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Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
4.7
736 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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Booked 27 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wine Bar
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
    Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am
    Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
    Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Pier
    Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 638-1100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Haren

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 736 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Hot Spot

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    This review is just to warn patrons of a potential off night that Barca may be having. I’ve been before and everything was perfect. But, last night the propane heaters were not working, service was taking a little longer, they were out of the Branzino, Mezcal and something else that I forgot. We ended up closing out the tab after our first drink and going to Chadwick’s right across the way. It’s just too cold to not have all the heaters running properly. We went specifically to sit on their advertised heated outside pier (trying to take Covid precautions) and were greatly disappointed. Please call ahead to make sure the dishes, drinks and heaters you want are in stock and in full service.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was sooo good! Our server, David, was great even though it was freezing cold outside. Food is expensive but worth it. So many delicious dishes. I definitely recommend if it is cold that you layer up on the legs and wear some warm socks. The heaters work well for the upper body but not so much for the lower part of the body. Such a nice location on the water as well!

  3. K

    kis4Karisma

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Customer Service by Jo! She was friendly, attentive and provided an awesome experience! I also enjoyed the manager check in!

  4. JV

    JaneV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Evening with Excellent food and drinks! I will definitely be back!

  5. s

    scooterapd

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Outstanding service and very comfortable and well heated outdoor space.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Spanish tapas, wine selection, location and service in the Greater Alexandria area!

  7. KS

    KathyS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5

    Wonderful outdoor dining experience on New Years Eve!

  8. ZT

    ZacharyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Really nice outdoor dining, felt very COVID safe! Food was yummy, drinks were good.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was New Year’s Eve and we booked a 9:15pm table last second the night before. Got to have dinner, then move over to the bar and wait for the fireworks. Food was good. Atmosphere was great. Only negative thing was the music was really loud and we couldn’t hear each other talk.

  10. SC

    SatisfiedCustoner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a place with wonderful ambience on the water.

  11. D

    Dmpols

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been here at keast 6 times love the place and food!!

  12. CB

    CharlotteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved it. Very nice staff. Well run and efficient. Even though it’s on a pier, we were kept warm and dry. Food was wonderful. Fun New Year’s dinner! Well done Barca!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an early NYE dinner for two. We commend them and highly recommend Barca for it’s pier dinning. The well heated outside seating on the water is perfection and greatly appreciated. It will be my new go to spot for sure.

  14. f

    foodiesforlife

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great service and food

  15. EF

    EarlF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a reservation and were given a nice table along the waterside. It was cool so they had a screen pulled down and heaters on…. Very comfy. The tables here are quite close together as it is not a very big place, so don’t go looking for peace and quiet! But the music was not very loud so the overall ambience is good, just bustling and fun. My husband and I just got a few beers and tapas - that’s really all they have. Everything here is good and service is fast. This is one of our favorite places to go.

  16. AL

    AdaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience5

    Thanks to the service staff for working on a drizzly, cool night! This place has everything going for it except the food. Dinner partner and I ordered two drinks and two tapas plates and the place was maybe half full. Our drinks came out quickly, one plate came out quickly and was overcooked, the other plate was forgotten about at first and came out quickly after the staff realized what happened, also overcooked. I would probably go back for a special occasion becaue it's a great spot right on the water with heated patio and the drinks are a good value so I would drink there and eat elsewhere.

  17. D

    Den330

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Beautiful setting, the tapas were nothing special and the presentation mediocre, we were outside and the views are great.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, friendly service, and wonderful view on the Potomac

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for Christmas dinner and the ambiance and service was spectacular. We changed tables before we ordered food and Ale and Emily moved us quickly and seemlessly. They were gracious and professional. David helped us with ordering a wonderful variety of small plates. He knew the menu and provided personable service. We noticed his lovely banter with other tables an s well. Definitely a do over!

  20. L

    Lynn

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    It was Christmas Day and very busy so most likely unfair to give a review. I will need to go back to give a fair review. What we experienced was slow service our shrimp dish did not come we informed our server three times we were waiting . We finally gave up and ask for our check instead. Maybe on a less busy day it will be a more relaxed dining experience .wonderful location, friendly staff.

  21. JT

    JamesT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service from start to finish. Food overall was good but a bit salty for my tastes.

  22. CM

    ChristineM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Bummed that they have limited their menu significantly since my last visit but service is still wonderful and so is location as well as the limited food items they did have on the new menu.

  23. A

    2Acts

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    You may think it will be too cold to eat in the winter on the river - but heaters and wind stoppers make it the perfect outdoor place to dine and avoid covid.

  24. R

    Reedenn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had dinner at Barca last sunday with my wife for a speacial night. The service was great and exceptional. The night was nippy and the dine area is not fully enclosed, We planned on visiting the place on warmer nights with friends and family.

  25. NR

    NestorR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extremely welcoming and friendly staff, great drinks and a diverse menu. Love the place.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Music loud. Seated initially close to other people despite plenty of tables. Food was salty. Food seemed rush. Server was friendly.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Barca is a true favorite—summer and winter. I love the seasonal wintery cocktails and food. Plus, the fresh air is sooooooo key for my enjoyment and comfort level dining in a relatively crowded location.

  28. EM

    ElaineM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and excellent service! Danny was great and provided excellent advice on wines

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great first time experience. They close early in the winter months at 9 but allowed to keep drinking past then.

  30. l

    lnb2711

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great dinner on the pier. The staff were fantastic and the food delicious. I don't regularly go down to Alexandria, but Barca (and Ada's) are reasons to travel there.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience. Awesome waiter who had great energy and recommendations since it was our first time. Thought the food was good but only bc I’m adventurous. The prices I thought were high, even though I know it’s how tapas work. We split 3 plates and a dessert and I’m definitely still hungry.

  32. l

    lucilepvn

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    You can’t beat that location and the view. That’s for sure. However it is very pricey for pretty small tapas but it is still very filling. The drinks however were amazing, pretty to look and very good to drink! Will definitely come back once the weather is nicer

  33. G

    Gina

    Adelaide

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    A lot of pork and fish items which I don’t eat, but the options I did choose was good. Staff was great!

  34. BR

    BruceR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Max, the bartender is awesome and knows how to make some fine cocktails1

  35. JV

    JoeV

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Dinner with my daughter.

  36. DR

    DaltonR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great location, great environment. Have been there multiple times in 2021; my wife and I love the place.

    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on December 14, 2021

    Thank you!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food, only thing that was a miss was the broccolini

  38. RS

    RicSudds

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So relaxing, warm heater from abode keeps you comfortable on a cold day and the views of water makes for a great experience.. oh yeah the food is very good

  39. BM

    BrendaM

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    David exceptional customer service. Drinks only a delicious Bloody Mary and Sam Adams. Great views .

  40. KB

    KimberlyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was perfect for a date night! Will definitely be returning!! Just a heads up, tapas mean small portions so order multiple!

FAQs

Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 736 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Barca Wine Bar & Pier

3 Pioneer Mill Way Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Wine Bar
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
    Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am
    Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
    Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Pier
    Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Haren

  • Additional

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

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