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For 2
Sun, 2/18
9:30 PM
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Booked 8 times today

Barrio Star

502 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
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 502 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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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 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Will be back very soon. One of the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Fantastic service. Great cocktails!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We chose Barrio Star for our dinner of 6 friends because we wanted good margaritas, tasty Mexican food, and a non-expensive, centrally located place. The food and margaritas were decent...when they finally arrived! Our table was not ready for our 6:30 Sunday evening reservation. When we were finally seated we were surrounded by tables of noisy children. It took 10 minutes to order our drinks, and another 10 minutes before they arrived. Not sure why they were so understaffed...only about half the tables were filled. The food was freshly prepared and authentic Mexican, but one of us had to send it back because it was cold. So all in all, not a stellar experience.

vipDocbeccy (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Terrific service with great recommendations for perfect margaritas. Some of the best guacamole we’ve had in a long time too. Decent menu variety in addition to the restaurant week specials during this visit.

Frankie (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Came here for restaurant week. What a great menu! We were able to try new items and was all for a very reasonable price. Margarita flight was awesome. Perfect for sharing. Will definitely be returning

vipSilky (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We've been going to Bario Star ever since it opened but I think we need to break up. The service has ALWAYS sucked, but now the food has been steadily going down hill. We ordered fish tacos on Friday night and they were so fishy we couldn't eat them. We also ordered the corn on the cob appetizer and it was horrible. I get it, if corn isn't in season, take it off of the menu. Finally, the guacamole tasted almost like it was store bought. They used to make a much more "fresh tasting" version. For what you get, the place isn't cheap, which would be fine, if it were good. But it has steadily declined. Makes me sad cause I still really love their margaritas.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The Chile Relano was the most amazing dish. Can not wait to order it again. Margaritas were pretty tasty too!

vipWorthit (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was fabulous. Great personality. Every dish was great. Especially carnitas!

vipsdbeachlvr (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great atmosphere, drinks, and tacos! A fun place to get together with friends. Barrio Star has the perfect balance of lax and excitement

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything tasted great. The beans were cold so we asked for another bowl and they were cold again, but that may just have been some oddity of the evening. Otherwise, service and food were good. I will warn folks that the jalapeno blackberry margarita is super duper spicy. Don't lick you lips and do order a side of water.

vipLJman (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time at Barrio Star! The place is unique, cozy and fun. The food was fantastic and a super good value. Our hostess and waitress was really friendly and the service was terrific. I think it is one of the better finds in uptown/downtown San Diego!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Not impressed at all! overpriced! Food was Ok, service was very slow, and you could hear the bar tender tell his life story to the ladies at the bar.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant, very much enjoyed the experience.

vipdiningout (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food, great service! Bllod orange margarita nummy!

Betty (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Good food. Have been here for brunch once and it was also very good.

tcrichton (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Had a last minute birthday need for 14. Booked a table for ten on Open Table and asked for a call back (3 hours before the party). Kyle called back and was awesome reserving a table for the entire party. The entire staff was incredibly helpful and the food and drink were fantastic too. Thanks Kyle and Team!