About Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

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.

630 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: noon - 10:00
Thursday - Saturday: noon - until
Sunday: 11:00 - 10:00 [Sunday BRUNCH 11:00-3:00]

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-5393

Website:
http://barsacharleston.com/

Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Live Music (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious, as always...great food, service, and ambience. Paella is perfect every single time...great Negronis, too:)

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing as always. Barsa is a great place to take someone from out of town. Their happy hour deals are to die for.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service and food

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and wine. Definitely will be visiting again.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great find!!
Fun place with wonderful tapas.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful food as always.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food here is always exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We love Barsa and get there as much as possible. The food is always great and for some reason Saturday nite's food was even better than usual. Perhaps it was our server who was a delight. Fear not we'll be at Barsa soon again. With friends and family coming in for Thanksgiving part of our holiday festivities will be at Barsa.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great find! We ordered the Brussel sprouts, kale salad, stuffed peppers and seafood paella. It was fabulous!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Business Meals, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Barsa is one of our favorites. We love that they have happy hour specials even through the weekend, so we tend to choose it for many date nights! The drinks are lovely, and the food is so good. We always get a cheese plate and then pick a few things from the tapas menu. The empanadas of the day are consistently good. Inside can get a bit noisy, but the courtyard is beautiful and much quieter (except when a motorcycle roars by!).

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was delicious ! definitely try one of the paella's. The calamari appetizer and the mushrooms with goat cheese is amazing!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love Barsa. I guess I have eaten there too many times. I think they need to add some new specials to the menu. Just changing the croquettes and empanadas is not enough. There are many Spanish recipes that could be offered for the specials. The red wine sangria is very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Barsa is one of my favorites! It is fun to order tapas and thus have a variety of tastes. It can be a little noisy at night, but not too much so. Just enough to make it fun. Quiet at lunch and the perfect place to go for a small bite at that time of day. The paella is great and very authentic. Attractive inside and a very nice outside space as well. Very good service and the owner is the nicest man ever!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

That food was okay, but it was not Spansih. We ordered Pealla, and there was no saffron in it --a key ingredient. Also, the rice was not the a short grain paella rice, but some average long grain. The seafood was over cooked.

The grilled octopus and the stuffed peppers were excellent. The crouquettes were bland and the dates over cooked. If I weren't expecting Spanish food, I would give it a "B", but since they bill themselves as a Spanish retaurant, I'm giving them a "C-".

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Incredible food, environment, service and price point in Charleston! We love the beverages offered as well. When the heat isn’t too bad, the patio is fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Creative and tasty small plates. Service was spotty as the server was great early but "disappeared" for nearly 40 minutes when we were waiting for our check.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fun place, great food!!! Ted was our waiter and he was awesome! Love this place! Great Paella and tapas!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Entre way to salty. Tapas were excellent. Service timely and friendly

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Wonderful food and service — the tapas truly reminded me of memories from living in Spain!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent meal! We enjoyed trying several small plates and a seafood paella. Dessert was yummy also!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Love Barsa! We went for brunch and it was delicious. Excellent service. Best shrimp and grits in town. Looking forward to checking out their happy hour!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had a great time. Perfect for a date. The band was fantastic. Will me back for sure.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Live Music, People Watching, Happy Hour, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food! Good music on Thursday nights. Fun place to hang with friends.

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Fantastic tapas! Loved the Brussels sprouts and calamari. Also enjoyed the sangria.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food but way too loud inside for friends trying to talk. I sounded hoarse from shouting over the music the next morning.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Fantastic live music! Steve Simon and the Kings of Jazz are great. Wonderful bartenders, Ben and Ben!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our waiter, Kelly was the sweetest man and made our meal easy, fun and his attention to detail made everyone happy!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We had the seafood paella. I am from Spain and in my opinion it was very good. Our reservation happened to be during Happy Hour, so the paella was $10 off!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fun place, quick service, most drinks were good. Our group had some beers, some mixed drinks, some wine, some sangria, all were good except the house wine in our opinion. We had a cheese plate which we loved, and a veggie paella. We thought the paella was overly burned, as the predominant flavor for half the paella was char. The waiter said that was how it was supposed to be, but no paella I have ever had in Spain or Cuba was charred to an overwhelming flavor of char only. The part that was not totally black was tasty, but the waiter said that our paella was charred as they normally do it, so I would say expect to taste heavy char predominantly. That is what he said they aim for.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of our favorites for Happy Hour with their paella that is half priced and good drink specials. Went for brunch though, meals were pretty small portion sizes but tasty. Always good for large groups and good staff.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Brilliant service. Memorable small plates. Superb!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food was outstanding, service terrific, fun atmosphere and incredible value!!! Our whole group agreed that we can't wait to return!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This place is a Charleston gem. Consistent delicious food and awesome happy hour prices!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great tapas and wine! Service and atmosphere awesome

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We sampled 4 tapas; each was great! We also ordered a seafood paella. I thought it was overly salted. I've had paella numerous times in Spain (& elsewhere) and never experienced it being salty. I was disappointed by the paella; although, everything else was quite good. We also took home 2 desserts because we love to sample from all areas of a menu. The desserts we tried (flan and chocolate torte) were not exceptional. Overall, our experience at Barsa was very good.

Another diner commented on flies in the restaurant. Unfortunately, we also found this problem. The meal would've been more enjoyable if we had not been consistently swatting away a fly from our table.

In sum, it was a good experience. We enjoyed the meal, ambiance, and service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was creative and delicious. Drinks were great, but We sat by a window that was full of flies and the blinds were filthy. Probably wouldn't go back because of this.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food and nice place. Our server was great at the beginning but towards the end he was a little bit distracted talking to the bartender... it took us at least 10 min to pay our check, but besides from that, great meal!

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