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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).

1420 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Madison or Pike

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 588-8105

Website:
http://www.barriorestaurant.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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)

Executive Chef:
Omar Salazar-Cruz

Private Party Contact:
Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (12)
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Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (10)
Fun (10)
People Watching (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Romantic (7)
Spicy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Cozy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We tell people our new favorite restaurant is Barrio. Recently, we took our new neighbors there. Drinks were delicious. I ate every bit of my entree, and the Creme Brulee was the best I've ever had!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Had a great dinner there with my family and kids who are young adults and appreciate atmosphere with good energy. Great service, food was flavorful and great atmosphere. Will go back.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Berkshire)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What excellent Mexican Tacos. Really fresh and excellent produce. Very nice Guacamole and chips. Good service and excellent beers on tap.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I wish my salad had been served on a plate instead of a small bowl. I felt cocktails were a little overpriced. Server and host seemed distracted and not really attentive. My date did not finish his food. All in all fine, but just a little underwhelming.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was delicious, flavors bright, ingredients fresh. Substantial portions. We went during Seattle Restaurant Week to try Barrio for the first time, and were not disappointed. Service was excellent - quick and responsive, but unobtrusive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food, good service, good fun. The cocktail menu has fallen off substantially. Drinks not as tasty, and definitely a little light on the shot. Disappointing for what you pay for them.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Tried a bit of everything but my braised pork shoulder was spectacular....

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server was very attentive and thoughtful! She was awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was great, except the hot entree came nearly room temperature.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was delicious. My daughter ordered from the children’s menu and she got a burrito and pancakes. She love both of those! I got the breakfast cazuela and it was so delicious. The tortillas were so good that I had to get an extra order.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food and drinks were very good! One of my favorite restaurants in cap hill.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot, Tapas, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Love the food here! The fried eggplant tacos were the best!
Beautiful ambiance!

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Beautiful space and decor! Candles created a great vibe. Food and drinks were delicious. The only downside was our waiter was impatient and dismissive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

New menu, street style tacos. Fun change. Great ambiance, but a little loud when trying to get a group of friends together. Love their circular booths to fit a group in!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I hadn't been there for a while and am always happy with the food and service. Good portions, but not to much...adult beverages on point!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

My friends and I felt well taken care of by our waiter. We went during a Seahawks game so it was mellow. We took out time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Hot Spot, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nachos were amazing! Drinks were also great and the service was good. Definitely pricey for Mexican but we had a great night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I went in for lunch with clients, and food was amazing! Wait staff was friendly and helpful. I even appreciated the gentleman who sat us down and noticed the table was not level and he quickly put a wedge under to stabilize it without me asking. Superb. The only negative I had was the music was louder than I would have liked since I was entertaining clients, but overall, great place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We found the staff attentive and accommodating to our table location needs.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was excellent and the service was amazing. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food as always! It got very loud. And food is kind of overpriced, specifically the tacos. Drinks are delicious and unique!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food is good however service is always a bit slow especially for drinks. It took 20 minutes for the second round of drinks to arrive and there were only 4 in our party

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great service. Food and drinks were the top - uniquely created and generous serving size - don't know how it could have been better. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

food was fantastic. service was fantastic. I recommend the carne asada and the shishite peppers. amazing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was OK. Drinks were great. really cool waiter but very slow. We had a large group but were crammed into a large circular booth in the back. Way way way too dark! This might be best suited for happy hour and apps.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was bland (guacamole lacked flavor - needed salt, quesadilla also lacked any distinct flavor), service was slow at best, medium steak was served rare, and prices were high. Won't go back and won't recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food, bad service. Waitress forgot several things throughout the night which was frustrating. We would have preferred a different table location too as it's really noisy in the back room area.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, but limited kids options. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Service was great, but they got my order wrong in the kitchen. They made it right though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Delicious food, great service. Too hot! Needs AC or a few fans for the summer!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First, the GOOD: The food here is always amazing. Always. They also change up the menu so there is usually something new and creative to try, but the appetizer nachos are a MUST. Seriously THE BEST nachos you will ever have. You will see why when you order them. This visit I loved trying the goat cheese empanadas with beet pico de gallo. So balanced in flavor and texture, not at all greasy, and incredibly delicious. I hope they keep it on the menu. As for ambiance, I appreciate that they now have screens to shade out the full sun that beats down on the open front side of the restaurant. Sun still manages to get in between the individual shades, so you still need to bring your sunglasses (yes, to wear INSIDE the restaurant), but it's not as bad as it used to be. Now, the NOT-SO-GOOD: While the food is stellar, I have not enjoyed any cocktail I've ever ordered here. Since it is a Mexican restaurant, I was shocked that they served my margarita in a half glass. What? It was nothing special and still cost $11. This time I ordered a strawberry basil margarita in a coconut for $3 more, and it was so thick with strawberry syrup and not a taste of basil. I really should have sent it back. Another time I ordered a cocktail with I think orange soda but did not like the addition of tamarind. That may have just been a matter of preference in flavor, but in any case, I've learned my lesson: Pre-dinner cocktails somewhere else, then dinner at Barrio.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Barrio lives up to its reputation. We arrived 10 mins past our reservation time and were courteously shown to a nice spot. The table was removed from the crowd but not too much so we still felt like we were in the hustle and bustle of the place. The food was spot on and the music just right. The non-alcoholic beverages we ordered were a pleasant surprise. I would definitely revisit!!

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