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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
4.7
963 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 180 times today

Additional information

  • 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

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What 963 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. c

    chocgrl

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice views, small plates were tasty, great service. We had the Brussels sprouts, broccoli, market fish and shrimp dish. Great girls day out or date spot.

  2. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I've only experienced the pier. Ambiance doesn't get any better than being on the water and feeling a nice summer breeze! Good wine & drink selection. Server was very friendly and attentive. The food is good - not great. Some things were over salted. Everything is pretty expensive but I'd say it is on par with the area. The restroom is small and was not well kept.

  3. D

    Dmpols

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We alway enjoy Barca...we have had most on the menu...time to change it up wirh new items!!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had top notch service and fabulous food! I continue to be impressed with the host and hostess at this busy restaurant as well!

  5. DC

    DCOpenTableVIP

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    This was the best of perhaps 6 visits to Barca. However, again they were out of the local beer so one in our party select and settle for second choice. However, the original “We’re out of it” beer charge still hit the check at the end. Food is still hit or miss. If you order something easy like a charcuterie board with cut up meats, cheeses, grapes, condiments, etc. you’re fairly safe. Anything you’d like cooked and seasoned properly, cross your fingers.

  6. K

    Kristen

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great view and service outstanding. While the tapas were great the portions were way off the price. I guess you’re paying for the view though.

  7. GG

    GreenGumby

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5

    Recommend for drinks and outdoor location/ambience, not for the food.

  8. MB

    MrBraxton27

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Although it rained during my visit, the food and the service were both very good! I am looking forward to returning on a day when the weather is much better

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a fantastic new place w/a beautiful waterfront ambiance, superb service and satisfying tapas eats. We had a late 10:30pm reservation for our work group. The outdoor kitchen was closing, but the manager quickly made an exception to serve us. We had a great time and enjoyed every part of the visit. Thank you George, Sheila, Quinn, Evert!

  10. E

    Errol

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food and great view. It took a little while to get one of the plates we ordered but that’s the only complaint. Not sure if the server forgot or the kitchen forgot.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cocktails - especially the Pineapple Express - were delicious as was the food! We had a reservation at a table on the pier, and the view was beautiful. Service was a bit slow, but that’s only because the place was packed. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and we will definitely return in the future.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Donnie, was great, and made solid recommendations. My only complaint is it seems very expensive for such small portions.

  13. VL

    VirginiaLady

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My mom and I had lunch out here and everything was delicious! The tzatziki with warm bread was especially tasty. The view is unbeatable, such a great spot!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambience was amazing and the service was superb. Drinks were amazing. Hummus was delicious.

  15. F

    Farhiya

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Barca for the first time. We loved the view and the food was delicious. Drinks were good too.

  16. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we made a reservation for 3:30 on a beautiful Sunday, and walked from the Torpedo Factory along the paved pathways along the scrnic Zpotomac River to the Barca Pier, arriving a little early. Although mist of the tables wrre occupied, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately at a waterfront table for two. Service was excellent, and the food was delicious. I had looked at the menu on-line and noticed a few menu items listed on-line that were not on the printed menu. Also, an item marked gluten free was not also marked as vegitarian, so ask your server. Our server said the printed menu had a few misprints. We were pleased to be able to order the fried potatoes, which were not on the printed menu. From out table we enjoyed watching sailboats tacking across the water and distant aircraft flying (not too loud) toward the airport. Overall we had a great dining experience.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed Food, service and location!

  18. VH

    VannoraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite small plates in the area. The views are amazing, the food, delicious! Can't go wrong with Barca at all. If you're just looking for good cocktails, it's the place as well.

  19. DB

    DavidB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a wonderful evening. Staff knew the menu with pride and the food was quick and excellent.

  20. KV

    KathyV

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food and drinks were very good and of course the view is amazing.

  21. ES

    EleniS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I’ve eaten at Barca many times and the food is always delicious. Wait staff needs to be increased in number to really cope with all the tables. One other request: put the vegetarian sandwich back on the menu!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service!! Awesome food and drinks! Great place!!

  23. R

    Rjsfoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience5

    The site is wonderful. The food sounds better than it tastes. Server paid little attention.

  24. DC

    DCOpenTableVIP

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food2service3ambience4

    The food is poor. Both appetizers were severely under cooked and grossly seasoned. The food has been the worst part of Barca since Day 1. Additionally, they were out of the first two of the three beers I asked for and their selection is not extensive to begin with. Still, I had to flag the server down from just standing behind the bar talking to other staff to order a second round of beverages because he never came back to see if we wanted anything else on his own. Go for the setting and pray you can get at least your third choice of beverage.

  25. N

    Natalies

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Love the atmosphere at Barca which is really the big selling point. I've been going there since it opened last year and the portions have gotten significantly smaller over time. The tzaziki used to be enough for 4 people, but now it's only enough for 2. Our waiter was great - just disappointed in the value. Will probably only come here for drinks and the view from now on.

  26. P

    Patrick

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great spot, very loud and hard to hear each other, great food that comes out a bit too quickly.

  27. N

    Nicole

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this restaurant and we'll be back! Honestly felt like we were in Europe and our table by the water was fantastic. Amazing service, food, and cocktails. It was a lot of fun!

  28. MS

    MSJM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Items we ordered we all delicious and well prepared. The service was great and it was wonderful to sit on the water and enjoy the beautiful weather!

  29. N

    Noss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a beautiful place. I love watch the sunsets looking at the river with DC on the background. The food and drinks are also very good. It is becoming one of my favorite places in Old Town.

  30. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated a birthday with my friend there. Drinks were Barmini level good without the theatrics. Food was on point. Amazing atmosphere

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Food was okay. To be honest we have be too old for the place. The dance music pounding during the meal just made us want to finish and leave.

  32. LT

    LTCincy

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Mackenzie was great and her recommendations were very good!

  33. KP

    KPMatters

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quite simply a delightful place to dine outside whether at the Wine Bar or Pier. The food is really good - especially the beef kebabs, the fried broccolini, and the whipped goat cheese. The scene is energetic with loud music at the pier, but more subdued at the wine bar. Both spots provide a lovely view of the Potomac.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    My mother and I had lunch for my birthday. Lovely spot on the water. Great drink selection - cocktails, wine and beer but some of the tapas were not that tasty. The hummus is excellent but did not like one of the shrimp dishes (gambas) it was very spicy and covered in olive oil. In addition to the hummus the patatas bravas is very good. Beautiful, modern spot on the water in Old Town Alexandria- just wish they would improve the food selection.

  35. P

    P176

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Beautiful location, over the water, almost like being in an island. All plates are well prepared and tasty.

  36. BB

    BatBelle

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only thing that rivaled the food was the view! Both were spectacular. Our favorite was the crispy broccolini, followed by the hamachi crudo. Service was well paced. We never felt rushed, even though it was quite busy.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, service was outstanding, thank you for accommodating 2 more people over the existing reservation, much appreciated, this shows you value your customers Can’t wait to dine at Barca again!

  38. A

    Abouttown

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kat was simply amazing! As well, the Food and cocktails were both top level!

  39. CF

    CarolF

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Barca was once again terrific - we had a reservation and got a table at the water which is great- views of planes going to Reagan, National Harbor, water taxis etc. We just had a few beers and some shareables - pita bread with goat cheese, ham croquettes and the sandwiches - all were great. This is is one of our favorite places! We brought our pup - it is very dog friendly ♥️

  40. TO

    TOmary

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    Food was really good but the drinks took almost 30mins to get and they didn’t get our order right. Even though it is a nice area and is on the water there is a ton of bugs flying in the air that kinda kill the vibe. Service was not so great and kinda slow for a Saturday night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 963 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 180 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

    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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