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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.8
4.8
1571 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson, 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 plus weekend brunch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • 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

What 1,571 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for scenic views

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

1,571 Reviews
  1. CatherineS

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a very pleasant outing! The staff were friendly and attentive, with the exception of the hostess. It took a while to get her to notice us at the host stand, which normally wouldn’t be an issue but it was raining so it made for a very poor start to the night. The food was delicious and overall very reasonable priced for the portion size, but the Jamón Ibérico was much smaller than expected. Would still recommend to a friend, just things to be aware of. The patatas bravas were amazing, and our server gave us incredible service. They even refilled my dog’s water bowl when she’d nearly emptied it!

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  2. ElleKaye

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a last-minute Valentine’s Day reservation at Barca, and it was lovely! Even in the dark and cold, the ambiance was lovely and romantic (the outdoor section is heated and enclosed, but I kept my jacket on). The food was delicious and the service was fast and friendly. We look forward to returning in warmer, sunnier weather!

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  3. CarrieP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I made reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. We knew we would be outside and have heaters (we’ve been there plenty before during the cold months) but they had the plastic walls down which helped tremendously! The food was incredible as always-we ordered the Valentine’s Day specials (lamb and beef tenderloin) and I hope the chef decides to keep them on the menu!

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  4. MarceloC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place with great food at a fair price. The service could be improved. The staff should be more attentive to customers' needs.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on January 29, 2024
    Thank you so much for your honest review, Marcelo. We take great pride in having a well-trained staff and we apologize that our service fell short during your recent dine. We have shared your feedback with the management team to ensure quality service to all of our guests. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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  5. CB22

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with a beautiful location right on the banks of the Potomac. We ordered 6 plates of tapas and one dip for two people. We could have skipped the dip, even though it was delicious. All food was beautifully plated and prepared to perfection. The wine is excellent. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not suggest wine parings with the dishes.

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  6. Virg616

    Oklahoma City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere were awesome! Our server, Kyle, took great care of us as well.

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  7. StephenN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent but they ran out of many menu items due to unanticipated demand. Fresh excellent food

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great but they were out of quite a few items for restaurant week
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on January 29, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize we were unable to create a five-star experience. We have shared your feedback with the management team and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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  9. Brooke

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is flavorful and the staff are always nice and speedy with food delivery. Lovely experience every time- thank you!

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  10. Jeremy

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, and finally did so on one of the coldest nights recently. It also happened to be Alexandria Restaurant Week, so they had a special menu, of which we partook. Due to the cold, no dockside seating was available, so we sat at the bar. That was a great call, as we got personalized service and fantastic wine recommendations. We also took advantage of those! The tapas we had were all excellent. Tasty and small plates, but enough to share for two. So delicious we did not have any leftovers from the six plates! We will return again when it’s warmer and can hopefully dine al fresco. This place is a gem!

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  11. Que1

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    FYI, the steak and eggs dish is an appetizer portion, that is a small filet migion and one small egg. You have to order small plates to get full.

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  12. AndreaF

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Ate inside for the first time last night and the space is cozy, service is friendly, and food outstanding.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for NYE, saw the fireworks by the water. The drinks were good! We got hummus & Gambas. I think the vegetarian options were a little low. But we’d come back for apps & drinks

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  14. Wackamacka

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! We go back again and again. The food is excellent and the view cannot be beat. Love it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was meh but the food was amazing! The view is also incredible

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  16. AshlynnF

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely incredible! The sangria is unreal and each tapa we got was amazing. This restaurant is definitely worth the hype. We will be back!

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  17. BellaishereFernandez

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall. Beautiful outdoor water views. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The tapas recommended were delicious. We loved the potatoes, octopus, and beef. Excellent flavors and we plan to go back again.

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  18. Jeditexan

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and outstanding service - even on Christmas Day. The ham croquettes were fantastic, as were the poquillo peppers. Nice wine selection. All good!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, drinks were spectacular, location is second to none with the pier right on the water. Hannah took great care of us, everything came out super quick despite being Christmas Day. Highly recommended if you’re in Old Town and want to get away from King Street for a fantastic experience.

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  20. ValerieF

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely experience. I wish we had gone earlier.

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  21. BungalowStokes

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Barca: wonderful. The service friendly. The hot cider, with it without whisky, good. Looking forward to going in the summer w/ the plastic up and the great view revealed

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  22. Derek

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is fantastic, but if you’re dining at night be prepared for pretty loud music playing.

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  23. ReginaR

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, as always! Highly recommended. Brunch options are unique and beautifully executed.

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  24. Megan

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The delicious tapas, beautiful atmosphere, and the fast and enthusiastic service made it a perfect birthday lunch. Thank you!

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  25. MatthewI

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place! The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The food was great and the wine and cocktail selections were outstanding. Because of the tapas format of the food, the tiny tables were surprisingly not a hindrance. I really like this place and will definitely come back.

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  26. SwanyRamblings

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, view was incredible. We sat outside on waterfront area dinning. Even though it was December and outside, where we sat, we were very warm and toasty. The server was amazing.

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  27. Lindsey

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time at Barca watching the Alexandria Boat Parade!

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  28. CynthiaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience for the boat parade! Seated right on the water. Food was great, service was excellent t and ambience was suoer

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  29. Sarah

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to watch the Alexandria boat parade with friends. Good food, good service and we were not rushed!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic ambience and wonderful service, but most importantly, amazing food.

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  31. VaChick

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious food, good service and amazing view.

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  32. isabellat

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening out on the terrace. It was cold, but they have several overhead heaters and mushroom heaters around the deck. The food was phenomenal, hot and fresh, and the menu had a good variety. It's a beautiful location in Old Alexandria with a perfect view of the National Harbor across the way. Very quiet as well. We loved BARCA and will be back!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience here. However, I’d say do not get the tres leches dessert, not worth the $8.

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  34. AbeF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It seems it rains every time we go to Barca but we were undeterred this time. Staff was friendly and brought us a heat lamp as we sat waterside and enjoyed our tapas. Everything we ordered was delicious and came out very fast after ordering. After dinner and desert we went inside and had a drink, Ardie the bartender is a treasure and makes fantastic cocktails!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    INCREDIBLE !!! as always- but there was a little friend running around last night! Hopefully you guys can do something about that :)

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  36. kimmyimmy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed my entire experience at Barca— tapas, wine, ambience, and all! Will definitely visit again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view right by the water and the tapas were delicious. Definitely recommend the scallops and the pork tenderloin! A little pricey for some of the tapas but overall still worth the price if you’re going for a special occasion.

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  38. Nica54

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite restaurant! The tapas are amazing. Highly recommend

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice outdoor dining experience with a water view. My drink was delicious, had to get two!

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  40. LiaGi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing food; sauces tasted as if they were out of a can. Meat was unflavored. Shrimp too salty. A big let down
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on November 1, 2023
    Thank you for your honest feedback, Lia. We take great pride in the quality of all our dishes and are sorry to hear that we fell short during your recent dine. We have shared this feedback directly with our culinary team and do hope you’ll give us another opportunity to impress you.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.8 stars by 1571 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
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
    Wed–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • 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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