The Rio Café
This restaurant has ceased trading.
- 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 £7 (set lunch); £10 (evening meal)
Since opening ten years ago, the Rio Café has firmly established its place on both the local culinary and cultural scenes.
The Rio Café falls into that slim and select category of diners that both serve breakfast and stay open late, meaning that their extensive menu incorporates everything from pancakes and eggs, sharing platters and sandwiches, to meatballs and burgers. The sweet potato, feta and pumpkin seed salad makes for a light and refreshing healthy option, or if you are hankering for something a little more homely and calorific then the macaroni cheese is the perfect antidote to a chilly Glasgow evening. Aside from the food, the café’s cultural contribution to the community on this Partick–Hyndland border is commendable, with a wide range of well-attended events including a poetry night, a pub quiz, an open mic, and a jazz night taking place at various points throughout each month. Recently under new management, it doesn’t look like their winning formula is set to change.
- High point: Packed programme of events
- Low point: Service can be slow at busy times
- Notable dish: Full breakfast
- 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: rock/alternative/indie
- Live entertainment: Open mic nights, live bands, jazz sessions, DJs, cabaret night, poetry night, under-18s open mic night once a month, quiz night, curry night
- Capacity: 50 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: 0
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
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Neighbourhood Watch: Partick, Glasgow13 Apr 2011
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