Barrio Star

4.5
786 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 786 people are saying
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JoseO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place has good food n drinks staff are very friendly and helpful with any item on menu.

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vipMadiaS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE! It was such an amazing experience eating here. The food is so fresh as well as the drinks. The chips, guacamole, salsa to the margarita flight to the tacos to the coconut flan. I mean WOW! You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I asked for over easy eggs and hard eggs back. The food and serves seemed to have been better in the past.

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michaelD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derek was excellent! very informative, cheerful and punctual

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and delicious

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Tonimarie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner out and felt very safe with their outdoor setup. The tacos and margaritas were delicious!

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llutbr
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband’s taco plate was delicious. I’ve got a Salad that was way overdressed ,very soggy unfortunately. The waiter took care of it. Overall a nice evening.

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JenniferM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fun atmosphere, and Kyle was a gem. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here 3 times in the past month. Exactly what I want every time.

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CintiaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not good and service was awful too. Definitely not coming back .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We waited way too long for us to get our food. It wasn’t busy it was just that our waiter must have known one of the people dining there because he was talking to him for about 20 minutes straight without checking on our food or other tables. When the waiter finally stopped talking and checked on our food they brought it right out. Who knows how long the food was just sitting there. He tried to make up for it with a free round of drinks but definitely poor service.

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SondraT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had reservations and didn’t sit for 20 minutes because they were short staffed. Ok that’s fine. But then sit down 15 minutes later we got our waiter and we were able to order drinks. My sprite came in a dirty alcohol glass. It tasted like alcohol still with pulp from the previous drink. Absolutely gross. We then got our food. It was soooo gross. I am not a picky eater but it was disgusting. My kids food was messed up my order was wrong. From the time we sat down to when we got our food was 90 minutes. We only had 10 minutes to try to eat It and rush to the plane. Never will return.

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AlexT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food. Never disappoints. Drinks are always on point.

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PalomaS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing food !!! We had the best dinner and margaritas!!! Loved the outdoor dining and ambiance !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio Star never disappoints! The tacos are awesome and I was really surprised by the potato tacos! The blackberry jalapeño margaritas are amazing!

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LarryL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tacos were so good with the homemade corn tortillas. Tacos were a fusion of Mexican with some Asian influence. Margaritas were also tasty.

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vipNatalie
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect during these Covid times. Very clean and delicious food!

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LovedIt
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here. I had always heard how good it was but it was even better than I expected. The Brazil bowl and salmon tacos were the best. Nothing like homemade tortillas. Kyle was the bees knees.

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vipCiaoRachel
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am never disappointed in Barrio Star. Great selection of tequila and service is always on point. Patio seating wraps around and it’s so beautiful outside right now! Love the guacamole and cucumber starter.

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vipNupeSugarRay
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the drinks and food. The Barrio bowl was amazing. The ceviche is good, different taste with lots of lime, but good. The margarita flight is a definite!

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vipsteaks
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere is great and the waiter was very attentive. The margaritas were delicious and food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good veggie options

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

absolutely despised our server. Did not lift a finger but was constantly trying to shove shots down our throats. Loved the older gentleman that was clearing our table. The only reason I’d ever go back was for him.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to find good Mexican food in a “sit down” service restaurant. Finally found it! Margaritas are made fresh and amazing unique combinations.

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vipLuigi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love their tacos. I don't order anything else because I can get that elsewhere. I had their combo plate of a shrimp, salmon and mahi mahi tacos. The quality of the fish is top notch and each one comes with its own unique salsa. The flavors are superb. On top of that, the prople who serve you are warm and friendly. Favorite tacos in San Diego if you like them with a light gourmet touch.

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KekoaM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Keith. Sat down extremely quickly and the food was amazing as always.

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Lunch
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite, regular spots! We hit up Barrio Star every time we go to Balboa Park! Amazing margaritas! We love the chips and salsa, the cucumber app and the steak tacos. My 7 year old ends up eating even more then I do which is rare!

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NancyC
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always !! Tacos and margaritas are fabulous !!

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vipFoodielicious
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, excellent steak tacos and chill environment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing!! He kept us entertained all day! Food was great. It was fun just sitting out on the deck and enjoying the beautiful day!! Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great margaritas! Very friendly staff. The surf and turf bowl was very good

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vipCHfiles
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great surprise. I have driven by this place for years and finally went.
They are really making lemonade out of lemons. Margaritas are scrumptious, service is fantastic and food is more than you can eat. Super fresh and healthy mexican food. Will be back very soon

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JudithD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks - they now have a out door patio area to dine. Great service!

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vipTrent
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great, as always. Staff is awesome, including the bus staff. New outdoor seating is excellent and well spaced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host and server were great. The outdoor seating is relaxing. The food was amazing.

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

First our water glasses were DIRTY, on the 2nd glass of water it was the same. Our appetizer came out cold then as well when our food was brought it was COLD!! Service was undeniably terrible. Between forgetting items to forgetting our food I’m unsure what was worse. We had a Groupon and just so happens we were charged an automatic 20% gratuity by no means was warranted or deserved. Will not revisit or recommend!!! Our server Michael was forgetful and the bus man was extremely rude and didn’t acknowledge or answer any questions! It wasn’t even extremely busy for any of the inconsistencies of our visit.

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JoelP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic by Michael. Don't miss Taco Tuesdays.....LOTS of TACOS to choose from. I'm going to be going back :)

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vipMaddy
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The potato and fish tacos are so fresh and delicious as is the guacamole. The tortilla chips are sprinkled with seasoning and so crisp & tasty.
Ordered a pitcher of classic margaritas, so refreshing on a warm evening. It was enough for 3 people to have 2 1/2 glasses each , a bargain especially on Taco Tuesday’s!

FAQs

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

Barrio Star is rated 4.5 stars by 786 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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