La Boca

La Boca
189 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UL
  • Telephone 0141 237 7575
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–8pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 3–7pm
  • Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £15.50 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £11.95
  • Email
  • Website www.labocaglasgow.com
Photo of La Boca
in association with
Birra Moretti

A petite and welcoming family-run venue boasting faithful flavours, décor and vibes, overseen by a fine Spanish cook.

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With owners inspired by time spent living in Malaga and a chef from southern Spain, La Boca is confident enough to let the food do the talking without décor screaming Espana! Don’t fuse or deconstruct it – these dishes display the robust flavours that characterise good Spanish food. Where it dares to be different is that there aren’t black bulls dangling everywhere. The relaxed interior of azure-bordered tiles and faded posters is not unlike the neighbourhood bars of Seville, though they can’t guarantee Andalusian weather. No one’s perfect, but the authentic atmosphere transports visitors from a busy Glasgow street to sunnier climes in a single step. Then work your way through a menu filled with options. Crispy calamares, tender pork in sherry sauce, padron peppers with delicious salt and peppery bursts, crunchy fried aubergine are all consistently good. For a quick bite – and an even more authentic experience – order Estrella Galicia and hop up on the high stools that line the bar. Even better, the Tuesday Tapas deal is hard to be beat for value in the city centre.

  • High point: Relaxed and confidently authentic
  • Low point: Fills up fast on popular nights
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spanish pop
  • Live entertainment: Wine Tastings on the first Mon or Wed of the month
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16 per bottle