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El Barzon

4.5
598 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mexican
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Hours of operation


Monday - closed


Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(313) 894-2070
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Norberto Garita
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Cross street
Michigan Ave
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Valet Parking Also Available
What 598 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was fair at best.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The menu allows for either Mexican or Italian choices and you won't be disappointed either way. Our waiter was Alex and he provided excellent service!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was very good. They had a lot of choices and they made an item for us that wasn't on the menu anymore. Everyone was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Awesome food choices. Great service!! Great place for a date !

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had dinner there on a Sunday evening. We were early so not crowded - it was getting full when we were leaving. The Bronzino was very good, We also had Chile Releanos, and the El Barzon thin steak with onions and jalapeños. Affordable very good authentic meals...both Italian and Mexican.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved this restaurant! Our food was delicious. The pasta is fresh and homemade. The chips and salsa were delicious. Our waiter was so kind and very informative on what we should eat. Will be going back to this place!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a lovely evening dining at El Barzon and felt like the waitstaff was overly courteous and accommodating. They provided us with a dessert free of charge for my birthday and were very quick to refill our waters, remove any empty plates, and ask if we needed anything additional.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

El Barzon has great food and fun cocktails. Great for a special occasion or dinner out with the hubs!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We arrived and there were only a few tables filled. We ordered the calamari, shrimp and scallop appetizer. The scallops were non existent, the shrimp were barely there and the dish was mainly over cooked with very tough calamari. The beer list is non-existent with no craft beers nor any draught beer. The dinners took very long to arrive and the two that came first were cold. The third dinner took ten additional minutes to arrive which was hot like they forgot to make it and only did so when we inquired where it was. Meanwhile, we waited for it to arrive out or courtesy letting our dinners get even cooler. The waiter asked if we would like them "heated up" but could not bear the dinner going into a microwave. The chicken in the dishes was already overcooked. The entrees were so-so, nothing to go out of the way for. Bright side, the dinners came with scalloped potatoes which were the best part of the dinner. Winter brought a complimentary flan desert before bringing the bill. I think he was trying to rehabilitate the tip. I'm not going back. Out of courtesy to the waiter we did not complain on the spot, he did inquire about our meals, but felt uncomfortable complaining. It would have been heaping on as almost every element of the meal was a bad experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love it (again) second visit in less than 3 weeks!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The service, food and cocktails are always excellent. I ordered the Whole grilled Sea Bass . It was delicious. Save room for dessert, the flan is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

delicious food and the sweet singing waiter was very generous with his time and patient with a group of mischievous ladies! beautiful cocktails! will be back as soon as I can!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was exceptional at El Barzon. We ordered the calamari for an appetizer which was amazing! The homemade paparelle pasta with meatballs was a little unique. The red sauce was very different from the usual Italian red sauces...not sure how I felt anout that.
I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The dining experience was exquisite. I had the grilled sea bass & my spouse had salmon. We had grilled calamari as an appetizer. The meals were mouth-watering & the calamari
was tender & tasty. The wait staff was friendly & professional. The restaurant was elegant but not stuffy.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

It is a great place my wife and I along with friends enjoy the evenings at ElBarzon. My favorite the other day was the pasta trio appetizer, (great as an entree as well), whole bronzino, and eggplant soufflé. Spectacular!

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Service was just terrible. Food was mediocre. I ordered the lasagna and it had about half a bottle of graded Parmesan dumped on top. The cocktail was good. I would never go back again though because of the service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service, excellent fresh food and hand crafted drinks. Good variety of menu items--both Mexican and Italian fare. It's a neighborhood treasure!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a great dining experience. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was casual, yet had the feel of an intimate bistro. The drinks were fun and modern with an extensive wine list, craft beers and inventive cocktails. My friend partook in the house-made mole sauce on the recommendation of our server and it was rich and fabulous! I went Italian and had prosciutto and cheese stuffed baci with a chorizo cream sauce and grilled shrimp and I couldn’t have been more pleased. If we weren’t already so full, I would’ve loved to try any one of their tempting dessert offerings! I can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This was our 4th trip to El Barzon and probably our last. The restaurant food, service have been steadily declining but the rates have been increasing.
This trip, the drinks were terrible - we had 3 of them at $11 each.
The food was ok but very very expensive for what was given. The place was so loud that we just could not hear ourselves talk.

Too bad...we were entertaining guests from Washington DC and wanted to give them a good time but we could not.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Nice atmosphere! There are many good items to choose from on the menu!
We ordered fajita. They were not listed on the menu. We saw another table order them, so we asked our water if we could also order them.
I would like to try an Italian option next time!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent, as always!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This place is great. The food delicious and numerous selections.
The chef is very creative and on top of the menu this particular evening there were multiple special meals including broiled seafood platter, veal shank, cactus soup. You have to try it.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Pasta was phenomenal.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The first thing we noticed was the ultra loud din in the dining room. Nothing deadens the noise here. We couldn't hear each other or the waiter. While an appetizer of insalata de mare had a generous serving of seafood, a fish taco had little fish and a lackluster flour tortilla. A mediocre experience.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was delicious and the staff were excellent! I have never had a bad meal here.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very good. I would go again, individually or with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was delicious as it has been every time. Had dessert for the first time - excellent idea to save room, was decadent!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was very good food. A nice blend between Italian and Mexican food. Menu was filled with a variety of foods.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great sauces. Attentive staff. Five stars.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

My first time there and I ordered Chicken Marsala and it was to die for ! We each had a Margarita that was served in a wine goblet which was strange for a Mexican place. No Margarita glasses ?

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This was our first visit and it was for my birthday. My husband and I had reservations at 5pm on a Tuesday which it turned out were not necessary since they were not busy at all - but I for one, enjoyed having the place to ourselves. The waitress was Allysia and she was so attentive and personable. The food was great. My husband had the special which was of a Mexican nature and I chose a homemade pasta specialty dish. We both enjoyed delicious wine and homemade sangria. Of course, had to try the dessert. For my birthday, I enjoyed a luscious flan and my husband ordered the Tres Leche with the Leche Liqui. Wow - that's all I have to say about that!!
We plan to go back but since the cost is higher than we can afford on a regular basis, it will have to be a few months before that can occur. Highly Recommend!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good experience. Food was phenomenal. Wait staff was friendly and seamless.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Everything was great. Looking forward to dining here again and bringing friends.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Not the best area, but don't let that fool you. The parking lot in the back was gated and gave me a sense of security. Once inside, you feel transported, suddenly forgetting the outside world. The service was great and the food was excellent. I would recommend this place to friends and family.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

4 hour roasted goat meat is an absolute must. Terrific tequila, mezcal, rum, and wine list.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Have been to El Barzon several times. Unfortunately, each visit seems to find the restaurant slipping in all categories. This time, perhaps it was due to the restaurant week menu. The choices seemed less than stellar. The best plate any of us had was the Italian sausage appetizer. The calamari was sub par. My seafood pasta, was swimming in so much tomato sauce it seemed it might have been better described as a soup. The skirt steak was thin and flavorless, and the Branzino was good, but an extremely small portion. We may visit again, just to try the patio come summer, but this disappointment will make us think twice before making those reservations.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Odd mix of Italian and Mexican. Restaurant week was a limited menu, but food was decent. Disappointed only one desert available early in the evening.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We went here for restaurant week! The food was delicious, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was romantic. We will definitely be back again!!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was our first visit and will definitely not be our last. The food was delicious- we had a large group and everyone enjoyed their meal (from chicken to lamb to chili rellenos). Even the tortilla chips were fresh and the salsa tangy and good. The staff was pleasant and attentive- the white tablecloths makes it feel a bit more special. Really enjoyed this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food and service were great. We went during restaurant week. The menu was not the typical Mexican Town fare. The sea bass was delicious! I had no idea this little gem was right there on Michigan Avenue and Junction. I will definitely go back.

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