Places to eat in Paisley

Thursday 18th January, 2018

Paisley offers a thriving restaurant scene – with some long-established favourites and a number of new places already proving popular. Join us as we take you through a selection…

Residents and visitors alike have no shortage of good options for a meal out in Paisley – with some long-established favourites being joined by some great new additions in recent years.

At PaisleyIs we appreciate a good meal…so here’s a selection of favourites…


The Cardosi family are part of a rich Paisley-Italian tradition and have owned food businesses here since the 1920s. The current Cardosi’s restaurant opened in Storie Street 2002 and is established as a reliably-excellent favourite for many Buddies, offering a contemporary take on Italian classics.

Caffé Royale

One of the new kids on the Paisley restaurant block, this Glasgow Road eatery promises ‘the classic taste of Italy without needing to step out of Scotland’. Fun fact – the building was until recently a bank, and you can count on a good feed here.

Trattoria Genova

You may see a trend developing here…but Paisley does Italian restaurants well and with this place being named Best Newcomer at the 2016 Scots-Italian awards, the experts clearly agree. Offering a restaurant and takeaway this small but perfectly-formed place is ideal for a night out or in.

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Pendulum Bar and Grill

There aren’t many better views in Paisley than the one you’ll find here – looking out on the Abbey and Town Hall via a glass frontage. Opened in 2017 by the Cardosi family as a upmarket bar, grill and steakhouse, Pendulum brought back into use an iconic Paisley site, that of the former Arnotts department store, and quickly became a popular addition to the town’s food scene.

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Multan Tandoori

This Indian restaurant is nestled away in a side street but that just makes it a hidden gem. Celebrating its 30th birthday in 2018, the Multan has been reliably serving up traditional curry classics and a wide selection of house specialities for a generation, and is well worth a visit for takeaway or sitting in.


A sort of two-for-one listing this one. Originally known as Saporito, the Old Sneddon St premises (underneath Gilmour St station) quickly became popular when it opened as a wine bar a few years back, so much so they added another restaurant on the High St. Between the two, they offer an Italian menu, takeaway, deli and evening entertainment.

Little Steak House

Names should tell you exactly what you are getting and this moniker does exactly that! Also occupying an iconic Paisley location, sandwiched in between the Sma’ Shot Cottages and the university, this place serves up meaty treats on the ground floor, with private dining available in the function suite upstairs.

Burger and Keg

Another one that does exactly what the name suggests….this is Paisley’s take on the gourmet burger trend and the concept is simple – order one of their signature burgers and have whatever you want on it! This lively venue offers a wide range of drink and live entertainment until late and our follow-up handy hint: their breakfast menu is good for the mornings-after.

Jam Jar

This place’s Shuttle Street location puts it at the heart of the town’s nightlife. The menu is largely – though not exclusively – Italian (we recommend the half-pizza, half-pasta if you’re ever struggling to decide) but adding distinctively local flavour is the Paisley-themed cocktail menu and some interesting puns…anyone for a Paolo Martini or a Piazza Colada?

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Elderslie Butchers Steak and Grill

As the name suggests this one actually isn’t in Paisley, it’s in nearby Elderslie. But given it was recently named ‘the best steak in Scotland’ while winning a nationwide restaurant award run by broadcaster and food reviewer Tam Cowan, we’re sure you’ll allow us to include it on this list. It only opened in summer 2017 and has won a number of awards already.

Of course this is just a small selection of what Paisley has to offer as there’s loads of other places in the town worth a visit – local business improvement district Paisley First have a comprehensive list of eateries on their website, and you can see how the public have rated them on TripAdvisor.

Grab a slice of the action at Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Looking for something to wash down your dinner?

You can see a big increase of local people and existing businesses who want to develop Paisley. I’m optimistic about the future of the town.

Colette Cardosi
Owner of Cardosis and Pendulum Bar and Grill

I love Paisley right now. There are all these new bars and restaurants popping up and there is such a buzz around the place. Every time something new opens, everyone I know is eager to go and try it out. It has really changed how people feel about the town and made people want to have a night out in Paisley – something that was unheard of a few years ago.

Vanessa Paisley
Fashion designer

#whyilovepaisley Paisley is thriving and there is a real buzz about the town. Great to see new businesses opening up.

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