Barrio

4.6
575 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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CJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was great. The designwas on point. Food was good and margaritas too. I just think it’s pricey for the little food you get. Tacos were like $13 for two tacos (very small) and a tiny side. Not the best value but most people in this area aren’t looking for cheap anyway lol.

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CT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can be kind of loud bc there is a DJ.

Food is excellent but kind of pricey for the portions.

Ambience and decor is amazing.

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D
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was OK but overpriced for what you got. It is not authentic Mexican food. My husband liked his fajitas but my taco salad was a disappointment. They give you plenty of food but the mixing of taste was not for me. It seemed to have a good social vibe but for drinks and dinner it should not cost over $100.00 for two people.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Super slow for only lunbut our waiter

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LM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great. The taco salad was the best I ever had. The service was also outstanding. Very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Not my favorite of the DineAmic Group.

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K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the service and ambiance everything was amazing!

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LZ
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So impressed with this restaurant. Restaurant is quite big. Has more than enough TVs. Very lively. Great drinks. I thought the octopus was wonderful. The pork belly tacos were a bit gamy unfortunately. It just had a weird smell and taste to it. I wonder if I just got a bad batch. Would still be back. Too many things on the menu to try.

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BG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Cortez was knowledgeable and made a great overall experience.

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

Went for a friends birthday and everything was amazing! Our server Olivia was beyond great!! Will definitely be back!!

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s
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great energy & vibe to the place. Smart, modern decor. Beet salad was amazing! Tacos were really good. Corn & enchiladas were decent. Did not care for the Brussels sprouts, but sever was kind enough to take it off our check. Drinks were well made. Service was friendly & quick but not rushed. Overall, definitely a spot we’ll visit again & recommend to friends.

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Way over priced for Mexican food, especially the drinks!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a fun environment. The bar staff suggested perfect, fresh drinks and the waiter had yummy ideas for low carb options which tasted opulent but were healthy.

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l
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was in town for a convention, and we were so glad to choose Barrio one night for dinner. Very friendly and attentive service. The taco plates were very good, although some of the flavors in my tacos were lost--maybe too much going on in that particular dish? My table also tried ceviche (really good), guacamole (the traditional one; it was great), and a margarita. Although the taco plates were very reasonable, some of the other small plates added up so that the bill seemed to outweigh the meal itself, but overall, I'd go back! It is a place where I'd have hung out longer and enjoyed myself in a different circumstance.

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall a good experience but was overpriced.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, not outstanding. Service was ok. Too much garlic powder on the steak for the fajitas. I tasted garlic in my mouth for an entire day. Tell the chef to ease up on the seasoning.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Barrio. Our waiter was nice and always around to fulfill our needs. The food was great. The tacos and pork belly fried rice were phenomenal. The different guacamole options were great for sharing with friends.

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CD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Would love it if they allowed mixing and matching of their different tacos. Loved the corn croquettes, octopus and chicken tacos, and churros.

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AK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu was innovative and delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

amazing tacos/drinks

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks!

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JP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a great time a Barrio. Food, ambiance were wonderful. Wait staff availability was a bit sparse, which was only an issue when it took awhile to flag somebody down when we realized one of our appetizers was incorrect.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious

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LE
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting food, great margaritas. Quite noisy, but nice decor.

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RW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a group of 6. Everyone liked the food they ordered, and the service was timely.

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Y
Jackson Hole
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Loved our waitress. Drinks were fun to try but food was just okay. Guacamole and chips were pretty good but the other food was barely warm and everything we felt could have been better. Loved the ambiance but not enough to come back with the food.

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been before. We were impressed with the waiter he knew the menu well Great food great margaritas. Will definitely go back!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic for flavor temperature and freshness

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went here for a random date night. Overall, I do not recommend this place and there are many better, less expensive Mexican food places in Chicago.

Food was below average for what my expectations were (location, top chef, from friends who had been there). We had the regular guacamole, which we decided was not as good as the jewel osco guac that we get from time to time. The corn bread was recommended to us by the waiter as being one of the best and most popular items and it was dry and tasted as though it had been cooked days ago. Next we shared the chicken al pastor tacos, which were OK. Didn’t have a lot of flavor or anything to write home about, but not bad. The drinks were on par for not being terrible, but also not great. Paloma was just annoying.. get it, you’ll see.. lol

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W
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Edi. He made some awesome suggestions, everyth8ng was flavorful, fresh, and unique. The lemon ricotta pancakes perfectly balanced the breakfast tacos. Would love to try some brunch cocktails next time. Already planning a dinner trip in the near future.

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M
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Non existent server. Would have spent more, but couldn’t get him to show up at our table

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LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks priced in line with the neighborhood.

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SZ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Service was terrible. The slowest lunch service I’ve ever had and they weren’t even busy.

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AC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with close friends- wonderful food and beautiful restaurant. Great service!!!

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very knowledgeable, specific and friendly. Food was outstanding!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

12/15 - Service was top notch. My meal was great (biscuits and gravy), my friends meal (taco salad) was so salty it was hard to eat. I’m certain this was a one off issue though.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and drinks were very good. there was a slight mistake on our bill that they fixed immediately.

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TF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! This was our second visit and we enjoyed it as much as the first. Some of us are vegan, and they’ve err very accommodating. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make excellent choices. We will be back! Loved the food!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday party

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