Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

4.8
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574 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.


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SD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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!

CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

MO
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

SB
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

TQ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 28, 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!!!

DL
43 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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.

JS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 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!

RR
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 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!!!

EW
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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. .

CH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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!

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple great food and atmosphere

GL
London
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

S
New York Area
439 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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.

GB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 22, 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!

F
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 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!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, charming, authentic venue. Highly recommend the table side prepared guacamole!

FS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, very flavorful, out of the ordinary Mexican food. Guacamole and steak are highly recommended.

l
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The most delicious tastes found no where else in the Valley.

MQ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very small location. Limited # of tables. Must make a reservation. But if you can get in, the good is excellent.

PD
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to Barrio Grande Reserva because Barrio Cafe does not take reservations. Our experience was excellent. The service was attentive without being in the way. The main dishes (ribeye steak and lamb chops) were top notch. My disappointment was that my favorite dish at Barrio Cafe is the Rellenos en Ganada. The item is listed on Grande Reserva’s menu, but the description of the dish is that it is a vegan version of the original. So, as long as you are not craving the original Rellenos en Ganada or want the vegan version, I recommend this place. Personally, I will wait for a tableat Barrio Cafe for the dish I love.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and charming service!

EB
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic, we had the regular tasting menu along with the wine tasting. Excellent service, knowledge of the plates and accompanying wines. Food very good. We'll be back !

MK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our meal immensely. Our server Lucas was very attentive and had helpful suggestions about the menu. The food was excellent! The best guacamole we ever had! As a vegan I was very pleased they had great vegan and vegetarian menu items! The restaurant is very small and the tables are very close.

LC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

JS
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Mexican experience ever! Highly suggest the tasting menu with wine pairings. Fabulous!

TW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Go on a Saturday night. For the street life view (Lowriders on parade).

JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome, as usual

PE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wait staff we’re outstanding. I highly recommend Barrio Gran Reserve. Love the tasting menu and wine pairings. Chef Salcido has done a great job of elevating her dishes and presenting them in a beautiful setting. Keep up the good work.

LP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top five restaurants in Phoenix. Barrio Gran Reserva never disappoints!

G
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I really loved the beet salad. The margarita had the right amount of spice. The noise level was low so that you could carry on a conversation with your friends. The service was great as well

LB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was delicious! We like the intimacy of it even though we were there for a company meeting.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love coming here for the vegan tasting menu. Most vegan options at restaurants are bland. This is incredible.
I do wish that they had a vegan dessert this season that was also gluten-free. They used to have a vegan flourless cake that was to die for. But, it was still an incredible experience and I will definitely go back.

MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Received two different menus when seated. No formal wine list. Limited alcohol selection (ie only tequila and mezcal). First course mole enchilada of queso was overly sweet and cheese / enchiladas were cold. Second course cordero (lamb chops) were good but nothing spectacular. Third course ribeye was also ok. All three dishes had the same sides of grilled vegetables. Desert of orange and white chocolate was delicious and the highlight of the night. Wanted to love this place after waiting all summer to try it, but unfortunately not likely to go back.