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Barsa Taberna

4.3
4.3
824 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Spanish

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

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (647) 341-3642

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Mateo Tapias Cruz

  • Private party facilities

    Barsa Taberna offers a truly unique experience for private and corporate dining. Our management team including team of chefs are happy to work with you to create a custom menu and experience for your special event. Ranked Top New Restaurant 2014 Ranked Top 100 Restaurants in the world 2016

  • Private party contact

    Aras Azadian: (866) 306-0351

  • Neighbourhood

    St. Lawrence Market

  • Cross Street

    Front St

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available in the street or at the Green P lots south of Market street

  • Public Transit

    King Station is a short 3 minute walk

  • Entertainment

    Thursday nights, live Flamenco guitar performance

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Barsa Tasting Menu - $40, $50 or $60 per person

Curados

  • Banderillas$5.00

    Marinated Spanish Olives and Pickles

    • Con Boquerones$8.00

      • Pan Con Tomate

        • Tradicional$6.00
        • Jamon Serrano$9.00
        • Manchego$10.00
      • Manchego Churros$7.00

        with Saffron Sofrito

        • Pate Con Cerezas Secas$8.00

          Chicken liver pate with marinated dried cherries

          • Queso Manchego$7.00

            1 oz of Manchego cheese - Dates and Olive Oil

            • Queso Valdeon$8.00

              1 oz of Valdeon Cheese - Honeycomb and Black Pepper

              • Bistec Crudo$13.00

                Raw Top Sirloin with Fennel, Pickled Shallots, Fried Capers and Parsley

                • Truchas En Escabeche$13.00

                  Trout Eschabeche, with Fresh Orange, Celery, Pomegranate Juice & Walnuts

                  • Jamón Serrano$14.00

                    18 Month Aged Ham

                    • Jamón Ibérico$30.00

                      36 Month Aged Black Iberian Ham

                      • Tabla De Embutidos$20.00

                        Charcuterie Platter with Garnishes

                        • Tabla De Quesos$24.00

                          Spanish Cheese Platter with Garnishes

                          • Tabla De Chorizo$28.00

                            Chorizo Platter with Garnishes and Pork Belly

                            Del Mar

                            • Ostras$3.50

                              Oysters with Charred Shishito Mignonette

                              • Croqueta De Jamón Y Albacore$4.00

                                Albacore Tuna, with Cured Jam, Pickled Peppers and Lemon Alioli

                                • Almejas Con Chorizo$12.00

                                  Clams with Garlic, White Beans and Chili

                                  • Gambas Aji$14.00

                                    Chile Shrimp, with Moorish Couscous and Walnut romesco

                                    • Ceviche Del Mar$15.00

                                      Mussels, Shrimp, Octopus, Snapper, Cucumber and Lemon Infused Olive Oil

                                      • Pulpo Ezpeleta$17.00

                                        Grilled Octopus, with Charred Potatoes, Chorizo and Espelette Alioli

                                        • Robalo a La Parrilla$32.00

                                          Whole Grilled Seabass-Chickpea Hummus, Pequillo Peppers, Sundried Olives and Roasted Garlic

                                          • Fabada Con Vieras$38.00

                                            Searead Scallops, White Bean Stew, Pickled Chili, Candied Lemon and Bread Crumb

                                            • Paella De Mariscos$55.00

                                              Shrimps, Clams, Mussels and Jamon Serrano

                                              Del Campo

                                              • Empanada$4.50

                                                Blue Cheese and Spinach Empanada with Apple Rhubarb Compote

                                                • Gazpacho$8.00

                                                  Tomato Water, Fresh Tomato, Breadcrumbs, Herb Oil

                                                  • Patatas Bravas$8.00

                                                    with Alioli and Brava Sauce

                                                    • With Braised Beef Cheek$13.00
                                                  • Ensalada De Betarraga Y Peras$11.00

                                                    Lightly Pickled Beets, Poached Pears, Hazelnut Praline, Whipped Goat Cheese

                                                    • Fideos Del Campo$18.00

                                                      Catalan Noodles, Broccoli, Goats Cheese, Almonds and Roasted Olives

                                                      • Caña De Cordero$34.00

                                                        Rioja Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Sweet Potato, Crispy Kale, Pickled Raisins

                                                        • Lomito Al Chimichurr$36.00

                                                          8 oz Striploin, Parsnip and Blue Potato Salad and Scallion Chimichurri

                                                          • Paella Valenciana$52.00

                                                            Chorizo, Grilled Chicken, Butternut Squash and Pistachio

                                                            What 824 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            4.3
                                                            4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                            • 4.2Food
                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                            • 4.3Ambience
                                                            • 3.9Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                            1. MM

                                                              MikeM

                                                              Toronto

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on November 14, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              Amazing al fresco dining... excellent taste and presentation, superb flavours and preparation. Knowledgeable, friendly service.

                                                            2. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 14, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The service was great they were friendly and attentive. The food was good and it was a quiet area.

                                                            3. L

                                                              Lunchin

                                                              Toronto

                                                              20 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              20 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 29, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food and patio ! If you want authentic Spanish food and sangria this is the place to go!

                                                            4. CJ

                                                              CatherineJ

                                                              Toronto

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 22, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              My favourite Sangria in the city! Nice patio, secluded even in the middle of downtown.

                                                            5. JW

                                                              JulieW

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 19, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              A great restaurant, service and food. So sad no one is going due to COVID. Would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

                                                            6. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 19, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              It was good

                                                            7. SL

                                                              ScottL

                                                              Toronto

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              We continue to return to this restaurant for unique Mediterranian dining, relaxed atmosphere and great service.

                                                            8. KP

                                                              KiaraP

                                                              New England

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 13, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Good food. Good service. Limited selection and a little overpriced... Octopus main $42 - should be not more than $35 very max.

                                                            9. M

                                                              Miguel

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We came here for a fancy date night We chose to sit outside (covid19, beautiful weather) which still had a beautiful relaxed vibe. The Manchengo churros were a great dish that you didn't know you needed. The Spanish Octopus was a plate of heaven (served on a creamy potato puree with truffle aoili!!! And the seafood ceviche was the best ceviche my gf and I have ever had. The only thing that did not 'wow' us is the seafood paella, it was loaded with mussels (shell on), so it felt like we were eating a bowl of mussels, there were 2 shrimp and no other seafood and the rice was dry and stuck to the bottom of the pan. Overall, great dining experience and I will be back for that ceviche and octopus!

                                                            10. MG

                                                              MihaelaG

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 11, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food, nice place, good service. Very good experience.

                                                            11. TW

                                                              TeresaW

                                                              Toronto

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 6, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Excellent tapas. Good Service. Good wine selection.

                                                            12. WH

                                                              WesleyH

                                                              Toronto

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 6, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              first visit after COVID started. outdoor patio seating was not crowded. service was good and prompt. menu reduced from before but still very delicious. the paella was excellent. they said the menu will be expanded again later. can't wait to visit again.

                                                            13. EN

                                                              EmptyNester

                                                              Toronto

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 5, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              Dined on the patio. I think the menu has become a little more limited versus other times that I have been to this restaurant. I completely understand given Covid impact. I saw the staff doing very thorough cleaning as they set up tables. Servers where great in terms of attentiveness, friendliness and attention to detail. Even with a more limited menu we found the Octopus, Ceviche and Paella were all excellent. They did seem to be doing a good amount of take-out. I will continue to support this restaurant whenever I can.

                                                            14. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              London

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 5, 2020

                                                              overall5food2service5ambience5

                                                              Server and ambiance were fantastic. Drinks were just alright, as was the food. Perhaps we ordered some dishes we just were not crazy about and should have stuck with familiar options like the charcuterie and cheese boards, which are always a hit.

                                                            15. KV

                                                              KendraV

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 3, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Honestly, such an incredible experience. The food was spectacular, the service was perfect, there was a Spanish guitar player so to experience live music again after many months of quiet due to COVID was such a heavenly experience.

                                                            16. SM

                                                              SteveM

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 3, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                              Great patio - very safe - great food and experience as always.

                                                            17. p

                                                              patriciab

                                                              Toronto

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 1, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food and service were excellent.i was really happy food was very very good loved it..

                                                            18. JH

                                                              JohnH

                                                              Edmonton

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 31, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Great patio and the best food experience since Stage 3 re-opening!

                                                            19. SS

                                                              StephanieS

                                                              Toronto

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 29, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Beautiful patio, well-spaced out, friendly (and masked) staff, and delicious seafood paella. Great for a local date night and we'll definitely be coming back!

                                                            20. A

                                                              Andi

                                                              Toronto

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 29, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We tried two types of sangria - they were both super! The patio was great, staff were attentive and clearly safety-minded. We had a really lovely time. Thank you!

                                                            21. CC

                                                              ColinC

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 28, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great atmosphere we sat inside. Dinner was excellent

                                                            22. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 22, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Zero complaints we had the best dinner

                                                            23. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 20, 2020

                                                              overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                              Very desappointed ! Too expensive for the quality of food served

                                                            24. JB

                                                              JesikaB

                                                              Toronto

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              Super delicious food! Our server was very lovely and chatty! Will be back!

                                                            25. CC

                                                              ClaudioC

                                                              Toronto

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing as always

                                                            26. AS

                                                              AlinS

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 8, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent drinks and food!!! Incredible customer experience!!!

                                                            27. VM

                                                              VincenzaM

                                                              Exclusive

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 7, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Best ever place for food and drinks. Cocktails are on point

                                                            28. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 7, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Awesome food..great vibe and ambiance. They make fantastic tasty cocktails too!! We will be back.

                                                            29. l

                                                              luv2eatgoodfood

                                                              Toronto

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 6, 2020

                                                              overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                              This is not Spanish, food plates are flavorless and expensive. Octopus dish with cheese did not go i prefer garlic olive oil grilled and for $42 there was not allot there. Same with shrimp dish portions size tiny. Paella was burnt and flavorless, really bad. With an expensive $100 bottle of red and dessert $315 with tip close to 4 totally not worth it. Very disappointed will not recommend to go at all.

                                                            30. L

                                                              Lindsay

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 31, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delicious food, took us right back to being in Spain.

                                                            31. AA

                                                              AdamA

                                                              Nashville

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 29, 2020

                                                              overall3food1service2ambience4

                                                              Main was delivered 45 minutes after the appetizers

                                                            32. JV

                                                              JennyV

                                                              Toronto

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 23, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                              Food was good as usual, really liked the live music on the patio. Service was ok.

                                                            33. VD

                                                              VeronicaD

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 17, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Sangria was amazing!! Ceviche was really good as well

                                                            34. VM

                                                              VincenzaM

                                                              Exclusive

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 14, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              I love Barsa. The music is good. Service is on point. Great wine list. Food outstanding

                                                            35. R

                                                              Risha

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 10, 2020

                                                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                              Their food used to be better. Their paella was mostly peas and their service are inexperienced. We asked for a glass of water 3 times.

                                                            36. CC

                                                              ClaudioC

                                                              Toronto

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 10, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent . We loved the new menu

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              My Husband’s 60th Birthday

                                                            38. MD

                                                              MikeD

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                              Ordered the Octopus and although it was tender and tasty we received two small tentacles. Not worth the $30 price. Maybe if it was $10-15. The seafood paella smelt smoky - turns out the rice on the bottom was burnt. Mussels were dry and tiny. Shrimps were tasty as were the clams. But there was no fish or scallops or chicken or sausages which are typically included in paella. Again not worth the $50 price tag. My date and I shared both dishes. Left hungry. Best part of the evening was the Spanish wine and the ambiance is very nice. Service was good and it’s a busy popular place. But perhaps their tapas would have been a better choice.

                                                            39. A

                                                              Asgaard

                                                              Toronto

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Absolutely beautiful and unusual place to eat and enjoy the ambiance. Our server was super .... good at her job and very nice into the bargain. Made good choices..... The tasting menu was good and varied, however I was a bit surprised it did not contain any red meat at all. Everything was interesting and beautifully prepared and presented. I enjoyed the time, the company, the location and the food. Sangria was ok, not superb and we had a leisurely dinner with friends with lots of laughs and good food. Enjoyable and would recommend.

                                                            40. MS

                                                              MargaretS

                                                              Toronto

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              Food was outstanding and our waiter, Ali, was amazing at helping us negotiate the menu. The noise level in the back room was not energetic but LOUD - so they quickly moved us to the front of the house where we enjoyed that energetic atmosphere and could actually hear each other!

                                                            Safety precautions

                                                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                            • Physical distancing

                                                              • Limited number of seated diners
                                                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                              • Extra space between tables
                                                            • Protective equipment

                                                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                            • Screening

                                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                            FAQs

                                                            Barsa Taberna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 341-3642.

                                                            Barsa Taberna is rated 4.3 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Permanently Closed

                                                            This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross Street

                                                              Front St

                                                            • Neighbourhood

                                                              St. Lawrence Market

                                                            • Hours of Operation

                                                              Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Spanish, Contemporary European

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress Code

                                                              Smart Casual

                                                            • Parking Details

                                                              Parking is available in the street or at the Green P lots south of Market street

                                                            • Public Transit

                                                              King Station is a short 3 minute walk

                                                            • Payment Options

                                                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive Chef

                                                              Mateo Tapias Cruz

                                                            • Entertainment

                                                              Thursday nights, live Flamenco guitar performance

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                                            • Phone number

                                                              (647) 341-3642

                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                              Barsa Taberna offers a truly unique experience for private and corporate dining. Our management team including team of chefs are happy to work with you to create a custom menu and experience for your special event. Ranked Top New Restaurant 2014 Ranked Top 100 Restaurants in the world 2016

                                                            • Private party contact

                                                              Aras Azadian: (866) 306-0351

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