Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

4.0
529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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Barrio Café Gran Reserva opened its door in June, 2016 and while reservations are recommended, walk-ins are always welcome at this 27 seat restaurant. Located in the historic Bragg's Pie Factory, BCGR offers iconic dishes from the original Barrio Café and a chef’s tasting menu. Still affordable, this elegant-casual venue adds to the flavor of Grand Ave, throws down some rarely served ingredients from Mexico and shines. We ask that our guests show respects to the guests before. We are a small intimate restaurant with very limited seating. We do our best to make sure your seats are available to you at the time desired. There maybe a small wait while seating becomes available from another reservation. There is a $20 per person charge for same day cancellations and no shows. Guests more than 15 minutes late for reservations will be cancelled, unless confirmed by phone prior to reserved times.


Dinner Service Only
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 11:30 pm–11:45 pm
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Phone number
(602) 252-2777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Ave and 13th ave
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Parking details
Please use private parking lot across the street from Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva. Additional street side parking available.
Additional
Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wine
What 529 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.8
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3.7
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservation a month and half ago, started seeing that it was closed on another site. Called and voice box was full, then on face book it said it was closed for summer. There sure is a disconnect on this sight and I'm not sure I will use it again.

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The cafe accepted our reservation, we confirmed as requested but on arrival the place was dark with a
sign on the door saying it was closed for the summer. It turns out friends had exactly the same treatment a month ago.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very Disppointed!!
Showed up for a dinner reservation with friends and the restaurant was closed for the summer, with a hand written note on the door. Drove from New River to get there!!
Just like the previous reviewer 2 weeks ago, we got no notification from either Open Table or the restaurant....but they took our Credit Card number!!!!
How many customers were impacted over the last 2 weeks!
Open Table or Barrio should do something for customers like us.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservation, showed up and the place was closed for summer! Ridiculous that we weren’t told and could make reservation in Open Table. Ruined our evening as we could not get into another nice restaurant!

R
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

BEWARE! My husband and I made a reservation through Open Table for my birthday last night (Saturday). When we arrived, the restaurant was closed and deserted and several other customers with reservations were also at the front door wondering what in the world was going on. Their summer hours were clearly displayed on a sign on the door but they were obviously not honoring that schedule. The landlord happened to be walking her dog outside and told us that it was not the first time the restaurant had closed unexpectedly for an entire night without giving any kind of notice or explanation to customers with reservations.

y
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Great food and service from a kitchen of real pros. Already made a reservation for next time.

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.

JN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opted for the tasting menu and I was absolutely blown away by by each course. It’s in my top 3 meals of all time and I can’t wait to go back. Side note if you have an iPhone and save the reservation to your calendar Apple maps will take you to the wrong location (1301 W Grove st) which is about 15 minutes away so make sure to use Waze or Google maps

MH
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

My wife & I were greeted immediately upon arrival with a smile. This is a great start! The restaurant has basically 2 seating areas, we chose the front glassed area which is tastefully decorated and is also where the guitarist was playing. Not sure if he plays ever night, however this was a Saturday night. He certainly added to the evening and he was absolutely perfect in his song selection and level of noise. Between restaurant decor & ambiance Gran Reserva was on a roll... Now on to the food & presentation. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and also did a table side guacamole presentation after we ordered. In review, the food, presentation, & value was exceptional! The only suggestion would be improve the time it takes to get a drink. Will we return, absolutely! Will we recommend... absolutely!!!

W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Funky little place with about 20 covers. Interesting menu created by Mexican foodie who knows his stuff. Choice between tasting menu and al la carts which caters for vegetarians & vegans. Super drinks, guacamole and choices on both menus. Personally chose from a la carte - enchiladas with prawn & crab - a bit too cheesy for me but maybe I should have known better. My wife selected and enjoyed chicharon. Would highly recommend place which is situated in a vibrant little business block on Grand Ave.

BS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the valley - Barrio Gran Reserva always delivers.

CC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a wonderful dining experience and the waiter could not have been nicer in explaining the dishes. Outstanding!

DP
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome place! Food is very creative and the service was awesome. Loved the cocktails as well. you cant go wrong here.

JS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and kitchen was amazing. We sat at the bar and my wife was able to ask the kitchen people questions. Very helpful. The bar needs a little help. I think they had some turnover and the new bartender was not trained although he tried hard.

LA
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Service was excellent!

DW
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You accepted my reservation and credit card info for a time you weren't open

l
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

*Quick shout-out to El Charro Hipster Bar & Cafe and Breadfruit for turning a potentially disastrous evening into memorable and amazing anniversary.

I will gladly update/delete this review once I actually get a chance to dine at Barrio Gran Reserva. I am pretty bummed right now though.

My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary last night and were very excited to dine here. After having to leave a credit card on OpenTable at the time of booking and then having to confirm via text message the next day, when we showed up at 6pm for our reservation, the restaurant was locked and no one was inside. There were multiple other confused and disappointed diners standing outside with us.

We called the phone number repeatedly and the mailbox was full. I finally called the Barrio location and was told that the manager would call the owner. We never heard anything back. As of the next day, I still have not received a message or phone call of any sort to let us know what happened.

I have worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years and am very understanding about things that might come up. I would really appreciate if this was acknowledged and made right though. We still would love to dine here, but I feel a little burned after our anniversary plans fell through so badly.

We ended up rallying and having a great night, because at the end of the day, it’s just food. Stuff happens and I will give this place another chance....just maybe not on a weeknight again.

PD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was really expecting more. My Gran Avenida cocktail wasn’t very cold and over powered by ginger. They couldn’t make three other drinks on an already small beverage menu as they were out of things at 7:00pm on. Friday night. The table side guacamole was good but the chips were literally dripping with grease and very hard. I did the shrimp and crab enchiladas which were pretty good but not great.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic place to dine. Chef Silvana is an artiste. Her mole sauce, divine.

s
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

love the ambience and decor. weird that we can’t get a wine list , but nice that they brought tastings of whatever type of wine we inquired about. Best dish was guacamole by far. Chef asked us if we had questions before we got a menu. Of our party of 6, was mediocre - one ribeye ordered medium rare was mooing upon arrival and sent back by my husband who NEVER sends food back - until he did. The mole was very very thick. Seafood enchiladas good . Generally it was okay but not great for the price. Meh.

CF
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the tasting menu accompanied by the wine selection and highly recommend this choice. Everything was delicious--inventive and well executed. We will definitely return to enjoy this wonderful restaurant.

RG
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

People wishing to dine here should read the menu first--this is not typical Mexican food. Two of us had a 5:00 pm reservation, the restaurant had just opened for dinner. We were seated in the very small dining room and ordered drinks and the guacamole, prepared table side. The guac was prepared right away, but the drinks took a while. We did not have the tasting menu, and the entrees came out before we had even a few bites of the starter. The waiter apologized. I had the ribeye and my wife had the pork belly, which she couldn't eat. Neither of us had had it before, and the waiter could have done a better job explaining what it was. Ribeye, sauces and vegetables were all very good, as was the dessert, an orange moose, covered with a chocolate shell with orange sauce and a candied orange slice. Cocktails were unique, and very good. We will go again, but we will be a bit more careful about what we order.

BJ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The tasting menu paired with wine is $84 per person. This tasting menu was more like 5 small sample bites so you could decide what you wanted to order ( think Costco samples). The menu lists the ala carte and per glass price of each item so it appears that the tasting menu is a great value but you do not receive anything near a serving size. The amuse bouche and tuna first “course” were good, the lamb lollipop was okay, but the fish “course” of corvina was overcooked and very dry. Dessert was average, small tastes of chocolate mousse and what they called creme brulee, however, it had a crust and was filled with something more like a caramel than a custard. The best thing we had was the espresso cocktail served with dessert.

AB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten there a few times in the past. It is always excellent. Great service and food presentation. One of our favorite restaurants in Phoenix.

SP
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visit this restaurant at least once if you live in the Valley.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. We’ll be back!

KH
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The server we had needed to provide a little more detail as it was our first time. Food itself was stunning...Really, really good. Drinks are so.ething special as well.

CA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrio Gran Reserva is hands down my favorite restaurant. My wife and I just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary. We were fortunate enough to have our ceremony here. The staff shouldn't be called that. They are welcoming us into the home like guests and it's as if they have been waiting for you to arrive. The menu is creative without feeling pretentious and explores flavors that will leave you speechless. A modern spin on the classics including the best Mole I've ever had. (Try the Tehauna Margarita) You wont regret this choice. On Saturdays a gentleman plays guitar which creates an elegant atmosphere. Also if you love art this is a gem in the heart of Roosevelt District with multiple different murals. Ask about the meaning behind the mural in the main dining room. It's actually quite interesting.

SL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best dining experiences one can imagine! The tasting menu is awesome and just the right amount of food. Great people , imagination and such fun

PJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Phoenix on vacation. So good we went back the next day!

JW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing experience. The food was great but the wine was below average and the wine glasses , not acceptable. You are a 4 to 5 star restaurant-please get with the program on the same quality wine and stemware.

J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

While some of the food here is inventive and noteworthy, I remain a bit baffled by the celebrity of both this and its main outpost. The service was eccentric at best, with uncleared tables and odd, erratic arrivals of food/drink and seeming challenge to the staff of handling a relatively small number of tables.

V
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva never disappoints - food is always fabulous!

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

s
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful flavors and inventive combinations of ingredients. Terrific service, too. Destination dining!

EM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite ambiance and excellent vegan dishes. We’ll definitely be back to try vegan mole.

SO
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in the Valley. It is small, festive, with beautiful Mexican (high end) food flavors that you cannot find elsewhere.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. Philip, Miranda, Brianna and AJ were awesome. Do yourself a favor and come here.

JR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, wait staff was friendly and helpful.

DB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Waitress, Miranda, Truly made the evening special.

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