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Barrio Star

4.4
518 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Open Daily: 11:00am - 9:30pm (Sunday and Monday close at 9:00pm)

Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
(3:00pm - 5:00pm Happy hour menu only)

Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
(Regular menu also available at this time)
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Phone number
(619) 501-7827
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Barrio Star's fresh local food is available for any occasion! Just reach out to us with the details and we'll take if from there.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nutmeg
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Parking details
Lots of street parking available as Barrio Star is centrally located one block away from Balboa Park.
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Public transit
Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
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Entertainment
Everything from classic rock to the good 'ole 90's! Whatever fits the mood we will play.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 518 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We’re in town for fun and caught up w friends and relatives at Barrio Star. Kyle was amazing as they got super busy yet our drinks and food and overall experience was excellent! Thank you!!

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

We arrived with a reservation and were still seated at a large communal table. There were only two servers working. We sat for 15 minutes without menus or even a glass of water. At twenty minutes, a family of four with two screaming children was seated at our communal table. At that point, we walked out. Our car was parked across the street but we could clearly hear the children shrieking. We won't be going back again. It's a shame because the food is tasty if you ever get it!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Barrio Star was delicious! I had the chicken tamale and it was so good! I really like their steamed kale with beans, combination that was provided on the side too. Definitely going back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My Meet Up group comes here after our run through Balboa Park and we love coming to Barrio Star. Our favorite server is Kyle. He always does a great job and is super friendly. The food is super yummy and the blood orange margaritas are a must try.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good margaritas. Really delicious tacos with excellent tortillas. Guac was okay if a bit small for the price. Fun decor. Service can be a bit hit or miss and does get very busy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Staff is Awesome as Always. The Food is Fantastic. I could Not have enjoyed myself Better.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Service was friendly and helpful but really slow.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

First time at Barrio Star and loved it!! Excellent and very friendly service, delicious food and Eclectic Mexican decor. Loved the carnitas stack. But will definitely return for the blood orange margarita ( I can’t stop thinking about it). No room for dessert. Next time.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We have been here several times. Always had tacos before as they are great. Tried the chile relleno this time and it didn't let me down really good flavor and artfully presented.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was underwhelming and there was absolutely no ambience in the dark back room where they stuck us.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Too loud. Loud drunk hangout. Screaming drunks and rushed service. Understaffed employees work hard and need help. Hire more servers.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always welcoming. Consistently delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Barrio Star was awesome !! Good food and great atmosphere:)

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

First time was grest

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Overall a very positive experience. Food was made fresh and excellent. However, service left something be desired. Forgot to bring not one but both our starters. Never checked in to see how we were enjoying our meal and seemed to be very rushed overall. I also noted he got the order at the table next to us wrong as I overheard him apologize to that group of four people as well when they left.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We rook a friend visiting from Brazil to try the food and she loved it!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Will be back very soon. One of the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Fantastic service. Great cocktails!

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We chose Barrio Star for our dinner of 6 friends because we wanted good margaritas, tasty Mexican food, and a non-expensive, centrally located place. The food and margaritas were decent...when they finally arrived! Our table was not ready for our 6:30 Sunday evening reservation. When we were finally seated we were surrounded by tables of noisy children. It took 10 minutes to order our drinks, and another 10 minutes before they arrived. Not sure why they were so understaffed...only about half the tables were filled. The food was freshly prepared and authentic Mexican, but one of us had to send it back because it was cold. So all in all, not a stellar experience.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Terrific service with great recommendations for perfect margaritas. Some of the best guacamole we’ve had in a long time too. Decent menu variety in addition to the restaurant week specials during this visit.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Came here for restaurant week. What a great menu! We were able to try new items and was all for a very reasonable price. Margarita flight was awesome. Perfect for sharing. Will definitely be returning

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We've been going to Bario Star ever since it opened but I think we need to break up. The service has ALWAYS sucked, but now the food has been steadily going down hill. We ordered fish tacos on Friday night and they were so fishy we couldn't eat them. We also ordered the corn on the cob appetizer and it was horrible. I get it, if corn isn't in season, take it off of the menu. Finally, the guacamole tasted almost like it was store bought. They used to make a much more "fresh tasting" version. For what you get, the place isn't cheap, which would be fine, if it were good. But it has steadily declined. Makes me sad cause I still really love their margaritas.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The Chile Relano was the most amazing dish. Can not wait to order it again. Margaritas were pretty tasty too!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was fabulous. Great personality. Every dish was great. Especially carnitas!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great atmosphere, drinks, and tacos! A fun place to get together with friends. Barrio Star has the perfect balance of lax and excitement

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything tasted great. The beans were cold so we asked for another bowl and they were cold again, but that may just have been some oddity of the evening. Otherwise, service and food were good. I will warn folks that the jalapeno blackberry margarita is super duper spicy. Don't lick you lips and do order a side of water.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time at Barrio Star! The place is unique, cozy and fun. The food was fantastic and a super good value. Our hostess and waitress was really friendly and the service was terrific. I think it is one of the better finds in uptown/downtown San Diego!

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Not impressed at all! overpriced! Food was Ok, service was very slow, and you could hear the bar tender tell his life story to the ladies at the bar.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant, very much enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food, great service! Bllod orange margarita nummy!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Good food. Have been here for brunch once and it was also very good.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Had a last minute birthday need for 14. Booked a table for ten on Open Table and asked for a call back (3 hours before the party). Kyle called back and was awesome reserving a table for the entire party. The entire staff was incredibly helpful and the food and drink were fantastic too. Thanks Kyle and Team!

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

Great as always

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2017

I found the tacos to be sub-standard. I ordered two chicken and one beef tacos. The meat was dry and the rest of the ingredients in combination with the meat were not at ball tasty. Won't go back.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderfully creative menu with great alternatives to standard Mexican foods, executed very well.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Just popped in for dinner with my wife and 2 year old. The little one is obsessed with chips and rice and beans so mexican places are always a safe choice. That said, the food here was delicious. I had a taco plate, as did my wife. Both were really well done and tasted extremely authentic. The chips were also homemade and were excellent (as per my 2 year old expert!). I had a couple glasses of sangria which were also good.

I had a reservation and although we arrived on time, it took a little while to get everything organized with the highchair etc (no big deal). Other than that, the service was quick and efficient.

All in all, it was a good experience. I would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Great ambiance. This reataurant vibes with the festive spirits which I assume each holiday or event occassion. Overall good experience. Recommended for groups.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service can't say that enough! Food was very flavorful and delicious. It is kind of pricey but a fun spot.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

This place was pretty good, lively and the service was alright. The waitress tried hard to break it to us nicely that there was no chicken left in the restaurant (we had a 815p Rez). Blood orange margaritas were good.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

As Always this Spot is Awesome and Good for those Who Love Mexican Food.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Friends getting together for brunch, we each had a wonderful dish and if I could spell I would list them. The staff was very courteous. We would reccomend this restaurant.

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