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
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.
We enjoyed our experience at Barsa. Our ...
We enjoyed our experience at Barsa. Our favorite part was the dessert. The chocolate cake was so good that I will come back just for that. I wasn't too comfortable with the parking location after dark. Needs more lighting back there for safety.
This place was an absolute treasure that ...
This place was an absolute treasure that I found on a whim. We were down in the Holy City for a bachelorette ladies weekend and this was the highlight of our trip. It was easy to make a reservation online for the perfect time for us. Though, the ideal hour of 7 pm seems to fill up quickly, so don't delay on making your reservation for this awesome joint! We were walking, so we ended up running about 5 minutes late but a quick phone call was met with a laugh and a "see you soon". The hostess was so sweet and funny, I wish I had caught her name so I could call her out for being awesome. Manager team of Barsa, your hostess that evening was a perfect ambassador and an amazing beginning to what ended up being the perfect dining experience.
Our server that evening was Tim, who was hands down the best server I've had in what feels like forever. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, made superb recommendations, and made us feel like we were VIPs. I don't know if I can rave about him enough. He was a delight and led us through an amazing experience from start to finish. He was incredibly accommodating when I pulled him aside to ask for to split our checks awkwardly (we wanted to treat the bride to be but also pay for our own drinks individually) but made magic happen and brought us champagne to celebrate with! I hate to say this, but I definitely think you should for ask for him next time you stop in...I probably will be.
Then there was the food. Holy cheesus, the food. It was perfection. Every bite was a little sliver of heaven. We each ordered two different plates to share and we enjoyed each one. Trying to pick a favorite was nigh impossible. The guys in the kitchen were on their A game that night and you could see the care on each plate.
I seriously don't have enough good things to say about this experience. Barsa, you're doing great! I can't wait to come back...we already are planning our return trip!
Excellent food, unique and different. We ...
Excellent food, unique and different. We were there on a Friday night and the noise level was very high, so just be aware. Service was outstanding - patient, fun, easygoing and attentive but not overly so. They were there to pick up plates as soon as they were empty!
Loved our time at Barsa! It was my mom's ...
Loved our time at Barsa! It was my mom's birthday and coordinating with the whole family was a bit of feat. Their staff took everything in stride, and made our dinner a fun and delicious event. Would recommend for any occasion!
My husband and I enjoyed out tapas dinne ...
My husband and I enjoyed out tapas dinner very much. There were more things we wanted to try so we'll be back for sure. The jazz band was excellent. Our server was very helpful in navigating the wine list. For dessert, my husband had the tawny port and proclaimed it de-lish!
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