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El Barzon

4.6
4.6
1553 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 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 1,553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. WW

    WaltW

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    not worth the drive into the City - very friendly and excellent service -soup excellent - sent first order back - very nice Bday celebration
  2. SH

    SaraH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went before seeing a show at the Fisher Theatre. Told the waitress about our timing and she made sure we were out exactly on time. Great Food, Great Customer Service! Highly recommend!
  3. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool location. The service was impeccable, the food was one of the best overall meals I’ve had in as long as I can remember. It was all amazing, the service was amazing, and they gave my mom a complimentary dessert for her birthday. This place is a must go for any occasion and I will be back as soon as I can.
  4. KJ

    KatherineJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    We’ve been here a lot and it’s one of our favorite restaurants in detroit. However, this particular visit was really disappointing, mostly in service. We waited almost 15 minutes after being seated before we saw our waiter. He spoke very quietly so it was hard to hear anything he said. We waited almost 30 minutes for a refill on chips (and then another 10 for salsa). Overall we were seated for over 3 hours. The food was amazing, as it usually is. But the service was really disappointing.
  5. DP

    DeePaw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and the service amazing. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
  6. DM

    DominicM

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was horrendous. The drinks were just as bad. I used to go there monthly but last 3 times, it has been poor service and average food at best. I won't be back.
  7. BP

    BobPioneer

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 4 and we all had something different. We loved the food and service and plan to return.
  8. DS

    DennisS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Our server was rushing us during the entire meal. She wanted to flip our table. The noise level was horrible in the room. We could not have a decent conversation. Too many tables in too small a room. The food was Ok...but not as good as reported to us by our friends. It seemed rather pricey given all of the above. Will not return.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation and we were greeted and seated right away. All the wait staff were attentive and accommodating. Food and drinks were delicious! Will definitely be coming back!!
  10. EL

    EmilyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The burrata appetizer and the carbonara were amazing!! Will definitely be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious! I definitely recommend coming here. The ingredients were fresh and the wine list was substantial.
  12. EO

    EmilyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband loves this place, and I’m starting to love it too
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great birthday dinner for my mom. Everything was delicious!
  14. FA

    FrontierAccountant

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food! Heaters make the back area noisy. Waiter did not follow instructions well, brought one check after being repeatedly told how to divide up the bill.
  15. SB

    StephanieB

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere! Food was excellent as well as the service.
  16. MS

    MeganS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, the best pasta and cocktails I have ever eaten. 100% would recommend.
  17. EG

    ElisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding and the mole poblano was phenomenal. A marvelous evening.
  18. V

    Viri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and very romantic vibes. Will go again soon!
  19. A

    Ashleyk0214

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What an absolute treat! This restaurant although not in the best area has completely transformed in the last few years. The food was spectacular, the best mole I’ve ever had in a restaurant or anywhere else for that matter. Our server was amazing and even let me try the mole sauce before I ordered as I was a little apprehensive. The sangria was amazing and the table side charring of jalapeños was a magic touch to my fathers margarita. I can’t wait to return 😊
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Alex, our waiter, was absolutely amazing! He had a smile the entire time, was filled with joy and made the dinner so special
  21. A

    Annarborgirl15

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    We have been to El Barzon before and really loved the outdoor patio area. Of course, since it’s fall, we were sitting inside in the first restaurant room. There is another one further back in the building. I had sent a message that we wished to have e a nice table bc it was a birthday celebration and I got a message back that it would be no problem. When we got there, no table was ready, and once it was, it wasn’t more special than any other table. Food was good, some of the dishes were overpriced IMO. Noise level was very high.
  22. MP

    MelissaP

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Horrible service! We used to love this place, not anymore. Asked for more salsa, took about 30 minutes, and had to ask a second time. Food was good, but we likely won’t go back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Fairly expensive for average food. Server recommended we get four of one appetizer which was a total exaggeration and we only ate half of it. Could’ve easily been split much better. The drinks were average and very pricey. Probably choose somewhere else for dinner.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Cool relaxing atmosphere. Food was good, but very pricy for what we got. My wife got the cheese enchilada with green sauce. I got the spaghetti spaglio. Both were good but for the price vs taste depends if you like trying different stuff. The amount of food will fill you up and I’m a big guy. Drinks were very expensive. Overall good place to check out with a really unique menu just on the more expensive side.
  25. AE

    AlexisE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is always outstanding. Very reasonably priced considering the great quality of everything. Probably our favorite in Detroit.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Will be back for that Cavatelli alla Boscaiola
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent service and great food
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and unique.
  29. LH

    LuisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was my first time in this place highly recommended for any special occasion and celebration thank you to all the staff it’s really friendly
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Too expensive, charged $28 + $10 for pasta with shrimp, only three pieces of shrimp were served, they said those were the portions. Service was weak, not the best place to go.
  31. M

    Michmom

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adults kids birthdays
  32. DD

    DebD

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most difficult part of having a meal at El Barzon is deciding whether you want to have Italian or Mexican...both are truly outstanding. We had a stellar experience from start to finish. Our only concern was that, as a larger party, they would not separate the bills. I assume they do that to add gratuity to the party...but I think they could do that regardless and save he time and hassle it takes to manage multiple credit cards and cash on one bill. This isn't really a complaint as much as it is a heads up to other large parties - to either bring cash to help expedite, have one person pay and the rest Venmo or allow some extra time at the end.
  33. BD

    BarbaraD

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    we celebrated my moms birthday, party of 8, 3 of us really enjoyed our meal, the other 5 were not super impressed. my fish filet was delicious, and my mom enjoyed her steak. the veal dish however was tough and one person found the fist too fishy tasting. all the appetizers were very good. Yes, i will come back again but try some of the Mexican dishes.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The restaurant was overwhelmed from the moment we sat down. It took about 20-25 minutes for anyone to come over and bring us napkins, menus, and water. The waiter took forever to order our wine, bring it over and open it. Once our food came, you could tell that it had been sitting under a heat lamp. My medium rare steak was grey when I cut into it. The cheese sauce had a film over top from sitting. My wife’s cream sauce has separated and the food was barely hot. Overall, not a great way to spend celebrating your wedding anniversary. I hope it was some off situation, as we have dined in the past and it was amazing.
  35. SS

    SteveS

    Detroit

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    This place has been great for years and we took two couples that had never been and it was an utter disaster. Two and a half hours to eat! Had to send back food and drinks due to tastelessness and an appetizer was forgotten. Although items were promised to be taken off bill, they were not and we had to ask again. Owner said he fired two dishwashers that day and that caused the wait, this bordered on absurd. Our waiter was so professional when he was at the table, but would disappear for minutes at a time. I would give this place another shot, but unfortunately the others won't.
  36. LB

    LeslieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food. I always eat from the Italian menu. Friendly service and good management.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great food, but service wasn’t that great. We had 3 different servers come to our table saying they would be our server, so it seemed like they weren’t sure what was going on. And the server we ended up having was nice, but just wasn’t that good of a server—not sure if he was new, or just didn’t have the head for serving, just seemed like he didn’t “get” how it worked. Also, one person in our party has a very serious dairy allergy and he didn’t understand the magnitude of that either.
  38. JS

    JacquelineS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Absolutely the worst. Food terrible. No table despite a reservation. Never again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Very slow service. Probably short staffed but wish they had mentioned at some point so we knew what to expect. No apologies or anything.
  40. MS

    MichelleS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They surprised me with a birthday dessert and song. My jalepeno margarita was amazing. Both food and service were great.

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 4.6 stars by 1553 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 24 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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