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While rooted in Spanish style Tapas; that is small shared plates, Barsa’s menu has been evolved to pay tribute to Barcelona’s inventive culture, Toronto’s multiculturalism and to include flavours and ingredients from the worldly travels of the owner. We invite you to greet these shrunken portions; go wild and electrify your taste buds with what we call “grown up small plates”.

At Barsa, art is not optional, it’s our salt & pepper; we think Gaudi, dare Dali, and play Picasso. Barsa Taberna is housed in a beautiful heritage protected building from the 1800’s where original masonry and beams from the building’s long history are still exhibited. Each installation at Barsa is custom designed and crafted by local Toronto artists to immortalize Barcelona inspired art by the internationally acclaimed designer John Tong of +tongtong.

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