Nice outdoor patio area -
Nice outdoor patio area - very comfortable and pretty. Food was great. Only wish the server had told us how big the portions are - we could have definitely split the corn pudding and the Barbacoa. Had enough for 4 more meals!! Staff is very friendly and fun.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
We recently returned to Barbacoa
We recently returned to Barbacoa after a not so great experience there about 8 months ago. We were so pleased to find an updated menu, much friendlier service and more reasonable pricing. Bottom line is that they miraculously pulled off a turn-around - not common in the restaurant business. We've now gone back three times and have loved it every time. The pescado tacos are awesome and our kids love the taquitos.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The first time we went to
The first time we went to Barbacoa it was a little better, but that may be because of what I ordered. I had the dish for which the restaurant is named the first time and it was excellent; I tried something different this time (carnitas) and it was not as good. My wife's chile relleno was very good though. We split a good salad, and it was more than enough for two. The margaritas were nice as well, not too sweet.
We really liked the flan the first time, but at 7:30 on a Saturday night, they ran out. Our waitress, who had pretty much abandoned us and left us waiting at least five minutes (most likely 10) to order dessert, said the last piece had just been sold when she finally arrived.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place in the plaza
A nice place to sit and enjoy a Mexican meal in the plaza. The margaritas were a real treat.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll be back!
Excellent Mexican food, reasonable prices, great service. The only negative I can think of was that the hard wooden chairs at our table in the bar were uncomfortable.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Need Better First Impression
One of the greeters/hostesses was helpful and gracious, the other was cold and indifferent. The first encounter was with the ice princess who basically acted like we were bothering her. When I made the reservations I asked for outdoor seating. She seemed annoyed with that request and said that there was a party ahead of us who was going to be seated at the "only" available outdoor table. Pretty sure they just walked in ahead of us w/o reservations. The other, nice, woman asked us kindly to wait while she set up a table for us. She made us feel welcome and cared for. If it weren't for her, I'm pretty sure we would have just turned around and walked out! EVERYONE else that night was gracious and helpful and a lot of fun.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Namesake Dish the Best
I ordered the "Barbacoa": carnitas in a moist, onion-infused jus. Succulent & delicious. Large portion, plenty for take-home. Beef taquitos and red wine sangria yummy yummy. Crumbled queso on tortilla chips were a great starter. Servers friendly - a little busy - forgot to bring napkins/utensils when we had our apps served.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Barbacoa adds to Theater Square
Barbacoa is a very nice addition to the Orinda dining scene, especially Theater Square. I love the out door dining, the food has been good the three times I've eaten there (healthy, but not boring), and it is great to have an outdoor dining experience.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable eating outdoors
This is a wonderful place to come eat outside on a warm night. The music was loud so we asked to be moved and it was no problem. I had a habenero margie and didn't want it too sweet and the bartender made the drink perfectly. I liked the tacos better this time. The meat has always been good but they are usually dry. This time the tacos were moist and tasty. I would like it better if they served a few sauces instead of deciding which one to put on which taco. My husband had the spicy sause and I liked that the best so I used it on my tacos too. If you have tacos they are very filling and it makes for a very good and inexpensive meal even with 2 drinks.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second 3rd time to Barbacoa. I ordered the carnitas this time (last time I had the pork wrapped in banana leaf it was kinda dry, too) and it were tasty but extremely dry. Won't order them again. The chips and guacamole were excellent. My friend ordered tacos and they were delicious.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mex, Beer, and Game!
Best place in LaMorInda to watch the Giants game, have some beer/magaritas, and enjoy very well prepared Mexican food. My favorite local spot.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good casual outdoor dining
Good spot for a margarita, some chips and mexican food. Sitting outside on a warm summer night is great.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paid attention to special request
I was very pleased that the restaurant did read my request for low-sodium options and/or custom cooking food to meet that need. They offered several alternatives. Overall, the service was very good; margaritas great; chips and guacamole fantastic; main courses of standards prepared with a twist (e.g., good use of marinade on carrots + other interesting spices). Nice setting outside where they turned on the heating lamps as the evening cooled down.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great evening dinner at Barbacoa. The service was really good and the food yummy.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM