Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
258 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 258 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipacaba
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice table, thank you!
Please add more draft beers. You were also out of the only IPA draft you had....come on, it's not that hard!!!

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vipjray
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Best view in Old Town of Potomac from waterfront of Capitol and Wilson bridge. A little crowded during prime lunch time. Service was excellent and variety of tapas on menu was interesting. Recommendations from wait staff were excellent. Portions were a nice size to share with one other person. Gambas a ailio was not traditional Spanish and very hot with peppers. More traditional version might be better or less hot peppers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Barca since moving to Old Town a few weeks ago! Absolutely loved it. The drinks, food, and atmosphere are all amazing.

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Amber
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent food!! Loved being on the water and the small plates allow you to try alot of different items.

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ZoyaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food is OK, but for tapas is too big a portion.
Wine glasses are wrong: they should have a leg to hold on to, so that the wine is not getting warmed by ones hand. Location is outstanding though.

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JasmineD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Good food, not exceptional. We are at the wine bar which was quieter than the restaurant. Nice location

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vipCarolineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Gorgeous location right on the water!! Really tasty tapas and nice beverage selection for all palates!! Can’t wait to go back with friends and family!

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vipSixtysomething
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Spanish tapas and drinks dining experience. Right on the Potomac river, all outdoors with some seating in the shade. Best to make reservations as this restaurant is very popular.
We’ve dined here several times and had wonderful service and food. Fantastic atmosphere and fun sharing the deliciousness small dishes.

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vipSlater
Hertfordshire
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch very flavorful

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vipDale
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food along with a great view. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Of course the location is the thing for this place. Beautiful spot on the river. It’s a tapas restaurant, small plates. For example, smoked tomato is 2 tomatoes. Delicious but not what I wanted for dinner out. It would be perfect to walk up, grab a yummy cocktail and a small plate with friends before a dinner or show. To me it’s not a full dinner spot. Unfortunately demand is so high to try it you can’t just walk up and you can’t have a group. 2 to 4 people only. The food was good, the drink was good, but it just didn’t work for me.

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TimothyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for hot afternoon. The service was friendly and informed, the food was terrific and the location on the water had views and a unique ambiance. We'll be back!

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Dirk
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful view, fun atmosphere and delicious food.

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vipWilliam
Washington DC
139 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The fried fish tapas and mushrooms were excellent (until I found a hair in the mushroom dish)…

I have been to Barca five times and it is a superior restaurant with outstanding service and ambiance,

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great thank you

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LaraineB
Toledo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location! We sat right next to the water and had a lovely breeze and watched the boats on the Potomac. The calamari was excellent! I was not thrilled with the rather skimpy cheese and meat board. We will definitely return, though!

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NikM
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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vipPamI
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great good, drinks, service and atmosphere

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Debi
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place! Loved it! I highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful experience at Barca! The food, cocktails, and service consistently are excellent.

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vipacaba
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Barca is one of our favorite places since they opened in April. Yesterday was our anniversary. Mushroom dish is our favorite!
They only have 4 draft beers. It would be great to have other choices, especially from Alexandria as well as overall VA.

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Cynthia
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fabulous. Waiters, etc. were particularly helpful. A storm blew up just as we were leaving. They lowered protective plastic curtains to keep rain out and invited us to return to our table until the rain let up. We were very appreciative!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for my birthday and it was amazing! Right by the water so the views can’t be beat and the food omg the food was outstanding and so so good. Our waitress was so friendly, helpful and funny and the the service was quick!

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Varo
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Beautiful location and great wait staff. However, was too windy to enjoy, and the food was very salty. Also, there were very very limited vegan or dairy-free options. Please make dairy-free bread available!!! It would open up your options for people with lactose allergies exponentially.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 4 June 2021

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Varo. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we have informed management of your comments.

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MaryYouWin
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We had a nice date night experience at the Barca Pier. Our waitress gave us good guidelines for the tapas. They are honest, good sized portions which was great for trying lots of flavors.

I honestly can't put my finger on what was missing. The tables felt close together (maybe I'm just used to some distance?) and we could see and hear everyone's conversation around us. Literally everyone in our row ordered the calamari which was excellent, but again, just a little too close for us. The cocktail list was different, but for me it lacked a few classics. I drank the La Cupula's which were heavy on the gin. Good value, just a little different. The service was extremely prompt but I felt that the dishes were in general a little heavy for the atmosphere. The tenderloin and calamari are incredible and I highly recommend them.

If I were to go back, I would try the inside dining next time.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 4 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We're glad to hear you had a nice date night at our restaurant and enjoyed our dishes.

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WilliamJ7
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant - look forward to going again soon! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! We felt transported to Spain while dining at Barca. Our waitress, Alex, was attentive and fun without being overbearing. The food was perfectly seasoned and portioned and we will definitely be back! We had the patsy as bravas, calamari with housemade chorizo, goat cheese with pita, and stuffed piquillo peppers and we can’t wait to try more of their menu

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vipPN12345
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service , perfect location . Food some good some not . Didn’t like the shrimp at all . But the humus , potatoes were very good . Specialty drinks were expensive and not that great. But service & location def worth it

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 4 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the service as well as some of our dishes. We do apologize for our drinks not being to your liking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!! A welcome addition to the neighborhood !

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vipFedFoodie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal overlooking the water. Service was excellent (thanks Angel). Barca is a great addition to Alexandria although you have to plan ahead to get a reservation. The Alexandria waterfront is really hopping these days with a fun vibe, crowds, and upscale dining. I also love seeing boats pull up to Barca, really feels like a community spot even for our friends from across the river. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Ask for Cameron totally made the experience.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for your kind words, we're glad our server Cameron made your experience wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. Can’t wait to go back!

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DeaDines
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent ambience, friendly servers, and the riverfront view was spectacular. Food was good. The menu wasn't especially extensive, but there were enough options to satisfy several different people in my party who had various dietary restrictions. Only hitch we experienced is that our dishes often came out VERY slowly; they seemed to have forgotten our order several times and we had to keep reminding them they'd forgotten items we were supposed to get. Other times, they brought dishes to the table we hadn't ordered. I suspect that they were just overwhelmed because this is the first week they're operating at full capacity again. Hopefully once things are back to normal, this won't be an issue. We were in no rush and the view was so nice that the delay in service didn't bother us too much. Had we been in a rush to get to a theater or whatever, though, it would have been a problem.

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suzannep
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kim our waitress was friendly efficient and made us feel like we were on her porch enjoying the evening!
Food was yummy and attractive.
Busing was clunky and noisy- maybe new staff? Pad the cart with towels? Quieter wheels?

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RobertH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. Loved it. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Rebecca was excellent. She was extremely friendly and proficient. All of our dishes were delicious and
exceeded our expectations. The drinks were fun and creative. The view was stellar. Thank you for creating such a special place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great small plates and rose! Dilbert great waiter and attentive.

Not sure it would be great for a full dinner but the small plates are absolutely delicious!

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4Food2Service2Ambience5

Bartenders and views were fabulous. Wait staff and food was quite underwhelming. Felt like we paid for the ambiance. Overall a wonderful location to overlook but the food and service needs some work.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 4 June 2021

Thank you for your feedback Julie. As you know this helps us to further improve on certain areas of our restaurant. We do hope you give us another chance so we can turn your experience into a positive one.

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Diva
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

Overpriced. Over-salty food, without flavors. over crowed. Mediocre drinks. Very disappointed with the whole experience.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us Diva. We're sorry to hear that our dishes and drinks were not to your liking, as we take great pride in making sure our customers leave more than satisified. We hope you give us another chance so we can turn your experience into a positive one.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food and drinks were great, service was pretty slow unfortunately but our server gave great recommendations on food and cocktails so we were pleased overall.

Barca Wine Bar & Pier
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the food and drinks as well.

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Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 258 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.