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University Cafe

#258 of 1,913 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Fast food, British, Scottish
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87 Byres Road, Glasgow G11 5HN, Scotland
+44 141 339 5217
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 22:30
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Without a doubt the kindest and friendliest service around Glasgow. As someone who frequents restaurants and knows how Service can vary wildly, it is greatly appreciated to finally find somewhere that greets you with a genuine smile and helpfulness. Been a while since I had been to the cafe and decided to pop in for lunch. If you are after... More 

1 Thank Lola B
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in the area you MUST stop in for some of their traditional Italian Ice Cream, some of the best I have ever tasted! The cafe itself is like a blast from the past, reminiscing of times gone by!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Really nice coffee and fruit scone. A great traditional café - so sad that it's under threat of closure. I love the decor - so much more atmospheric than some of the chains further up the road.

Thank Jamie R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Every trip from France to Glasgow means a visit (or two) to this classic cafe. A lunch of pie and chips or a tub of their famous ice cream is a must. This time the sun was shining so we ate double nougats at the little pavement table. Real Scottish/Italian ice cream is their speciality also the great atmosphere inside... More 

Thank noramaclean
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Great traditional cafe and concerned that it's threatened by inflated Byres Road rent/rates , pie chips and beans top class

Thank radusrex
Level Contributor
56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Cant beat the University Cafe for a bit of true Glasgow grub...My son had a big breakfast...and I had sausage egg x2 and chippy chips..which were amazing...the toast and tea was great aswell..you never leave here hungry or unhappy..cans of juice 2 bars of chocolate..all for around 15quid..great place

Thank George M
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Iv been in and out of University café for years and sometimes the food is very good, other times its pretty poor. For cheap eats and a feel of times gone by, this is your place. For high quality, keep on walking. I have very good memories of the Lasagne from here, but I also have memories of buying an... More 

Thank Chris W
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

A lovely simple cafe; honest food, served by the loveliest of staff. Authentic place and great competitive prices.

Thank juliahender
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

It's an old fashioned ice cream shop in every way. Food is traditional homemade Italian fayre, spag bol, macaroni,... you get the picture. Ice cream, banana splits, knickerbocker glorys, sweeties by the quarter.... it's worth a visit.

Thank Judgeatron
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Been a regular since 1980 -- great food in old fashioned setting -- the coffee is simply the best. Be it full breakfast, homemade soups or simply hot filled rolls there is always something for you -- and you must try the ice cream

Thank Jimic58

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 27
Cafe, Fast food, British, Scottish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Byres Road, Glasgow G11 5HN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Glasgow
  • Phone Number: +44 141 339 5217

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?