Bienvenido, to the Barsa Taberna experience


Our philosophy of modern tapas has its roots in Spanish style Tapas – meaning, small shared plates that have been evolved to include flavors and ingredients from the worldly travels of both owner and Chef. We invite you to greet these shrunken portions, go wild and emulate your taste buds with our grown up small plates.

At Barsa Taberna, art is not optional. Its our salt and pepper, we think Gaudi, dare Dali and play Picasso. Each piece of art in Barsa Taberna is custom designed and built by local Toronto artists to recreate and immortalize Barcelona artists.

We are housed in a heritage protected building from the 1800’s of Old Town Toronto. Our original masonry and beams have been home to a number of previous tenants including stables for the RCMP and cellar for vintage wines.

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  • The Energy of the Running Bulls Tapas TorontoDon’t get us wrong: the food at Toronto’s brand-new Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant Barsa Taberna is to die for. But diners may find it challenging to focus on their taste buds while surrounded by the eatery’s mind-tickling décor. It’s said that a restaurant should introduce a multi-sensory experience to its guests — and +tongtong, the multidisciplinary studio commissioned to design Barsa Taberna, took that truth to heart by putting together the culturally injected space. read more
  • ArchiJuice photo by-Danielle Blancher Toronto TapasThe +tongtong architecture studio recently completed Barsa Taberna, a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant with an exquisitely Mediterranean feel in downtown Toronto. Both the client and the designer John Tong have spent a considerable amount of time in Barcelona and shared the excitement of capturing that vibrancy and energy in the creation of Barsa. Located in a historical building just around the corner from the world-famous St. Lawrence Market, the 3,000-square-foot site was dingy with low ceilings, and was so dark the only way to explore the space was by flashlight. In fact, part of the space is under the sidewalk. Read More
  • Top 10 Restaurants 2014 barsa taberna torontoThe buzz about openings in 2014 never ceased, which made it hard to keep up with all the newcomers that dared to tempt the collective palates of us fickle foodies. But like every year, only a handful make it onto my annual Top 10 list (Toronto). And though securing a reservation at some of these restaurants might now be difficult, trust me when I say you won’t regret it. Bon appetit. Read More –
  • Pintxos! The Secret to “Happy Hour” Toronto TapasA huge tradition in Spain, people swarm into bars and patios after work to enjoy Pinchos and cocktails with the ease and convenience of selecting whatever catches their eye, rather than reading off a menu. It’s the perfect concept for the downtown Toronto crowd to enjoy over happy hour, and Basra is proud to be one of the first places in the city to make this experience accessible. Pinchos or ‘Pintxos’, small bite sized snacks that are traditionally from Northern Spain and typically eaten in bars (tabernas) socially among friends and family. Pinchos often feature a combination of fresh, seasonal ingredients ...
  • The Secret to a Fine Sangria…. photo by-Danielle Blancher -8634While traditionally Sangria’s are made from the bottom of wine barrels or even a mix of left over wines, we believe that the key to a fine Sangria is in fact in its fine ingredients. Spending months experimenting with different wine varietals, fruits, syrups and spirits in order to create the perfect line up of Sangrias for Barsa, taught us a thing or two about making a fine Sangria. The key to a fine Sangria is in its 4 major ingredients, the Wine or Sparkling wine, the Spirits, the Sweet base and of course the right fruits. Please stay far ...