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About Barrio - Lowertown

Barrio boasts the best chef-driven Latin food and the largest Tequila list that the Twin Cities has to offer. Using locally sourced ingredients, our chefs make every last dish on the menu a memorable one. Whether you want a Maragrita, a taco, or some freshly made Guacamole, Barrio has all your bases covered. After dinner, hit the dance floor and take in an eclectic mix of Latin, reggaeton, and all of today's greatest music spun by our in house DJ's.

235 E 6th St
Saint Paul, MN 55101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:

Sunday 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Monday-Wednesday 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Thursday 4:00pm- 12am

Friday-Saturday 4:00pm- 12am

Bar:

Sunday- 10pm

Monday-Wednesday- 11pm

Thursday- 12am

Friday-Saturday- 2am

Cross Street:
Wacouta

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 222-3250

Website:
http://www.barriotequila.com/

Entertainment:
DJ's Saturday nights

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Private Dining

Barrio boasts the best chef-driven Latin food and the largest Tequila list that the Twin Cities has to offer. Using locally sourced ingredients, our chefs make every last dish on the menu a memorable one.

Barrio - Lowertown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Casual (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great atmosphere and delicious food. One of our favorite go-to locations! The barrio margarita and table side guac are a must have!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Loved the Lowertown ambiance and the food and drinks. Great service!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The drinks cost way too much and had too much ice in them very poor value.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Even during happy hour on a Thursday, service was excellent. The food was very good. I would especially recommend Barrio during the warm months--they've got a beautiful open layout and outdoor seating. Food arrived pretty quickly, drinks quicker. You can't really beat their happy hour menu, either.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Parker is the man. That's why we went back and service was great, food was delicious overall another fantastic experience

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Wanted to eat outside to listen to Mears park performance, but it rained. Inside was super noisy any seated at a small high top that I kept getting bumped, not enough space to allow people to get past.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I've been so impressed in the past, but was a little disappointed this time around. Service was definitely lacking. Food was ok, but nothing to write home about. Our table of three took second/third/last priority to a couple larger parties. Part of order was forgotten by server who only entered it after we reminded her. Drinks/waters were left unfilled several times.

I do appreciate that our server removed last forgotten item from the menu, but I do hope that we see an improvement the next time. It was Saturday night... There were plenty of empty tables, so it wasn't super busy... We just expect better when paying for top shelf drinks, apps and full meals.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Such a great place to dine outside! Food and service were very good, as usual!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very loud, difficult to have a conversation.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Too noisy. Good taste good. I cannot believe they charge 1 dollar for extra chips

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Went prior to the Saints game our servers were great makings sure we got the happy hour prices. Good happy hour menu margaritas were excellent.

Tags: Spicy, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

FOOD was very tasty but very overpriced. Stingy with the chips and charged extra for more- even though we did not have enough chips to eat the salsa and guac they were sold with .

Service was ho-hum

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food was great! The pork belly taco and crab empanadas were awesome. We got there during happy hour so prices were great. We were lucky enough to sit outside on a beautiful, not busy day. However, the whole experience was sullied by our rude, absentee waitress. Unfortunate, since the tables near us had a very cheerful, helpful, attentive waitress.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, People Watching, Tapas
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Tried this place on a whim as I was looking for a place in downtown Saint Paul near to a show we were to attend later. Overall I had a great time. The food, drinks and service were spectacular. The place was quite nice. We sat inside, however outdoor seating ( which appeared full at the time ) is across from Mears park, which is a delightful little park. Overall I give it a very positive rating.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Worst experience and service I have had in a while. Never ate the food cause nobody greeted our table. I would suggest going to the Bulldog next door. They actually give a rip about customers. The Bulldog's food is excellent. I highly suggest going there instead of Barrio.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very busy(Jazz festival was going on) service was slow food was not as good as usual.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Barrio always has an excellent happy hour & the food is amazing! The staff is extremely friendly & make you feel welcome. It's a great place for a girls night out!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food. Great service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The spicy Margarita was a favorite of more than one person. $25-$30 per person with drinks and tapas was our group average.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Tapas (small plate) food is always awesome. I would say food is NOT authentic Mexican, but Creative Mexican, very tasty. Some items are spice, but Everything is flavorful, I have had probably half the items on the menu, over maybe 6 visits. One of my favorite places!
MUST try the pork sopes!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The waitress was excellent and apologized for errors with the cocktails. The hostess that seated us wasn't friendly and told us we couldn't have a table with low chairs because we didn't have a reservation. I told her we did have a reservation which the group of 4 that cut in front of us at the door did not--and got what she told me was the last table with low chairs even though the restaurant was ~30% empty. Then we had to wait for her to text the late reservation befor letting us have the table next to the bathrooms. I'm sure you are pressured to keep the same menu, but an occasional special in the evening would be appreciated. Thank you for listening.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Took 15 minutes for server to get to our table. Spoke with the GM about the service and didn't seem at all empathetic with our experience. When you have date night with the wife, drinks should come right away!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Barrio is my favorite go-to spot for a girls' night out. Never disappointed!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We have loved going to Barrio in the past. This visit was very disappointing. First, we had a reservation, but when we arrived the host first asked us how long we intended to stay because she had another reservation. This seemed very rude - I've never been asked that at a restaurant before. Second, we ordered an appetizer which never arrived. When we mentioned it, our server said 'oh, did you still want that?' No apology, no trying to make it right. Overall, we were not impressed.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Pre-game get together with friends. Our server Cardell was great. Thanks.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, People Watching, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was great! Very poor service. Disappointing. I'll come back again because I love the food. Hopefully the service will be better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

First I'll say the service was great. The waitress who served us was kind, prompt, and was attentive. Unfortunately I was unimpressed with the food. We ordered quesadillas that were soggy, covered in so much "extras" that you didn't even realize there was a quesadilla underneath. The Pozole was a dish I was looking forward to as well, but lacked in flavor.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our server was excellent! Disappointed no special menu for Mothers Day. Small portions are a bit expensive. Good food flavor. Expected better tasting "special margaritas", especially for the price.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Food & drinks were very good. Was nice to have a reservation on a Friday night. It is LOUD in there. Was fine for relaxed night out but if you're looking for something intimate this is not the place.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Loved the margaritas!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Most folks don't even know what good service is anymore, so they don't know what they're either praising or panning when they review it. But it is worth reporting that our service at Barrio was remarkably good. All 3 staff who helped us worked deliberately, spoke rather than just acting, asked questions, answered ours, and were present and helpful. THIS is service, rather than simply food delivery that is or is not prompt. There are so few places outside of very expensive high end establishments whose servers really get this concept; and may of those are inferior to the dedicated folks at Barrio. Yes, the food and drinks are all great, too. But there are lots of places that can toss out an edible dish. The issue is how it gets tossed at you when you order it. And Barrio makes dining out ACTUALLY dining out. We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Salsas appear to be improved. Chips were good. Margaritas were great, but a little small/underfilled. The rest of the food was adequate - not up to the standards previously. Lacking in flavor were the tamal, mahi mahi taco (really?! a taco not good?), hearts of palm salad, "seasoned" beef tenderlion skewers. Produce was fresh & the highlights. Churros & chocolate were awful - overdone, lacking in taste otherwise, barely sugar coated & "chocolate" appeared to be less tasteful than watered down Hershey syrup, but similar texture plus had parts of skin served at the side of the dish when it wasn't even warm. I've gotten significantly better churros for less at the fast food Taco Johns.

My high chair was super wobbly, so I switched it out...only to see it put back into service without checking or repair.

The place is loud already, though I found it interesting that someone would change the volume of the background music at the beginnings of songs. The women's restroom was underserved with toilet lid broken & partially missing, out of toilet paper & paper towels in stalls yet it was only 6 at nite on a Tuesday.

I was embarrassed that I had suggested the place for dinner & raved previously about the great food. Major letdown!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Mahi mahi tacos were great!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Everything we had was delicious (sopes, tacos, guacamole, steak, mojito), service was fantastic. We got there just before the dinner rush.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Spicy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We visited Barrio for my mother in laws birthday. I arrived an hour before our reserved time in which the host was very accommodating. The staff was very attentive and our waiter was out of this world. Very helpful and friendly.

I have been to Barrio on a few occasions prior to this and have yet to have a bad experience. The food absolutely do die for.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I used to love Barrio and look forward to a chance to have dinner and drinks there, but I feel that the quality has declined quite a bit and the service has been so spotty over the past few visits. The corn chowder used to be my favorite, but on my last visit there was hardly any corn in it. The tacos seem to be getting smaller. The prices go up. The servers make it seem that customers are a bother. I will say the food arrived super quick and the cocktails are good. I just might need to make trips to Barrio a place to grab a drink before a game at CHS Field, rather than a place to have dinner with friends.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I wanted to love it but just didn't. The guacamole was very good but came with a tiny dish of chips, and another bowl is $1.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Barrio is a must stop every time we are in town. Love the Caesar Chavez, a great drink is a must! We try different things, all good. The guacamole is amazing.
Our 9 y.o. likes the enchiladas. Service is excellent, prompt and courteous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tapas, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 18, 2017

As always a great place to meet up with friends and try an assortment of fun creative food!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Spicy, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The food was good but the noise level was so loud we couldn't hear each other across the table. Service was very good.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching
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