Barbakoa

Barbakoa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://barbakoa.com/
  • Phone: 6308522333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:30 a.m – 12 a.m.
    Friday 11:30 a.m – 1 a.m.
    Saturday 11:30 a.m – 1 a.m.
    Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Dudley Nieto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Special Events: Barbakoa Hosts Live Music Series Featuring DJ Jonathan Marks. Join us this Friday as we host our first Live Music Series featuring renowned DJ Jonathan Marks. Get lucky this Friday the 13th with Marks as he spices up the night with a mix of soul, funk and pop!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Butterfield Just West of Highland
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking offered at location.Complimentary at Lunch and $5.00 for Dinner. (optional)
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Barbakoa reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (77)fit for foodies (64)great for outdoor dining (53)special occasion (46)vibrant bar scene (42)great for lunch (32)hot spot (30)great for brunch (26)neighborhood gem (20)late-night find (20)romantic (15)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • IslandChicGolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fun filed atmosphere! Great food and dancing. Perfect!
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Barbakoa is fun
    Diner100
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Barbakoa is fun and adds interest to the dining experience of a larger group by making a tasting menu available so that you can load up on different dishes and all enjoy a variety of food. We were able to pick two salsa, two guacomoles, four tacos from the varieties on the menu. We also got an included tasting of the desserts. Worth a try, although it is rather noisy, so beware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Muy Sabroso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great time! We were celebrating my daughter's birthday--our party included three adults and two children ages 9 and 8. The ambiance was dramatic and welcoming (not cold and sterile like some other restaurants) with lots of art on the walls and cushy banquettes that the kids loved. We had really good service and the food was very tasty and creatively presented by Chef Dudley Nieto. We liked the idea of small plates, like tapas, to share. The kids almost fainted at the sight of the dessert board! Overall. we were all very satisfied with our experience. We will definitely come back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    Debi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was delicious, but it is tapas style so you get very little portions for a lot of money. We ordered the UNO menu as a group of four. Although it sounded like a lot of food, it was not. The guacamole was very tasty, but four adults had to share about 3/4 of a cup of two different versions. The salsa came in liquid form and again four adults had to share about 2 tablespoons of each. Although tasty, I would not return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great girl's night out!
    LoveofFood
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Ideal spot for good mixed drinks. Thurs night $6 marguerites with a variety of flavor choices - very good! We did the sampling dinner number two. This is a great way to try a variety of items. Great giac and salsas. The civecha was ok and tacos came in a great variety of choices. We had carne asada chicken, short rib and fish. The fish taco was my least favorite, the slaw was a bit over dressed for my liking. The dessert sampler was delicious and a great way to try many different small bites. We all agreed we would go back. Our waiter was an absolute delight and very attentive and willing to give several recommendations, all which were very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    John
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Outstanding menu, tacos are awesome. Service was friendly, casual and attentive. It's on the list of favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    NiaL
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Luis was our server. He was beyond awesome. Was my first time here. This is the former Buona Beef that was our family beef place. The guacamole was awesome. The paella was superior. Great atmosphere and food preparation. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Luvs2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is my second visit. I chose it for my birthday dinner because I love the decor. We had great service on a busy Saturday night. We chose the sharing menu and it worked out great for 8 people. The sangrias were delicious, so were the shrimp, short rib, and carne asada tacos. Nice big tables and comfy chairs. No cramped feeling here. Not as loud as most restaurants these days! Friendly staff. Love the bar area. Beautiful outdoor seating and Latin dancing on Sat nite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice look and service, Food=meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Contrary to many yelp reviews, we found the service good. The menu was very interesting (good). The atmosphere was nice. The portions were adequate. Unfortunately, the bill felt high for the quality/taste of the meal. ($35 per plate without drinks) I would really like to come back here as the "feel" was good, but would like to see improvements to the guacamole (very plain), asada [cooked nicely, but tasted burnt [possibly a dirty grill?)], and desserts (plain). The paella was nice, but not outstanding.
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  • mmrfVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Asked server to wrap-up 2 tacos. 1 was face up, the other face down. Also, runners don't pick-up empty plates. I was told bussers do that.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frustrating experience
    beourguest14
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my fourth visit to Barbakoa since April. Each time, I've visited with large groups of diners and every time and we've always enjoyed the food. This time, again with a large group of diners, the service was horrible--our server was friendly, however, service was extremely slow and there was poor communication with no explanation for the delay in service. My group ordered drinks and the Tasting Uno at 7:30. It was after 8 before we were served anything and that was after I complained to the manager. One person in our party had to wait several minutes for a replacement fork and had to sit and watch the rest of us eat. I didn't give one star thanks to the tasty food and the fact that the manager comped us our drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant.
    Edomex
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food, service and drinks. Really enjoyed the music too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas style food
    Ss1975
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Salsa and chips are good. Also had the guac! Corn good as well. Good place for business lunch or a date. Sides were a little pricey. Great service though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't that great
    TMassey
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very strange menu, food wasn't too good, server was nice but overall I wouldn't recommend this place. Too many other good options in DG
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  • Brunch at Barbakoa
    Travelingfoodies
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice variety on brunch menu. Waiter recommended the strawberry mojito. It was beautiful, not overly sweet, and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around
    Tagsjr
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, great service, great drinks, great atmosphere!! Prices were great for the portions. Nice mix of tapas and regular meals
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will eat here again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Really wonderful spot for brunch. Food and service were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love this place, the food is delicious and the menu options are great. The only downside is...that all the times I go the host was rude and didn't seem to notice us when we walked in. She kinda just sent us off to the bar without asking if we had a reservation or at least a welcome. Over all the restaurant itself Is awesome and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and Entertaining
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding unique drinks, amazing tequila list, fun interesting food and great service.
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  • Good food good price
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice and laid back atmosphere. The food overall was very good. Loved the guacamole and their BPA beer (an IPA brewed just for them by Two Brothers) The salsas we ok nothing really special. We had the steak, duck, pork, and chicken tacos and they were all delicious. For desert we had a tasting of five different ones three of the five were a hit and two didn't really do it for us. One was a chocolate flan with popcorn and the other something strawberry, however the other three were great. Overall the atmosphere, quality of the food was well worth the price. Dinner for two including alcohol was very well priced at $62.28.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    the restaurant was really loud that i could not hear the person across from me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Service
    TooMuch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food seemed to come out much quicker than we would have liked. However, it may have only seemed like this because the serving platters were huge, and took up massive amounts of space on the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Aleays a great experience.... we keep returning....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Delicious and Modern
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was a birthday dinner and we never had a latin food experience. We decided to try to "dos" option and the server helped us with our selections. The food and tacos were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    aduran
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love the food and it's priced accordingly. Great drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wewillbeback
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had wonderful food and a great server Jason S. One of the group was handicapped and he and other employees helped clear the way out for us..truly remarkable. Did I mention the food was great ? We enjoyed every entree order and the guacs were awesum !! We'll be back, for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time Great Food!
    nibblescookies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Beautiful colorful restaurant! Food choices we had were delicious! Unusual menu, different spin on Latino fare. Has different types of guacamole, ceviche and salsas to choose from! From tacos to full entrees a new spin on some of the typical Mexican/tapas choices. We met on a Saturday night, DJ was spinning Latino dance tunes and the dancing was in full swing! When we left people were still arriving! Have eaten there during the day, of course quieter but still had a very enjoyable experience! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Tequila List
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great service with delicious food and a tequila list about 5 pages long. Total fun.
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  • Great location, food, bar, decor
    PupaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time here and the selection was very good and the meal tasted very good. Looking forward to going back. The decor is wonderful and they have a great bar area and music on Fridays and Saturdays
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprisingly good
    climgirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Came here with a group on and was pleasantly surprised. The guacamole was interesting and tasty our entrees also quite good. The cerviches were excellent. The price point was a little high I thought but the quality of the food is the reason I am sure. Service was attentive and knowledgeable and friendly. Really a great place especially considering that is is in a sea of cookie cutter restaurants, this stands apart. I would eat there again.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING NEIGHBORHOOD FIND !!
    FoodieQueen
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved this place it was my first time here, and everything was GREAT , the only draw back i had was although i know it is tapas style , i just wish i had more food , and the dessert portions were way to small for me . Other than that everything was GREAT !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fan-tastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We come here once a month and it is always a wonderful experience! We try new food each time we come in and it is fantastic. Never too hot or cold just perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbakoa-Latin Fusion at its finest
    Ralph
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The selection of food and drinks is vast and varied. The recipes are a wonderful combination of various Latin tastes and everything we had was spectacular. The portions are served Tapas style and there's plenty to go around. If you want a taste of what real Latin American food is like, Barbakoa is a must visit. Loved everything about it! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You'll like it...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Attentive service. Good food. Ceviche and shrimp tacos were flavorful. Guacamole made to order. Accommodated dietary requests. Inviting interior design. Nice addition and alternative to west suburban restaurant offerings. Hope they are successful. Bonus for moms: changing table in ladies' room stall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CrossmanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Excellent place to go. Went on a Tuesday night for $1.50 tacos. Great service fun scene. Try it
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  • Yummilicious!
    gudeatin
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We chose to dine outside - great patio, clean and comfortable! Outstanding service from our server, Hector. He was both knowledgable and attentive. We went with the house recommendations - Chicharon Guacamole with crispy pork was so smooth and tasty; the Tortitas Barbakoas were small bites of mouth watering short rib sliders; and the Baja (fish) and Carne Asada tacos were lovely. Margaritas and mojitos were fabulous. Overall a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Idea not so Good execution!
    Bmoore1600
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Arrived early for reservation wasn't offered to wait at bar maybe because it was such a right squeeze. Bartender was not very attentive but it was a Friday night. once seated our waiter arrived and was ok. Not very helpful on suggestions even after asking if it was our first visit. Food was brought out quickly which overwhelmed the small table. It made you feel rushed. Food was bland. The guacamole with pork skins the skins were stale. The braised short ribs were bland even after dousing in the sauce provided. The pork belly tacos were probably the tastiest. Desert was a miss. The menu idea of up to four items with a per person charge is a good idea. The food just doesn't follow the same path
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbakoa-MUST GO
    Redhdbest
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went to brunch at Barbakoa on Saturday and it was amazing! Some of us did the per person tasting meal, which I HIGHLY recommend and another had the chicken and waffles, which he said was unreal!. The drinks rocked as well and service was great. This will be a new go to place for outstanding Mexican
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tacos
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The salsas were OK, tacos were excellent. Sangria was good and the super-sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry is a good value at $5. Your bill can add up quickly because so many things cost extra. Very attentive staff.
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  • Great new favorite!
    Famdining4VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have been wanting to try this relatively new restaurant. Brunch was excellent - some unique options, spicy, and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate