Cafe Andaluz

Price guide: Mid-range

12-15 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DW

Price guide: Mid-range

Cafe Andaluz

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#20 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Stag / hen parties, No fuss

Expert review of Cafe Andaluz

Glasgow’s best Spanish tapas maestro has a distinctive Andalucían touch.

This is the best Spanish eaterie in the city bar none. Decorated like a traditional Seville taverna in bright lemon and cobalt coloured tiles, dark wood and Moorish lamps, it is a one stop shop for sharing meat, seafood and veggie tapas, paellas and Spanish wines and lip-smacking sangrias. I often duck in here for seafood plates of gambas pil pil (roast prawns in chilli) and boquerones (marinated anchovies) with my partner but whether I’m happy to share them or not is an entirely different matter: I think the Spanish for that is “Párelo” (stop it!).

Food and drink: 

Perfect plates of Spanish tapas (chorizo, patatas bravas and grilled chicken) for friends and family make this restaurant incredibly popular with locals and as such it has a cavernous downstairs crypt for seemingly hundreds of diners. As the clock ticks, the restaurant’s flamenco soundtrack is turned up to ten and a selection of Spanish beers – San Miguel, Cruzcampo and Estrella Damm – mix with a heady list of cocktails.

Recommended dishes: 

Albondigas (spiced meatballs in tomato sauce) and paellas are perennially popular with the Glaswegian faithful but I prefer to stick with the calamares and tabla de iberico (a platter of Serrano ham, aged Iberico chorizo, lomo and manchego cheese).

Ambience: 

Benefiting from a fantastic location near George Square, this restaurant always attracts the passing trade during weekend shopping trips. It’s also a great place for a night out with friends and has a firm focus on a family friendly atmosphere.

Service: 

More Spanish than a Majorcan holiday in the sun, the majority of staff are natives of the Iberian Peninsula.

Location: 

Off one of Glasgow’s main city squares, you can’t get more central.

Price advice: 

Tapas plates range from £3-6 and a variety of meal deals are available. Please see the website for more details www.cafeandaluz.com

Other useful branches: 

Café Andaluz has a sister branch in the West End on the cobbled neighbour to byers Road, Cresswell Lane.

More information on Cafe Andaluz:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Catalan, Seafood, Snacks, Spanish, Tapas
Address:
12-15 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DW
Telephone:
0141 222 2255
Website:
http://www.cafeandaluz.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-11pm. Sun 12.30pm to 11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Cafe Andaluz? Would you recommended it?