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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.6
4.6
895 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 126 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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Menu

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What 895 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. SK

    SKay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    I was so looking forward to dining here on the pier by the river only to be disappointed by one of the worse dining experiences I’ve ever had. I was dining there with my friend and her 2 year old son and as we were being seated we were told there was a chance of rain and they were fully booked with other reservations, so they would not be able to move us indoor. As it started to get cloudy, they pulled down the patio covers and we noticed they had were moving other diners inside except us, so everyone at the restaurant was starring at us sitting on the opposite side and of the covers in the rain with a 2 year old. We were not finished with our food yet (needed about another 15 mins) so we asked if they can seat us at an indoor table and we were told no because the tables are reserved for other reservations. We argued that we also had reservations and we were not even given an option to sit under the covers. They told us we can sit at the wine bar, but we had a 2 year old in a high chair so the high top tables won’t work (he’d literally be sitting under the table). So finally we just asked for the check because they were clearly not going to be accommodating, they were more concerned about having seating for other reservations and not concerned one bit about the fact that we also made reservations, we were not done eating and we were left to sit in the rain with a child. In addition, there were several open tables (at least 6 that I saw) and they were not willing to accommodate us, and the server asked me if I wanted a to-go cup for my wine- really? At that point I was over it. The customer service just ruined the whole experience which is such a shame because it’s a really nice place, but I would recommend other restaurants nearby.

  2. CW

    ChevaunW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was an awesome experience from start to finish. Jo, our server was great and amicable. The manger, Nigel, was pleasant and charismatic. Even the hostess and busboys (I didn’t get their names, unfortunately) were pleasant. I look forward to my next dining experience there…and would love to have the same table. My view was amazing 🥰.

  3. PB

    PaulaB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Nice atmosphere on the water. Rose sangria was delicious as well as the pork sandwich, brussel sprouts and potatoes. Definitely coming back!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Tried sitting us in the shade however that only lasted for a few mins then our table was in the sun. Red wine was on the warm side opposed to be a bit chilled

  5. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    186 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    186 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    More so than most, Barca is doing a good job managing the post-Covid restaurant world. Servers are friendly and helpful and doing all they can to treat people well. Food is fantastic as always, and of course the atmosphere just can't be beat. We had a great experience.

  6. MF

    MersedehF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    I wad very excited to come here and had booked my reservation way in advance, This however was not the best experience that I should of had. Came here with a group of friends and they sat us in that one table that the fan was not working in 91 degree weather,in addition my food came out really late and the server did not apologize or move our table. The manager could of done better.

  7. MF

    MariaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Daniel, was great! Food was slightly overpriced but also paying for the view so it makes sense. Would go again for a special occasion

  8. n

    null

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for brunch. Yummy food especially the octopus salad

  9. SD

    SDALXVA

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extremely pleased with our dining experience. Great food and drink options. Service was on point, and given the weather was really pleasant we couldn't have asked for better ambience. Can't wait to go back!

  10. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We had a table on the pier. They accommodated us even though we were quite earlier than my reservation time. Can't beat the setting and the view! It is right on the water and it was lovely weather. Service was a little slow. Food was good, sometimes over salted. It's mostly tapas so kind of expensive for not very much food. Enjoyed the crispy potatoes, pita, and the hummus. The pier gets pretty packed and noisy. Would definitely go again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Talia was our server and was so sweet and very efficient. We ordered everything at once and nothing was missed. We especially enjoyed the patatas bravas and both fish dishes, also ordering tzatziki, whipped goat cheese, meat and cheese board, 1 oz iberico, crispy broccolini, flan and cheesecake. It came out one by one after another, we ate every last bit of everything! Perfect setting on a dock by the water and able to bring our furry friends! Had one last cocktail at the indoor bar afterward. Had a great time and service was spot on! Can’t wait to come back and tell friends about this spot!

  12. t

    tablehopper

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was incredible. Everything was beautifully plated and the Patatas bravas were to die for. They had a wide range of drinks. The best part is being able to dine right on the water and watching the boats sail in.

  13. BW

    BradW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Place for Brunch on a sunny day. Right on the water.

  14. SA

    StephanieA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Great location and friendly service. Went for brunch (eggs Benedict) and food was “fine” - not great not awful. So go for the ambience and locale but just know in advance that the food is really not the main event here.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Mother’s Day!

  16. j

    jeffs

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The day was perfect! From the hostess to the waitstaff. The weather was awesome and the ambiance. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. The Prosecco was cold and crisp! We had a wonderful day. The whipped goat cheese with walnuts was our favorite.

  17. K

    Kmis

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic ambiance and great food! Feels like your on vacation here.

  18. DE

    DanE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Barca food is really really good for delicious small plates. The service is attentive and cheerful. The setting right on the river can't be topped. It's one of only two places I go to in Old Town, because you can dine outside, and because it's just so cool to be at Barca.

  19. S

    Sixtysomething

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great wait staff. Food very good but few healthy choices. Lovely setting. As a heads up , as Barca is outside The staff don’t wear masks. If crowded tables are quite close together. Luckily that wasn’t the case while we were there and we had lots of room between tables. Everyone is friendly and very accommodating.

  20. MM

    MissM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is great, sitting out on the river is a treat and whoever is hiring/managing the staff at Barca gets an A+. The waiters know and explain the menu perfectly and everyone on the staff had a perfect, cherry "hello", "thanks for coming." It's remarkable to be treated so kindly!

  21. EM

    ElizabethM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had such a fun evening! Our waitress, Talia D. was great. She managed our party of six and our multiple orders with grace and ease. The food was wonderful and the drinks even better. We'll be back soon.

  22. JH

    JeffH

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Nice waterfront, but BLAZING sunshine, which was nice after lots of rain over the weekend, but even at 6pm, it was bright. Cannot imagine it at high noon in the summer. Food is fine, this is a place to see the water.

  23. B

    anaB

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food and drinks and great customer services, we had a great time

  24. KM

    KMLH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great ambiance!

  25. MT

    MariaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and warm, friendly service! Great ambience too.

  26. CB

    CarolB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This restaurant feels like a little piece of Europe! I went there with a friend to celebrate Mother’s Day and we loved it. The food and wine were excellent and the restaurant was lovely with a fabulous view of the river. The only drawback was the weather - it was cold and rainy, and even with the plastic sides down and the heaters going, I was a little cold as we were near the entrance. But my friend was comfortable and it was only a small annoyance for me. I will definitely go back!

  27. b

    bert16

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great experience on the pier patio, even though it was a cold and rainy day! Three sides of the patio are enclosed and the whole thing is covered; not a raindrop fell or blew in on us. The patio heaters kept us warm enough that I took my raincoat off. We were seated promptly and had friendly and attentive service from start to finish. All the dishes we had were delicious, as were the several glasses of sangria I enjoyed while there! All in all a super positive experience; my guests and I all agreed we'll definitely be back.

  28. DS

    DanS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A rainy day on the pier, but still had an enjoyable experience. Waitstaff was great, particularly under the circumstances. Tapas menu offers a little bit of everything. Would definitely go back again.

  29. CP

    CatP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love the outdoor space, the food, the servers. I've been back several times and am never disappointed.

  30. K

    Kathryn

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The first time my husband and I visited Barca Pier (maybe a month ago), we agreed we’d have to bring my parents next time they came to visit. The food, drinks, and service were excellent. Even with heavy rain and a bit of fog across the water, the ambiance was great. My parents have already decreed they want to come back again next time they visit Alexandria.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service! Also the views along the river are beautiful. We will definitely be back!

  32. CB

    CBPercy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The view, the service and the dessert flan are wonderful - one of our guests said, "It doesn't feel like we're in the city....I feel like I'm on vacation. Remember, it's a tapas place, so very small portions. We heard some other diners being surprised. Noise level for early lunch or early dinner is moderate....but if a private party is going on (a frequent case) or especially on weekend evenings, it will be hard to even hear your table mates.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good service and food

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food! A bit pricey. Wonderful ambiance

  35. G

    Gman007

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Nice place, nice people, great service. Cool breeze off the water felt nice. Air traffic noisey but not the restaurants fault. Pricey.

  36. VR

    VanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    You can never go wrong with the gambas al ajillo, pan con tomate and croquetas. I have tried most of the items on the menu and they are all very tasty.

  37. K

    Krissy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great location by the Potomac, right on the water. Food is good but some of the plates are small and pricey. Overall, location, atmosphere and many excellent dishes wins over the few that didn’t quite measure up.

  38. b

    battymom

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Never disappoints..excellent food and decent cocktails.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Barca is at a great location. Our waitress was friendly and checked on us a good amount of times. The whipped goat cheese was delicious! The market fish (branzino) was okay, and gambillo (shrimp) was eh. The shrimp did not taste authentic, but more so frozen shrimp. The tables are jammed tight, leaving you amid other converses, sight/viewing, and space. It felt like an unintentional, awkward family dinner, lol. You had to squeeze in between tables to be seated. I feel like they should create more space in between tables.

  40. JL

    JohnL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good choice for tapas and outside ambience. Responsive service.

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 895 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 126 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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