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About Barrio - Capitol Hill
Barrio is a restaurant that combines Mexican cuisine with innovative craft cocktails in an energetic urban environment.
Our menu takes a modern approach to Mexican Cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. To deliver the highest possible quality, we make most of our ingredients on-site, from our fresh tomato salsas to our handmade tortillas to our slow-smoked pork.
Our cocktail and spirits program has been recognized as one of the strongest in the Puget Sound. In addition, we offer an excellent selection of beer and an array of wines (both by the glass and bottle).
Seattle, WA 98122
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 11:30am to 11pm
Friday, 11:30am to 12am
Saturday, 10:00am to 12am
Sunday, 10:00am to 10pm
Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
Late Night Menu:
Monday - Thursday, 10pm to 11pm
Friday & Saturday, 1030pm to 12am
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Madison or Pike
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Orders may be picked up at any of our restaurant locations and delivery is available throughout the Puget Sound. We recommend placing all orders with a 48 hours’ notice to ensure availability. Large orders may require additional lead time. We are available to place phone orders or answer any questions Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Please call 206.855.6118.
Pay by the hour garage with a limited number of spots located in Trace Lofts (the entrance is on 12th Ave between Old Sage and Tavern Law); Street Parking is also available.
King County Metro #2 at Union and 13th (walk 1 block west to 12th Ave), #10 & #11 at Pine and 12th (walk 1 block south on 12th Ave)
Private Party Contact:
Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer Half Price Tequila and Mezcal on Mondays when ordered neat or by the flight.
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Barrio - Capitol Hill Ratings and Reviews
Our waitress didn’t seem engaged. The menu has changed over the years, I was disappointed in the lack of entrees. The cocktail menu came off as gimmicky to me, who wants to spent a lot of time reading through a list of ingredients when you first sit at a table, I’d rather visit with my guests. Dinner and drinks for 3 with tip $175, I could have done better elsewhere for $125.
Overall the restaurant was great! This was our first time stopping by and enjoy brunch. The drinks were top notch! The salsa we bought was not very spicy, which was a let down. The food we ordered was well prepared. Our waitress was amazing! She was friendly and helpful.
Disappointing meal at Barrio. We were a group of 7. None of the dishes ordered were particularly good. My carnitas dish was burnt. The trout dish my husband ordered was disappointing. Very loud corner table made conversation difficult.Waiter was friendly and good. The prices seemed high overall.
Barrio used to be a great place to get good Mexican/Southwest cuisine. Everything has shifted to ala carte and portions are much smaller. Expensive for what you get. Service is spotty; sometimes great and sometimes lousy. Most staff appeared to be bored. The tortillas used for the tacos are some of the worst I have ever eaten; gooey and under-cooked.
I hope things get better but I won't be back until they do.
I loved the al pastor tacos the first time I went, and have been back 3 times since then and they have always fallen short of the first time. They still are fine, but they lack deep flavor and complexity. I'll keep trying because the price is good, location is good and the drinks are great.
Had 6:45 reservation so we got there at 6:40. The host said we would have to wait 10 minutes for a table. We were not seated until after 7:00 (20 minutes later). Once seated, we were not greeted or served for another 10-15 minutes. Great food but poor service.
Barrio is an excellent choice if you're looking for amazing drinks and probably the best nachos in capitol hill. The lighting is superb, with the entire space being lit by wall candles and low light from above. The general architecture is cozy yet surprisingly spacious and the crown piece of the room is most certainly the cracked marble countertops that adorn the bar, which is further accentuated by a rather large collection of both traditional and more contemporary modern tequilas. A 2 person dinner with drinks should run around 50-60 dollars, making it an excellent choice for either a first date or a just another night out on the town. If you skip this stop in Seattle, you will be sorely missing out.
We went for lunch on Halloween and had the place to ourselves. The food was delicious and abundant. We were very pleased - and the view of fun costumes strolling by were a highlight. The service was a little lackluster. It would seem that our server was in a hurry to be somewhere or just not excited that we weren't hipsters? You would think that he would take a little time (since he only had us to take care of) to talk about the menu, the restaurant, how our day was...it was Halloween, plenty to talk about! That was the only downer.
The food was delicious and our server was friendly. I was a bit disappointed however with the brunch menu as my friend and I chose two different entrees to only find out they were out of both items. Also we had come for Restaraunt Week and were told they did not offer that on the weekend. Overall though we did enjoy our loaded steak nachos and ambiance. Definitely will be back!
I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch visit. The impressive large wooden door opened into warm-feeling interior with lots of natural light from large windows. The ambiance was cozy - we were in the back with a nice hearth motif. Our drinks were well made and tasty (Blood Orange Margarita and Vampiro). The food was excellent - the chicken chilaquiles were flavorful with the right amount of spice and crunch, and the pancakes and carnitas was a delicious combo and a very generous portion. The service was fast and the staff were friendly and efficient. I absolutely will make a return visit to try more of the menu.
Reserved a table for 5 for a business meeting which ended up meeting earlier than expected, but the host quickly put together a table for us. I thought it took a little time to have our orders taken at first, but our drinks and food flew out of the kitchen. Our appetizers were ok, the grilled shishito peppers we're a hit at the table, but the crispy cauliflower was pretty bland and not very crispy. Everyone at the table raved about their drinks, especially the blood orange margarita.
Our entrees were even better though. We all ordered a variety of tacos, which I'd recommend for any other first-timer. I had the braised lamb and the prawn tacos with a side of vegetarian beans, all of which were fantastic. The lamb taco was piled with the most tender, flavorful lamb I've ever had. My partner and I now have a new favorite place for date night.
Our server was very quick in getting us drinks and our order taken, however not overly friendly or interested in talking. The food came fast and was delicious... my boyfriend grew up with authentic Mexican food and he was pleased with the quality of his carnitas. However they did not bother to ask us about desert, which was disappointing.
This was our first visit. Making a reservation was easy online. We found street parking right in front of the restaurant. We were seated quickly. The ambience and decor was great. Loved all the candles. Our server was friendly and attentive. We arrived during happy hour which was a nice surprise. You don't have to sit at the bar to enjoy the happy hour menu. We ordered appetizers and they came out super fast. The grilled corn was amazing! We loved all the food we sampled. The only thing I found odd was the food items are all ala carte. To pay $6 for a taco and only get one taco and nothing else was a bit expensive. I don't think I'll come here on a regular basis because of the cost.
Hadn't been here in over a year. The last time I was here the drinks were spectacular but the food was meh--last time I went with the tacos and I felt they were not very inspired. This visit we went for a couple of the house specials and they were fabulous. Drinks were outstanding and they pay a lot of attention to detail with fancy glasses, large ice cubes and proper garnish. Where you sit is important, they have some very nice booths but a couple of the tables are right in the middle of the restaurant so you have servers passing you on both sides. Lots of activity at 6pm, this is definitely a local hotspot.
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