Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant

Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant
Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant
90 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8PZ
  • Telephone 0141 237 4730
  • Opening times Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight
  • Bar open Mon-Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11.30am–10pm
  • Email
  • Website www.elenastapas.com
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Assured Spanish cooking using top-quality Scottish produce and featuring 'raciones' (bigger than tapas, smaller than full plates) in an authentic family-run atmosphere.

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In Spain, terms for small dishes – tapas, pinchos, montaditos – vary from region to region. Elena’s northern-accented menu goes for racion – bigger than a tapa, or about the size of a generous starter. Two or three make a meal for a hungry individual or grazing for a few friends, and with Elena’s functioning as an all-day bar as much as a restaurant, that flexibility works well. It equates to pretty good value too, with raciones starting at £3.50 – although prices for the spanking-fresh seafood are understandably and considerably higher. Pan-Spanish favourites like patatas bravas – unusually light and crisp here – and Iberian ham share menu space with northern specialities, including Galician-style octopus and chorizo cooked in cider. Bigger dishes include paellas, whole fish and steaks – and if you order in advance you can get an entire slow-roasted lamb shoulder, which should feed four or five people. What elevates the food here though is not variety but care, the predominantly Spanish team handling excellent fresh produce with authentic skill and passion. Good wine list and surprisingly inexpensive Spanish liqueurs, too.

The List's rating






Martin Cross visited Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant on 24 January 2018
  • High point: Authentically Spanish commitment to quality
  • Low point: Menu needs a design overhaul
  • Notable dish: Croquetas of morcilla with a garlic purée
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 35 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: AOR
  • Live entertainment: Live music at weekends from blues and acoustic to flamenco
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best Spanish restaurants in Glasgow

17 Apr 2018

Authentic tapas and pinchos that will make you feel like you're in Spain

Spanish food has grown up in Glasgow over the past few years. More actual Spaniards are involved these days, and it shows. Meanwhile, a move away from the tired old tapas list has brought some creative, original and very delicious cooking to the city.