Barrio
Barrio

Barrio

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barriotequila.com/barrio/#!/BarrioMpls
  • Phone: 6123339953x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Bill Fairbanks
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: We have catering available through our Edina Barrio Location and in conjunction with Bite-squad. For more information contact Teri King at teri@barriotequila.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a semi-private mezzanine that is located upstairs in our restaurant that can seat approximately 33 people for dinner and up to 50 people for Happy Hour, Birthday or Cocktail Party's. We do require Food and Beverage Minimum based on the date and time of your requested event. Please call or email with questions and to secure your reservation.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Hosford 6123339953x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th and Nicollet
  • Public Transit: There is an available public transit bus stop right in Nicollet Mall in front of Barrio.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several Public parking lots available at the surrounding hotels and restaurants and directly behind us on Marquette Ave between 9th and 10th Streets. We do not have Valet.
A word from Barrio
Barrio is a classy-casual restaurant and tequila bar specializing in chef driven Latin-American cuisine with a sultry and hip Latin-theme bar atmosphere located in downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Edina. Barrio offers made to order guacamole, salads, tortas, tacos, enchiladas, and tamales along with snapper ceviche and larger plates such as Seared Ahi Tuna, Chicken Chimichurri and Ribeye.
The extensive beverage menu displays over 100 varieties of tequila, authentic cocktails and wine selections. Happy Hour is available Monday-Friday 3-6pm and 10-midnight. Join us on our extremely popular patio seating area(first come, first serve), located on Nicollet Mall for an ideal experience to relax and people-watch while sipping “The Trinity” our hand crafted signature margarita! Our very popular Patio Seating is first come, first serve. We take Reservations for Dining inside the restaurant.
Private Dining and/or Event Space is available at each location.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Barrio reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (26)great for lunch (26)good for groups (24)late-night find (16)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (8)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food variety, excellent margs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I went to Barrio's before a concert and had a great experience. We made a reservation and were seated instantly. The wait staff was helpful in suggesting popular and tastey dishes as well as making sure we got our last order before happy hour ended. Between 4 people, we shared a bunch of apps and it was a great variety. Nice environment. That was my second time at Barrio's and I plan on going back - I'd definitely recommend. Super fun bar too, with all the tequila on the wall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and different
    anniversaryVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not your traditional Mexican restaurant, broader variety! Really like the small plate concept lets you try a lot of different things! Very energetic environment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our experience was average at best. The tacos were tasty, except the first one I got had a six-inch long hair embedded in it. The heirloom salad was fresh and delicious. The grilled shrimp quinoa entree should have been listed as a salad. The quinoa mound was cold, not what we expected. The shrimp were tasteless and absolutely torched. The hair alone is reason not to go back, but considering the price to tastiness ratio, Chipotle is just as tasty at a fraction of the cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was good, the waiter was good. Despite our reservation we waited 15 minutes for our table. There was no place comfortable to wait. They seated us right by the door. The hostess was kind of snotty. But after that it was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barrio lunch
    Brad26
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Barrios has a great lunch special reasonably priced and includes chips and guacomole and salsas that are quite good - service was fast and friendly - been there several times for the lunch special and will go back
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Margaritas
    Ryan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Barrio is a fun, casual bar serving tapas style plates in a vibrant area of downtown. The tacos were among the best I've had since moving north from Texas, and the margarita was spot on. Our waiter was aggressive in trying to get us to order almost everything on the menu. Aside from the service, the atmosphere and food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner, 8/16/14
    Frankenfran
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed everything about this place with the exception of a bit noisier than we'd prefer. We started with Black Diamond margaritas which were very good. For our second round, my date selected the white sangria which she loved and I selected the Trinity margarita which was excellent! We started with the fresh made to order guacamole - accompanied by a terrific ancho salsa. We selected from the small plate and taco sections of the menu: Beef tenderloin antichuros (delicious), skirt steak taco (very good), wild mushroom enchilada (very nice meatless selection), and then heated it up with the pork belly taco and the spicy habanero chicken tamale (both delightful if you like heat). Excellent, attentive servers and staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the specials
    Tbear
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We recently dined at Barrio, and thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp tacos. The chips and guac are our favorite, and are always fresh and flavorful. Our only disappointment is that the patio is first-come, first-served. We had hoped to reserve a seat there, but the reservations are only for interior dining which isn't as appealing on a sunny nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter hated his job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Sadly out waiter was rude to the point it made me uncomfortable. My family was afraid to ask him any questions or to tell him they brought the wrong food. We ate out delicious food in a hurry and left before we troubled him anymore.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    PlantDisease
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Offers indoor and outdoor dining with lots of people watching opportunities. Located in a busy "foodie" section of Nicolette Mall, it is a hot spot with excellent food. Italian with a twist and some innovative combinations. Attractive decorations make the dining room fun and vibrant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch spot
    Telise97
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Reservations highly recommended during lunch rush. The place was packed!! The small portions were a treat too. The tacos were fabulous and the tostada was great as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, bad service
    foodandfriends
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was good, and my group appreciated that there were small portion sizes at a lower price. However, our server seemed rude and not happy to be serving us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually great, lately even better
    Jude
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I must say this is a great summer lunch spot. Nothing beats sitting on the patio enjoying some great food. I said the food here is usually great but there must have been something in the air as at my last visit; the food was truly memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    Emoclaba1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had an excellent experience at Barrio on a Saturday night. The service was great. Our waitress did an outstanding job. The food was delicious as usual. Our only complaint was our seat. There isn't really a good seat in the whole restaurant. Every table seems crammed in there. We were wedged between the stairs and the bar near the restrooms. People always rushing past the table. This however, is really the nature of the space there. Still a great birthday dinner. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tapas,
    Diahop
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We stopped at Bario while visiting downtown and had a great array of dishes to share: the corn chowder was the best we have ever had. The heirloom tomato salad was very fresh and tasty, and the skewered tenderloin was tender and smoky. Hip crowd, attentive waiter, and great people watching for a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guac!!
    CraveVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I think the #1 reason I come here is for the fabulous guacamole and chips. Unique mexican that isn't your standard tortilla/meat/cheese combos. There's a reasonable lunch special (tacos and guac for $9) and you can get in-and-out for lunch in just under an hour. Outdoor dining fills very fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!....usually
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food is always excellent! Service is usually fabulous! But, twice now the waitstaff has been less than stellar. I get that serving busy downtown crowds would get old, but this last visit our waitstaff was clearly not happy to be at work. Not just with our table, but those around us as well. She seemed irritated with her co-workers too. I go out of my way to be friendly and appreciative when I dine out - Ive waited tables so I know what its like. I will go back because I love the food, atmosphere, location. But I hope the service is improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated Happy Hour
    HollyWVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not at all impressed - I've stopped for an occasional happy hour on the patio, but this was my first time eating there or sitting inside. Happy hour portions were small and not shareable. Even portions that said (2), came with all ingredients stacked on one tortilla. Sitting there, scraping 'half' the stuff off was messy and not fun. Left a lot of the sauce on one serving and nearly none on the other. Our server was aloof, flippant and impatient - probably won't be back, unless it's for a quick margarita.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barrio review
    Jerry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We tried Barrio for the first time, before we attended a concert at Orchestra Hall. We got there around 5 pm on a Saturday evening. The inside would not be our style restaurant - we're in our 60s - but the outdoor was fun and lively. Kareem was an outstanding waiter. We wanted to try tequila shots and he recommended a flight we enjoyed. He also recommended a specific margarita based on the kind we had liked other places. His recommendations were perfect. Joe, the manager, chatted with us a bit and was professional and friendly. The portions are small, so it was a perfect light supper for us before the concert. We particularly liked the homemade chips and guacamole and the tuna tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to the Barrio!
    BigPigFan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had reservations for a wedding anniversary on a Friday night and were seated immediately. Barrio is a unique bar scene with notable and memorable offerings for foodies. Clear expertise with crafted cocktails and attentive staff. For $3 chips and salsa selection is an unbeatable deal prior to or after a night out in Minneapolis. Dessert was a last minute decision before we had to leave for a concert but definitely glad we stuck around for the flour-less chocolate torte with banana 3 ways and coffee!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much Better 2nd Time
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our first visit several years ago was not great -- the menu was limited for vegetarians and seemed more bar food than an actual dinner. Our second visit was vastly different. The menu has changed and the waiter offered other veggie options which the chef could create. The mushroom enchilada was excellent, the potato sope unusual. The lamb meatballs were huge, although a bit dry. Their outdoor patio is a great setting to watch the sun go down.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FrostyVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It was a very busy lunch hour, so service was a bit slow. We both had the special, shrimp tacos. My guest mentioned that he's had better food at Bario in the past. This was my first time there for lunch, so I thought it was good, but not excellent. Guacamole excellent!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy lunch choice -
    SportsChick24
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great food. Textures were good and sauces were very flavorful. Lunch special was very affordable. Outdoor dining was nice, but pretty small. However, Barrio worked well with the small outdoor area that do they have. If you are looking for some great Mexican food, Barrio is a nice choice. Would definitely dine there again. Happy hour and appetizers would work well there also due to the upbeat environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE Barrio! (Nicollet Mall)
    ShoebaccaVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Even though I work a block away, I never tire of it. The food is always fresh and the guac cannot be beat. Barrio is always a treat and the servers are attentive & friendly. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cocktails
    cityview
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Loved my cocktails but the food was just ok. Definitely would go there again but just for drinks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch hot spot
    Scoots
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    On a sunny Friday, this place was packed inside and out. But the service was still great, and I love how they bring the food out when it's ready, in intervals. Makes sense when it's busy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Margarita!
    Dana
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food and drinks! Loved it so much went there twice!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $10 lunch
    DCBMPLS
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Two tacos, fresh chips and salsa - got to love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Surprising...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a group lunch for work with 6 people total. I made reservations the day before, with a note requesting an outdoor table. The hostess called to confirm my appt, and did mention reservations are for indoor dining only (FIFO for outdoor space). I told her that seemed odd, but fine - if we saw no open seats outside, we'd try the Local and NewsRoom prior to sitting inside Barrio. Well, apparently every Target employee dines out for lunch on Friday, with no open outside seating anywhere. We ended up eating inside, which was fine in the end - great food, great atmosphere. The only complaint was the service. I understand the lunch rush on a nice Friday afternoon can be overwhelming (I've been there before), but 20 min gaps? No bueno.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 91 reviews are from the Barrio reviews archive.
  • Salsa Flights
    DCBMPLS
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've always been a fan of Barrio, but what I love the most about them is the first impression they give you when you order chips and salsa by bringing you three different options of salsa. It's the little things that count and they nail the little things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Latin Food
    MrAwesome
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I went here and loved it. The food is real Latin street food, verified by my wife (a foodie) who lived in Mexico for a year. She said her meal was authentic and outstanding. I had the Cuban sandwich which was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating
    allergyqueen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Pleasant helpful staff. Very accommodating with all my allergies. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for Tequila.Stay for the Tacos
    Alfie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Great selection of Tequila and wonderful tacos. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit and miss food, terrible service
    foodiemplsVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I went to barrio for lunch and had a reservation. I made the reservation for 4 people and two of the group could not make it. When we checked in and told the hostess we only had 2 people, she was incredibly rude to us and made us wait until a 2 top opened up. The point of a reservation over lunch during the work week is that I don't have extra time to wait!! Nothing opened up and we ended sitting at the bar, which would have been fine if the barman was friendly and welcoming. But yet again, we were treated as an inconvenience and he barely spoke to us as he slapped two waters and menus down. The food was ok, but definitely not good enough to make up for the rude service. The staff at barrio need to learn customer service.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice quick lunch on a rainy day
    SlatsVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Just went in for a quick lunch during a very rainy day. Service and food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The waiter was very knowledgeable about tequilas. That added a fun element to the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole to die for!
    LunchesRUs
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Although the service tends to be quite slow...no matter what time during the lunch hours I've been there, the food is good, the service is slow but the guacamole and chips are to die for!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worklunchVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Serving time was efficient and food was tasty. Portions and pricing are a little odd... the soup was a good sized bowl but the lunch salad was tiny. Both were priced about the same.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Variety of Gluten Free choices
    Cathedral
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The staff at Barrio was very supportive with my dietary needs..I have gluten and dairy allergies and our waiter was spot on making sure I did not have any thing that would make me ill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and quick
    KkWino
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husband and I went to Barrio for dinner on a Friday evening at 5:30. We picked a few things from the happy hour menu and a couple small plates to share. Everything came out very quickly and was delicious. We ordered more than when could eat, but it all sounded so good, and we wanted to try a little of everything. Good prices, good food, good service, good atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant, and we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.