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About Barrio Star

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!

2706 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: 11:00am - 9:30pm (Sunday and Monday close at 9:00pm)

Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
(3:00pm - 5:00pm Happy hour menu only)

Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
(Regular menu also available at this time)

Cross Street:
Nutmeg

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 501-7827

Website:
http://www.barriostar.com/

Entertainment:
Everything from classic rock to the good 'ole 90's! Whatever fits the mood we will play.

Catering:
Barrio Star's fresh local food is available for any occasion! Just reach out to us with the details and we'll take if from there.

Parking Details:
Lots of street parking available as Barrio Star is centrally located one block away from Balboa Park.

Public Transit:
Close to downtown and all major bus routes.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 11:00AM - 12:00PM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 7:45PM - 10:00PM

Mon 5:00PM - 5:30PM 7:45PM - 10:00PM

Wed 5:00PM - 5:30PM 7:45PM - 10:00PM

Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Sat 11:00AM - 11:30AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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Barrio Star Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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Worth the Drive (6)
Healthy (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Business Meals (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vegan (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderfully creative menu with great alternatives to standard Mexican foods, executed very well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Just popped in for dinner with my wife and 2 year old. The little one is obsessed with chips and rice and beans so mexican places are always a safe choice. That said, the food here was delicious. I had a taco plate, as did my wife. Both were really well done and tasted extremely authentic. The chips were also homemade and were excellent (as per my 2 year old expert!). I had a couple glasses of sangria which were also good.

I had a reservation and although we arrived on time, it took a little while to get everything organized with the highchair etc (no big deal). Other than that, the service was quick and efficient.

All in all, it was a good experience. I would definitely go again.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great ambiance. This reataurant vibes with the festive spirits which I assume each holiday or event occassion. Overall good experience. Recommended for groups.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great service can't say that enough! Food was very flavorful and delicious. It is kind of pricey but a fun spot.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This place was pretty good, lively and the service was alright. The waitress tried hard to break it to us nicely that there was no chicken left in the restaurant (we had a 815p Rez). Blood orange margaritas were good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

As Always this Spot is Awesome and Good for those Who Love Mexican Food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Friends getting together for brunch, we each had a wonderful dish and if I could spell I would list them. The staff was very courteous. We would reccomend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Smaller venue. Great food. Casual/slower service, but worth it if you arent in a hurry.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We came for restaurant week and had a great experience! We appreciated the pace of the meal- we were in a relaxed mood and really taking our time but the courses came out at appropriate times- no rushing through. I had a margarita flight which was awesome. Loved our date night!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The flavors and spices in the tacos and appetizers were superb, especially the cucumbers. I can't believe how good simple cucumbers can be. Loved the Pequeno Bowl too.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer, but our food came out first. We didn't eat much of the chips and salsa but still had to pay for it. Overall it was an expensive dinner for not that great of service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We decided to give Barrio Star one more try. The first time we ate there it was so delicious and the service was great - this was a couple of years ago. After that we had been back a couple more times with the last time having a horrrendous meal/service. I purchased a groupon and thought ok one more time. We were very happy - the service was great - the margarita flight was so yummy. My husband had the 3 taco plate and I had the pollo diablo. Both were great. It wasn't crowded so we think they've lost most of their clientele - but we will definitely be back hoping the meal/service stays spot on!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Had a 9.15 reservation and got in just before the kitchen closed at 9.30
They were out of some dishes and the rice cold. Taco's were great

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Our server was absolutely outstanding AND we found out it was her birthday at the end of the night. She gave us great recommendations of chile relleno for my boyfriend and I got the taco plate with the salmon, steak and spicy chicken options. We loved both and she was so kind! I wish I could remember her name... but her birthday is August 30! :)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Tried this on a whim because Open Table offered it up as a suggestion. Overall, it was pretty great. A couple little quirks keep it from a five-star experience (i.e. Undercooked rice in the side dish and an uninspiring tortilla soup), but everything else was great. Chips and salsa were just different enough from traditional to be notable. My husband had a carnitas torta and I had fish tacos, both of which were excellent. And even with undercooked rice, the flavor on the rice and beans side dish was great. The blood orange margarita was yummy. Service was spot on.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Grabbing a bite with out of town friends. The food and drinks were excellent as always. Great time socializing and catching up.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Barrio Star has become our new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Service is excellent. We love being seated in the back room. Food is always delicious and we can have a healthy Mexican dinner!

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I was worried about ordering coconut rice in in the Brazil bowl at first considering it's billed as Mexican cuisine, but it was delicious! The tofu was almost charbroiled but still quite soft and flavorful.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent, interesting food in a casual atmosphere

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Awesome food - neighborhood gem!! Great drinks and fun atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Had a friend in town and wanted to find something unique. Found this restaurant on OpenTable and never heard of it before but it seem to have great reviews. Amazing dinner. The customer service was awesome. They treated us like we were the only people in the restaurant. The food was good and I would highly recommend it. We will definitely be going back again in the future

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food, staff was super friendly!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Barrio Star features delicious, healthy Mexican fare. Try the Brazil bowl, with steak, fish or tofu, brown rice, kale, black beans, and a delicious coconut sauce!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We LOVE Barrio Star, for any occasion. The food and service are great, and they accommodate handicapped diners. Barrio Star becomes the favorite of everyone we take there with us...

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We tried Barrio Star for the first time. It's truly healthy Mexican which we love. The back room is excellent and our server, Kyle, was exceptional. We will definitely go again.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was really good and so was the service. Not kid friendly. The margarita's were great, but pricey. Overall, it was a great experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Tasty margaritas, great food, and friendly service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Delicious! Beautiful presentation ànd great menu options. Friendly wait staff. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We love going to Barrio Star. It is a regular spot for us. This time, however, it wasn't as fantastic. Service was quite, quite slow, even though the restaurant wasn't really full.

I ordered the chile relleno. I appreciate a chef's twist on ethnic cuisine, but did not like this at all. A chile relleno should be filled with cheese , maybe with a bit of meat, lightly battered with beaten egg whites, pan fried and served with a nice sauce. This version was a plain chile poblano with some cheese and a huge glop of carnitas on top.

I have always enjoyed the tacos. Will go back to ordering those. My husband loves the torta and tortilla soup. The queso fundido was tasty, but should really be served with tortillas, not chips.

Barrio Star is a family favorite for us. We will continue to go. I just didn't enjoy this visit as much as usual.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Overall our experience was great. Our server, Paolo, was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. This place, however, can get pretty loud when fully occupied. So it wouldn't be a great place to have a relaxed conversation. Despite that, I would still recommend this place.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Bar Seating, Vegan, Healthy, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2017

food was good but even at happy hour prices- very expensive. Service was the worst, maybe I have ever experienced in my life!!!!! Those wait staff should consider another line of work!!!!!

Tags: Spicy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Really enjoyed the menu options: creative, flexible, vegan friendly. Very tasty!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Service, food, and fun atmosphere!! Barrio Star has all of the three ingredients for a great restaurant! At first glance, you might get the feel of a hole in the wall to pass up. I'll say, we didn't want to eat inside because it rather dark and it has a smell to it. REALLY needs some scrubbing and brightening up inside!
Once you are greeted by one of their staff, you are in for a treat! They can't do enough for you fast enough.
The menu has variety and the staff knows every item on the menu. My husband said the tacos were the BEST he's ever had! He had the salmon and spicy chicken. I had the beef and spicy chicken. Great flavor! The rice and beans were unique and excellent!
Eat outside and enjoy the passersby and a pleasant neighborhood with little art galleries and boutiques.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Healthy, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Good service, okay food, overpriced for a town full of great, cheaper Mexican food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always a great time at Barrio Star. The staff is so accommodating and cool. Margaritas are great and the food is always perfect! 10/10 every time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Went for Cinco de Mayo, so it was packed. Our server was great even though she was super busy. The place was very loud but it was packed. Get the queso fundito!!! It is amazing. I also got the tamal de pollo which was tasty. I really like this place. Good Marys, too.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 27, 2017

A few friends and I came to Barrio Star for the Dine Out For Life event. The atmosphere was great! Lots of energy, friendly staff and the food was delicious! The combination made for an amazing evening. We definitely will be back! Thank you Barrio Star for participating in Dine Out For Life!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We were greeted with a smile and the server told us his favorites. The chips, salsa and guacamole was a great start. The margarita was good and the bloody mary was seasoned perfectly. I had the rosemary potatoes from the brunch menu and my friend had the steak tacos. The tacos were a bit small, like a street taco, but was filling due to the side dish of potatoes and rice. My potato and egg dish was very filling. The food was visually appealing, tasty and fresh. I will be going back to try other items. There is something on the menu for everyone - vegetarians and those with gluten sensitivities.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great atmosphere for a date night or night out with friends!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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