Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barsacharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8435775393x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Barsa is a Spanish tapas restaurant on Upper King Street Charleston, South Carolina (Corner of King & Line). Spanish Tapas, Bar, and Lounge serving late night on the weekends! *Vegetarian and vegan friendly using locally-sourced ingredients.*
We are serving same menu whole day - seven days a week!
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Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (22)vibrant bar scene (19)special occasion (18)romantic (16)hot spot (15)late-night find (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • My review
    Justaguy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I would have enjoyed seafood paella more if there had been more seafood in it. It was one of the hottest days of the summer and the air conditioning fell short of keeping the restaurant as cool as I would have liked. We were seated in exactly the location I requested! The small dishes were beautifully presented and delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a nice time sharing small plates. Food was good. Service was excellent! Feel of the place was comfortable - not too loud and not too quiet. Perfect place for groups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and staff was fantastic! We were running late and had to keep pushing our reservation back, and the staff was very nice about it. Our waitress was helpful on recommendations. Tapas came out quickly and were delicious. Chocolate flourless cake is a necessity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing tapas!
    wineoclock
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great food and good atmosphere, when we went there was a really good jazz band!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining with flies
    Disappointedlocal
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    While the cheeses and ham were delicious, everything else we ordered was overcooked (dates and octopus), oversauced (octopus), overspiced (croquettes) or served lukewarm (albondigas). On top of that we were batting flies throughout the entire meal, which really caused me to loose my appetite.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Barsa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I love tapas and Barsa does not dissapoint. We enjoyed the tapas and the paella. Had a group of 9 and all was yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    FoodnWine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Most portions were good for sharing. Staff was nice and knowledgable. Food and wine were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding small plates!
    Lisalee
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We tried the dates with manchego cheese wrapped In Serrano ham and were debating for the last piece the paella is worth the was it--the best I have ever eaten. The waitress on the first night was a gem. So good, we went back for lunch. Second waitress not quite as pleasant but all in all, this is a great choice for folks who like to try lots of excellent, tasty tapas. Don't overlook the broccoli or hanger steak--also great choices! Oh, and the spicy shrimp...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very mediocre food
    southernbelle33
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The beet salad only had 3 small pieces of beets and the lettuce was old; the other tapas were OK at best, the better ones being the broccoli rabe and the stuffed dates. We did not have the paella which we understand gets great reviews. The service was excellent--friendly and knowledgable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was my birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better place to have a pre-going-out dinner. The dessert was amazing!!! Will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latinfair
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great food, fast service, fun music, will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but ...
    DrDel
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food gets an "A" grade. Tapas are excellent, good paella, good desserts. Service was slow as waitress got too caught up talking to tables; I also think they were under-staffed. The Country Western live music was good but too loud and totally out of sync with the restaurant theme. They should have had Spanish guitar or other more appropriate music for the Spanish theme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL .... again!
    MissBel
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    always have a terrific dinner at Barsa... it's our go to place... This time, we tried the Flank Steak... yummy... be sure to order bread to accompany the delicious marinade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CDxxxxx
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Was our first time at Barsa Tapas. The food and the ambiance were great. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    Carol
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    After a few visits without my husband, we went together to Barsa and sat on the patio, drank wine and ordered tapas. it was the perfect start to a downtown date night. I've enjoyed the paella in the past but we ordered more lightly this time. The platter with blue cheese was especially good and the empanadas made me want to try to replicate the recipe. I know we'll go there again together soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas restaurant
    Cccov
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We really enjoyed the variety of tapas on the menu ! Also, we loved the seafood paella. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience, but not remarkable
    TheFox3
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had high hopes for Barsa, decided to try it with friends for a special evening. While the food was good enough & the staff was pleasant, there was an overall apathy that surrounded our experience. The patio area felt like an afterthought, most of the tables and chairs stacked up broken, only allowing a handful to enjoy the beautiful evening. When I asked about the menu items and recommendations, our waitperson mentioned the dates and the meatballs, very much like reading a grocery list. They were attentive and made sure the wine was poured, water topped off and plates were cleared quickly, but there was a noticeable lack of enthusiasm. No one seemed to care whether we dined there or not, and the staff had an overall unkempt appearance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible service and ambience
    SalmonVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The waitress was incoherent, slurred speech, delayed verbal and physical responses, and overall seemed disconnected. The area above our table had 3 out of 5 light bulbs burned out, making the area very dark, even for conversation, much less eating. The food was excellent, but I'd never go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new favorite
    Bkmarkham
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I ate tapas for our Mother's Day lunch. Each plate was better than the last. The cheese stuffed dates were so tasty and the stuffed roasted red peppers were to die for. The local shrimp was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The homemade ice cream was sinfully delicious. We appreciated our wonderful server who took great care of us. It was not cheap but perfect for our celebration.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Celebration
    NJofCville
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were in town for our daughter's college graduation and wanted a spot to have cocktails and appetizers with roomates and parents. This fit the bill perfectly. We had great drinks (at happy hour prices) and appetizers, then we said goodbye to our friends who had dinner reservations elsewhere and came back in to find our GREAT waitress had reduced our table to three and we had a wonderful Paella for three of us. It could not have been more perfect and exactly what we had in mind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • redfred
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We were a party of 8 and we all "Loved" it. The food was fabulous, the music was wonderful - great jazz band, and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time and enjoyable
    davidpeckmanVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Pleasant space and the tapas are varied. Enjoyed; especially the HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS. Will allow leased dogs in patio area - which is GREAT
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was my first time dining at Barsa and I was extremely pleased with the food and the service. You know its a good sign when you cant wait to come back before you have even finished your first meal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu, great food
    DinnerMaven
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I highly recommend Barsa. One of those special dining experiences that are hard to find.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I felt like the food was over salted and just ok. The seafood paella was good but after an hour and 30 minute wait for it, I could have made it myself. The place also looked like it needed a good scrub.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar reviews archive.
  • Best Paella Ever!
    NachoMama
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Having sampled some of the finest Paella in both Washington, DC and Spain, I've got to say Barsa has them all beat. Run, don't walk, to Barsa. Incredible food. Incredible service. Very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively and Energetic
    Renee
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I booked a party of 11 for a work event. Unfortunately due to travel complications the party shrunk to a party of 4. No problems! They immediately and graciously accommodated the change of plans. Ambiance is perfect for a group or couple looking for a fun, non pretentious spot in downtown charleston. Though the service is friendly and gracious the food is on par with any of the Charleston hot spots. Lamb meatballs are out of this world, the citrus ribs are a unique twist on a southern classic. The wine list unique and moderately priced. I will be going again soon and often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cozy place
    Date4two
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I had been wanting to try Barsa for about a year when I took a girl I had been seeing here for a first date, and it was great. I loved the atmosphere, the food, the wine, and the service. It's a perfect little cozy place. It feels personal,and the wait staff is very personable as well. The food was exceptional, and I loved that I didn't feel rushed at all by the service. The tapas were really good, and so were the cheese and meats. I would highly recommend this place, I was very pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Work
    Chef
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were there the night before the bridge run with a table of 11. Nice work handling this large group and making us all feel special. Two large paella's worked out great supported by some yummy small plates. Looking forward to coming back with smaller group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Race dinner with friends
    tmgbuf8056
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Excellent tapas and paella. Sangria is outstanding too. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Awful service
    CHPC
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It was my third time at Barsa. As usual, the food was excellent but the service way too slow. 30 minutes to get drinks and 1 hour and 40 minutes to get a paella! It appears that waiters are not assigned to a specific table but sort of take care of whatever comes up as they walk by..strange and very inefficient. Service has been slow all 3 times I was there but this last time was too much. We will not be going back, too bad because the food is excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly delicious!
    Chris
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were very impressed with the excellent tapas! The food is cooked to order and came out perfectly! The chefs highlight the fresh ingredients delicately and impressively!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really None of the Food was Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I love tapas and was really disappointed in our dinner last night at Barsa. No idea why it can be rated so high. The paella tasted like Uncle Bens (I mean it was some of the worse rice I have ever had). The meat and cheese board was good but it's hard to mess that up. The kale salad was bland. And the octopus was terrible. Our server was nice but made several mistakes on our order. It is a fun energetic place. So maybe go for a drink but skip all the good. Bummer
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Felt Like I Was In a European Cafe
    Martin
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    No need to spend money on airfare - just grab a group of friends and head to Barsa ; all of the tapas was good; I particularly liked the dates and fried fish crispys; waitress was excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful assortment of
    Peggy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A wonderful assortment of small plates - all delicious. Our server was helpful and did not rush us. We felt comfortable taking our time and ordering a few plates at a time. Altogether it made for a good evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spanish Treat
    Skullf16
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Been to Barsa twice and have enjoyed the atmosphere and Paella both times! My wife and I split the chicken and chorizo paella. In a word: awesome. We lived in Spain for a three years and this is just like being in the community restaurants we used to visit in Madrid. Barsa makes dinner on Thursdays a great deal with specials on food and drinks and a live band beginning at 7PM. Even if you can't make it on Thursday you should go, you will be happy you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed our dinner at Barsa
    parkerjechs
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Barsa Tapas. We had an early Sunday evening reservation which provided a most enjoyable dinner conversation without having to shout to one another. Good food. Service staff was attentive while not being instrusive. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done, phenomenal evening
    ChefLeonardo3
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    As a chef, a very busy one! Its not often I get to take my lovely wife out to dinner, much less on a date, even less 7 hours away in another state. I am very particular where we go to spend those few hours together at, they are very important to me, and I don't take them lightly. From the minute we walked in, we where made to feel welcome. Hostess was very nice, prompt and welcoming, took us to our table and promptly got our server. Our server was quick, courteous, prompt, attentive and extremely pleasant. noise level was just right, dining room, open and yet seemed private enough to have a romantic dinner. Food was impeccable, extremely well presented, ample and spot on. To the Chef and the entire staff KUDOS! You are all Charleston Gems
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Really nice setting, leather and wood furnishings. Good variety of tapas ...everyone we had were flavorful and well prepared ( snapper, shrimp, empanadas , stuffed peppers, hanger steak, octopus) although portions were pretty small even for tapas. Meat and cheese tray was good and nice portion for the money. Good drink prices (wine and sangria)at happy hour. Fun spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    andyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Small portions even for tapas. Paella was dry. Too pricey for what they offer
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    • Noise LevelModerate