Permanently Closed - Barsa Taberna

4.3
824 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Spanish
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing al fresco dining... excellent taste and presentation, superb flavours and preparation. Knowledgeable, friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great they were friendly and attentive. The food was good and it was a quiet area.

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Lunchin
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and patio ! If you want authentic Spanish food and sangria this is the place to go!

CJ
CatherineJ
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My favourite Sangria in the city! Nice patio, secluded even in the middle of downtown.

JW
JulieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant, service and food. So sad no one is going due to COVID. Would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good

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ScottL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We continue to return to this restaurant for unique Mediterranian dining, relaxed atmosphere and great service.

KP
vipKiraP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Good service.
Limited selection and a little overpriced... Octopus main $42 - should be not more than $35 very max.

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Miguel
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a fancy date night We chose to sit outside (covid19, beautiful weather) which still had a beautiful relaxed vibe.

The Manchengo churros were a great dish that you didn't know you needed. The Spanish Octopus was a plate of heaven (served on a creamy potato puree with truffle aoili!!! And the seafood ceviche was the best ceviche my gf and I have ever had.

The only thing that did not 'wow' us is the seafood paella, it was loaded with mussels (shell on), so it felt like we were eating a bowl of mussels, there were 2 shrimp and no other seafood and the rice was dry and stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Overall, great dining experience and I will be back for that ceviche and octopus!

MG
MihaelaG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice place, good service. Very good experience.

TW
TeresaW
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent tapas. Good Service. Good wine selection.

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WesleyH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

first visit after COVID started. outdoor patio seating was not crowded. service was good and prompt. menu reduced from before but still very delicious. the paella was excellent. they said the menu will be expanded again later. can't wait to visit again.

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vipEmptyNester
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dined on the patio. I think the menu has become a little more limited versus other times that I have been to this restaurant. I completely understand given Covid impact. I saw the staff doing very thorough cleaning as they set up tables. Servers where great in terms of attentiveness, friendliness and attention to detail. Even with a more limited menu we found the Octopus, Ceviche and Paella were all excellent. They did seem to be doing a good amount of take-out. I will continue to support this restaurant whenever I can.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Server and ambiance were fantastic. Drinks were just alright, as was the food. Perhaps we ordered some dishes we just were not crazy about and should have stuck with familiar options like the charcuterie and cheese boards, which are always a hit.

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KendraV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, such an incredible experience. The food was spectacular, the service was perfect, there was a Spanish guitar player so to experience live music again after many months of quiet due to COVID was such a heavenly experience.

SM
SteveM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great patio - very safe - great food and experience as always.

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patriciab
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent.i was really happy food was very very good loved it..

JH
vipJohnH
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great patio and the best food experience since Stage 3 re-opening!

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StephanieS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, well-spaced out, friendly (and masked) staff, and delicious seafood paella. Great for a local date night and we'll definitely be coming back!

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Andi
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried two types of sangria - they were both super! The patio was great, staff were attentive and clearly safety-minded. We had a really lovely time. Thank you!

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ColinC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere we sat inside. Dinner was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zero complaints we had the best dinner

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very desappointed ! Too expensive for the quality of food served

JB
JesikaB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Super delicious food! Our server was very lovely and chatty! Will be back!

CC
vipClaudioC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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AlinS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks and food!!! Incredible customer experience!!!

VM
VincenzaM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever place for food and drinks. Cocktails are on point

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food..great vibe and ambiance. They make fantastic tasty cocktails too!! We will be back.

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luv2eatgoodfood
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This is not Spanish, food plates are flavorless and expensive. Octopus dish with cheese did not go i prefer garlic olive oil grilled and for $42 there was not allot there. Same with shrimp dish portions size tiny. Paella was burnt and flavorless, really bad. With an expensive $100 bottle of red and dessert $315 with tip close to 4 totally not worth it. Very disappointed will not recommend to go at all.

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Lindsay
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, took us right back to being in Spain.

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AdamA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Main was delivered 45 minutes after the appetizers

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vipJennyV
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good as usual, really liked the live music on the patio. Service was ok.

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VeronicaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sangria was amazing!! Ceviche was really good as well

VM
VincenzaM
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Barsa. The music is good. Service is on point. Great wine list. Food outstanding

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Risha
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Their food used to be better. Their paella was mostly peas and their service are inexperienced. We asked for a glass of water 3 times.

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vipClaudioC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent . We loved the new menu

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My Husband’s 60th Birthday

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MikeD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ordered the Octopus and although it was tender and tasty we received two small tentacles. Not worth the $30 price. Maybe if it was $10-15. The seafood paella smelt smoky - turns out the rice on the bottom was burnt. Mussels were dry and tiny. Shrimps were tasty as were the clams. But there was no fish or scallops or chicken or sausages which are typically included in paella. Again not worth the $50 price tag. My date and I shared both dishes. Left hungry. Best part of the evening was the Spanish wine and the ambiance is very nice. Service was good and it’s a busy popular place. But perhaps their tapas would have been a better choice.

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Asgaard
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Absolutely beautiful and unusual place to eat and enjoy the ambiance. Our server was super .... good at her job and very nice into the bargain. Made good choices..... The tasting menu was good and varied, however I was a bit surprised it did not contain any red meat at all. Everything was interesting and beautifully prepared and presented. I enjoyed the time, the company, the location and the food. Sangria was ok, not superb and we had a leisurely dinner with friends with lots of laughs and good food. Enjoyable and would recommend.

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MargaretS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding and our waiter, Ali, was amazing at helping us negotiate the menu.

The noise level in the back room was not energetic but LOUD - so they quickly moved us to the front of the house where we enjoyed that energetic atmosphere and could actually hear each other!

FAQs

Permanently Closed - Barsa Taberna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 341-3642.

Permanently Closed - Barsa Taberna is rated 4.3 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.