Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
735 reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson Landing, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 735 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.2
Value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was sooo good! Our server, David, was great even though it was freezing cold outside. Food is expensive but worth it. So many delicious dishes. I definitely recommend if it is cold that you layer up on the legs and wear some warm socks. The heaters work well for the upper body but not so much for the lower part of the body. Such a nice location on the water as well!

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kis4Karisma
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Customer Service by Jo! She was friendly, attentive and provided an awesome experience!
I also enjoyed the manager check in!

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JaneV
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Evening with Excellent food and drinks! I will definitely be back!

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scooterapd
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Outstanding service and very comfortable and well heated outdoor space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Spanish tapas, wine selection, location and service in the Greater Alexandria area!

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vipKathyS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience on New Years Eve!

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ZacharyT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Really nice outdoor dining, felt very COVID safe! Food was yummy, drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was New Year’s Eve and we booked a 9:15pm table last second the night before. Got to have dinner, then move over to the bar and wait for the fireworks. Food was good. Atmosphere was great.

Only negative thing was the music was really loud and we couldn’t hear each other talk.

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SatisfiedCustoner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a place with wonderful ambience on the water.

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vipDmpols
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here at keast 6 times love the place and food!!

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CharlotteB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. Very nice staff. Well run and efficient. Even though it’s on a pier, we were kept warm and dry. Food was wonderful. Fun New Year’s dinner! Well done Barca!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an early NYE dinner for two. We commend them and highly recommend Barca for it’s pier dinning. The well heated outside seating on the water is perfection and greatly appreciated. It will be my new go to spot for sure.

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foodiesforlife
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service and food

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EarlF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a reservation and were given a nice table along the waterside. It was cool so they had a screen pulled down and heaters on…. Very comfy. The tables here are quite close together as it is not a very big place, so don’t go looking for peace and quiet! But the music was not very loud so the overall ambience is good, just bustling and fun. My husband and I just got a few beers and tapas - that’s really all they have. Everything here is good and service is fast. This is one of our favorite places to go.

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AdaL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

Thanks to the service staff for working on a drizzly, cool night! This place has everything going for it except the food.

Dinner partner and I ordered two drinks and two tapas plates and the place was maybe half full. Our drinks came out quickly, one plate came out quickly and was overcooked, the other plate was forgotten about at first and came out quickly after the staff realized what happened, also overcooked.

I would probably go back for a special occasion becaue it's a great spot right on the water with heated patio and the drinks are a good value so I would drink there and eat elsewhere.

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Den330
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Beautiful setting, the tapas were nothing special and the presentation mediocre, we were outside and the views are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, friendly service, and wonderful view on the Potomac

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Christmas dinner and the ambiance and service was spectacular. We changed tables before we ordered food and Ale and Emily moved us quickly and seemlessly. They were gracious and professional. David helped us with ordering a wonderful variety of small plates. He knew the menu and provided personable service. We noticed his lovely banter with other tables an s well. Definitely a do over!

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Lynn
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It was Christmas Day and very busy so most likely unfair to give a review. I will need to go back to give a fair review. What we experienced was slow service our shrimp dish did not come we informed our server three times we were waiting . We finally gave up and ask for our check instead. Maybe on a less busy day it will be a more relaxed dining experience .wonderful location, friendly staff.

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service from start to finish. Food overall was good but a bit salty for my tastes.

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vipChristineM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Bummed that they have limited their menu significantly since my last visit but service is still wonderful and so is location as well as the limited food items they did have on the new menu.

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vip2Acts
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

You may think it will be too cold to eat in the winter on the river - but heaters and wind stoppers make it the perfect outdoor place to dine and avoid covid.

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Reedenn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had dinner at Barca last sunday with my wife for a speacial night. The service was great and exceptional. The night was nippy and the dine area is not fully enclosed,
We planned on visiting the place on warmer nights with friends and family.

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NestorR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely welcoming and friendly staff, great drinks and a diverse menu. Love the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Music loud. Seated initially close to other people despite plenty of tables. Food was salty. Food seemed rush. Server was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Barca is a true favorite—summer and winter. I love the seasonal wintery cocktails and food. Plus, the fresh air is sooooooo key for my enjoyment and comfort level dining in a relatively crowded location.

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ElaineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Danny was great and provided excellent advice on wines

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great first time experience. They close early in the winter months at 9 but allowed to keep drinking past then.

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lnb2711
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great dinner on the pier. The staff were fantastic and the food delicious. I don't regularly go down to Alexandria, but Barca (and Ada's) are reasons to travel there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Awesome waiter who had great energy and recommendations since it was our first time.
Thought the food was good but only bc I’m adventurous. The prices I thought were high, even though I know it’s how tapas work. We split 3 plates and a dessert and I’m definitely still hungry.

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lucilepvn
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

You can’t beat that location and the view. That’s for sure. However it is very pricey for pretty small tapas but it is still very filling. The drinks however were amazing, pretty to look and very good to drink! Will definitely come back once the weather is nicer

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Gina
Adelaide
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

A lot of pork and fish items which I don’t eat, but the options I did choose was good. Staff was great!

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BruceR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Max, the bartender is awesome and knows how to make some fine cocktails1

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JoeV
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dinner with my daughter.

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DaltonR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great location, great environment. Have been there multiple times in 2021; my wife and I love the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, only thing that was a miss was the broccolini

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RicSudds
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So relaxing, warm heater from abode keeps you comfortable on a cold day and the views of water makes for a great experience.. oh yeah the food is very good

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BrendaM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

David exceptional customer service. Drinks only a delicious Bloody Mary and Sam Adams. Great views .

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KimberlyB
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was perfect for a date night! Will definitely be returning!! Just a heads up, tapas mean small portions so order multiple!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great.evening in the city

FAQs

Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 735 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.