Mono

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12 Kings Court, 103 King St, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 5RB

Cafe, bar and live music venue offering fresh, home cooked vegan food, local beer and home-brewed soft drinks. Venue offers a variety of entertainment options including live music, baby discos, art exhibitions, book readings, record fares, beer festivals, resident DJs and foosball. Dog and child friendly. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Western, Fast food, Beer/Wine

76 Reviews

First Review by kathyv181

Great music - food ok - Edit

We were so excited to try this place, but walked away underwhelmed. We ordered the fish and chips and it was super greasy as well as the burger...same :(. The soup was amazing and we tried a salad with tofu that came with two dollar sized slices and a bunch of greens. For as much as this place gets amazing reviews...we were not thrilled. Positives are great service, fun atomosphere and the DJ was amazing and played great music while we were there. Probably a skip next time, but if you like great music...nice stop

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Fun dive/junk food - Edit

We ate here our last night in Scotland and it was such a relief to be at a vegan restaurant that we happily overlooked the fact there were hardly any vegetables on the menu. We had: caesar salad, tofish and chips, seitan burger, falafel wrap, side of sausage, and side of jerk jackfruit. Did not like the sausage or jackfruit at all, but everything else was pretty good, in fact we had to order more of the tofish and another burger. However, the food was quite greasy, especially the tofish which was not as crispy as it should have been and extra greasy. Maybe they need to adjust the fryer temps. The best item was the seitan burger.

I made a reservation because I wasn't sure what to expect. It was probably a good idea because the place got busy. Mono is a dive--no need to dress up at all. The record store attached to the restaurant is fun but it closes early.

If I lived in Glasgow, I might visit about once year because there were hardly any healthy options. If Mono lived in my city, it would have to up its game since there are vegan restaurants here that do fried food that comes out crispy without being greasy.

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best Mac n cheese in Glasgow - Edit

And the rest of the food is great too, lovely space, friendly and relaxed atmosphere but make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy it, Mono time is chill out time. Can get busy, check out for special events and good outside space for a sunny day. My favourite Glasgow spot 👍🏽

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okay food, nice atmosphere - Edit

we had the tofish and chips, which were good and the jackfruit burrito which was meh.
the atmosphere seemed relaxed but the food wasn't that special. maybe we just ordered the wrong things.

Pros: chill atmosphere, nice staff

Cons: slightly mediocre food

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Old favourite - Edit

Old favourite spot in Glasgow and remains one of the best. Have also been to many a gig here and bought many a record. It has a great friendly atmosphere, is great for kids, and best of all the food is always amazing.

Pros: food, good music scene, good for kids

Cons: none

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Mono Railroaded Me! - Edit

Looking for Rose and Grant's which was closed, I checked HappyCow to find there was a vegan cafe round the corner. Mono actually appears to be a vegan pub, with live music! I couldn't stay for that, but I ordered off piste, the Tostadas for the main course as a Special were delicious. I had problems parking as I hadn't allowed for the alternate venue. They were very patient with me which I also appreciated. I finished with the vegan (everything's vegan) chocolate, strawberry and vanilla banana split, topped with a cherry! I thought I'd seen the last of one of those! Great place, highly recommended 😜

Pros: Nice and airy on a hot Glaswegian day, with seatin

Cons: Tucked away, Kings Court isn't clearly marked. You

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Great pizza terrible service - Edit

I have been twice and both times the service was slow and bordering on rude, I gave it a chance because the first time it was busy but the second time it was reasonably quiet so no excuse. It is such a shame because the pizza there is great but luckily there are plenty of other options in Glasgow, won't be back unless I get dragged there!

Pros: Great pizza

Cons: Staff who clearly couldn't care less, Slow service, Will give the wrong wine, think you won't notice

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okay but that's it - Edit

Basic pub or fast food, nothing special, chips greasy and not crisp, battered artichokes greasy, burger and burrito okay but I had both way better in several other vegan or vegetarian restaurants.. nice space though

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revision - Edit

Ignore the last review it was wrong!

I came here and the space is so nice, but I had a flight and their kitchen opened at 12 though the space opens at 11 - something to bear in mind

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Glasgow Vegan Pizza Crunch Venue - Edit

Wow! Traditional Glasgow fayre: battered sausage, pizza crunch (it's a quater of a pizza deep fried in batter- and it is great!) good value. lots of tables indoors and outdoors. We went for lunch and the sun was shining, lovely light venue.

Pros: Traditional deep fried joy veganised

Cons: none

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Great place - Edit

A good busy place with a great mix of people. We went on a Saturday night in May before the band played. We missed out on the burrito. Pizza was ok and tofu bun was a bit dull. Wine was good. Lovely sunny day people sat outside in the court yard. Easy to find with app.

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Good pub food - Edit

Mono is good because it's vegan and offers a good pub food menu.

It's good, filling, hearty food but I found it all a bit greasy.

The service is really slow, so don't go if you're in a hurry.

Overall, not bad.

Pros: vegan, good beer

Cons: staff aren't vegan, slow service , grimey

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Hail Seitan! - Edit

A must go if you are visiting Glasgow. We've been here a few times and on each occasion the food has been excellent. On our first visit we ordered the seitan burger and oreo cheesecake, which were absolutely delicious. Definitely one of the best burgers and cheesecakes we have ever eaten. Sadly the oreo cheesecake is no longer on the menu, which is a shame. Most recently we visited again and decided to order the to-fish 'n' chips and battered vegan sausage and chips (£8.50) with some homemade ginger beer. Both dishes were really tasty and full of flavour with good portion sizes given. The ginger beer was refreshing too. Can't wait to go back again.

Pros: Excellent vegan food, Nice vibe, Friendly staff

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greaty bar & cafe - Edit

i have been to mono before but it was some time ago, and it was so bad i didn't review.
I'm so glad i went back as i had a great lunch here. the joy of being able to have some fried food(as there is still a great use of lard in scotland) is always good. I had a mushroom burger with hand cut chips and williams bros beer battered onion rings, it wasn't oily and was tasty. bar staff were really good and have a great selection on drinks. plenty of good tunes from the record shop as well,
Mono strill doing well although at weekends good luck at getting food, its busy. offers a good menu with pizza, bar snacks, soup and sandwich combos. generally it has great service and a fantastic record shop in the back.

still working pretty damn fine. seitan burger and chips, tasty.

Updated from previous review on 2012-09-24

Pros: relaxed, tasty, live music

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tasty and filling as f**k - Edit

I loved this place! Although we had to wait for a table at lunch time, which was not a problem for us.
We both ordered the Seitan burger which looked incredible and tasted so good. The meal itself was quite large as it came with chips and a small coleslaw. We were happy we didn't order starters other wise we wouldn't have finished our meals. We were tempted to get something to takeaway as well but felt too full for that.
Lovely staff with a nice range of foods to try.

Pros: music, food variety , best taste

Cons: waiting , not enough small tables (2 person), cold environment

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Very nice - Edit

Never been greeted with such a big smile before anywhere, made me feel so comfortable.
I wasn't impressed with the pizza and dessert but soup was very nice. I will come back to try other plates in the menu.

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Pizza crunch! - Edit

Generally, I love Mono. When I time it right for the specials board (which I always check before ordering) for something that isn't soup they can have some amazing stews/kebabs/burritos on offer. I love their chips, their pizza crunch (deep fried pizza in batter - it's a Scottish thing and amazing) and their Oreo cheesecake was fabulous - until they stopped making them. :(

The buffalo cauliflower pizza is a must, though the tempeh burrito was a bit underwhelming as I couldn't really taste the tempeh. Mac and cheese and garlic bread is delicious though last time I was in the macaroni was really boiling and burnt my mouth. Often they have cake/doughnuts/croissants/scones on the bar and I always check for those as well shortly after arriving.

Every week or two they'll close their kitchen early if they have an event on so I would highly recommend checking their facebook and/or twitter page that day, and their events list on the website if booking ahead. They can be very busy, especially on a weeknight or Saturday afternoon, so I would also advise booking at peak times. Dogs are allowed on the bottom level of the venue.

When large groups are in (I'd say about 12+) it can take a bit longer to get your food while they're cooking food for the large table. Service can be a bit hit and miss at the best of times, so if you go at busy times expect a bit of a wait. I tend to go up to the bar to pay as I can't be bothered waiting for the bill - here or anywhere - so if you're waiting more than 5 minutes for someone to come by don't sit there for 20 minutes then complain about it, especially if the staff are obviously rushed off their feet. Sometimes my order has been wrong, and it makes me nervous when I get a staff member who doesn't bring a notepad and writes things down.

They don't do takeaways.

Pros: Dog friendly, Varied menu , Interesting pizza toppings

Cons: Service variable

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Decent cafe - Edit

Decent fast food style cafe. Friendly staff. Pizza was yummy, especially with a post-wedding hangover! Cafe was a bit grubby and cold. I wouldn't have sat on the sofas which looked like they'd been fished out of and skip!

Pros: Good vegan options for fast food, Pleasant staff

Cons: Bit grubby , Could do with a lick of paint and a clean!

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lovely meal - Edit

Visited today with my partner who is neither vegan nor vegetarian and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Ordered a seitan burger and the "fish" and chips. Never having vegan fish before (battered tofu and seaweed) I was delightfully surprised by both flavor and texture while the seitan burger was cooked to perfection. Highlight for me was the fresh cut chips and the homemade tartare sauce which was absolutely beautiful! Will definitely visit again.

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Not good, not even slightly good. - Edit

We ate at Mono today. The food was not good at all. We were thoroughly disappointed. The Greek fava dip was watery and acidic. The soup was worse than tasteless and the artichoke fritters seemed to contain artichokes that had come out of a jar and been battered! Baguette completely uninteresting. Truly dreadful food served by a very nice waiter. Awful food disaster! ?

Pros: Good helpful waiter

Cons: Terrible food disaster

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good good, staff slow - Edit

I was very excited about trying this place. We ordered two rainbow salads as starters. Delicious dressing. I had the sharing platter as a main. Very filling, very good. My partner had the batter sausage and chips, and he thought it was delicious! It was when we were waiting for the check it got a bit aggravating. We wanted to order dessert, but no one came around to clear our plates or ask if we wanted dessert. Then, we thought we could maybe just take them to go, but no. After 40 minutes of waiting for someone to come give us menus, we just wen to the bar to pay. It's unfortunate, because we were planning on coming back tomorrow.

Pros: good food

Cons: slow service

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Tasty Burger and fries - Edit

Went here today after a 7 minute walk from St George's Square. Had a seitan burger and vegan ham and pineapple pizza. Really liked the burger and fries (as I haven't had a burger in ages), though I would've prefered a sofer bun, and crispier fries. The pizza went down well with my mum, but thought it could've had less jalapeños and more vegan ham. The staff were really friendly and the atmosphere was quite cosy. Since it's my first time trying a vegan restaurant, it was quite good really.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-31

Pros: nice staff and atmosphere , nice portions

Cons: could've had more desserts on the menu

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Great food and service - Edit

We went for lunch today and the place was really busy, probably as there was a street festival on nearby.
We were welcomed by a waitress who offered us a choice of tables and we quickly ordered drinks.
We ordered food and enjoyed the meals very much.
Great food, good value, great service, a really good place to visit

Pros: Great all vegan menue, Really good service, Good choice on the menu

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Fantastic place - Edit

Fantastic food, a great range of drinks, lovely staff and a record shop to browse after you've had your dinner. Bliss.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Focus on local music

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Order the Pizza! - Edit

I've been to Mono a fair bit and it never fails. The pizzas are particularly delicious, as are the burgers, fries and cakes. The staff are pretty friendly, and dogs are allowed, as are takeaway orders, so I just can't stop coming back!

Pros: Pet friendly , Takeaway available , Good location, good for parking

Cons: Can get busy and not the biggest place

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AlasdairMcDougall 05 Nov 2016 - The 4 cheese pizza they had on as a special a few weeks ago was off the scale.  


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Happy Place - Edit

I wish we had more time in Glasgow, so I could eat everything on the menu!!
Friendly, fast service and great staff.
Cool hipster vibe without being pretentious.
And the food is delicious.
Definitely head here if you're in Glasgow .

Updated from previous review on 2016-07-16

Pros: Warm and Welcoming, Incredibly delicious food, Great staff and service

Cons: Nothing. Everything was perfect.

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vegan heaven - Edit

Fantastic menu, chilled vibe, great service and awesome grub. The only real challenge is what to choose... so I tasted everything our table ordered - deee-lish!! They just need to open in London as it's a helluva trek

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