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Elena, from Santander in Spain and her team brings you the authentic informal dining of her home area. Choose from our extensive range of portiones (larger than typical UK "tapas") from £4.00 upwards to steaks and fantastic paellas. Washed down with carefully selected Spanish wines and beers. We also have some Scottish beers. We have added a Vegan Menu in addition to our vegetarian and Gluten-Free options. Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant is situated in Glasgow's west-end near to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Yorkhill Hospital. We are just a 15 minute walk from the SECC & Hydro.
PRICE RANGE
£4 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We thought we would give Elena's a try for lunch for my husbands birthday, given all the great reviews. I'm sorry to say we were disappointed. We selected the clams along with other dishes. After a short time, the waitress came to tell us there...were no clams that day 😔 We then asked for the shavings of Iberian ham and sadly were advised that there was no Iberian ham 😔 So we finally settled on meatballs as nothing else took our fancy. When the meatballs arrived, so quickly, I am sorry to say they were cold. The waitress did apologise and rightly removed the dish from our bill. We were left feeling deflated after having looked forward to something different.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I chose Elena's for dinner on our wedding anniversary and we had a lovely evening. The food was excellent (as always), the waiter was very friendly and he even gave us two glasses of delicious cava on the house to celebrate our...anniversary! Thank you very much for making our evening so special!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 December 2023

We had a lovely meal here, everywhere else around was full and wasn’t taking last minute bookings but they managed to get us in. We sat at the bar for tapas which was cool. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Food arrived quickly and was of...great quality, albeit a little pricey. However overall a great place to eat and well worth it. Ideal if attending events at the OVO hydro.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you for your kind words and positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tapas and found our staff friendly and helpful. We appreciate your understanding of our prices, which reflect the quality and freshness of our ingredients. We are glad...More

Reviewed 26 November 2023

Had lunch here today. Food was lovely staff great. Perfect birthday lunch for my husband. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

We are thrilled to hear that you had a lovely lunch and a perfect birthday celebration for your husband. Thank you for your compliments on our food and staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon☺️

Reviewed 26 October 2023 via mobile

Excellent service by a friendly, knowledgeable waiter. The food came quickly but tasted fresh and well cooked. The menu was varied and not expensive, as was the wine list.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2023

Muchas gracias for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant and that you were satisfied with our service, our food and our prices. We hope to see you again soon and continue to offer you the...More

Reviewed 16 October 2023

Quality of food was fantastic but was slightly let down by the inconsistent portion sizes. 5 tiny pieces of chorizo for £10 was a lot more than most other tapas places and was the opposite end of the scale to the large portions of tapas...we also ate here tonight.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2023

Muchas gracias for your feedback on the quality of the food; we are glad you enjoyed it. However, we apologize that you were not satisfied with the portion sizes of some dishes, especially the chorizo. We understand that the price may seem high compared to...More

Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

We visited this well recommend tapas restaurant as we both love Tapas and haven’t been before. The back room was slightly uncomfortable, it felt a little tight for space. The staff were lovely and very attentive. The food was mostly really good, the deep fried...Brie and the ribs were fantastic, but the mixed croquettes were less so. Over all the food was good enough to want to come back. Only real downside was the food arriving with in minutes of ordering, I like to relax and have a drink before the food arrives, kinda felt that the food wasn’t cooked to order.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you for your honest feedback and for choosing our tapas restaurant. We are happy you found our staff lovely and attentive. We apologize for the discomfort you experienced in the back room, and for the mixed croquettes not meeting your expectations. We are proud...More

Reviewed 14 October 2023 via mobile

First tine visit after a recommendation from a friend What a fabulous restaurant We were greeted with a warm welcome The explanation of the menu was clear, and for once we were advised not to order too many dishes as the restaurant served raciones -...larger portions Everything we ordered was simply delicious can’t wait to go backMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Muchas gracias for your kind words and lovely review!We can't wait to see you again soon!"

Reviewed 11 October 2023

This was the most fabulous place. The food was excellent, great choices and brilliant recommendations from the staff. The staff were so friendly and helpful, especially our waitress Nidia who was an absolute super star. . The various croquettes were stunning and the garlic prawns...were to die for, we should have just ordered more bread to mop up that amazing sauce. Thank you for a fabulous evening!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you were impressed by our food and our staff. We appreciate your feedback and your recommendation, and we look forward to see you again soon!

Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

Well established for evening and later in the afternoon, Elena’s also has a cracking Spanish flavoured brunch menu. Freshly made tortilla like nothing you’ve tasted here ❤️💃🏻 Loads of other options, down to fruit salad and sandwich mixto (ham and cheese toasty 😄). Really lovely...staff and a relaxed environment to start your day ☀️More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Muchas gracias!!☺️ Hopefully see you back soon!!

Reviewed 12 September 2023 via mobile

Loved Elena's we were staying in Glasgow for the weekend and googled Spanish tapas and ended up here and I'm so glad we did! We sat outside in the sunshine and the lady who served us(the owner I think?)was lovely knowledgeable and recommended fabulous wine...and tapas, we had the tomato salad, hummus, mushroom & spinach croquettes, prawn in chilli oil and iberian ham with cheese and it was all delicious we cannot wait to return.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you for your glowing review of Elena's!! The lady who served you was indeed the owner, Elena, and she is always happy to share her passion for Spanish cuisine with our guests. We can't wait to welcome you back! 😊

Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

One of our favourite restaurants to visit when back in Glasgow. The food, ambiance and service is just great. We especially like the pulpo, just perfect.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nidia Fernández García, Other at Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you for your lovely review of our restaurant! We are delighted to hear that you are one of our loyal customers and that you always enjoy our food, ambiance and service. Pulpo is one of our favourites!! Hope to see you again soon! 😊

Reviewed 7 September 2023 via mobile

While exploring University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Park in the afternoon, we were thinking of having dinner nearby. We chose Elena’s place and we were not disappointed at all. Elena is the owner of this Spanish, Mediterranean restaurant and helped us to choose items including...non-alcoholic drink. All the items were super tasty and reasonably priced. We sat outside as evening weather was very comfy. Elena and her team members checked several times if everything is ok or we need anything. We felt welcomed and made a very good conversation. We will surely come back when we get opportunity. Thank you Elena and your team members.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

I have been here quite a few times over the years and it never disappoints. Everything is amazingly good. The flavour is spot on and the quality of the ingredients is superb. I am myself originally from the North of Spain and I can say...all the dishes are very tasty. No wonder I keep coming every time I want to enjoy our typical cuisine. This time there is a special mention to those "torrijas" (fried bread), which brought back some fond memories from my childhood. By the way, their cocktails are out of this world as well!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

As newbies to tapas we liked the look of this place. Staff guided us re choices and we enjoyed what we picked. 5 items from the menu was more than enough. Very tasty and delicious. Lovely wine with the meal, attentive staff and a good,...family atmosphere.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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