Bar.bacoa

4.7
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. Staff is very friendly and efficient. Will be back for sure.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Could eat here more often if they would be kind enough to offer a Veterans discount. Guess I’ll eat across the street at Murphys instead.

MK
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Overall it was a decent experience, and I would go back and give it another try. 15 minutes before my reservation the manager called to tell me there was an issue with the grill and they could only serve food that wasn’t grilled. (It was a Friday night so I had no time to make a reservation elsewhere) I arrived and the server didn’t explain well what could and couldn’t be cooked, and honestly the server wasn’t great. The food we did have was good and the cocktails were quality. (Skillet Queso is great) Overall it was pleasant, but needs some improvement. Better service, less noise would have improved the overall experience.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great ambiance, very cozy feel. Small restaurant so not too loud but loud enough to have a conversation without the group next to you overheating everything. Food is decent. Not bad, not the best for the price but all in all a great experience with tapas and drinks.

m
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The goat cheese fritters were delicious but my favorite was the fried avocado taco and the bbq salmon and grits. Portions are perfect!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the back patio was awesome!

MC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely phenomenal. My friends and I had never been here before. We were looking for a nice spot with great food and service and we found it!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, favorite day is taco Tuesday. Service is fast, food is amazing and everything is always great. I’m excited that they have impossible tacos now and salmon tacos. Great options for everyone and can’t wait to return.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Great food. Will definitely return.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great evening. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and really helped make the night fun. The food was incredible. We will be back soon.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Matt! Best server and always on top of things!!

BR
Atlanta
129 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Virigina Highland. The drinks, cheese dip, guacamole and tacos are yummy! My favorites are the Trailer Park, Brisket Mac n Cheese and Baja! Try them all!

L
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good and a great value

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time dining here, and everything was delicious. Everyone was very friendly and extremely attentive. As a server, I notice when other fellow industry workers are truly putting forth their best energy, and I definitely saw that here. Thank you so much! Will definitely be coming back with the rest of the family.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and grits was superb. The calamari was excellent. Thank you James (owner) for the warm reception. Shalom our waitress was very helpful with the menu and her customer service was wonderful.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Matt! He had our drinks ready for us before we sat down and is always on top of it!

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The bacon wrapped dates are super good. Todays special was brisket burger which was fabulous! Highly recommended.

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Service, food, drinks, ambiance, etc! We will definitely be back! So many items on the menu left to be tried!

k
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice environment. The fried avocado tacos were great!

E
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great tapas - I love sharing and trying what people are eating. The whole cauliflower is amazing and we didn’t have one dish that we didn’t like It’s quite noisy bit lots of fun.

CA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks are so good. The service was great but be prepared to sit and hang out for awhile.

JT
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas restaurant in Virginia Highlands. Easy parking behind the restaurant. Perfect night to sit outside. The drinks are very good. made with fresh ingredients and no mixes.. The queso and chips were so good. We selected the Mexican Street corn, the nachos, the scallops and the ham and cheese croquettes. Everything perfectly prepared. Great flavors. My husband favorite the scallops. LOVED the street corn. Cannot wait to go back and try other things on the menu.

JD
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great for brunch or dinner. The breakfast burger is amazing!

F
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super hip and fun place to eat! The food was delicious and the service was great. There is an assortment of traditional and unique tacos, so mix it up! And the drinks are classic, but tasty. I had the house margarita and the bartender was on point. I will definitely be back.

K
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great drinks, food was decent but could be better. Great prices.

CS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Love the atmosphere. Sat at the bar and the bartender was not very attentive. Not that friendly. The rest of the staff was awesome.

A
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. We have tried everything on the menu and they are all delicious . Killer cocktails too

TJ
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. The restaurant is advertised as Small Plates and Tapas, but the portions were substantially larger than most tapas restaurants. Started with the ceviche- one of the best I’ve ever had. Carne Asada has a savory balsamic preparation and was cooked exactly as we ordered. The server recommended the Barbacoa Nachos which was huge. Lots of perfectly seasoned beef and all the right ingredients. The Soprano Margarita was a great accompaniment.

Highly recommended.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Great ambiance, tasty food, and exceptional customer service. Definitely will be going back

RC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything i had was delicious. the small bite of carne asada was incredable.

E
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice of food. Service was excellent. Don’t recall servers name, but he was great.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance!!

L
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good and nice wait staff.. food is great especially the chicken

EM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. free valet - it in a great area. i thoroughly enjoyed myself

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious!!! Great food and great staff!! We will be back.

LC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy both the bar and the restaurant on a regular basis. Great owners and staff. The food is very high quality at an inexpensive price point, drinks are a generous pour, service is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.

p
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Restaurant is very fun. However, service was slow.

KN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar.bacoa has the tastiest little tapas. I went a few weeks ago, but had to go back because there were more things I wanted to taste. The waiter was so cool and personable. My son had surgery on his finger 2 days prior and the waiter kept encouraging him that it would be okay. It's so easy to be nice - more folks should try it!
I was there a few weeks ago with friends who came into town. We were so loud, it's amazing they didn't quiet us or ask us to leave. It's my new favorite spot. It's not close to my house at all, and as much as I hate the Atlanta traffic, i'll make the drive!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummmmmm! Will come back soon!

A
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bar. Bacoa! Amazing food and excellent service and staff. There is not one thing on the menu that we do not love. Paella , goat cheese balls and garlic shrimp are a must. They also have a fantastic cocktail menu, I highly recommend Bar. bacoa to anyone looking for a great meal and fun atmosphere