About Barsa Taberna
Toronto, ON M5E1A9
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:
Tuesdays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Wednesdays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Thursdays: 4:30 pm to 12 am
Fridays: 11:30 am to 12 am
Saturdays: 11:30 am to 12 am
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
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 offers a truly unique experience for private and corporate dining. Our management team including team of chefs are happy to work with you to create a custom menu and experience for your special event. Ranked Top New Restaurant 2014 Ranked Top 100 Restaurants in the world 2016
Barsa Taberna Ratings and Reviews
We had the $60 tasting menu and it was a ...
We had the $60 tasting menu and it was amazing! Our server asked for our preferences and any dietary restrictions and together with the chef, was able to put together a customized tasting menu for us. It was definitely a great value for the number and variety of tapas we had. The rose sangria was excellent as well!
we had B DAY celebration, thank you for ...
we had B DAY celebration, thank you for the restaurant free BDAY desert
druns m were very nic e, nice creativem we love it
meals vere intersting , some very nice, but overall good
we missed more art creativity on plate as the wow efect
we were all in barcelona before, had experinced differnt tapas around the worls, so litle more art may be cool to have as presentation
This was a friends get together before a ...
This was a friends get together before a concert at the Sony centre. The centre had recommended several places to check out before the performance. We picked Barsa because of our appreciation of spanish cousine. We could not be more happy with our choice. The taverna is located in a beautiful historical building and stylishly designed. The total ambience is modern and posh. The service is friendly and professional. All the tapas we tried were amazing. We ordered a sea food paella which was very good. Having tasted paellas in Spain, I would comment that it lacked saffron a bit, but overall it was great. Will definitely return and highly recommend to anyone.
So I'm a bit ambivalent about Bersa Tabe ...
So I'm a bit ambivalent about Bersa Taberna. It's a really funky cave-like spot, perfect for a cold winter night. The server we had was really good. She was attentive without being in our face and offered some helpful tips on navigating the menu. Over all the food was competently prepared but nothing stood out. Price wise it was a bit on the high side given the quality of the food. Almost $400 for 4 people, with 1 pre-dinner cocktail each and 1 bottle of wine. You can eat at Cava and the food is several notches better.
I can't say I'd recommend this place for dinner but if you're in the neighborhood and want a pre-show drink and snack, I'd give it a go.
We went for a pre-theatre dinner with fr ...
We went for a pre-theatre dinner with friends. The reservation was recognized and we were seated immediately. Our server was very helpful and polite and got us through the longer-than-expected mid-range ($50) tasting menu in good time. All four of us found that the food was excellent - lots of variety, well-presented and great tastes. Our only complaint was that there were probably 2 dishes too many - we would have been well satisfied with slightly less food. But it would have been hard to choose what to leave out as the dishes were all great. We will go back and try our luck with the $40 menu!
There was a large group of us for a 50th ...
There was a large group of us for a 50th birthday - loved the tasting menu! Excellent option for foodies, lots of variety, and plenty of food. Service was excellent, and they divided the bill in exactly the way we requested. Made for a perfectly stress-less ending to a great evening!
2nd time at Barsa at lunch time. It's ve ...
2nd time at Barsa at lunch time. It's very quiet and the staff are just waking up, too. Three of us did the prix fixe ($25) and a 1/2 price bottle of white Rioja ($25 down from $50), so the price was right. Mains were delicious and the pinxchos were very tasty, but the beet salad was too sweet but the flan at dessert was a little salty. So, some hits and some misses.
The space itself is a gorgeous hidden cellar. Maybe a post-work tapas and drink is the right call.
We had been to Basra on several occasion ...
We had been to Basra on several occasions and were looking forward to going again to celebrate my birthday. The sangria is one of the best I have had. Everything we tried on the menu was delicious. As usual, the service was also outstanding. We were not charged one of our desserts due to having to wait a little longer than usual for a dish, even though we did not complain. This kind of experience is why we will continue to come to Basra. Thank you!
first time in Toronto and picked it due ...
first time in Toronto and picked it due to the menu and trying tapa's - it was the best meal we had for the 4 days we were there and the waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable; she suggested the tasting menu and the sangria which was an excellent choice - it was tailored to our taste after a few questions from her and the table next to us did the same but had a few different plates brought to them so you know the meal was for just for you.
The food was very underwhelming. Our pae ...
The food was very underwhelming. Our paella was brurnt pretty badly, sharing apps are so small (1 person small) and there was nothing special about the flavour of the items we ordered. However the place itself is very cool. Maybe skip the food and grab a drink there instead.
Warning - having booked a 6 PM table two ...
Warning - having booked a 6 PM table two days ahead I got a "please confirm" message from the restaurant the night before in which they told me we had to be out by 8:30 to make way for the next table. Then as the hostess seated us she told us we had until 8:15. Never before had this experience where I had a prior reservation. Tarnished the whole experience for me.
My wife and I enjoyed a great lunch on S ...
My wife and I enjoyed a great lunch on Saturday. Food was excellent. Service was top notch. Will definitely be back. The octopus was fabulous and the picked oinion was a very nice addition to the dish. We could have spent all afternoon there . We felt very relaxed.Well done
Also i foolishly left my phone on the table and they looked after it for me until Sunday when i picked it up .
Big thank you !!
I had a great time at Barsa; however we ...
I had a great time at Barsa; however we were seated right next to the musician and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Probably better to ensure the musician have a dedicated space away from the diners so we can enjoy the music at the same time enjoy each other's company and conversation as well.
The food pricing was certainly on the hi ...
The food pricing was certainly on the high end especially considering the tapas format - the $55 paella was good but not $55 great. The sangria was a special price and was very palatable and served 3 people for $10 whereas an individual glass of red wine was $13 - overall the experience was quite good we did have a largish birthday party on the next table so the ambient noise level was high. The hostess was efficient, pleasant and helpful.
Food and service are very good. Price i ...
Food and service are very good. Price is reasonable compare to the other restaurants. But compare to Spain 30% overpriced. I wish Toronto restaurants can
mark the price more reasonable
. If compare to all Europe . Toronto restaurants overall overpriced at less 25%.
Very pleasant and polite staff. We order ...
Very pleasant and polite staff.
We ordered different dishes to try and all of them were just great.
I have tasted Spanish dishes in Madrid and Toledo before and I have to say Basa brought all good memories back. Just wish they added a small piece of bread to seviche and leg of lamb.
Overall our meal was lovely and we will be back to try the rest of the menu
Crystal thank you for changing our table it ment a lot and made our evening perfect.
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