About Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Charleston, SC 29403
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.
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
Vibrant scene, food was great, however o ...
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 w ...
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.
I could tell the plates and food in gene ...
I could tell the plates and food in general are made with expertise and care. Everything I ordered was flavorful and worth it. For how busy the restaurant was(Friday night) the wait staff was attentive and pleasant.
Love this place but this time had a rese ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 i ...
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.
Barsa brunch is definitely my favorite b ...
Barsa brunch is definitely my favorite brunch in Charleston. The portions are perfect, the food is delicious and very reasonably priced, and the service is great and very accommodating. I've probably been 20 times and the poblano hash was so good the first time that I've never gotten anything else. Highly recommend this underrated brunch gem!
I had been here before but twice had the ...
I had been here before but twice had the same experience. Service is spotty and food is decent, but not mind-blowing. Would recommend for casual friend-type get togethers. Not great for special occasions. Ask to NOT sit in the back by the kitchen/serving station. The lighting is off and the constant orders coming out are distracting.
Arrived at 6 pm, on time after finding a ...
Arrived at 6 pm, on time after finding a muddy rut filled parking lot. We were greeted promptly and shown to our table. This was a high bar table. We asked the manager if we could get a lower table, none were available. Upon seating, told us we had to be out by 8 pm because of jazz night. She was quite abrup and told us to request a regular table upon reservation! The reservation was confirmed by phone earlier that day and no mention of the above mandates!
The food wasn't good . The beet salad was salty. The empanadas too spivey. The meet balls ok. The dates were good . The paella was barely passable ( I lived in Spain for seven years). The only good thing was the Jazz . Find another tapas bar. This didn't live up to the quality of venues in Charleston
We really enjoyed the food here but unfo ...
We really enjoyed the food here but unfortunately had terrible service. Vicky (Victoria I think) did not seem interested in when we wanted to order or what we wanted to order, in fact showed no interest in our needs. We ordered a bottle of wine and three glasses and she put the glasses on the table, opened the wine and emptied the bottle between the three glasses. No offer to taste and each of our glasses had 1/3 of a bottle. We also ordered cheese and tapas meats and were not offered bread, had to ask couple of times for bread to be brought. Another waiter seemed to take pity on us and offer to get stuff. Vicky needs to find a new job.
All the dishes were fabulous! The mushr ...
All the dishes were fabulous! The mushrooms with the fresh herbed goat cheese was spot on. We also had the roasted olives, baked dates, and empanadas with the final dish of paella with chicken and chorizo was good but the bottom was burnt so we ate around it. The flan for dessert was also fabulous with the fresh crisp apple to offset the creaminess of the flan. The live music just added to the night.
Bartender offered great wine choices to ...
Bartender offered great wine choices to pair with meal. We stuck with tapas vs. paella and were not disappointed. Great ambiance. Good place for a couple or small group. Service was excellent! Will definitely go back next time we visit Charleston!
Food was quite good. It was a little lo ...
Food was quite good. It was a little loud for my taste, but young adults would love it. The main problem is that Barsa is on the far edge of a gentrifying neighborhood. We walked two miles from our hotel to get there, intending to get a cab back. Our waiter did call us a cab, and he called again when it hadn't come after 20 minutes he called again to be told "it was on the way." After 35 minutes of waiting for the cab, we walked the two miles back to our hotel in rain at 10 pm. This wasn't the restaurant's fault, though it might be wise to cultivate a relationship with the cab companies. I realize that the cab companies are being driven out of business by Uber, and the lesson to us was to update our Uber app for the future. But patrons need to know that they are on their own for transportation. If you don't want to drink and drive--and we did want to enjoy our wine--then you need to plan on your own transportation because you can't rely on a cab.
The spicy chicken and herb croquetas wer ...
The spicy chicken and herb croquetas were excellent. The octopus and potato could do with more octopus - but was otherwise very good. The steak was better than very good and satisfyingly rare. The chef made me a plate of naked (unbreaded) squid that was superb. The only downside was that we walked from the heart of the historic district and it was a looong walk!
Overall it was really good. However, the ...
Overall it was really good. However, the server asked us to move to the bar we cause we had apparently exceeded the time for a table. I felt embarrassed as I recommended the restaurant and essentially got told to leave. Not even chain restaurants do that. I am a repeat customer and recommend Barsa to everyone. But I probably wouldn't come with a group again.
The service staff was very friendly and ...
The service staff was very friendly and attentive. We got the crispy white fish and the mushrooms with goat cheese and both were very good. The only thing is that the place itself needs an update. The leather in the booths is seriously beat down and it just doesn't look as nice in there as it used to.
Food was not authentic Spanish. The chef ...
Food was not authentic Spanish. The chef had never traveled to Spain, nor trained with any Spanish chefs. Paella was extremely salty, and did not contain the ingredients in a traditional paella. The patatas bravas were fried potatoes with cheese on them, more like potatoe skins. Not what I was expecting. If you have never been to Spain, then you might like this place. I can understand why others gave lower ratings.
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