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–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11.30am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–4pm
  • Email
  • Website www.elenastapas.com
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Northern Spanish cuisine and wines to match featuring 'rationes' dishes (small plates, bigger than tapas) in an authentic family-run atmosphere.

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This bar-restaurant near the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery prides itself on being family owned and run, and is clearly a labour of love for Spanish owner Elena Xavier and her family. Rather than tapas, the menu is here is based on raciones, which are also common in Spain. Portions are larger and two per person should be enough to satisfy most appetites. The house tortilla tastes fresh and soft, while the chorizo in cider is excellent, coming with plenty of sauce that’s an open invitation for dipping bread into. Grilled octopus is one of Elena’s favourites and it’s a good choice, tender and dusted with paprika. The wine list features some inviting reds from Cataluna and Rioja, with the latter recommended for the range of cured meats also available. There’s a bar and separate dining area, with both filled with chatter that comes from locals and families alike. A variety of live music adds to the atmosphere, too, ranging from blues to flamenco on weekend nights.

  • High point: Warm, family-friendly dining
  • Low point: Some dishes work better than others
  • Notable dish: Grilled octopus
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £18.50 (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: Spanish pop
  • 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: 12
  • House wine: £16 per bottle