Barrio

4.7
1258 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in the River North area of Chicago, our Mexican restaurant features south of the border classics with an American twist. The menu, created by Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe, offers a diverse assortment of foods for lunch, dinner, late night and brunch. Those with food sensitivities or dietary restrictions can also find a variety of gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options.

While the menu changes regularly, you will always find a selection of different salsas, tacos, salads and entrees. Appetizers include a unique take on classics such as nachos, empanadas, salsa, quesadilla, and guacamole. Come to Barrio, one of the best Mexican places in Chicago.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1258 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time having brunch here. ABSOLUTELY love this place great food and atmosphere. Service was amazing

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vipShariM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Greeted kindly at the door. Got a great table in the window and a fantastic server. Food was amazing!! Worst part was deciding what to have because it all looked GREAT! Don't miss the Bloody Maria! WOW! Highly recommend this place!!! Chicken and churros was delicious!!
We will be going back!

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Teekay
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio is for sure a go to place for brunch! Good food and service. Our server was super friendly and personable!

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vipdavid328
Chicago
202 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reservation honored on time, nice dining room, good vibe. Food warm, not hot. very rushed service, couldn't take dishes away fast enough, even if not done!. Expensive for what it is, drinks overpriced, but that's typical for places like this. Overall, liked it, was ok, but wouldn't rush back, frontera definitely a better option

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get sat down quicker than expected and definitely be back for the amazing mimosas!

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DavidW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the server was very helpful about what to order when sharing. Service is top notch, never had to wait for a drink, and orders were brought out quickly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Great food and beautiful for a date!

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Neeen
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

If anyone says that Barrio serves their favorite Mexican food in Chicago, I am worried for them. Don't come here if you're a foodie!

Let me break it down for you.

The staff? 5/5. They are friendly and on top of things. I think my water was filled 3 times and I wasn't there very long. Very sweet staff.

The food? 1/5. Oh my god the price was too high for the quality. I'm shocked at how below average the food was... the fajitas were dripping in oil, the chicken seemed like it was either frozen or old, the ceviche was drowning in a tomato sauce. I would call their recipes basic and unoriginal, but somehow, they were... worse? Name any Mexican restaurant or fast food joint and it will taste better than the food here. I promise you.

We had stomach issues the next day after eating here. I don't understand why people like the food here. Seriously. It was not good. Ok I'll stop hating on it now. (but listen to me guys, the hype isn't real lol)

The ambiance? 3/5. I'd say it's ideal for date nights, for parties, for being out on the town. It's a fun vibrant spot for sure. Very clubby... it definitely smelled like a club. The drinks are better than the food here imho.

Here's where it was docked a point for me:
Cleanliness? .... hmmm. I'm not sure... they didn't take anyone's temperature when walking in, and when I saw them cleaning down a table, I didn't see a spray bottle, they used an old rag. Worried me a little bit...

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and great service! One of my favorite places!! The vibe and music are fun as well!

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Sarah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was to die for. The restaurant itself was a great atmosphere and very on top of COVID guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything!

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LaNeceS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorites restaurants to go to, hands down. Great for date night and the food is always fresh and delicious!

BY
BenY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing I got the steak tacos 🙌🏻 Food was served quickly even with it being very crowded and the margaritas were great ! No complaints here

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Jojo
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Valentine’s Day dinner here. The food was fresh and amazing !!! The unique guacamole was my favorite I had the mango one. Yum 😋 for dinner we had the steak skillet yum!!! Their cocktails are incredible as well. Highly recommended!! I rsvp’d on open table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were perfect. Loved the margarita flight and our server Cortez was wonderful. The music was so so good. Can’t wait to visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day date was beautiful.

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RubiS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was outstanding!!

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Ramirezara
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we had the unlimited mimosas and the server was coming to check in us without even asking for a refill. The food was delicious. Definitely recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time!!! The vibe was welcoming and energetic without the pressure. Cortez was attentive informative and enthusiastic! We had an extraordinary time at our prevalentines day celebration! Thank you Cortez! I hope your boss sees this and sees how you bring an amazing experience to life!!

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DennisH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'll definitely be back everything was great, food was on point, margaritas were great. Dessert was amazing had churros with some different, dip choices which were all very tasty!! Staff was attentive and pleasant!

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MaylaniM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Chicago just this past weekend This place was AMAZING !!!! best restaurant I have been to in a while, the drinks are SOOO GOOD !!! and food !!!! The carne was the best I have ever had , the steak tacos RIDICOULOUSLY good The Guac Crazy Flavor !!! Vibes are Great, Wish they had this restaurant in Miami !!

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JasmineJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely be a repeat customer

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The waitress was very very nice. I suggest that people should get the nachos! They were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything

CB
ChristikaB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Restaurant, nice vibe, good food, just felt like they kinda rushed us to order and leave.

CL
CarlaL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! My sister and I enjoyed the lemon ricotta pancakes, chorizo and potato breakfast burrito, and the chilaquiles. I'd highly recommend going there for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing. Bottomless mimosas is a must here

DJ
DanielJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Tacos! restaurant was very accommodating, and service was great!

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vipWendyT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch with girlfriends. Our server, Jay, was absolutely phenomenal! Made it such a fun experience and the food and service exceeded expectations. I’ve been here many times now and each experience is better than the last!

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Carlos
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Everything followed COVID guidelines. The menu is not overcomplicated but I did not see the shishitos in the fajitas plate but the food was good.

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vipMabs
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great vibes. Service was outstanding!

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Nicky
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to eat, menu was a little limited and it felt dark. But the food was very good and atmosphere was nice. Hopefully they can expand their menu after covid is over, 4 different types of tacos as their only entrees wont have me coming back often

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EmmaS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a great atmosphere and the food was fantastic. Our server, Jay, was really nice and gave us great recommendations.

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AlliO
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing service. Super tasty wine and food as well. Highly recommend!

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nicoles
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. Food and drinks were very good, the menu is small but they do it all really well. 30 dollar bottomless mimosas and the blood orange juice is really good. This is my favorite brunch spot in the city.

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GreisyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great costumer service and delicious food . Best Mexican food in Chicago

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and really good food

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Barrio using the Order Online button. Barrio also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Barrio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 940-9900.

Barrio is rated 4.7 stars by 1258 OpenTable diners.

Barrio does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://dineamic.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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