and service attentive. We throughly enjoyed our visit. Order the oysters with rhubarb and ginger, wow! What an amazing flavour combination. We’ll be back!
  16. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the menu & the staff were excellent. I'll definitely be back.
  17. CM

    ColinM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my absolute favourite Glasgow restaurant. The food is always delicious, the service I always prompt and friendly. Perfect
  18. JM

    JohnM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Service good, ambiance nice, but food very disappointing.
  19. A

    Ailsak

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food mixed - some courses excellent, others (tonka bean rice pudding) unpleasant. The venison was lukewarm on arrival but tasty. The fish was delicious. Service was extremely slow and inattentive - the waiter accidentally put his finger in my drink on the table but there was no offer to replace it. Overall it’s ok for pre theatre or casual catch up. Wouldn’t go out of my way to return.
  20. S

    Steelmen

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was average and small plates were well named. Not great value for money.
  21. FC

    FinlayC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Limited menu, but cooked specifically for every order. Service, relaxed and helpful. Bathrooms not up to the standard of everything else, with bathroom door permanently open. Heating a bit breezy. We went for theses other things are petty opportunities to improve. Fresh Scottish seafood with an inventive twist. Wonderful
  22. LM

    LynneM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really lovely find. Food was lovely, service impeccable. Very handy for the theatre. Will def return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Excellent food from the small plates menu, slightly spoilt by poor service. We were in a corner, behind the Christmas tree and the staff seemed to forget about us, to the extent that we had difficulty attracting their attention. This was a pre theatre dinner and we did explain that one of us was playing in the orchestra, but didn’t really feel that our timescale was taken on board. Also, the music was too loud for one of us who has a hearing deficit. Will certainly give it another try for the food - perhaps with the set menu if we are pre theatre again.
  24. CE

    CatrionaE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous modern food, friendly service & lovely surroundings. Excellent value for money, will definitely be back!
  25. SF

    SueF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. One tip provide spoons to mop up those lovely sauces.😊
  26. MM

    MoragM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit, brought friends for a birthday celebration on a snowy December night. The food and ambience was first class.
  27. B

    Babs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Most choices were good, but the brussle sprouts were far too salty and rather over cooked, although the ingredients of recipe was interesting. Also we didn’t realise one of the tapas was going to be a soup so my granddaughter was rather disappointed and the mussels was far too much for her. Scallops was the best.
  28. JA

    JAI0424

    Glasgow

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Christmas set menu lunch. Fantastic 3-course lunch and everyone very happy with their different choices for starter, main and dessert. Good service too even thought it was a quiet Tuesday. Highly recommend.
  29. GM

    GillianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and very friendly service. A quiet night for customers but we had a great evening.
  30. JM

    JoyceM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food good, staff pleasant and helpful, handy for the theatre
  31. g

    glasgowgirl

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious this was my first visit and will definitely return. The flavours jumped from the plate. The seafood was cooked perfectly. A great addition to Glasgow
  32. F

    Fina

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, great drinks, all reasonably priced. Great deco & atmosphere.
  33. AM

    AngusM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and a great space to eat in. Pricey but you get what you pay for Could possibly do with a couple of extra options on the menu
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and meal. Thank you very much!
  35. CM

    CraigM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice food, background, nice comfortable table, very well looked after off all the staff especially a girl called Beth. Very nice dining experience.
  36. AH

    AlisonH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was nice and quite good value, however the venison main courses and the vegetables were not very hot and the food cooled down very quickly. The champagne and wine were lovely and not too expensive.
  37. SM

    ShirleyM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A different dining experience. Tapa-ish with small plates - we chose 4 between the 2 of us plus chips on the side. Food is delicious - we had salmon, langoustines, fig & whipped blue cheese, scallops. Very tasty & more-ish. Good value too.
  38. m

    martint

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is delicious, but our server didn't explain the menu to us and you really need to know what to expect. Everything is listed as small plates, but some are smaller than others. Food is interesting and creative, and is listed on the menu, but it really needs to be described to get a feel for what you're ordering.
  39. WB

    WilliamB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good but not enough location good staff and service very good would go back again but expensive
  40. RM

    RonaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delightful, fresh decor and very handy for Concert Hall and Theatre Royal. The food was very tasty, with a good selection and suitable for me as a vegan and my friends, who are not! The service was attentive but not obtrusive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

KELP is rated 4.6 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for KELP

112A Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G4 0HL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Theatre royal Glasgow, Tesco bank offices

  • Area

    Glasgow

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Scottish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    On street parking behind restaurant that is reasonably priced, max 3 hour stay. Car park on Cambridge street within view.

  • Public Transit

    Cowcaddens subway close by, bus tops outside Royal Conservatoire and Theatre royal. Walkable from Buchanan bus station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Christopher Hutchinson

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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