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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.8

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (9)
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Casual (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Romantic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Truly enjoyable first experience. Individual plates perfectly sized. Excellent flavors. Looking forward to exploring more of the menu.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Birthday celebration

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

As my husband is from Spain, we have traveled back and forth throughout our 35 year marriage. We love Spanish food and always look forward to the authentic flavors of Barsa. We particularly enjoy the Jazz on Thursday nights and LOVE the seat by the King Street window. I also appreciate the lovely paintings with Spanish flair.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

Food came out timely, correct, and delicious and service was very attentive and kind.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed it. The food was amazing and so was the service! Very friendly! Menu was great - love being able to try a bunch of different things.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

The small paella is sometimes a little burnt on the bottom of the pan, but everything else is great

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Went at lunch time which was wonderful as it wasn't crowded or noisy. The food was better than I expected, especially the grilled octopus. Ordered far too much but enjoyed having the leftovers. Would go back again especially since I discovered they have their own parking lot!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was fantastic. Great variety of options and paella was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great restaurant with authentic Spanish food and good service. The only issue is the noise level mostly from the extremely drunk people.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Though at the upper end of King St. Barsa is worth the drive- very good tapas plates and on a nice day the outside patio is a good spot to enjoy a unique meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food, service and atmosphere where exceptional! We look forward to coming back soon!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

2nd time visiting Barsa. Fantastic food, great staff and servers, I definitely recommend for a date night. Service is actually unusually fast...we ordered drinks and a couple apps, then 3 or 4 plates all together, and we were finished eating everything in 30 minutes...no rush from Barsa, they are very welcoming and engaging...We've been twice and we will absolutely be back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My friends and I reserved our table for a birthday brunch. The location was barely half filled, so we figured we’d be taken care of relatively quickly. It took about ten minutes for our waitress to come and take the drink order. I instantly took that as a bad sign, but the guest of honor really wanted to eat at Barsa. Once we received the drinks, we asked a couple of questions and looked over the menu a little more. Again, our waitress took FOREVER to return. There were no biscuits for the chicken biscuits, so we offered rolls as a substitute. We ordered two “biscuits/sandwiches” and one poached egg sandwich that took almost 45 mins to prepare. The “biscuit/sandwiches” arrived, but my friend was informed her sandwich was made incorrectly and had to be remade. About 15 minutes later, the sandwich came and was still cooked wrong. We asked for the check and the manager came to apologize. We were told that the kitchen was setting up for dinner, which was confusing because it was only 2:00. The next explanation was that all the tickets came in at one time. Most of the guests in the restaurant were already eating when we arrived and about 3 or 4 parties came after us. The manager offered to remake the sandwich again. I asked if we would have to wait another 30/45 minutes and she replied, “Yes. We already have tickets ahead of you.” FYI, we seated across from the ticket window and the cooks were preparing an order and there was only one ticket in the window. The manager was very apologetic, but the waitress was so unconcerned about the entire situation. Overall, the food was great, but we will not be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Truly enjoyed the fabulous food!
Would highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Absolutely consistently fabulous in every way! We visit Charleston every couple of months and dining at Barsa is like a visit with a dear friend: authentic dishes wonderfully prepared and delivered by a wait staff who know their kitchen and love what they do. Happy hour is a bonus; try to sit at the high tops or at the bar for the real atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I usually enjoy this restaurant, but I was deterred on my last visit when I was asked to evacuate my table after 1.5h of dining so that the next reservation could be seated. I was never notified that my reservation had an expiration. I regret making this reservation, because the staff made my party feel very unwelcome. I do hope this was a one-time bad instance and not the regular practice for those who make reservations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Vegan, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is a neighborhood gem: great paella (in three sizes and varieties) and small plates that utilized many veggies. Caiprinhas a bit strange in composition (too much ice, not enough muddled lime), but overall worth the trip out of the historic area.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Each visit to Barsa never disappoints. On our recent visit there was a large, loud group that made it difficult to have a conversation. Noise level is often times loud. We’ll continue to dine there!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

As always, the paella was outstanding - lots of fresh veg and seasoned to perfection. My niece who said she doesn't like peppers went back for seconds after being coerced to try the stuffed peppers. Empanada filling was plentiful and had just the right amount of spice to complement the venison. Mule, martini, and pink lady cocktails were delish. I suspect our server was new - never received coffee we requested with initial cocktail order, second cocktail order took forever, took too long to clear dirty plates, and he seemed to disappear once the restaurant began to fill up. No matter, we'll definitely return to one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Barsa is one of the best values in Charleston these days. Four of us for dinner was under $100 (not including tip) although alcohol was very minimal for the group. Small plates are still big enough for sharing and even small paella was enough with everything else. We didn't have room for dessert which was too bad when we saw the flan on the next table. We plan to make this a more frequent stop.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We've never had a bad meal at Barsa. The seafood is also fresh! We travel to Charleston at least once a month and this is our go to restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a great place for variety of great foods and drinks. Have been many times and highly recommend. Thanks!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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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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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service and food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 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 28, 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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 (Atlanta)·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 17, 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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 (Charleston)·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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 (Charlotte)·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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