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About Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Spanish tapas with a southern drawl. We are open 7 days a week, and serve brunch every Sunday from 11:00 - 3:00! We source our ingredients as close to home and we are vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friendly.
Charleston, SC 29403
Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: noon - 10:00
Thursday - Saturday: noon - until
Sunday: 11:00 - 10:00 [Sunday BRUNCH 11:00-3:00]
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Was in Charleston for the first time and enjoyed happy hour specials on St. Patty's evening and great paella. Thought they had live jazz every night but found out only on Thursdays. With NCAA basketball tourney in full court press, no music ambiance but otherwise a fantastic little place.
Barsa was so great with accommodating our large group. We made a reservation for 8, upped it to 11 the day of, and 13 showed up! Nobody batted an eyelash. Our server, Renee, was patient and helpful. Really enjoyed this experience! And can't beat their happy hour!
Went to Barsa on a Sunday night about 6:00. Surprised it was somewhat busy already. Still received excellent service from the waiter. The spanish paella was excellent and waiter provided good recommendations on quantity to order. Tapas options were very nice. Overall good place to go and sample types of food and enjoy good conversation with friends.
The atmosphere on the patio is tranquil, spacious, and intimate. The inside of Barsa feels a bit more upscale but still relaxed. The cocktails are great but the food was the main event; we dined on a selection of 4 tapas and each was outstanding in its own right (we actually ended up ordering a second plate of the roasted olives). The service was consistent and hospitable. We will be back on our next Charleston visit!
Good food, pretty good cocktails, and friendly staff. My only issue was that the meal felt very rushed. We ordered charcuterie and four tapas items. We expected to receive them one by one as separate courses, but we received two of the tapas while we were still working on the charcuterie, and the rest of the plates were quick to follow. We thought we'd be hanging out for a while, having some drinks and a leisurely meal, but we were in and out in about 45 minutes.
I wish we'd had more time to enjoy everything, because the food really was good. Maybe the trick is to order as you go.
Vibrant scene, food was great, however our waiter seemed annoyed when we kept ordering more food and wine. It's a tapas restaurant, so I would think he would be used to people putting in multiple orders. We spent $120.00 between 2 people , and I would have giving 5 stars but the waiter needs to learn some better customer service skills.
The food was delicious and the service was great. The wine was excellent and the price adequate. The only issue I had is that the upholstery on the bench is in bad shape and torn. A too restaurant should pay attention to details such as these. I would recommend it and go there again myself.
Love this place but this time had a reservation that ran 45 minutes past our seat time . Also, the music was so loud that you could not even yell to the person sitting next to you and we had a table next to the entrance to the restroom. Waitress disappeared a few times. The food was good. That did not suffer and it was ready and hot.
We went with a party of 6 people to this restaurant on a Thursday night. I picked Barsa because I read about it on OpenTable. I do not live in Charleston and didn't realize it was Jazz night. Some of our party had been there before. We get seated ordered drinks, and asked the waitress, Jen, if we could put in an order for paella, since it takes a while and we were all hungry. She immediately makes it know that we would need to order more than paella. Strange, its a tapas restaurant and we were eating and drinking. Jen could not have been ruder, every step of the way. We ordered more drinks, 6 more tapas, and then when one of your guests wanted to order another tapa, we were told we needed to leave, they needed the table! I have never been asked to leave a restaurant before in my life. We had been there for 1 hour and 45 minutes! JEN definitely ruined the experience for us. Wondering if this was a Charleston custom, but didn't think so.
My wife and I were in town for a medical procedure for me and to visit our son, who is a senior at the Citadel. We all decided to try Barsa and loved it!! Our server was so polite and helpful. The food was fabulous, portions were perfect, all made for a memorable evening. We will certainly return.
Barsa is consistently great. The food is very tasty, creative, and amazingly for Charleston, not to expensive. The Happy Hour is outstanding with significant discounts from their normal prices. A real bargain.
This particular evening, the octopus, empanadas, seafood paella, and roasted winter vegetables were the standouts. Everything we have tried is good, but these were exceptional.
You really can't miss with Barsa.
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