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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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Barbakoa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Good for Groups (20)
Fun (18)
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Casual (17)
Authentic (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Spicy (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Cozy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tapas (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

I was very disappointed in the food, the tortillas of the taco were very greasy it made no sense to have it so greasy, being that I am Mexican I enjoy the variety of food that they had but the taste of it was a bit cheap I could do better at my own place overall I was not very happy it seemed to be a bit cheap for the price that I paid wonder what happened to the cook because last year it was a lot better this year it was cheap tasting not worth the money service was good though the food was not again the food was very cheap

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·Dined 7 days ago

Service was not good. We were being rushed and couldn't enjoy our meal. Food did not taste like it was made from scratch. Appetizer and meal came out at the same time so everything was crammed onto the table. We were disappointed with the entire experience. Not at all what we were expecting.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service was rushed. Food was so bland both mine and my wife’s.
I asked for hot sauce and got a 1-2oz cup and was charged $3!?
Not impressed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great first time here, will not be the last.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service is always slow and kind of disconnected.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food, great service. The glazed short ribs are awesome!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Barbakoa is our go-to taco place. We love the bar atmosphere and the carne-asada tacos are our absolute favorite!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Seated by windows and we had to wear jackets the whole time. The basic margarita did not taste good and was sent back. In fact, my husband got sick after drinking a quitter of his and had to excuse himself to the restroom. Very tasty tacos and guacamole. Loved the dessert toffee sticky pudding.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The ambience is great and the server was kind, but took long twice to check on us for ordering. I would still return to try different foods.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have now found THE best Mexican restaurant! Had the steak tacos, OMG they were awesome. Different Sangrias to choose from, had the blood orange Sangria and it was delicious! Fried donuts were amazing and perfect for a group of four or six to share. Loved it so much that we were back the following week. Service was great too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

best bloody mary / maria I have ever had. Service is great and the food fantastic

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Spicy, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great sangria and tacos

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Table for 6. Ordered sides that we never got. Waitress was too busy getting ready for party of 13 so we were secondary. We got our food and immediately the waitress removed the chips and salsa. Maybe one or more of the six of us may have still wanted them but it didnt matter to her. My daughtwr was scooping off her plate when the waitress decided to box her food and grab her plate so she could turn the table. 2nd time their but definitely the last!
Very dissapointing. Good news, there are a lot of resturants in the area to choose from.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The flavors were simply amazing! Everything is fresh and it shows through in each dish. My favorite item was the Al pastor taco with the robust flavor of the melt-in-your-mouth pork accompanied by chile spices are elevated by a sweet pineapple spear that balances everything to perfection! And that was just one of the many great bites we had.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant was SO LOUD! The four of us sat at a four top and we had to SHOUT at each other to hear anything. The "tasting" for two or more menu is what brought us in but I was not impressed with any of the food. Additionally I asked for flour tortillas with cilantro on the side (because I hate cilantro but others at our table like it) and my dinner came out on corn tortillas covered in cilantro. Our waitress was okay, but not very attentive. The only great part were our drinks. Dinner was overpriced and I would not recommend unless just going for drinks and an appetizer and you don't mind to shout throughout your entire meal.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was delish as well as the drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Birthday party... food or drinks were bad... everyone thru up!!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is my third time at Barbakoa. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The service was pretty good. Our server was helpful and attentive. Since the last time I was here (about 18 mos. ago) I feel the quality of the food has changed. We used to receive 4 different salsas with our chips, this time only 2. The salsa that I was most looking forward to was not one of the 4 so that stunk. I ordered the carne asada with chimichurri which I have had before. I usually really like it, but this time, it tasted different. It had a sweet flavor to it which I wasn't crazy about. The other couple at our table ordered tacos and a torta. They seemed happy with their food. My husband mentioned that his food tasted different from when we were previously there and he was not as happy with his food as he had hoped. Our drinks on the other hand were outstanding! My hubby raved about his drink but I don't recall what he ordered. I had a sangria which was excellent and the other couple had a beer and a margarita. Drinks at Barbakoa are strong but really, really good!

Tags: Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love Barbakoa. Love that everyone at the table can pick a variety of foods and share all of them. Food is delicious. Service is good. We enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent menu! can never decide what I want to order because so many items are delicious. Their churro's for dessert are a must!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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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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 (Grand Rapids)·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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 (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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