Barsa Taberna

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Contemporary Spanish eatery housed in a designer 19th century building. Our philosophy of contemporary Spanish cuisine has its roots in the traditional Spanish Cocina – meaning, tapas to larger plates that include the recipes and ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula. Barsa's menu is designed to also pay tribute the avant garde movement of the Nueva Cocina Española in what we call contemporary Spanish gastronomy. At Barsa, art is not optional. It’s our salt and pepper, we think Gaudi, dare Dali and play Picasso. We are housed in a 19th century heritage protected building where internationally acclaimed designer John Tong has recreated the atmosphere of Barcelona, while paying tribute to the City’s culture and immortalized artists. Barsa story and concept was derived by Toronto native Aras Azadian’s passion and inspiration to recreate the atmosphere and experience of his time living in Barcelona and his travels through the Iberian Peninsula
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SO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and food presentation! The civiche was delicious, but the other dishes tended to be over-salted/seasoned. Considering it was a nice restaurant I also would have expected the service to be better, especially considering it was a slow weeknight. The waitress was pleasant, but hardly checked on us. The food runners were also nice, but were unable to explain the dish components. Overall the experience was made by the decor in the restaurant and the lovely food presentation, not by the feeling of hospitality.

QL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went there last Saturday afternoon. We want try seafood paella, but it’s only available in everyday dinner. So we would like to come again.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have been to Barsa a number of times and have always enjoyed it. I have brought many friends for the experience. The food is excellent. I will always come back.

SY
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Although Barsa Taberna has a beautiful interior and a great atmosphere, the food and service did not meet up to expectations. The food portion was extremely small even for a tapas place, and the service was not only slow, but our waiter was rude and impatient. There are definitely better tapas options out there in Toronto.

C
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The food was quite good but the service was very very slow. We had the smaller of the two tasting menus and it took 3 hours.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend going unless you have all night.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

As most reviewers mentioned, food is very good, but super overpriced.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best paella ever!

C
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best prawns I've ever eaten - cooked to perfection and the sauce was to die for.

CP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Barsa is one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. The sharing of small plates is so great when you are there with friends. The octopus is absolutely fantastic. We generally sit on the patio and do some people watching. Great food, great atmosphere and so much fun with friends trying all of the different, and so well prepared, food choices. Highly recommend Barsa.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you to Mateo and team for a delicious meal! Will definitely be back very very soon!

t
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, vibe and awesome tapas. Great for groups or a nice date

BB
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Excellent food

JM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was so good that our rapture was apparently influencing other tables’ orders. I wish the portions were a little smaller so we could have experienced more plates, but everything was excellent. Great staff as well. We sat outside as for some reason they weren’t seating indoors nor taking walkins. Inside is a great setting that reminded me of underground dining rooms in Spain. Highly recommend this restaurant.

NL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server (Vanessa) was friendly, attentive and very professional. She helped make our dining experience extra special! We’ll be back. Thank you :)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Everything was good, except for the reservation experience. Looks like they don’t reserve a specific table, even if you ask that. When you ask to reserve a table outside, the chance you’ll get it is very low, and even if they promise to move you outside whenever they have a spot, they simply forget about that and you have to go there in person and check the table availability.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our friends’ 38th wedding anniversary. What a spectacular way to celebrate the occasion! The tasting menu was beyond anything we could have imagined and the servers were excellent. We felt like we had the “royal treatment”. Thank you for a memorable evening. We will be back and will be sure to recommend Barsa to our friends!

ML
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect spot for a date or to catch up with old friends. Food was outstanding, we did a tasting menu where the server/kitchen choose a selection of plates for you and we were not disappointed. Such a lovely variety and perfect portions to share between 2 people. For the amount of food, price was reasonable - definitely not an every day dinner but perfect for special occasions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

It’s the worse place. They are not open on weekends but they let us to reserve on weekends. When we arrived the door was closed and no one answered the call.

For a dinner reservation, they canceled us for no reason. Just emailed me said canceled my booking. Are you serious?!!!

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious and good size portions for sharing. The drunken goat cheese with raspberry jam was my favourite! But so are the potatoes. We loved everything we ate. The wine is a bit overpriced - cheapest bottle is $60. Patio had a great vibe and great, not-too-loud music. Great for a group gathering and perfect for a date!

K
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe and ambiance. Service was excellent. The food was delicious and flavourful. The prices were a bit steep for the portion size but for the quality of food I guess it’s understandable.

g
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I’ve had much better tapas at lower prices. Below average service. Everything was ok and adequate, nothing was outstanding.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had reservations for a party of 6 and had the tasting menu. Our server Tabatha advised us that the $60 per person serving was likely going to be enough as it was quite substantial. We were not disappointed. We all were happy that she didn’t try to oversell us. The food was delicious! It started to rain quite hard very suddenly and we were well accommodated inside even though we had already finished our meals and were just finishing our drinks. All in all a great experience. Also they didn’t automatically include a tip which we also appreciated.

m
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Octopus was amazing! The entire meal was delicious and it felt like a very comfortable atmosphere. I would recommend it to a friend for sure.

K
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

It seemed like the restaurant was not properly staffed for a Saturday evening, our server was so busy and making their own drinks. Beverages took over an hour, some food arrived before drinks, and the last item arrived an hour after being ordered and the rest of the food was finished. We were a larger group, so I would not recommend group dining here.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place! Great food and ambiance. Portions small and pricey but that tends to be the norm for tapas

m
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting menu! So much food and they accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences! Very unusual for a tasting menu! Only issue was that many dishes were too salty but they said they will correct that! Great staff! Had a wonderful evening!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good spanish style tapas! Quality drinks! Friendly service! Great outdoor terrace!

I
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience with the Tasting Menu!
Every single dish was fantastic and also a surprise - this was a fun unexpected piece.
The paella is a must try along with the truffle oil/octopus dish.
The wine was delicious - the server was very helpful with wine recommendations based on our taste preferences.
The restaurant was originally a stable - some aspects have been unchanged (the arches) - very neat!
Definitely worth a try!

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place!

PS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

It was a great place for a casual dinner with friends from out of town. Excellent food!

NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was excellent and the servers were very nice but the service was very slow. We were compensated accordingly which was very much appreciated!

MD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been here several times, we like to go here when going to the Sony Center. I Strongly Recommend this place!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We ordered the ceviche, it wasn't bad. Then we ordered the Chorizo---it was very dry--burnt actually. Very disappointed with that. Then we ordered the seafood Paella. The pan didn't have a lot of stuff in it compare to their Instagram pictures. It came with less rice, 3 pcs
of clams, 6 pcs of shrimps and mussels. I would say about a half less ingredients than what they advertise. One great thing was the Rose Sangria---this was delicious! Service
was great as well. Thumbs down for the quality of the food and the price. I don't mind paying $ for good quality food, but this was not good quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointing dinner and service.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food was average, and value was very poor given the price.

JM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We sat outside and it was lovely - just a bit of music and the auto traffic was minimal. Our waiter disappeared without any explanation; after too long, we had to flag down another, who was then very attentive. Food was fabulous.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've eaten here many times and love it. Tonite was very slow, but the date may have predicted it. When I talked to the staff, they were great.

MO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Paella, octopus, grilled potato’s. Quite pricey but satisfying quantities. Interesting setting in stone basement of a 19th century building with a story told by our waitress. Could be quite romantic with the right person.

RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dinner experience. Great service and ambiance.

KG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family gathering. The menu has a nice variety of tapas, often beyond the normal. Excellent quality at a fair price — especially as the wine was 1/2 price!

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