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
56 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (17)special occasion (16)great for outdoor dining (15)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • One of my faves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings.
    DHucks
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We wanted something different besides Southern Cooking and this was a great choice. Food was great and lots of choices for vegetarians
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite a find!
    Charlie29485
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    This is a great place to enjoy some jazz and great food on a Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    mpt0611983
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The paella and the crème brulee was incredible! Next time we know to order a larger portion of the paella and save more room for dessert. We also loved the lamb meatballs and the mushrooms. Our waitress made the whole experience delightful. She was really helpful suggesting items. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to meet friends
    Lynn
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Great ambiance Fun evening for two or ten. Food was very good. Good variety. We will definitely be back! Quiet on a Tuesday night. May be noisier on weekends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas & jazz!
    reservations4six
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We love to take family and friends on Thursday nights to enjoy live music of Steve Simon & the Jazz Kings. Great music to go with some really fine paella and tapas. Such fun and people are always eager to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a great valentines date with a gf! Will be back :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for valentines day.cheese and meat platter-awesome. Migas tapa recommended. Good little place. Brought me back to Spain a bit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I enjoyed my evening at Barsa.
    ILiveHere
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I enjoyed my evening at Barsa. The atmosphere is laid back, and the wait staff was very friendly. Some tapas, like the lamb meatballs, were very tasty, and other tapas were just average. The paella was very nice, but I felt it needed more saffron. Frankly, I felt the tapas were overpriced, and they are super small portions for what you pay.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas and Paella!!
    Suze
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have gone to Barsa twice in the last month and both times it was great! Excellent food and service. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Do try the Paella! We got a small and split it so we could have room for a few tapas. Don't forget the bread pudding at the end of the meal....yummmy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    Greg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First time at Barsa. The neighborhood and outside appearance had me wondering if I made the right choice, but the food was quite good with the exception that the Paella was over cooked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you Barsa for another
    MissBelVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Thank you Barsa for another delicious dinner!.... We Can't get better than this....great food ,wine and fabulous jazz..! Not to be missed: MIGAS: homemade ciabatta, chorizo, farm egg DATES :dates, manchego, serrano ham
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barsa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Had a business dinner here w/ a great customer/friend & we loved Barsa. We tried 6 small plates - do not miss the Dates - they are amazing! The mushrooms and goat cheese were also a favorite. Our waiter recommended a nice tempranillo that neither of us had heard of and we loved that as well. Overall a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Luvmyneighborhood
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Small plates are king at this attractive Spanish tapas gem on upper King street. The lamb meatballs and the chicken croquettes were wonderfully flavorful. The Seafood paella was delicious and the medium size was enough for four people after a few of their hardy tapas choices. The attached parking lot is a welcome plus.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    Chicowoman
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We tried quite a few Tapas and all were very good. Did not disappoint! Very good service and fun atmosphere. We'll be back! A few Favorites were the proscuitto wrapped dates, snapper, mushrooms, peppers and chicken croquettes.Nice, well priced wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Barsa!
    ScotVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Our first visit several months ago was terrific. This visit was equally terrific! The tapas were delicious. The service was quick and crisp. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere and servers are
    Maddyp19
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Atmosphere and servers are amazing but the food trumps them both! Bar is always a good drinking spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad drinks
    CHPC
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This was my second time at Barsa. I took a friend there and promised great food and the best sangria ever. The food delivered but the sangria was so awful that we had to send it back only to be told by our waitress that we were not the only ones to have done just that. It was so disappointing because the first time I went, the sangria was the best I had ever had. Too bad! Food was great though. Paellas are huge, a small for 2 is way enough
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and music
    Charlie29485
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We have been to Barsa's at least a half dozen times. We love the idea of tapas (appetizer portions) so you can experience/taste different foods and they are quite good. The drinks are okay, nothing special and slowly served. Some servers aren't as friendly as others and it may take a while to get them to come back to the table especially when it's a full house. We usually go in a small group on Thursday nights to listen to the wonderful Oscar River Jazz band and the various singers that come out to join them, and enjoy our food and drinks. This is one of our favorite places to go, so we kind of overlook the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barsa
    TBabeVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Go! Everything on menu fabulous. And I've had everything. Never a disappointment. Known for their Paella. Happened in with a group during restaurant week and that's deal of the century. So accomadating... Great food, great service, great atmosphere, and great wine list. What else does a person need!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Real solid spot for a date. Some good beers and food was great. Real solid date spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've dined several times
    MissBelVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We've dined several times and attended a party at Barsa... Very happy with the meals we have had. Looking forward to returning again...will bring friends!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, great service,
    Sporticus
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Wonderful food, great service, great for the kids too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highs and Lows
    JoeBigApple
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Barsa really is a great restaurant. Very unique food choices, and all very tasty. I have two issues, though ... The seafood paella comes with a snapper...the WHOLE fish, which was very disturbing. I prefer the chef pre-cut the fish instead. Further, while our server was pleasant, he was not helpful with our orders and made no suggestions. In a tapas restaurant you'd expect that level of service to be second nature. But overall, I highly recommend Barsa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!
    LiLOxVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Overall great experience. It is just the kind of restaurant Charleston needs. I love the low country cooking you find elsewhere, but if you are looking for something a little different, this is your spot. We went on a Thursday night when the jazz band was playing, and it was fantastic. My only complaint is that we ordered two different wines and they were out of both. As a wine bar, this should never happen. However, as a wine lover, I am flexible because there were so many good choices. In the end, we got a great bottle for a very reasonable price. I will come back to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four dollar Sangria's !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    All night special the night we dined. Very good tapas selecton, we ordered too many fried items, we did have plenty of the Sangria to wash it down. Enjoyed live jazz group. Would be fun for large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good start to Christmas
    edandjan
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We had dinner here on our arrival in Charleston. Rainy evening but the food was great and the service wonderful. Did not expect the quality of food we received. The dates were beyond description, the calamari was crisp, light and plentiful. The olives were a nice start and the variety was wonderful. The wines were good we tried several with each plate of tapas. Relaxing atmosphere, did not have the paella which they apparently prepare very well. Highly recommend this area for a special occasion or just a place to set have a drink and try tapas well beyond what you would expect. Don't be afraid of the area, many families were there and couples as well and the management handled both well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding! Great experience...
    SealTeamChasVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Barsa has always been good but it seems to have gotten even better. We hadn't been there in awhile and went for a special occasion. We had a great experience--excellent food, great service, nice ambience. It's also nice that they have parking. We will definitely be back soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the menu, but feel that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Love the menu, but feel that the quality of the food is not as good as it once was. Last time I was at Barsa I ordered paella with chicken. It took an hour to have it served and the chicken was undercooked. Great potential for an unique dining venue in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Adventure
    foodieadventurer
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We started with Manchego cheese, the best I've ever tasted, drunken goat, also delicious, and Serrano ham, garnished with pickled onions, olives, and pickles. Then the Tapas arrived like a star studded parade of little treasures. Creamy roasted chicken and kale croquettes. They were light, fluffy, and delicious, the octopus with smoked paprika, and lemon was so tender and lovely. The lamb meatballs in spicy tomato sauce were moderately spicy and flavorful with the lamb shining through. The local mushrooms were divine with the herbed goat cheese. Dessert. OMG! The traditional flan was done perfectly with subtle aromatic flavors. The warm chocolate flourless cake was molten ecstasy served with luscious vanilla ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    winestuart
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Barsa continues to impress. This was our fifth visit over the past 2 years. The wine list is excellent, and the small plates are well prepared and perfect for sharing. The empanadas, lamb meatballs, stuffed peppers, octopus and cilantro shrimp all disappeared quickly. The jamon and cheese plates are always good, and who can resist the patatas bravas? This was the first time we tried the dates, which were excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We decided in the afternoon
    loves2eat
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We decided in the afternoon to meet some friends for dinner. We were able to make a reservation for the time we wanted to go. Since 2 of us had only been there once, a while back for lunch, the waitress was great in guiding us to order to feed 2 hungry men. She checked on us throughout the evening, refilling our water glasses, and keeping the cocktails coming. I would definitely go back. I have a special needs brother that would enjoy it because you are not eating on top of others and there is room to move around, unlike many other restaurants. I would also think you could easily get a wheelchair in there. Parking lot behind the restaurant so that makes it extra nice. No paying to park on op of eating out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Paella ever!! Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Best Paella ever!! Very good selection of delicious tapas. Everything tastes fresh. Good drinks at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate