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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Barbakoa reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (78)fit for foodies (61)great for outdoor dining (51)vibrant bar scene (51)special occasion (47)great for lunch (33)hot spot (31)late-night find (26)great for brunch (24)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (13)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Great waiter
    gntw
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had never been her before so told Kris our waiter to order our dinner for us. Food he chose was all excellent. Prices were great and we had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place
    NABluvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I've been to Barbakoa twice in two weeks. I just love it! The food is really really good and the options are outstanding. Some of my favorites are the Carne Asada taco's and the Baja taco's. The steak is so tender and flavorful and the chipotle slaw on the baja's taco's is fantastic. The week day Happy Hour is a great deal with $5 apps until 7:00pm. You can try so many things and they have numerous options. The cocktails are great as well. Love the charred pineapple sangria and the strawberry mojito, yes please. We will be back many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great flavors, chic decor. Visited for brunch, plan to go back for dinner/drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    the food and the service were excellent, my only complaint was having to pay $5 for valet parking due to their bad parking lot design and the number of spaces reserved for valet
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over Rated
    diner7
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Plain and simple ..Overpriced food that was nothing special . Walked away hungry and 80 $ poorer..mind you that was for 2 people.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pditty
    pditty
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    TOO noisy... TOO expensive for cocktails!!!..... Dinner for 6 was $450.00 FOR TACOS !!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem
    SunnydVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My friends and I had an awesome night. The food was amazing and our waiter Kris was fabulous. He made so many suggestions and he was spot on with each of them. The decor immediately puts you in lively and happy mood! Definately coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jon
    Hondo51
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server Oscar was thoughtful, attentive and a lot of fun. The food was consistently delicious. Our group of 3 couples shared dishes to get a sense of the huge menu. And the Margharitas were almost too good. One side note - they can make tacos with lettuce wraps rather than tortilla which is great for those who can't tolerate gluten. Overall experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great creative menu
    OutandAboutVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Third time there and the food and service deliver. Creative and fresh Latin inspirations! So yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service and food
    MattG
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went on a date with the GF here, truly had a great time. We mentioned this was a special day, and Barbakoa took care of us without a doubt. We had the salsa trio, queso fundido, and four tacos (shrimp and fish). Throw in a couple of cocktails, and our night was perfect. Our waiter offered up his sincere suggestions (not the most expensive items on the menu, mind you) and gave us space to enjoy our evening. We were seated right away with our reservation, and honestly had a great time just enjoying the food, the atmosphere, and each other. I would highly suggest this place to anyone who enjoys Latin themed food at all. We look forward to heading back in the near future to enjoy more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Drinks and Apps
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The bar scene is hot with fun drinks and great appetizers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    JRMEJ
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was very good and the wait staff really helped out with making selections / suggestions all of which turned out to be delicious decisions. A little noisy and sometimes difficult to hold a conversation but otherwise we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    Gigi419
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for a sister's birthday with a group and had a great time. The ambiance was modern yet warm and comfortable. We ordered from the tasting menu and three additional meat plates and thought it worked well so that everyone got to taste many different flavors. The short ribs and homemade tortillas were awesome! The best was the service! Ask for Oscar! We wanted to be indoors but next time we agreed we'd sit outside near the fireplace - fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City-esque
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great cocktail list, fun music after dinner hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • modern Latin won't disappoint
    AwesomeTime
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great place for a date and the food, drinks and service won't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    Jerry33
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have eaten here three times; this time it was lunch with clients. Each time was excellent. Very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wah wah
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    So many things seemed off at Barbakoa... The hostess was MIA and a gaggle of folks were clustered by the door. She showed up and seemed completely pulled in too many directions - so many that she did not seem happy. She did not smile, acknowledge our wait, or set a positive tone for Barbakoa. The decor was vibrant and the atmosphere was boisterous. It was loud and at least three flat screen TVs were around with shows and games. I was at a high table but the bench was too far away. It was cumbersome for me to move it myself. The service was okay. My server (Hector) and the manager both helped me out. A couple other servers chipped in too! It was great teamwork. Food was good and I even got to meet the chef!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IslandChicGolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fun filed atmosphere! Great food and dancing. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 1st anniversary at Barbakoa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at Barbakoa last weekend and loved it! The service was fantastic and the shared menu was outstanding. We had such a wonderful time and plan to take friends there in the next week or so. Can't wait to go back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Just okay
    AngelEyes
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Barbakoa missed the mark on my of its dishes. The chicken platos lacked flavor. The steak tamales were very tasty. The guacamole was just okay. I think Whole Foods may have a better one. The strawberry Sangarita however was great. It was a nice size. The flourless chocolate cake was the best dessert I've tasted in a while. Go here with friends who want drinks and some snacks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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.