The Rio Café

The Rio Café
27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5QF
  • 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)
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The Rio Café attracts one of the most cheerfully diverse crowds in the city, with laid-back staff who are just as happy to make you a strong cup of tea with a Tunnocks wafer at 11pm as pour you a pint of Amstel. The red leather booths, retro formica tables and a bar that sells everything from CDs by local musicians to bags of soor plooms lend Rio an inimitable vibe that is part greasy spoon, part pub and part cabaret lounge. The all-day menu offers the kind of comfort food your inner eleven-year-old has been craving. Sure, there’s eggs Benedict and bubbling bowls of homemade lasagne for those feeling a bit more grown-up, but you know you’re going to order sausage, egg, chips and beans and a scoop of Soave’s vanilla. Exactly the sort of quirkiness you’d expect from a café-bar that hosts possibly the world’s only Ceefax-themed club night.

  • High point: Nostalgic comfort food
  • Low point: You'll have to share those booths when it gets busy
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • 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

Event times

Last Monday at Rio

The first hour is open mic involving ranters, poets, flash proseurs and comedians. Five-minute spots should be booked in advance through the e-mail address below. The headline writer is Chrys Salt, Director of the Bakehouse Art Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet – a powerful voice of humanist poetry.

Mon 30 Nov

Free / 0141 334 9909

Part of The Only Way is Ethics.

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9. Alberto l'escargot11 Mar 2014, 1:11am4 stars The Rio Café Report

Every area needs somewhere like this: croissants and espresso (or big fat greasy UK style breakfasts, if you prefer) of a morning; lunch with kids gallavanting around your shins of an afternoon; and a proper west end style boozer of an evening. My fav time of day is when I've skived off early from work and managed to spread my big arse out over a banquette and enjoy a bottle of Williams Bros beer and my current reading matter of choice before heading home for my dinner. The Rio fits me like a big a big comfy woolly jumper in a cold arctic January. Here's to another 8 years! My only request is...less of the bland jazzy tunes plz, everything else is just fine and more than dandy. Xxx

8. Pebbles6 Oct 2011, 3:48pm5 stars The Rio Café Report

Good, honest, fuss free, comfort food. Great atmospere day or night. Staff are friendly and relaxed. Love the great breakfast selection and really nice to have healthy porridge options. Perfect place to go if you are looking for somewhere relaxed and friendly instead of the many pretentious west end cafes.

7. Spare your health!27 Mar 2011, 10:00pm Report

Purchased a Veggie Burger from here today to carry out,£5.95 with some chips, not the cheapest I've bought, it was served to me within 3 minutes, I just assumed it was pre prepared to go out, FRESH I thought!!!! got it home, bit into it not only was it was luke warm, and absolutely SOLID, I dont mean uncooked solid, I mean I couldnt even break it by bending it as hard as I tried, this was clearly served to me in the full knowledge that this was not only reheated, but microwaved prior as well, DONT EAT out of this place,, seriously I was completely disgusted that this was served to me, I did contact the Rio to state that I will!! and I mean WILL, take this up with the Food Standards Agency, spare yourself the grief. an absolutely arrogant ant disgusting place.

6. Useful Idiot27 Mar 2010, 11:58am Report

Love everything about this place - great decor, nice vibe, fantastic staff who are laid back in that way you only seem to get in Glasgow. Last time I was in the breakfast was a bit of a mess - chef was possibly having a bad day - but this was rectified immediately and generously.

5. GlasgowX23 Mar 2010, 11:24pm Report

Sorry guys, I really want to rate this place but breakfast here this week was awful! Egg half-cooked, sausage pinkish (cheap, badly cooked or both?), bacon fine. Presentation mediocre. Service and communication excellent.

It's an interesting place, different styles for various time zones but you have to get the basics right. Maybe chef just had a hangover but half-cooked is inexcusable. Still annoyed I didn't complain.

I'm hoping my experience was just a case of being there on the wrong day.

4. Gaj5 Jan 2010, 1:02am Report

Rio is an outstanding place, as others have said, good food, great music, great live events and excellent staff. I would recommend this place to anyone, and do so on a regular basis.

3. preset23 Feb 2009, 11:54am5 stars The Rio Café Report

Great little place, come day or night.
Honest family friendly diner by day, and 'anything goes' entertainment by night.
Friendly and fun staff always pleased to serve you.

2. IslaH22 Feb 2009, 4:21pm Report

I have been to the Rio Cafe a few times now and I have not been dissappointed once. The food is lovely, they do a great breakfast and its a really nice place for a cake and a coffee. The staff have always been attentive without harrassing you. It has a fifties kind of feel and I have taken freinds there to try their ice-cream sundaes which are superb. I would definately reccommend it.

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 3 reviews of The Rio Café.

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