1116 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD
  • Telephone 0141 334 0761
  • Bar open Mon 5pm–1am; Tue–Sun noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 4–6pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95 (3 tapas)
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Birra Moretti

With mighty big flavours in small dishes, this fun and friendly Finnieston diner is pushing to keep tapas lively and interesting.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Originally a pop-up in this thriving food and drink stretch of the West End, Rioja has built ample confidence and customer loyalty to put its roots down and become a classy fixture in Finnieston. A chic dark space with mirrored walls, reclaimed lampshades and gigantic blackboards, the room has the air of a groovy wine bar somewhere north of Granada. Tapas come from two menus – classic and modern – and can be ordered at the bar or taken at cosy candlelit tables hogging the walls. ‘Clásicas’ include the magnificent fideuà, a sweet, fragrant stew with earthy wild mushrooms and a rich juicy pork belly served with soft noodles, while the ‘Modernas’ menu boasts oodles of imaginative flavours and ideas packed into spirited dishes. Fried chicken wing lollipops are a fun serving with chunky honeyed meat, while rustic black pudding is rolled into a long thin crispy shell and accompanied by a rich apple sauce. The lure of stylish presentation, bounteous cocktails, and a lively and efficient serving team keeps Rioja busy all day and night – so booking, especially at weekends, is recommended.

  • High point: Fun, friendly and full of authentic flavours
  • Low point: Signage – it's easy to miss
  • Notable dish: Fideuà
  • Delivery: £2 local
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie pop, funky, electronica
  • Live entertainment: Occassional Dj nights, Spanish movie nights
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle