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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Show your loved one a dinner experience to remember this Valentine's Day! In addition to our regular dinner menu, Barrio will offer a la carte specialty menu items. The items will be available starting on Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16.

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What 998 People Are Saying
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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved this place. We travel around a lot critiquing restaurants and this has been one of our favorites. Food was amazing and I never say this, but the portions could have been smaller...

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The first meal of the day to celebrate my birthday and it was fantastic! A friend recommended the restaurant. It so happened to be the beginning of Restaurant Week in Chicago, tried some items off special menu and we'll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Barrio during Chicago restaurant week and their brunch package had several tasty options and was very affordable and provided a good amount of food for the price. Everyone in our party got the package and we all ordered something different and it was all delicious. The hostess and our waitress were very friendly and helpful. Overall we had a wonderful experience.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Went there with the intent to try the restaurant week menu, should have checked the menu online before making reservation because it wasn’t anything appealing or special. Service was good, drinks were okay, limited happy hour menu.

KB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. We did the guacamole flight and the chips and salsas. We also tried the fajitas. Sooo good! We were also enjoying the tasty jalapeño cucumber margaritas. Once the restaurant got a little busy, we didn’t see our server for a while, had to track her down for our check. But all and all... really good! Will be back!

ES
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Seems to be dropping in quality. Portions were smaller and a little greasy. Not as fresh as past. Disappointing. The waiter was completely spaced out. Have enjoyed it five or six times in the past. Will give it one more shot. Hopefully was a night off for the restaurant.

SF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Server’s recommendations were excellent.

s
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great our 2 x. Dining and it didn’t disappoint food was great and so was service gonna be definitely part of our rotation when we go downtown

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & amazing ambiance

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service! Nice place for lunch or dinner gatherings.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The atmosphere was strange with a mix between sports bar and trendy upscale bar. The food overall was average. The cocktails were great! Overall, not worth the money in my opinion.

LC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our server, Cortez, was polite but did not check on us at all. Service was mediocre at best - the hostess was not very cordial either. The dj was fun. We were two tables away from a large and VERY VERY loud group.

Food was pretty good!

DC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great brunch! $25 for bottomless mimosas is a lot but we felt that we got our money’s worth and the food was really good! We will definitely be back!

CD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

CW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had a party of 8 on a Saturday night, and we felt as though we were being rushed the entire time. We wanted to relax and celebrate and instead we were finished with a meal and out the door in 30 minutes all because the waiter kept bugging us.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The 3 of us haven’t gotten together in a couple of years and Barrio was an excellent choice for us!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and was able to enjoy some great food and lovely ambiance

m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best Bloody Mary at the bar before being seated at our table. If you like spicy, you will love this one. Then we were seated and greeted by Ashley. It was loud with music but it was also New Year's Day. Lots of different kinds of people. Very busy. Our food came and it was delicious. We would definitely go back. And the best part we can walk to it from our condo.

CO
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, all around a good time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place with lots of food options. Salsa is super tasty and recommended! The chilaquiles was not was I expected.

C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was good, service was fair. Our server forgot some of our order but we weren’t charged for it either. Declined from when it first opened. Not worth returning.

p
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to visit. We are from out of town and have always had the best experiences at Barrio. Excellent food, staff and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an overall great experience with great service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and environment!!! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was great and the drinks were great!!!!

JA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! Food and tower of margaritas perfect for our family fun! Ryan was a great waiter

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an early dinner with my daughters. We ordered to share the croquettes, salad, esquites and two entrees, the perfect amount of food for four per our servers recommendation. Still Rosa and Jalapeños Cucumber Margarita were very nice!

A
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I only recently discovered Barrio and have now lunched there twice. The food is inventive and delicious. My grilled octopus starter was fantastic. We also enjoyed the queso fundido starter. My friends really liked their entrees as well. The only negative on that day, was the slow service. We were there for 45 minutes before the entrees arrived. That said, I will definitely return as that was not my experience on the first visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! Great place for a group of friends before going out

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and ambiance.

SB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The service at Barrio has been awful the last few times I’ve been there. I take clients here all the time. That will not happen a note. The service is too poor.

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it. great for our group of 6 girls. great food & drinks. fun atmosphere. server was great.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting from out of town. Food and margaritas were great, service was great, and prices were appropriate. My only small complaint was music level.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great. The food and the atmosphere were so amazing.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated my special request

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartenders and servers! Very accommodating for my large group!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was dope the happy hour nachos were SO GOOD and the price not so bad for river north

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I came here with my friends for my birthday, and we had an amazing service. Everything we ordered was super good, especially the mushroom, fish, and octopus tacos. The chickens al pastor and skirt steak were a little bit dry. The salsa and guacamole were super good though, be sure to order the mango guac and the white habanero salsa. We didn’t get our corn until we finished our meal, but our server apologized and even took them off our bill! The margaritas were strong and very refreshing. Definitely order the pitcher there! Would highly come back again just for the mushroom tacos and guacamole!

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