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About Barbakoa

Barbakoa elevates tacos and tequila to new heights. With a dozen tacos, inspired by all different cultures, all made from scratch with the freshest ingredients, guests will experience something new with every bite. While the tacos are a must, there are plenty of other modern Latin dishes to share over a pitcher of sangria or keep all for yourself! Over 60 tequilas and mescals make up Barbakoa's Tequila Library, supplemented by a wide variety of craft cocktails and beers that are sure to please.

1341 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

Cross Street:
Butterfield Just West of Highland

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 852-2333

Website:
http://barbakoa.com/

Entertainment:
We hope you join us on Saturday nights for live entertainment.

Catering:
Please call us for all your catering needs.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is available on Friday & Saturday nights.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Del Real

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are happy to announce our upcoming Wine Dinner that will take place at the end of February 2017.

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Book your next private event at Barbakoa and enjoy modern Latin cuisine designed to give you a contemporary appeal with an authentic flavor! Our skilled chefs and attentive staff will meet your every need and make your private event one to remember.

Barbakoa Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Authentic (18)
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Casual (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Tapas (7)
Cozy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Romantic (5)
Live Music (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Barbakoa Torta was outstanding, not to mention the guacamole. And a sangria is a great way to wash it down!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

There was a slight issue with one of our entrees, the shrimp fajitas was overcooked, however all the rest of our food was delicious! And the service was outstanding. Our waitress Rachel was so nice and handled our small hiccup above and beyond. Will defitnetly be going back and requesting her as our server!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I've been wanting to go, because of the trendy decor. I went on a date, families to classy business meeting would blend in easily. I REALLY enjoyed the finely ground maze in the tamale, the tequila flights could make me require botox lol, but I'd do them again.
Where's the naughty words game ensued after this pic taken lol

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waitress was very slow. We waited a long time after asking for things like chip refills and at one point we had to ask the bus boy for four soft drinks. Our Bloody Mary’s were delicious but they took over 15 minutes to make. Once she served us she never really followed up to see if we were happy with our meals. We usually love our barbakoa visits and we just know now to ask to be seated with a few servers that we know are fantastic.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was the 2nd time we came here and brought friends (6) because we had such a great 1st experience. However, this time, my husband and a friend ordered the Cubano sandwich, which my husband had ordered previously, and this time was terrible, full of fat. My husband & our friend told the manager and she apologized "up & down". When the bill arrived there was no compensation or discount added. We were very surprised. I think it will be awhile before we go back again. A nice place, but there are alot of nice places, they just don't stand out of a crowd.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised at this gem. The ambiance was warm and cozy. The wait staff was pleasant and efficient. The menu offered quite a few choices. The food was good, not great. We all ordered three tacos a piece with sides of beans, rice, and corn. I had a Baja fish taco, Pescado el pastor, and the Shrimp. The shrimp was hard to call shrimp, there was hardly any on there and the flavor was not that tasty. The Baja was my favorite. I should have ordered three of those.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food and good drinks, always enjoy dinner and drinks here.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved our dinner at Barbakoa. It had a variety of menu options based on your preference of cuisine. Love the tacos that I got--Baja and Raja con Queso. I also ordered the sautéed brussel sprouts. Everything was amazing. My boyfriend ordered the Pastor, Chicken, and Carne Asada tacos and loved those as well. We also took advantage of the Friday's $15 carafes of sangria. We ordered the Pomegranate/Blood Orange...fantastic! This place was fun, tasty and great service. Would highly recommend and I know we will be visiting again!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We enjoyed it very much the server was very friendly and the service was great. The food was terrific. I would recommend it. I also plan on coming again .

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

6:30pm dinner reservations. Seated immediately, restaurant wasn't busy. Live guitar music in the bar area, can be heard throughout. Festive atmosphere, wait staff were dressed up for Halloween. Our waitress Pegah, was Absolutely Fantastic. However, the restaurant has hired a new chef. The menu is under going changes. Disappointing...Ordered Paella entree that is no longer available. Bummer! Otherwise a wonderful experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

LOVE the music & food. Great Halloween/day of dead decor also!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was great, we felt the waitress could have made some suggestions by it being our first time.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good is always great as are drinks. Server was very friendly, but kitchen was slow, not a problem because we weren't on a schedule, but may have been a problem for people with plans after dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Noise level was a bit high, however we had a great time with our friends.. didn't feel rush in ordering. Overall good food and sangria was outstanding. O

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The service was excellent at Barbakoa! Todd, our waiter, was so patient and friendly. The margaritas were delicious, but it is the service that makes this restaurant worth going back to.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

On the spur of the moment stop, we found a gem------we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The service was excellent, the ambiance was inviting, exciting and warm. Would not hesitate to go back at anytime, in fact, I will be reserving a date at Barbakoa for my for a dinner party for my staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My husband had the Salmon which was cooked to perfection and was delicious. I had the pork, steak and chicken tinga tacos. I wouldn't order the chicken tacos again or the shrimp ceviche. The pork and steak tacos were really tasty!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I found this place on open table for my sons 10th birthday. He loves going out to eat, we take him to some really nice places and encourage him to eat good, healthy and different foods than regular “kids menu” items.

The place was gorgeous. My margarita was outstanding. I hate margaritas with the super sweet margarita mix, I love the fresh lime with (a wee bit healthier?;)) This was also the first place that I tried jalapeños in my margarita. (Actually I think I asked for that, Bc I saw something similar on a sweeter drink, but I loved it). The option to try everything was fun, LOTS of food!

My only complaints were that we told them and our waitress it was his 10th birthday. He didn’t know that they knew (luckily), but a simple happy birthday or something would have made him excited. Just disappointing. So, maybe this isn’t the place for a celebration. I didn’t expect anything like a spectacle, just a simple acknowledgement would have worked.

One more thing, it was VERY loud in there. I, as well as my family love music, but you could not hear anyone at the table. When you go out to a fun restaurant and drop more money than the average place (which we are willing to do since we enjoy trying new places with great food, but it’s supposed to be a way of communication with your companions. I go to a bar or a concert when I just strictly want to hear very loud music.

Otherwise, the place was great. It was raining out the night we went, but the patio looked amazing for nice weather! Will definitely be back, just not for a birthday!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We have eaten at Barbakoa several times and have never been disappointed but my meal was unsatisfactory. I had the mahi tacos and could hardly taste the fish- plenty of slaw, very small portions of fish. But the dessert donuts were very tasty. Everyone else in our party liked the food. If it were just my husband and me I would have said something to our server.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Barbakoa is our go to place for Latin food. For us, it's convenient, but more importantly, the food is consistently good and a good value for the money. Love their Casa Margaritas and their tacos are delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a reservation. We were originally seated at a table with glaring lights in our eyes. I asked for a different table. We were being taken to our new table and I asked if we could sit at a table we passed. The host said no and seated us at a table that was too big. We had to yell to have a conversation. The service was very slow. The entree on the menu which my husband ordered was apparently no longer available because there was a new chef. Not a good way to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great atmosphere. Nice design. Not too loud. It wasn't overly crowded when we dined there at 8:30 on a Saturday. Food came fast and the server was really pleasant. Definitely going back for a tequilla tasting sometime!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We visited Barbakoa to celebrate a wedding anniversary and a birthday. During our dinner, one of our friends wasn't feeling well and had to leave. Our waiter boxed up our celebratory desserts and was very understanding about the unexpected change of plans. We are very regular diners at Barbakoa and will continue to come back for the great food and outstanding service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I enjoy meeting friends at Barbakoa for the fun food and beverages. Our service was very good, the white sangria was very good and my tacos were very tasty! I like the outdoor area but the chairs could be more comfortable.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Rachel did a great job.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was our first time at Barbakoa and we all felt we would be going back to try another item on the menu. It was very good.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Fun place, as good as going downtown Chicago!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A must try is their short ribs. The sauce is incredible and the meat is tender and moist, pull apart moist. The deserts are incredibly delicious, its hard to choose. Waitstaff is friendly and attentive without hovering over your table. I would highly recommend Barbakoa to anyone who likes south of the border food.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

It was very nice!! The music was good but to loud. It was hard to talk.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

LOVE this restaurant! The atmosphere is vibrant and lively. The menu is extremely diverse and the food was phenomenal (but smaller portions!)

I would absolutely recommend Barbakoa for everyday dining, happy hours, foodies and date nights

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We have been here several times and this one was not up to standard. Not sure if it was our server and/or the kitchen. Food was good and we were able to be seated outdoors which was nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I don’t know if there had been an ownership change here, but this place is not nearly as good as it used to be.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Tried a few weeks ago and liked it. Been back a couple times with friends and very good feedback.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food and staff was awesome!!! I give it 10 stars and will be returning!!!! Very Authentic Latin food which is a huge plus!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great Tequila flights! Great atmosphere food is delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We came in and they said that they didn't have a reservation for our group, which normally would have been an issue, but it was a slower day so they had some tables open. Our drinks came out 20 min after we ordered them and the food came out pretty late too. We ended up having to take the food to-go because the meals came out so late. The food was really good, I just wish that we could've eaten at the restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food and service. Took some friends there again on Sunday night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Service was excellent.
Great food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We went for lunch. It was not busy at all. The food was very good, but slightly higher priced compared to surrounding restaurants with similar items. We did enjoy it though.

Tags: Authentic
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