El Barzon

4.5
828 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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m
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is consistently good. It amazes me that the kitchen can prepare delicious Italian and Mexican food. I don’t go there for the ambiance because the main room is quite noisy. But the smaller bar area and the outdoor seating areas are quite nice

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SH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit and it’s once again excellent. Great food, great service, and a nice, unhurried pace. So good.

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

Miriana is an excellent waitress. I tried Chico on her recommendation. Great!
Attentive and most pleasant . The ambiance and music were also delightful

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D
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

This was my second trip to El Barzon and it was a huge Mother's Day disappointment. The service was very slow. There appeared to be no bus-boys to clear plates. The weather was cool and some of their space heaters on the patio were broken so they had to compensate with a very loud portable heater. Just bad.

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T
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

First off the food we received was very good. However we never received our appetizers of calamari and caprese salad and were told that the kitchen was too busy to do them. Disappointing but were taken off the bill of course. Our reservation was for 6:00 and we were promptly seated right before 6:00. Our soup was served at 7:05. Long wait. Then my phone rings and it is the hostess calling me to see if we were still coming! I explained we were seated and already there. She said she would tell them we were still coming. I could not make her understand that we were already there and seated. Very odd. We actually didn't have time to order dessert or coffee because we needed to be home by 9:00 pm. We will likely try El Barzon again and see if the service is better.

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RS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is such a great restaurant with a mix of Mexican and Italian foods. We love the mole sauce. Service was excellent. We love it every time we go back. it is a little out of the way but well worth it.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food, as always. Pasta appetizer portion was tiny, unlike other times we've ordered it.

El Barzon reported that we didn't show up for our reservation, although we were there right on time.

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KD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Alex was great, as always! The Mother's Day breakfast/lunch menu was really diverse - a nice mix of some of the regular dishes with a twist (eggs on the side, for example) and some lovely breakfast items such as French toast with marscapone and berries. My very critical mom loved her meal and her Manhattan.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving into the neighborhood, we wondered what we might have committed to making a reservation here! We were pleasantly surprised by the inside of the restaurant and by the outstanding service we received. The food and drinks were wonderful!!!

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food experience! Food was great and the Sangria was outstanding.

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s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place, good food. If you want it quieter, make sure you are seated closer to the kitchen.

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RD
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belated bday dinner for one of my best friends - as always, food and service was wonderful and the special birthday flan dessert was a wonderful treat!

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RG
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This place car extremely highly recommended. It was extremely mediocre in every respect.

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WS
Detroit
146 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, very good food and service. The waiter was excellent except we think he had too many tables as we seemed to wait long periods to even ask questions. Two apps, three main courses (no steaks or meats) two desserts $100 plus tip.

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RU
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

El Barzon is a wonderful restaurant. We recently went with four friends who had never been there before and they all said they would go back. The Chile en Nogada is fantastic, a poblano pepper stuffed with beef, pork, and fruit, with a pecan cream sauce topped with pomegranate seeds. The only downside is that the noise level is high and increases as the evening goes on.

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I’ve come here for dinner and it did not disappoint! Had a basil marguerita and gnocchi with grilled shrimp! Wonderful attentive service and an excellent experience! Will definitely be back again!

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe we took so long to go to El Barzon! It was fantastic. I cannot wait to go back when the patio is open.

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NH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great waiter - Pablo. Slow night due to Easter, so faster than usual. Caesar salad, lasagna, seafood appetizer and veal dinner were all very good. Our second visit. Next time. I'll try the Mexican fare..

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible time on Easter!! Ruined my family’s day. The food was burnt. For an entree on a brunch menu which was not mentioned as only menu, when making the reservation, was a piece of chicken and burnt potatoes. No vegetables. My grandson ordered French toast and under the first piece was a burnt piece so black it was disgusting. Told waitress and all she said was “sorry”. No replacement or taken off bill. A small portion of menu was family style so I asked waitress does that mean we all get salad? She said yes. So daughter ordered Ceasars salad. It was brought out and given to my daughter only, not family style as menu indicates and per waitress. Regular size salad too. Bread basket was brought out with torn pieces of old bread. We asked for rolls and was told that is all they have!! Multiple times I tried to get waitress attention but she was always talking to fellow waitresses and was hard to get her attention. Ice tea was watered down and not worth it. Terrible service and food! Very disappointed!! Everyone at table said they will never come back!!

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PS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Your pasta is my all time favorite. "The best ever"

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter, son in law and I went to El Barzon for Easter Brunch. We were impressed with the offerings on the brunch menu. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We are always impressed with the quality of the food served at this restaurant. My family agreed that the food was excellent and all of us would recommend El Barzon to a friend.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family ate Easter Brunch there. The food was good and the service was really friendly. It made the occasion really fun.

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G
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have eaten at El Barzon many times and always enjoy the high energy and good food at this unique restaurant. The noise level, however, is so high that it is almost impossible to talk to others at your table in the main dining room. The patio, when open, is beautiful and much less noisy. The bar area is always better as well. Our most recent visit was for Easter Brunch and it was very busy. The food was good and so was the service. Again, however, the noise level was a problem.

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L
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration success! We arrived early(20minutes) No Problem we were seated promptly, server Mirjana was informative, warm and answered all questions with a smile. An array of appetizers were ordered all very yummy(I suggest the shrimp with beans & arugola) next the entree from branzini dishes to a vegetarian pasta eggplant dish(I wanna bath in the red sauce!) to a Barbacoa el Chivo(Bbq goat) everything was fresh, seasoned well with the portions being more than enough! Dessert was a Flan which they decorated the plate with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a candle! Awesome! Owner/Chef came out introduced himself and chatted us up, even answered a few questions. To top off the night Chef bought us Tequila Shots! Very cavalier of him. Definitely will be back!

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DG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
4 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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