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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.6
4.6
1614 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 158 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–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 1,614 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

1,614 Reviews
  1. KimP

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for sunset. The view was amazing. We shared a dip and about 6 tapas between 2 of us. Food was delicious and fresh. Portions are small because they are Tapas. We ordered extra pita bread for our dip and they charged $4 which I thought was a bit much. Overall a wonderful dinner and reasonably priced!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great outdoor space right on the river and the food was excellent.

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  3. Thomas

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I feel like the value that you get compared to the cost of the food is pretty underwhelming. The portions are very small and are smaller than a standard appetizer. But yet the price of each plate is about $14/$15 and you will need about 3 or 4 plates just to be somewhat satisfied due to the little amount of food. I do not feel like this was worth the money at all.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded 5 days ago
    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a tapas, so don’t expect a significant portion. The tables by the water were great. Service was fast, but that waitress made a mistake with our drink and one of our dishes. It was no big deal. We ate it, and it was good. I definitely will go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service from cool waiter. Delicious foods, desserts are not much good.

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  6. MetroDCDiner

    Washington DC

    101 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was disappointed with nearly every aspect of my visit to this restaurant for dinner. To start with, there is primarily only outside seating. There are a few tables and bar stools in a small inside area. So the weather is a big factor in your experience here. The menu is tapas, with small plates to share. Despite being Spanish-style tapas, the food was uncharacteristically Spanish and disappointing. Even simple pan con tomate tasted like tomato paste smeared on toast. The only item I truly enjoyed was the hummus. The highlight is an extensive wine list, but even that has few Spanish options. I will not go back unless I only plan to drink at the waterfront bar. Too bad...

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  7. luvgoodfood

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorites in Old town. Food is excellent. It’s always fun to sit outside by the water. Usually bring my out of town guests here.

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  8. TSta

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little restaurant on the water! I initially had to wait extra time to get served; however, the place was a little extra busy due to Mother's Day. I was comp'd drinks and a dessert which made this first time visit all the more memorable! The food was excellent!

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  9. YokoH

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food offering has gotten less exciting over the last couple of years.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on May 14, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback, Yoko. 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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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat for brunch or dinner! Great location, excellent service and fantastic food!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great environment as usual. Was getting a little cold with the wind, requested the heaters to be turned on and walls to be dropped to block the wind, and the staff was extremely responsive.

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  12. AlexMom

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to catch up with a friend for drinks, tapas and a beautiful view! Loved the cocktails, hummus, croquetas and beef kabobs. Server was very friendly.

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  13. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    199 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    199 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there on a drizzly Sunday in early May so it wasn’t very busy. You sit outside but there’s plastic sheeting to provide some protection from the elements and there are overhead heaters. It wasn’t too cold or too hot. The food was good and even had some brunch items like the French toast sticks. The only item that was a problem was the gambas al ajillo which was very undercooked. I’ve ordered it before and it was cooked properly, but this was still a grayish white. We tried a few bites but it was undercooked all the way through. We cut itt open to show the server that it was still uncooked inside (we hardly ate any of it) and she took it off of the bill. Overall I like the atmosphere (you can’t beat the view of the Alexandria waterfront) but if it’s too cold or too hot, you’re pretty exposed to the elements as it’s not enclosed. We will definitely go back

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, service, food, weather. Great time!

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  15. GailGD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place on the river, lovely on a nice day. The food is tapas style and very good.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a nice time!! The water and table/ambiance is incredible. I think the food is extremely small portions for the price. We weren’t really full and spent a lot of money on food.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice spot on the water with excellent small plates and cocktails. Brunch boasts several delicious Bloody Mary varients

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious as always, and the setting is gorgeous. Fun and relaxed ambience. Our server, Caio, was terrific as well. I always come here when I am in town

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were outstanding. Varied dishes were all excellent. The heaters were turned up too high, so we were roasting a bit.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a group of 10 ladies. Our server Joe took care of us and she did a fantastic job! We had an amazing time. Definitely recommend.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, fun place. Really enjoyed the options.

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  22. JanL

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were on the patio; staff was pleasant. They were prepared with heaters which was good. Our waiter disappeared for some time mid-way through our early/light dinner. The setting on the water was terrific.

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  23. NathfromBXL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely experience. The food and wine were excellent

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was not authentic at all and lacked flavor. Worst offender was the Gambas al ajillo - when they were dropped off I was left speechless and how off they looked. Tasted even worse (overcooked and not the right flavors).

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  25. tdog

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Barca. Pleasant seats. Great food. A little pricey but that seems common now. Great beer “the Fallen” a nice Ashburn based IPA

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  26. KimM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Entirely too loud! Food was over seasoned. Chaotic
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on April 22, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback, Kim. 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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  27. FoodLover

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here with friends. Beautiful sitting at edge of water. Food, drinks, and service were very good! I will return.

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  28. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    199 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    199 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Weather was good. Not too hot or too cold. Liked sitting on the boat. But since it was outdoors smoking is allowed and there were 2 people at the table behind us who were vaping. We didn’t like the smoke. Food wasn’t bad. They should have tortilla espagnola on the menu. The croquetas were pretty good as were the patatas bravado. We liked the gambas al ajillo. The pan con tomate was a bit soggy and needed more jamon. Will go back but not when it’s the height of summer and too hot or when it’s winter and too cold. That’s the drawback of being open air

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  29. Kelie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a fun night in Alexandria. Love the view and the drinks.

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  30. JulieP

    West Palm Beach

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    My dinner partner and I were seated at a nice waterside table and shortly there after, greeted by a friendly server. It took a while, but finally our iced teas and one of the three items-small plates, were delivered. The server was not checking on us and when I got up to ask her about the other items we had ordered, she said, “They’ll be out soon.” After waiting about 30 minutes, we waved down the manager who took care of our bill saying that the server’s electronic, handheld notepad was malfunctioning and our orders were not making it to the kitchen. It was a disappointing dining experience but thanks to the kindness of the manager, Kevin, we will try Barca again.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on April 11, 2024
    We are sorry to read we did not meet your expectations during your recent dine, Julie. We take reviews very seriously, and we would like to ensure that your experience is better next time. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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  31. BabyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time. I wish the seating was a bit more comfortable. The heating was nice and of course the view was also nice. The food and service was great!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was only 10pm and we were some of the last people at the restaurant. The waitress brought our bill quickly without asking if we were done and the employees were standing around staring at us, seeming to make us feel like it was time to leave even though it didn’t close until 11. They started shutting everything down around 10:40. We felt extremely uncomfortable.

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  33. CB22

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and outstanding food. Our waiter was attentive. Food came very quickly. Each plate was substantial, delicious and filling. The stuffed dates are to die for.

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  34. NOVArsr

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tapa style menu was well suited for the two of us with different degrees of "adventurous" eating. Recommendations by our server was appreciated for regular menu items and the daily special. The favorite item was the ciabatta with tomato puree, cheese and the additional jamon! Unfortunately, it was a bad weather weekend for Old Town and the outdoor seating was protected by the clear panels along the outer edges by the water. That just magnified the noise level, especially from tables of 4-6 nearby. I would like to return when the panels are not needed and the openness can be more fully enjoyed. Additionally, there was a street band performing at the beginning of our dining, playing for 45 minutes or so before leaving the location. Between the Band and the noise level with the wind protectors, conversation was at a yelling stage for a bit. Thank you.

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  35. Sally

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Average tapas. We went for the view of the river.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on April 2, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback, Sally. 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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  36. ElenaD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time. The food was delicious, the view is beautiful and the service was great. Really recommend the croquetas, patatas bravas and the pan con tomate. 100% recommended. Will be returning!

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  37. jecd

    Alabama

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Setting is gorgeous! We had beautiful weather and the scenery along the water was wonderful. Our server was pleasant, but not anything to write home about. The food was really pretty good. The slices of cucumber were excellent. But the entire time I was eating it, I kept thinking it was double (if not triple) the price it should’ve been. I the steak was also very good, but again a tiny little pile for $22!?! I can get a better deal in Napa Valley. The empanadas were just fine. The scallops were excellent. Three of them on the plate with a good sauce. Overall, good food, but exponentially more expensive than it should’ve been. Not worth the cost when there are tons of other options out there to try.
    Barca Wine Bar & PierResponded on March 26, 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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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to Barca many times… I can always count on consistently good food and wonderful, outdoor dining. 

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I had made a reservation, when we went up to the host table she said the only seating she had was at the bar and I said oh well I made a reservation then magically she was able to seat us at a table per our reservation. The waiter took our order we put it all in at once. It took almost 45 mins for our food to arrive, meanwhile all the tables near us that got seated after us were already done eating and ready to order desert. I wouldn’t recommend.

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  40. Anon

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Hostess was not going to honor the reservation until he manager handled it...the noise level was deafening...waitress was nice

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Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.6 stars by 1614 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 158 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
    Mon–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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