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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.6
4.6
1227 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson Landing, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Wine Bar Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (703) 638-1100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Leo Estrada

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,227 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. m

    mamawint

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Although off to a rocky start during restaurant week (couldn’t honor our reservation bc all tables were full and told us they don’t take reservations - but they did?) they redeemed themselves. We sat outside under the heat lamps. Food was yummy and we were able to take our time and enjoy the evening. Service was great when they were around. Would have liked to see them more.
  2. k

    kell

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wish there was a better and closer option for restroom, but overall a great experience
  3. VC

    ValarieC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Perfect setting for outdoor seating! Drinks were great!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service. Food not super special for the price. Paying for the view.
  5. HS

    HeidiS

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall food was good.
  6. CS

    ChalinS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Views are amazing, service is great but food is only a notch above mediocre
  7. j

    jfedz15

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Despite being a bit cool outside, outdoor heaters and tents were great and allowed everyone to enjoy the views. Great service, friendly servers, good vibe.
  8. JA

    JenA

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and hot drinks. Ambience was perfect for a casual Friday night
  9. SH

    SamanthaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and Drinks 🍹 definitely recommended 👍
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Great place to watch the boat show.
  11. CM

    CynthiaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for the boat parade. Seated right at the water! Food, drinks and service were amazing! Will def go back next year for the parade
  12. S

    Shar

    Washington DC

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Old Town with friends to see the Boat Parade. It was the perfect spot. Our waiter David took really good care of us! Food was delicious and drinks were delightful. Our bill was $350.00 but it was a totally enjoyed evening for 4 of us!
  13. LC

    LauraC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The manager was wonderful. However, the server was horrible. he did not know if they had orange juice; we asked for bread for an egg, which arrived cold & over-cooked, and he brought pita bread. The toast took 15 minutes to arrive. The empanadas were not ready for 45 minutes. The food came out in an order, so we did not eat together. The manager came & offered a fresh egg, but by that point, I was done. We have eaten here before and did not experience this. Maybe a bad day? It was for us.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Unfortunately there was only one server working the entire left patio. We were seated late, no water for 15 mins, no drinks for over half an hour. I’ve had much better experiences here before. Very disappointed.
  15. ED

    EmiliaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks, great service! The pier is very cute and the heaters made it feel cozy. Will be back!
  16. K

    Kerry

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great apps/tapas type dishes and incredible atmosphere!
  17. CT

    ChrisT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! It was a gorgeous night on the water. This was our first time there and we loved it!
  18. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. The food is amazing, the ambience on the water wonderful.
  19. b

    bailey

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful day to sit outside! They were a little slow getting us to our reserved table but food was great I do think a few of their items are overpriced Definitely recommend the goat cheese tapa!!!
  20. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, amazing drinks, great food, and AMAZING location. Prices are super reasonable as well, I would highly recommend!
  21. LV

    LuisV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been living-off curve-side pickups for over two years. Prior to the pandemic we visited Alexandria quite often and ate indoors, seldom outside. This was our first trip out to Alexandria for lunch since March 2020. We did not know what to expect, much less of a new restaurant (at least for us). The day promised to be a good one with sunny weather, light breeze in the low 70s. Lunch at Barca was so delightfull we are definitely going back for dinner. Their menu offered something for every taste and what exceeded owr expectations of variety and taste. Add their prompt service and seletion of livations and it is a definite stop for anyone wanting to experience a good meal in Alexandria, next to the river, and fresh air. By the way they are prepared for the cool days with radiant heat and propane heateres to make of your evening a dlightfull one. I hope you get a chance to experience Barca the next time you travel to Alexandria, George would definetly make it a stop on his way to Mt. Vernon.
  22. H

    Haki

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a perfect place for friends to meet up for Tapas. I am not from the area and we all enjoyed this bar.
  23. GI

    GIJen

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Barca. It's still the hottest spot in Old Town. Great food, wonderful service, even better location. Just be mindful because the bill will add up for all that great food and drink.
  24. c

    clwho

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely location on the Pier! Really impressive set up. Enjoyed each of the menu items we tried. Service couldn't be kinder. Looking forward to visiting again.
  25. S

    Sharon

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The location is my favorite. The server was busy but had the restaurant team help out. The manager stopped by the table too to say high. Good good. Wine pours are a little low for the $$. I’ll be back.
  26. TZ

    TerryZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    You're paying for being right on the water and beautiful views. Don't go for the food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was super off last night. They had to take items off the bill. It was embarrassing because we were hosting a couple that had never been there before.
  28. 4

    4happydiners

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting on the waterfront! Good service and food! A fun environment.
  29. KL

    KatieL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We loved the humus and cheese plate: ham croquet not as much. Lovely setting
  30. JB

    JesseB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food, great ambiance. We'll be back!
  31. r

    rm1966

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First time visit - pier location is fantastic. Diversified Tapas menu - smaller portions, some are shareable, some are not.
  32. CB

    CoryBarlowPhoto

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is spectacular. If you find yourself anywhere near old town, it should be your first priority.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails were both amazing. We split four small plates between the two of us, and were very satisfied. Sitting right on the water in old town creates a beautiful ambiance for a date night. They have ample heaters, so visiting in cold weather would not be a problem. Would recommend the crispy brocolini!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The quality of the food has been declining in the last year. Very disappointing.
  35. JN

    JamesN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful night for a romantic nosh and glass of favorite beverage. We'll be back.
  36. j

    jcd2

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Sat out on the pier on a somewhat blustery day, enclosed in clear plastic on two sides with very effiicient space heaters. Nice tapas dishes, good winelist and cocktails, very congenial atmosphere.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The prices are a bit high, but the location is beautiful, and I do think you’re paying for the spot. As a tapas place, it’s not designed to be a quick bite to eat—the food came out slowly, which was perfect for trying and enjoying the different dishes. Honestly everything was so delicious.
  38. AK

    AcaciaK

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Not authentic Spanish. Bad service and overpriced. It’s success is the setting and nothing else.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall it was indeed a good experience I asked for a Birthday cake and flowers for my wife in my bookings but did not receive it on the table. I had to speak to waiters to get me cake. That was kind of embarrassment moment for me on the Table
  40. C

    Catherine

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Spanish tapas-style restaurants should, without having to ask, provide customer's bread to the table to eat with their tapas. My husband and I asked for bread twice and received a plate of warmed up pita bread cut in small triangles after our tapas had already turned cold waiting for bread. When the check arrived, we were surprised to see that we had been charged for the bread. Service was sporadic and we had to ask other staff to help when we wanted to order or when, after 20 minutes, we had been waiting for the bottle of wine we ordered. Food was just ok and was diminished by our experience .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.6 stars by 1227 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for Barca Wine Bar & Pier

3 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Wine Bar Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Leo Estrada

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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