El Barzon

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located 3 miles from Little Cesar's Arena, Comerica Park, and Ford Field. El Barzon Restaurante has been a staple to the city since 2007, serving both Mexican and Italian Traditional dishes. Chef/Owner Norberto Garita was able to obtain his culinary experience working in Manhattan N.Y. and in the later moved to Michigan where he worked at the famously (now Closed) Ill Posto Ristorante Italiano.
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SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow; the waiter was so nice and friendly and excited and the food was amazing!! Sometimes in Mexican restaurants, they give way too much food; here the portions were appropriate. Sometimes in fusion restaurants, they do too much combining; this felt like 2 distinct experiences. It is an excellent choice for many people; so much to choose from. I will be back!!!

D
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our 16th Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restuarant was very pretty, the staff was very proffesional, and the food was amazing! I do suggest going when it's bright out, it's a bit challenging to catch the correct lot in the dark

A
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here! Alex, our server, was so friendly and kind. The entire staff is wonderful and sang happy birthday and provided me with a birthday beverage and dessert. So nice! My dish was a little salty but other than that, I enjoyed everything. Love this little spot!

JH
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Italian dishes at this Mexican-names restaurant are excellent. As, of course, are the Mexican dishes. Always a truly enjoyable dining experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

BB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was average. Ordered mussels as an appetizer and expected a bowl full, as what is typical in other restaurants. There were only 6 mussels and 4 clams. Ordered a seafood dish with linguine that was supposed to be in a spicy tomato broth. I am not a big fan of spicy but enjoy it every now and then. The broth did not come close to being spicy. The amount of seafood was adequate but the calamari was over cooked and chewy. Food came to the table extremely fast which makes me wonder how early in the day it was prepared.
I did dine here once before and do not remember anything negative so I was anxious to return but was disappointed on this visit. Overall the experience was average. I might recommend to a friend but with caveats. Appears to be a popular place so maybe it was just me and high expectations.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Highly recommended by friends. Somewhat sketchy area but not too bad. Heard a lot about Mexican / Italian being offered but really is minimal Mexican. Italian is old school all the way. Not the healthiest preparation but tasted ok. Not amazing, not bad just pretty average. Service was good. Very accommodating with substituting on menu. Really was ok just not the anazing experience I had been told.

f
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had always talked about going to El Barzon for a long time. My wife’s Birthday was the perfect opportunity. The food was great I had a veal dish with a Bortola wine sauce my wife had a fish dish that she loved. The service was very good. We will definitely go back again, probably in the summer so we can sit outside.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

This was our second visit and such a disappointing experience that I doubt we'll return. My husband and I were seated alone outside of the main dining area, so he had a view of a dark corner and I was facing the bar. No one else was seated in this area the entire time we dined, so we felt pretty isolated.

Our server was all over the place, clearly inexperienced and she was far less professional and knowledgeable than the server we had on our first visit. She never even gave her name, just started incomprehensibly rattling off specials. Our busser asked us to let her know when we were finished with our tortilla chips so she could take them. She explained that she was alone so trying to get all her work done - totally inappropriate.

The food was enjoyable enough (mixto frito, barbacoa and tris di pasta were good), but I felt like the standards for service were lower than the price would have you expect. This was supposed to be a great birthday celebration for my husband, but I ended up wishing I'd chosen another restaurant. Next time around, I will.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way

KS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was great! The food was great! We definitely will be back!

MA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place ! Service wonderful and food amazing ! So flavorful! Will definitely go there again soon!

SB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Food, service and ambience was outstanding!

PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and the experience was outstanding. Excellent foods, from antipasto to desert with impeccable service.

AV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very good. The waitress was lovely and answered our questions about the menu. The dining room is very loud. I did a lot of pointing at the menu and asking for the waitress to repeat herself.
If you want to talk to your date, do not bring her/him here . However, they do recognize special occasions and we were surprised and delighted when the waitress brought out a dessert for our anniversary. Very nice! We found parking on the street, then realized there was ample parking in the rear of the restaurant and moved the car. Better parking information would be great to have on the restaurant's website .

TK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific variety on the menu. Food and service were both great.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is lovely, service is good, and food was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian / Mexican fine Dinning experiences in the Metro Detroit area.

j
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seafood pasta was great. The waiter was very good. Excellent dinner, reasonable prices for very good food.

B
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Inside dining is really a disappointment after having enjoyed the patio during the summer. The ambiance is really lacking inside--try some music, some spicy Mexican sounds and artwork to enhance the dining experience. The craft drinks are fabulous. My fish dish was just ok--sort of bland. The service felt rushed. Probably won't return until next spring.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic !

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding from start to finish! The food is delicious and authentic! We were the last patrons and they didn’t make us feel rushed in any way. One of our Detroit favorites!

GC
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Barzon’s food, drinks and excellent service keeps us coming back! The Italian dishes are excellent as are all of the Mexican entrees. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone. A hidden gem!

MR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and cocktail menu. Great seating indoors or out. Must stop if you're in SW Detroit

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was very fun and eclectic. Food was unbelievable! Where else can you have chips/salsa AND pasta?! YUM!!

DT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been coming here for a number of years. Excellent food as always. Very consistent. One of our favorites!

M
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved the patio - very pretty in the evening. The food was delicious also.

m
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

An enjoyable experience- IF the noise level hadn't been so high.
The acoustics outdoors do not need "music"- people had to yell
to be heard. Really ruins the ambiance for every one, especially since
the service and meals are outstanding.
Also - folks drive for miles to attend & this does not encourage a
repeat visit. btw Where does the chef get the black truffles &
are they 'really' truffles from the Piedmont ? *_*

JC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Patio provided a nice outdoor atmosphere.

LA
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There were 8 of us and we all had a great meal with the exception of the lasagna which seemed to be lacking meat and cheese. We had a couple different types of fish which were great, appetizers (sausage w/peppers and calamari) were great! Our service (Alex?) was exceptional! Also had a couple of the specials that night and they were great! It would be nice if the prices were given when they tell you about the specials. Great evening overall!

NB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!
I will tell all my friends about it. Phenomenal.

M
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back. We sat outside and had Margaritas that were awesome and a nice Italian dinner.

o
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic in every way...drinks, food, service, atmosphere. We will be back!

VV
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there, but certainly not our last. The food was only serpassed by the service, outstanding!!!

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique setting with good food and service.
The waiter lowered the sound which was nice. I realize the norm is loud nowadays, but being old, hearing can be a problem.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing patio, bread/butter, margaritas... Great spot & great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always. The sangria is fantastic.

d
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our time at meals at El Barzon and this one was just as exceptional.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food

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