El Barzon

4.5
804 reviews
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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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Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

This Year we will be having live entertainment, Mariachi Gallos de Oro and muchachos de Arranque will be performing from 5pm-9pm reserve your table soon!!! spots fill up quick.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

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DG
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter said it was her favorite Mexican meal ever! We WILL be back👍🏽

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NJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

El Barzon has traditionally been one of our Detroit favorites. Our last experience will likely have us going elsewhere for Mexican. The Calamari was very fragrant and fishy. The Mole was average at best. However, the most disappointing part of our experience was feeling rushed. It was noticeable and annoying. Hope the tables that came in after us had a better and more relaxing experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Italian/Mexican place I have ever been to. The service was amazing, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is perfect. The house made sangria is delicious as well as the special of the night, gnocchi, was amazing! Overall great experience and we will be back!

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AD
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, our drinks were great, our server was very nice....staff was great. We will definitely return!

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

we actually had 2 tables because there were so many of us... Service was extremely slow, and they forgot 2 of the kids salads so they had no dinner before the play we were going to... The food was good but WAY overpriced. we were told they could only do one check for so many people but NOBODY could read the receipt .. And the restaurant was WAY TOO LOUD we couldn't even hear each other So over all it was a bad experience we will not be returning and will not recommend to others

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

Excellent all around. Highly recommend. The food is fantastic and the service is perfect.

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

The food st El Barzon is delicious, homemade Sangria, guacamole and beans. The chicken mole was great. The staff was very friendly. We would definitely return again.

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JH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice menu - something for everyone. Prices were reasonable especially for the amount of food served. Our waiter was exceptional! I had the salmon served with au gratin potatoes and spinach, and it was wonderful! I would recommend El Barzon to everyone, and we will certainly be going back again.

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MG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. There was three of us and we all decided on Mexican food. It was fresh, very flavorful, and great serving size. My only complaint would be the cost of the house Chardonnay which was $15 a glass, and I live in Seattle! I had a Detroit Mule and the ginger beer didn’t have much of a kick.

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DB
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If you want authentic Mexican with drinks made with fresh herbs, this is it!

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

Great food and service. So many tasty options to choose from. Always torn between Mexican and Italian classics. I got the barbacoa and my finance got the lasagna. Both were fantastic.

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m
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

El Barzon is a Detroit landmark but still a hidden gem. This was our first outing and we came on a busy Saturday night and were seated promptly (reservation).
There was a seemingly long wait for table service but our waiter, Alfonzo( the nicest person) turned the evening around with humor and grace. The appetizers were very good(frito mixto and eggplant) and the entrees were very good(enchiladas) and filling. The flan and tiramisu were excellent with an advantage to the flan! Margaritas were perfect and the wine list had great options fairly priced.
It’s a great place to take a group and eat well, relax and enjoy this very friendly fusion of Italian and Mexican cuisine and hospitality.

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DO
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

ALWAYS GOOD, RELIABLE FOOD FOR THE MONEY. PLEASANT STAFF.

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PF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere excellent food and the service was outstanding

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MG
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food was delicious!!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Burritos not good, food very pricey for what you get. And being advertised as Italian, not a salad included with the pricey entre.

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SW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant was over-rated in my opinion. I liked the idea of a Mexican/Italian menu combo but the Mexican options were very limited. I ordered the Chili Relleno and was very disappointed. It was $19 for 1 pepper with rice and beans...a terrible value in my opinion and the dish lacked any flavor. The server was attentive but we couldn't understand anything he was saying as he mumbled under his breath alot. the ambiance is ok and the temperature was so hot inside that it was unbearable. We mentioned the temp to the waiter and he basically said, "oh well." He forgot our drink order, didn't give us refills on chips/salsa even when reminded and when we told him we were celebrating a birthday, he didn't even acknowledge it or make the experience even a little bit special. We won't be back.

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MM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Barzon is one of our favorite restaurants and we try to get there at least twice a year.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful meal as usual. Our server did forget to greet us, but once reminded we were there he apologized and took excellent care. My only complaint was that he never mentioned the specials and we heard a server next to our table talking about them and we would have ordered one had we known. Oh well, everything we ordered was still fabulous. Can't wait to return.

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JK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always outstanding!

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VP
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food wasn't good and it was very expensive, this was the second time we have dined here, and it is just "eh", nothing here that will bring us back.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday! A great dinner! Our waitstaff was super attentive! They made great recommendations! The food was delicious. And the best gnocchi we’ve ever had ! Highly recommend !!

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B
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit. Attractive dining room, interesting mix of Italian and Mexican dishes. Portion sizes ranged from huge (pollo) to skimpy (clams / mussels in red sauce). Good quality preparations that leaned toward the traditional. Decent wine list, although few bottles under $40. Servers were attentive and well-skilled.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic and so was all of the food. I’m already thinking of excuses to come back soon.

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Barzon has been one of our favorite places to dine for years! How can you go wrong with Mexican and Italian, both of which are exceptional. We constantly have a glorious meal, great drinks, and spectacular service. Kathy waited on us this past visit and paid impeccable attention to every last detail. Thank you!

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TG
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the entrée portions were generous. The barbacoa de chivo al horno was some of the best barbacoa I've had. We will be returning.
My recommendation to those booking a reservation and hoping for a quiet or romantic dinner, would be to make sure you get a table away from the kitchen doorways, especially if your reservation is during normal dining hours. The level of traffic and noise in and around the bar and kitchen area will be a significant distraction. Our 2-seat table was located between one kitchen door and bar end, and we found the experience less than relaxing.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing when we go.
Great service and food. And the best margaritas

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DS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I'd recommend, but I don't think we would go again. We went during Restaurant Week to try their menu and because we had heard the chef was nominated for James Beard award. We had the calamari appetizer and sausage & peppers appetizer. Poorly executed and plain. Chicken marsala was dry...menu stated it was "stuffed" with mushrooms, they were just scattered around. Flavor was good, but thought the execution was not up to par. We had the chicken verde enchiladas and they were, well, the same as any other restaurant. Tres Leche cake was dry! The Sangria & tiramisu were good and our server Pablo was wonderful, but we won't go back.

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BG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really did like this place. Only thing I disliked is that it’s a 2 hour limit and they do rush you out of there when it gets closer towards that limit. I mean my sister was still eating the chips and salsa and they literally took it from right up under her while she was eating. Other than that I have no issues. Food amazing, staff of great!

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M
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We have eaten at numerous restaurants during restaurant week over the years and this was the worst meal we had at any restaurant. Our waiter recommended the sea bass and I literally had a piece of fish that was no more than 3 ounces. I complained and the waiter said he agreed and tried to get another piece but told me he asked and they would not do anything. If the restaurant can't serve an adequate portion they shouldn't put it on the menu. Another member of our party ordered the enchiladas and said they had no taste. Certainly not worth the restaurant week price of $39. We will not go back.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

This was my second time there but the service was terrible this time. As walkways the food was amazing however we were rushed into ordering and eating becuause they were closing soon. If I had known the kitchen closed at 9 I wouldn’t have made a reservation for 8:45.
Would’ve given a better rating if I didn’t feel like I was intruding on the clean up time of the staff, bummer

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time there! We celebrated my husband's birthday with family and friends and everyone enjoyed themselves. Food was great, service was awesome. We will come again soon!

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S
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service quite good. Here is my issue. It's Detroit restaurant week. It was not indicated anywhere when I made my reservation. They would not allow us to order off the regular menu. It was three course Price Fix for $39.99. I ordered fish which is normally $19 and salad which is normally $6 and got a dessert that I can't eat due to dietary restrictions. I feel ripped off and disappointed. I will try it again because of the food, but if it's not an exceptional experience, I won't go back.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Have heard about this place for years. Decided to check it out for DRW. Amazing food. Everyone at the table ordered something different and it was all fresh and delicious. Cocktails were on point. Service was slow, but the place was packed. Servers were running ragged. I don’t blame them at all. They should add a couple more people to their staff.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I love el Barzone but the limited menu was a huge disappointment ... Tiok a friend from Cleveland we were not impressed... Will go back for the full menu again

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed. They made a special GF version of their nightly special of Lobster spaghetti! It was amazing. I’d even say it may of been better then the Gluten version! What a treat for me.... I have been without Gluten for nearly 7 years and this option has never been offered in all of my dining experiences! Thank you ELBARZON!!!

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JM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doris was our waitress and she did an exceptional job!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Valentine’s Day dinner. Overvalued, food was okay but overpriced. Doused with sauce and oil. Calamari tasted wasn’t fresh. Drinks were incredibly over priced for the amount of alcohol you were getting, let alone the quality. People were nice but overall food didn’t sit well and was high quality (if it were half the price my review would be different but they put themselves out there like it is high quality. Probably would be better in the summer with the patio open.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was ok, but nothing special. I was disappointed with my Mole Chicken dish, because it was definitely not a chicken breast, as the menu described. Instead, it was a thigh and leg covered in mole sauce to conceal that fact. My spouse’s pappardelle pasta dish was one big piece of pasta, rather than ribbons of pasta, making it necessary to cut the pasta with a knife and fork. Also, our fritto misto appetizer was small and half the size of the table next to us (who ordered it after us). Finally, given the name of the restaurant, the margaritas ought to be stellar. Instead, they were very weak and had too much ice— necessitating the waitress to constantly ask if we wished to order another. I get this was intentional, but a drink should have more than three or four sips to it. Overall, the value was not there. My chicken dish was $28... it was small and not a chicken breast. I would not return or recommend this restaurant.

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KJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is very good, interior is fun, staff is very friendly and attentive. It’s just way too loud; it’s difficult to hear your dining companions.

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