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Smile Cafe

#176 of 1,928 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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102 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G20 8NZ, Scotland
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Rutherglen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Sunday outing for a Coffee and light bite. We found a couple of seats near the Register, and sat down. The owner? Stood chatting to a pal, possibly a staff member, in Italian, without so much as a nod that we existed. Talked for a while, and I was neither pleased nor impressed! Ordered simple items, Croissant with Ham &... More 

Thank Detroiter01
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Deserved of all accolades. So fresh, so tasty, so addictive. I love all of the warm spicy ciabatta combinations. The shop is tiny so be prepared to wait outside or squeeze inside' despite this the staff are always friendly and never flustered. Beware, there are no toilets. I'm lucky enough to live just around the corner and visit every week.

Thank gnickynackynoos
Dollar, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Just 4 or 5 tables but great coffee and cakes. Italian food, excellent coffee and the waitress are "real" Italians. Great atmosphere there.

Thank Cecilia C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

One queen Margaret Drive Glasgow and again with a deep Italian connection. We had soup, two ciabattas, coffee, tea and some cake. Just lovely being so fresh and flavoursome. It is difficult to leave without taking some carry out cakes. Well worth a visit.

Thank jimglas01
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We just poped in for a quick coffee and a canoli, but immediately this place felt like being on holiday in Italy. Everyting was just as you'd find in a cafe in a backstreet in an Italian city and I can't give any praise higher than that. Service was friendly (and in Italian) and the coffee was first class.

Thank Brownyonder
Cairns, Australia
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Best coffee and Italian hot chocolate in Glasgow. Delicious cakes and pastries too. Warm pancetta & cheese croissants divine. Very friendly and welcoming staff.

Thank DanielleMc29
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Great little coffee shop near the Botanic Gardens. Very reasonably priced Friendly accommodating staff But no public toilet!

Thank Piciniscana
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Popped in for cake and a coffee having had lunch elsewhere. Enjoyed cappucinno and cannoli but will need to return to sample the wide range of sandwiches on offer. Small establishment but seems to have a lot of very happy customers.

Thank John J
Houston, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The variety of Italian sandwiches here is great and you can also request your own too, nice quaint little place and authentic too. Delicious Italian cakes are available too. The staff are very friendly and bring their Italian charm to the fore. This has to be the most authentic Italian Cafe in Glasgow. Buonissimo!

Thank Suitman930
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I often make a significant detour to the West End of Glasgow at the expense of miles of traffic and time on my journey, just to sample the Sapri focaccia and a cappucino from Smile cafe. Not surprusing from the name, but the staff are extremely friendly and accomodating. Sandwiches often take 10-15mins even if taking away but they're every... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G20 8NZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Glasgow

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