Barsa Taberna

4.3
590 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Mondays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Tuesdays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Wednesdays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Thursdays: 11:30 pm to 12 am
Fridays: 11:30 am to 12 am
Saturdays: 11:00 am to 12 am
Sunday 11:00 am to 10 pm
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Phone number
(647) 341-3642
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Van Der Berg
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Private party facilities
Barsa Taberna offers a truly unique experience for private and corporate dining. Our management team including team of chefs are happy to work with you to create a custom menu and experience for your special event. Ranked Top New Restaurant 2014 Ranked Top 100 Restaurants in the world 2016

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Private party contact
Aras Azadian: (866) 306-0351
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Cross street
Front St
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Parking details
Parking is available in the street or at the Green P lots south of Market street
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Public transit
King Station is a short 3 minute walk
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Entertainment
Thursday nights, live Flamenco guitar performance
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Special events & promotions
Barsa offers private events and buy-outs
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 11:30AM - 1:00PM 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Wed - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM

What 590 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

After going to St Lawrence Market on Saturday mornings for years, I have often walked past this restaurant but never have parteken given that I was on a 'Saturday morning errand' run.

What a find! Personally I love Spanish food and tapas generally, but this retaurant has a lovely menu, tremendous ambiance and lovely service.... oh: and the night we wnet the cocktails were half price. What's not to love??

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

They increased their prices. As of today, their website menu prices do NOT correspond with the prices printed in their menus at the physical restaurant.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Sweet service & tasty food😋
Have a good Father‘s Day dinner in a quiet place❤️

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Only the brunch menu was available, so we didn't get to try more of their dishes. Kale and quinoa salad was quite disappointing and not worth the money. But the fried chicken sandwich was v gd.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Came here before seeing a theatre show nearby. The empanadas were unexpectedly small for the price. Luckily, my friend paired it with another dish and sampled some of mine, but perhaps when they took our order they assumed we were sharing everything. The food was of good quality though, and the service was great. Given the expense, I wouldn't come back again soon.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great experience!! We had the $65.00 tasting menu and it was awesome!! I highly recommend the tasting menu if it is your first time. It will allow you get the feel of the food in the restaurant! The sangria was so bomb! The server was very friendly, polite and attentive! I highly highly recommend this restaurant!! Definitely, will be a regular customer!

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We were pleased. Cous cous under lamb ribs was too sparse and would have appreciated more vegetables with the dish.

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1.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was terrible. Cooked mixed Ceviche with spicy popcorn? It was a hot mess with soggy popcorn floating In lime juice with just mussels. I feel incredibly ripped off. Service was horrible, instead of bringing out all four of our tapas it was one at a time. We ordered 2 drinks, 4 pathetic tapas and it costed me over $100. I will NEVER come here again.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Food was good but not for the value and portion. Can’t belive we paid almost $20 for potatoes with ketchup and mayo.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We did the tasting menu and the food was very good. I guess two comments. 1. the food came out at a very odd pace. Two things quickly, then a long wait, one more course and then not a long wait....2. I was surprised the tasting menu did not have any of the charcuterie or cheeses offered.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Sat on the patio this time. Really pleasant. Service could have been a little faster but a lovely brunch.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Terrible menu....there are only a small number of items available at less than $15 so this is a really pricy menu. Food was ho -hum. Half a jug/2 glasses of sangria was $28. Took the waiter an hour to take our food order

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing food - some of my all time favourite dishes. Especially the steak crudo and the grilled octopus

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Service was really quite slow... understaffing?

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great place to sit on the patio! Sangria selection was amazing we ended up trying 4 different sangrias!
Food was good and the service was excellent!
One thing to note, If booking on opentable the restaurant doesn’t open till 11:30am but opentable let’s you book at 11. The restaurant was accomodating and let us sit down and have a drink while we waited!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I went to Barsa Taberna on a friend’s recommendation and was not disappointed. All dishes we tried were delicious. We had Pan con Tomate y Manchego; Gambas con Ensalada de Cebada; Patatas Bravas; Tabla de Chirozo. The Chirozo was a good portion. 3 grilled sausages each with a different flavour and a little bit of pork belly. Each type was full of flavour. The shrimp were slightly spicy, but not overly so. The Patatas served with a lemony aioli is a generous portion as well. The interior of the restaurant is very nice and they have a large patio to enjoy when the weather is nice.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

All was great. We had very friendly attentive and informative service. Presentation was outstanding. Ambience was just right for most occasions. It's convenient to transit and parking is available close by. I regularly recommend Barsa Taberna as a great Tapas restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We went to Barsa on a whim and we very impressed. The staff were very accommodating and friendly as soon as we walked in. Have the chili margarita! Actually the cocktails are excellent - have whatever looks good :) but the margaritas and sangria are amazing.
We sat at the bar and ordered tapas; fun ambience and the food came out quickly and was flavorful and the portions good for two people sharing three or four things.
We will definitely be back - a fun and sexy spot for a date!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was exceptional. There was a little miscommunication early on in our visit as we were taken to the wrong reservation and then brought someone else's food. But after that it was flawless. We unknowingly spent almost 2 hours sampling the menu and drinking white sangria, we lost track of time! Really tasty and would definitely recommend for tapas and drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food and the service was amazing! Would definitely come back again.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The restaurant was very good just the prices are little expensive compare to the product.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Very accommodating. Delicious food. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had yet another awesome dinner experience at Barsa. I highly recommend the tasting menu, they were able to accommodate four diners with one ovo-lacto vegetarian and one carb-limited. Prepare to get surprised and delighted.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Always a good meal but last night was a little loud. But it was not the restaurant's fault, patrons were having a lot of lively conversation and there was a private party at the bar

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food at Barsa was really nice. We started off with the pan con tomate with jamon Serrano and the charcuterie platter which were both very good. We also had the clams which had a really garlicky, yummy broth, and the grilled octopus. All the dishes were very tasty and enjoyed by everyone. I would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

too noisy and food is just ok-so so..
I don’t think we will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It was very good. More noise than I would have liked, but everything else was great! I highly recommend this place

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Pre-theatre reservations for 5:30 PM and no problem being promptly seated and getting out in time for a short stroll to the Sony Centre
Very helpful wait staff and wonderful food. We went for tapas and since white wines were 50% off that night we tried to select dishes that would go with the white wine. Selected one of the suggested Spanish whites and it was very good, also excellent value. Chose a variety of dishes two at a time and shared so we each had lots of variety. Service was attentive and dishes were brought to the table smoothly replacing finished servings. Wine glasses were topped up without delay. Started with the warm olives and finished with the warmed olives and finished with the Manchego cheese with dates and olive oil accompanied by a sherry. In between we had the clams with garlic, chile shrimp, scallops and potatoes and tomatoe sauce (see menu for details). I wish we had another couple with us so we could have tried more dishes. The oysters, tuna, trout and Iberian ham looked really tempting but we had plenty. Only suggestion and its a small one; I expected more selections of sherry.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've been here several times, and Barsa is always an absolutely lovely experience. The food is fantastic, our server was a super-star and the space is gorgeous. This time, two of us did the tasting menu and it was a wonderful choice. The tartare was a huge hit; we weren't particular fans of the lamb ribs, but everything else selected was delicious and our server made interesting a varied suggestions. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Appreciated the expertise of our Server. She put our meal together and it was great.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

1st visit: Excellent food, drinks & ambiance. My server was extremely knowledgeable, courteous and professional. According to my wife, the pitcher of sangria was top notch. I was not happy about the prices of the wines, (by the glass). But overall it was an amazing experience celebrating my wife's birthday who equally enjoyed herself. Thank you for a memorable experience. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was really good. Good service. Great food. I'd like to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The staff that brought out our food were great at explaining each each dish in detail. The food was very appealing visually and tasted delicious. Will definitely be recommending to others.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Went there with a Travelzoo coupon.
The information on the Travelzoo site regarding the meal special is misleading.
Its shows various dishes from the restaurant. There is no choice in the selection of food as their advertisement lead me to believe.
Its a fixed menu which is provided. No choice in the selection of food. The food which is provided does not represent the Spanish cuisine.
The service was very slow and the restaurant extremely noisy.
I wouldn't go there again.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Elegant underground Spanish place. Sangria was meh (a tad watery) but the paella was quite good. Live guitarist lent a lovely atmosphere. It was lively without being loud and there was no need to shout to be heard by your guest.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food and our server were really good, only problem was that we had reservations and still had to wait standing at the door for about 15 minutes.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was great, location is perfect but found portions a little small. The sangria's are really good.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food at Barsa was really great but we found the restaurant super noisy which really diminished the experience - although all the old stone walls are quite charming, the result is that the sounds bounce off the many hard surfaces. The service was a little lacklustre - many times we had to work hard to get the servers attention, and the kitchen wouldn't do a simple cheese swap on a salad. The wines were great if expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Delicious Spanish gem in the heart of Toronto! Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This is the second time we have visited Barsa while attending an annual conference in Toronto. It did not disappoint! This time I bought a few more colleagues this year and they loved it - many having traveled through Spain at one point. The service was great and I can still taste the Ceviche although I am 500kms away again. Thanks for a great evening and see you next year!

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