Barsa Taberna

4.5
713 reviews
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Contemporary Spanish eatery housed in a designer 19th century building. Our philosophy of contemporary Spanish cuisine has its roots in the traditional Spanish Cocina – meaning, tapas to larger plates that include the recipes and ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula. Barsa's menu is designed to also pay tribute the avant garde movement of the Nueva Cocina Española in what we call contemporary Spanish gastronomy. At Barsa, art is not optional. It’s our salt and pepper, we think Gaudi, dare Dali and play Picasso. We are housed in a 19th century heritage protected building where internationally acclaimed designer John Tong has recreated the atmosphere of Barcelona, while paying tribute to the City’s culture and immortalized artists. Barsa story and concept was derived by Toronto native Aras Azadian’s passion and inspiration to recreate the atmosphere and experience of his time living in Barcelona and his travels through the Iberian Peninsula
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NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was excellent and the servers were very nice but the service was very slow. We were compensated accordingly which was very much appreciated!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered the ceviche, it wasn't bad. Then we ordered the Chorizo---it was very dry--burnt actually. Very disappointed with that. Then we ordered the seafood Paella. The pan didn't have a lot of stuff in it compare to their Instagram pictures. It came with less rice, 3 pcs
of clams, 6 pcs of shrimps and mussels. I would say about a half less ingredients than what they advertise. One great thing was the Rose Sangria---this was delicious! Service
was great as well. Thumbs down for the quality of the food and the price. I don't mind paying $ for good quality food, but this was not good quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing dinner and service.

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JM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We sat outside and it was lovely - just a bit of music and the auto traffic was minimal. Our waiter disappeared without any explanation; after too long, we had to flag down another, who was then very attentive. Food was fabulous.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten here many times and love it. Tonite was very slow, but the date may have predicted it. When I talked to the staff, they were great.

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MO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Paella, octopus, grilled potato’s. Quite pricey but satisfying quantities. Interesting setting in stone basement of a 19th century building with a story told by our waitress. Could be quite romantic with the right person.

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner experience. Great service and ambiance.

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KG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering. The menu has a nice variety of tapas, often beyond the normal. Excellent quality at a fair price — especially as the wine was 1/2 price!

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L
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gaspacho was tasty and wonderfully served. Lovely romantic ambient

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with ny husband and daughter (4 years old) and we love the food. We have the chorizo and was very taste. The Tinto Sangria was perfect. I totally recommend this place

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price I found the food quite average. Good, but not that special. The market price paella was bland, rice over cooked and awkward with cucumber (?) If they wanted a “crunch” maybe water chestnuts would be better as they take to heat better. Other items were ok but the cost isn’t justified. Otherwise ambiance and service was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would come back again. Thank you for your service and help.

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ES
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, beautiful space and delicious food!

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MO
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was really friendly. Very helpful explaining choices. Gave us a perk for next time!

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GE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

small portions, expensive meal. god service and nice atmosphere, but noisy

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SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I went for a dinner reservation, and the service was fantastic right from the start. From how quickly we were seated, to our charismatic waiter, and the quality of the paella, this was definitely a delicious experience and now on our list for favourite restaurants in the city. Would recommend for a date night or even a dinner with friends!

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LK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant! Good service, great food and loved the atmosphere in the restaurant. Even though we sat in a quiet area, waitress came regularly to see how we were doing. Would definitely go back!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great sangria! The apps were very tasty, would order another main next time.

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PT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent take on tapas and Spanish food in general!

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BO
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed with our experience here. We ordered more than 10 dishes and 5 of them came to the table all at once - it felt rushed and made it more difficult to enjoy everything that was on the table. After the second wave of dishes it became apparent our waiter had forgotten to punch in some of the items we had ordered. He came to the table to ask what else we were expecting and then we waited a while before those plates arrived. We went from 5 dishes on the table at once to no food at all. The pacing definitely needed some work. The manager was kind enough to comp the two dishes that had been forgotten though so that was generous!

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Barsa is the closes Barcelona food in Toronto

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved the live music. Food was well prepared and waitress was very helpful

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal! Brought my mum here for an early Mother’s Day dinner. She absolutely loved it!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Returning for the 3rd time since January 2019. However, sad to say it was not at all the same or even remotely close to my family’s last 2 visits. Hope it goes back to whatever they did before January. We will like to see our taste menu that we loved be restored.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food ... awesome sangria ... best server ever! ( she was super with the kids) Whole family thoroughly enjoyed the culinary experience. Can’t wait to go back again!!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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SM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Possibly our new favorite restaurant in Toronto.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice ambiance, small portions

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous! Excellent food and cool, romantic vibes. I would definitely return!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went therefor our anniversary. Great food!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the $60 taster menu and it was DELICIOUS. Amazing food, superb service, wicked ambiance. Would come back again and again. Highly recommend.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay. We felt rushed and it seemed like they were in a hurry to move us out so they could fill the table.

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N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was fantastic. Food and atmosphere were lovely.

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SQ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Barsa. I've been many times, especially for the half/price wine night in particular the Albarinho!! From my region in Spain. The service is fantastic and the food is always good. I will keep going:)

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth it. Great service. Great ambience. Very cozy and intimate. We went there around 4:30 when it opened so there wasn't much people and noise.

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r
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, not inexpensive. Gets noisy early with the after-work crowd from the area. Great service and good ambiance.

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JE
Jackson Hole
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was very gruff and unfriendly. At first I thought it was an act but then I realized it was actually his personality. Not a great start to the evening!

The menu is not very extensive and is very expensive. The bill four four people was nearly $400 before tip and that was with a 50 dollar bottle of wine. All of the plates are tapas which generally we love. However in this instance we found $33 dollars for a small plate of aged ham and $33 dollars for a cheese plate with approximately 8 small triangles of manchego ripe cheese to excessively pricey. The octopus was nice but nothing outstanding. The patatas brava were soggy.... not like a true crispy browned dish. All in the food was disappointing to the point I went home ready to find something good to eat.

Finally, the restaurant is super noisy. Don’t go hear if you want to hear what anyone in your party is discussing.

Much better place in toronto for that much money. Take a miss on this one.

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OJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was good and so were the drinks. The paella was tasty and good to share (max for 2 ppl tho... but we were suggested it would feed 4)! The ambiance and decor are nice, and it makes you feel like you are in a real Spanish Taberna. HOWEVER, the service was really not the best and very disorganized considering that the restaurant was quite empty (maybe 2 or 3 more tables aside from ours). The service kind of ruined our overall experience at this restaurant.

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m
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I would recommend this place if money is not an issue for you as it is quite pricey for what it offers. The space is very nicely decorated, inside space is beautiful and less noisy, the food is overall good (some dishes were amazing others mediocre, consult with the server, they know), service pretty rushed, not very good at handling a full space.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Very good food in a great location. Service was not the best and tapas served too fast. Next time we will ask for tapas to be served one at a time.

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