Barrio

4.6
1474 Reviews
$30 and under
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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  • 3-course tasting menu of Barrio's Favorites

    $45.00 per person

    Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2021

    Leave the ordering to us WE GOT YOU. Enjoy our 3-course tasting menu of Barrio's favorites plus dessert. Consider this a delectable introduction to our biggest cravers specially prepared by our executive culinary team. $45.00 per person, excludes gratuity and tax. Upgrade your experience with a $30.00 per person beverage pairing carefully selected by our in-house mixologist to indulge your palette.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1474 people are saying
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The steak was over cooked, dry & hard. The hot mezz didn’t taste like mezcal at all.

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Jota
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall not good experience.
Appetizers came after entrées. Server didn’t even apologize. I usually love Octopus and it is really hard to mess it up, but the octopus appetizer was burned. It was also overpriced.
The octopus tacos were very good (the best part of the dinner).
The churros were awful. They seemed old and fresh out of a microwave.
Even though the server was nice, the service was bad overall.
The valet was also a huge wait.
I’m usually easy with food, but this place was a disappointment

I do not recommend this place. There are plenty other higher end Mexican places at same price range with better food and service

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vipMelissaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was okay, but service was below expectations. The server took a long time to come to our table to take our orders. They were also out of a number of items on the menu and it was not brought to our attention till after we tried to order it. Food was okay, but for the price point I would expect something better.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It takes too much order and got the food

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Maggie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smoked brisket tacos were truly something to write home about! Wow, I swear I am still dreaming about how delicious they were.

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alafood
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a great place! Went here for Lunch for Fathers Day. I had requested a high chair in my reservation and asked again when I checked in and the hostess was more than accommodating. She asked another staff member to check on the availability and asked if we wanted to wait to be seated until the rest of party came. (There was a two hour time limit once seated). Once everyone arrived we were seated in a booth and the high chair was in front of the table. The server was nothing short of amazing. She was super friendly and checked on us regularly and made friends with my little niece. The food and drinks were really good. The only con was that it was REALLY LOUD. There was a DJ and I really liked the music she played, but for the middle of the day it was a bit much.

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MariaT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and good food, little noisy outdoor but is downtown its okay

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back! Such a good spot if you’re trying to hit the town with your friends. Thanks Barrio + staff!

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TedM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Slow service. Brought wrong order. Brisket tacos were very good.

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AllisonC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos I’ve had in a long time! Drinks were expensive BUT it is Chicago, so that is to be expected! Wish we had one in Detroit:)

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food and the server was great! Will be back!

RK
vipRobertK
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lobster quesadillas and octopus tacos were delicious - inside was very loud with music, but we sat outside on the patio which was very comfortable.

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Haaziq
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely AMAZING!!! Great service!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It took 15 minutes to get sat after our reservation, and when we were the host sat us at a dirty table with guacamole spread all over it. I know the host realized it, because she used my menu to try and wipe off the garbage instead of asking us to wait for it to be wiped down. We stayed off the table until I could ask a busser to wipe it down. He then gave us dirty share plates and one linen roll-up (for two of us) and the linen was totally wet. When the overworked looking server got to us she swapped everything out. We placed our drink orders, and 30 minutes after being seated we finally had them in front of us. We ended up not getting food and just left after paying $40 for two melted / watered down drinks and an hour of our lives. Coming out of a pandemic people should be way more aware of cleanliness. I was so excited to eat here, but everything being dirty really ruined my appetite and excitement. Additionally, by the time of our reservation nothing else nearby was open so we ending up getting fast food. Not a great birthday dinner, and definitely not worth the Uber ride there

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LaceyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos! My husband and I each ordered tacos. I had chicken and steak; he had octopus. Flavorful and tender and loaded with meat. We also had the charred tomatoes and jalapeño salsa. So yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio. It was beautiful, the food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back anytime we are in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Dj was playing great music!! Waitress was wonderful and fun! Food was alright. Drinks were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Drinks were amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour tacos were absolutely amazing as well as the service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I have nothing nice to say about this place, they were sold out of a few items on the menu so that was already a bummer, server was okay the food on the other hand. The most dry, tasteless tacos I’ve ever had in my entire life.

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vipvivt
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My first time here despite living only a mile away. My family and I were celebrating my Son’s graduation. I made the restaurant aware of the occasion but no recognition from them. We enjoyed our food: tuna ceviche tacos, steak nachos and guacamole flight for appetizers; an array of tacos along with Spanish rice and spicy corn as sides. Every dish was delicious and didn’t disappoint! However, the service was terrible. My husband’s order went missing and when we alerted our server, Bobby, he was lackadaisical and unapologetic. We made it known that we still wanted the dish (al pastor tacos) made, but after 30 min and reminders that we were still waiting for it we told them to just cancel it. We asked for the check and upon receipt of it, the tacos appeared. It took away from what could have been a great dining experience. We’ll definitely be back for the food in hopes of better customer service.

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EllaR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere with amazing food and great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is okay, but your real value is in the drinks. The bartenders took great care of us and were conversational. We ordered the smoked brisket tacos, and they were both burnt and greasy, upsetting our stomachs. The vibe was upbeat and the DJ was an added bonus, playing great music throughout our time.

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BellaF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This was a very mixed experience. The lobster roll was phenomenal, but unfortunately, the grilled octopus tacos tasted very undercooked, which was off-putting. Service was really slow, I felt bad because it was busy, but we had to ask several times for simple items like cutlery, plates etc. We were literally served without knives and forks. The cocktails were hit or miss, the margaritas tasted watered down but the Paloma was great. I am very happy we sat outside (nice patio) because inside it sounded overwhelmingly loud (so make sure you reserve outside)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love brunch on the patio at Barrio we drive from central Illinois sever times a year to enjoy this!!!

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FerA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was ok for the price, ambience on the street was good. Service was mediocre, never asked if we wanted a second drink until after food was gone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server Cortez was amazing, we stayed for so long because he was just awesome and gave us great service and was so fun! However, their was only 1 Bartender for the whole restaurant so drinks took forever to get.

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vipKeithChicago
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This place is a winner. We tried the lobster quesadillas, enchiladas, & tacos, and each dish was presented nicely and tasted amazing! The drinks were also creative and really good. Great ambiance and a really nice, large outdoor area. We will definitely return!

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vipRina
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio was amazing! Get the blueberry corn bread at brunch for the table. Phenomenal! All of the drinks were refreshing. The service for a Saturday during a downpour was great! We had plenty of attention from our server. And Doug, who is one of the managers was super accommodating, checking on and chatting up all of the tables. The music was really good and the noise level was more people talking, versus the music. 5 stars. Go there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter, food, and environment were perfect 10. Reservation made at 2 sat at 230

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time, as always!

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vipJohnF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drinks. Good for dates and get togethers but music a little too loud for my taste although the DJ had a nice playlist . Not the best for families or people with food restrictions.

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vipSandyW
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter recommended a few items that were spot on! Tuna ceviche tacos, beef brisket tacos - delicious! Wish they had a pork al pastor selection - maybe you could add to your menu. 😉

Our waiter was engaging, friendly and attentive to the right amount.

Music was a little loud for conversations to be had, but the music selection was great! 🎶

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bartender Anthony was great!

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vipShemikaP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio was great. Loved the outdoor seating arrangement, food was delicious. Tequila flights are a must do! Ask for the listing.

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JakeY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Awesome dinner; music was a bit loud, but food and drinks were great.

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MarisaB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Happy hour menu didn't have many 'specials' on it as the food was priced at the same or $1-2 less than regular menu price. They do have a great brunch though - would recommend going during that time of day.

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Eatwithme
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great play list. Sat in patio and people smoke close by so not great. Apparently you can vape on a patio in Chicago?

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SteveW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Music was a little loud but the food and service were very good.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Barrio using the Order Online button. Barrio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 940-9900.

Barrio is rated 4.6 stars by 1474 OpenTable diners.

Barrio does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://dineamic.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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