Rioja

Rioja
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 4–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £18.95
  • Email
  • Website www.riojafinnieston.co.uk
Photo of Rioja
Rioja

With innovative flavours in small dishes, this stylish Finnieston bar puts tapas into an urban setting.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Decorated in dark, cosy colours and dotted with red lamps, Rioja is a bustling tapas restaurant and late-night bar in the midst of Finnieston’s thriving dining scene. Mixing Spanish and Scottish ingredients with plenty of flair, the portions are generous so three tapas is more than enough per person. There are the usual traditional dishes – patatas bravas, Iberian cured meats – alongside more unusual offerings including octopus, broccoli and sweet potato, pig cheek with parsnip mash, and salmon tartare with guacamole and date syrup. The meatballs are particularly good, as are the dinky chorizo sausages in cider. There are a variety of menus to choose from including pre-theatre which offers three tapas for under twenty pounds. A small selection of night-time dishes are also available until the wee hours if you want to keep the party going and get peckish. Once you have devoured the delicious food, watch the world go by sipping one of the many intriguingly named cocktails, such as a Hemingway Daiquiri or The Angry Pirate – a Famous Grouse, crème de cassis, blueberry and apple concoction.

The List's rating
8

Menu

Cooking

Service

Ambience

Appeal

?
Emily Henderson visited Rioja on 16 January 2019
  • High point: Tapas and cocktails available until 1am
  • Low point: Very busy on concert nights
  • Notable dish: Suckling pig cooked for 32 hours with apple and cinnamon
  • Average price: £14.95 (set lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £2-£4
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: House/eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: DJ nights every Thursday
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10 (including fizz)
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best late dining in Glasgow

31 May 2018

Here's where to get some grub after hours in Glasgow

Looking for some food to go with your late night tipple? Glasgow has a selection of bars and restaurants dedicated to serving up decent meals until the wee hours. From curries to kebabs, there's plenty to keep the late night revellers happy.