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
55 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (14)special occasion (14)vibrant bar scene (12)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (11)notable wine list (11)hot spot (10)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Tapas Menu
    SJTPatrick
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great meal at Barsa Tapas Lounge. We especially loved the warm Olives (never had them served like that before, even when in Spain). And the Shrimp were awesome. Barsa was a great place to meet up with our out of town friends. Everyone enjoyed getting something different & sharing. Service was excellent & our server was quite knowledgable about the wine list. We will definitely be back. Thank you Barsa for a wonderful night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining
    Cheeks
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Delish paella...tapas were shrimp w/ chile ....spicy , pork stuffed fried empanadas (prefer baked )but these were good and the aioli nicely spiced. Waitress forgot the lamb meatballs but they would have been overkill. Try the chocolate torte...would go back just for that. Well priced bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great job and server was very knowledgable about menu and wine list. I will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Headed Downhill
    NachoMamaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We've been big fans of Barsa for a very long time, but it's slipping quickly. The crowds are gone. The service is pretty awful, and the cooks have started skimping on the Paella which is their signature (and only) entree. Waited over 5 minutes at the door to be seated while the only visible staff was out in the courtyard chatting with friends. On the $30 medium Paella, we got one breast and 3 legs on the last visit. The time before was one breast, a back, a wing, and a leg. In the "good old days" there were at least two breasts and three or four other pieces of chicken which could easily feed a family of four. Not any more. Even after asking this last time for 2 breasts and some legs, we got what we got. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Go Back!
    FoodMakesMeHappy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great experience, will go back, but I think we could have ordered better. The leeks tasted burnt and the paella was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justaguy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My second visit. All the dishes we tried were excellent. Once during the meal we were interrupted by a loud laugher at a nearby table. No harm done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in Charleston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We live in Charleston and have been to Barsa a number of times in the past year. The food is consistently creative and consistently well-prepared. The ingredients are fresh, and the executive chef, Cole, is truly passionate about his craft. And, on top of that, the prices are amazingly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent across the board!
    mlee
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience. I mentioned that it was my boyfriend's birthday when I made the reservation. I think that every person on the waitstaff came by to wish him a happy birthday! They were very friendly and made a special night night even more special. The food was amazing,we had the vegetarian paella and pan con tomato as an appetizer. Both were fantastic! The live jazz music was a perfect addition, lively talented musicians with the perfect volume for a restaurant. EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy bachelorette
    LH86VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We chose Barsa because it was one of the only places that could accommodate our size bachelorette party during dinner on Labor Day weekend. I'm so glad we went. Even our pickiest eaters LOVED the food. Everything was delicious and the service was amazing. I highly recommend Barsa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    ElComedorVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place has very great Spanish Tapas with authentic flavors. We ordered a number of different plates, and ended up arguing between us about which dish was the best, as we all had different opinions. I would definitely recommend this place for a couple or a group. We had some nice Chilean wine with dinner too. The staff was very friendly and the service was good, and the chef even came out to say hello. I will definitely hit this place again when Im back in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with excellent service
    MollyConn
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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!
    MissBelVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Paella Ever!
    NachoMamaVIP
    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.