Barrio Star

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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 - 2:45PM 4:30PM - 5:45PM 8:15PM - 8:30PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 4:30PM - 5:45PM 8:15PM - 8:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 4:30PM - 5:45PM 8:15PM - 8:30PM

What 649 People Are Saying
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BH
Western KY
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious in every way. Could have enjoyed the margaritas any day anytime!

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Barrio Star and it was great! They were super accommodating of my party and we totally appreciated it. We originally made a reservation for 8 but got pretty hungry and called to see if we could show up nearly an hour early. They were so friendly and told us to come on in and they'd make it work, which they did! The food + margaritas were all really tasty! Will definitely be back here next time I'm in the area!

S
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love the food here, and service is usually friendly. Prices are a bit steep but we usually find discounts that balance that out.

z
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Great drinks, nice atmosphere, good chips and salsa, but not great food. It was like a strange interpretation of Mexican food - I think it is trying to be California fusion but is unfortunately not successful in the feat.

JH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Noisy when busy. Not suitable for dinner with friends who want conversation. Not great service (slow) when they are busy but staff is friendly and helpful. The food is fantastic with all menu items house made. They are cheerful and willing to accommodate gluten free. Also will leave sauces on the side to moderate spiciness.. great place.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful atmosphere and amazing food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh and delicious. The margaritas are the best I’ve ever had!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not even get seated because we waited forever with a reservation. The group in front of us warned that they had been waiting for a long time and the table that was already seated warned us that they had not seen their waiter in a long time, had not had refills on water and got half their food served and were still waiting on food and drinks for the rest of the table. The waiters were all run down and hard to flag down. The mood in the restaurant was down so we opted for Jimmy Carter’s down the road. I have been to Barrio Star before and had a better experience. Hopefully, it was just a bad night.

JA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service.
Now a favorite

PE
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tacos And ceviche

C
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal as always! Perfect place to

ML
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great here. Especially the tacos.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my dad’s birthday, we all had a nice time and the food was awesome!

LG
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Food and margarita as good as they cone.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour with tons of options from the regular menu. Great drinks and perfect chips and salsa to go with it, can’t go wrong here!

V
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect except for one thing which had nothing to do with the food, service, and atmosphere. That is the restrooms!!
My wife reported to me that there were no toilet paper whatsoever and no Locking mechanism for the stall when someone tried to come in on her while using the facilities. This really must be addressed otherwise it would have been the perfect visit but we will still be back because the service the atmosphere and the food were outstanding!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food!

SN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is great, food is great and service is outstanding! :)

WA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Surprised! What a find!

FP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location, excellent service and a fun place for cocktails and a Mexican meal.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Fine food. Nice people. Very slow service

GH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice but it was too busy so he had to wait like an hour to get the meal

SJ
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been here before but the food this time was really exceptional. We ordered things we hadn't tried before to be adventurous like the Chile Relleno and wow what a dish - so yummy. And the pequeno appetizer with carnitas is a must - yum yum!

T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible, had to ask several times as to where our simple chips and salsa might be as well as drinks. Dinners came out cold and our server couldn’t be bothered. So they add on a 3% surcharge for wage increases and have subpar service and food. Previously loved this place but very disappointing experience...definitely won’t be going back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for 4 people at 7:30. I walked in 7 minutes before the reservation we waited 15 minutes at
the entrance and was never acknowledged. I finally asked an employee if there was a hostess and he told me to wait. We waited and then he came back and I informed him we had a reservation. He told me to wait again and seemed frustrated with me. We decided to leave. I'm not going to support a restaurant that can't even acknowledge their patrons

MA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The tacos were flavorless and nothing special. I ordered a margarita and it was sickeningly sweet and syrupy so I sent it back. The waitress came back with the extreme opposite of just tequila and lime juice... not really sure why I couldn’t get a happy medium. One of the bathroom stalls was dirty and toilet clogged. I informed the waitress and she said that management was aware of the problem but don’t want to fix it.

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

the food was awful. frozen square of fish in my taco. queso was yuk. used to love this place. they lost it. won't be back.

HM
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and the food is delicious. I had the tiers and my husband had the taco plate. More than enough food. Took home lunch for the next day

OT
San Diego
99 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoyed the chile relleno dinner and my husband loved his three fish tacos. The house Margarita was excellent. The chile relleno plate was large enough that by adding some homemade fajitas, we had enough for another dinner for two. The waiter was super busy but did an excellent job of taking care of us. This restaurant is very convenient if you are going to do something in Balboa Park.

G
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our lunch, we had the taco combination and the Barrio bowl. Very fun afternoon!

NP
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Open air Mexican restaurant with issues. Vinyl bench seat was threadbare, chicken bowl was served luke-cold, and the chocolate chipotle cake was still being made at 1:30PM and hence unavailable for lunch service. The "power rice" in the bowl is a crunchy rice/quinoa flavorless mix and the frijoles and kale do not elevate it. That said, the chips and salsa were good, as was the pineapple mint fresqua...but that's the only flavor fresqua they have. With so many good Mexican restaurants elsewhere I would not recommend.

BW
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except my order was wrong (received the Barrio Bowl instead of Brazil Bowl), and it took a very long time for our food to arrive (~35 minutes). This seemed excessive given the small lunch crowd, and a table seated after my wife and I received their food before we did. Our waiter was kind but did not give us much attention.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, great food and consistently good.

B
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best Mexican food in the county, and definitely one of the best margaritas. We come here several times a year and its always great.

BM
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food and service have regressed since my last visit a year ago. Had lunch 6/5. Server was distracted, disinterested. Food plentiful but much heavier than previous visits.

C
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Third time trying over the years and just not good. Food, service and interior was dirty. Dunno how they are still in business.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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