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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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Barrio Star Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

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Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
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Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Spicy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We rook a friend visiting from Brazil to try the food and she loved it!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

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 (San Diego)·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

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Orange County)·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!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·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

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Spicy, Live Sports, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant, very much enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food, great service! Bllod orange margarita nummy!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great as always

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I found the tacos to be sub-standard. I ordered two chicken and one beef tacos. The meat was dry and the rest of the ingredients in combination with the meat were not at ball tasty. Won't go back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 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 4, 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 September 30, 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 September 30, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 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 14, 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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 8, 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 30, 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 25, 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 25, 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 16, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Been back twice to experience more of the menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent, interesting food in a casual atmosphere

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 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 26, 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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