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
The resturaunt was truly amazing! The bu ...
The resturaunt was truly amazing! The building and decor made the ambiance perfect for our girls' night out. The tapas were so delicious. We ordered the chef's selection which was an assortment of different tapas prepared by the chef. It just felt like the food kept coming and each dish was better than the last. Can't wait to go back again.
Good Catalan-style food in a great under ...
Good Catalan-style food in a great underground space that conjures up the look and feel of Barcelona. The menu is a bit limited. The ambiance would have been better if prepared tapas items were displayed on the bar, as they do in Spanish tavernas.
Sweet vermouth should not be served neat ...
Sweet vermouth should not be served neat . Bar scotch should not be premium. Wine was good. Out of tapas we ordered, only 1 was good. Manchego croquetas was the appetizer special and there was only 1 order available even though we were one of the first tables of the night. After tapas, we had main dishes. The duck paella we were informed would not have duck as they were out, chicken instead which was terribly overcooked. We were charged $55 for bland chicken with rice. The seafodd paella was equally disappointing. Absolutely tasteless. With the paellas, we also asked for the main special, trout, and the chocolate ribs which were brought out at different times and the presentation was terrible. The ribs were by far the worst dish of the night. It was not chocolate, it tasted like icing on carrot cake. We ordered 3 deserts. Rice pudding was as overcooked and tasteless as the paellas. The crema catalana was average and the churros were as good as any other restaurant. All and all, this is not what Spanish cuisine is .
It was good, however I found that it was ...
It was good, however I found that it was not worth the price. After spending $200 for dinner, I should not be hungry. I realize it is tapas, but when one orders a rack of lamb ribs to share, 3 ribs the size of rabbit ribs does not a meal make - let alone a sharing meal.
The food was good. But I would not go while hungry again.
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!
Loved the menu at Barsa when we went on ...
Loved the menu at Barsa when we went on a recent trip to Toronto. Lots of variety and great execution on the various Tapas items we ordered. The restaurant was a bit quiet, but the service was very attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be back on our next trip.
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.
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