Barrio

4.5
817 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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BM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

A warm, summer Sunday evening in Chicago. Loved this place. Jalapeno Cucumber Margaritas were fantastic. Food was super! Side note: wish they would've called out the vegan options on the menu. Waiter was ok but not very personable. Tried to take the guac away while we were still working on it. Dang bro! Vibe was awesome - we ate outside. Inside looked sweet too. Music was loud, which I like. Menu was exciting. Too bad no Shoshito peppers when we were there...my favorite :( Next time!

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AS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omar made our dining experience ‘next level!’ Thank you for a great meal!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

The food was good but nothing of a wow factor

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NT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Took 55 mins to get lunch but as usual it was delicious!

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D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service started off very slow!! But the server stepped it up and once we ordered, all was well. Food was good! Guacamole was excellent as were the chicken tacos!! The fish tacos tasted spicy unexpectedly. Fun place to eat outside on a nice day!

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, really looking restaurant.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot. Lots of energy, great food and vibe. Good value. Great, attentive staff. Looking forward to going back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, cool place with fun music but it was pretty loud. The service was amazing, it was our anniversary and they did a few extra special things for us!

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B
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great! The dj played a great selection from the 90's. The food was definitely worth the price and didn't break our pockets. The servers were cordial and made sure we had the best experience!!! I will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 12 and the service was amazing. Food was excellent and our server made sure we ordered the right amount of food so everyone could share

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time - my group had a private room, which allowed for me to catch up with old friends! The food was delicious, the service was excellent (our waitress gave recommendations and was quick to make sure our drinks were filled and the food was delivered in a timely fashion). We will definitely be coming back!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at this restaurant. Got the pitcher of jalapeño marg and steak and chicken tacos. All was amazing. The waiter was fantastic and we had fantastic service and different menu suggestions. This is a great date spot, it was a little loud as the DJ could have turned down the music a little. I would 100% go back. Nice upscale Mexican.

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DS
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. Our second visit. Never disappoints. Thanks for a great night Barrio!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty loud music but the food is good!!! Good for girl’s night out dinner😁

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MN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had one of the best dining experiences in a long while.
We were celebrating a wedding anniversary, and the drinks, food and service (Daniela was an exceptional help in selecting a great meal) was beyond our expectations.
The pork shoulder entree was fantastic.

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K
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was SUPER greasy. Everything was over done, too much grease, cheese, seasoning. Music was also super loud, and servers were overextended. No one greeted us upon arrival, we waited for a few minutes at the host stand before someone walked up.
Sorry to say we will not return.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow and our $14 drinks were served in styrofoam cups. I think it was supposed to be cute but it was just tacky- not to mention bad for the environment.

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LE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food, drinks, and music were awesome. The service from the waitress and the bus boy was not as good as a classy restaurant should have.

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m
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server and the hostess were wonderful. Nachos with carnitas were flavorful. Chicken al pastor tacos were an interesting idea that unfortunately fell flat. Location is good for out of towners.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, but great food!

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NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, our server was even better than that!

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

Best tacos we have had so far. Recommend!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was obsessed with the outside corner spot. It's gorgeous outside and inside. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. Loved the ceviche (tried all 3!), 3 different salsas, and octopus app. Mahi mahi tacos were smaller, but so flavorful.
I was visiting from out of state and will miss the food!!!!

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A
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service- food & margs always excellent!

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Amazing cornbread but the rest of the food is overpriced.

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K
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Margaritas were awful. Service slow. Ordered a glass of wine from the bar because the marg was bad and couldn’t find server. Bartender overcharged and poured a cheaper glass of wine thinking I wouldn’t notice. Shady experience.

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w
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In the city for July 4th. Restaurant was on Chicago Bucket List on Instagram. Service was great! Food and drinks very good.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and an amazing time as always

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, amazing food. Thank you so much!!

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AN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I would only recommend if they are not given the same waiter-Cortez that we were. We ordered drinks and some appetizers and then he never came to check on us and ask to put an order in for more food.
We flagged him down, ordered more food and then 40 minutes later flagged him down again asking where the food was. He told us it was coming shortly. It had been a long travel and work day for our table so we got up and spoke with the manager about the lack of service and wanting to pay for what we had ordered but were were leaving. She graciously took care of the bill but then the waiter verbally accosted my son as we were leaving. Very disappointing as we had out of town guests with us, I have been to the restaurant before and others under their umbrella-Siena, Bar Siena, Prime and Provision and never had I had such deplorable service as I did at Barrio that night.

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for happy hour, but short if you’re coming after work. The tacos were small so plan to order several.

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VB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for a casual dinner! Fun energy and good patio seating. Service was great.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Our server was barely awake it seemed, thus the service was very much lacking. The "Queso" was mediocre at best, but the Taco Salad was unique and flavorful. The best I've ever had! A signature dish that I would absolutely go back to enjoy again and again - but maybe I'll get it to go so I don't have to wait for a server...

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I
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great service.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall this was nothing special. The food was mediocre and the service was not that great. The waiter thought it was funny we ordered a lot of food. I’m not sure why a waiter who depends on tips for a majority of their income would think it’s in their best interest to poke fun at a customer in that way.

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CE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great Experience.
My friends have been talking about it all day!
We all have made dates to go back with separate groups of people!

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fan-freakin'-tastic! Everything was so tasty! The verde salsa was the best I've ever had. My husband had the churros and chicken. They were amazing. Moist chicken. Crispy churros. I could go on about the food but I want to mention our server Omar. He was so attentive, informative about the menu, shared the backstory of the chef. Great service all around.

I'll definitely be back. 5 stars aren't enough!

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, the service, and bottomless mimosa brunch. Well worth my money and time.

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The upcharges were insane and felt sneaky. They must assume people don’t look closely at the bill. Food good!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Our server was good but over she had too many tables. Didn’t get much of her attention. Waited forever for drinks and refills. Food came of timely presented by others

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