Permanently Closed - Barbakoa
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Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
This was our second time at the restaurant. First time was pretty good, this time not as good. Hand crafted drinks are very tasty. We had guacamole appetizer and the Queso Fundido, both of which were really good. It went downhill from there. The Tacos Pastor were sooo spicy. I like spicy, but these were really too much. Two people from our table got them, and both of us thought the same. I also got a fish taco, and that was totally bland. The black beans as well were lacking salt and any other kind of seasoning. So basically the meal was all over the map - some things way over-seasoned, and some things so bland it was boring. On a positive note, our server was very good and attentive, and overall the place has a good vibe.
food wasn't great - the shrimp ceviche was a straight up shrimp cocktail, not shrimp ceviche. and the tacos weren't great
Food is excellent.
Need to do better on timing of serving beverages. Should have an assistant server if primary server is too busy.
Water should be served at table for everybody instead of having to request. Especially during summer months.
Delicious food. Great margaritas. Attentive and courteous staff.
Fabulous tacos and good value for happy hour nachos!
Good restaurant, good service, food was ok, was expecting more zest to the taste. Very limited Vegetarian choices.
Awesome lively atmosphere. Perfect place to enjoy summer and had great Latin flair. Food was delicious.
Great place for HH
We have been there a few times and we're part of their loyalty rewards. For the most part the food at Barbakoa is great, but unfortunately the waitress/waiter you get is a hit or miss. But lately we've been having problems with their super slow and inattentive service particularly with Rachel and Arthur. We believe the management is accountable since we have already addressed this on a few occasions and no action was taken. We even fill out their survey at the end of each meal, but it seems like they simply don't care for constructive criticisms and customer feedbacks.
We were celebrating my birthday, we had great service and the food was delicious. We never get disappointed our server was GREAT.
Great food and drinks.
We had the “tasting for two”. It was so much food, but it was all very delicious. The steak tacos were phenomenal!
Girls night out
Good drink selection for happy hour, not to mention good deal on tacos for a Tuesday.
Food was delicious, ordered the nachos and the flautas. Complimented well with the great selection of tacos.
Will come back again.
This was our third time at this restaurant. We were very disappointed. The food was subpar.
When the waitress delivered the chips and salsa, the salsa slopped over onto the table - no one wiped it up and it sat the rest of the meal. The ceviche was way too spicy and had just a few shrimp that were mushy. The dish was just tomato juice and chopped veggies. The tamale my daughter ordered was gummy and heavy - she wouldn't even finish it. The empanadas were over done- almost burnt. We were extremely disappointed because our other visits were good.
I made last minute reservations from the night before Mother's Day and boy was I glad to obtain one here at Barbakoa. Got in and was quickly seated at our table. Didn't have a long wait for the waiter to attend to us. The food was perfect we had no complaints. This was the best Latin/ Spanish food I've ever tasted. I want to try what it's like a night on a nice summer night cause the music and the facility looks great. I will recommend be recommending this place to more of my family and friends.
Nice space with friendly Servers but kitchen needs help. 40 minutes to wait for Steak and Shrimp fajetas, Cobb salad and lobster tacos which came with little flavor.
We booked this place for Mother’s Day brunch. When we arrived for our reservation, we were told that they canceled the brunch menu. They didn’t even bother to contact the people that had made reservations to notify them of this change, when they had decided it the night before. We will not be going back to this place again.
I was disappointed because we went for brunch and they had no breakfast items on the menu.
Why would you advertise brunch without breakfast items on the menu. The positive side is that the food was very good. The only other thing is that the music is very loud for our table to hear each other.
We took my mother here for an early Mother’s Day brunch. For how expensive the meal was, the food was mediocre. I ordered the salmon medium rare and it arrived well done. My husband ordered his skirt steak medium rare and it arrived well done. We had waited a long time for the food to come and were starving, which is why we didn’t send the food back. Beans were watery and tasteless. My mother had a lot of leftover chicken fajita, so we asked for a box. We were surprised when the server dropped off a box, as opposed to boxing it himself. My mother couldn’t lift the heavy fajita plate, so I had to take over. Even for me, it was heavy to lift and lean into the to-go box. I informed the server, and he had no response. We will not be returning.
Barbakoa has very good margaritas, although the glasses are just small glasses, not normal margaritas glasses. The food was good for the most part, rice and beans didn't have much flavor...small portions for the price. The ambiance was the best part of Barbakoa, along with the good margaritas
Our bus-girl would barely let us finish our food before removing dishes from our table. She would interrupt the table conversation of 6 people to have us pass her several small dishes, and only some people at our table were done eating when she started. So she would stand there as we passed her our dishes. The waiter was unprofessional and lackadaisical. This is easily the 5th or 6th time at Barbakoa over a year or so and the service has declined so much so that it will be the last. Get your staff together, and your bar. The bar couldn’t make at least 3 of the drinks we originally ordered because they didn’t have something. This was supposed to be a happy birthday dinner for my mother in law. I believe she had a few choice words to share with the hostess that night, thanks for ruining the night! The food? Just ok.
I’ve been here several times and tonight, the service was slower and the food was not as good as usual.
Loved the food! Service was great! Will definitely go again.
Great food and service . Our waiter Arter was awesome!
Monday and Tuesday is dollar taco night. They also have great happy hour deals on drinks. Lots of gluten free options and good with allergies. They ALWAYS mess up our drink order but for $1 tacos (fish, pork pibil and lots of yummy flavors) it's worth a messed up drink. Great patio too.
My family was really impressed. People were not jammed packed there is room for comfort. The food very good and presentation is eyecatching. My husband liked the beer. The music played allowed the atmosphere you seek when dining out. Thanks for great service. We left a nice tip. 👏🏼
Went for a nice dinner with my husband. The food was not what we expected. The Wiatress was very slow, we kept looking for her. The tables were so close we could hear the other tables conversations. There were a lot of kids running around the tables yelling back and forth. If you have kids great... if you are looking to get away from your kids for the evening... I do not recommend. ........
Food was fantastic. I had the chicken tamale which was the best I've ever had. The waitress was great as well. I'm definitely going back soon.
Here for a friend's birthday. Us 4 had a great time. Our waitress made it even better by bringing a dessert for the birthday girl.
It was a busy evening and wait staff were still accommodating. Food, atmosphere, and quaint seating made for an enjoyable evening.
Was not impressed with the menu. The food lacks of Mexican flavor and believe me when I tell you I have eaten in all kinds of Mexican restaurants. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. at least for the food. The sangria was good .
Though the food was good we find that the place was too rowdy. They blasted the heater too so we felt gasping for air. Our server was alright though he had to cover for several tables on both sides of the restaurant so it took quite some time to get his attention.
First time there. Was a date night for me and my boyfriend and we saw online about the happy hour food and drinks and new we had to try it. We loved it. We will be coming back soon. Also our waitress Peggy was amazing hope we get her every time.
Food and service was good as usual. The receptionist however was rude, didn't greet herself, no hi or even a smile on her face when we arrived. She walked us over to our table and said "here you go" and walked away. Fortunately for the restaurant, I have been there before so I know the food and service is good but if I was a first timer, I wouldn't come back!
I appreciated the warm nachos and salsas while we waited for our food. I downloaded the app during my first visit and am glad I returned to redeem my offer - the food was much better the second time. We had the rajas tacos (potato ones) and the tostada nachos. I like my food spicy so we got the habanero salsa on the side - it was worth the extra charge. The interior is fun colored with high tops throughout and large spaces for seating. The restaurant can accommodate large parties well.
Even with reservations there was a 30+ minute wait. Other than that the server was amazing made sure to check foods for my dietary restrictions without an issue. Food was brought out promptly and the food was very good.
Great food and awesome drinks!
Great place to dine and great service. Food was received luke warm to cold. No worries our waiter took it back and manager came over immediately to inquire. Food came back out the same way. Food was removed from bill and still prepared hot orders to take home and food to eat there, chef came out to apologize. Shots were a great feature from the manager. Highly impressed how she handled this situation and her staff. We will be back and so will our guests who were there for the first time celebrating my wife's birthday. Food, service and ambiance was great! KUDOS