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, 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
Special Events & Promotions:
Barsa offers private events and buy-outs
Barsa Taberna Ratings and Reviews
A terrific find for dining in Toronto. E ...
A terrific find for dining in Toronto. Excellent Spanish food. Terrific Cava Sangria, which was refreshing given how hot the day was. Shrimp and clam dishes were exquisite and very flavorful.
They have a lovely, small patio, and our server, Jamie, was attentive and friendly and made great suggestions.
A must stop for my every trip to Toronto going forward.
Very disappointed with Barsa. First of a ...
Very disappointed with Barsa. First of all, the service was extremely slow. I ended up having to go find a server and ask her to come to our table to get our drink order. We ordered a pitcher of sangria that took a very long time to arrive and when it did, it tasted awful. It was incredibly, overly sweet with no taste of wine in it at all. We had to water it down to get through a glass and ended up not drinking anymore from the pitcher. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. We ordered gazpacho to start. We were expecting your typical, chilled, chunky soup but we essentially got cold water with a swish of olive oil in it and two cherry tomato halves. We then ordered a green salad. It was essentially arugula, 4-5 pine nuts and an olive oil and lemon seasoning. Using the word seasoning is being very generous as there was no flavour to the dressing whatsoever. I eat very clean, healthy meals and usually just put olive oil and lemon on my salads but this absolutely no taste. All in all, we were extremely disappointed at every aspect of this restaurant and will not be returning.
It was our second dinner occasion at Bar ...
It was our second dinner occasion at Barsa and had the same great experience as the first time. The patio is very welcoming and cozy. The interior reminds me of some of the restaurants in historic Montreal buildings.
Nice place for a tapas-style dinner, tho ...
Nice place for a tapas-style dinner, though it is a little pricey. Huge drink menu, and the sangrias are wonderful. Food was really tasty -- the ribs with white chocolate and the octopus were my personal favourites. And they surprised us with churros because it was my birthday!
It was my wife BD and I order the $60 ta ...
It was my wife BD and I order the $60 tasting menu. It was just unbelievable. Everything was good specially the meat portion and the appetizers. The seafood was great but not as great as the other two. We ate that much that we couldnt even eat our dessert (which was actually included ). One note, we chose not order Paella. As for the waitress, Crystal, she is from another world. Thanks for making this day that special :)
Visiting Toronto for the first time. Li ...
Visiting Toronto for the first time. Liked it so much went back again 2 nights later. Interesting and imaginative menu , especially if you like small plates. Also had the whole bass, which was excellent.
Conveniently located near our hotel.
The food was tasty but for a tapas place ...
The food was tasty but for a tapas place some of the dishes were disappointing. Grilled octopus dish which only had two tentacles on it filled with potato and cauliflower ?
Flamenco/Spanish music was not worth the trip on Thursday evening. It was nothing like seeing it in Spain.
a touch (or better, a taste) of barcelon ...
a touch (or better, a taste) of barcelona in toronto. a very creative menu, small enough to be properly managed but extensive enough to offer tastes for everyone. tried several tapas and loved them all. manchego cheese churros, savoury not sweet - eat them while they are warm - excellent. octopus was perfectly cooked. tasty sangria and a wonderful server. we will try a larger tasting menu next time and allow for more time for the meal. highly recommended.
As the restaurant continues to struggle ...
As the restaurant continues to struggle to define itself in a rather obscure, albeit interesting location it is increasingly apparent that improvements in service are needed. The menu is interesting and fun but far from outstanding. But having an outstanding menu does not make an outstanding restaurant. When the service is at the highest level the clientele will return week after week and Barsa will become that neighborhood gem it so desperate wants to be.
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
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