Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Restaurant review: ‘La Lanterna West has a clean, fresh appeal… and fantastic food’

By Laura Sutherland at

One of Scotland’s oldest and most respected Italian restaurants, La Lanterna, has opened a new restaurant, La Lanterna West, on Great Western Road.

Another place to take over an institution, La Lanterna West opened on the former site of La Parmagiana.

La Lanterna

Arrival: La Lanterna West is a welcome addition to the West End

Once a small, dark and intimate restaurant, La Lanterna West is now brightly lit, white, pale grey and blue, with fixed booth seating and a clean and fresh appeal.

Chris and Luca, the owners, were both there the night I visited with my family.

The staff were on form, the menu was filled with all my favourites, from fresh langoustine to chicken milanese and the prosecco cocktails with fresh fruits were fabulous. I had a prosecco rosso.

La Lanterna West

Favourite: langoustines are a hot on this menu

The food was fantastic – I always love getting piping hot food. Our server, Jack, was highly efficient and had some good chat, too.

The ambience was great and completely different from the previous restaurant. Of course in Glasgow you can’t dine out without bumping into people you know!

There are a number of new restaurants opening in and around Glasgow and I’m pleased one so well known in the city centre has come to the fabulous west end.

La lanterna West

Mood: ‘the ambience was great and completely different from the previous restaurant’

I’d recommend booking in advance and enjoying some great food and service.

Parking is quite good on the nearby streets, but beware, you need to pay up until 10pm.

Kelvinbridge underground station is a two minute walk, alternatively.

La Lanterna West

Just desserts: the proof of the pudding

SCORING:

Food – 4.5/5 Hot, tasty and a great choice

Service – 5/5 Jack knew the menu well, anticipated our needs and even had good chat

Atmosphere – 3.5/5 The music could have been a bit more consistent and a wee bit louder

Interiors – 4/5 Loved the interior – just what you’d expect from one of Rick’s place

Value – 3/5 The prices are relative to the Glasgow restaurant scene. It’s certainly not cheap but it’s worth it for
the quality

Overall – 4/5 Definitely be a regular place to dine

* For more information about La Lanterna West End visit: http://lalanternawestend.co.uk