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 5–7pm
  • Average price £7 (3 tapas); £18 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £10.95
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A petite and welcoming family-run venue boasting faithful flavours, décor and vibes, overseen by a fine Spanish cook.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

It’s easy to forget the roar of city centre traffic once ensconced in this this cosy family-run venue, which is bustling by day and all candlelit charm at nightfall. A well-stocked sturdy wooden bar gives way to the dreamy back area, where the low-lighting catches hints of blue Iberian tiles and framed festival posters invoking the feel of a snug tavern. Head chef Paco Querentes cooks to order with meat, fish and vegetarian tapas well represented. Carne con tomate is a slow-cooked traditional stew with soft yielding pork in a piquant tomato sauce, while spinach croquettes are light and fluffy, layered with sharp bursts of ripe blue cheese. Also of note is morcella – a light, crumbly black pudding from Burgos in Northern Spain, and queso – slivers of fruity manchego cheese served with sweet grapes. With its relaxed and chatty service, nicely priced wine list, monthly wine tasting nights and an express lunch menu at just £7 for 3 dishes, La Boca is building – and justifying – a fine reputation in this bit of town and beyond.

  • High point: Great value, especially at lunchtime
  • Low point: Tables are a bit huddled
  • Notable dish: Carne con tomate
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: spanish music
  • 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: 11
  • House wine: £17 per bottle