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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (13)
Fun (11)
Casual (10)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Romantic (6)
Spicy (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was so dim where we were. I also didn’t like the service. It was pretty rushed and rude.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were very disappointed in this reservation experience. When we arrived, they did not have our changed reservation time in the system (I originally booked 7pm and changed to 5:30pm earlier that day). We showed the host our reservation confirmation email showing the time change from opentable and he said they still didn't have it in their system and he didn't have a table for us. He said they had no availability until 7pm (though they had at least 5 open 2 person tables that remained open the ENTIRE TIME we were there) and there was nothing he could do. He was very dismissive and offered us no solution and walked away to assist another guest. I approached him when he returned to the desk to ask to speak with a manager and he said that they had a no-show guest and if we waited a little while, we could be sat at their table. The way the host handled this situation was very dismissive, rude and very disappointing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for a date night. Good ambiance and friendly, attentive wait staff. Food is good but NOT the best Mexican restaurant on the Hill.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Awesome fun atmosphere. Good food and great drinks. Bar looked like a great place to meet new friends!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This place was ssssoooo good! My friend and I were so happy with the food and drinks. All of the staff were so friendly with the right amount of attentiveness. Next time I am in Seattle, this will be my first stop.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I love Barrio but the noise levels did prevent conversation. It is, “exciting” but personally I’d prefer if they toned it down. We measured it at 88 decibels on an app.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious, boozy cocktails, fabulous tacos, and wonderful waitstaff. This is a fab and fun restaurant. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Service was just ok. Felt rushed between drinks, appetizers and mains and the building was rather empty.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Taquitos were the best thing we got!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We booked a table on a chance, and was very pleased. It was New Years Eve, and dinner turned out to be the best part of our evening :) Food was excellent, creative and delicious, staff was professional and onpoint. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a great dining experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was great

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Loved it !
Cauliflower tacos were amazing as was the chicken enchiladas - drinks were also very good .Will definetely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Extremely uncomfortable chairs, extremely noisy, bad lighting for people photos, over-priced everything, horrible parking options, salty but delicious enchiladas.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Barrio served a delightful lunch in a great atmosphere for Mexican food. The service was great, and more than expected.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service and food were good for 4 of us. Nice setting

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 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 10, 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 5, 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 4, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 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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 (Seattle)·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 27, 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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 (Seattle)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 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 19, 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 18, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 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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 (Seattle)·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 9, 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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