Bar.bacoa

4.5
311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Tapas, tacos, mixologist cocktails and, of course, authentically prepared barbacoa in the heart of Virginia-Highlands, Atlanta. An eclectic-chic, Spanish vibe accented with warm copper and rich textiles, mood lighting and local artwork plus a comfortable covered patio make Bar.bacoa the perfect date night, girl's night out, celebratory event, or post-work happy hour spot.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the drinks. Good food. Very attentive service. Dining area needs a little bit more ambiance. Candles on tables weren’t lit. Lights were pretty bright in the dining room, the music was a bit frantic sounding for my taste, just my opinion. I like relaxing tunes when I dine. Would like to return but would sit at the bar.

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ST
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Bar.bacoa since they opened. It's an amazing place to eat, it has ana amazing atmosphere, the wait staff and owners are amazing and we have never eaten anything there that wasnt delicious! My favorite dish is the pablano and corn empanadas. It's worth the time to go and sit and have a refreshing night out.

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TA
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

AWFUL on so many levels! When our drinks arrived, somebody other then our server slammed them on the table and and turned around and left. The squid was so over cooked I could have used it to make tires from, we ordered the “baked cauliflower” it is a head of cauliflower cut in half with friggin cheese baked on it! No seasoning nothing! Both my guest and I could not eat it. We told the server and he took it off our check. we ordered 2 other items that were so unmemorable I cannot comment.

If you want decent spectacular service head to the West Side and go to Cooks and Soldiers, as we should have done but wanted to try someplace different 🤮

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RR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was AWESOME!!! Even the gentleman that sat us at our table was so inviting. It was our first time and we loved the food, the recommendations, and the drinks. My biggest critique of a restaurant is always the wait staff and their ability to recommend food. Our waitress did the best with recommending our choices and giving us her take on them. I am so grateful.. I honesty should have tipped her about 50%.. that’s how special she made the experience. The best part is, it seemed so effortless.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and margaritas were excellent! Such a great addition to the neighborhood. We’ll be back soon

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and the service was awesome. I will be back. We enjoyed having Matt as our waiter. He was cool.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average. Service was good. Food was okay. Nothing special.

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DM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great new neighborhood restaurant! This was my second visit and I'll continue to go back since there are so many things on the menu I want to try. Great margaritas too! Make a reservation as walk-ins tend to have to wait.

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AF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tacos were excellent..Needs improvement on the red sauce for the tortilla chips..Verde sauce was excellent but red sauce was cold and very bland.

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GB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Not impressed. Food was okay but there are other restaurants with the same food only better. Atmosphere felt dark and closed in.

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G
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite taco place

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. The host was super friendly and the back patio was great. We loved all of the apps and drinks we got. If I lived in ATL I would definitely be coming back

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MP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It may be because we came late (10:30pm reservation), but the server made no attempt to educate us on the food or make recommendations for new customers. This was my first and last time visiting. The food was very basic, and overdressed with what i call “garnishes” but the meat was not very flavorful. I tried 4 Tacos: 1 grouper, lobster, shrimp, chicken. The grouper, chicken were lacking flavor, shrimp was too salty and lobster was delicious but again overdressed with some random non-complementary cheese that tasted like mozzarella. They used FLOUR tortillas which is not authentic Mexican. If they had corn tortillas that was not communicated to us by our server. Me and my boyfriend were literally in AND out of the restaurant in a matter of 45 ministers or less. It’s the perfect food if your drunk and need to fill your belly to decrease the blood-alcohol level.

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LN
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful date night at Bar.bacoa. I was expecting to be nickeled and dimed with the tapas, but was so surprised by how little we spent even with two drinks each. Everything we had was delicious. We got queso (which was much bigger than I was expecting), Mexican street corn, shrimp taco, steak taco, and the ham mac'n'cheese. We were going to get the garlic shrimp but I was so full after the mac. We also got 2 margaritas each. There was no pressure to order everything at once which I loved. We ordered one thing at a time and had a slow dinner which was so nice. The atmosphere was very casual and we enjoyed sitting in the patio area. The inside area was very loud since the place is so open. The patio was a little quieter but since it's shared by all the other restaurants, you can still expect quite a bit of noise. Overall, fantastic dinner. We will definitely be back!

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L
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is full of so many good bites! We love the Skillet Baked Queso, and the Chicken Tinga Empanadas are sinfully delicious. The Chicken Tortilla soup arrived in a bowl big enough to serve 2. It was thick, meaty and delicious. Thankfully, the prices are affordable enough to order many plates. We intend to keep coming back until we’ve tried them all!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, music was too loud and there is a table that gets alley smoke.

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CD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is too big to be considered tapas but overall it's pretty good.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

There are lots of great restaurants in Atlanta; unless you live in Virginia Highlands or a neighborhood nearby, don't bother. Bar.bacoa is not worthy of all the current hype. My margarita was tasty, and most of the food was good (except our paella, which was bland), but it was certainly NOT exceptional. Also, the service was so-so and the restaurant was quite loud despite our early (6:30 PM) reservation time.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the change to Bar Bacoa - excellent service, food and margaritas !!

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JE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was awesome! The place is small but packed, then again it was a Friday night when we went. The food was delicious, a wide variety of menu items. The drink menu was also plenty big and had a wide variety of drinks to choose from. All the food was very flavorful. A few of our tapas came out lukewarm and our server removed them from our bill without us even asking. Would definitely go back again, especially for the empanadas! Great date night spot, not very ritzy but still a fun spot!

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NP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lots of potential here, but falls short on taste and preservation. The burger was rubbery. The candied bacon dates were mush and the corn salsa was under seasoned. If it didn’t cost as much as $30 a person without alcohol I’d bump up the rating by one star, but this was okay at best.

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas and tacos!

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

Good food and Great service. Nice atmosphere on the back deck.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. I arrived early and sat at bar and had their margarita special. It was excellent and the bartender was my favorite! I’ll be back!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Bar.bacoa. The food and service were both excellent! I love the food options and their small plates are really not small.

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GF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food with great shareable portion sizes for tapas! The menu is great for those that enjoy more simple foods as well as foodies looking for something new to try.

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JD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great, friendly service, good drinks and great food. I had the bacon burger from the brunch menu and it was the best Burger I’ve ever had. The burger itself was great but the additional flavors, onion, guacamole, jalapeno, bacon and egg put it over the top!

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1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere is nice. Food is not great.

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Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Lighting is a bit bright. The margaritas were awesome. Food was just okay. Red salsa was more like tomato sauce.

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K
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing nite out. The food, service, ambiance was amazing I can’t wait come come back.

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JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything good. Only slight irritation is that the waiters tried to clear plates before we were done with some dishes.

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BO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty good food, especially fried chicken. Guac could have been better. Service was a bit slow, think they were overwhelmed.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was just okay as was the ambiance. Definitely better options for either tapas or Mexican

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, generous portions, service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. I will go again and would recommend it!

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C
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the same great crew under a new name, with an expanded menu and new selections. Everything here is awesome, we tried bacon wrapped dates (a must!), mussels, shrimp and the new quesadilla. We have been coming here for a few years, and the chef never fails to impress!

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BR
Atlanta
127 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Bar.bacoa is excellent. If you loved Taco Cowboy you will love Bar.bacoa. Try the queso with guacamole in it! The service is always top notch.

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HC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Thouroghly enjoyed it. Great food. The drinks were slow coming out.

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