Barrio Star

4.5
895 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Our server, who said he has worked there forever ever, was phenomenal! We absolutely enjoyed his service. However, we waited over an hour for our food. They ran out of beans which is odd for a Mexican restaurant. The food was wonderful. Potato taco is my personal favorite. I would have given a 5/5 if we didn’t have to wait an hour, which is, well … EXTREME!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was poor and it took at least 45 minutes to receive our food after it was ordered.

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ChandraM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place!! Good and service were both amazing!! Will definitely be back!

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vipOliver
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Wow, has this once a gem of a restaurant slid down hill since my last visit pre-Covid. The saving grace was our server who did her very best to accommodate me and the friend I was with. He ordered the roasted chicken and I, the carnitas chile relleno. The chicken was overcooked and dry...yes, even the dark meat. The chili relleno itself a steamed slimy texture because it wasn't roasted before assembly. Then it was served split open piled with melted cheese and the carnitas slopped served over a heaped pile of rice. Nothing near a propper batter coated and browned relleno. The presentation of both plates looked like they were assembled quickly with no forethought or finesse. Neither had any redeamable flavor.

We each ordered two margaritas; the first to refresh, the second to help us not be so bothered by the food quality. But our second drink tasted nothing like the first with the mixed flavors completely out of balance.

Then, there's the presentation of the restaurant itself; the asthetics. We were seated in a booth in a back room with the make-shift office and kitchen door adjacent. Its not a proper place to serve. What was once a clean, bright colorful dining room looks tired and unkempt, including a walkway to the restroom now used for storage with empty liquor boxes crammed into shelves along the way.

Needless to say, we won't be back. And unfortunately for this once upon a time favorite, word will spread.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and people. And I love that they’re pet friendly. My husband and I are always looking for places to dine that welcome our fur babies too. They hit all points!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and prompt service, from the moment we sat down to the very end. Drinks were made just right and brought out quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food was delicious and our server was nice

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vipGregH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio area and atmosphere inside. The Brazil Bowl was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was sooo good to us! The food took a little bit to come out but they were busy so it’s understandable. The food was also DELICIOUS! Will definitely add it to my list of SD spots to revisit!

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DIANAQ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were amazing! Will be back to try their happy hour menu.

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vipgordie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant came highly recommended. Just in town in San Diego for a few days and wanted quality Mexican food. This place did not disappoint. Fantastic ownership and a really cool vibe. Authentic flavours and fantastic drinks. Very engaging servers that answered our questions and made for a wonderful experience. Will definitely go back when in town

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KrisL
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!! Great margaritas and food!

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LaurenG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic birthday celebration! Kyle our server was really helpful and fun. Everything was fresh and we are going back.

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carrieE
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food that completely filled us up, and the margarita flights were so fun! We all ordered something different and we all were very happy.

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vipTenA
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The cucumbers were an incredible surprise! The chipotle wings were amazing! Great service.

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KatieA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love that they provide vegan and gluten free options! While the waiter was very nice, the service was very slow. Had a great time here though!

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TrenaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my go-to employee luncheons. Love the food and staff.
Outdoor dining is really nice.

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vipArleneG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service! Definitely try the margaritas!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 730pm for our reservation on time and after 830 we had barely been sat and never got food or drinks delivered to the table. It was for a close friends 40th birthday. The general manager was drunk the entire time. I am thoroughly embarrassed and suggest they be removed from this platform. I will continue action to make this incredible wrong right again.

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SDFoodie
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My daughter arrived in San Diego for a one week visit, after two years apart. I thought that since she was arriving on May 5, it would be fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. BIG MISTAKE. I have always avoided going to restaurants on holidays like Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, etc., thinking I would have poor service and bad food. We proved my theory at Barrio Star. Our table was right next to the kitchen, and my husband got hit numerous times by the swinging doors. We waited 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and waited 30 minutes for the drinks to arrive. In all that time, no-one came to take our food order. When we finally ordered, it was fairly simple. One nachos and two taco plates with three types of tacos per plate. When the food finally arrived, The tacos were almost unidentifiable. Shrimp taco, good. Fish taco, good. Spicy chicken and steak unrecognizable by appearance or taste. Nachos okay, but thrown together…not layered. Chips were piled on the bottom and toppings were lumped together on top. Also, noise level was horrific because of the holiday crowds! Not coming back!

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SophiaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here! The food is fantastic and the margaritas are the best in town.

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Hope
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio and they accommodated us quickly. I appreciated how nice the staff was and very grateful the host let us sit at the table I asked for. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience, hostess was extremely rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were short staffed and it didn’t hurt the service at all, they hustled and did a fantastic job.

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vipGandJ
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to Barrio Star in a while. We went to participate in Dining Out For LIfe. The food was fantastic and our server (April) as a delight. We are already talking about when we might go back!

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SusanS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Overall food and service was good. I didn’t really appreciate the bartender pulling her mask down and biting her nails and rubbing her nose and then serving drinks up without washing her hands.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was good, the service from our waiter was not good. It seemed like he was at his own personal social and just kept talking to people instead of working and taking their orders. I understand hospitality but this guy was crossing the line and he was taking a very long time to help us and get us our drinks. At one point he straight up said he forgot. The people in the back/cooks and bussers were very nice and there was another waiter who was very nice too, he is a shorter Hispanic man that also kept trying to find our waiter LOL. anyway probably will come back I just hope the service is better.

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JulissaH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely amazing and along with the food and drinks!

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vipChrisChen
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn’t been here in YEARS and it’ll definitely go back into our regular rotation. We had a plate of three tacos and the salad (which is more like a ton of protein with some lettuce on the side). I’ll be back to have the Brazilian bowl with coconut rice, which used to be my go to.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were more than hospitable, very friendly the food is amazing we got the beef tacos and the spicy chicken tacos.

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vipGabrielL
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

First time there. We liked the location, quick availability, and the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food and drinks were great. This is a great restaurant for a causal night with friends. Loved the atmosphere and very friendly staff.

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RobertS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, great food & great culture overall. I’m not a newbie to Barrio Star and I’ll be returning for more great experiences!

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vipMadDog
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always over the top. Great food, even better service.

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ShelbyO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday lunch and enjoyed the burnch menu. The portions were perfect and most importantly their corn tortillas are the best! We ended up going back later in the day for margarittas for happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great drinks

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BryanB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lots of good choices. Wait staff was very friendly.

AJ
vipAndyJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Tortillas were made with love! Such an extensive drink menu. Loved the chips and salsa! Affordable and easy lunch, brunch, drinks, and dinner spot! April is a true gem.

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

Barrio Star is rated 4.5 stars by 895 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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