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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n
Charleston
22 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
26 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
7 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
26 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.

DH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent food and wine list, we had beer and cocktails. The small plates were excellent. Nice atmosphere

JC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciousness in small bites (GET THE WHITE SANGRIA!)

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service! This was our second time at Barsa and we will be back.

MF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Paella was great! Wine was great! Service was great! Looking forward to coming back!

D
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. The server helped us choose and we loved it.
Nice courtyard at the back
Would recommend

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to Charleston after five years away. My husband and I have our favorite restaurants, but this time I was here with a friend, so no seafood...we had to find alternatives. And what a find! The shrimp! The brusselsprouts were perfectly crisped with the perfect balance of veg and leaves. The patatas bravas are THE best I’ve had and I’ve traveled and had tapas everywhere. They were FRESH...think In n Out fries in Cali...we WILL be back.

c
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Snapper and paella was fab

MC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brussells Sprouts and roasted potatos are fantastic! The drinks list is very good, service is great, and the place has a nice vibe.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Good vegetarian options!

C
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Everything was delicious . Hope to go back soon.

F
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time and we really enjoyed it!! We can’t wait to go back...

DF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great “tasting” meal with friends! The more, the merrier to sample a variety of tapas.

ES
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding! His recommendations were well- received and delicious. We celebrated a birthday and when we thought we were finished we celebrated some more. I'm not going to specify all the dishes we enjoyed bc one was as yummy as the next and we ordered way too many. Needless to say, we took food home to be enjoyed again the next day.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and incredible flavors in comfortable surroundings. Our favorite place for date night in Charleston!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable evening. Food and wine were great.

P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Barsa never disappoints. Tapas were excellent as was the seafood paella. Happy hour here can’t be beat.

RD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great tapas place with a nice courtyard (for when it is less humid) and a surprisingly large dining room. Food was great and service was quick. We enjoyed each of the tapas we ordered, though the paella was nothing to write home about. Definitely a place to which we will return.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find!!! Word of mouth brought us here. Get the dates!!!

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