La Lanterna Reviews

We’re honoured to receive so many kind accolades from happy diners. Below you can read a selection of our favourite reviews, for both of our City Centre and West End restaurants.

Herald Review

“We escape to a basement and the world suddenly slows and opens up. Through an angled kitchen door I see bright white light and a waitress placing an order in sing-song Italian. Across a dark, crowded bar there are businessmen being gently helped into coats amid the twinkle of light on glass. Into the large dining room we find amber lamps, pools of yellow warmth…”

“…the place has a dusky glamour, a patina of age and reliability that is comfortable, charming and, in today’s kiss-me-quick restaurant world, highly unusual.”

– Ron McKenna

La Lanterna is my favourite restaurant

In all my times of going there, the remarkable quality of the food they have served is a mystery to me since, as a cook, I could have done the borgios of few favours in discreetly disposing of their enemies. All I know is that Christopher Martinolli & Luca Conreno are a remarkably smooth combination, like whisky and water. All the waiters, such as Franco, are unfailingly charming to the extent that every visit is a true pleasure.

– William Mcilvanney

Nice little Lanterna

Dining at La Lanterna was superb, service was excellent and the Saturday evening set menu represents terrific value for money. I would highly recommend the gamberoni in crosta – deep fried king prawns in oatmeal with a chilli mayonnaise – delicious, arguably the best thing I have tasted in a restaurant this year. My mate Tommy really won a watch with his main meal , fillet of monkfish wrapped in parma ham served with goats cheese & freshly made pesto, it tasted every bit as good as it sounds and was undoubtedly the dish of the night. Exemplary from start to finish, not a single complaint.

– Tam Cowan

Highlight of Glasgow

Exceptional restaurant made better by David and Paolo. These two gentlemen were outstanding. They made me feel special and, along with the food and wine, gave me an evening to remember. Thanks, David and Paolo, for a great visit. I can’t wait to return!

– Canadian_Laurie

Among the best risottos you’ll try in Glasgow

Hidden in plain sight on one of Glasgow’s busiest streets, many would walk past this Italian institution situated right opposite Central Station. The warm and unpretentious setting, together with a few glamorous touches, invites diners to indulge themselves, and with the arrival of the table nibbles you know you’re in good hands – the house-made focaccia is so moreish it would satisfy as a starter by itself. Aged prosciutto and ‘seasonal fruit’ is beautifully presented as a parcel of the freshest mixed berries, rich in colour, enveloped in a bed of the finest, thickly sliced prosciutto ham. It’s a simple but mouthwateringly sweet and salty delight – testament to the quality of their ingredients. Risotto mari e monti is among the best risottos you’ll try in Glasgow. A 50-50 ratio of rice to seafood is skilfully combined so all the textures are spot on, with enormous prawns, just pink, and generous chunks of monkfish coated in silky, al dente arborio rice, which is equally delicious (with stock tasting like the kitchen are making use of the prawn shells). Despite the portion being generous, you’ll be sorry to take the last mouthful.

– The List Eating and Drinking Guide 2017

Cooked to Perfection

La Lanterna’s Á la carte menu is extensive. Be prepared to pour over the menu for ages, deciding what you’ll have. Phill chose the Calamari to start and this was served with garlic mayonnaise and a leafy salad. I opted for the soup of the day which was roast tomato and pepper. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our starters and we didn’t have to wait long for them to be brought out. I deliberately went for something light and I liked that the soup was textured and looked suitably rustic.

Phill ordered the veal ravioli for his main course whilst I had the pancetta risotto. Phill’s veal and ravioli was cooked to perfection and he loved the wild mushroom sauce. My risotto was delicious, with plenty of ham, pea and mushroom throughout.

As we perused the dessert menu Phill finished the last of his red wine which the restaurant manager selected especially for him. Phill loved the taste so much he asked for the name of it to be written down. It was called Gran Maestro Puglia and the waiter who poured the wine explained in detail about its taste and how it was from his region of Italy. A nice touch.

Phill ordered the chocolate torte and I the tiramisu. The tiramisu is a La Lanterna staple and the recipe is 39 years old. It was beautifully creamy. La Lanterna is a homely feeling restaurant, they serve well-cooked, fuss-free Italian food.

– Ruth, Willow Lane Blog


La Lanterna West End
447 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH
T: 0141 334 0686

La Lanterna City Centre
35 Hope St, Glasgow, G2 6AE
T: 0141 221 9160


12 noon - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday:
12 noon - 10pm