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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Tapas Bar

Re: “Priya Lounge

I wanted SO BADLY to like this place. With only a few hookah bars in downtown (Tabbouli, Paradiso, and Smoking Lamp), it is high time for Charleston to up its game. But this just isn't the place. Yes, the interior looks nice - for now. But with the same owners as Torch, I suspect that it may go downhill and feel dirty just like the previous bar.

The place really has an identity crisis. "Moroccan" theme, with an Indian name, serving Turkish food, and with Latino ownership? The decor is nice, though far from authentic, but more importantly - the hookahs are AWFUL! It is actually embarassing to watch their employees make them.. it's clear they have no idea what they are doing. Moreover, they have no idea what the pricing is.. I visited three times and ordered the EXACT same hookah each time, and was charged different prices by different employees each time. Upon bringing this up, they got extremely confrontational and did not provide any sort of menu that listed their pricing.

Aside from rude employees and a lack of identity, the crowd was really the most off-putting aspect of this (bar? club? restuarant? hookah lounge?).. It is fine on a laid-back weeknight, but the location of the bar BEHIND the hookah lounge is just a bad idea. Excuse me as I'm enjoying my smoke, I do not want to see some blacked-out girl hiking up her dress and sloppily making out with some guy as she nearly knocks over my hookah. Really just an awkward place overall, and so sad to see that what could have been an awesome concept was so poorly executed.

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Posted by kg12MS20 on September 26, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

The restaurant was nice and full and had a great atmosphere. The service at the bar started off great. Awesome wine by the glass and lots of traditional tapas. All of the food we had was awesome. The dates were crispy and tasty. Croquettes were the perfect crispness on the outside and lovely and runny on the inside. We also ordered pan con tomate ans were disappointed to see that it was already made. The enjoyable part of this dish is rubbing your own garlic and tomato on the bread. It was more of a bruschetta than the traditional dish with a tomato sauce (Italian style) on top than fresh tomato.
The weird part though was once our glass of wine was finished I wanted another one and couldn't get one. Both bartenders looked at my glass and they instead refilled our water twice, but never asked if we wanted another glass. They then spent time cleaning up the bar and refilling their water container instead of refilling people's wine glasses. Shame as the rest of the night was lovely. Oh well, we will try again, and hopefully I can enjoy two glasses of wine.
Still try going. Great food and the most authentic I have had in Charleston outside of Spain.

Posted by eatingout on May 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “How Art Thou? Cafe

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin' to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

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Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Re: “How Art Thou? Cafe

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The Break Room

We love the Break Room and everyone there! They have the best food! (Thank you, Nate!) Tony is the best bartender ever...we met "Bartender Bobby" the other night and he did a great job. Bobby is a very nice person! Good prices. The regulars there are the nicest people you would ever want to meet...Jan, Pete, Steve, Jerry, Missy, Jake, and of course...Willie :) just to name a few of the many. Great, very friendly, welcoming crowd. The Break Room is upscale without being snooty. We found the Break Room quite a while ago and we have become "Vacation Regulars"! Made good friends and we look forward to go there each time. We always feel welcomed by all! ~ Terry and Barbara Bozon, Raleigh, NC~

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Posted by Barbara Yonkin Bozon on July 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Yo amo Barsa! This place is just fantastic and the folks running it make it all come together beautifully. The food is fresh, tasty and authentic for the most part- after all, we're in South Carolina and there are limits. But, having said that, overall it's a great dining and drinking experience with friendly professional servers and a top notch bartender (the evening we were there it was Brittany) who was very pleasant, very quick and attentive to a packed bar. The kitchen put out meticulous, beautifully presented dishes and everything we ate was tops. Gracias Barsa. We will be back! Again and again and again.

Posted by Chikaby Pond on July 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Went there for dinner and drinks last Thursday and it was fantastic! The casual atmosphere was fun and inviting. The Sangrias are amazing and only $4 on Thursdays by the way. The service was good but the food was even better. We had the calamari and steak crostini among other things. Delicious. My friends and I have been looking for a good tapas restaurant and I think we've found it. We'll definitely be back. Looking forward to trying their new lunch menu! Also, if anyone is looking for it, their new web site is BarsaCharleston.com

Posted by CAndre on July 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Re: “J. Paul'z

The bar at the new place in Mt Pleasant stinks. Disinterested and ignorant head bartender (Patrick), bimbo assistant bartender (Liz) ...... warm beer.

Stay away.

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Posted by True American Patriot on June 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

We went for brunch today, and at 11:45 we were the only people there. We started with Bombay Sapphire bloody Marys and I ordered the prosciutto benedict. My my partner got the steak and eggs. The bloodys were good, but I was a little put off when I saw the bartender open a can of V8 and pour it into the shaker. I'm not sure why, I know it's commonly used, but for some reason it annoyed me. I guess I'm becoming one of "those people."

The food was very good. My benedict was two thick pieces of toasted bread topped with poached eggs and a green olive hollandaise sauce. I didn't taste any green olive and the bread was a little thick and awkward, but it was tasty. The fries I got as a side were freshly made, thinly sliced, and delicious. My partner's steak was cooked nicely and his over easy eggs were done correctly. I was a little annoyed that the "onion and pepper hash" he ordered was actually home fries with onions and peppers. If it had said that on the menu I would have ordered it.

The best part: the total bill was $24.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on April 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Re: “The Break Room

so great...and it's FOR SALE!

Posted by goodfoodonly on February 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The Break Room

Great food, great crowd, great live music! What more can you ask for?
Sure beats driving downtown. This place ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Jeff O'Donnell on February 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Went to Barsa last saturday evening. Busy, but not unmanageable as is often the case on King Street. My friend and I sat at the bar and had fantastic service from Brittany. Drinks came promptly and were generous. As the small plates began to arrive (we were hungry and ordered seven of them), other wait staff pitched in to keep things moving with fresh utensiles and plates....We had a great evening thanks to a kitchen who can produce terrific food and a staff who cares enough to provide great service. Run, don't walk....Just don't take my corner of the bar.

Posted by glgroat on February 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

My bff and I enjoyed some pre-event drinks and tapas at Barsa Saturday night. The wine selection is varied and reasonably priced, we shared the dates, calamari and scallops. Next time we will be getting our own scallops, they were perfectly pan seared and the pumpkin broth gave a nice winter touch to the light scallops. We both agreed that the atmosphere would be great for date night and there were plenty of dishes that the men would enjoy too.

Posted by danadominata on January 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Priya Lounge

Love the atmosphere and ambiance - sophisticated and elitist while still offering a totally chill environment. Music is awesome and love to sit back and enjoy a hookah on occasion. Easily my favorite hang out in all of Charleston. Torch knows how to do things right!

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Posted by Marlyn L on December 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Chai's Lounge

Had a great time at Chai's a couple weeks ago. a bunch of F&B friends from in and out of town equaled a lot of ordering, sampling and drinking. The service was great, the atmosphere inside and out was great, the food was at an awesome price! F&B during happy hour on Mondays means you get two seperate special menus to order from. Really well done!

Posted by Frugal Gourmet on December 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Priya Lounge

Torch is a great place to go for a good time. Great bartenders and waitresses. They make you feel welcome and their service is great. DJ MOO MOO was there the night we stopped in and he was terrific. Will definitely go back again with my friends. You meet some interesting people at Torch. You have got to stop in.

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Posted by JW on December 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Re: “J. Paul'z

The food here is GREAT! Wonderful selection and perfectly-sized portions. I live nearby and I don't eat there often enough! I normally sit at the bar and the bartenders are always friendly and talkative - quick to make a suggestion, depending on what you're in the mood for. Great wine list. The atmosphere is very nice, but still comfortable if you're having a casual night. Highly recommended!

[And for "Chef Lisa" who gave this place such a terrible review: If you were REALLY a chef, you would know there is no such word as "eatable." The word you were looking for is "edible." Your welcome.]

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Posted by hollyplay on October 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Priya Lounge

IS IT A COMPLIMENT TO CALL IT, "B.T.N."? (BETTER THAN NOTHING)...LOL.UGG.

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Posted by VNOAEHJONNA on October 27, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Had dinner here last night and thought it was fantastic. Started off with the Pisco Disco and it was so damn good. A little too good as i finished it pretty quickly. Wednesday is also half price wine but my finance wasn't interested in drinking last night and I know I would have had a crucial headache if i finished a bottle on my own. We had the ceviche, salad, and garlic mushrooms to start off and they were all great. My favorite had to be the ceviche. We then had the seafood paella. The seafood was great but i found the rice to be rather salty. Service was great and venue beautiful. I definitely recommend.

Posted by joshl725 on October 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Suede Supper Club

Food was good service was horrible, the manager kept running around like a maniac turning the lights down so low I had to use my cell phone to see my food.

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Posted by Southernnchef on September 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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