Barrio Costero- Asbury Park

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Chef Anthony Bustamante's rotating seasonal menu uses market-driven ingredients to put a creative and contemporary spin on coastal Mexican culinary traditions
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drinks, and service! Looking forward to going back again!

JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in great food and some of the best margaritas we've had in a long time. Bartenders really know how to make their drinks and they have a deep knowledge of tequila which makes the drinks even better. Service was great and they really know the food there. Can't wait to go back.

S
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the margaritas are stellar and the food inventive and delicious. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back the sweet potato dish that landed you in NJ Monthly Magazine. It was the best! Could you make some guac without onions???

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was great!!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding craft Margaritas. Fun to share plates and experience all the different dishes that are offered.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is truly my favorite place to go out to. The drinks are always delicious and I have never gone home without a huge smile. I always order the nachos NO MATTER WHAT, they are a must. Our waiter was very nice and even gave us a few ideas to add to our orders. See you again soon!

DG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was Awesome!!

AH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good and fresh and good service. We also had a lovely sangria.

KK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little before our reservation time were seated promptly. Didn’t quite like the table were given an alternate that was more than acceptable.
Knowledgeable waitress cocktails , food and service were all wonderful

TB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Early dinner before a show on a bustling Sat in the newly-redeveloped area of Asbury Park. Located near the fringe of this zone, which is still expanding, we wouldn’t have found it if not for its OT listing. Many good restaurants here, and BC is one of them as the food is excellent. In BC’s case, and like most trendy spots here, it comes with higher prices/smaller plate sizes than those at big-chain Tex-Mex, tho w/good reason. Party really hungry? Prepare to spend $30+ pp without drinks/dessert/tip, or perhaps try another spot.

Austere modern chic interior and a cool bar up front with full menu, open kitchen w counter/seats way in the back. Nice plywood bench-type seating (unpadded) on the periphery, plus single tables/seats. We’d ask for a table next time.

Nearly empty and kitchen was busy prepping for dinner (5 pm), yet service was still 100% on-point, and food came out hot and well-presented. Our server explained the select creative menu in detail, which was helpful as some ingredients would be unfamiliar to most, even to foodies like us.

The idea here is to sample and share lots of tastes, and ALL are def interesting/creative choices. Probably not great for small kids, as BC is upscale, serving very complex and carefully-prepared sauces and accompaniments. An order of incredibly tasty hake tacos ($15) consists of 3 small flat corn tortillas with excellent fresh guac/salsa. We upped our plate to 4 tacos for $21, and this made for a good small app for two, but would not have sufficed as an entree for one. We also ordered great deconstructed “nachos” as an app, which were the same 3 flat corn tortillas, but fried. We ordered a tasty beef tenderloin ($19), perfectly pan-seared MR (vs grilled), which came with an awesome carrot and roasted cumin/coriander sauce and a small portion of amazing bean salsa with finely-chopped peppers which were minced to be uniform in size. All were gorgeous, delightful, very tasty plates.

We will definitely return.

JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service!

DM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip to Barrio Costero. This time we took our teenage son. It was once again absolutely delicious. We shared 5 dishes making it tapas style. The service was excellent as well. Some standouts were the plantanos, pork belly with caviar and the sand shark fish taco. The fish tacos had the slightest sweetness which was amazing. If you enjoy spicy margaritas you need to try the Jalisco is Burning. Hope to be able to return soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks and hospitality. Very interesting takes and elevation on casual street food items. I love this place.

RB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nine o’clock reservation and was not seated until 9:25. I observed the hostess have a conversation with someone who walked in 15 minutes after we did and were seated before us. The manager apologized but this left a bad taste in our mouth.

JR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best !

SF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and drinks in a relaxed ambiance. The Pork Verde dish was succulent, absolutely delicious! Loved it

GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The hostess’s only had 1 iPad to check in, were unorganized. I waited 10 minutes while one girl was one the phone so the other girl could look up my reservation. They didn’t have my note about seating in the back. When I asked about it the hostess said I could sit in the front. The restaurant remained 1/3 empty while I finished my meal, including the tables that “had reservations” in the back.

Food was salty, but good. I’d probably go back again once they work out the kinks and splurge on the extra iPad license and competent hostesses.

SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, exceptional cocktails, great food, awesome place to come with a small group

VJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food! The salmon skin chicharron was great, as were all of our other dishes. Our server, Seamus, helped us make our picks and guided us well.

We've been to Barrio Costero several times and we always enjoy the experience.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Booths are so cafeteria style. 6 adults were squeezed into a booth. Food very different and pricey, but the seating situation was so not good, classy or at all appealing.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service

DD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The “flight of mezcal” was vile - I cannot believe this is served with a straight face. In all seriousness, the mezcals served were effectively undrinkable, bordering on toxic. It’s as if the restaurant had a supply of the worst mezcal available and needed to do something with it. Serving beverages that taste like shoe leather and tar (their description, not mine - but very accurate) with an orange wedge is not the answer. Seriously. Just gross.

JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 3rd time dining at the restaurant. Food and service is consistently good. Three of is shared the ceviche, kale ensalada, pork tenderloin with mofongo, carne asada & vegetable huarcje. Ceviche, pork & carne dishes were outstanding. Our server, Shamus (sp?), was terrific!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food as always. Lauren our server was awesome!

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with fantastic food and outstanding service. Maria Alejandra made us feel at home. We will definitely go back

N
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks , happy hour a really good deal for cocktails . Food is excellent although my one plate was cold by the time the server brought it ,but it was replaced right away . Anthony is a great host , we always enjoy coming back !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Nachos were great and the plantains were excellent but the chicken tacos were so spicy that the heat masked any flavor they had.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food seems to have taken downturn. Extremely salty all around.

ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was excellent. Overall a good experience.

LF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I've been here before and the food and service were great. However, this time around we went for Cinco de Mayo. The service was horrible. The food was all premade and just thrown on a plate. The food tastes better than it looked but not by much. The "special" menu was awful for the holiday. I wouldn't come back here during a holiday.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great restaurant everyone was great altho we asked to change our table and the hostess was very put off by the request the manager was awesome about it i’m not sure why the hostess had such a hard time to accommodate

M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Barrio Costero is always delicious and inventive and this time was no different. You have to start with the Nachos and then sample some delightful Latin street food.

MR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very limited menu but outstanding tasting food. Ordered the guacamole and chips as well as chicken and steak tacos. Then ordered the pork belly which was stupendous. Food was presented nicely and had an abundance of flavors.

S
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food tastes so fresh and flavorful. Enjoy that the drinks aren’t made with mixes but fresh fruits and such. Never disappointed!

MB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Pretentious! not real authentic mexican. It's Mexican for hipster gringos. That being said food was okay but small portions for the price. Ambiance was a dull warehouse space with no hint of mexican decorations, no mexican music playing. If you want real mexican go to La Tapatia in town or Pancho and Juancho in Bradley.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat at a four top. Our server was very sweet. Once she realized we had never been there before, she explained the menu briefly and the different plate options. We definitely over ordered, but the food was delicious. The cocktails and beers were great. It was loud, but that’s to be expected on a Friday night. It would have been nice to have a little more guidance when it came to ordering, but we had a fantastic time.

e
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic happy hour! Great selection of appetizers and drinks. Don't miss it!!

JN
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony and the team always delivers a great experience in food drinks and service.

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