Barrio Star

4.4
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$30 and under
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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 - 2:45PM 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 666 People Are Saying
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DR
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Kyle the bar keep was fantastic

S
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service

PC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The “bowl” that we ordered came with a huge mix of beans and rice and many other ingredients. Unfortunately, the brown rice was uncooked, crunchy, and inedible. When we complained, we were brought a small bowl of white rice. What were we supposed to do with this? The main dish had uncooked rice mixed all through it, were we supposed to pick out those grains and replace them with cooked rice? They didn’t really seem to care that we were served a dish we couldn’t eat.

i
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The chips and salsa were amazing. Service was really good. But the food was basic. Nothing to drool over.

UJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

1) food came out cold
2) slow service
3) many mistakes on order
4) manager never came to table when requested

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

SD
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Always good food.......but be prepared for slower service. I have been going here for years and this always seems to be the issue. Everyone is friendly, place is cute, food is great, just always a bit slow.

BT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought Barrio Star was a great place to eat!! The service by Jeremy was excellent. The food was great & the restaurant was really nice!! Fun atmosphere! We'll definitely go back!!

N
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited with friends and enjoyed a delicious meal! Our friends said they would go back for the spicy margarita and Chile Rellenos. Chips and guacamole were delicious too.

R
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had dinner with a reservation scheduled for 8:15. Arrived on time and entered the restaurant. Stood at doorway for about 5 minutes without acknowledgement. Waived down someone at the bar for assistance. Finally received assistance and seated. Again, sat for about another ten minutes without menus and. Waived down another bar attendant who brought over menus. Again, sat for maybe another 10-12 minutes when we were acknowledged with a drink order taken. Because we did not want to wait another 10 minutes for drinks and another ten minutes to take our order, we ordered our dinner at time of drink order. Received order of food which was just ok. I think our spirit was already broken! My ordered was to include an additional side order of pinto beans. Being conscious of the time as I was half way through my meal, I called over someone from up front requesting my side order, water, and napkins. Up to this point, we never received a, "how is your dinner...can I get you guys something else" comment from staff. Terrible!! Needless to say, my family and I will never visit this place again. Sorry to say as I pass this place often and was looking forward to our visit. Good Luck.

EC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour, and always a fun neighborhood spot! Food is delish.

M
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The service was slow. I’ve been there a few times, they always seem t be short on servers.
The tacos were delicious. Margaritas were good.

Music is loud as well as all the chatter. It’s a fun place.

JH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Terrific food all house made salsas and tortillas.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place, good food service and ambiance .

BV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful variety of options for Sunday brunch. Large portions- great value for the price.

T
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Margaritas ever! Staff was awesome!

BH
Western KY
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

r
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was the MOST HORRIBLE MEXICAN MEAL I HAVE EVER HAD.....WON'T BE GOING BACK.

S
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful atmosphere and amazing food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PE
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tacos And ceviche

C
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal as always! Perfect place to

ML
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great here. Especially the tacos.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is great!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food!

SN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

WA
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Surprised! What a find!

FP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Fine food. Nice people. Very slow service

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