Barrio

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was fantastic and attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great brunch! Food is always amazing, our server Israel was seriously amazing, he had an amazing personality and created a great environment for us! ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in the city. Trendy but not too fancy. Compared to most restaurants of this caliber you can get a dinner during prime time a week or so out. For comparable popular restaurants in River North you have book a month or so out to get a 7 p.m. weekend dinner spot. I can almost always get a booth as well.

Only complaint is that they used to have this legendary massive dessert bowl that included all the things, and was themed after favorite sugary cereals like fruity pebbles and cinnamon toast crunch. Last time I went they had discontinued said desert, much to my dismay. In my mind it was one of their signatures.

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SpencerT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Steak tacos were the best! Also ask for the margarita tower

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always make sure I get Daniela whenever I come. Very knowledgeable and attentive when need be. Be sure to get the steak fajitas and jalapeño cucumber marg when dining. Highly recommend!

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vipJesus
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Some interesting original recipes, our server was amazing. Beyond that it is another Mexican place in town, feels like a tourist trap, not worth the extra spend or the drive to Downtown

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vipRosieG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipMegB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Contemporary atmosphere with great food and drinks. We had a larger party and were seated in private booths. Look forward to returning for outdoor dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and margaritas! Will definitely be coming back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

smooth and quick service

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LoreenV
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and service were both great.

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luvburgers
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Barrio is my go to lunch spot. Food is always delicious and service is always great as well.

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CoreyS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Our food arrived cold. The server took awhile to check back on the table after our food arrived. When she did I informed her the food arrived cold. My family had eaten most of their food by the time she had check on us and her response was “why didn’t you say something...?” She talked to her manager and informed us the food would be coming off the bill, which we didn’t exactly expect but was appreciated. She again expressed the fact that we should have saved some food to bring back to the kitchen which I honesty thought was rude especially since it was her fault for not checking back on her table. I’m in the service industry so I pick up on the passive behavior. Overall it was not a pleasant experience and the server handled the situation very poorly.

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed as always. They didn't clear our table between appetizers and when things were finished... so the table seemed a bit cluttered. Our server was helpful and attentive though.

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Fedosito
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I liked Barrio last time, but not as much this time. I did not like the cheese fondue this time. Overall, it looks a bit overpriced compared to some other better places in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio was PHENOMENAL! Loved loved everything about it. Me and my girls had an amazing time celebrating our friends birthday. 10/10 recommend. Our server Anita was the bomb!!! She’s so cute and welcoming. She made us laugh the whole night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The volume level from just people talking was high enough, but the completely unnecessary music that was playing turning it into almost a club, was completely avoidable. It was all but impossible to have a conversation over dinner. Not to mention that the food is over priced and uninspired. For a prime location in River North either do better or get out.

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vipRONALDD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

This was our first time at this restaurant.
We enjoyed the experience, overall.
We ordered 2 drinks and nachos and steak fajitas (we added shrimp to the fajitas)
As the waitress realized that is all we would be ordering, her attitude and demeanor changed.
She actually became unpleasant.

Based on this, I’m not sure i would return.
We were so disappointed, we went elsewhere for coffee and desert.
Our bill at the other restaurant was close to $40.
If the server is not nice...you lose.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food came extremely fast.. waiter seemed a little sleepy but other than that, great experience.

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Jamdev
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dj bliss was fire

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vipStevenK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly pleased. Was not expecting much. Was very solid for River North which has a tendency to rely on location and ambiance over food quality.

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3764
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I place and service were fine the food was equal to fast food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty. Had both reg margarita and cucumber haleoeno. Perfect. Had pomegranate guacamole- very good and fresh. Lobster quesadillas very good!!! Shared steak fajitas- excellent. Banana pudding was good. Overall really nice atmosphere and great service- except valet which is shared with another restraint so we had to wait to get in and out and at 18 dollars should have own valet. Good overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was meh

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vipNeenaO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great including the bottomless mimosas. Steak tacos are pretty good. As is the pork fried rice. The right amount of sweetness to that dish. The service was terrible. She seemed clueless. Got the wrong side and she didnt apologize for being served the wrong item.

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Centeno
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place overall, the drinks and food were amazing and the DJ knows how to keep up the good music!

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RachelH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. Definitely a fun spot for a nice dinner or some kind of celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun, the food was amazing and so was the service. One of our appetizers was going to take longer than expected and we were offered 2 free ones in its place. Our waiter Cortez was also awesome at providing knowledgeable recommendations and was attentive but not annoying. Will definitely be back for the atmosphere and the octopus!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Waitress was a little rude and didn’t seem to know much of what she was talking about.

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food. Service was slow, but it was National Margarita Day and it was very crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very satisfied

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The corn bread didn’t disappoint. But the enchiladas left little to be desired. Very bland. Churros for dessert were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The waiter placed the wrong order for plate and we had to wait for it, it took awhile before we received the correct dish

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CaitlinL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was fresh and delicious and service was top-notch. I travel to Chicago every year for work, and this will continue to be one of our go-to's for dinner.

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vippatrish
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands 50th birthday lunch was perfect!!

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vipTazperfe
Chihuahua
32 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food didn’t have drinks but had the fajitas and were excellent. Also the fish of the day was very good. We also had the guacamole and the queso dip for an appetizer. Would highly recommend trying and will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the place, great atmosphere, food and drinks. We all like it so much we will be going back very soon.

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Mirp8
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio was absolutely lovely!! The service was the fastest I’ve ever experienced and the atmosphere is perfect for a night out. I loved the food and the menu is really unique! Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I loved it here. Super pricy but that’s downtown vibes. Food was good! Nun super special but it was decent!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch. Delicious food. Loved that I could get a half portion of the French toast-it melted in my mouth! The server was amazing. It was a tad loud in the restaurant which made it hard to hear each other speak. Beautifully decorated. Looking forward to going back.

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