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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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

too loud there , asked to lower the music and they said they cannot. wont be back for brunch

M
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great brunch spot, with a wonderful deal on bottomless drink options as well!

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrie burger and crispy fries were delicious. Service was great.

FT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exellent experience! First time and it won't be the last one. Service was great. Food phenomenal!! Drinks and the whole experience was amazing.

EC
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic, service was attentive. A little noisy considering it wasn't very crowded when we were there.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender and waitress went above and beyond!

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

Birthday dinner

CH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating sons engagement

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnnie was a great server and recommended great items when asked.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for groups!

TM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was good but spicy. Service was great. The music was so loud I could barely hear our waiter.

PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Arrived for reservation at 6:30 (on time) and was asked if we could be finished by 8 for an 8:15 reservation. Then everything was rushed - missed one appetizer we ordered and brought entrees before we had time to finish up appetizers and drinks so table was crowded with apps and entrees - instead of leisurely enjoyable meal we were out of there by 7:21. Food great - needs work on service or on managing reservations

NT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very friendly and helpful made our experience very enjoyable.

O
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was delicious. Great atmosphere. For sure will return next time I’m visiting Chicago!

JE
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took two coworkers who had never been there. They were impressed and loved their meals!

SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks - not your typical Mexican restaurant

N
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Slow, rude, server laughed at us for taking the remaining salad to go. There was a bug that landed in one of our plates and the server analyzed the bug without even getting us a new plate ( we took it off the table next to us). Food was good. 2nd time I’ve had rude and slow service at barrio

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absokutely great food and experience over all

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was pretty good but not great. And the portions were very small for the price.
The drinks were small and gone in a few sips for spending 10-15$ a drink.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Server was a bit aloof, inattentive. Did not clear glasses or plates that had been sitting empty for over 10-15 mins. Had to grab our own drinks from the bar as we saw them melting in front of us for some time. Bartender remedied the situation by issuing comp’ed shots. Once the bill came, the server seemed interested in us again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio

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SS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Waitress tried to up-sell EVERYTHING. Food was good, not worth the price though

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent - the location, food, drinks, and service. Can’t wait to come back next time I visit Chicago!

DW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner was great... server was excellent! Bar needs additional bartenders, waited far too long for service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is AMAZING! Flavors, texture, and presentation are all there! I love this place!

DD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was not terribly impressed for the price and my expectations were high. The waiter was not very personable. I would say the food was average. I might have to return to give Barrio a second chance.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

We love good Mexican food. However, we did not have great food at barrio. The meat was flavorless, the chips were chewy and our service was just okay. The guacamole was delicious. We watched the bartenders eat throughout our meal.

w
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a weekend getaway for our anniversary and Barrio did not disappoint. We were greeted with complimentary champagne and the dinner and cocktails following were wonderful.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely going back here, food was amazing and service was phenomenal!

RC
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Waiter was great and paid attention during the business lunch to ensure that he wasn't interrupting. Would've loved it if he had refilled out glasses more often but overall great service! Tables were spacious, although very high. DELICIOUS food.

TL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the patio on a lovely night. The service and food was great. While I didn’t order anything off the puppy menu for my dog, I thought it was adorable they had one.

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We had early dinner here and I left very disappointed. Food wasn’t great at all... no flavors.server was nice but didn’t help with the food... It was also a bday and I did mention it in my reservation but nobody acknowledged it. Won’t come back and definitely don’t recommend this place.

o
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were fantastic. We sat in the bar area and it was very loud on a Sunday game day. Staff was very friendly.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought out of town guests here for brunch and we loved every minute of it. Service was outstanding and friendly, so many good choices for food it was hard to pick, and every one of us loved our meals. Would highly recommend for Saturday or Sunday brunch.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Upscale Mexican menu in a strangely decorated venue. Very loud, making conversation difficult. Food was fine, but nothing outstanding.

SW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

overall our experience was great, our only complaint was that the taco dinners were small and it would have been nice to be able to mix them up/try one of each kind.

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been at Barrio many times and never disappointed. Very friendly staff, superb dishes and great ambiance.
The price also right.
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And not happy with reservation method.

m
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere with great food & drink options. The place was PACKED on a Wednesday night at 6. Great outside seating too Omar our service was super cool and responsive.

AL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not miss this restaurant if you love authentic Mexican food. The chipotle mango guacamole was outstanding as were the lobster fajitas! Excellent service and a terrific choice of margarita’s makes for a wonderful dining experience. Try this restaurant it’s the real deal!

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