The Rio Café
- Telephone 0141 334 9909
- Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sun 9am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun 9am–8.45pm.
- Average price £11 (lunch); £11 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Filled with live music, cabaret, spoken word and open-mic nights, this retro-styled bar and café is a well-loved local lynchpin between the West End and Partick, and is a downright splendid place to while away the hours. Substantial, tasty meals such as lasagne and fish and chips have a delicious familiarity to them, while being compromised of tasty, seasonal ingredients, and a halloumi and red pepper salad is just as filling. Flaky, moreish Portuguese nata make a welcome appearance in an alluring range of cakes and Scottish ice-cream, while an ample selection of Williams Bros bottles and draft are behind the bar. Furnishings might be in need of a little love, but otherwise it’s hard to not feel affectionate about this quirky and distinctive venue, which swings deftly between daytime family café and happening night spot.
- High point: Always something interesting happening here
- Low point: Can be too packed to eat in the evenings
- Notable dish: Haddock and poached egg
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: indie pop
- Live entertainment: Open mic nights, live bands, jazz sessions, DJs, cabaret night, poetry night, under-18s open mic night once a month
- Capacity: 50
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
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