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Rioja, Glasgow,

Rioja

4.4
4.4
1030 Reviews
£26 to £40
Spanish

Rioja are delighted to introduce our new restaurant concept, headed up by Catalonian Michelin-starred chef Miguel Angel Mayor. Our 60-seat restaurant in the heart of Finnieston, will keep it's focus on tapas dining, but it's sense of fun and mischief will remain. Chef Miguel will showcase a gastronomic vision that is-ever expanding and knows no borders. The menu will constantly evolve and Miguel and his team will use innovative techniques in respect of the produce sourced.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    0141 357 3277

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Angel Mayor

  • Neighborhood

    Glasgow

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Exhibition Centre (Glasgow)‎ train station a short walk away<br /><br />Bus 100 stop Finnieston

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Express Lunch

    £14.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy any three dishes from the selection of tapas!
  • Pre Theatre menu

    £18.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Glass of cava, an oyster, and two tapas per person- ideal meal for pre hydro gig!
  • cocktail & tapas

    £16.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Any listed cocktail plus two dishes from the selection of delicious tapas- so whether its a negroni or a sangria, or an espresso martini or a margarita that tickles your fancy we've got you covered!

What 1,030 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • Glasgow/Lanarkshire

    Innovative

  • Glasgow/Lanarkshire

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  • Glasgow

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  1. MM

    MarianneM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and wine, with a very good value for money lunch menu. Really loved the croquettes and Spanish omelette, although it was all delicious. We'll be back for sure!
  2. DR

    DonaldR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Was not a great experience. Six course tapas. We got 3 to share told was our first four ?? . Feeling we got since last time was money saving menu. Disappointing, waitress was excellent! Overall experience was not good a much poorer food experience than last time which was fantastic. Honestly I fear for the future. Sorry 😞
  3. HM

    HelenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a lovely place to eat, staff are warm and friendly, atmosphere relaxed and informal. food was excellent - highly recommend
  4. P

    Papazulu

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service in a great location. Will be back.
  5. NC

    NeilC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Restaurant was busy which I will put down to the poor service and been given the wrong orders, my previous experience of a Tapas restaurant is that all dishes should be served together as opposed to individually, which resulted in my guest and I trying to work out who ordered what. One waiter was running about with a plate of patatas bravas looking for the customer who had ordered them, when he asked if I would like to take them off his hands I presumed it was a freebie, but I ended up getting charged for them, I’ve been in other Tapas restaurants in Glasgow and this one really needs to do a lot of work to catch-up with them.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was fabulous. Lovely place. Great food. Superb wine all served by efficient & friendly wait staff
  7. RW

    RobW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice food and friendly staff though quite expensive for what is was
  8. AC

    AliceC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks, service was great too, thank you!
  9. JM

    JoannaM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    First time trying here and was disappointed. Staff were lovely and friendly and the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated. The food let it down, we ordered bombas and they arrived cold as well as the chorizo in cider. On the menu, the dishes seem extremely appealing however we weren’t impressed by the flavours of the dishes and how they were executed. Such a shame as we had heard good things.
  10. GC

    GordonC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Lovely place, staff great but restaurant very quiet, maybe only busy at nights
  11. P

    Paul

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice food with excellent service. Will definitely be back.
  12. DM

    DouglasM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sat for 30 minutes. No drinks order let alone any food. So poor.
  13. G

    George

    East Lothian

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This is the second time that I have been to Rioja in the past few months. First time I was with my Son and at least 4 items on the menu weren't available (But the service was really good). I was here on a Saturday evening and again many items not on the menu (I find this very poor and bad planning on the kitchens part) No Spanish jamon Iberico come on there's no excuse for not having this plus no BBQ octopus to mention an other. My main complaint was the poor quality of the food, the traditional Spanish omelette was bland and over cooked, the GAMBAS AL AJILLO a poor excuse for a dish and prawns under cooked (Someone should be checking the food when it is leaving the kitchen, on a positive note the CROQUETAS DE JAMON were delicious and they do have one of the best red wines available by the glass Ramon Bilbao Mirto. Regarding the service it was very poor, ordered 1 PATATAS BRAVAS got 2 portions and service really slow. Overall a disappointing evening and not what you'd expect from a restaurant on the Finnieston mile (The competition and standards are high). I wont be back but would urge the owners to have a good look at the finer details for I think with a little TLC you could have a great restaurant. G
  14. JM

    JaneyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really great food. Loved every dish we got. Only slight negative was not being told that 2 of the 4 fishes dishes were unavailable ( would have been better to be told BEFORE choosing from menu) Great service otherwise despite V. busy Saturday evening,
  15. RM

    RoryM

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    35 mins for first drink to arrive. Average food. Chaotic service.
  16. JO

    JulieO

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great restaurant, food was delicious but service slightly slow
  17. P

    Pushkin

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit but not the last I think. The food was a bit different to the usual tapas and it was very good. The staff were excellent too. It’s a small restaurant but doesn’t feel small and the atmosphere was very good. All in all a very good visit.
  18. l

    lynnev

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food wasn’t great, not even remotely like Spanish tapas
  19. LL

    LizLovesTapas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good but portions were tiny - certainly not sharing platters. Sea Bass tempura was nicest out of all tapas we ordered. The pardon peppers disappointed because very hot - more like eating hot chillies. Staff were excellent - efficient and friendly
  20. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Veggie options were mostly tasteless. Certainly little like any Spanish dining experience I’ve experienced. Overall the experience was underwhelming
  21. DH

    DavidH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is a friendly little Tapas style restaurant offering dishes which are really a fusion of Spanish and Scottish cuisine. The menu is balanced and the range of dishes about right. There are also some well priced wines available by the glass or bottle. Ideal for dinner before an evening at the SECC Hydro!
  22. KM

    KarenM

    Angus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Friendly helpful staff, good location, lovely restaurant
  23. J

    Jules

    Warwickshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fab meal, lots of choice, very tasty
  24. AN

    ANDREAR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely meal!!! Very tasty. The staff were very attentive and helpful. We even managed to get a starter that wasn't on the menu. Thanks so much for a lovely start to a brilliant night out. We shall be back for sure
  25. S

    Saturdaynightguest

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Portion sizes are very small but the little food we got tasted lovely. House red was lovely and very reasonably priced for a restaurant. Coffee was undrinkable. Would I go back, probably not as feel not great value for money. Service was excellent
  26. MS

    MartaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excelent food, nice service, and atmosphere. Highly recommened . But need to be booked in advance.
  27. MD

    MabelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nathan looked after us very well and the food was absolutely delicious. It was a very busy Saturday night and the food arrived promptly, nothing seemed like too much hassle. Fantastic venue which deserves so much more recognition!
  28. M

    Mags

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm confused as to why this place is not better rated - the food was delicious, none of these greasy tapas-wannabes that you often come across. Every dish was full of flavour, the patatas bravas were worth fighting over, and even my seafood-averse husband tucked into the Galician octopus. Would definitely go back and save space for the churros.
  29. JW

    JaneW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food, it was delicious!!!! great service .Waiters very knowledgeable and friendly.would 100%recommend and visit again
  30. CL

    CLAIREA

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and great service. The food was fresh with great flavours.
  31. A

    Andyp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing as always and love the menu. Will always be back as the whole experience was a joy. Cannot fault the staff as were very helpful but very busy.
  32. HN

    HazelN

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch and amazing food for special occasion
  33. VP

    VivienP

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely meal but we wished it had all arrived at the same time!
  34. AK

    AngeK

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Love the cocktails and everything we ate was delicious. We were celebrating my daughter’s graduation which I had let the restaurant know about so was a little disappointed that nothing was done to mark that but otherwise fabulous
  35. BA

    BarbaraAitkenhead

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Upstairs was too hot and stuffy and service a little bit slow but staff were very nice. Pot. Bravas very disappointing as they were just chips 🙄 Other food was yummy. Wouldn't stop me going back 🥂
  36. FC

    FionaC

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it here. Food and service outstanding. Only criticism is that the music was a bit loud.
  37. C

    Carola

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food really good but service slow and patchy although staff very friendly.
  38. VD

    VickyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, will definitely be back. Service was very good and quick.
  39. RM

    RobM

    West Lothian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent. Beautifully presented and some very clever combinations, especially the leek hearts with black pudding! Every dish very tasty. My only slight draw back was the service, which was a shame because they were very nice but painfully slow. Food came out at a good pace but took ages to be served once seated, never asked us if we wanted drinks, when eventually served went straight after our food order. also had to catching their eye when we wanted more water and drinks. However a very small point on the scheme if things. Will definitely be back!
  40. AB

    AlisonB

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With an excellent choice of tapas, Rioja is a lovely wee restaurant with great service and a good atmosphere.

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Rioja is rated 4.4 stars by 1030 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Glasgow

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Exhibition Centre (Glasgow)‎ train station a short walk awayBus 100 stop Finnieston

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Angel Mayor

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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