Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

4.7
536 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
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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 536 People Are Saying
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding Tapas and Paella - best in Charleston.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Thank you your Food and Service is always perfect!

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1.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The restaurant’s A/C has been out all week and we were not told until we arrived and commented on the heat. There were only desktop fans circulating the air. No reduction was offered on our meal. We left after one course.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

My only complaint...it was stifling hot in the restaurant. We would've stayed longer, ate/drank more, but just got tired from the heat. Otherwise...great!

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I was unbelievably excited to try Barsa. I live a few blocks away and have been hearing about the Paella now for a while. Everyone I’ve ever spoke too about Barsa has said it’s a great place. We arrived and I immediately noticed that it was quite hot! The Air Conditioning was broken, and we had to ask about the room
Temp to be informed. (Looking around at everyone sweating wasn’t appetizing.) They didn’t have Empanadas or their Croquettes(it was 5:30 and empty.) We ordered a few Tapas all of which were quite enjoyable. The Paella was good, but nothing to write home about. We ordered a Large Chicken and Chorizo Paella and I absolutely found their chicken delicious, but scarce considering the size of the plate. The chorizo was non-existent, and overall lacking taste. If I get dragged back again I’ll order a large and but add EVERY add on to make it worth it. Desert came around and they didn’t have any Ice Cream, and said it was due to the “Air Conditioning being out? That says two things to me, Either they just didn’t have any, or they really were having issues in the back. Air Conditioning is out, ok... I get it, but the freezer shouldn’t be? And that starts you thinking about what else isn’t being chilled in the back or being kept cold? Overall I was disappointed with my experience and this isn’t something I like to do. I just felt it was a bit off, especially considering what everyone has told me. Will I go back? Probably just to try it and see if last night as just a horrible off night for them!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Nice tapas, classic selection and cooked nicely. Brussels are very good. Bread pudding is baked fresh, soooo good.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food was excellent as usual. Paella is awesome although rice could have been a bit more crusty on top.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and portions. Paella excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Arrived at 6 on a Friday. Ordered 4 small plates to share among us (4) and a medium seafood paella with chorizo. You are told as you are seated paella takes 45 minutes preparation time. Ordered small plates of calamari, octopus, empanadas and brussels sprouts which came out right away. Octopus and sprouts were especially tasty. Octopus was char-grilled to perfection and cut into morsels, served with char-grilled green onions. Brussels were tiny, sautéed perfectly. At the 45 minute point we were informed paella would be “another 30 minutes”, which it definitely was. Were offered bread and plain olive oil as our small plates were finished long before. When it arrived, turned out to be chicken paella with 6 shrimp. Prepared well, but incorrect and a bit skimpy. All in all a good meal, but you may want to double check your order and keep some extra time on tour scheduly

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Many of the reviews I’ve read noted that the main drawback of the restaurant was that the service was terrible. That was not the case at all on our visit. All the servers were running for each other to make sure the food arrived hot and allowed the main server to get drinks. As for the food, the beet salad, brocolini and albondigas were all excellent. The paella was very good, both chicken and seafood, but not as good as Jersey’s, I.e. the Ironbound section of Newark or Perth Amboy’s Portuguese Manor. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Absolutely amazing place. We fell in love from the beginning...the charcuterie board. We had the octopus, smelt and hangar steak. All PERFECT. To top it off, the dark chocolate pistachio bread pudding made me want to cry. We will go back. SOON.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was fantastic, however the service was very poor. Our waiter decided that we weren’t worth his time after deciding not to order a bottle of wine. We saw him about every thirty minutes after that but he was checking on the table next to us constantly. We were unable to order more drinks besides our first because we never saw him again till we finished our and food and ended up going somewhere else for dessert as we were so tired of waiting to see him to try and order.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great tapas and cocktails and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

we went for lunch and wanted the lamb meatballs which are only on the dinner menu but they made them for us anyways! food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Another great meal. Recommend tbe pestiditos, mushrooms and paella.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great tapas. The server was knowledgeable and very helpful. Decor was subdued and plain in a good way. The menu choices were excellent and everything was great. Wines were very fairly priced.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always great service and great food. Love the atmosphere too!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food! Tried several tapas - all wonderful! The service is good, staff very friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable in all respects! Definitely will do it again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Paella was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mothers day Brunch my husband and I shared 5 dishes plus a Flan. Every thing was amazing. Roasted Olives a bit to many for 2 or maybe we just tried to many things. We also had Dates, Roasted Beet Salad, Migas and a tortilla like no other.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Nice tapas and cocktails and layout. Type of music (this place promotes Spanish tapas) is, in my opinion, out of place and way too loud. Intimate conversation is impossible.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Barsa has always been one of our favorite places especially when the weather turns pretty and sitting outside is ideal. Food and service were great. Always a fun place to go with friends 😊

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great spot for a date night. Service was excellent. Happy hour specials are great. Only complaint is that the medium paella only has one more shrimp than the small so we thought we might be better off ordering two Smalls next time.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Once again the food was awesome. We loved the beet salad and the dates. Ordered the seafood paella with added chorizo and it is always enjoyable. Great place to meet for early evening dining.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Tapas and paella was delicious!! Very different dining from the Southern cousins. Excellent food, good drinks, and parking!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Barsa, and highly recommend. All of the food we ordered was outstanding - paella, local shrimp, pan con tomate, and broccolini tapas. Drinks (GNT and Sangria) were very good, also. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and she and the kitchen were accommodating to my dairy allergy. It was refreshing to have someone who knew the menu well, and could make recommendation based upon my allergy; and was also willing to talk to the kitchen and make some adjustments to a few of the items - that, unfortunately, does not happen often even in high-end restaurants. Our server was also very friendly and made the evening that much more enjoyable. Will definitely go back whenever we are in Charleston again!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Painfully slow service. One bartender for entire house — needed 2 more. Long line for Men’s bathroom. Pretty bad experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

If you like a Spanish cuisine this was great! It’s tucked away in a spot you wouldn’t think. A place I often pass by and never notice. It’s casual but could be a nice dress up date night feel. It has a nice out door spot that’s relax as well. Not a huge menu but simple enough to choose from which we love. We chose three apps which were mushrooms with goat cheese, lemon calamari and local shrimp with fresh chilis, cilantro and lime. (We are a big critic on restaurants apps) For dinner we shared the medium seafood paella (and we have leftovers) . Dessert we had a bread pudding and a strawberry crisp. We also had 4 glasses of their house red Spanish wine and 2 Mules. (We spent 100 for the entire evening out. Our reservation was for 5pm. They have 4-7 happy hour. For a Saturday early evening was perfect. It was a packed house at 630). It was absolutely delicious. We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had the best experience at Barsa this past weekend. Service was consistent and tentative to everything we asked for. Going back soon.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a Paella, it was good but not authentic as they discribe. The service was great but I will not go back for a paella.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Will be back for sure. All the food was amazing and our waitress was very good and helpful

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a favorite tapas restaurant in the Chicago area which we enjoyed many times with our family and friends, but had not been to a tapas restaurant in Charleston during the 10 years we've lived here until this past Sunday night. Although the menu was not as extensive as Emilio's in Chicago, the dishes we and our friends shared were equally tasty, and the white sangria was delicious. The prices were also reasonable, and we will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I would recommend this restaurant. The food was good and they had a nice menu for both food and wine. Our waitress was very friendly but we were misled on portion size (larger than described). Also, we forced our waitress to slow things down as the the three items we ordered came to us in 5 minutes and the overall pace was to frenetic. Recommend you order one or two items at a time if your are sharing.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I love tapas! This restaurant was a recommendation from a friend. I’m a creature of habit and so I will always order patatas bravas when I can. Their patatas bravas looked great, the taste was OK. The calamari was paired with a cilantro aeoli which was a bit bland compared to pairing with a garlic aeoli (I requested some). Now the dish that blew my mind was their chicken paella!!! I tend to stay away from paella but my husband ordered it and insisted I try it. WOW! I could have eaten the entire dish.

Service was good. Loved the outdoor patio.

I will return.

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