A little about us…

Sol y Sombra has been Dundee’s most popular tapas bar since it opened in 2011. Born out of a lifelong love for Spanish food and culture, we have created a menu of fresh, authentic and simple tapas. The aim is to recreate the feel of a typical Spanish family meal, so everyone has to share and enjoy the meal as one.

Sol y Sombra’s name comes from the Spanish words for sun and shade and refers to different types of seats one can purchase at bullfights. The cheap seats are Sol, and are in the full sun, whereas the most expensive seats are Sombra and are fully shaded. A Sol y Sombra ticket has some shade and some sun throughout the day. 

A little history…

Our building has had a rich history in the hospitality business. Built in 1842, the building was the Lorne Bar until 1969. In 1969 Dundee footballer, Bobby Cox, bought the Lorne Bar and renamed it the Sliding Tackle. It was bought over in 1975 and renamed the Ferry Inn, which it was until Phil and Joanna started Sol y Sombra. Two of the supporting beams in the cellar were recovered wreckage from the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster of 1878.

  • 5 star ratingFantastic drinks Visited the tapas bar with my girlfriend for some drinks on Friday night, what a night we had. Drinks were spot on and staff very talkative and well mannered. 10/10


    5 star ratingGreat Food!! Outstanding chicken salad! Food was excellent and service was top notch. I will be back for sure! Highly Recommended 🙂


    5 star ratingAmazing Place with delicious food. Lots of great food, polite service, drinks were great. Very nice decorations around the eating area.

    Jagoda B

    5 star ratingSomething for everyone I cannot speak highly enough of my recent visit to Sol y Sombra. We were a large group with a variety of diets - meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans -... read more

  • Just enjoyed a leisurely Monday lunch in Sol y Sombra with friends. What a welcoming, relaxed and unique venue with delicious food and drink.

    Served by Lewis who had an amazing... read more

    Caroline Knox

    5 star ratingPerfect! A lot of delicious food! We couldn't really finish it all:) friendly atmosphere, nice nad clean place. Absolutely worth it:)


    5 star ratingOur favourite Tapas Bar This bar/restaurant is so inviting: We sometimes have the delicious Tapas, but we also love going for a few drinks. The cocktails are beautiful and the staff always pay such... read more


    Very tasty and authentic Spanish Tapas dishes. Would thoroughly recommend. Staff very friendly and attentive. I'll definitely be back!! ❤️😋

    Alanna Ramponi
  • 5 star ratingExcellent Food was excellent, service was great. How anyone can leave this place hungry is beyond me. Me and my wife could not finish all the dishes (so many) cold and... read more


    5 star ratingGreat place for a delicious meal or simply hang out! Fabulous drinks. Went for dinner on Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. We were happily surprised to try a new tapa with pan fried chicken with manchego cheese. Ribs were delightful! I... read more


    5 star ratingOutstanding cocktails Had some cocktails in the tapas bar on Saturday night. The bartender was very knowledgeable and was able to point me in the right direction of what drink to have.... read more


    5 star ratingVegan Tapas The options are absolutely outstanding for vegans! It’s nice to go to a restaurant and have just as good options as the meat eaters. Non-vegans were even jealous of how... read more