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Barrio Star

503 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (14)
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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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)
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Phone number
(619) 501-7827
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Lots of street parking available as Barrio Star is centrally located one block away from Balboa Park.
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Public transit
Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
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Everything from classic rock to the good 'ole 90's! Whatever fits the mood we will play.
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Gift Card
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
What 503 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food, staff was super friendly!

RichardinSD (San Diego)
4.0  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!

vipBuck (San Diego)
5.0  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...

vipconniem (San Diego)
5.0  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.

riccha (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipPDQ619 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Tasty margaritas, great food, and friendly service

1234 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

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

vipMLNado (San Diego)
3.0  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.

Johnny (San Diego)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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!!!!!

viprosechick (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

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

viplikestodine (Dallas)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

vipHeidiM (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service

JesseLee (San Diego)
5.0  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!

Michelle (San Diego)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

Packed for Taco Tuesday and we still got great service with good food and amazing drinks