About Barsa Taberna
Contemporary Spanish eatery housed in a designer 19th century building.
Our philosophy of contemporary Spanish cuisine has its roots in the traditional Spanish Cocina – meaning, tapas to larger plates that include the recipes and ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula. Barsa's menu is designed to also pay tribute the avant garde movement of the Nueva Cocina Española in what we call contemporary Spanish gastronomy.
At Barsa, art is not optional. It’s our salt and pepper, we think Gaudi, dare Dali and play Picasso. We are housed in a 19th century heritage protected building where internationally acclaimed designer John Tong has recreated the atmosphere of Barcelona, while paying tribute to the City’s culture and immortalized artists.
Barsa story and concept was derived by Toronto native Aras Azadian’s passion and inspiration to recreate the atmosphere and experience of his time living in Barcelona and his travels through the Iberian Peninsula
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Mondays to Tuesday 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Wednessay to Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm
Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday nights, live Flamenco guitar performance
Parking is available in the street or at the Green P lots south of Market street
King Station is a short 3 minute walk
Justin Van Der Berg
Private Party Facilities:
Barsa Taberna offers a truly unique experience for private and corporate events. Our management team including Chef Chris Mcdonald are happy to work with you to create a custom menu and experience for your special event.
Private Party Contact:
Aras Azadian: 8663060351
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Barsa offers private events and buy-outs
Barsa Taberna Ratings and Reviews
The food was hit / miss, but it was quit ...
The food was hit / miss, but it was quite pricey. The tasting menu was just the server ordering dishes from the menu for us amounting to about (actually a little over) $50. That's not really what a tasting menu is, and the dishes came out two or even three at a time, which meant that we had to eat fast to avoid things getting cold.
Couldn't have been better. The food was ...
Couldn't have been better. The food was great, and we got to try a lot of it. Four out of our group of six did the tasting menu, and it was definitely excellent value and more than enough to justify the price per person. Highly recommend it for groups. The drinks were all delicious as well, and the atmosphere on the patio was perfect for a relaxed summer evening. However, the thing that really made our night was the service. Crystal did an amazing job recommending things from the menu (and picking out the courses of the tasting menu for us), and made us feel welcome and relaxed from the moment we arrived. Hard to truly describe what makes service so great sometimes, but every member of our group works in the service industry and we all genuinely appreciated how our night together was enhanced by the treatment we received.
tuck away in the side st. of St. Lawrenc ...
tuck away in the side st. of St. Lawrence market. Lovely décor. Wait stuff and server are friendly and down-to-earth. We shared numerous dishes like octopus, chorizo platter, paella, patatas brava....all delicious. We shared a pitcher of sangria...it looks pale and as if not enough red wine...but man, it was so refreshing and delicious. Had churro as dessert....very very good...one of the best I had in Toronto. Can't wait til next time.
We are a bit disappointed with this resy ...
We are a bit disappointed with this resyaurant. All i can say is it is mediocre. Sangria is expensive - a jug of sparkling wine with tons of water and ice for $25. Might as well order two glasses of wine n enjoy more. Service is not bad. Best is the
location at the Market.
As tourists in Toronto we wanted to visi ...
As tourists in Toronto we wanted to visit St. Lawrence Market. We noticed Barsa on Open Table as a 1000 point restaurant for lunch so decided to try it - and are we glad we did! Interesting combination of dishes on the lunch menu with all very authentic Spanish. Nice selection of wines that paired nicely with the entrees.
We introduced two friends to Barsa and t ...
We introduced two friends to Barsa and they told us even before the dinner ended that they would be back. We all enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. The lamb ribs, sea bass, chorizo platter and octopus were our favourite items.
We will be back!
Noise level can be very high. Service i ...
Noise level can be very high. Service is spotty depending on the server. I was not greeted on arrival even though I stood at the reservation desk and had a reservation. Overall I expected a better experience and unless I hear back from the restaurant I won't be back.
if the intention was to recreate the foo ...
if the intention was to recreate the food and art of bacelona,they nailed it,fabulous paella,pleasant palette surprise with lamb ribs,server very knowleageable and interesting, Gaudi would have given the decor 2 thumbs up,can't wait to return,wine suggestion excellent
The food quality is way overrated, the chacuterie board was such a disappointment, store bought quality at best, the iberico ham was mah , oysters were fresh(well, I expect nothing less) , paella, average, the service was acceptable , but all in all, I would not recommend to others
Dinner before MeatLoaf
I've been here before for brunch and it was wonderful. Went again for a dinner before a concert and it was just as wonderful. The food is unique and very tasty and the drinks are wonderful. I especially like the decor. I would highly recommend this place.
I liked the food a lot..it was interesti ...
I liked the food a lot..it was interesting, done properly and tasted great. My wife on the other hand did not particularly like the menu choices. Chacun a son gout..service was inconsistent-- friendly but they seemed to forget about us between courses and needed a couple of prompts. The outdoor dining was nice as Market St.Is quiet with little traffic at night. The indoor wine bar and dining area was great design, lots of natural stone and did capture a bit of Spanish flavour. If you like Spanish food, give it a try.
This was my second time at Barsa and it definitely will not be my last. The food is delicious, creative and well-presented. The service is also very friendly, well-informed on the menu/wine list and intuitive. Keep up the fantastic work!
Our first visit (on a Thursday ) also featured a flamenco guitarist which added nicely to the ambiance.
The food was great and the server was ex ...
The food was great and the server was excellent and unusually thoughtful. Barsa has a very good kitchen and bar, with some innovative options. They need to do more to attract people in the neighbourhood. Opening for brunch was a great idea but they need to add a few more options. It doesn't have to be a lot, or fancy, just a couple of simpler sweet and savory dishes and maybe some fresh fruit. My friends and I would go more often.
They are in a beautifully restored old building that unfortunately is inaccessible to many potential customers. Surely the Ontario accessibility act would allow some simple modifications to make the entrance and washrooms accessible.
Great setting. Very reminiscent of Spain ...
Great setting. Very reminiscent of Spain. Authentic. Beautiful stone walls. A true taberna. Service was very good. Ditto the tapas and the margarita. My friend was celebrating her birthday. Dessert was on the house complete with candle. Nice touch.
Tapas and Margarittas
Barasa Taberna offered an interesting and tasty selection of food. The paella though delicious was a very large portion (and priced accordingly) - only order that if you have a very large group. The salad and olives were very good as was the shrimp and couscous. The food came staggered and in the good flow. The server was very knowledgable and accommodating. The lamb was notable though the octopus was not. Would definitely return.
Not worth the hype.
Sangria was not delicious or strong, too much ice, very watery. Fruit was not macerated.
Food was overpriced and servings were measly. Not impressed by the lack of quality.
Patatas Bravas were hardly seasoned and reheated so they were extremely dry and the skins were very chewy. Chorizo charcuterie had hardly any accompaniments, very bland. Scallop ceviche was alright but there is far better places to eat with true taste and value all over the city.
Not bothering going here again. Sad, considering how much hype is garnered. Lame.
This was my first time to Barsa and what an experience it was. It is a restaurant decorated in the traditional Cave style, with stone arches and old and painted glass. It have a very secretive and romantic feel to it. We opted for a tasting menu and we thoroughly thrilled that we did!! Every bite was a taste of what I imagine Spain to be. Our waitress was fun and friendly and very informative!!
The food was mediocre at best My Iberi ...
The food was mediocre at best My Iberico ham was salty and dry not like any Iberico I have ever had before. The patatas where reheated up and soggy. I ordered a Cabernet Called Rule that sells for 32 dollars and the price on the wine list was 100 dollars I don't mind paying more to cover expenses but over 3times mark up is gouging so now I question everything like my overlooked Scallops at 37 dollars just a big disappointment. Can not recommend this place. If the food and service was spectacular I might even overlook the wine ripe off
Love this restaurant! Been here twice and both times have tried the tasting menu and once again most delightfully treated to some fabulous food! We both love seafood and let them know that, and they did not disappoint! The Paella at the end was one of the best I tasted.
We cannot wait to come back!
The only issue - the alcohol is expensive. We love wine with our dinner, and a specialty coffee after, but wow, the prices for the alcohol drinks are high, so make sure to plan for that!
Very intimate and cozy during the week
This was my second visit and while different it was again wonderful. My previous visit was on a weekend where the taberna was full and lively, even the bar is completely full and it reminds me of other popular bars in Europe. During the week however the taberna is a much more intimate and cozy restaurant where one can take in and enjoy the remarkable décor and fascinating food.
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