24 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1EG
  • Telephone 0141 221 9988
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–10.30pm; Sunday 1–10.30pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.45pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 4–7pm; Fri/Sat 4–6pm
  • Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12
  • Website eliagreekrestaurant.com
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Birra Moretti

Authentic, warm and relaxed, with good views over George Square, Elia serves up hearty plates of Greek cuisine and delicious wines.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Situated in a listed building looking out over George Square, Elià aims to bring a taste of Greece to Glasgow’s city centre. The airy dining room can accommodate large groups, while booths allow for more intimate dining. Either way, you’ll be transported by the food. Owner George Ieronymidis’s Cretan heritage shines through, whether it’s the regional dishes on the menu such as pork chop with Cretan cheese or the excellent olive oil imported from George’s own family’s farm. The restaurant’s popularity with the city’s Greek community is testament to Elià’s authenticity and cooking. Dishes vary according to what’s in season. Marinated lamb chops are well-flavoured and served with addictive oven potatoes, slow-cooked beef burgers are bathed in a rich tomato and cumin-scented sauce, and moussaka gets a vegetarian make-over. Desserts mostly comprise traditional Greek pastries, doused in syrup and tooth-achingly sweet. It’s well worth taking a look at the excellent wine list as many bottles are imported from small-scale Greek producers and are unique in the city.

  • High point: Terrific Greek-centric wine list
  • Low point: Glasgow weather no substitute for Greek sunshine
  • Notable dish: Cretan style lamb chops
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Traditional Greek music
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £15 per bottle