Barca Wine Bar & Pier
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
chorizo, guindilla verde peppers, red onions, salsa verde, herbs
Spanish Octopus Salad
guindilla verde peppers, red onions, olive oil
Marinated Goat Cheese
dried tomatoes, walnuts, olive oil, black pepper, warm bread
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!!!
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.
First time at Barca since moving to Old Town a few weeks ago! Absolutely loved it. The drinks, food, and atmosphere are all amazing.
Great atmosphere and excellent food!! Loved being on the water and the small plates allow you to try alot of different items.
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.
Good food, not exceptional. We are at the wine bar which was quieter than the restaurant. Nice location
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!
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.
Lunch very flavorful
Great service and food along with a great view. Definitely going back.
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.
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!
Beautiful view, fun atmosphere and delicious food.
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,
It was great thank you
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!
Outstanding food and service
Great good, drinks, service and atmosphere
Wonderful place! Loved it! I highly recommend it!
Another wonderful experience at Barca! The food, cocktails, and service consistently are excellent.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Varo. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we have informed management of your comments.
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.
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.
Great restaurant - look forward to going again soon! Highly recommended!
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
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
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.
Fantastic!! A welcome addition to the neighborhood !
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!
Ask for Cameron totally made the experience.
Thank you for your kind words, we're glad our server Cameron made your experience wonderful.
Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. Can’t wait to go back!
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.
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?
Fantastic experience. Loved it. Definitely coming back!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Overpriced. Over-salty food, without flavors. over crowed. Mediocre drinks. Very disappointed with the whole experience.
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.
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.
Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the food and drinks as well.
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.