El Barzon

4.6
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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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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food. Very lovely atmosphere.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible! The waiters suggestions were spot on and the food was absolutely amazing! Everything was perfectly made. Definitely going to be coming back more!

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JimS
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!
Only complaint was online menu has not been updated and some of us were disappointed with having to change our choices that we were looking forward to!

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AnneB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyed our food. Wait staff was appropriately attentive.

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EricS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food on both the Mexican and Italian sides of the menu. Great service and nice atmosphere inside. Don’t let the exterior fool you, this is a top restaurant in Detroit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food. Strange location. Food was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food very nice atmosphere. Staff was friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in a long time. From the drinks to the dessert. It was outstanding! Definitely coming back multiple more times.

JM
JulieM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as always and service was fantastic

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kathy17
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great and our waiter had a nice sense of humor. we were with another couple and we enjoyed sitting and chatting in the nice setting.

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StephanieB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always and service was great. It was very loud that day.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Desserts were a

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Roger
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We weren't sure about the place when we first pulled up off of Junction. It looked closed up and the sign read to use the other door, around back. So we did. We found the main parking lot as well. It was not what I expected. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we went in. It quite nice. We arrived ahead of our reservations and we still immediately seated. Our waiter was very attentive and even let us sample a couple of the sauces. Being both Italian and Mexican, we ordered something of each. The simple sausage and peppers were excellent. I ordered a seasonal dish that was not the ordinary Mexican fare and really enjoyed it. My wife ordered traditional enchiladas in mole, which was new to her. We had couple of margaritas and finished with the tiramisu. We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Top notch spot.

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ChoreeB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Friendly management. Fast service. Wonderful Valentine’s meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Asked for a dessert menu and never got it after waiting 30 minutes. Asked for it again and still never got it. Friends credit card was charged an extra $50 for no reason. And the food was overpriced and not good, seafood dish was fishy and gross. Save your money and time and go somewhere else!!!

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Dino
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is outstanding! Especially the homemade pastas. Our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. The only issue we had was we were sat close to the kitchen doors, so there was a lot of foot traffic coming by while we ate. It was the day after Valentine's Day so it was a full house, I imagine they would have had no problem sitting us elsewhere on a normal night. Would 100% go back and plan to do so. Another great perk is they have their own parking lot and they don't charge to use it. Food and staff were superb.

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PamelaL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice for valentines day

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LanceG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Initially staff was unorganized. Seemed to overbook single reservation time. After short time, we were seated.

15 minutes passed before a server came to our table. Restaurant was maybe 50% full.

Initial item ordered from menu (permanent, non-special) was not “available.”

Food and drinks were great, once they arrived.

Server offered free dessert item due to our trouble.

Great, kind staff. Might not have been their best day as a group. Food was excellent and is only reason I’d go back to give them another opportunity at my patronage.

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Luvstodine
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been wanting to try El Barzon for awhile now. Finally got my chance and it was good. I have been craving good Mexican, so I went in knowing I would order a Mexican dish, but they had a fabulous Italian special I wanted to try as well. So my husband ordered the Italian dish and I ordered the Enchiladas. Both dinners were good, but the Italian special was much better than the enchiladas. The bread basket and the homemade garlic butter they brought with the Italian meal was delicious.... The chips and salsa they brought at the beginning of the meal was just okay, in my opinion. Service was superb, and will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rad food, get some

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and interesting.

JB
vipJenB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such a great gem hidden in Detroit. This was a first time visit and I was overwhelmed by the food and drink selection and loved how we were greeted and the service throughout our dinner. Will definitely be back!

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OliviaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant! The service is unmatched and the food is excellent.

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KeithG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could rate the food and service over 5 stars I would. Amazing place. Amazing food.

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Kathy
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good with great, unique flavors. The staff is very friendly.

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vipSamuelF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a terrific place. Loved the food, the atmosphere and the staff. Interesting and exquisite combination of cuisines and flavors. If you are in the area and have never tried it, you need to, because it is a real hidden gem. You will not be sorry.

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Yogics
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful. Would have liked a round table but overall very good.

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kathy17
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the staff was very good and the food was great. our first time here and we'll be back.

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lynnek
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a wonderful bday dinner! The pasta is definitely the way to go. I got a veal dish but tasted 2 pastas and they were both excellent! I will definitely go back and get pasta!

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Emily
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a unique way to experience Italian and Mexican cooking under the same roof! The three of us had Italian food this time, but I was still able to have my Smoked Jalapeño Margarita. The waiter charred the jalapeño, and then it sizzled in my drink! All of us had veal, and we split a bottle of Brunello wine, which was very reasonably priced. We all ended with different desserts. Because my husband and my friend were celebrating birthdays, they brought them on a huge tray with Happy Birthday written in caramel sauce. We enjoyed crème brulée, limoncello cake, and ice cream dipped in chocolate, with a complimentary flan to boot. Stuffed, but very happy. We'll definitely go back!

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JimT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good place. Great waiter! Really good food and drinks

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vipYankeegirl
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant off the usual path. Looking forward to eating outside. Love the extensive menu! Easy parking in the back.

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. The veal melted in my mouth and the mixto appetizer was excellent. I particularly liked the jalepeno margaritas

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Alice
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our party included a 100-year-old friend, so we needed a quiet table -- it was perfect. Then they opened an unused door to minimize his trip back to the car. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food good. Enjoyable --we'll be back.

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vipSteakLovingTomTCVR
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit and we were more than pleased. Server Aleucis (Alec) was friendly, helpful, and spot on with his recommendations. His service was an important part of creating a fun-filled and enjoyable dining experience. The Italian sausage and dual-pasta appetizers were great. We had fettucine and goat chops as the main courses - both were superb. As folks who dine out once a week, we're not sure how this wonderful place escaped us for so long. We're already eagerly looking forward to our next visit. Tom and Carol.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Extraordinary service. Highly recommended.

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Madbrew61
Northern MI
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food just wasn’t very good. Everything was bland. The salsa didn’t taste fresh. Service was pretty good.

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vipAk3536
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and food was amazing

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Goldbe76
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best service! They made us feel so special for my birthday! They treat you like family! The food is delicious! The pastas are absolutely fantastic. Everything we had we loved! Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex the waiter was the best!

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

El Barzon is rated 4.6 stars by 1001 OpenTable diners.

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