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5.5 /6 Wonderful 273 Reviews

Elia Greek Restaurant

City Centre Greek ££ +100
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About Elia Greek Restaurant

Glasgow may feel a million miles away from the Mediterranean but at Elia Greek Restaurant you can get your fix of some sunny Greek culture without having to book a flight out of the city. Authentic Greek cuisine is dished up here at this charming restaurant in the heart of the city and you will find a range of traditional, home-style dishes on the menu, all at affordable prices despite the restaurant's premium City Centre location on George Square.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Elia Greek Restaurant, 24 George Square, G2 1EG Glasgow

Further Information

One of Glasgow’s most loved Greek restaurants, there is a good reason why so many people head to Elia Greek Restaurant in the City Centre to indulge in a little piece of the Mediterranean. They have an extensive menu of Greek dishes as well as a light and airy atmosphere. Why not begin your feast with a few mezze plates to share? Choices include dolmathes (rice, herbs and minced beef wrapped in vine leaves), keftedes (traditional beef meatballs) and of course a range of Greek dips like hummus, tzatziki and taramasalata.

In true Greek style, Elia Greek Restaurant’s menu has an abundance of dishes featuring meat that has been slow cooked to perfection. Try some kleftiko (lamb that has been delicately cooked to fall off the bone and smothered in a tomato-based sauce) or chicken souvlaki (grilled chicken served on a skewer). Vegetarians will be spoiled for choice too though with an array of meat-free options. Located on George Square in Glasgow City Centre, Elia Greek restaurant is a popular choice whether it is for lunch or dinner. Book in advance to guarantee a table!


273 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 273 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
09.09.2017 21:44

First time at Elia and will definitely be back again soon. Great food and great service :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

1 review so far 6
03.09.2017 12:41

Lovely food, service friendly and fast. We got 4 course mete menu- so much food! Was totally stuffed and so yummy. Defo recommend. Handy for train station too as right on George square

1 review so far 6
02.09.2017 07:08

Delicious food. Great service. Attentive to special dietary needs. Thanks! There were several quite large groups in the restaurant on a Friday evening which made it perhaps noisier than usual but our experience was still very enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 07:49

First time coming to the restaurant. It is a Lovely restaurant with excellent service and food is amazing!! Will most definitely be back!! Nice friendly relaxed feel!

1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 09:33

Great food, great location, wonderful staff. Our table looked over George Square and the Council Chambers building. The restaurant itself is in a grand Victorian building and a pleasant interior. We shared a meze selection that included a light spanakopita and an exceptional dolma, delicately and aromatically spiced. My main was a good portion of a well cooked giouvetsi accompanied by a bottle of "Mythos" beer. The meat was tender and the orzo "al dente" but, best of all, the dish was beautifully spiced and seasoned. My two less adventurous fellow diners took the chicken souvlaki and both enjoyed it. The portions were generous enough to preclude ordering desserts. The staff were prompt and courteous and the bill of £55 for the three of us was value for money.

2 reviews so far 5
29.05.2017 11:29

This is the real Greece. We had the mezze menu and really enjoyed it. The dips were great - a mile away from the stuff in commercial tubs from a supermarket. The dolmades were moist and tasty, and the Greek sausage was full of tasty herbs. The marinades used on the souvlaki were lovely. The kadaifi was moist and fresh - not dried up as it sometimes can be, and came with some very good ice cream. The Greek coffee was the real thing. The wines were mostly Greek or Cypriot. Just to complete the atmosphere we topped and tailed the meal with ouzo and Metaxa. with slightly less chewy beef in an otherwise tasty stifado this would have been a 6. The staff here are all very friendly and pretty efficient.

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 16:17

Fantastic vibrant place and great, helpful experienced staff.I've had a table of 5 booked for my wife birthday and everything been above my expectations apart from this that was a friday night usualy most busy time when staff members and chefs are tired and bombarded with orders but they doing well under pressure.Food been very goood and portion sizes enourmous.Prices also very suprising.Waiting time less than average at simillar places on friday night.For a first time visit strongly recommended.I know what I'm saying because I'm a chef with 20 years experience and I can apppreciate somebody else work ethic and effort.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2015 21:28

A fantastic location on George Square. The atmosphere is very warm and friendly. The house wine was lovely and fresh. The food was absolutely delicious. The taziki was just as we remembered it from our visits to Greece. The food was really authentic and rich. We enjoyed lovely village sausage, greek burgers and souvlaki. It was absolutely lovely. We finished by sharing chocolate fudge cake. The staff were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We will certainly be back and it was very good value. Worth every minute.

4 reviews so far 6
08.08.2017 08:33

My first visit here and it is a real discovery. Had the bean soup for starters, not only delicious but also possibly the best value starter I have ever had! For my main I tried the Cretan style lamb chops. The size of the portion defeated me but the meat, potatoes and accompanying vegetables were all delicious. I finished the visit off with a glass of Mextaxa 7*******. A real taste of the Balkans in the heart of Glasgow. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 09:27

This was our first visit and we will be back! We had the early evening menu which was excellent value at £9.95 per person and the house wine was very acceptable. I would have given this review a 6 had it not been for the extra portion of dolmades which were exceptionally small and tasteless, but this did not detract from the rest of the meal. The beef Kokkinsto was delicious and the baked fish was beautiful. We will return and probably try the A la Carte next time.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 08:54

Food was amazing, mezze starters full of flavour. The corgettes were my favourite, light crispy batter. The chicken souvlaki was tender and tasty and the lamb just fell off the bone, all seasoned really well. The staff very efficient, warm and friendly and everyone of them actually looked like they were happy to be there! Service was prompt but never rushed through the meal. Prices really good. Will definitely continue to recommend them.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 10:23

Yet another fabulous night at Elia, we visit once a year at Christmas time, this is our third year in doing so. Staff are excellent and still the same guys for three years running, which is great and they remember you, giving you a warm welcome. The food is amazing and the Othello wine is delicious. Thank you Elia, see you next year!!!!

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 09:40

The staff are friendly, attentive and very patient when waiting on a group of four to eventually decide what we wanted to eat. The food was delicious and served hot and in a reasonable time scale (long enough to prepare it fresh but not too long so you are left hungry). I would eat there again and I would recommend to others.

2 reviews so far 5
06.09.2016 12:42

Had a great evening with lovely food. The wine that we asked for wasn't available but the alternative offered was absolutely fantastic and we were charged at the lower price of the original - fabby! The staff seemed a wee bit cool when we arrived but that notion disappeared rapidly as the evening went on - they were all good fun and very friendly. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 18:05

We had a relaxed evening, celebrating 5 years since the 6 of us had attended a major reunion at the British School in Athens. The food in Elia was tasty and plentiful; both the food and our beer and wine were excellent value for money, and the service was cheerful and courteous. We will be back!

1 review so far 4
08.02.2017 08:12

Food and wine great, service also great when a waiter showed up. There were large gaps between service and it seems like we saw every waiter in the house. When they stopped by they were friendly, chatty and accommodating, although they made a mistake with my partners food choice. Worth mentioning the restaurant looked fairly busy. The booking that I did online did not appear at their end, so when I arrived there was no table reserved, luckily they had a spare.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 07:21

Myself and two friends had the two course pre theatre menu. It was an excellent dining experience. Great choice and quick service. The food tasted excellent, I have lived in Greece and know my Greek food very well. The waiters and waitresses were polite and helpful. I can't recommend elia highly enough.

3 reviews so far 6
18.04.2017 16:53

Had a fantastic family meal at Elia Restaurant on Saturday 15th April 2017. Food delicious and staff very professional, attentive and friendly. We go to greece on holiday every year so it was lovely to experience a little bit of greece in Glasgow. Great night. Good laugh with family and staff.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2016 19:47

Delicious food but beautifully cooked. Wonderful value at £6.95 for 2 course lunch. Good service and a comfortable spacious relaxed atmosphere. Have been to Elia 3 or 4 times and always enjoy the experience and the food. A la carte has something for everyone and the prices are very reasonable.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 14:48

We went before 7pm on a week day and got 2 amazing courses for £9.95. Absolutely delicous and really filling. Also nice that the waiters were from Greece and felt like we were back on holiday in Crete again. Very friendly staff and tasty greek food - will be back.