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Casa del Barco
Casa del Barco

Casa del Barco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casadelbarco.com
  • Phone: (804) 775-2628
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and Virginia St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking validation (for up to 3 hours) is available at The Riverside on The James Parking Deck (Troutman Sanders building), entrance on 10th St.. Please request a validation ticket from the front desk staff or your server.
    Valet parking is available at the corner of S 12th and Virginia Streets during dinner and Sunday brunch
A word from Casa del Barco
Residing in the restored Reynolds Italianate Building on the Canal, Casa Del Barco is Richmond's singular destination for authentic Mexican cuisine. Beverage Director, Michael Avery, has compiled the most extensive stock of tequilas in the region.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "It was only second time I had been, but it was just mediocre. We went for brunch and it was just okay. The did tasted fine, but nothing special that I have to go back for. The mimosa carafes were so full of ice it was a waste of my money. This part isn't there fault, but outside was disgusting. The canal was so horrible and dirty and there was construction all around on the sidewalks, etc it was just a huge mess. It made the nice restaurant seem trashy. Again that is not their fault, but when everything inside was just so blah the outside adds to it. I doubt I'll go back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Wife and I went here for brunch. The food was excellent - I had the breakfast burrito and she had the scrambled eggs and shredded pork over a corn tortilla. If you like your food spicy then the burrito with chorizo hits the spot. I wish they had a little more on the brunch menu (perhaps migas and fajitas), but as I said the food was muy bueno. My only ding is the for the construction taking place outside - the sidewalk was torn up which took away from the ambience, but that is no fault of the restaurant and will be fixed in time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "There was lots of construction going on outside the restaurant. They are building a bridge to make it more convenient to get across the canal to the restaurant, but right now it is a lot of noise. No outside dining at present would be desirable. I was told mid August should have the construction completed. Only downside to our dining experience was a group of ladies who were very, very loud. They were seated at a table in center of the dining area, so everyone was impacted. They eventually quieted down and we enjoyed the rest of our dining experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "WE enjoyed sitting on the patio and enjoying our Tacos Carne Asada. The ambiance was great, the service exceptional and all around enjoyable meal. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This looks like a great place for large groups, as there were several on the Saturday night of our visit. I enjoyed the party atmosphere. However, there were only 2 in my party, which may be the reason our service was so poor. The food was good, though, so I plan to give it another try."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "…and even better service. Our waiter was excellent…not too intrusive, but always seemed to be there when we needed something. The blackened Mahi tacos were excellent, as was the guacamole. The drinks, especially the tequila "flight," were out of this world. Great evening!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I attended this restaurant with my parents, nephew and roommate. If I had to use one word to describe the experience it would be underwhelming. We started with the guacamole, which was ok, but lacking in real flavor. We had beer, wine, and cocktails at the table which were all very nice. For my entree, I had the Rice and Beans with Barbacoa; again just really lacking in flavor. The server was attentive and very nice. I would go back here for happy hour, maybe and appetizer, but I don't think it will make the list for a dinner destination."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great. Not much else to say haha"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The atmosphere was fantastic. They had a live band playing inside. My friend and I sat outside and it was a bit hard to see as the only lighting was the candle. The food was good and even better when our server remembered the sauce. The only bad aspect was our server. Hardly ever saw him. Our drinks, water, and food were finished for quite sometime before we were able to track him down. I will visit again in hopes I have a better server."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As usual, the service and food was wonderful! Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very competent front desk staff. Can't say the same about the wait staff. Difficult to get anyone's attention. The food is only fair. The drinks are better. Not sure even after eating that I got what I ordered and no one to ask before it got cold. Young crowd and the bar looked like fun."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Cool area of town. Outdoor seating is nice. Good fresh, some not too heavy Mexican Food. Unique menu items too (mango habeñero quacamole as an example - yum!)"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Service was great food was overpriced, small portions. Was more fit to brunch portions"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We sat outside in the perfect spot for a couple and were then forgotten...Our drinks were finished, we had gotten earlier at the bar, and we had no water, we were finally asked to order and we didn't receive our chips and salsa until the food was almost there. We never received the guacamole we had ordered. Then it took forever to get our check. We had hoped to listen to the live music but by 9:35 the band still hadn't started. I really liked the atmosphere, the restaurant has a lot of potential. I think maybe our waiter was having an off night...We will try again another time. The Food was Great!!! Enjoyed the Canal Walk afterwards..Great location."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant with a beautiful view of the canal. Each time I go, the quality of food and service is always the same!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything was great about this restaurant. We have been here a few times and the food, atmosphere, and service are normally too notch, we got unlucky this time with a very unattentive server. We had to track him down just to get some water at the beginning of the meal and then track him down to get our bill. The food was excellent as expected though!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been to Casa del Barco before and every time I have been there it has been a great experience from the time you step in, clean restaurant, host to sit you, to fine dining and the waiter always been so pleasant. The reservation to a lunch birthday celebration was superb! I will surely returned."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Good food, service and atmosphere! We will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything was great. Only complaint was when we called to make a reservation for that Friday night, the girl asked if it was our first time and we said yes. Well it would have been nice if she told us you offered Valet parking since we had to park 6 blocks away. When I mentioned it to the hostess when we arrived she wasn't very interested . Besides that we loved the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had the occasion to visit Casa Del Barco on an overnight trip to Richmond, VA. Nice refreshing explosion of flavors with the different dishes we ordered. The empanadas were crispy and flaky and the house-made salsa's were truly delightful. We will definitely return on our next visit to the area to experience some of the other culinary delights. Warning: Finding the restaurant can be tricky since it is next to the canal and off-street. Ask the locals when you get to the approximate area. Validated parking is available."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Explicit directions to the resturant Should be posted to the website. Finding the location was a true challenge...almost gave up. Once found, it was a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "we love sitting on the patio having a meal, watching the people across the canal jogging, walking their dogs, etc. The service is always good, the food is enjoyable, the drinks are refreshing"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We sat outside on the patio for lunch on Sunday and it was perfect! Beautiful day, view, good and service. I love that the chips come in a personal basket for each person at the table!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Essentially an overpriced and massively under portioned chipotle. I had the braised pork shoulder and it was nothing to brag about. The matgaritas were OK. Appetizer was good, desert had an extreme amount of cayenne in it and i could not finish it due to pain (i have grown up on cajun and indo cuisine)."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food was great. Started with guac and queso, I got the free range chicken fajitas and they were great. Very well seasoned. Definitely make sure you try the salsas they bring with the food. The cactus one was definitely my least favorite. But the other two were great! Live music on Saturday night at least which was nice, but a little too loud at times. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We've been coming to Casa Del Barco since it opened just over a year ago. It is a beautiful restaurant in a great location with a first class tequila bar. I the past, however, we have found the food to be a little inconsistent. Recently they have undergone some menu changes and some streamlining. Last weekend had an outstanding brunch. Our guests raved about the Mexican chocolate sauce on the waffles, the chipotle bacon, and the guacamole and I really enjoyed the fresh take on the Avocado Queso Fresco Omlette. The real test was last night's dinner. All the food from appetizers to Mexzookie desert (which was amazing) was delicious and well-prepared. I can finally recommend this restaurant as a top notch dining experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a farewell lunch for a colleague here. The staff was very detail-oriented. We loved the ambiance and the food was delish."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is a great place for a group especially when you can dine on the patio. Especially recommend the guacamole!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I love Casa del Barco. I have been twice, and both times the food and service exceeded my expectations. We had a party of 4, and we sat on the patio this last time. They have a nice tent outside if you prefer to sit in the shade, and umbrellas at most of the other tables. You have a great view of the Canal and of the local artwork that emblazons much of downtown Richmond. Great ambiance indoors and out! The food is fantastic. All of it is prepared from scratch on a daily basis. The Mango & Habanero guacamole is to die for, not super spicy. We had the vegetable enchiladas, barbacoa tacos, chicken taco salad, and the yucatan cobb salad. All of the dishes were well received with lots of oohs and aahs! We love it and will return!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "1st time I had gone there, won't be the last, good food, good ambiance....great bar scene at night."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Was seated 15 minutes late with a reservation. Once we were seated, took 7 minutes before a server came over to introduce themselves and take our order. Server was new but seemed to have to be reminded to refill the empty tea glasses a couple of times. Food was good, good choice of salsas. Queso and guac were great."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The shrimp tacos were great. Please note that the prickly pear margarita is not sweat. Please bring back the tres leches cake. The chocolate cookie spiced dessert was very good! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "One of our son's could not be home for Sunday so he was ecstatic as was Mom that we went to Casa del Barco for Lunch on Saturday. It was perfect"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went there for Cinco De Mayo. Took awhile to be seated but once seated the waiter was fantastic. I enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Salsa makes or breaks a Mexican restaurant, and the salsa here was meh. The guacamole was tasty, and the fish tacos were very good - but I can say that about other RVA eateries, too. Basically, there wasn't much to make me want to bypass other places for this one. Again, everything was fine. But just."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "When the billis going to be above $100 for 4 people( ours was $113 + $25 tip(our guest paid the tip) I would expect the service to be Number one. Took (Zack) 3-5 mins just to greet the table, no water no chips no hello. Too long. Had to ask for more chips, when we ordered guac/w tom & bacon and queso w/chorizo. Obvious need. Needed more water, no return unless asked. Needed silverware, had to ask. Needed salsa with the tacos, never came, even when we asked. Beautiful resturant, smelt smoking from patio(did not like), great seating. My Del Barco Marg was not good, did not finish. For the money, I would not return. Service was bad, prices were high, rice was over cooked by 9pm. I had the taco special, it was good, nothing over the top."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Good food, great location along the canal and a terrific tequila menu. Our dinning experience was very positive. We would come back again when ever we are back in Richmond."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The good was great. The atmosphere was great. The margaritas were amazing. Id definitely recommend to a friend. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "It was our first experience after hearing so many great things about Casa Del Barco! Everything that we heard was true, the food, ambience - fantastic! The chorizo empanadas were especially tasty! I love the idea that they called prior to the reservation to ask if we wanted guacamole waiting at our table when arrived, which we order the mango habanero and almost ordered another bowl, it was so good. Will definitley be on our list of restaurants to take our out of town guests. Also, loved the prickly pear margartia! If there was anything to complain about, it was that the entire meal took only about an hour. They are very efficient, but I am also guessing they like to turn tables. Would have liked to linger a bit longer. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Not so happy with the menu change. My chicken fajitas dd not come w lime and any cheese which is a little strange. Food for our group was ok. Old menu was better and we were seated next to a group of about 30 but even before they arrived we could not hear each other talk. It is a really loud restaurant every time we have gone it has been that way unless we sat outside which is wonderful with the canal views. Nit sure if we will go back anytime soon. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014