Barrio

4.6
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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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Join us for New Year's Eve at Barrio! We will be open from 11:30am until 5pm, but will then be closing for a private New Year's Eve event. Reach out to our team at nye@dineamic.com to learn more about the night event!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 965 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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SB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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
1 review
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!

AK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I did not necessarily love my food. The server told me the Octopus tacos were the best on the menu. They were really spicy, but not a ton of flavor. I would not order them again. The corn and brussel sprouts sides were good. My first margarita was good and the second was so strong I could not drink it. Just inconsistent.

GJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and server knowledge of menu very good. Service was not good. Too long of wait and lack of follow up. It wasn’t that busy. I think server had too many tables or was lackadaisical.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We came here for dinner on a Saturday night. Nice waitress who had good recommendations like the margarita tower. Great food and a nice atmosphere

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food and service was excellent. We had a family of ten and sat in a booth that fit us all and was wonderful and private.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Demasiado caro considerando la calidad de la comida. Además, pretendíamos comer un brunch pero aparentemente no ofrecían menú de brunch los viernes. Servicio fue aceptable.

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OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Tacos were amazing. Great service and comfortable atmosphere

RA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious tacos with many good options. Love the Octopus tacos.

m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

River north taco prices. $17 for 3. They were good, but nothing special. The white bean habanero salsa, however is out of this world. Didn't see much of our server had to track someone down to order more drinks. Ok, but nothing special

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great restaurant. Loved the energy! Food was pretty good as well.

C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I’m sorry I can’t remember our lovely server,she was great!The bar was very slow getting our drinks,but when delivered they were delicious.Your guacamole game needs to step up a bit-tastes like I made it myself at home-meh.All other items that we ordered,we enjoyed.We will come back

JB
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved this restaurant and all of the great options. The drinks and guacamole starter was an amazing way to begin our meal. Their featured salad and tuna are a must try!

GP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, friendly service and outstanding food. Quite loud, but I would definitely go back.

KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love this place and the food is amazing but the service last night was beyond terrible. They were clearly understaffed but our waiter was so inattentive and unapologetic about the delay and his lack of attention. Do not go hungry because you will wait quite some time for food!

R
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Barrio was solid. Had a good lunch.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, did not wait long. Seating available for last minute reservation for a group of 10.

HW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious appetizers and adult beverages. Beautiful setting but background music was too loud for my taste- made conversation a little challenging! Overall an enjoyable evening!

W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, friendly account -- easy to get to location (by CTA stop) with great food and drink. Waitstaff was attentive despite it being a busy Saturday night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food and drinks were great! We were not a fan of our server as we had to flag him down a few times to even order another drink. We asked one of the bus boys if he could get our waiter since we still hadn’t ordered our food. Then when we were ready to leave we had to flag down a different waitress to grab our waiter. He never came and checked on us asking how we were doing. It wasn’t too busy so I’m not sure why it was so difficult for him to check on us

EK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

food service was great, but for a table of 10 it we more like a table for 8. too cramped and not able to eat or enjoy the evening. Was like trying to eat on an airplane.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Vic was incredible, so friendly and personable and made our experience, and the food was excellent!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our server was inattentive to our order.

s
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were great we got seated at our scheduled time and table we sat at was great.

MG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service cant wait to go back soon

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I am embarrassed that I brought my family here. We went to Barrio to try a new place in River North. It took about 20 minutes to get our alcoholic beverages. We ordered and the timing for food was fine. However, we ordered Brussels sprouts that never came to the table and the waiter didn’t acknowledge that. One of the plates was incorrect and the waiter did not apologize for that which I found extremely weird. Overall, bad restaurant.

J
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

First time was great second time our food was cold, and they didnt even take long but when we got our food seems like they had it in the kitchen waiting/sitting for another tables food to be ready to get taken out at the same time.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great brunch. My dad rarely compliments to a restaurant but Barrio received his praises.

JA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Taco salad was amazing!

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was wonderful, as always. We were a party of five. There was an issue with one of the drinks and it was returned immediately. Our server, Cortez, failed to remove it from our tab. Another issue was that we ordered coffee and it was served lukewarm. The server took over 15 minutes to replace it. Other then bad service, the food was delicious as always.

I am editing this review because I was there again this past weekend. Pepe, the manager, reached out to me and invited me back. Our server, Bobby, was outstanding. Food was delicious and on point. Thank you Barrio for such a lovely time!

DM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was too salty. We paid a premium for a private room which was quite warm and very noisy. We kept closing the door and service kept opening it. Why does a nice restaurant need to have such loud boon boom music on a Monday night? Too many big televisions for a nicer place.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Waitress was rude and I felt rush evertime we order something she was like we were bothering her and always took so long to bring the drinks and 2 times bring us incorrect orders

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and good was delicious. Nice atmosphere

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for a date night! The chips were a bit greasy though

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