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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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
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not greeted
Stood there waiting
Only had community tables open
Why make a reservation if no table available

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DavidR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Kyle the bar keep was fantastic

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vipcmack
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great for happy hour but the restaurant is extremely noisy. Cannot carry on a conversation. Brunch in the back room is a little quieter. Good margaritas and tacos.

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vipSaveurista
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service

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PatriciaC
San Diego
17 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.

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inveritas
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.

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vipUJSW8NC
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

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vipSDdiner73
San Diego
20 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.

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BethanyT
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!!

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vipNatalie
San Diego
28 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.

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Robert
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.

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vipEliseC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMaddy
Los Angeles
45 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.

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

Terrific food all house made salsas and tortillas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place, good food service and ambiance .

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BarbaraV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTimfin2
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Margaritas ever! Staff was awesome!

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vipdavidsquared
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable

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

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

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Sita
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!

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viprjvr1954
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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Barrio Star is rated 4.4 stars by 687 OpenTable diners.

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