Barrio - Lowertown
Barrio - Lowertown

Barrio - Lowertown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barriotequila.com/
  • Phone: 6512223250x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:

    Sunday-Wednesday 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Thursday 12am

    Friday-Saturday 1am

    Bar:

    Sunday-Wednesday 11am-11pm

    Thursday 12am

    Friday-Saturday 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Andy Boyle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout
  • Entertainment: DJ's Friday and Saturday nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wacouta
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barrio - Lowertown
Barrio boasts the best chef-driven Latin food and the largest Tequila list that the Twin Cities has to offer. Using locally sourced ingredients, our chefs make every last dish on the menu a memorable one. Whether you want a Maragrita, a taco, or some freshly made Guacamole, Barrio has all your bases covered. After dinner, hit the dance floor and take in an eclectic mix of Latin, reggaeton, and all of today's greatest music spun by our in house DJ's.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Barrio - Lowertown reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (20)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (11)hot spot (11)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • interesting decor, great service!
    JenInMN
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Parking was a challenge. We were late for our reservation but they easily accommodated us. They serve tapas style, don't expect traditional portions. Come here to drink, with gourmet style food as a bonus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not great service
    Foodie4
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As always, Barrio does amazing things with their food! However, the service is still not impressive. Not sure if our server was new or what, but it appeared there was a lot of confusion with the staff on who our server was and who did what. We had to ask 3 times for our order of guac which came out way after our small plates. Then...Barrio, shame on you, a small handful of chips? And charge us for more, which we had to ask another 3 times for so we could finish our guac? At $9 there should be adequate chips provided. Love the food, but be in the right mood for the service as it can be inferiorating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK...not Great!
    JDMP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed sitting outside where the atmosphere was very comfortable and didn't feeling like you were sitting on a city sidewalk. The Barrio Margarita was the best choice of the evening. Found the service to be very slow as it didn't seem like one waiter had been assigned to the table...different people took orders (drinks, food) and then different people brought them to the table as they were ready...not as a total meal. The pork taco filling was very good although the flour taco shell tasted pasty. Went because it was rated an Editors Choice & Best of the Twin Cities by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and felt it didn't live up to the accolades.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent venue
    Mp6561VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I wouldn't consider this a favorite, but the food is decent. Little skimpy on the salsa, which in my opinion isn't all that great anyway. Location is fine for St. Paul, with a decent amount of outdoor seating. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food
    mspfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best chicken enchilada ever. The fresh guacamole was also excellent
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    Stpaul8769
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food and prices for the happy hour were great. The carnitas taco was one of the best tacos I have ever eaten, and the margaritas and guacamole went great with it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a summer evening
    Mjom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A group of six arrived for Happy Hour on a Thursday evening. We were seated at a table inside but had a great view of Mears Park and could hear the music playing. Food was great, happy hour prices were fabulous, service was very attentive. The food delivered as it was prepared which meant it was delivered fresh and hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tequila Lovers- Indulge!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was a great place to imbibe a bit before heading to an evening at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Our service was friendly and efficient, food was delicious, and the experience was just great. Food is tapas style, and came to the table as prepared, versus standard dinner style. I really enjoyed that the windows were open to the park on a beautiful evening. It created a fun and vibrant environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bus stop
    Neighbor114
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The bus stop that brought diesel exhaust along with the great food was not appreciated. Why is it there? Move it!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girlie Get-Together Heaven
    WhiteBearWald
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Spent a super fun night out with the gals. Food and beverage were top notch... Our server could have smiled more, but we were so chatty it might have been annoying to wait on us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    ckmajh
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We hadn't been to the Lowertown Barrio before, but thoroughly enjoyed it and will go back soon. I would say the one negative is that they were considerably understaffed on Father's Day which affected the service a bit. The food was fresh and delicious and the atmosphere was fun. With the big front windows open it almost felt like we were dining outside, and the view of the park is very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & drink; no conversation
    Gnbxx
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We dined here after riding the Green Line on opening day. The reservation system worked flawlessly. Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgable and made GREAT recommendations regarding tequila flights and menu selection. Food and drink came quickly but out of order. had to ask twice for the dipping veggies that we ordered withy the guacamole, his soup came out before the appetizer (guacamole and veggies) & well before my ahi tuna taco. That being said, the food was terrific. Nice favors, simple but pleasant presentation. The restaurant was about half full at this time on the Saturday we visited but already difficult to hear each other, even at a small high top table. Can't imagine the decibel level once it's full and with the music going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friends night out!
    Weins1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    To celebrate the beginning of summer we went to Barrio where only some of us had been before. We were all very impressed with the food and for my husband and I who eat out frequently, we are hard to impress. The table side guacamole was amazing and fresh, the arugula and beet salad was one of the best yet. Everyone had a taco and I thought the tuna taco was impressive, perfectly seared fish with great sauce on it. All other items we tried were very flavorful. The vibe was cool and chic and sitting by the window would be the thing to do at this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food and great service
    JulieWI
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    When we goto the Cities, we always have to hit up Barrios! Their food is always very good and service is great and fast.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Barrio - Lowertown reviews archive.
  • Great food and margaritas
    MNJenn
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I chose this place to meet a friend and my sister for dinner because I had driven past it a few times and was curious. It was a beautiful, warm night so the restaurant had large doors/windows in the front wide open so even though there wasn't any outdoor seating left we were still able to enjoy the fresh air. I ordered a traditional margarita and it was great-not too sweet, not too sour. I also ordered 2 things (one ahi tuna and one tamal) and loved both. The service was also pretty good- my sister originally ordered a drink without reading the description of it closely enough and ended up hating it (It just wasn't something that she personally liked) and the waitress was more than happy to get her a different drink free of charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Ck57
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great tacos and delicious margaritas!! Also a huge tequila selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Not Worth It...
    Wheels260
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Small menu; high prices; small portions; chicken quesadillas - cinnamon?? not a good combo; shrimp on skewer - good but small shrimp and/or portions.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite place to eat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food is always fantastic! Service can be shaky, but our waiter during this visit was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Mardi
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was great and the service was outstanding. I had never been here and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. It was a warm day and the sliding doors were open and we felt as though we were dining outside. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gucamole & Vegetables
    Kat1
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Homemade guacamole was delicious along with the fresh veggies you can add to it. The food overall was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun bar to go to with friends.
    lawstudent88
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was a little pricey, but very good. Also large tequila list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If the lunch taco bar does
    Lorna
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    If the lunch taco bar does not have what you are looking for, it will be available on the menu. Very nice for an adult birthday group! Fun atmosphere and excellent staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible lunch service Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I eat at Barrio about once every month and usually it's great (service, food, drinks). This time the service was just AWFUL. Our chips and salsa came before our drinks (1 Margarita and a soda, and the place was not busy)..we weren't asked what we wanted to order when our drinks finally came out. The food was good, but the service totally ruined it for me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best!
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This place is the best. Beach dish has a unique flavor, outstanding drinks, super fun environment. We have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had an enjoyable evening
    proudfather
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We had an enjoyable evening in spite of the noise level in the room. For groups more than 4, hearing one another can be challenging. The food and service were of quality; location is attractive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why would anyone go here?
    StingFan
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Large group of us went here for a pre-concert dinner. It was a terrible mistake. Cold draft coming from a crack in the window. Waitress nowhere to be seen after we were seated. Orders screwed. Some never got theirs. Tacos the size of potato chips. I would give it zero stars if I could.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bi-polar
    Robert
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    While the ambience and food at the St. Paul Barrieo at quit good, we had a difficult time getting served in a timely manner. I had a group of 8 there before a concert downtown. We felt like we were inconveniencing our waitress to get drinks and add food to our order. The place wasn't very busy. No excuses.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lowertown Fun
    DeekVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We had a group of nine people and our service was fabulous! I love their huge windows overlooking Mears Park. Food and drink all really, really good. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOOOO GOOD
    drew
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wow it was our first time at Barrio and it was great!!! We went on valentines day requested a romantic table and got a great private spot in a tequila vault..... Great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Valentines date night!
    sarabean76
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were able to score a reservation for Valentine's night! We got to Barrio early and were expecting to wait at the bar, but our table was ready! Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful since this was our first experience at Barrio. The drinks (Mama Cita), appetizers (guacamole & chips) and main dishes (chicken quesadila & mahi mahi tacos) were all exceptional! And the window seat next to Mears park was the frosting on the cake-magical! WE WILL BE BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barrio was fabulous! Besides
    nancye
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Barrio was fabulous! Besides having the BEST guacamole I've ever eaten (literally, I could eat that every day), the steak taco was also delish. We loved the ambience, and the margarita menu was impressive. We will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My meal was extremely late.
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My meal was extremely late. Everyone else was done so I ate alone but the food was good. Small portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The greatest manager we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The greatest manager we have ever ran into!! Noticed that we were having slow service and immediately corrected the problem and bought us an appetizer!! Thanks! Cannot wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    FriendlyNeighbor
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We made a special announcement to our parents here and the restaurant and staff were very accommodating. As always, the food is really good. I like getting a few different small dishes and sharing with the people around me. The drinks are top-knotch, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Brilliant Barrio Experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    A very vibrant decor hand in hand with the smiling and welcoming staff ultimately added to what was the best experience at any Barrio location. We dined like kings and queens and watched as the management and waitstaff both delivered our food and check on us periodically and make sure our dining experience was tailor-made to our each individual needs. The friends that I brought here for the first time absolutely loved it and have subsequently recommended it to many more people! The food is authentic and great tasting and I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a group
    Kyby
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had a group of 8 and the tapas/small plate option was perfect. The bill was split with ease and no hassle at the end of the meal- love that kind of efficiency from a server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner, drinks or a party!
    JayJay
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The menu was inventive with a variety of flavor combinations. Tables were a little small for a lot of sharing plates but added to the fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not disappointed
    NomNom
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    If you want a great margarita this is the place to go. Also, their tacos are so amazing. Had the skirt steak taco and it was magic in my mouth. The ambiance is nice as well. I am going back as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Barrio! I could live
    NorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I love Barrio! I could live off of their chips and guacamole!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm & Toasty on a Cold Winters Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    After a visit to the Science Museum our group chose to dine at the Barrio on Day One of the Polar Vortex! What a wonderful warm experience! Instead of just having lunch served, our server engaged each one of us with fantastic recommendations, how to enjoy the Tapas experience as intended, and with some spicy personal interaction! We all will be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.