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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
Toronto, ON M5E1A9
Spanish, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Mondays: 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Tuesdays: 11:30 pm to 11 pm
Wednesdays: 11:30 pm to 11 pm
Thursdays: 11:30 pm to 12 am
Fridays: 11:30 am to 12 am
Saturdays: 11:00 am to 12 am
Sunday 11:00 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 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
Private Party Contact:
Aras Azadian: (866) 306-0351
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
The food was incredible, but I was disappointed but how poorly equipped they were to deal with a larger party. We had a party of 8 for a birthday party, and we ordered a tasting menu for the entire table.
They failed to deliver our courses within a reasonable time frame. One half of our table would receive a course while the other half of the table would wait for half an hour or more. The time between courses was also hard to place... Sometimes a course would arrive within minutes of us finishing the last course (whenever both sides of the table would receive a course) and sometimes we'd be wondering if the tasting course was over.
Food was amazing... Servers did their best.... But something is lacking in this restaurant's ability to handle a large party.
Will definitely return, but not with a larger party on an important occasion. I was throughly embarrassed for booking this place for my friend on a special occasion and would not repeat that mistake again.
To the credit of the servers, they covered some wine and desert to try and compensate for the poor overall service. We found no fault with the wait staff at all
We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at Barsa Taberna and the food and atmosphere was the best we've had! It was perfect patio weather, so we sat outside. The privacy screens topped with lush flower boxes offered privacy from sidewalk pedestrians. We noticed that the restaurant emphasized on fresh ingredients and combining herbs and spices in unique and creative ways, giving customers a new food experience. The dishes were not over-salted nor too sweet, but a perfect balance of natural flavours. We loved all the tapas dishes we ordered and each was photo-worthy. We ordered one too many dishes , but we were fine with saving the paella for next day's lunch...it was still yummy! The tapas dishes were outstanding compared to the paella. If you had paellas before, I would recommend filling your tummy with tapas. Aside from the paella, most of the tapas dishes we ordered were larger than most other tapas restaurants. So, generally 3 shared dishes with dessert are enough for two people, unless you are big eater. The wait staff were attentive and polite, and gave us an unexpected 'gift' at the end of our meal for our anniversary. Barsa Taberna is now officially our top favourite restaurant! We definitely want to return and enjoy more dishes with some friends! I hear that their sangrias are very good...more to try next time!
Large variety of authentic tapas menu, good selection of delicious sangria. Unfortunately the braised octopus wasn't available due to a supplier issue and I appreciated the restaurant's choice to remove it from the menu for a quality experience.
The restaurant was very noisy so not great for our celebration. Also the restaurant was very warm.
My party and I had absolute wonderful time at your resturant. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The staff were most accomodating with my friend's twin babies boys. We really appreciated your assistance with entry and exit of your establishment. Along with your wonderful service, the food was absolutely amazing without complaint and paired nicely with Cava. I recommend to anyone to try the tasting menu. We all loved the Chef's selection of foods that came out with a great array of flavours and textures. I cannot wait to return here in the future for another lovely dinning experince.
Thank you once again so much for your hospitality and superb food.
Dinner started off well and we picked the $50 tasting menu. We were pleased that the hostess made a conscious effort to ask us about any allergies (shellfish or nuts) and preferences (raw seafood etc). We mentioned one of the diners had a nut allergy.
Second dish that we were served contained walnuts and we both ate the dish unknowingly! It was not called out in the dish description when it was served and the walnuts were not noticeable due to the red sauce on it.
Immediately we had to leave to the nearest pharmacy and cut our dinner short.
Never have we ever dined at a restaurant in Toronto where when you explicitly tell them about a nut allergy, you are served nuts without mentioning it!
I'm expecting a message from the restaurant manager so maybe my mind will change. For now, diners with allergies beware!
Update: Two days later, no contact from the restaurant even though they promised to.
The best. We had tgextasting menu. Highly recommended as you sample the wide array of culinary delights. We had a vegetarian in our group of 4 and she was delighted with her own special creations. Too many highlights to single any out. The gazpacho and scallop ceviche were eye candy, works of art. Sit back and enjoy the banquet. Well beyond classic Spanish fare. Teaser: 5 Sangrias varieties!!
A very underwhelming dining experience. My wife and I were hoping for an authentic Spanish experience and to be honest, it was not even close. Nothing about Barsa is authentic, although the staff may look Spanish and even try to pronounce dishes in Spanish, they are not Spanish! I honestly don't think there is a single a soul within the restaurant that actually understands a weekthe language or the culture itself...
As for the food, we decided on their $60 tasting menu and for the value, we definitely expected better...every dish that we had lacked authenticity and the only thing that was remotely close to something Spanish was the chorizo sausage they used in their dishes..but that's it! They also had the audacity to serve us a savoury style churro dish as one of the starter dishes, which was fine, but we realized this restaurant definitely did not know what they are doing when they try to serve sweet churros for dessert as well..... Kinda redundant for a tasting menu. However, the biggest upset was their Paella, if you can even call it that, was a super let down....They used incorrect type of rice, made with what tasted like boxed chicken broth or even soup bouillon. The chicken and chorizo was definitely cooked and seasoned separately then placed on top so the dish did not really come together cohesively. Since we sent back our dessert churro, it was replaced with a block of dark chocolate ganache with some sliced fruit, cinnamon whip cream in some watery sweet soupy liquid, weird to say the least.
The patio was cute, but there are way a better options within the city. Overall experience was a 4/10 due to the fact that the quality was not all there and did not match the cost. If anyone is looking for a nice authentic Spanish restaurant, this would not be it and would not recommend it. We are never going back again.
We had a really good surprise at Barsa taberna this Saturday ! We took the tasting menu at 40 usd each and none of us were disappointed from the starter to the desert. Everything was super tasty, playing with flavors and associations, and just cooked perfectly !! The rose sangria was also amazing. At a glance just no false note and a super super deal value 🙂 will definitely plan to come back for a next trip to Toronto!
Food was mediocre and service was transactionally polite but aloof. The prices should be much lower for the quality of the food, ambiance, and overall dining experience. I had high hopes for this place based on OpenTable reviews but was disappointed. Would not go back nor recommend it. Why it got a higher rating is a mystery to me.
I made reservations at Barsa after seeing their feature on the blog to instagram. When we first arrived we saw the beautiful patio over looking the St.Lawrence Market. Inside did not disappoint either. The interior decoration really makes you feel like you are at a restaurant in Spain and the service is great. Our server alex did not disappoint and was quick to accommodate my dietary preferences. We had the Spanish cheese platter, the octopus and the seafood paella. The cheese was a very good starter. The octopus was delicious but a very small serving. Then the paella came out, it was a huge portion. With two hungry people we weren't even able to finish it! We had the churros for dessert. It comes with three so it as a light finish to a big meal. Oh and the sangria is amazing!! I highly recommend it! We got there at around 8 and it didn't really pick up until 9. Good for a dinner date!
fOOD WAS GREAT AND drinks were awesome but service was not, had to wait long time for food and drinks and to pay the bill, we waited even longer to get the bill. Then Machine did not work properly to pay our bills which mad eit it even loner. to pay the bill we waited 1hr.
What was even worse was we did not get an apology. we had to go to front desk to pay the rest of the bill because our severe was not seen anywhere
We went to Barsa Taberna for our 4th anniversary couples dinner. We were looking for some place where we had never been before that was suitable for an anniversary. Opentable had a recommendation and we were interested in eating here.
We ordered half price drinks before 6:30. I had the Caesar Iberico and it was quite good especially with the prosciutto and cheese on top. My partner had the Marvillosa which was good as well.
We each ordered the $40 sampling plates. The gazpacho was a little different than I was expecting, however it tasted quite good. We had the Ceviche De Vera with scallops and they were simply amazing with orange citrus. We also had the Croquetas as well. We shared the Striploin Steak which had great caramelized parsnips and veggies, the puree was simply amazing, but the beef was slightly medium well done... a bit too much for the best flavour. We also had the octopus with sausage. There was very little sausage provided but it tasted good.
We were offered free desert for our special occasion. We had the churros and the Creme Catalan. The churros were quite nice and the Creme Catalan was just as nice.
The service was quite good, albeit a bit slower than expected, but that may have been provided to us because of the anniversary occasion. We were in an out within 120 minutes.
We paid by the Glance app, and we ended up saving money as we were new Glance members. It is quit easy to use, and we were able to split the bill easily to obtain two starting discounts.
This is a nice place... perhaps a bit too dark inside, but none the less we will be returning for special occasions. I'm certain it was busy on the patio as the weather was pretty nice.
Seafood Paella - the rice was bland and on the wet side. Shrimp was cooked perfectly but there wasn't enough.
Octopus - yummy
Crochets - nothing amazing, doesn't yell to me to order more
1/2 price Sangria was worth it. I would not pay full price $50 for pitcher
Exceptional value in the tasting menu. We had the $40 option for three of us and it was almost more food than we could eat - and all delicious! The lamb shank has subtle flavours, the grilled octopus was tender and the cheese, ham, - all superb. The half price bottle of Cava just capped it off perfectly! Our server Crystal put together the perfect combination for us!
We had a great time. The food came out promptly, and it was GREAT! The waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and offered good recommendations. The patio is really cute and cozy for a small group or couple, it's also shaded (*), so it's good even if there's some light rain. Spanish food both authentic and reinvented.
You HAVE to try the manchego churros
The food selection was somewhat limited. We ate the beet and pear salad and lamb shank which were both excellent. We travel often including Spain. This resturant doesn't offer Sangria by the glass which is entirely unacceptable. After a little pursuasion we were given a single glass. It could have used more fruit. Otherwise they sell it by the jug which is fine if you don't have to drive. The outdoor seating and tables need a face lift or replacing. I didn't see too many authentic dished on the menu but what we had was good.
Food was great. Wonderful menu, great choices. Loved the food, the variety, the presentation, how the various flavours were paired. So good. And OMG the Sangria is heavenly!! Sooooo good. Would go back again and again. Oh, and service was great also. Top notch!
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