Barsa Taberna

4.5
696 reviews
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Great sangria! The apps were very tasty, would order another main next time.

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PT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent take on tapas and Spanish food in general!

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BO
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We were disappointed with our experience here. We ordered more than 10 dishes and 5 of them came to the table all at once - it felt rushed and made it more difficult to enjoy everything that was on the table. After the second wave of dishes it became apparent our waiter had forgotten to punch in some of the items we had ordered. He came to the table to ask what else we were expecting and then we waited a while before those plates arrived. We went from 5 dishes on the table at once to no food at all. The pacing definitely needed some work. The manager was kind enough to comp the two dishes that had been forgotten though so that was generous!

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always go to Barsa is the closes Barcelona food in Toronto

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the live music. Food was well prepared and waitress was very helpful

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious meal! Brought my mum here for an early Mother’s Day dinner. She absolutely loved it!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Returning for the 3rd time since January 2019. However, sad to say it was not at all the same or even remotely close to my family’s last 2 visits. Hope it goes back to whatever they did before January. We will like to see our taste menu that we loved be restored.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food ... awesome sangria ... best server ever! ( she was super with the kids) Whole family thoroughly enjoyed the culinary experience. Can’t wait to go back again!!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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

Nice ambiance, small portions

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SM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food. Possibly our new favorite restaurant in Toronto.

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous! Excellent food and cool, romantic vibes. I would definitely return!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went therefor our anniversary. Great food!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did the $60 taster menu and it was DELICIOUS. Amazing food, superb service, wicked ambiance. Would come back again and again. Highly recommend.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was okay. We felt rushed and it seemed like they were in a hurry to move us out so they could fill the table.

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OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was fantastic. Food and atmosphere were lovely.

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SQ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love Barsa. I've been many times, especially for the half/price wine night in particular the Albarinho!! From my region in Spain. The service is fantastic and the food is always good. I will keep going:)

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth it. Great service. Great ambience. Very cozy and intimate. We went there around 4:30 when it opened so there wasn't much people and noise.

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r
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food, not inexpensive. Gets noisy early with the after-work crowd from the area. Great service and good ambiance.

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JE
Jackson Hole
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Our waiter was very gruff and unfriendly. At first I thought it was an act but then I realized it was actually his personality. Not a great start to the evening!

The menu is not very extensive and is very expensive. The bill four four people was nearly $400 before tip and that was with a 50 dollar bottle of wine. All of the plates are tapas which generally we love. However in this instance we found $33 dollars for a small plate of aged ham and $33 dollars for a cheese plate with approximately 8 small triangles of manchego ripe cheese to excessively pricey. The octopus was nice but nothing outstanding. The patatas brava were soggy.... not like a true crispy browned dish. All in the food was disappointing to the point I went home ready to find something good to eat.

Finally, the restaurant is super noisy. Don’t go hear if you want to hear what anyone in your party is discussing.

Much better place in toronto for that much money. Take a miss on this one.

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OJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

The food was good and so were the drinks. The paella was tasty and good to share (max for 2 ppl tho... but we were suggested it would feed 4)! The ambiance and decor are nice, and it makes you feel like you are in a real Spanish Taberna. HOWEVER, the service was really not the best and very disorganized considering that the restaurant was quite empty (maybe 2 or 3 more tables aside from ours). The service kind of ruined our overall experience at this restaurant.

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m
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I would recommend this place if money is not an issue for you as it is quite pricey for what it offers. The space is very nicely decorated, inside space is beautiful and less noisy, the food is overall good (some dishes were amazing others mediocre, consult with the server, they know), service pretty rushed, not very good at handling a full space.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Very good food in a great location. Service was not the best and tapas served too fast. Next time we will ask for tapas to be served one at a time.

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NG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, best octopus ever and delicious sangria!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good environment, little price for the portion

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SA
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!! It is a must if you're down in Toronto. It's like walking into a Barcelona restaurant!

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LA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic overall, can’t wait to go back!

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NM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like the 1/2 price wine bottle on Wednesday
And the food was excellent

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JR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Food was disappointing. Nice ambience though and great location.

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FT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The 4 of us had dinner and we sampled 6 tapas from the menu (no mains). We were underwhelmed by the taste of most tapas (charcuterie board, patatas bravas, grilled octopus). The service and ambiance is what made our evening somewhat enjoyable.

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience with Chef Andres everything tasted amazing! Thank you!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was very good. Sangria not too good. A little overpriced. Great ambiance and great music

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CQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

We were the first customers in the morning, so wasn’t busy at all. Service was extremely slow and the food took so long to arrive (there were only 2 or 3 groups seated after us yet their food arrived first). By the time our orders did arrive, every dish was STONE COLD!!! As if it had been left sitting out for at least 20 mins. They kindly re-made all of our orders, yet even the second time round the food was still kind of lukewarm...

Very nice ambience, but the slow service & food temp was disappointing. I could understand if it was a lunch rush, or if the place was packed, but in this case it was not.

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We went with a group of 6 and did the chefs selection tasting. The food was a bit underwhelming, strange timing and way too long between courses which caused the group to get full too quickly. By the end we had stacks of leftover food. The ambiance was vibrant so I'd recommend this not so much for the food, but drinks with perhaps a few tapas to accompany.

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G
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Fun atmosphere, with live guitar and rock walls. Would recommend and go again

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was outstanding, foods and drinks magnificent. Fair prices too. I cannot recommend it enough

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Just don’t do tasting menu, I ordered two tasting menu which mean to be five courses per person, but they only gave us five one person size dish and ask us to share, it’s ridiculous....

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H
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and warm welcoming. Everything is perfect except if you're looking to a quiet place !

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AQ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The ambiance and underground setting was beautiful. Sangria was so good , a lot of sangria options which is maybe one of the only reasons I’d go back . The food portions were small and very over priced, a friend ordered the chorizos for 30 and it was 3 tiny pieces with two small toasts ... I mean the meat was good but not worth the value. The paella fell short. You had to psych extra to have chorizo on it which it should come with it already. Wasn’t a traditional spain paella. Majority of my party thought the restaurant was ok, but we all agreed the sangria and wine were tasty. The servers was nice and every time they brought out a plate they explained what was on the dish. I would maybe go back for drinks only and possibly a small dish..

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun, relaxed atmosphere with fantastic food and drinks- sangria is delicious and its a fun way to dine out - enjoying tapas.

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