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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
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!
Delicious tapas, authentic Paella, great wait staff. We made reservations on a Thursday because there is a jazz group there on Thursdays. We brought an out of town visitor and was delighted to find out that there is a great happy hour from 4-7. So we ordered a delicious tapas and put in our order for their authentic Paella that takes 45 minutes to cook. The food was delicious and the jazz group terrific! I asked about gluten free options because my daughter has celiac disease and needs to eat completely gluten free. The seafood paella is gluten free as we thought it was. I highly recommend Barsa and can't wait to go back to try some more of their tapas choices.
A fantastic true tapas restaurant and now in our top three Charleston restaurants! Great choices, wonderfully prepared, plated with care and perfectly executed. We dined on a busy Saturday evening and chose to sit at the bar and we're fortunate to have bartender Ben look after us. His comprehensive knowledge of the menu AND preparation techniques made our selections more exciting and absolutely made our evening.
Can't wait to return on our next visit in May! Well done all!
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.
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