1116 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD
  • Telephone 0141 334 0761
  • Opening times Daily: noon–1am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 4–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £18.95 (3 tapas)
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With innovative flavours in small dishes, this stylish Finnieston bar puts tapas into an urban setting.

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With a largely Spanish front-of-house team and a head chef with the reassuringly Basque name of Urrutiabeskoa, Rioja promises a genuinely authentic tapas experience. Fittingly for hip Finnieston, the menu reflects fashionable Spanish trends, with innovative ‘tapas modernas’ joining tried-and-trusted ‘tapas clasicas’. Examples of the former tend to the meaty – there’s a tender Iberian pig cheek on parsnip mash, suckling pig cooked for 32 hours, and a ‘low temperature‘ lamb leg with almond crumbs. Over on the trad side of the menu, fried calamares are a faultless example of a ubiquitous standard, with sweet, tender rings robed in light, crisp batter. Small plates here are fairly generous – three would be more than enough for most appetites – and there’s a tapas-and-paella deal for early diners (before 6pm, not Hydro concert nights). A decent wine list includes some excellent choices (of Rioja, naturally) at the lower end of the price range. With so much competition nearby, you’ve got to be good to stay busy in Finnieston, and Rioja is packed out on a regular basis.

The List's rating






Martin Cross visited Rioja on 20 February 2018
  • High point: Interesting and innovative new tapas
  • Low point: Restricted deals when there's a gig at the Hydro
  • Notable dish: Pork trotters, foie gras, black pudding
  • Average price: £14.95 (set lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £2 local
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Low-volume r&b
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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