Barka - Mountain Lakes

4.5
624 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Steak and Fresh Seafood served Daily
Charcoal Grilled OCTOPUS
Crab Cakes, Grilled Shrimp
Veggie Chips with Tzaziki
Prime Meats - 28 Days DRY AGED in House
Prime Porterhouse Steak for TWO
Prime Porterhouse Steak for ONE 28oz
Prime NY Strip Steak (Bone IN) 20oz
Prime Rib Eye Steak 20oz
Veal Chops (Rib Chop), Milanese & Parmesan
Wild Whole Fish Branzino
SEA BASS with White Giants Beans and Spinach
Scallops, Halibut, Salmon, Lobsters etc.
Seafood Paella, Adriatica, Lobster Ravioli, Cavatelli & Crab Meat etc.
Pork Chop Milanese, Brick Chicken, Chicken Giambotta & Piedmontese etc.




What 624 people are saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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carl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The place is clean and well organized. Food prices are high for quality and quantity of food. I probably will not return

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viptandt
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the seafood at Barka. Always fresh. The scallops were excellent and the Barka salad delicious. Drinks are great too. The ambience is very nice. We’ve been a few times and it does. It disappoint!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was too salty foe my taste , otherwise it’s a nice restaurant

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vipReneeO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We are regulars here and the food is still good but the portions have changed. Service needs to improve as it’s hit or miss never consistent. We will still frequent here though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent Mother’s Day having dinner and it was wonderful ! I’ll definitely be back

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Peter
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent management and service despite being crowded for Mother’s Day. Great food and drinks, and portions weren’t too huge either. Just enough!

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MiaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love Barka! Great light food but back room was not as nice for Mothers Day.

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mactina
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great night! Had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation, but as it was Mother’s Day weekend with COVID restrictions I think it was to be expected that there might be a slight wait. It was very loud when we got there as there were a few larger parties. However, once they left it was a perfect noise level. I think on a normal weekend it would be great. Even with how busy they were our food was excellent! The only suggestion I would make is that the bread be warmed before being brought to the table. It was very good bread but it was cold, like right out of the fridge cold.

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cohlon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food is terrific and pricey. recommend veal chop parmesian.
Restaurant was packed with people. Very loud crowd.

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vipXOXO
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We made our reservation for a Saturday evening pre-Mother’s Day celebration. Although I’ve been to Barka many times, this experience was unlike all others. The parking lot was packed, which was shocking and the restaurant was at full capacity, no social distancing at all or even an attempt to do so, with the bar completely full. It seemed there was a small party in a private room and the back room was stacked with people elbow to elbow for what looked as though it was another larger private party. The back of the restaurant as we walked from our car had empty boxes and trash strewn about with a small table holding two empty beers and a drink. Such a terrible impression for guests.
The hostess was very nice and seated all of the waiting parties as quickly as she could. No social distancing in the reception area either!!! The ladies room was trashed, there was toilet tissue all over the floor inside and outside the stalls, sinks were dirty and the trash was overflowing. There had not be attention given to the restroom at all and it showed.
Dinner??? Let’s just say it was as though we were not valued customers, our server was absent. Drinks never refreshed, bread not refreshed when asked and no sweetener offered for iced tea or coffee-went without it for the iced tea, had to ask for the coffee. The food was mediocre at best, barely warm and overall tasteless with the exception of the baby artichokes which were good-not great, served without a smile or an “enjoy”. The plates dropped in front of us like a bad diner. The mussels were of poor quality and the white sauce looked like dish water with no taste.
I could go on and on but I will leave with two final comments.... for a sever to drop the check back to me with my credit card and never thank us, is rude and unkind. After dining at Capital Grille last week and paying just a few dollars more, it’s Capital Grille over Barka every day. We will not be back.

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vipDanL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just too noisy for us. A bit high-priced too, but we enjoyed the experience

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FredS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was very loud and had a hard time holding a conversation.
The food was good but very expensive.
The service was OK but not exceptional for the cost.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the environment was great as well!

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simple
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing, a little blurb with the dessert service and a little too loud. Couldn't hear people at my table as the table next to us was quite large and too close to a table of two trying to talk to each other.

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KarenK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was professional, pleasant and attentive. The flaming cheese was wonderful. There was a lovely selection of dishes, the amounts were plentiful and tasty.

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LynnT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Everyone in my group raved about their meals from appetizers to desserts. The grilled octopus and fried calamari were table hits. Our filet mignon steaks were deliciously seasoned and cooked to perfection. The mushroom risotto was outstanding. The staff was just the right amount of attentive and the restaurant ambiance was artsy yet warm. We will definitely be back!

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Glenn
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Barka on Saturday night. We were greeted warmly upon arrival and seated promptly in a spacious, comfortable booth. The upscale contemporary interior is beautiful and the service is friendly and professional. The menu includes a great selection of fresh seafood - which we always order. The dishes are well prepared, well presented and delicious. It is a bit pricey but the the prices are justified by the quality of the ingredients. The only downside about dinning here is the high noise level

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vipLorraineM
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a chance on this place because the reviews I read were great. The food was outstanding and the restaurant was beautiful. The only issue was the temp of the restaurant very hot- but the staff fixed it once we spoke up. Overall, loved it, on my list of places I will be coming back too!

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Hoffmans
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, wait staff incredible, wine list the best...our new favorite place.

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Pete
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time but I think we will be back. Professional, expedient, efficient service definitely a highlight. The food was excellent! No pics since I shoveled everything into my face before thinking of taking one :/

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! Will be foj

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vipOlliemom
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As usual the food and service were very good. However the noise level in the back room was beyond the point of acceptable. We were a group of four and we were literally screaming in order to hear each other. We have been to the restaurant many times and been seated in the front of the restaurant no knowing how bad the acoustics were in the back. Keep in mind the room wasn't filled to capacity, so I can only imagine the noise level with a full house.

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BetterEats
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was impeccable!

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Lovefood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food & Service was wonderful. We just noticed a few customers walking around without a mask. Kept walking back and forth, It was a little disturbing. I know it is difficult to control but it is still upsetting to see. Why people are still not able to follow a basic rule is ridiculous at this point in time. We will definitely come back. It is just too good to stay away. Aside from the delicious food we Love the way they cater to you and make you feel special.

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RoshaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience. My sister found a beetle in her spinach which was cooked and soaked in the sauce. When we showed the manager, his response was, “it happens”. He was so unapologetic and unfazed by the event. For a higher end restaurant where the average entree cost is $35-$40, beetles in the food just “happen”? I understand where spinach comes from, and had the manager shown a little more shock and demonstrated basic customer service skills, the whole experience might not have been so awful.

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Tomygirl
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! Atmosphere is cozy and modern. Food was outstanding especially the grilled octopus, burrata mozzarella and the seared Lobster. Looking forward to our next dinner there to try out more of the menu!

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TheresaR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Too loud

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vipReneeO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is always good and on point.

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Jeffrey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Only disappointment was that they are not observing social distancing requirements. No tables have been removed due to Covid and they are not six fee apart.

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vipRobertK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was very good. All courses were excellent

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MichaelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was delicious. The octopus appetizer was fork tender and very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience, wonderful staff. Would highly recommend.

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vipCatM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a beautiful interior & a fantastic menu with an emphasis on seafood & high quality meats. There are several rooms to dine in - we prefer the rounded booths in the middle of the restaurant - cozy & romantic!

Bread is served with olives & hummus - yum! All the food we have had here has been exceptional: seafood tower, crap app, oysters, grilled lobster, mushroom risotto, paella, veal chop, & bronzino. Love how the vegetables came grilled! For dessert you must get the baklava - simply amazing! Coffee is freshly made & I enjoyed a grappa with my espresso.

The bar area has a separate menu with less expensive & more casual food including pizza! Would definitely go back. This is a great place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food before the pandemic was better. We came back for the first time tonight since the pandemic. The food was bland and definitely not the way it used to be. Overall experience still great though.

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HarshilP29
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 steaks are always cooked to perfection here -- I've done a private party and over 25+ dinner reservations here -- always perfect. Fish/lobster never overcooked, seasoned & prepared with love -- staff is fun/energetic & always will accommodate any requests!

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CARLOSG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place! Definitely coming back

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Shell3
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Barka many times but this was the first post covid visit. It was even better than I remembered! Food was outstanding, service terrific. Tables are distanced nicely and we felt very comfortable. We had an excellent dining experience. Standouts as always were the octopus, zucchini chips, hummus, whole branzino and lobster Newburgh. Can’t wait to return soon!!

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Harriet
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was horrific. Waiter took forever to come over and disappeared for most of the night. Place only had 5 active tables. Had a bad attitude also. We were in side room and curtains were drawn shut. Sunny outside and asked if he could open curtains. Nastily opened like 1 foot and that’s it. Not going back. Food was good, not worth the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic
I had a John Dory for the first time and it is now my favorite fish
The service was terrific

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SteveW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only real negative to the night was the fact the restaurant was fairly crowded and as a result very loud. Difficult to carry on conversations.
Service were excellent. Food was but cheap but the quality and portion size make the value excellent.
Would definitely go back next time I'm in the area

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Barka - Mountain Lakes is rated 4.5 stars by 624 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.