Barrio Tacos & Tequila
Barrio Tacos & Tequila
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Barrio Tacos & Tequila

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barriomi.com/
  • Phone: 2485936060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving Lunch, Dinner & Late Night: Monday-Wednesday: 11:00am-11:00pm, Thursday: 11:00am-12:00am, Friday: 11:00am-2:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm-2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ryan Porter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Tracy Wilson(248) 593-6060
  • Entertainment: Please contact us for more information.
  • Special Events: Contact Tracy Wilson (248) 593-6060

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Woodward
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public Parking Structure available
A word from Barrio Tacos & Tequila
Barrio brings a distinctively festive approach to casual dining to Birmingham. Completely redesigned dining room with a modern, chic, lively, neighborhood feel. Complete with wood floors, graffiti art by Acamonchi, unique decor and a semi-private dining room. Menu features modern Mexican cuisine with the majority of items priced at $15 or less. Several varieties of guacamole and salsas are made to order. Hip, funky full service bar features over 75 tequilas and mescals served by the glass, carafe or bottle, as well as several signature cocktails prepared using fresh fruits and house-made ingredients. Kids menu available. Serving Lunch, Dinner & Late Night. Bienvenido al Vecindario! (Welcome to the Neighborhood!)
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Barrio Tacos & Tequila reviews from OpenTable diners
  • When I asked the waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    When I asked the waitress for her non-meat recommendations (in other words fish/seafood/vegetarian), she proceeded to pint out all the options. I knew what they were - I wanted her opinion. She seemed a little suprised.flustered by that request. In the end, I went with something she hadn't mentioned, swordfish tacos - delicious! we also tried the curried sweet potato and pomegranate guacamole (I think that's what it was); also very good. Haven't had a bad meal here yet. Love the margaritas. :-)
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    good for groups, romantic
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  • Food was great. alcohol drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Food was great. alcohol drinks made with generous portions of alcohol. service was excellent. Prices were a bit high but expected for downtown birmingham.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Great food and especially loved their twist on guacamole!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and wortha try. Great
    Jimbo
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Fun and wortha try. Great decor,with the old bikes hanging from the ceiling. Server was attentive.guacamole was more thenenough for two people.don"t think I would go back without a groupon, as I didn't"t find the taco special worth the price.
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    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • upscale taco bell. fresh
    2particularVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    upscale taco bell. fresh and creative mexican food.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and innovative menu,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great and innovative menu, shame about the wait staff. Two trips, below average servers both times. Maturity or training?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Friday- happy hour in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    For Friday- happy hour in Birmingham- this place was dead. More family's than money spending patrons. I sent them an email about my poor experience, it's been 9 days and not a word. Last summer I had a great time eating great food there, but I think the party's over.
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  • Great food!! It's great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great food!! It's great food and the perfect portion size. Not too big not too small!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All four of us dining at Barrios
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    All four of us dining at Barrios and Tacos enjoyed our meals. As a vegan I find it very hard to eat out and so the menu was what prompted me to try the restaurant, lots of vegetarian/vegan choices. My husband described it as "gourmet Mexican food" Will definitely be returning!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • This is the 2nd time I dined
    domer93
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    This is the 2nd time I dined at Barrio. The first time was a much better experience and the food tasted much better the 1st time. I do not plan on returning to this restuarant - it was just "ok" at best.
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  • We went during Bham restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    We went during Bham restaurant week specifically because they were not participating, thus it was pretty quiet. Food was good and margaritas were excellent.
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  • I made the reservation day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    I made the reservation day of planned dinner for a party of 5. My requested time of 6:30 was not available so I made a reservation for 6 with a note we would be arriving early. When we arrived there was no one else in the entire restaurant, as a matter of fact, we were there until about 8:30 and were the only customers. Obviously Mondays are not a busy night. We had drinks and an app--we asked about happy hour drink and app prices and were told that was only available at the bar :-( Drinks were good, food was tasty, good spice level and interesting menu. Guac was excellent, interesting decor.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • The food is tasty and eclectic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    The food is tasty and eclectic, but a bit pricey. They do have a well-priced happy hour and I would recommend starting there. Excellent guacamole...made to order. Had some issues with slow service (even though it was not busy and we were sitting at the bar). I would like to try this restaurant, again. Hopefully, the service will improve and, for their sake, they are busier.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Just average. Food was so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Just average. Food was so so. Service was okay & average. Would not recommend to my friends.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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  • Food has declined!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    I have been to Barrio several times. I previously wrote a raving review on Yelp. However, this time was different. My friend and I were talked into getting the beef and pork enchilladas and splitting the dish. My husband also got the beef enchilladas. Normally I would have gotten the fish tacos, fried and my husband the brisket tacos. Our dishes were much too spicy, making them difficult to take a bite. The waitress blamed it on "the Mexicans" in the kitchen several times, stating sometimes they make food too spicy. Our receipt says Melissa was our waitress. It was disappointing to see the waitress talking to another worker and both glancing in our direction. Unfortunately it will be a long time if and when we return.
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  • We dined on a Monday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    We dined on a Monday night at 6pm and it was quite dead which was surprising because it is so nicely decorated, in a great location, with awesome food and drinks. Weird. I truly hope it begins to build it's customer base because there seems to be no reason why it wouldn't succeed. I ordered both tacos and tequila via chicken tacos and an original margarita. Please forgive me, I am don't write restaurant reviews often, okay...never, so I apologize for not diving into the specifics. Having said that, the food was great, the server was friendly, the drinks were good and it is a really cute restuarant. I hope it does well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A great alternative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants when I want "Mexican" food. I put "Mexican" in quotes because the menu and preparation is so much different than all lower-priced Mexican restaurants. This is where you go when you want a higher-quality and tastier meal while still wanting the flavors of Mexican cuisine.
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  • Food was very good but portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food was very good but portions were small and it was pricey!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet Mexican food at reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Gourmet Mexican food at reasonable prices. A nice menu selection including 3 kinds of guacamole. The noise level was low onthe early evening weekday.
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  • The guacamole is very good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    The guacamole is very good, fresh, made to order. The carne asada tacos are great. Their house salsa is served warm, which I'm not totally crazy about, but the salsa itself is good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our food was very good, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    Our food was very good, not your traditional Mexican but rather elevated to a gourmet level that was unexpected. Presentation was that of a high end restaurant Our server, Samantha was attentive and outstanding in every way. We will be back.
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  • The fresh guacomole was the
    seafordinerVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    The fresh guacomole was the highlight of the meal. The waiter recommended the enchiladas carne and said it was the chef's signature dish. Our table all ordered it and all of us were underwhelmed. The meat was dry and at the end of the meal it felt like you just ate a pile of lead. It was quite heavy and did not sit well. Not sure I would try it again, maybe I would try another dish.
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  • Food is good - drinks are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Food is good - drinks are overpriced and full of ice so you barely get anything more than a few sips.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was surprisingly
    fundineVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    The food was surprisingly good though portions were pretty small, margaritas delicious. We had a nice quick dinner before going to a movie next door.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a disappointing visit
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    This was a disappointing visit to Barrios. The guacamole was subpar. When we told the server she explained that they had a new chef. Huh? How about an apology? Still tacos were good as were margaritas.
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  • Delicious Margaritas & Great Local
    ndark
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    I met up with friends here before a movie on a Sunday evening. It was quiet at that time but I can imagine the place rages Thursday - Saturday. I loved the giant booth we sat in and I can imagine that helps when the noise level goes up. We had very good service; attentive but not intrusive. The margaritas were delicious; I was really grateful for the "skinny" version on the menu in order to avoid sugar shock. We loved the traditional guacamole and the queso fundido. We all ordered the carne asada tacos and the opinions ranged from "good" to "I wish I had picked something else." I would definitely go back. It's a great place to meet up with friends and share a few drinks and laughs over appetizers and small plates.
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • The waitress rarely checked
    mich260
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    The waitress rarely checked on our table to see how we were doing, forgot to respond to requests, when we ordered it drinks - it took 20 minutes to bring them although the restaurant was dead. We arrived at 5:30 pm and didn't even receive our food until 6:45 pm. I will never go back.
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  • In-town B'ham Barrio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Great, fun place for dinner and drinks. We prefer the bar, but restaurant side is great too. Fish tacos At Barrio are my favorite in town. Service is always great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special guacamole was average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    Special guacamole was average at best, no heat, no real taste. Margaritas were ok, too sweet. My side dish came 5 minutes after I finished my meal. Would not return.
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  • High end Mexican. Wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    High end Mexican. Wait staff was able to accommodate a group with complex dynamics
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • The food was horrible. Everything
    suziem
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    The food was horrible. Everything was pre-made so no changes were allowed. Would never go there again.
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  • The guacamole was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    The guacamole was very good. The food was very spicy. Salsas OK not great. The did not have frozen margaritas but the regular margarita was good. We had a great waiter was attentive without being overbearing and he just had a nice and pleasant personality and he gave us great service. Entrees good. The tacos were small in size. Had burrito w/ pork which was good.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • The food was excellent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    The food was excellent but the drinks could be dangerous if you don't like tequila. Personally I love tequila and I can handle the stronger presence of agave - turns out my boyfriend can't.
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  • The Mexican Gourmet!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    We enjoyed our entire dining experience. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The service and ambience is excellent, only to be outdone by the fine, homemade, interesting upscale Mexican cuisine. The swordfish tacos and fresh guacamole were outstanding. They also have an extensive selection of tequilas! We will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Good service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Our waiter was really cool, as well as the rest of the staff. I liked that you could get half orders of the guacamole because it allowed us to try two kinds for the price of a large one. I enjoyed my food. The only thing I didn't like is the prices, even though we had a discount. I thought it was a bit too expensive for what it was, but overall we all enjoyed it!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Service - Below Average Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Even with a large crowd and a large wedding party, the service was great. It's too bad the food doesn't match the service. We shared our dishes, so I'm not basing my comments on just one entre. I'm a fan of the "hipster taco" scence, but this place needs to become more imaginative and get more flavor into the food.
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    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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  • The quac we started with was
    kellydeleo
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    The quac we started with was good, but after that we were underwhelmed by the food. I am pregnant and sensitive to spice. I was told the chicken tacos were NOT spicy at all and they had quite a bit of spice, everyone at the table tried them and agreed. I was not a fan of whatever they were marinated in either. The place has a good ambiance and a vibrant bar scene, which I would go back for before the food.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Complete disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    I really had high expectations for this place - mostly due to the high prices but against my better judgment I tried it anyway. The good? Our waiter was nice, attentive and knowledgeable about the tequila. The salsa was OK - it was creamy which was a bit different. The bad? The food. The portions was tiny, the rice was undercooked as well as the black beans that came with the meal. I ordered the steak tacos - they were dry and the soft corn shell wasn’t tasty at all. My date ordered the chicken enchiladas which were also dry and had no flavor. He took one bite and tossed the rest. Also, none of the dishes had cheese on it - which is unheard of for Mexican. For the amount of money spent it was certainly not worth the drive, time or money.
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  • Every time we go to Barrio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Every time we go to Barrio we get seated quickly and then I inevitably have to go search down a hostess or manager to find out why we haven't been greeted and we've been there for 10 minutes. No one comes with water and you aren't even sure if your server knows they got sat. I've complained every time. The food, however, is so fresh and delicious that we keep going back. If it wasn't so good, we definitely wouldn't not go again.
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  • Only Mexican restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Only Mexican restaurant with alcohol in Birmingham.
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