1st time in, parking is wonderfully convenient. We ordered patatas and octopus while waiting for small seafood paella. Romesco with octopus was full of flavor, the 2 sauces with the potatoes were perfect accompaniment. The paella for 2 is proper portion but lacked flavor. We were served hot sauce but just not quite right. Rice needs something. Look forward to trying more from the menu.
Second time at Barsa and I can definitely say they do not disappoint. The Patatas Bravas along with the Happy hour Paella are to die for! Great value, delicious food.
Great atmosphere. Great waiter, Max! Skip the not-so-chocolate bread pudding. But don’t skip the amazing cocktails 🍹
Great service . The food is portioned well and very tasty. Definitely one of our “go to” places.
The food was amazing and the restaurant was very accommodating. We came in a little early and they were kind enough to let us order of the dinner menu, instead of the brunch menu. Great food, great staff, would definitely recommend.
Great tapas, awesome variety and yummy sangria! It's a nice break from the shrimp and grits, crab cake, southern cuisine that is so prevalent in Charleston. Something for everyone and VERY reasonable. We did not try the paella but it looked very good and popular.
The service was good, absolutely no one else in the restaurant. They ran out of bread, and the tapas were ok. Paella was very bland.
A group of us shared the shrimp dish, dates, empanadas, and a beet salad. We also ordered the medium paella upon arriving at our table. Everything was excellent. Plenty of food and a cocktail for each person and we left with a bill of about 100 bucks.. very reasonable and fun time.
We had not been to Barsa for quite some time having eaten there not too long after they first opened. I was very surprised to see that their happy hour went to 7 PM and was every day. Four of us shared an excellent paella and several delicious tapas. Our server was very pleasant, attentive and efficient. With their own parking lot, Barsa is a very attractive alternative to the many excellent restaurants that we go to when visiting Charleston.
Third time here.
Love this place!!
Lots of good energy! Thank goodness for the parking.
Truly enjoyable first experience. Individual plates perfectly sized. Excellent flavors. Looking forward to exploring more of the menu.
LOVED THIS PLACE! Will definitely dine here again when I'm in Charleston! Real Spanish Tapas! What a treat! Reasonable prices!
As my husband is from Spain, we have traveled back and forth throughout our 35 year marriage. We love Spanish food and always look forward to the authentic flavors of Barsa. We particularly enjoy the Jazz on Thursday nights and LOVE the seat by the King Street window. I also appreciate the lovely paintings with Spanish flair.
Food came out timely, correct, and delicious and service was very attentive and kind.
We enjoyed it. The food was amazing and so was the service! Very friendly! Menu was great - love being able to try a bunch of different things.
The small paella is sometimes a little burnt on the bottom of the pan, but everything else is great
Went at lunch time which was wonderful as it wasn't crowded or noisy. The food was better than I expected, especially the grilled octopus. Ordered far too much but enjoyed having the leftovers. Would go back again especially since I discovered they have their own parking lot!
Food was fantastic. Great variety of options and paella was delicious!
Great restaurant with authentic Spanish food and good service. The only issue is the noise level mostly from the extremely drunk people.
Though at the upper end of King St. Barsa is worth the drive- very good tapas plates and on a nice day the outside patio is a good spot to enjoy a unique meal.
2nd time visiting Barsa. Fantastic food, great staff and servers, I definitely recommend for a date night. Service is actually unusually fast...we ordered drinks and a couple apps, then 3 or 4 plates all together, and we were finished eating everything in 30 minutes...no rush from Barsa, they are very welcoming and engaging...We've been twice and we will absolutely be back!
The food, service and atmosphere where exceptional! We look forward to coming back soon!
My friends and I reserved our table for a birthday brunch. The location was barely half filled, so we figured we’d be taken care of relatively quickly. It took about ten minutes for our waitress to come and take the drink order. I instantly took that as a bad sign, but the guest of honor really wanted to eat at Barsa. Once we received the drinks, we asked a couple of questions and looked over the menu a little more. Again, our waitress took FOREVER to return. There were no biscuits for the chicken biscuits, so we offered rolls as a substitute. We ordered two “biscuits/sandwiches” and one poached egg sandwich that took almost 45 mins to prepare. The “biscuit/sandwiches” arrived, but my friend was informed her sandwich was made incorrectly and had to be remade. About 15 minutes later, the sandwich came and was still cooked wrong. We asked for the check and the manager came to apologize. We were told that the kitchen was setting up for dinner, which was confusing because it was only 2:00. The next explanation was that all the tickets came in at one time. Most of the guests in the restaurant were already eating when we arrived and about 3 or 4 parties came after us. The manager offered to remake the sandwich again. I asked if we would have to wait another 30/45 minutes and she replied, “Yes. We already have tickets ahead of you.” FYI, we seated across from the ticket window and the cooks were preparing an order and there was only one ticket in the window. The manager was very apologetic, but the waitress was so unconcerned about the entire situation. Overall, the food was great, but we will not be returning.
Truly enjoyed the fabulous food!
Would highly recommend it.
Absolutely consistently fabulous in every way! We visit Charleston every couple of months and dining at Barsa is like a visit with a dear friend: authentic dishes wonderfully prepared and delivered by a wait staff who know their kitchen and love what they do. Happy hour is a bonus; try to sit at the high tops or at the bar for the real atmosphere
I usually enjoy this restaurant, but I was deterred on my last visit when I was asked to evacuate my table after 1.5h of dining so that the next reservation could be seated. I was never notified that my reservation had an expiration. I regret making this reservation, because the staff made my party feel very unwelcome. I do hope this was a one-time bad instance and not the regular practice for those who make reservations.
This is a neighborhood gem: great paella (in three sizes and varieties) and small plates that utilized many veggies. Caiprinhas a bit strange in composition (too much ice, not enough muddled lime), but overall worth the trip out of the historic area.
Each visit to Barsa never disappoints. On our recent visit there was a large, loud group that made it difficult to have a conversation. Noise level is often times loud. We’ll continue to dine there!
As always, the paella was outstanding - lots of fresh veg and seasoned to perfection. My niece who said she doesn't like peppers went back for seconds after being coerced to try the stuffed peppers. Empanada filling was plentiful and had just the right amount of spice to complement the venison. Mule, martini, and pink lady cocktails were delish. I suspect our server was new - never received coffee we requested with initial cocktail order, second cocktail order took forever, took too long to clear dirty plates, and he seemed to disappear once the restaurant began to fill up. No matter, we'll definitely return to one of our favorite restaurants.
Barsa is one of the best values in Charleston these days. Four of us for dinner was under $100 (not including tip) although alcohol was very minimal for the group. Small plates are still big enough for sharing and even small paella was enough with everything else. We didn't have room for dessert which was too bad when we saw the flan on the next table. We plan to make this a more frequent stop.
We've never had a bad meal at Barsa. The seafood is also fresh! We travel to Charleston at least once a month and this is our go to restaurant.
Always a great place for variety of great foods and drinks. Have been many times and highly recommend. Thanks!!
Delicious, as always...great food, service, and ambience. Paella is perfect every single time...great Negronis, too:)
Excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend.
Amazing as always. Barsa is a great place to take someone from out of town. Their happy hour deals are to die for.
Excellent service and food
Great food and wine. Definitely will be visiting again.
We went for the paella but we’re very surprised by how good the hanger steak and the ribs were for the price. The portions were fine, the atmosphere was great, and it was well worth the visit.