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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.
Charleston, SC 29403
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]
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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-".
Fun place, quick service, most drinks were good. Our group had some beers, some mixed drinks, some wine, some sangria, all were good except the house wine in our opinion. We had a cheese plate which we loved, and a veggie paella. We thought the paella was overly burned, as the predominant flavor for half the paella was char. The waiter said that was how it was supposed to be, but no paella I have ever had in Spain or Cuba was charred to an overwhelming flavor of char only. The part that was not totally black was tasty, but the waiter said that our paella was charred as they normally do it, so I would say expect to taste heavy char predominantly. That is what he said they aim for.
We sampled 4 tapas; each was great! We also ordered a seafood paella. I thought it was overly salted. I've had paella numerous times in Spain (& elsewhere) and never experienced it being salty. I was disappointed by the paella; although, everything else was quite good. We also took home 2 desserts because we love to sample from all areas of a menu. The desserts we tried (flan and chocolate torte) were not exceptional. Overall, our experience at Barsa was very good.
Another diner commented on flies in the restaurant. Unfortunately, we also found this problem. The meal would've been more enjoyable if we had not been consistently swatting away a fly from our table.
In sum, it was a good experience. We enjoyed the meal, ambiance, and service.
Food is outstanding first of all. Service was disappointing. 2 of 5 at the table ordered 2 small plate and 3 ordered 1 small plate and paella. The timing of delivery was terrible. The first round of small plates came together which was fine, but the second small plates ordered by 2 at the table came before they were finished with the first and at leat 20 minutes before the paella ever came. We fully undersyood that the paella takes 45 minutes but they should have brought the second round of small plates when the paella came. We also asked two questions about the cocktail menu and the server's response was he was new and didn't know rather than I'll get that answer for you. Train your people Barsa before putting them on the floor alone.
The food is pretty good. Not a great value, but hey, tapas are fun. Location is easy to park at, but there isn't anything else going for it.
The manager is either absent or dressed like a runner. Not terribly reassuring. This isn't Oak.
The big problem I have had is the little things. Example: there is (and has been for months) a huge hole in the ceiling. By the bathrooms. Like 4'x4'. You can actually feel the heat and smell the scent of old wood. It's odd, bordering on bizarre. The issue is not just that they are spending $100+ on air conditioning they don't need to per month, it's that there was a goddam fly bothering us ALL dinner. The server didn't really care. She was basically a gen-Y slacker. There is no excuse for having flies bothering customers like some kind of second rate breakfast joint while there is a huge passageway to the attic present.
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