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Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

4.7
4.7
592 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

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

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 11:30 pm–11:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (602) 252-2777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Phoenix

  • Cross street

    Grand Ave and 13th ave

  • 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

Menu

Amuse Bouche

  • Amuse Bouche

    Courso Uno

    • Aguachile Negro

      Kumiai Oyster from Laguna de Guerrero Negro Baja California, little neck Clam in a sauce made with burnt Habanero, persian cucumber, pearl red onion tomato and avocado pearl

      • A la Carte$20.00
    • Monte Xanic, Sauvignon Blanc

      • A la Carte$15.00

    Curso Dos

    • Taco de Lengua

      Homemade hoja santa corn tortilla topped with beef tongue in a salsa verde

      • Cava Maciel, Venus unoaked Chardonay 75% Sauvignon Blanc 25%

        • A la Carte$13.00

      Curso Tres

      • Lechon en Mole Manchamanteles

        made with chile ancho, guajillo, pineapple sweet potato, apple, and plantains. Served with Puree de camote enmielado

        • A la Carte$15.00
      • Cava Maciel, Apogeo Nebbiolo

        • A la Carte$15.00

      Curso Cuatro

      • Pescado en Pure de Elote Rostizado

        pan seared Cobia, roasted white corn puree, corn, jalapeño and pineapple escabeche

        • A la Carte$32.00
      • Cava Maciel, Luneo Mouvedre 13

        • A la Carte$13.00

      Curso Cinco

      • Costilla de Cordero

        polenta with queso cotija, apple and chile pasado marmalade, mint and chile pasado sauce

        • A la Carte$36.00
      • Cava Maciel, Vino de Luna Oaked Chardonay 75% Sauvignon Blanc 25%

        • A la Carte$15.00

      Curso Postre

      • Gansito

        inspired in the Mexican candy, sponge cake topped with strawberry mousse, chile meco and strawberry marmalade, covered in chocolate and gold leaf

        • A la Carte$10.00

      Comida Chingona

      • Pastel a La Mexicana$15.00

        Baked egg fritata with the holy trinity; tomatoes, jalapeños, onions, plus refried beans and salsa de hoja santa y tomate

        • Huevos Rancheros$14.00

          Two any-style eggs over nixtamalized corn tostadas, beans, Ranchera style salsa, creme Mexicana, queso fresco and avocado

          • Molletes$11.00

            Grilled bolillo bread topped with refried beans, braised short rib, queso Oaxaca au gratin. Finished with pico de gallo, and salsa de chile pasilla Oaxaqueño

            • Enchiladas Suizas$19.00

              imported queso menonita filled nixtamalized corn tortillas topped with a delicate tomatillo cream sauce then topped with an over easy egg

              • Elote Pancakes$12.00

                served with seasonal fruit, honey and butter

                • Pescado Poblano$19.00

                  pan seared halibut in a roasted poblano, crema de piñon, house made chorizo

                  • Torta Poblana$13.00

                    spice rubbed chicken breast topped with caramelized onions and roasted poblanos then finished with a crema de piñon and queso de cabra

                    • Tocino

                      jalapeño cured bacon, any style eggs, papas, quesillo

                      What 592 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      4.7
                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.7Food
                      • 4.8Service
                      • 4.6Ambience
                      • 4.3Value

                      NoiseModerate

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                      1. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 14, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food, excellent service, excellent place. Favorite restaurant in Phoenix, will definitely return!

                      2. CG

                        CathyG

                        Phoenix

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on March 14, 2020

                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious meal. Wine choice was very limited but we got the impression that was temporary and margaritas were simply terrific.

                      3. BC

                        BlakeC

                        Atlanta

                        7 reviews

                        3.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on March 13, 2020

                        overall3food2service4ambience4

                        There were three of us and two of our dishes were so salty we couldn’t finish them. Plus they were boring. I think of fine Mexican food a complex and nuanced. These were neither. However, this chef has an excellent reputation and we will give her another chance.

                      4. AF

                        AlexF

                        Cleveland

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on March 9, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One of our new favorite restaurants when we are in the Phoenix area. All the dishes are fantastic and great atmosphere

                      5. JT

                        JulieT

                        Northern MI

                        11 reviews

                        3.0

                        11 reviews

                        Dined on March 9, 2020

                        overall3food3service4ambience2

                        It has some interesting flavors and dishes; but overpriced and a bit over the top.

                      6. TF

                        TopFive

                        Denver

                        19 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        19 reviews

                        Dined on March 8, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One our best dinning experiences. Very creative cooking. Great combinations of flavors. The prime rib w tres mole was cooked to perfection and the combination of flavors made it one of the best steaks I've had. The cheese enchiladas were delicious w light corn tortillas providing a distinct corn flavor too every bite. The Mexican wines were a revelation. The Merlot had a very dark cooked fruit flavor, similar to an Amazon. The Cabernet was packed with spice, pepper, and vanilla flavors

                      7. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Washington DC

                        4 reviews

                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on March 6, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Intimate venue with only about eight tables. The service was attentive knowledgeable. Would recommend.

                      8. r

                        respectgoodchefs

                        San Francisco

                        10 reviews

                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on March 6, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One of the best restaurants we have ever been to, and we have dined around the world. The prix fixe, five course dinner is full of flavors from different parts of Mexico. There are several moles made from spices, nuts, oil, chiles, fruit (I think), that complement the proteins and vegetables. So much flavor is packed into each dish, in reasonably sized portions that don’t leave you feeling stuffed. One of us had the wine pairings, which were all from Mexico, and compared favorably with California wines. Significant to note is that there are two prix fixe menus, one is vegan and the other is not. Also, in order to get the prix fixe meal, the whole table must order it. There are a la carte selections as well. Lucas, the server, did an excellent job of handling the guest load, explaining the dishes, with a friendly attitude. We were a little apprehensive about the neighborhood when we arrived, but the restaurant is brightly lit with beautiful murals on the walls making us feel safe and welcomed.

                      9. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 1, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Just amazing... 1st experience and it makes me wanting more!!!

                      10. JA

                        JasonA

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 1, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Everything was amazing, we will be going back the next time we visit Phoenix.

                      11. RS

                        RichardS

                        Phoenix

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 28, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Intimate, clean, good service and good food. Unique menu.

                      12. SM

                        SamM

                        Cleveland

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on February 23, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Everything about this place amazing. The food was to die for, the staff was knowledgeable and very welcoming. The only negative is that it is such a small setting that large parties take over the room. Besides that I would recommend anyone going to Phoenix to try this place out.

                      13. P

                        Ptown

                        Portland

                        11 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        11 reviews

                        Dined on February 23, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Extraordinary! We loved the tasting menu and the pairings with all Mexican wines, which were all delicious and reasonably priced. The Saturday night Low Rider fest outside was an added bonus. Highly recommend!

                      14. AZ

                        megsAZ

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 21, 2020

                        overall3food4service3ambience5

                        Food was authentic and, though a little heavy on spice (esp. jalapeno heat), good and the dining room is intimate, unique and interesting. They were out of one of the dishes on their tasting menu and out of one of the wines that was supposed to be paired with it, which was disappointing; the tasting menu at the restaurant was also different than what was on their website. They notified us in advance that they would be substituting one of the courses listed in the printed menu, but served a substituted wine without introduction and without telling us it wasn't what what was on the menu, which was a shame, because it was The One Wine we were really looking forward to. Also, the server used unnecessary, overly-descriptive terms to describe the food, which was somewhat off-putting, and we had to ask him for things more than once.

                      15. TL

                        TechLady

                        Chicago

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on February 21, 2020

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        This little restaurant provides exceptional food for an incredible value -- I am never disappointed! Creative, beautiful cuisine showcasing a "festival of flavors" in every dish. I highly recommend getting off the beaten track to try this little gem!

                      16. S

                        Santy

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 20, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        A must stop place to eat if going through Phoenix :)

                      17. CM

                        CharlesM

                        Phoenix

                        6 reviews

                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on February 17, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One of THE best restaurants in the southwest. Food is absolutely outstanding. Excellent service. Thank you, NIck.

                      18. SD

                        SaurabhD

                        Los Angeles

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 16, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        We tried the Vegan tasting menu, and it was more filling than we expected (which was great). All of the dishes had great flavor and were quite unique. There happened to be a car show going on outside which was producing quite a bit of noise, so that was the only negative point of the night. Otherwise, service was fantastic and efficient, and overall we had a great time. Will definitely be back again at some point in the future!

                      19. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 15, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva was amazing!

                      20. CM

                        CherylM

                        Toronto

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 15, 2020

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        We sat at the counter in the kitchen and had a wonderful, delicious experience!

                      21. MO

                        MauricioO

                        Phoenix

                        3 reviews

                        3.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 2, 2020

                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                        Menu is lacking in variety. (Mole everything) Like original location and menu better. Thanks

                      22. SB

                        SarahB

                        Phoenix

                        10 reviews

                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on February 2, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing. We dined with another couple and all had the tasting menu. Two of us had the vegan menu, two the regular. Both were phenomenal. I think I am right in saying that everything on the menu (except one dessert) is gluten free. The chef is amazing and wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Perfect for an intimate, special occasion.

                      23. JZ

                        JoeZ

                        New York Area

                        9 reviews

                        4.0

                        9 reviews

                        Dined on January 30, 2020

                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food and service.

                      24. TQ

                        TanyaQ

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 29, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        A fantastic evening out celebrating a birthday. Our birthday guest is vegan and the menu was perfectly suited for our mixed crowd of carnivores, vegetarians, and vegan! Eat local!!!

                      25. DL

                        DLWw

                        Exclusive

                        48 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        48 reviews

                        Dined on January 27, 2020

                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                        Although we are staying in North Scottsdale, we decided to take a Lyft to this restaurant because the chef was so highly spoken of. The restaurant doesn’t offer much seating, which makes reservations a must. We opted for the tasting menu so we could sample a few of the specialties. The food definitely has unique ingredients and that was refreshing. The food was tasty and we enjoyed each presentation. We also had the wines offered with each course, and they were wonderful. All in all, this restaurant was an “experience” that will not soon be forgotten, but we were not totally blown away.

                      26. JS

                        JanelleS

                        Washington DC

                        22 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        22 reviews

                        Dined on January 27, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Had an early dinner with friends after Sunday afternoon symphony performance. We were the first table of evening and restaurant doors locked until 5:00, but we enjoyed walking the interesting block on Grand Avenue while we waited. Food and drinks were excellent and innovative. They have 2 tasting menus, but the whole table needs to order them. You can still get any of the courses a la carte, but more pricey.

                      27. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Washington DC

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 19, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had the non-vegetarian tasting menu and it was absolutely delicious. The pairings of items on each plate was surprising and wonderful. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our evening so much!

                      28. RR

                        RandyR

                        Phoenix

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on January 15, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Most amazing and diverse food I’ve ever experienced!! A must go!

                      29. W

                        Westcoastfoodie

                        Seattle

                        45 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        45 reviews

                        Dined on January 13, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We ordered the tasting menu. It was outstanding! We recommend to anyone living in, or traveling to, Phoenix . We will return on our next trip!

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 12, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Easily the best meal I’ve had in Phoenix in a long time. Chef’s menu is a must, flavors are bold and creative. Love the original restaurant, but they really have something special going on here. The food is elevated yet approachable. I could easily bring my biggest food snob friend or my mom. Will join a very short list of ultimate local foodie favorites!!!

                      31. EW

                        ElderberryWine

                        Seattle

                        12 reviews

                        3.0

                        12 reviews

                        Dined on January 5, 2020

                        overall3food3service3ambience1

                        Restaurant was loud with tables too close. We did tasting menu which was disappointing... heavy on salt. The mole was very peppery. Could hardly hear the waiter describing the courses. Overall, it was disappointment for the price. .

                      32. CH

                        CarolynH

                        Phoenix

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on January 5, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Pricey but worth it. The food and service were both outstanding. Salvana did it again! Will definitely go back!

                      33. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 4, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        My partner and I did the tasting menu, which was an incredible treat! We hadnt been on a date in a while, and Im so glad we decided to come here. The mural is beautiful (and photos don't do it justice), every bite of food was superb, and the waitstaff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I hope we will return to pheonix someday so that we can go back!

                      34. AF

                        AlexF

                        Cleveland

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on January 3, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Simple great food and atmosphere

                      35. GL

                        GlenLisaGio

                        New England

                        22 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        22 reviews

                        Dined on December 30, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Absolutely delicious, creative flavors and great service....Yum!

                      36. S

                        Sheryl

                        New York Area

                        453 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        453 reviews

                        Dined on December 29, 2019

                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                        Felt the tasting menu was way overpriced. Meatball was delicious (yes: just one meatball) and portions generally were small. Service was very accommodating but would not go out of my way to eat here.

                      37. GB

                        GeraldB

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on December 23, 2019

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        If it is your first time you should review the menu on line first. If you do not understand it call ahead and pick an entree to order. I would not recommend the tasting menu on your first trip. The service was great and the food we had was excellent. The menu was a specialty menu that was a little pricey! Worth it thought!

                      38. F

                        Fred

                        Phoenix

                        70 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        70 reviews

                        Dined on December 22, 2019

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Food very good as was service. Very limited menu however. Very small but very intimate.

                      39. D

                        Damaris

                        New York Area

                        22 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        22 reviews

                        Dined on December 21, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Very cute and quaint place. Food was delicious and I love the ambiance and decor. Very knowledgeable waiter and staff.

                      40. CH

                        CarmaH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on December 19, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had our Office Holiday Party here and we had a great time. The food was wonderful. service was great. Everyone loved the restaurant. Thank you!

                      FAQs

                      Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva is rated 4.7 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

                      Permanently Closed

                      This restaurant is permanently closed.

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Grand Ave and 13th ave

                      • Neighborhood

                        Downtown Phoenix

                      • Hours of operation

                        Dinner
                        Tue–Sun 11:30 pm–11:45 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Mexican

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Elegant

                      • Dress code

                        Casual Dress

                      • Parking details

                        Please use private parking lot across the street from Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva. Additional street side parking available.

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza

                      • Additional

                        Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wine

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