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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Tapas Bar

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: “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.

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

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Had dinner on Friday with my fiance. Loved the interior and the very reasonably priced wine list. We had 5-6 of the tapas and the chicken and chorizo paella. The only slight disappointment was the patatas bravas, which were basically french fries with a blank sauce. However, the rest of the food items we ordered were delicious. This is the first tapas place I've gone to in Charleston that actually serves true Spanish tapas, not just anything in a small plate size. We will definitely be back!

Posted by Colleen on May 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Had a great evening there. Loved the interior, very upscale. Food was very good and had a great time. Friendly atmosphere. Specially enjoyed the murals. Perfect touch.

Carolyn and Bob

Posted by on February 17, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Liked the atmosphere and new look. Menu could be expanded, but everything we ordered was very good. Overall a great place for drinks and light fare. Has it's own parking area, which is a plus.

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Posted by ReasonableDoubt on January 30, 2011 at 11:25 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: “Chai's Lounge

this place has a great atmosphere but the food is mediocre and although it is a tapas menu i found the portions to be skimpy and overpriced! My friends and I (4 total) literally ordered almost everything on the menu and still left there hungry! I miss Meritage.

Posted by DML on October 14, 2009 at 9:42 AM

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: “Suede Supper Club

Not Swanky......Ridiculous let me just say again. RIDICULOUS!!

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Posted by NotNative on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Suede Supper Club

This might be one of the bigger jokes in the Charleston area. Granted, the place has been updated nicely - and the dj is great - BUT, we arent in Vegas fellas. The rude doorman/bouncers with their ear pieces and tough guy attitudes is laughable. Pricey drinks and bartenders who make you feel lucky to get served doesn't last long here. Best was a fight in the parking lot at 2 AM. Mount Pleasant people! Take it to N Chuck!

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Posted by BourbonandBranch on July 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Gorgeous interior. Had Pisco Disco cocktails, the cheese plate, the garlic shrimp, and the steak crostini. The shrimp was very salty...lots of garlic I can handle, too much salt is another thing. The steak crostini lacked flavor. The cheese plate was so-so. The Pisco Disco cocktails were great! This might be a great place to have drinks, but I would not go again to eat.

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Posted by HollyGolightly on May 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

The interior is polished and the staff welcoming. However our food was luke warm ( the croquettes & skewers) and without much flavor. The menu is limited and nothing surprising, we definitely could tell there wasn't much effort put into it. The wine list also needs more diversity and depth.

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Posted by kalem on January 20, 2011 at 7:14 AM

Re: “The Break Room

What's twisted about this place is that they feel like a sports bar, situated in what is essentially a strip mall, can charge $18 for crab cakes..... REALLY?

Posted by yournamehere on January 30, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Priya Lounge

This is not New York, Miami, or LA, the atmosphere here is contrived. The bartenders look at you with their noses high in the air. *Newsflash* you're bar-tending in Charleston, SC in a bar that plays 10 year old techno music. And to categorize this place as a tapas bar is like categorizing 7-11 as a restaurant! There are 4 things on the menu! Avoid this place at all costs, Blind Tiger Pub and Rooftop have a better atmosphere.

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Posted by frannybnanny on July 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

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.

Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:34 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: “The Break Room

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

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


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