Casa del Barco
Casa del Barco

Casa del Barco

  • 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: Public Lot
  • 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 on Friday and Saturday nights.
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
Casa del Barco reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (21)scenic view (18)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (17)vibrant bar scene (17)great for lunch (13)romantic (13)hot spot (11)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Regular spot for us
    HB817
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We usually love this restaurant. We have been here quite a few times. This is our first experience with poor service however. Our waiter was MIA a good part of the evening. We also thought it was pretty poor that he did not tell us about the Margarita specials until we asked about them (and that was AFTER we had ordered more expensive drinks). We had to flag him down numerous times for water, chips, etc. And he was not knowledgeable about the tequila flights. The fajitas are EXCELLENT here. We also love the queso dip. We will go back again since this is our first bad experience, but if that continues we will eat elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday fun
    mmmfood
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had such a wonderful birthday at Casa. When I made the reservation, the restaurant called to confirm it and I told them I was celebrating my birthday. When we arrived, we were seated in a cozy booth and immediately found the ambience very inviting. The colors plus the exposed beam and brick are very nice. Our server Joe was very well versed in the menu's offerings, pleasant, and professional. The manager checked on us shortly after we finished our meals and gave us a few vouchers for our next visit (and we will be back)! My husband and I even got a free round of margaritas for my birthday. Everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks were best part of meal
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Nice selection of margaritas. I had a great Kraken ginger mojito. I liked the individual chips and salsa. It was a nice touch for people concerned about double-dipping. Our server was friendly and efficient. However, we were disappointed with the food runner. He would drop the dishes in the middle of the table, mumble what they were, and we were left to figure out which was which. I think it would nice to sit outside on the canal in good weather. Other than that and the drinks, there's nothing pulling me to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place with great food!
    malcal
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food and service. Cool setting as well. Nice inside and outside dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Buckeye08
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time at Casa del Barco. Food wasn't bad,just not great. A bit pricey for what you get. Tacos are tiny. Salsa and chips, meh. Did like the bacon guac. I wanted to like the place because of the location and atmosphere. Just like any restaurant in The Boathouse Family, great with that, food not so much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We really enjoyed the decor and food. The service was okay- nothing spectacular or horrible. They have a valet service but I have to admit I got very nervous watching him try to drive my car away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Mexican food
    luvMexicanfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The restaurant is very nice, the food was very tasty. The portions on the fajitas were really small.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Best the Second Time
    divinefoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    While I enjoyed this restaurant the first time, I did not enjoy it the second time. I was a little disappointed in the food, no flavor. The drinks was not the best this time either.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out!
    Rocky
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I went there for our anniversary and it was great. Our waiter was fantastic, the ambiance was great and the food was very good and it was a very nice touch when the on duty manager came over and wished us a happy anniversary. We really enjoyed it and will definitly be going back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday dinner
    duke
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went to Casa del Barco on a Sunday night with another couple and ate outside. The food and atmosphere was great. The restaurant was not busy and we had great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So happy I went!
    Tsmith
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was my first time going to Casa Del Barco and I am so happy I went. My husband and I went for a date night and the atmosphere was perfect! Food was delicious (we both ate the bang bang shrimp tacos). I will definitely be going back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special attention
    dcdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The manager, Chef, and server were very attentive to my food allergies. They were all involved with making sure my meal was safe and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time! Super find!
    CarskiVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a group of 7 for dinner in this restaurant for the first of the time. We had a super fun evening. The food was really good, not great but very good. Fun drink list and tequila bottle game to participate in. The service was a little slow but overall the experience at Casa del Barco was Very Good. Will definately go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overhyped and underwhelming
    Eat4enjoyment
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The first impression was the high noise level, followed by the sparse one-page menu - no, there is nothing on the back. Server was knowledgable and attentive. Chips were served in minuscule mini-deep fryer baskets, rather than traditional baskets. I had the chicken fajita. While the chicken portion was good-sized, it was way too spicy. The beans and rice were both very good, but portions were very small and served in little steep-sided bowls that made eating with a fork frustrating (no spoons provided). The companionship made it an enjoyable evening, but as a couple, we won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • WE will return
    Mike
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was our fifth time having dinner here, we brought friends from NoVa and they also loved the experience, The lobster Tacos were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was VERY SLOW. This was an after work business dinner. The food was not good. The bean bowl had no flavor. The margueritas and mojitos were not good; should have sent them all back but didn't want to make a scene.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great night out
    foodie444VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant...not so crowded now that it has been here for a while but great location and food! Only downside is there is almost no parking available and valet is NOT complimentary like at many other restaurants downtown of similar price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it!
    DittyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife had to take a class down in Richmond so we stayed downtown. I noticed this 1,000 point restaurant so I thought that I would give it try. The only bad thing I have to say is that it was really hard to find with all of the construction going on in that neighborhood. However, my wife, who is half-Mexican herself and hard to impress by Mexican restaurants, really enjoyed the food. I though that it was a fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed with Barco
    looking4goodfoodinRVA
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    After searching and walking and climbing stairs, we finally made it to Casa Barco only to discover a mediocre restaurant of an old manufacturing building with loud noise. It would have been worth the effort if the food had been good; but even that was mediocre. The sauces for chips was even nasty. Please go for fresh in all of the ingredients in your menu Casa Barco. The music could use a turn down with a selection of Latino sounds to create ambiance; if that is what you are trying to achieve. Good luck, in making your restaurant a destination. The only good thing going for you now is your wait staff (which was courteous and respectful).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love it, but music level is a little high. Marguerita's are excellent and recommend the quacs and fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal and ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were in town for the weekend and loved this place! Great view of the canal walk and in a quiet location. Definitely try the flights of tequila for something a bit different and fun. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will be Back!!
    BusDoc
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Chicken Taco Salad was the best of it's kind in Richmond. Great value with respect to the service, fresh/quality food ingredients & preparation and ambience (outdoors and indoors) provided for the price. I can validate Richmond Magazine's rating as a top outdoor setting (i.e. patio) restaurant as the seating was spacious and comfortable in overlooking the canals and large mural across the way. Bailey, out server, was very knowledgeable, energetic and attentive...just excellent. Aly Cecere, the manager, actively followed up with her customers. The very few prior Trip Advisor remarks concerning poor service were not at all validated by our visit. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LuvtheLaw
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Management was very attentive and accommodating. Amazing selection of tequila for those tequila snobs out there! The server did not ask, and thus did not bring beer glasses to any and all who ordered bottled beer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    dougc84
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I went here with a couple friends over the weekend. The food was great, the service was absolutely outstanding, but, for 8 PM on a Saturday night, it seemed strangely vacant. The decor was very pretty, but the fact it seemed so empty was a little worrisome upon entering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Really liked CdB. Food was exciting and different, imaginitive, fresh and tasty. Our waiter was charming and knowlegeble, friendly and attentive. (sorry - I forgot his name) Noisy, noisy, noisy, so not for everyone. We had fun learning about tequila.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our now go to hot spot in Richmond. Great atmosphere and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 234 reviews are from the Casa del Barco reviews archive.
  • Was okay
    ALBRVA
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats off the beaten canal path
    Thedonva
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could be better
    Dave
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sat on the Patio
    Tank2kVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good fun, good food
    Richmondfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great drinks!
    12Foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    …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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    PeteyJ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    timberVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was great, service was great. Not much else to say haha
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nelly
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    mcdaniellp
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As usual, the service and food was wonderful! Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexico on the James
    snoopsister
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth checking out!
    Beth
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was great food was overpriced, small portions. Was more fit to brunch portions
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Food
    LovnLance
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate