Barrio Star

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687 Reviews
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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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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Coronavirus be damned! Had a great time, food was great just a little pricey

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vipShawna
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos and chips & salsa!!

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Aliza
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A little under staffed and forgetting things like spoons

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vipMicheleB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrio Star is delicious! The menu has a lot of great thing to choose from so every picky eater should be able to select something. The drink menu and happy hour menu are wonderful. You can’t go wrong eating at Barrio Star.

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RobertE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Even though it was "taco Tuesday," a plate of 3 small tacos cost $18 AND they forgot the rice and beans.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, came here for lunch with my co worker and we both left satisfied and happy with our choice of selection not only the place but food, service is outstanding they make sure you’re well taken care of and the food I cannot even begin the food is beyond delicious homemade tortillas and chips and salsa is mouth watering, I mean I def. Recommend this place and def. Will be coming back 5/5 in my books.

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vipJoseph
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I am a frequent customer, but no longer. Service has been declining for some time and is now absolutely horrible. It's unfortunate because the food is good.

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RachelB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We had the chips and guacamole appetizer and got refill on the chips for 5 of us. I loved my fish tacos, cooked through but still very moist and flavorful.

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vipRonaldF
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

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Vector
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys really know their stuff!

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ShannonM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! The food is all super fresh & a lot of it is made in-house. The margaritas are delicious with fresh squeezed juices and specialty garnishes. The service is always quick, servers are kind and knowledgeable and passionate about their food.

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KaraL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They were welcoming and accommodating to our kids. The guacamole and chips were a hit with everyone, from kid to adult! It was cold in there and we didn’t receive regular server attention, but it was a busy and bustling place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the service. A bit pricey, however. Noise level was high for a while until one rowdy table left, than it quieted down, thankfully! My husband liked his draft beer but I only enjoyed 2 of the 4 margarita samplers (!). Mostly a positive and enjoyable pre-valentine night, however.

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mshames
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice neighborhood eatery. Good quality food at a reasonable price. Its happy hour is quite attractively priced. Service is mixed and after 7pm it gets pretty crowded and loud. But, hey, what popular restaurant doesn't? Be alert to the high degree of spiciness of some of the dishes, like the posole, carnitas and shrimp taco.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Great food good service, wonderful night.

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Erik
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was delivered to the wrong table but the staff was friendly and accommodating

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RACHELG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We entered, stood there for a while to even be acknowledged and be seated.

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EstelaA
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good the flan is amazing! Potato tacos are delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews