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Barbacoa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbacoaorinda.com
  • Email: info@barbacoaorinda.com
  • Phone: (925) 254-1183
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: 11:00 am Saturday- Sunday
    Dinner: Open until 9:00 pm Sun - Thurs and 10:00 on Fri & Sat
    Bar: Open Late Night!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact us to see how we can accommodate your next event at BARBACOA.
  • Private Party Contact: Rickey Dobbs (925) 254-1183

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brookwood Road
  • Public Transit: Orinda BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Orinda Theatre Square has ample underground parking in its three story garage. We will validate for all visitors who dine with us.
A word from Barbacoa
Welcome to BARBACOA restaurant! We serve the east Bay's finest wood-fired Mexican cuisine. The wood fire feeds the flavors of our roasted meats, fish and vegetables. A full bar compliments the authentic Mexican dishes and our margaritas, beers, wines and classic cocktails will be sure to have you coming back. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Barbacoa does a great job at serving the needs of my family - it's a consistently good restaurant where all family members are happy. The food is good. I appreciate that their definition of Mexican goes beyond the usual burritos and tacos into more interesting fare, plus a wide range of adult beverages. They have a great kids menu and the place is generally kid friendly. Is it flawless? No. Execution can be inconsistent in the service and pacing. However, they made amends when they make mistakes. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We hosted 14 out of the country guest Sat night. The restaurant wasn't even very busy.....but I continually had to flag down our server to order items. It killed me to have a bill of over $400 and have such terrible service!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went with a group of 4 people and none of us were impressed with the food. The guacamole was probably the worst I've ever had. There were huge chunks of avacado and it looked like they forgot to finishing mashing everything up. I would not go here again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was good. The music in the dining room was much too loud and took away from the overall dining experience. We didn't complain soon enough and when we did they said if we had said something sooner they would have turned it down."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Nothing amazing - just good Mexican food with a few nice twists. Not cheap; not expensive. Chairs are super hard and uncomfortable."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was good, and it came out as soon as we ordered it.... We were done with dinner in 30 minutes. Little too fast to me.... No time for the 2nd margarita."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Barbacoa has something for everyone on the menu. It's a place that has a great bar, but is also perfect for families and young couples going on dates. In addition to great indoor seating, Barbacoa has GREAT outdoor seating, including two firepits and heating lamps for cold evenings. I highly recommend you check it out...free, underground parking and right off the freeway. Have dinner and catch a movie after since it's all in Theatre Square Orinda. :)"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Barbacoa was a fun place for a small group of ladies. Food is good, portions are fairly small. Noise level was tolerable but not quiet."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Food has improved with new ownership and they are trying hard. Great location in Orinda and nice large patio area out front. Service still spotty due to high number of college and high school students."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "There was nothing wrong with the tacos, beans or rice, but they lacked anything special that would warrant the higher-than-average price tag for Mexican food. We sat near the open kitchen, which meant that we saw and heard everything that went on "backstage". (I don't want to see open shelves of condiments, dish rags and detergent boxes at home - why would I pay to see them at a dining establishment?) On the other hand, the guacamole was excellent, and the prickly pear margarita was a sweet treat with a nice kick to it. In the future, we will make Barbacoa a stop for a drink with chips and guacamole by the beautiful outdoor fire pit, but I'm in no hurry to sit inside again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Restaurant has a expansive bar with bar seating for eating. Open area dining room close proximity to open kitchen. With that said noise level is quite high. If energy and noise is what you are seeking, great with kids, this is the place. If you prefer a more moderate noise level, you may seek another restaurant. Food was American-Mexican, good but not terribly authentic."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Some food items just on the plate so don't realize you're getting overcharged. Best items are hongos & quelites tacos. Drinks menu solid but pricey for 'Mexican comfort food'. Outdoor space=very good, espec for families. Biggest gripe with Barbacoa and Table 24 is feel that owners wringing every penny out of you. No attempts to overdeliver at either place. 1 example: Compare a 16oz and 20oz draft beer: 25% more beer costs you 40% more. Huh? Why scam people like that? May seem petty but if you look closely, you see corner cutting over and over. No passion for food at either place. Also, many of faux leather chairs coming apart--just prove lack of care. Service is just ok and servers don't appear to know the menu. Don't wanna come back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Had read many poor reviews about the service here, but that turned out to be the best thing about Barbacoa. Food was very bland starting with a most unimpressive blob of guacamole - served cold in a soup cup right from the frig. Bucket of ordinary chips never refreshed. Salsa the consistency of catsup, although it did have the only bit of a spicy taste. Friend's tacos ridiculously small, rice and beans bland. My enchilada stuffed with plain boiled chicken - little taste or evidence of cheese or the promised tomatillo sauce. The worst thing was friend's margarita which had a strange stringent taste - almost like rubbing alcohol. Did not finish even half of the drink - it was that bad. Will not be back - a shame since it's a good location."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "When I say bad service, I mean really bad service! Stay away from this restaurant. food is usually good, but they cannot overcome incompetence, poor staffing and bad management."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My husband and I tried this place 3 times, but are done trying. Would love to have a good Mexican restaurant in Orinda, but this is not it. Too bad... the restaurant has a very nice ambience, a beautiful courtyard dining area, and an active bar. If only the food wasn't so bland and ordinary and the wait staff so clueless. Interestingly, the nice ambience but mediocre food reminds us of another once-new Orinda restaurant, Table 24, also located in theater square. We gave up on that one after numerous tries due to tasteless food...and we just found out that both restaurants have the same owner! Makes sense. Wish Orinda could do better!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We had a great evening dinner at Barbacoa. The service was really good and the food yummy."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Good spot for a margarita, some chips and mexican food. Sitting outside on a warm summer night is great."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "This establishment need a manager that keeps the very young staff alert and attentive to customers requests rather than horsing around in front of the customers. The bartender needs instructions on making classic martinis and manhattans with full servings rather than an odvious small pore especially for $9.00. The food is ok not spectacular and the atmosphere is reminiscent a Mexican Beach Town. No need to come back."
    Dined on 8/10/2013