Barrio

4.6
659 reviews
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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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Barrio is a trendy Mexican restaurant in River North with underwhelming and overpriced food.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This will definitely be my go to spot for Brunch from now on!

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ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on Sunday with a few friends. It surpassed our expectations. Great menu options - food was delicious! Will go back.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife sat on a broken piece of glass that was not cleaned up from a previous incident with a Nother customer

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance, service and drinks! Highly recommend the lobster quesadilla.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It’s overpriced, which can be expected for River north. However, the server was rather rude, and the food was subpar.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apps are amazing and the Hot Mess drink was a Hot mess :)

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d
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Party of 6. St Patrick’s Day. Seated right away. Restaurant very empty but has large group in party room. Service horrible. Waited 20 minutes and did not get water or drink order. Server finally brought water and then we decided to leave for lack of service. Never tried the food. Had heard it was good.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun. Good music. Eat the churro French toast!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loud music. Good food and atmosphere.

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DW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a fantastic place to go. Food was good. Service was good. We went on St. Paddy's day so its somewhat unfair to rate noise level. Barrio was packed and everyone was in great spirits. Even with the place being packed, Food and Service were excellent.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely slow and the food was only ok. Great drinks were the saving grace.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They were very busy so it was a half hour to get seated from our reservation. The food and atmosphere was great, and it was very loud and lively.

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SA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & cocktails!! Great service and nice ambiance! Highly recommend for happy hour or dinner date! Wonderful experience! Thank you!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Birthday post spa girls hang out. Loved the food and wine selection. We got here very hungry and wished the waiter would’ve been quicker to initiate service. He took our water order and then didn’t come back for some time.. he came back without the water, ad apologized for being tied up with something else.
After that things were smooth. And good was excellent.
The place was big and lovely just wish the noise level would’ve been lower. Made it hard to talk and connect with my dinner mates.

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SF
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good but we waited over 40 minutes for our table. They comped some appetizers but still annoying to wait so long

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RK
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server made excellent suggestions for dinner, and everything was delicious! Would definitely return..

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UR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & vibe. Awesome music. Good service all around. Will go again.

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AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have been a number of times and always really enjoyed and recommended to others. This time the music was incredibly loud and we asked numerous times to turn it down, which we don't think ever happened. Also, the food was served not very hot. Its still a fun menu and tasty, but noise level and responsiveness (plus room temperature food) disappointing. I will wait some time before I return.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Barrio was amazing! Our server, Anita, was phenomenal! She went over all the hi-lights of the menu with us & made the best recommendations- we loved everything we ordered! The pineapple guacamole was our favorite! The service was SO great & the food was just as good! The amazing ambience & music made our night all the more perfect! We will definitely be back soon!

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PT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish. Stellar service and ambience. For an appetizer, we had fresh traditional guacamole with house fried chips, along with a couple of margaritas. We split the grilled octopus and al pastor tacos, along with elote. And for dessert, the sundae. Everything was a hit and nothing disappointed. While a bit pricey, we got great value for your money at Barrio.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was either bland or overly salted. Enjoyed the margaritas though.

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OS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for drinks, they do not shy away from using the MESCAL & TEQUILA - the service was fast and food had good flavor. I look forward to returning. THANK YOU!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Can’t wait to come back again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my clients out for a night of drinks and good food. Hot Mezz is always a hot and the team bright is out a complimentary guacamole app (awesome).

Octopus app was overcooked a bit. I always talk it up and definitely oversold it to my clients. Awesome service from Caroline and great atmosphere for a fun Saturday night. I'll come back and keep ordering that octopus as well.

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SC
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location and food. Creative entries with some interesting twists. Nice inside with an energetic feel. My only complaint is that I wish they would actually put tequila though in their margaritas. It doesn't matter if you get a single drink or a pitcher, they all come out super weak.

It makes going to some other places nearby like Frontera or Havana way more appealing.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so yummy wow!!! and a really nice ambiance. poblano soup was amazing

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Happy hour. Delicious guacamole flight of traditional, pineapple, and bacon and sweet potato. Generous amounts. Refreshing margaritas with a smoky salt rim. Nice variety of tacos. I tried the forest mushroom and it was very flavorful. Our server, Edi, was very helpful with describing the offerings and attentive with drink refills. It was a very pleasant experience and look forward to returning to try the full menu.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing! Service was rather poor — took the server a long time to do anything.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos are amazing, and the desserts as well. Would totally come back, great atmosphere too!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, drink were fun, but the only thing I wish was better was the service. I felt like they were not attentive and very slow with drinks .

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Tampa and we dined at several places in Chicago during our vacation. We had the BEST time having brunch here. The atmosphere is so fun. The food is AMAZING. the staff is incredible. Jeffrey at the bar is a GEM. Go sit at his bar and let him take care of you. Shannon, the manager, is super sweet and wants to make sure you have an amazing experience. Will definitely come back!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole party loved it, several of them weren’t from Chicago and thought it was awesome.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Would definitely go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrio is a great spot for a date or to catch up with old friends. Depending on what you order you could pay a large price for small portions however the food tastes amazing. As well as the drinks! I highly recommend this spot for taco Tuesday 😋

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T
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Odd when I reflect on the dining experience in that nothing stood out as great but the overall experience was pretty good. No single disappointment but no real highlights either. I did feel the short ribs were a bit tough but maybe short ribs at a Mexican place was a bad call on my part. I’d go back and order something more traditionally served.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a dinner with coworkers and everyone loved their food. The cocktails are fun and the staff very friendly. My coworkers thanked me for picking Barrio!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the staff were really attentive!

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food amazing service. Our waitress Daniela was attentive. Food was delicious. It was a little loud but it was Friday night. Overall great place for date night or just to hang out.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time!

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PJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here for V-day! Great restaurant! We told waiter we would like non-acholic drinks but were unsure which one....had bar make something for my husband and I that was perfect!

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