Tinto Tapas Bar

Tinto Tapas Bar
138 Battlefield Road, Glasgow, G42 9JT
  • Telephone 0141 636 6838
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–7pm, Sun noon–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.50
  • Email
  • Website www.tintotapasbar.co.uk
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Tinto Tapas Bar

Home-spun take on tapas at the Southside branch of this creative small chain.

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Now a six-branch regional mini-chain, Tinto began life here in Langside ten years ago. Affordable and informal, the original remains a local favourite and gets plenty of passing trade from Hampden Park, as well as the hospital and college virtually on its doorstep. A long menu of generous tapas includes most of the usuals – light, crisp patatas bravas, sweetly-charred padrón peppers – plus a few rarer finds, such as aubergine with honey (a winning combination of sweet and savoury) and a hearty dish from Cordoba – the flamenquín – consisting of pork rolled around ham, cheese and peppers, fried in breadcrumbs and served in a rich, garlicky tomato sauce. This is the kind of simple cooking that needs a deft hand to really work, and chef Carlos Perera has one. Along with Scots-Spanish manager Jaime González-Bradley, he’s delivering an authentically Spanish – and authentically Southside – experience. A promised re-fit in spring should result in a brighter, airier interior, plus a few extra covers.

The List's rating






Martin Cross visited Tinto Tapas Bar on 8 March 2018
  • High point: Excellent value for money
  • Low point: Currently cramped (promised re-fit should help)
  • Notable dish: Potatoes with chistora sausage and morcilla, topped with a duck egg
  • Average price: £8.50 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)

The Tinto Tapas Bar is run by Proprietor Gordon Craig along with his staff of young (but experienced) waiters.

It is the only authentic Spanish Tapas Bar in the area with a seating capacity of 50. It offers an extensive range of dishes which when accompanied with a glass or better still a bottle of wine, of which they also offer a good selection, makes for a really enjoyable meal. It has been visited over the past few months by Joanna Bythman of the Sunday Herald, Alan Brown, Sunday Times and Ron McKenna, Saturday Herald all of whom gave it a an excellent review saying it was lively, authentic and well worth a visit.

It is ideally situated on the Battlefield Road, Shawlands with the bus route outside the door and Langside Station within walking distance. As it is close to Hampden Park it is ideal for a pre Concert/Match meal. It becomes very busy when a venue is on and it is advisable to book to save disappointment.

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spanish pop and flamenco
  • Capacity: 54
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £13.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

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17 Apr 2018

Authentic tapas and pinchos that will make you feel like you're in Spain

Spanish food has grown up in Glasgow over the past few years. More actual Spaniards are involved these days, and it shows. Meanwhile, a move away from the tired old tapas list has brought some creative, original and very delicious cooking to the city.