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Barca Wine Bar & Pier, Alexandria, VA

Barca Wine Bar & Pier

4.7
4.7
975 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson Landing, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 136 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wine Bar Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Pier Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 638-1100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Haren

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 975 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Shar

    Washington DC

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our afternoon on the barge!
  2. RP

    ReneeP

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good. Friendly. Acknowledged my birthday.
  3. AB

    ABT61

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal and it was nice sitting out at the pier. It is very noisy though
  4. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful location, outstanding food, charges can add up quickly with the tapas format.
  5. RK

    RoseK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a gorgeous summer evening on the water.
  6. DA

    DavidA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great destination for friends and anyone new to Alexandria!
  7. SK

    SharonK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Host cud-chewing gum was a real turn off. Most waitstaff were very efficient. Ham croquettes? Where's the ham. Fun experience.
  8. MI

    MICHAEL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good and tasty food except did not like chocolate cake dessert. Disappointed that our anniversary special was not recognized in any way even though set forth in reservation.
  9. MM

    MissMary

    Philadelphia

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My friend and I enjoyed our dinner by the water! Thomas was an excellent waiter, friendly, and answered all our questions (I appreciated the staff's attentiveness to my food allergy, and how prepared they were in telling me exactly what I could eat on the menu.) We were especially happy that the rain from earlier in the day stopped, and had beautiful blue and sunny skies for us that evening!
  10. D

    Daniela

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything worked out perfectly! I put in my reservation that it was for a birthday, so when we ordered dessert they brought out a candle for us to sing :)
  11. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    190 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to just relax and enjoy. The menu is limited, but every single dish is wonderful. Service on this visit was fantastic -- our server knew his stuff and was available whenever we needed him, even if he was busy. The one area that could use improvement -- the bar. One bartender made a great Negroni, while the other made a terrible one. It's a simple drink that shouldn't require finesse -- so better training seems in order. Still, we'll keep returning for the food and setting.
  12. OR

    OverdressedRVA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, seamless reservation process before and during visit. Food was great, and the location is close to convenient parking and still On the water. It was a good time!
  13. c

    chocgrl

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice views, small plates were tasty, great service. We had the Brussels sprouts, broccoli, market fish and shrimp dish. Great girls day out or date spot.
  14. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I've only experienced the pier. Ambiance doesn't get any better than being on the water and feeling a nice summer breeze! Good wine & drink selection. Server was very friendly and attentive. The food is good - not great. Some things were over salted. Everything is pretty expensive but I'd say it is on par with the area. The restroom is small and was not well kept.
  15. D

    Dmpols

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We alway enjoy Barca...we have had most on the menu...time to change it up wirh new items!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had top notch service and fabulous food! I continue to be impressed with the host and hostess at this busy restaurant as well!
  17. DC

    DCOpenTableVIP

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was the best of perhaps 6 visits to Barca. However, again they were out of the local beer so one in our party select and settle for second choice. However, the original “We’re out of it” beer charge still hit the check at the end. Food is still hit or miss. If you order something easy like a charcuterie board with cut up meats, cheeses, grapes, condiments, etc. you’re fairly safe. Anything you’d like cooked and seasoned properly, cross your fingers.
  18. K

    Kristen

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great view and service outstanding. While the tapas were great the portions were way off the price. I guess you’re paying for the view though.
  19. GG

    GreenGumby

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Recommend for drinks and outdoor location/ambience, not for the food.
  20. MB

    MrBraxton27

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although it rained during my visit, the food and the service were both very good! I am looking forward to returning on a day when the weather is much better
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fantastic new place w/a beautiful waterfront ambiance, superb service and satisfying tapas eats. We had a late 10:30pm reservation for our work group. The outdoor kitchen was closing, but the manager quickly made an exception to serve us. We had a great time and enjoyed every part of the visit. Thank you George, Sheila, Quinn, Evert!
  22. E

    Errol

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great view. It took a little while to get one of the plates we ordered but that’s the only complaint. Not sure if the server forgot or the kitchen forgot.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails - especially the Pineapple Express - were delicious as was the food! We had a reservation at a table on the pier, and the view was beautiful. Service was a bit slow, but that’s only because the place was packed. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and we will definitely return in the future.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Donnie, was great, and made solid recommendations. My only complaint is it seems very expensive for such small portions.
  25. VL

    VirginiaLady

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mom and I had lunch out here and everything was delicious! The tzatziki with warm bread was especially tasty. The view is unbeatable, such a great spot!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience was amazing and the service was superb. Drinks were amazing. Hummus was delicious.
  27. F

    Farhiya

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Barca for the first time. We loved the view and the food was delicious. Drinks were good too.
  28. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we made a reservation for 3:30 on a beautiful Sunday, and walked from the Torpedo Factory along the paved pathways along the scrnic Zpotomac River to the Barca Pier, arriving a little early. Although mist of the tables wrre occupied, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately at a waterfront table for two. Service was excellent, and the food was delicious. I had looked at the menu on-line and noticed a few menu items listed on-line that were not on the printed menu. Also, an item marked gluten free was not also marked as vegitarian, so ask your server. Our server said the printed menu had a few misprints. We were pleased to be able to order the fried potatoes, which were not on the printed menu. From out table we enjoyed watching sailboats tacking across the water and distant aircraft flying (not too loud) toward the airport. Overall we had a great dining experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed Food, service and location!
  30. VH

    VannoraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite small plates in the area. The views are amazing, the food, delicious! Can't go wrong with Barca at all. If you're just looking for good cocktails, it's the place as well.
  31. DB

    DavidB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening. Staff knew the menu with pride and the food was quick and excellent.
  32. KV

    KathyV

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and drinks were very good and of course the view is amazing.
  33. ES

    EleniS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I’ve eaten at Barca many times and the food is always delicious. Wait staff needs to be increased in number to really cope with all the tables. One other request: put the vegetarian sandwich back on the menu!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!! Awesome food and drinks! Great place!!
  35. R

    Rjsfoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience5
    The site is wonderful. The food sounds better than it tastes. Server paid little attention.
  36. DC

    DCOpenTableVIP

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food2service3ambience4
    The food is poor. Both appetizers were severely under cooked and grossly seasoned. The food has been the worst part of Barca since Day 1. Additionally, they were out of the first two of the three beers I asked for and their selection is not extensive to begin with. Still, I had to flag the server down from just standing behind the bar talking to other staff to order a second round of beverages because he never came back to see if we wanted anything else on his own. Go for the setting and pray you can get at least your third choice of beverage.
  37. N

    Natalies

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Love the atmosphere at Barca which is really the big selling point. I've been going there since it opened last year and the portions have gotten significantly smaller over time. The tzaziki used to be enough for 4 people, but now it's only enough for 2. Our waiter was great - just disappointed in the value. Will probably only come here for drinks and the view from now on.
  38. P

    Patrick

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great spot, very loud and hard to hear each other, great food that comes out a bit too quickly.
  39. N

    Nicole

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant and we'll be back! Honestly felt like we were in Europe and our table by the water was fantastic. Amazing service, food, and cocktails. It was a lot of fun!
  40. MS

    MSJM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Items we ordered we all delicious and well prepared. The service was great and it was wonderful to sit on the water and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barca Wine Bar & Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 136 times today
Google Map for Barca Wine Bar & Pier

3 Pioneer Mill Way Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Duke Street and South Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Wine Bar Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Pier Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Haren

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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