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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
The food is pretty good. Not a great value, but hey, tapas are fun. Location is easy to park at, but there isn't anything else going for it.
The manager is either absent or dressed like a runner. Not terribly reassuring. This isn't Oak.
The big problem I have had is the little things. Example: there is (and has been for months) a huge hole in the ceiling. By the bathrooms. Like 4'x4'. You can actually feel the heat and smell the scent of old wood. It's odd, bordering on bizarre. The issue is not just that they are spending $100+ on air conditioning they don't need to per month, it's that there was a goddam fly bothering us ALL dinner. The server didn't really care. She was basically a gen-Y slacker. There is no excuse for having flies bothering customers like some kind of second rate breakfast joint while there is a huge passageway to the attic present.
We went to Barsa on a Sunday evening as part of our "Girls Trip" and it was fabulous! We had been out in the sun all day and were pretty tired, but as soon as we walked in we were greeted by our fabulous server, Ted, who brought back our energy and made us feel at home. The drinks were fabulous and the food was AMAZING. We started with the shrimp small plate, patatas bravas, and a meat and cheese plate. There were 5 of us girls and we split the medium seafood paella and it was AMAZING! Everything about this experience was great and we would highly recommend it to everyone!!
We are frequent visitors to Charleston and Barsa Tapas has become our favorite destination for an early meal - parking is free and adjacent. The shrimp and stuffed peppers are outstanding the former has a bit of a kick. Happy hour wine and beer and the discounted seafood paella are great values. A small paella is more than enough for 2. We will keep returning.
My wife and I had a great dining experience at Barsa. The food and service was fantastic. Our order consisted of the Roasted Beet Salad, Local Shrimp, Pan con Tomate and (best of all) the Chicken and Chorizo paella. All of it was delicious, but the paella was the topper. Tender, crunchy, flavorful - all blended together in a beautiful package. Great value for the cost and a nice lively atmosphere.
Yikes! Limited selection of tapas. We ordered the paella which indicates a 45 minute prep time. An hour and 15 minutes later we told them to forget it. It arrive a few minutes later. Good but not great. Server was indifferent to our frustration. We won't be back.
We're crazy for Barsa! We try to come twice a year from Charlotte. Delectable food, warm and friendly service, comfortable atmosphere. You have to have the Pan con tomate with manchego cheese and serrano ham. Our table had 3 orders! The small plates are amazing and the paella delicious. Happy hour specials make it all reasonably priced too! To die for!
Service was great and the happy hour deal is significant, especially if you are buying a large paella. They don't offer any happy hour deals on tapas, I guess that's where they make the profit since they are expensive little plates. I like the outdoor seating and parking in the back. My biggest complaint is the amount of seafood. The large paella "served 6-8" but I would say 6 is the maximum and three of the people would basically be eating rice. We ordered seafood paella and there were literally 8 small chunks of fish, 8 mussels, and 8 shrimp in the entire pan. Additionally, the rice at the bottom of the pan was very burnt, which made some of the rice inedible. The rice was tasty though.
Another fun and delicious meal at Barsa! We thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday lunch on the patio - brisket empanadas, cheese croquettes, spicy shrimp, pan y tomate, Brussels sprouts with grapefruit (yum!) and the stuffed piquillo peppers were all fantastic! Our server was top notch - always there right when we needed him. Because the patio backs up to the parking lot, there was a bit of extra noise as cars came and went, but it's still worth dining al fresco for sure! Additionally, the flan was not our favorite, but I'd certainly try something else next time...if I have any room left after all the amazing tapas!
A special gem in the food landscape in Charleston. The paella is unique dish worth the visit. Make a reservation, the tables can fill up on off nights. Popular with locals and special visits from out of town visitors. Great drink selection as well and a nice bar. More casual than formal, you could be in business formal or grabbing a drink in jeans and feel comfortable.
Barsa is such fun to visit and the tapas are really great! The servers are very knowledgeable and have good timing on when to check with the patrons and when to leave them alone to enjoy the food and drink and company! Paella is one of the signature dishes but I have found it to be somewhat inconsistent, so will probably just enjoy the other alternatives on future visits. I definitely recommend Barsa!
Please don't let people smoke, even if it's outside. WAY more non-smokers will appreciate this than smokers who get mad. The table smoking left as soon on as we got there, but we'd probably just have left if not.
Server was great, food was delicious especially octopus and Brussels and charcuterie - will def be back.
We nearly always enjoy visiting Barsa. The food is good (and reasonably priced), the service is usually great and the ambiance is perfect for a relaxing or fun evening with family, friends or a date. I will say, however, that when we visited this past Friday night, we ordered the paella and found a rather long hair baked into the food. After taking the rest to go, the next day, we found another hair in the food. Very disappointed but we'll likely give Barsa another chance if the occasion calls for it.
What a gem! We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Our waitress explained that the paella is cooked to order and takes about 30-45 minutes so we ordered seafood paella along with our drinks. After looking at the small plates menu, we decided on the pan con tomate and the patatas bravas, although there were lots of other great sounding ones, too. Both were ample sized portions and were very good. We'd ordered the small seafood paella, which was delicious and, along with the two small plates, was definitely enough food for two.
We'll be back again soon!
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