Barrio

4.5
596 reviews
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Latin / Spanish
Barrio is a vibrant, casual restaurant and tequila bar specializing in chef driven Latin cuisine with a sultry bar atmosphere located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Barrio is known for made-to-order guacamole, fresh salads, tortas, tacos, enchiladas, and tamales, all made from scratch.
The extensive beverage menu displays over 100 varieties of tequila, unique cocktails, craft beer and wine. Happy Hour is served Monday-Friday 3-6pm and lunch and dinner are served 7 days a week. During the spring and summer, join us on our patio located on Nicollet Mall to relax and people-watch while sipping “The Trinity,” our hand-crafted signature margarita!
Private dining and event space is available - please contact the restaurant directly for more information.

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R
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Nice room - narrow but high ceilings make it unique and cozy. Highly recommend.

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R
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pretty quiet place being on Nicollet Mall. Food was great and in tapas style, they were filling if you had 2 of any of their selections.

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Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You'll want to make a reservation.

Appetizer Guac was great.

Tequila flight is cool. Helps to compare when you don't really know the difference between types of tequila that well.

Tacos were okay. I don't particularly care for corn tortillas, but I understand that's more authentic.

Service was great.

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JL
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Barrio always comes through like few other do. First - cocktails are to die for! Secondly - I love being able to choose a few different plates to eat and share. And the Guac.....outstanding!
The atmosphere is always bustling/happy/energetic/fun and never in 5+ years have I had even a mediocre experience - it's always Top Notch. What I truly like most is the service I get at Barrio. From the minute I walk in the door to the time I leave, the staff is on-point. This recent visit was super busy yet the interaction and fun exchanges we had with a few staff members made us feel like we were the only ones in there. Our server (I believe Elizabeth) was a riot! Super engaging and passionate about Barrio. When asked about her favorites, without hesitation she blurted them out and talked of being a consistent customer for a long time before working there. This is a GOOD sign! And even when our server was busy, when another walked by our table and noticed an empty plate or low amount of water, they took care of it!
Kudos to this place that has stood the test of time and just continued to get better with age.

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CE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was amazing and the drinks were stellar. A great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and any other occasion!

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

Good food. Good service. Steak and chicken tacos were delicious!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Some of our tacos were excellent and some left a lot to be desired. The service was also a little lacking: there should not be a 30 minute period between the first and last person’s food coming out.

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BW
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 3 generations celebrating a 30s birthday and everyone enjoyed it. The food selection, size and flavors were ideal. Well deserving of its great reputation!

Barrio
Responded on May 1, 2019

Glad you liked it, thank you for bringing the whole family in! Patrick

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The ceviche was excellent with the cumin dusted chips. My daughter and I loved it more than the street style tacos. Carnitas was a good choice though. One thought would be to have a taco large plate choice that includes a rice/beans selection of your choosing

Barrio
Responded on May 1, 2019

We are glad you liked it, thank you! If you stop by before 4:00 during lunch service our steak or chicken plates come with rice, beans, cabbage slaw, and tortillas of your choosing! Patrick

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VD
Minneapolis
113 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food. We were concerned that there were not going to be enough vegetarian options, but we were happily surprised and didn't leave hungry. We were not expecting it to be tapas, either....but it worked out okay!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I guess I would recommend but it seemed a bit overrated for the price and the food. I would not be in a hurry to go back.

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Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Have been to the Barrio a couple of times. The first time was great. Made happy hour this time. Have a great hh menu. Wasn't as good this time though. Service was lacking and we resorted on asking another server to find ours to order additional beverages. Will go back though this summer. The vibe here is great.

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Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great drinks and service, Ibwas expecting a more authentic flare. Food was good though just not outstanding

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Glad you enjoyed yourself Sheryl, thank you for coming in! Patrick

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall

Barrio
Responded on April 25, 2019

Glad you liked it! Patrick

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m
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 4 people in my party. We were seated in a nook in the back which was nice and cozy. We each ordered 2 items and had a great time trying everything. Two of my friends had never been there before and had a wonderful experience. Thanks, Barrio!

Barrio
Responded on April 25, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves! Getting to try everything is one of the best parts of tapas. Thank you for introducing your friends to us, we couldn't have higher praise. Thank you, Patrick

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

Food was good, but service was very poor. Our food was delivered one plate at a time with 20 or so minutes between the first plate coming and the last plate coming. Meaning by the time everyone had their plate, food was cold. Took forever for food to come, maybe an hour, when it was not busy in the restaurant.

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service have always been very good every time i have been there. Great spot for a lunch meeting.

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Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you Kimberly, looking forward to your next visit! Patrick

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and very good food!! Great atmosphere too.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service; however, we ordered some tacos that didn’t have much of a disclaimer about spice. But the spice factor was wayyy more than anticipated! My fiancé got a bloody nose while he was eating it. Would’ve been nice to have a little disclaimer.

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Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you for coming in! I'm sorry we didn't emphasize the spice level on that taco, the habanero on the pork belly taco does have a serious kick. Hope to see you again soon. Patrick

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d
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

From the moment we walked in to the last satisfied sigh of contentment, everything about Barrio was perfect! The service was excellent, the kitchen ran like a smoothly oiled machine, and the food was outstanding. Highly recommended...just be prepared for the noise level if it's a busy night.

Barrio
Responded on April 10, 2019

We love reading reviews like yours, thank you! Looking forward to your next visit! Patrick

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s
Minneapolis
126 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun to arrive during happy hour and enjoy the scene. Stayed for a tasty dinner before heading to Orchestra Hall for a concert. Thank you!

Barrio
Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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CM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, drinks and appetizers were great! This is my favorite place in mpls!!

Barrio
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you Christa, we are glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to your next visit!

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NJ
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So flavorful! Lots of tapas style options which was great for my party of five to share! Everyone loved their drinks and food! Definitely plan to go back!

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BM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks are great - I loved the classic Trinity Margarita and my friend was thrilled with his mezcal flight. The menu of tacos and small plates made it easy to pick and choose exactly what we wanted to try.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in for one purpose: steak tacos. Barrio has recently been closed for renovations, so I was excited to see the new space. I was pleased that they had just seemed to update a few things, leaving the general atmosphere in tact. The food was worse the wait. Great char on the steak, enough salt, and elements of crunch, heat, cool, and soft made this a wonderful mid-week lunch. Great place for grabbing a quick bite, or out with a large group!

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The drinks were crazy expensive! We had guacamole, two drinks and with our tip it was over 40$ never ever again the drinks were good but definitely NOT 40$ good

Barrio
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for visiting Ana, I'm glad that you liked our drinks! We are proud to say that we make all of our guacamole, chips, and salsas, along with all of the mixes, syrups, and infusions for the cocktails in house. We believe that it is a difference that you can taste, and while it does increase the price a touch, it is worth it. Hopefully you'll come back for another visit, we do have happy hour 3:00 to 6:00 Monday through Friday. Thank you, Patrick

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had Kiera as our server, OUTSTANDING. All the Staff were exceptional. We were seated upstairs which was a great spot to watch. Been to the St Paul location first time to MPLS and first time for my wife to either. As Kiera said perfect starter to a date night before Elton John. Great all the way around! Sat right at top of stairs which was a great spot! Will definitely go back!

Barrio
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you Jeff, really glad you liked it! Kiera is great, I knew she wouldn't steer you wrong! Thank you, Patrick

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D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lunch special! Great food at great value

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SI
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

They were really wonderful as we were stuck in traffic and called to let them know we were going to be late. They said they would push our reservation back so we would not lose it. Thank you so much!!

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s
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Service was excellent .. they make a great Sangria

Barrio
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you Sue! Glad everything was great, the Sangria is one of my favorites too! Patrick

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TN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the service was 3/10. When we got there I had a reservation but the employee still had to go look for an open table. The table we were given was right between two other parties so we barely had any room when getting up to go the rest room. The waiter did not really care what we wanted was just in a rush to take our order then told my boyfriend he should have asked for his meat well done if he did not like the food. Overall the restaurant is nice and the food is great I would just suggest better employees.

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AN
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food and drinks were great, will definetly come back!

Barrio
Responded on April 25, 2019

Anna, thank you for the great review, glad you enjoyed yourself! Looking forward to your next visit! Patrick

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OT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before concert. Our waitress was magnificent. She was knowledgeable & kind. Tequila shots were awesome but a bit pricy. Food was great again small & pricy.

Barrio
Responded on February 21, 2019

Thank you, I'm glad service was great and you had a good time! Looking forward to seeing you again! Patrick

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A
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and specials. Atmosphere is fun too! Highly recommend for any occasion.

Barrio
Responded on February 21, 2019

Glad you liked it Ami! Thank you for joining us, looking forward to your next visit! Patrick

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, our server was very attentive and conversational.

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c
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The lengua taco was not so good! Tuff and flavorles. On the other hand the chicken yucatan was very tasteful and tender. A well balance of flavors that I will order again.

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Responded on February 13, 2019

Thank you for your response Crazy! I'm glad you enjoyed the service and the Yucatan Chicken, we look forward to your next visit! Patrick

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food, the music was terrible!

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Responded on February 13, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your meal! We switch up the music to keep things fresh, hopefully next time it suits you a bit better. Thank you, Patrick

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MS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good. Better than your typical American Mexican fare, though also a good deal more expensive. Service was a little spotty to get started: we and adjacent table waited a long time to get our drinks. It's pretty loud, but we were fortunate to be up against the window and away from the worst of it.

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Mississippi
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were great. It was kinda noisy, but got quiet around 8. Or

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JW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

We were seated in the front of the restaurant, which has full exposure to the outdoor elements each time the door opens, which was often. Sometimes people even held the door open for extended periods. I don’t understand why they don’t build some sort of vestibule or something. It was ridiculous. We are as fast as we could and left for the place next door to warm up and have another drink. Won’t go back!

Barrio
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for reaching out Jennifer, I'm sorry that your experience was less than desirable that evening. We realize that this is an issue, and are working with the building and other tenants to devise a vestibule to remedy the situation. We would very much like to see you again however, and I would like to treat you to a margarita and guacamole when our patio is open in the summer. Thank you, Patrick

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