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Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barsacharleston.com
  • Phone: (843) 577-5393
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food and good atmosphere, when we went there was a really good jazz band!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I love tapas and Barsa does not dissapoint. We enjoyed the tapas and the paella. Had a group of 9 and all was yummy!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Most portions were good for sharing. Staff was nice and knowledgable. Food and wine were very good."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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..."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food, fast service, fun music, will definitely come back"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the variety of tapas on the menu ! Also, we loved the seafood paella. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I highly recommend Barsa. One of those special dining experiences that are hard to find. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent tapas and paella. Sangria is outstanding too. Attentive service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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"
    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"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Small portions even for tapas. Paella was dry. Too pricey for what they offer"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Barsa is one of my favorite restaurants in a town with many great choices. I dream about dunking my bread in the sauce of the lamb meatballs and I always have to order the dates with manchego cheese and Serrano ham. Every small plate I have ever tried has been a winner: the stuffed peppers, the potatoes, am getting hungry just thinking about it. We always order the seafood paella (with chorizo added) as soon as we arrive, since it takes awhile to cook. The only thing that could make things better for me would be a selection of sherries."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was really good. The paella was good, not great. I forgot to ask for the saccarat, waitress didn't ask either. Lot of potential though."
    Dined on 2/28/2014