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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.6
4.6
879 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 161 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

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 879 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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. j

    jeffs

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  2. K

    Kmis

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. DE

    DanE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  4. S

    Sixtysomething

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  5. MM

    MissM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!

  6. EM

    ElizabethM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  7. JH

    JeffH

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  8. B

    anaB

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  9. KM

    KMLH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great ambiance!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good service and food

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food! A bit pricey. Wonderful ambiance

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. KL

    KayL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy to get to, wonderful staff, great view, and everything was delicious!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Artie is the BEST at the bar. Always great service here. Great people. Very average mediocre Old Town food.

  27. PY

    PeterY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great views, food, and ambiance.

  28. WS

    WilliamS

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice location, set on the river. Good food and good vibes.

  29. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We were staying at the Indigo. Our friends, being locals wanted us to check out Barca, so we ended up here twice. Sunday, afternoon was insanely chaotic, tons of movement in town. Packed outside but considering their location with 80-degree weather, killer views, it was expected. We sat inside at the crowded bar. We decided to give Barca another visit, during the week. Tapas, wines, sangria and great atmosphere. Music loud but upbeat. Nigel, host welcomed us. Well worth it. Kat was awesome. Highly recommend and the stunning view.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food Very relaxing view Friendly staff

  31. BB

    BeBeJoyce

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful location.

  32. SC

    ScottC

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    Very noisy — especially for outside seating. Food quality was mediocre, it was more on par with fast food take out. Not a pleasant experience.

  33. KK

    KKTFP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Our server was great however it was clear the kitchen and bar were in the weeds based upon the timing of food. Overall, the food was tasty and the atmosphere was nice on a beautiful day

  34. SB

    SBMom

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Mediocre food, mediocre service. The only great thing I enjoyed was the view. We visited on a busy Sunday afternoon and the service was terrible. The waiter was apologetic though. Save your money on this place.

  35. CC

    CathyC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Tapas on the water; what’s not to like? Really, on the water, not just gazing towards it.

  36. ES

    ElaineS

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    great location on the pier, super busy. food was very good.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch date!! Food was perfect as always!! Atmosphere is the best!!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved our time there! The view was beautiful!

  39. MN

    MNK2

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing small plates and cocktails in a beautiful waterside setting. Service was superb. It was very crowded on a Saturday night and the noise level was definitely on the high side - but it was a great experience overall.

  40. JW

    JulieW

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful time, and food- always!!!

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 4.6 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 161 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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