Barrio Star

4.5
874 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The sky’s the limit at Barrio Star--presenting San Diego with modern Mexican Soul Food woven with bold Latin flavors and clever Asian touches. As one of several restaurants created by award-winning chef and restaurateur Isabel Cruz, Barrio Star’s bright and lively décor is a metaphor for what we proudly serve. Our vibrant flavors and healthier renditions of classic Mexican dishes reveal thoughtfully presented menu items that are sure to please every palate. Pairing with our well-prepared food is a mouthwatering beer and cocktail menu. Besides serving standard Mexican beers, we also offer rotating drafts as well as an extensive tequila menu. Kickstart the evening with our roasted jalapeno blackberry margarita and let the fiesta begin!

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Tue 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Wed 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

What 874 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 730pm for our reservation on time and after 830 we had barely been sat and never got food or drinks delivered to the table. It was for a close friends 40th birthday. The general manager was drunk the entire time. I am thoroughly embarrassed and suggest they be removed from this platform. I will continue action to make this incredible wrong right again.

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SDFoodie
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My daughter arrived in San Diego for a one week visit, after two years apart. I thought that since she was arriving on May 5, it would be fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. BIG MISTAKE. I have always avoided going to restaurants on holidays like Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, etc., thinking I would have poor service and bad food. We proved my theory at Barrio Star. Our table was right next to the kitchen, and my husband got hit numerous times by the swinging doors. We waited 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and waited 30 minutes for the drinks to arrive. In all that time, no-one came to take our food order. When we finally ordered, it was fairly simple. One nachos and two taco plates with three types of tacos per plate. When the food finally arrived, The tacos were almost unidentifiable. Shrimp taco, good. Fish taco, good. Spicy chicken and steak unrecognizable by appearance or taste. Nachos okay, but thrown together…not layered. Chips were piled on the bottom and toppings were lumped together on top. Also, noise level was horrific because of the holiday crowds! Not coming back!

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SophiaJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here! The food is fantastic and the margaritas are the best in town.

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Hope
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio and they accommodated us quickly. I appreciated how nice the staff was and very grateful the host let us sit at the table I asked for. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience, hostess was extremely rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were short staffed and it didn’t hurt the service at all, they hustled and did a fantastic job.

GJ
vipGandJ
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to Barrio Star in a while. We went to participate in Dining Out For LIfe. The food was fantastic and our server (April) as a delight. We are already talking about when we might go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was good, the service from our waiter was not good. It seemed like he was at his own personal social and just kept talking to people instead of working and taking their orders. I understand hospitality but this guy was crossing the line and he was taking a very long time to help us and get us our drinks. At one point he straight up said he forgot. The people in the back/cooks and bussers were very nice and there was another waiter who was very nice too, he is a shorter Hispanic man that also kept trying to find our waiter LOL. anyway probably will come back I just hope the service is better.

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JulissaH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely amazing and along with the food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were more than hospitable, very friendly the food is amazing we got the beef tacos and the spicy chicken tacos.

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vipGabrielL
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

First time there. We liked the location, quick availability, and the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food and drinks were great. This is a great restaurant for a causal night with friends. Loved the atmosphere and very friendly staff.

RS
RobertS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, great food & great culture overall. I’m not a newbie to Barrio Star and I’ll be returning for more great experiences!

MD
vipMadDog
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always over the top. Great food, even better service.

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ShelbyO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday lunch and enjoyed the burnch menu. The portions were perfect and most importantly their corn tortillas are the best! We ended up going back later in the day for margarittas for happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great drinks

BB
BryanB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lots of good choices. Wait staff was very friendly.

AJ
vipAndyJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Tortillas were made with love! Such an extensive drink menu. Loved the chips and salsa! Affordable and easy lunch, brunch, drinks, and dinner spot! April is a true gem.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good, amazing service. The waiter was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and efficient. We had a rather large group and Barrio did not disappoint! Delicious food and great vibes-will definitely be returning.

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RebeccaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

service and food top notch. Seating, folding wooden chairs that are very uncomfortable.

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vipSimoneZ
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The flavors were great and presentation very nice. I thought the guacamole was a bit pricey and the chips were not great. That’s why I went with a 4 star not a five. I would eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Barrio Star. The food is excellent. The margaritas are great too. Will be returning.

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vipDeeEckman
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The host was rude.

The food plates were $20 for 3 tiny tacos, rice and beans.
and it wasn’t even that good to be honest.

I heard so many good things about this place so this is a total bummer

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute. Great spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fantastic service. Plenty room outside. Highly recommend the margarita flight as well as both the shrimp AND THE salmon tacos.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in San Diego visiting my sister and we were recommended to come here by a friend.
I will be coming back here every time I’m in town!
The steak tacos were some of the best I’ve ever had. I also got the margarita flight, which was super fun.
The restaurant is decorated soooo cute. You could sit outside as well and looks like it was also dog friendly!
10/10 service
Come here for brunch, girls day, date night, whatever- it’s perfect for it all.

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AllisonG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing dinner for five on Taco Tuesday! we loved our pitcher of margaritas!

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vipOaklandS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An awesome spot that’s delicious and high value.

SL
vipSandaL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place. Good food. I wish they would bring back crispy potatoes from couple of years back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food but an absolute service failure. This was our first visit and will not be going back anytime soon. There so many similar options in the area. A dining experience not worth my money.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Waiter was probably the worst I’ve ever had. Came up to us after we were seated for 2 mins and asked if we are ready to order. We said not just yet and he just left without saying anything. Then he came back 10 mins later to take our drink and food order since we were ready with both. 40 mins later our food came out but still no drinks. Asked the chef that brought the food about our drinks. He then told our waiter and they eventually came out. Waiter blamed it on the bartender when I clearly saw the waiter/bartender make our drinks. Also saw the table next to us get the wrong check and have to ask for help from another server. Food was bland and way overpriced. Save your time and money and go elsewhere.

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vipJohnG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Michael the manager was outstanding. He was very patient and helpful with us in solving a problem related to the use of an OpenTable dining award. The food was very good but for some reason not quite as good as the last time we were there. And our server was good, as well, but seemed frustrated with us when we told him we were going to be using an OpenTable award but were having an issue with it. Overall, we really like this place and will eat there again.

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vipmmeygra
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and drinks were awesome.

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Elmer
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, but cold ( served outdoors in 65 degree weather on cold steel plate). Service not fast, but not bad. Tip suggestions were from 20% to 30% !! Prices up recently -- Open Table menu very outdated ($15 taco plates now $20 -- see Barrio Star website). Tentatively would recommend, but borderline.

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vipDineAllTheTime
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Keeping COVID in consideration, I would dine here again. The service was average, but the food made up for it. As a place with a full bar, I’d expect someone to be able to answer me in regards to mezcal, but alas, it could be the manager or someone else serving tables who wouldn’t normally do so. We are inside, which was pleasant from the street, and I ate the half chicken; the hubbs had the chile rellenos with carnitas! So damn good! Try it out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Delicious margaritas and friendly staff! Steak Tacos were delicious! Loved the guacamole, chips & salsa!

TK
vipTanyaK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks were ok, food was good, service was also good. Cool ambiance.

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YeseniaS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were amazing! Food delicious. Servers fabulous!

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BreannaA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to go here partly because a friend said the margaritas were really good (delicious!) and partly because the pics of the food looked amazing. We had a great time, the food was delicious, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, and the drinks were so good! Definitely met my expectations and then some and you’d best believe I’ll be going back!

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Barrio Star does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Barrio Star is rated 4.5 stars by 874 OpenTable diners.

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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