Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

4.7
618 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.

We offer live music with The Kings of Jazz every Thursday from 7 until 10. We have two seatings for the show - one at 6:00 and another at 8:00. We kindly request the 6:00 seatings return their tables no later than 7:45 in order to accommodate the following seating. While we offer some bookings for the later seating online, if you would like to make a reservation for the first seating please call us at 843.577.5393.
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Charleston
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to dine for exceptional food. We had the large paella, stuffed dates, croquettes, and beet salad. Happy hour is every day 4-7pm with a lot of unique drinks along with your favorites. Great atmosphere and my go to place when friends are in town. Parking behind the building so no worries there for a downtown ( slightly uptown) restaurant. Staff is attentive and friendly. A MUST try if you haven't dined at Barsa before.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Underwhelming - went with our daughter and son-in-law after their rave reviews from previous visits. Got off to an iffy start when we got no menus or water for probably 5+ minutes. Our server told us there had been a miscommunication - fair enough... Then we ordered a bottle of wine and paella (since it takes 30 minutes) and expected to order several rounds of tapas to start. Our tapas order was taken much later and they then arrived one at a time (so much for sharing...), with some coming after the paella. Took quite a while for the wine too. The food generally tasted pretty good, but I don't consider it a good value at all. Like I said - underwhelming.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, wine n service. One of our favorites in Charleston.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A party of 11 and we enjoyed ourselves. Max did a great job helping us.

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SR
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible
Food was good
Eventually when we had not gotten all the food we ordered we asked for the remaining food to come to the table in a to go box as well as the check
The check arrived but still not the food
We paid the check got our card back and still no food
We left having paid for food we never got

There was a huge table of maybe at a high top 20 seated before us that was clearly taking a lol of the wait staffs attention and those at the the fully seated bar so our lithe two top was ignored even thought we had a reservation

Disappointed because we have generally had good service in the past

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AM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I tried multiple dishes on the menu and all dishes were very tasty. We loved the Seafood Paella! I highly recommend this restaurant. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and they did a great job accommodating our large group.

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RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and lots of fun to share it all around the table

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TG
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Barsa and eat there often. This time, my husband and I broke out of our rut of cheese board and empanadas (which are always great, by the way) and tried multiple veggie dishes. We loved every bite. Cocktails are great and reasonably priced, especially for Charleston, and the service is always friendly yet not overbearing. It definitely remains a top choice for us!

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J
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the tapas here’s, but the rotating specials were especially good tonight!

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ZV
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Absolutely amazing everytine

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Isaac as a server was not so great. The rest of the experience was awesome.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! We have taken multiple friends there and they always return on their own!

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C
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our absolute favorite restaurant in Charleston for casual dining and special occasions. A neighborhood gem that welcomes everyone.

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R
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

When arriving we were told by the hostess we only had 45 mins as there was another reservation for our table, this started the whole night off on a sour note. I’ve NEVER been told something like this prior to sitting at a restaurant.

It was my wife’s birthday, to be honest her and I talked briefly about leaving and going elsewhere but on a Saturday at 7pm our options would’ve been very limited.

The food was tasty BUT the hostess pretty much ruined the whole night and we won’t be coming back. Very RUDE.

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B
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First vist, some of best tapas I ever had, great cocktails, will return anytime Im in Charleston.

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l
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emma our server was great!Food was awesome- especially loved the veggie dishes:)

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P
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The music was great and I have to thank the hostess for accommodating us when the numbers in our party changed. She was very nice.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas, friendly courteous and knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere, and excellent value

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H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour prices.

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S
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the tapas

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I met two friends there for dinner as a send off before they are stationed elsewhere. Great place to go and order multiple plates for the table and share! Tried both the chicken chorizo and seafood paella in addition to a few tapas and everything was excellent!

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TR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, nice atmosphere and excellent tapas

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BM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't beat Barsa!! It is a go to for the paella and a great happy hour. The dates and the calamari were a perfect starter before the paella. Will keep going back.

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LI
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful evening with beautiful people. Food , ambiance, service and live band were all amazing. Felt like a scene from a sexy movie.
Now that’s Langston 🍷

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GN
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Stopped here for lunch on our way into Charleston. So glad we did! The food was amazing - every bite was delicious and just right. The service was friendly and attentive. It was pretty quiet when we were there but this would be a super fun place to come at night or to sit out in the courtyard in nice weather. We’ll be back!

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DM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We visit Barsa every time we travel to Charleston! It’s well worth it! I’ve never had a bad or average meal here. It’s alway excellent. We always order off of the tapas menu and it so worth it! The chocolate pistachio bread pudding with salted caramel ice crea is to die for! We look forward to the next trip.

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal at Barsa. I love the beet salad and the roasted brussel sprouts were very good. They are noted for their paella ( order when you are seated ). This time we had the crab fritters and they were very tasty. Waiters and servers are great ! One of my GO TO restaurants. Highly recommended.

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AR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great selection of small plates, good value an good service

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night there. Could have stayed all night.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They accommodated our very large party and the food and service was amazing!

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h
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at Barsa for my husband's birthday. I requested a good table for someone on crutches and mentioned his birthday. Our food was terrific and our waitress very attentive. The only downside is the noise level made it difficult for us to talk and our table was right in the middle of a banquette. An end location would have been appreciated so that we could store his crutches nearby. There was no mention of his birthday, so I feel the restaurant could improve their "special celebration" recognition.

Overall a great night and I would definitely recommend to friends.

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e
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual the food and service were wonderful. We always enjoy our meal at Barsa, however, we were a bit disappointed in the small paella dish.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites. The food is excellent and plentiful. The decor is warm and comfortable.

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MR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

We visited Barsa to celebrate a B-day, we made a reservation for 8 but it happens another friend joined us and they were nice to add a chair that way we could eat comfortably. The service was good, we ordered 2 paellas and they din’t take too long but we thought it needed a little more flavor. Overall we had a great experience.

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Q
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dispite having a reservation we had to wait over 1/2 hr for our table. Noise level was very high and service was slow. The food was good and the happy hour discounts were generous. We love tapas and this is the only real tapas restaurant in town so it’s a no brained for us. Just wish they were better organized.

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MD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were asked to leave our table after receiving our checks because they needed the table. This has never happened to me before and I found it rude. I understand that they had reservations for certain tables but there were other tables that were available in the restaurant. This is one of my favorite happy hour places but being asked to leave my table really put a bad taste in my mouth.

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LF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great happy hour. Excellent cocktails and even better tapas and paella. Highly recommend the toasted cauliflower and crab fritters.

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GH
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, paella was fantastic! Had a couple of tapas and wine.

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