Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
694 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 694 people are saying
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Kenzzzzz
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome

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vipOldTownSailor
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Updating my review to reflect two recent visits where the quality of the food equalled the highly level service and ambiance. Server named David was particularly attentive, positive and helpful and made great recommendations that helped us enjoy a relaxed lunch today. The tzatziki, which I ordered to be a filler among other tapas choices, turned out to impress us highly - extremely fresh and flavorful. The ham croquetas, shrimp with garlic and shallots (gambas al allijo) and the crispy broccolini were all delicious. On a previous visit last week, we enjoyed an assorted meat and cheese platter that was wonderful paired with wine. It's a great spot that is now my go-to place to bring visiting friends and business connections too.

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VirginiaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With water views on every side, Barca is a delight. We've eaten there every 10-14 days since we discovered it. Our Thanksgiving dinner was delicious striped bass, tenderloin of beef, and heavenly smoked duck breast.

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rolo76
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barca is located in Old Town Alexandria just above the potomac (literally). The outside seating is very pleasant and the views are great. Even better than the views are the delicious food and drink they offer. We went there for lunch on Thanksgiving and were very impressed by the albondigas (meatballs), serrano ham croquettes, octopus salad, catalan crema (like a creme brulee). Everything we ordered we enjoyed, so we recommend checking at Barca.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, I was a little concerned being outside on the pier with the prediction of high winds and cold temperatures. While the walk to the pier was chilly, the plastic walls and overhead protection and heaters worked incredibly well without obstructing the views. Before leaving I removed my coat outside and was very comfortable. The food was excellent! The service and ambiance was great. Very much enjoyed this get together and will definitely do again soon!!

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vipShannonL
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the pier in November and there were enough heaters to keep us warm! Great views! Delicious drinks and food!! Excellent service!

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vipvschutz
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outdoor dining with panels to block the wind for winter. Delicious tapas and friendly service. Really nice to be out on the water.

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vipacaba
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They had a new menu yesterday. Grilled veggies and Brussel sprouts very nice....a lot of humus in grilled veggies, you may want to add pita to go with it. However, removed our favorite dish, mushrooms! Please add it back to the menu. Also still very few choices of draft beer! View was amazing as usual...

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als81
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was cold sitting outside for two hours - the heaters help, but you will have you winter coat on the entire meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great place on a beautiful day. The mushroom dish though was remarkably salty. I should have sent it back.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a nice dinner. The food is super fast and great for sharing. Delicious food and service was excellent.

Even though it’s outdoor they have set up heaters and barriers to keep it quiet warm.

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vipYummy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here my only hope was that now that the weather is cold we would have seen some more Fall/Winter seasonal cocktails!

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DanielleS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere! We ate inside by the bar due to the cold temperatures. They are very knowledgeable about their dishes and the food and beverages lived up to our expectations. Despite our large group the bills were split with no issue.

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Marie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great wine and excellent service.

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babyblues1990
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were very accommodating in everything we asked.

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Sheri
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food with great views! The pier area now has heaters and a plastic perimeter to keep guests warm.

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CarU
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Beautiful place, the ambiance was great the food was mediocre.

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DonnaL
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were outstanding. Our waitress came over right away and was attentive throughout. She explained things and made recommendations. We had the tapas and they were outstanding. I liked the tenderloin best, which was amplified by a smart combination of thick sea salt and crunchy walnuts. Serrano Croquettes were creamy and potatoes were crispy. They were my next favorites on the menu, along with the slightly sour and tasty stone fruit sangria. My husband had a pork sandwich which had layers of flavor! He also enjoyed the spicy shrimp tapas. His drink was excellent and made with vodka, raspberry, rosemary and something else. Then we finished by splitting a slice of basque cheesecake.

Looking forward to the next visit!

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vipBARC
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BARCA IS THE BOMB! ALL THAT FUSSING ABOUT REDEVELOPING THAT POST INDUSTRIAL WASTELAND WATERFRONT TO GET THIS?! WELL I'D SAY IT WAS WORTH ALL THE ANGST. THIS IS AN AMAZING SPACE. TO SIT LITERALLY OUT IN THE RIVER, WITH GREAT TAPAS AND GREAT SERVICE, WHAT COULD BE BETTER? BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT. I GUARANTEE YOU'LL BE BACK.

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Mary
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating with the view of the river and the Wilson bridge

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AvaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful mocktail to start and then the two of us shared four dishes for lunch. The food was wonderful, the staff were attentive and the setting made us feel like we were on vacation. The restless full when we left and the noise level more than was comfortable, but we wish be back soon.

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vipGoneDivingVA
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely happy hour/early light dinner at Barca on a beautiful afternoon in Old Town Alexandria. Overall food was good, but not as good as on previous visits. The prime beef tenderloin and papas bravas were, as always, very good. Service was excellent. Couldn't have asked for a nicer day to sit by the water.

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Alexa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, great service, and DELICIOUS vegetarian options!

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vipEmls
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious as always.

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Ctoledo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all accounts. Went on a Monday night so not crowded. Heaters were great since would be chilly otherwise.

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vipEllieG
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Barca many times. It’s our go to spot with guests from out of town. Beautiful setting, delicious food, sharing plates for lively interaction, friendly servers make it a great way to show off Alexandria. New brunch menu and kids menu are great additions.

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JenniferG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing but great things to say. My second time there and just as great as the first. The food is delicious and the drinks phenomenal , plus sitting on the water, can’t get better.

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EmilyE
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location on the water with great food and excellent service. This was my second time eating here and I will definitely be going back.

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vipNicole
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and food and drinks. Only bad thing was the creme brulee was very mealy.

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seemenow
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was louder than we expected. Wait staff was not very attentive. He was leaving my table after an order and I called after him to add a dish, but he totally didn't respond. We decided not to add that extra expense to the tab. Then at then end when the check was placed on the table, in front of the person being treated for their birthday, I tried to pick up the paper to review and place my card with it. Waiter choose to inelegantly remove our plates by reaching over me, blocking my access to the check and my wallet. I finally sat back. Waited for him to finish and lowered the amount of his tip accordingly. Did not stay as long as we had planned. Beautiful views if another table isn't blocking it, but not worth the expense.

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JessicaB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a great outdoor spot on the water in Old Town, look no further than Barca! The tapas and cocktails are fantastic, and the heaters keep the space nice and toasty in the colder temperatures. Plus, you can't beat the views :).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal, great views and a wonderful time at Barca!!

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CarolynInOldTown
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The beef was too rare but otherwise a great night. Kind, attentive server.

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LaricoH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good but with a limited menu it is more suitable for a bar instead of a full dinner. And they charged extra for extra pita which seems odd for a higher end place.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wonderful outdoor venue, but incredibly small expensive tapas plates. Our food came out very quickly.

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Meag
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food and drinks are just okay. Really just there for the ambiance

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NYChick
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a long-overdue reunion dinner with two college room mates. One is a physician who has been treating COVID for the whole pandemic, so she really wanted to sit outside. Barca has a beautiful outdoor space with plastic panels they can raise or lower, and heat lamps. We felt very safe and comfortable.

The food was delicious and nicely presented. I have had tapas in Spain many times (family in Spain), so I know good, authentic tapas. Barca did not disappoint. The Spanish tapas were really tasty and authentic, and the other shared plates were so good as well. Barca's cocktails are creative and delicious as well.

The service was great too. Very attentive and responsive. Our server was very sweet and helpful and addressed any requests we had very well.

A great experience all around. I highly recommend Barca!

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vipcidneyq
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Even though it was storming it was still a great venue. The indoor bar is also lovely.

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StacyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kayla was our server two days in a row. She was awesome. everything here is great. Really loved the pork sandwich.

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tablehopper
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating here is some of the best in Alexandria. We were right over the water with a good view of the Capital Wheel. Boats and planes were a common sight. The food was incredible. We had a slew of dishes. The papas bravas were our favorite - probably some of the best we’ve ever eaten. Our waiter was entertaining, patient and kind. He really knew the menu and made great recommendations. The cocktails were divine. Best of all, the price for the value was better than most similar restaurants in the area, especially for dinner. Would happily dine here again.

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Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 694 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.