Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

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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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m
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the options were excellent, our server Liz was excellent. If I am ever back in Charleston I will absolutely come here again.

KE
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barsa was AMAZING. Tapas that were better than 95% of what we had in Spain. Will be back!

PK
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and fun to have so many plates to share with others!

AC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

so delicious! Friendly... everybody! I can't wait to go back

l
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emma was wonderful! Loved everything.....especially the carrots and scallops.

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and value are excellent! The paella really is outstanding.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wonderful experience for an easy get together with friends Lamb meatballs and olives were delicious

H
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious!!! Best sangria and service in town.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and knowledgable staff. Isaac was our waiter. Loved the Jack’s Call, their Lowcountry take on a Manhattan. Mushrooms outstanding. Carrot a big surprise. Prosciutto wrapped dates amazing.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with vegetarian options. Loved it.

b
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bustling, celebratory (loud) atmosphere. Would be happy to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time and experience

MW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great value. Best tapas I’ve had in a while. I would highly recommend

a
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Unimpressed. The fried tapas were over-battered and salty. The grilled octopus was sauce-covered 'mush'. Aside from a few clams, mussels and pieces of overcooked fish, the paella was bland and tasteless. On a positive note, the service was great and so was the ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food, really bad service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Best paella I have ever have.

S
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The drinks were good. Service was very good. Tapas were good. But the paella was not good at all. There was no flavor, no taste. Very disappointed. Ive wanted to go for a long time.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was unimpressive. There were two dishes we did enjoy (octopus and the steak), but everything else was either overcooked or bland. Our service was good and waitress was friendly. I was sadly disappointed because we love tapas restaurants.

n
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think their paella is the best in the city! Large parking area and reasonably priced drinks during 4-7 PM happy hour.

m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful. Every bite was packed with flavor. The Paella was sooo delicious. It did not disappoint.
Our server initially was very attentive and then felt like she disappeared. Not sure if she had tables on the other side of the restaurant.
All in all a great dining experience

N
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere with a delicious selection of tapas. Our server, Erin, provided us with a few excellent recommendations and made us feel very welcome. We were able to get a couple of plates out at a time, which allowed us to enjoy our wine and conversation without feeling rushed. Great experience -- can't wait to come back!

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Made a reservation two weeks prior for 6:30 had to wait 20 mins for a table I didn't request. Given a strange option to take a table sooner and be out of it by 8:30 or wait for my reserved table , I opted to wait but still didn't get the table requested, but time limit lifted. ordered fried mushrooms they were good , grilled octopus was too salty , also the grilled shrimp was heavy on salt. the paella was only OK. Drinks were good wait staff was excellent. the saving grace was the dessert , ordered the chocolate flour less tort excellent and the flan was very good. I would recommend this place for drinks and dessert. Luckily I live in Charleston and it has plenty of excellent restaurants. Off to try the next.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails - with even better service. Would definitely recommend to others!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I are trying to find vegetarian options more often and with Barsa selection of vegetables plates we will be back. On a non-vegetarian note, the ribs and octopus are a must try.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was fabulous!! The service was great and the food was fabulous. My mom is from Spain, so the food reminded me of family visits. The tapas size are bigger than I expected. The price was reasonable. The server was great. We got seated near the kitchen and it was so hot—that was the only downfall. I will definitely go many more times! Highly recommend.

C
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is fabulous this time of year. The food and service are always top notch. Recommended for every day dining and special occasions. One of the best restaurants in Charleston.

MN
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal, as usual! Barsa is one of our go-to places. The beet salad is a favorite and my husband and I share the paella. My salad was forgotten and came last, but I still enjoyed it!

TG
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We're at Barsa all the time, but we won't be back for a long time--if ever--after this last experience. Though I'd made the reservation a week in advance, we were shocked to be told when we showed up that we had to vacate the table at a certain time so they could seat other people. Sure enough, we were asked to leave at their prescribed time, even though our table of four had been eating and drinking the entire time. We had also ordered paella, which takes a loooong time to make. If we had been a last-minute accommodation, I would have completely understood. But this was just frustrating and embarrassing. With so many phenomenal options in CHS, it's hard to justify spending time and money at a place where you're put on a timer from the minute you walk in.

OT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

EJ
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, yummy food! It was Happy Hour and we ordered a small seafood paella which took about an hour, since it was so busy. We ordered a barsa mule and a sangria ($3 off cocktails). We started with croquettes, hanger steak and brussel sprouts! The steak and brussel sprouts were amazing! We order 2 more drinks, but it took awhile to get them and by the time we got them they were watered down! We finally got our paella and it was awesome! Just wished we ordered a medium, because I really wanted more. Overall food was amazing, service slow because of happy hour! Love the prices of happy hour, but come early or after happy hout to avoid the crowd and to have a nice experience!!

M
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good. Waiter gave wrong order. Never came by table had to actively chase him to get another drink, order, the bill.

MN
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barsa never disappoints. We had whole trout that was perfectly seasoned and cooked until just done - flaky and wonderful. Barsa's small plates are delicious and affordable enough that you can get many of them to try! We are fans and love this tapas restaurant.

B
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was great. Just the two of us picking 4 tapas each. As always, excellent meal and fun place to eat.

TS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place for small plates. Had the Brussel sprouts, calamari and brocollini and pork ribs. All very good. Service was good and prompt. Love their sangria!

BD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly server, fantastic atmosphere, wonderful tapas- I can’t wait to go back!

t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best food I had in Charleston.

EJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I finally tried the seafood paella and was not disappointed! The wine selection is amazing and happy hours prices are a steal. Love the ambiance of Barsa and it never disappoints. 10/10 will be back soon :)

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner is fabulous and prices are great and the service was fantastic! Lauren is a amazing bartender and very attentive. The paella is consistently excellent! We will be back again!

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places; Isaac was such a great server!

M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We lokev for some small plate lunch option and came to Barsa. Food was unbelievably diverse and tasty. We wished we would come for dinner, had option to eat a bit more. But this gave us a reason to get back to Charleston and at Barsa again. And, did I mention, service is second to none.

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