- Telephone 0141 552 2101
- Bar open Thu–Sat 5pm–1am (Bar); Fri–Sat 11pm–3am (Club)
- Food served Thu–Sat 5–10pm. Closed Sun–Wed.
- Pre-theatre times Thu–Sat 5–7pm
- Average price £17 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
- Website www.arta.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
In Glasgow’s trendy Merchant City the competition among restaurants to attract discerning diners is high. Artà stands out architecturally. Once the location of a medieval cheese market this listed building was developed Baroque style in 2000 into a renaissance Spanish townhouse. The hacienda courtyard bar accommodates the cocktail crowd and hosts weekly salsa classes. It looks the part – all soapstone, wrought iron and marble draped in opulent fabrics. A grand staircase takes you to a vaulted, cavernous restaurant ideal for large parties. Isolated at the back is a ‘special’ Romeo and Juliet table. With no sign of Cupid among the architectural cherubs and plastic vines, any romantic inclinations are quickly eroded. The food is loosely based around a Spanish tapas theme but lacks flair in delivery or authenticity, particularly in classics such as patatas bravas or local favourites such as seared scallops with black pudding. Live bands and DJs in the basement club rooms serve to liven up the evening if you stick around.
- High point: Spanish lessons on audio in the restrooms raise a smile
- Low point: Baffling menu and pricing structure
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Live music
- Music on stereo: salsa in the restaurant; classical in the bar from 11pm; various in the club
- Capacity: 146
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2000
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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Outrageous Girls Night Out
Fraser Thomson (whose voice appears on the radio) hosts this regular night of cabaret, comedy, music and, of course, some fine lookin' fellas that take all their clothes off.
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