Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

4.7
571 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Spanish tapas with a southern drawl. We are open 7 days a week, and serve brunch every Sunday from 11:00 - 3:00! We source our ingredients as close to home and we are vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friendly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday through Saturday: noon until 10:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 10:00 [Sunday BRUNCH 11:00-3:00]
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Phone number
(843) 577-5393
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Poolaw
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Cross street
Line Street
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Parking details
We have use of the lot behind our restaurant on the Line Street side.
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Entertainment
Live music with the Kings of Jazz every Thursday from 7:00 until 10:00. We offer seatings at 6:00 and again at 8:00. In order to accommodate we require all tables from the 6:00 seating to be returned to us no later than 7:45.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
What 571 People Are Saying
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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The whole experience was just off. This was hardly a Spanish tapas restaurant serving ciabatta Italian bread that had to be asked for with Tapas that required bread for dipping in sauce. Two different red wines were selected of which they did not have and honored the price for a slightly higher bottle since two strikeouts. When waiter gave the unidolized check just run up on credit card, the wine was priced at its normal price after discussion with server. Paella was overcooked and salty.

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j
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and were very impressed! The outdoor patio was really nice, but unfortunately the bugs got bad around dusk, so we had to move inside. We ordered 4 small plates, which were divine- and preordered the seafood paella. We were quite underwhelmed with the paella (rice a bit mushy, muddled flavors), but everything else (including our wonderful server) was fantastic. Will definitely be back!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat

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WE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is just a fun place to eat with really great food..Have never been disappointed.

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S
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and wonderful service.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my friend and I needed to have a night out & girl talk. we sampled about six tapas and seafood paella of course. Our waitress was a beautiful blonde (possible model) that was super sweet and attentive. I can’t stop talking about Barsa to my coworkers. I’ll definitely be back-possibly with a group of great friends !

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Basra!! The vegetarian paella is vegan!! The seafood paella makes my husband happy. Something for everyone in your party. Fun atmosphere and great staff! Definitely recommend!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We come to Barsa because we love the paella. there is consistently good food and usually service is great. To say our servers wasn't in the game is an understatement. We were supposed to have 6 people instead of 3 but thank goodness we did not. Long story short, the food is amazing. Service usually good. We will go back for sure, but we would request a different waitress.

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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe & great food & wine. Also friendly staff. Went twice in 5 days. Great both times!

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s
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the Tapas that we ordered were really good. The brussel sprouts were so good that we had to order a second of them. The octopus and cheese selection were great tapas. The paella was good especially the chicken and chorizo but the seafood paella was lacking a little flavor in the rice though the seafood that was served with it had great flavor.

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CR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great at Barsa! We liked the food but it was slightly overpriced. It would be a nice spot for a small plate and drink before dinner elsewhere.

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TM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The tapas were all very good: croquettes, meatballs, shrimp, dates, jamon serrano and cheeses. The venison empanada was something I've never seen and enjoyed. The seafood paella was "different" but very good nonetheless. There seemed to be a black pepper finish to the paella which I liked. However, if you don't like spice I would order something else. Hot sauce was placed on the table which for authentic Spanish cuisine is a no no. Our server, Ricky, was very professional and attentive. The wine list provided many choices with a price range for everyone. Surprisingly, espresso, Spanish brandy and Spanish anisette are not available. Considering I did not observe one person on staff that appeared to be Hispanic, nor did I hear a word of Spanish spoken by staff or customers, Barsa Tapas manages to make their restaurant work. The lack of Spanish cordials and espresso is not a deal breaker; I would return.

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BS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a large group for a birthday celebration and had a great time! Ordered 3 large paella’s right when we sat down and had some tapas in between. Service was awesome - drinks and tapas were brought out promptly. One of my favorite places to eat (and a great happy hour)!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I went to Barsa with a group of friends for my birthday last weekend. Food was great, drinks were average, but the service was terrible. The waiter forgot to bring me my drink (had to remind him), and we waited quite a while for our desserts. Overall, I would say the experience was ok. Sad, because we had such a great experience here for Valentine's day. Would have liked a similar experience for my bday.

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l
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent dining. Paella is awesome, make sure you have sufficient time to wait since they make to order. We tried several different tapas (ribs, peppers, empanadas and calamari). All were very good, except the ribs which were a little over-cooked and dried out. Otherwise a perfect meal and I will be back.

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SS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Even though it is a somewhat casual place, I was a bit disgusted by the table next to us and the young man sitting there put his feet up! He should have been asked to show some manners for dinning out and not it at his home. What an idiot!!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Music was a little loud but overall we had a great time

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ER
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing happy hour specials - house wine was $3 and domestic beer was $2. Sausage and chicken paella was just ok, but everything else on the menu was great! Also have a gluten free menu. Great place to go and share plates, try a little bit of everything. Would definitely go back!

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CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 47th
anniversary at Barsa. Having been to Spain, we were pleasantly surprised with the great selection of tapas. Lovely presentation and authentic tastes. We ordered the paella and it is not to be missed. Although, it did not have the traditional saffron added, the dish was delicious. We will be back with friends. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

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F
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, great tapas. Friendly atmosphere. Always love the food! best brussells around!

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OT
Charleston
123 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we had was very enjoyable. Service was friendly and helpful.

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CB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So many great dishes to try. Bring lots of friends so you can sample more things! The food was very good and the service was friendly and helpful when we struggling to narrow down our list of what to order. Try the grilled octopus--it was great.

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D
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good Grilled Octopus. We ended up ordering it twice.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food, but very loud inside and a little expensive for the quantity you get.

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DD
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barsa is a very cool Spanish cuisine restaurant. They feature Tapas and Paella. Both are very good. The tapas come out of the kitchen quickly, so pace yourself and plan to share as each can be shared by 3-4 people. The paella takes 45 minutes and the small is a great size for one person plus a bit of leftovers. Service is prompt and friendly.

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KS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing dinner to celebrate our 11th Anniversary!! All of the food was delicious!!

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L
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don’t miss the shrimp and the dates. So so good. We also enjoyed the pan con tomate and the beet salad.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal - and service was a great compliment as well!
Definitely recommend this place!

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not say enough wonderful things about this restaurant 😍 The pricing was great, $6-$9 for the tapas plates which are perfect for sharing between two people. Even more to die for than the pricing was the TASTE. It seemed like each dish kept getting better & better. I highly recommend trying the mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese (tapas from the garden) and the migas (tapas from the land) which was chorizo, homemade ciabatta with a farm egg- words can seriously not do those two dishes justice. & I’m a SERIOUSLY picky eater. If ever in Charleston you must visit Barsa 😍 I will return!

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k
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! As a gluten and dairy free foodie, I was really pleased at the menu options, and I highly recommend this place and wish I could eat here again before we leave Charleston. Definitely a highlight of our visit! Our waitress was really great as well, very personable and provided excellent service!

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k
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, not pricey at all for drinks or food, with enough for two on each plate to try lots of things. Great service. Will be back

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JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barsa continues to wow with authentic paella dishes and exceptional wait staff. Barsas tapas are both traditional and with fun flare. Highly recommend the mushrooms with goat cheese.

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OT
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Great food, best sangria around
Awesome happy hour, jazz on Thursday nights. Def check it out if you haven’t been

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Tapas and Paella - best in Charleston.

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a fantastic find in Charleston...if you want a break from low country fare, definitely make time for Barsa!! Great food, fantastic drinks, and a wonderful experience from start to finish!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Father’s Day

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r
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great food....as usual. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great The food was OK. Not authentic overpriced for what we paid.

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C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

I have always liked Barsa but this time I made the reservation weeks in advance but we waited for 45 min before the table was ready. There was a lot of people seated before us. I was very disappointed in the service at this visit.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the paella and the assortment of tapas. We had chicken croquettes, roasted brussel sprouts, a basket of bread with olive oil, and stuffed dates. The brussell sprouts were a little more charred than we prefer but still tasty. The paella had a good amount of seafood and perfectly seasoned. We saw another group who had the flat steak and said it was perfectly cooked. The chicken croquettes oozed warm melting cheese and spinach at each bite. We finished the meal with a dark chocolate mousse tort and homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Our group of four left satisfied.

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