Founded in 2014, this pop-up tapas restaurant is part of a wave of new openings in the on trend Finnieston area, which have seen it transform into one of the buzziest places to eat in Glasgow.
Taking its name from the famous Spanish wine, Rioja offers diners a chance to sample a mix of truly authentic classic Spanish dishes and tapas with a modern twist. All the dishes are expertly made by a team of Spanish chefs, using only the best quality ingredients sourced both locally and from Spain.
Small-plate dining is becoming the norm in this pocket of town, but Rioja is almost alone in offering tapas of a Spanish variety.
It has done well to hold its own against increasingly stiff competition, from the well-established likes of Crabshakk down the road, and highly rated newcomers such as the Ox and Finch.
With its intimate setting, quirky interior and dark, moody lighting, it carries a mediterranean authentic feel. The same goes for the rustic menu, which is split into traditional and modern alternatives, be it Gambas Al Ajillo – King prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic & chilli, or Crujiente De Morcilla, Manzana Y Cebolla – Crispy parcel with black pudding & apple.
Drinks-wise, there is a good selection of wines, cocktails and punch.Try the Hendricks Tea Party punch – Hendricks Gin, Lillet Blanc, lime Juice, cranberry reduction, rose water and guava juice topped up with Cava, or an Orkney Chappel cocktail – Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Amontillado Sherry, Grand Marnier, Dry
Vermouth and sugar cane syrup.
For further details visit their website: www.riojafinnieston.co.uk
Awarded Opentable Diners’ Choice Award for 2015.
1116 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TD
0141 334 0761