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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Located a stone’s throw from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Elena’s, open almost three years, radiates warmth and friendliness, with twinkly lights draped in abundance around the restaurant and bar. Specialising in cuisine from Northern Spain, Elena’s serves ‘raciones’, which are larger than tapas but smaller than full portions, so it’s best to order two or three per person. Staff are quick to help and offer recommendations. It’s a bit of a challenge to eat healthily from the menu, which features a fair number of breaded or deep-fried items, such as asparagus coated in golden crumbs with aioli, and diced pork belly. There are some lovely fish choices, including grilled and seasoned sea bass – although the seafood options can notch up the prices fairly quickly. There are a few paellas, too, designed for two to share. The churros are delectably fresh and crisp, but the thin consistency of the hot chocolate served with them lets this dessert down. Pop in for the Weekday Sangria Supper menu, available from Tuesday to Thursday all night, which offers red or white sangria and three raciones for a respectable £25.

The List's rating
7.2

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Emily Henderson visited Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant on 6 February 2019
  • High point: Lovely neighbourhood feel
  • Low point: Contents of bread basket rock hard
  • Notable dish: Galician-style octopus
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £20 (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: Traditional Spanish/alternative/rock
  • 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: 18
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best Spanish restaurants in Glasgow

28 May 2019

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.