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El Barzon

4.7
4.7
1503 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 894-2070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Norberto Garita

  • Catering

    Not available for the moment

  • Private party facilities

    Call For More Information 313-516-5416

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Michigan Ave

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking Also Available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,503 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Detroit

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for birthday dinner. Detroits hidden Gem. Service was outstanding and the food did not disappoint. The servers knowledge of the menu and specials will not lead you wrong.
  2. AL

    ALF6306

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is wonderfully well trained in serving and customer connection. The team all worked together and did a professional job plating, serving, moving plates, filling water glasses, etc. A fine dining experience all around!
  3. F

    Foodie1020

    Detroit

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal!! Beautiful patio! Excellent service!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We told them that it was our 39th anniversary, not just our anniversary. After dinner they brought in a very large plate with flan with the writing happy 39th anniversary. I truly loved that they listened that it was 39 years. Very special touch. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. Sooo sweet. She made it special. I just absolutely love the ambience and the Mexican music in the background. My mother was Mexican, and I really regret so badly that I never got a chance to bring her here! She would have absolutely loved it. Mucho gusto! My wife had the gnocchi and said it was one of the best that she’s ever had. I had the chicken El Barzon. It was OK. It wasn’t hot but rather warm, clearly had been made earlier in the day, and my potatoes were again warm, not hot. I would have like a little bit more flavor frankly. It seemed bland. And I hate even saying this because I love the place so much, so I will go back again and try other dishes. As I walked out through the patio I saw people having so many dishes that I would have loved to have had the chance to try. But I started from the top! Ha ha ha. I cannot wait to go back. This is such a special place in my heart because I see so many young Latino men and women clearly starting their careers and they were so polite and were working hard to do everything just right. They succeeded
  5. AN

    ArthurN

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    True cuisine, so much to select from!! Service was personable and professional, so very much appreciated. The pace was spot on. The variety is challenging to narrow down, far too many that I enjoy! A gem to the city and we’ll worth the trip
  6. T

    Terry

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We experienced amazing food & great service in a beautiful setting.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Took my mom her for a nice dinner We arrived and waited at the host station for about 8 mins until someone said hello I understand restaurants are busy but it takes 2 seconds to say hello to a customer The host was standoffish but our waiter was amazing
  8. DB

    DonnaB

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely Love the outdoor patio it’s a great place to dine
  9. JJ

    JackJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    The waiter took our drink and appetizer order shortly after we were seated. He returned 20 minutes later to take our entree order without serving the drinks. We asked that our drinks be served before we order our entrees. Later he served our entrees and forgot about our appetizers. My goat chop were tough and full of gristle. The mole chicken was bland.
  10. WR

    WilliamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service..the outdoor patio is one of the best in Detroit.
  11. SL

    SharonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have CHF and can’t have salt. The waitress was so nice and the chef created a dish with no salt just for me. Fatima was friendly, very accommodating, and impeccable! Cocktails were delicious. Jalapeño margarita, watermelon margarita and Mexicantown Mule. We were a party of 7 and reserved patio. Gorgeous weather, great company and the food was AMAZING! Everyone of us enjoyed our meal’s every bite. From the 4 veal dishes to the seafood soup, to the gnocchi, and lobster shrimp ravioli. Thank you so much for everything! We have dined in your restaurant maybe 6 times. Always top notch.
  12. WG

    WordGirl62

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our most recent visit to El Barzon proved as delightful as ever. We have long settled on El Barzon as our first choice for family celebrations, such as our daughter's 21st Birthday dinner last night. The management and wait staff are always warmly attentive--the service is impeccable. The lovely ambience of the outdoor patio--white linens on the beautifully set tables, cloth napkins and single, fresh rose centering the table--always so welcoming to the eye. The food is outstanding; we've tried a number of things across the extensive and varied menu and we have never had a disappointment in any way--the food is delicious and beautifully presented. We look forward to many more wonderful evenings at El Barzon; thank you all so very much. Michelle, Ben and Mary Wilbert
  13. CN

    CaseyN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the ambiance outside - Our server Eric was fantastic. They made me a mango mocktail that was fab, and everything we ordered from both Mexican and Italian dishes were delicious. Inside and bathrooms / front signage is dated, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover….everything was great and this place is a Detroit gem. Will definitely be back.
  14. DG

    DorisG

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were extremely delighted with our dining experience at El Brazon. We were seated in the patio, which was beautifully decorated and provided a warm and calming atmosphere. The service was wonderful, our waitress was friendly, professional, and more than knowledgeable regarding the menu. She made great recommendations. We had appetizers, cocktails, a main course, and dessert. We both enjoyed our delicious meals. We finished with a delicious Limoncello Cake.
  15. JG

    JayneG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A different meal & server every time I've been here & everything is all excellent!!
  16. D

    Dann

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant! Cactus soup and whole bronzino are amazing as always. Premium Margarita is delicious! Handmade pastas taste as such and the sauces are hearty and flavorful.
  17. F

    Frankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything we had was great from the chips and salsa to the entrees
  18. JL

    JosephL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the perfect dining experience at El Barzon. The service, the ambience and the food could not have been better. Our server was very knowledgeable about the cocktail and food menu. She paced the meal nicely, not rushing from one course to the next, was pleasant and attentive without being obtrusive. A wonderful evening.
  19. MJ

    MJCo

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered incredible homemade pasta dishes. They have a large menu, with a lot of variety. I appreciated the fresh flowers on the table.
  20. KK

    KerryK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was good but a little cold. Background music was too loud. Had high expectations but overall disappointing.
  21. PP

    PracticallyPerfect

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and absolutely SUPERB service! Can’t wait for the next meal there
  22. JS

    JulieS

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    thank you for the lovely meal, attentive service snd nice atmosphere! very grateful
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and exceptional wait staff!
  24. LM

    LeslieM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wasn’t sure if the location, but the patio seating was stunning. Craft cocktails and the choice of either Italian or Mexican cuisine was a nice touch!
  25. J

    Jimm

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been wanting to come to this restaurant for many years and I only wish I had gone sooner. It exceeded my expectations in every way. I love when you can have excellence in every aspect of a restaurant experience while still remaining comfortable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary! My wife and I love this place. 10/10 service, the staff is incredible. Highly recommend.
  27. RJ

    RobJ

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The courtyard experience and the food was excellent.
  28. K

    Kate

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Pasta was mushy. Out of several liquors at the bar. Just overall sun-par experience. My husbands halibut, however, was outstanding.
  29. BH

    BarbaraH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent. The cactus soup was delicious....so flavorful. Outstanding restaurant.....a gem.
  30. GB

    GeorgeB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the exceptional service from the minute we walked.in until we left was amazing. Have always and will continue to recommend El Barzon to everyone that wants an experience that is affordable and exceptional. Continued success
  31. MM

    MartinM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was interesting with an assortment of Italian or Mexican dish’s. The wine list was interesting. Try it!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great customer service but food was not great.
  33. JB

    JoeB

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faboulous Experience Eric took great care of us! it was pouring rain and was still the perfect atmosphere for a special night!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot
  35. SS

    SassySenior

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food is delicious. Staff is friendly. Our waiter seemed to be a little inexperienced, but that didn’t spoil the evening.
  36. BR

    BridgetR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS love our experience at El Barzon! The food is always delicious, waitstaff and hosts are always kind, courteous and attentive. Never had a bad meal; Mexican or Italian.
  37. AP

    AlexP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would come back again for sure. Parking in the back was very convenient and easy.
  38. KW

    KateW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This was our first trip to El Barzon. A very unassuming building from the outside, you walk in through the outdoor patio seating area and are transported to a new world. The host stand wasn’t well marked, and 4 of us missed it. We were seated outside (had reservations) and then waited. And waited. Someone brought us chips, and we waited more. We weren’t in any hurry, and we understand the world is short staffed, but we felted a bit ignored just trying to get anyone’s attention. We tried flagging someone down, and eventually a server came and said she would take care of us since we didn’t have anyone assigned our table. And then she didn’t come back. It was a bit longer before we finally got the attention of a manager. From then on- we were extremely well cared for. Things moved at a very good pace, not too fast, and as soon as one course was done, the next was ready. Food was excellent! The drinks were fantastic. I had gnocchi in a chorizo cream sauce that was a true Mexican/Italian fusion. Serving sizes are very generous. Atmosphere felt like an old Italian alley- I loved it.
  39. AL

    ArnoldL

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Party of six. Everyone enjoyed their food, except me. I had the honey glazed salmon. It was very overcooked and chewy. I found have sent it back, but didn’t. Very noisy outside on patio, difficult to hear table conversation. Overall we enjoyed it but would not rush back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a don’t judge a book by it’s cover type of restaurant… the front can make you skeptical but the food is some of the best dishes I’ve ever tried. For a great price too. The ceaser salad is GREAT. And it’s only $7! But the dish that makes me keep coming back is Strozzapretti Alla Norccina dish!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Barzon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 894-2070.

El Barzon is rated 4.7 stars by 1503 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for El Barzon

3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking Also Available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Norberto Garita

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 894-2070

  • Catering

    Not available for the moment

  • Private party facilities

    Call For More Information 313-516-5416

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