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About Casa del Barco

Residing in the restored Reynolds Italianate Building on the Canal, Casa Del Barco is Richmond's singular destination for authentic Mexican cuisine. Beverage Director, Michael Avery, has compiled the most extensive stock of tequilas in the region.

320 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
12th and Virginia St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 775-2628

Website:
http://www.casadelbarcova.com/

Parking Details:
Parking validation (for up to 3 hours) is available at The Riverside on The James Parking Deck (Troutman Sanders building), entrance on 10th St.. Please request a validation ticket from the front desk staff or your server.

Executive Chef:
Zach Wingold

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Casa del Barco Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (14)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
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Fun (11)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Scenic View (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Romantic (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food..good restaurant, good service the only problem Margarita’s

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Just stumbled on Casa Del Barco on accident last week and have already been back. Slightly reminds me of living in San Antonio, but with a very Richmond and urban/funky take. Food has been outstanding. I definitely will go back. Portions are large, dishes are creative, and a good drink selection.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First timer. I have to say, one the best dining experiences in a long time. The atmosphere was great. Our waiter, David, made excellent suggestions and looked out for us all night. Even the manager came by to talk to me about the local craft beer choices they had. BTW, Triple Crossing Falcon Smash and Stone Xocoveza were darn good. The Carne Asada and Streak Fajitas were fantastic. And whoever thought of putting bacon in the guacamole is a genius. We are definitely coming back again soon.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Another great visit to Casa del Barco. Kathryn, our server, was awesome. She was friendly, attentive and gave us some recommendations for drinks. The pork empanadas are my favorite item on the menu so I always get them. My only "complaint" is that Happy Hour only counts if you are sitting at the bar, so if you choose to sit in the dining room/patio it's full price for your alcoholic beverages. It was a beautiful afternoon/evening so I passed up Happy Hour to enjoy the patio.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Like always, a great place to meet and enjoy awesome food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic!!! Our server AND the staff are very nice!
Brunch was outstanding!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

i always enjoy dining and drinking at casa del barco. love the ambiance, the great food options, yummy alcoholic beverages (tho 7.50 for a little glass of blood orange margarita is a bit steep) and friendly staff. keep up the good work!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Pricey. Food is great.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Came here for my sons birthday. The food was fantastic, and the drink selection was great. Seat enar the bar was a little noisier than we'd like. but otherwise the experience was great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Casa del Barco is amazing and one of my favorite places to eat in Richmond! The service is great and the food is very reasonably priced. I would recommend Casa del Barco to anyone trying to have a nice, unique dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food wasn't amazing. Underspiced, but the ingredients were very fresh, which given the choice I'd rather have fresh. Well... both actually. But the water front and location is nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, People Watching
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great spot along the canal in Richmond, funky cool atmosphere and delicious food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Enjoyed our experience from the blackberry basil margarita to the adobo steak fajita.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were so excited to finally try this restaurant. Such a disappointment. The water tasted like metal. The guacamole was the worst I've ever had. The gluten free items were very different from on line so be prepared to not have many options. The fajitas were completely flavorless and most everything tasted watered down. Even the blackberry sorbet that took 20 mins to get was terrible. I was sick the entire night and will never go back again. If your looking for amazing Mexican options I'd go with tazza kitchen. You won't be disappointed.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

This was our first visit to Casa del Barco. I booked it for my husband's birthday and we both couldn't have been happier with this choice.
The restaurant is in a very nice place (canal could be cleaner though), both outside and inside is beautiful and unique. Really a hidden gem of the busy city.

The staff was very friendly, helpful and accomodating not only with birthday related wishes but also with my food sensitivities. We had great tasting food and very pleasant and prompt service. I don't know if it was because we dined early and the place was still quiet but We are willing to think that's how they roll all the time.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that they called me in advance to confirm my reservation and to talk about the details of my special request (birthday arrangements).

Three hour validated parking is a great bonus but it's not as simple to find it as website describes because the gps would not bring you to your exact destination. When it says you arrived, you need to turn on Haxall street and roll into garage from there.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We loved the unique menu of this wonderful Mexican restaurant. Our waiter, Nick, was friendly, informative and courteous. Everything is made fresh on the premises and you can certainly tell. Brunch options were unique and creative. Highly recommend and will 100% return the next time we are in Richmond.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We were very impressed with Casa del Barco. The ambiance was excellent and it had a gorgeous setting of lights outside. There was a wide selection of alcohol but they also had interesting options for those who don't drink. The menu is a bit limited but the food is amazing!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Nice outdoor seating. Waiter attentive. Didn't have to wait long. Delicious food. Look forward to going again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Ambiance was cool, very unique. IN an historic part of town on the locks could see history of the flour mills and tobacco warehouse. It was empty on a tuesday night and they messed up my order, but the part that was not messed up was good and the manager apologized and took half off the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food, great service & drinks

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on August 21, 2017

After standing in the sun/heat at Brown’s Island for an hour trying to get some Eclipse glasses (and then being told they were all handed out within 10 minutes) I was beyond aggravated, so my husband and I decided to do the next best thing and have margaritas at Casa del Barco. Little did we know that this would be the best decision we could make under the circumstances.

We did not realize CDB was having an eclipse party, so when Ben the manager greeted our table and told us that we would be given eclipse glasses we felt like we hit the lottery.

Kevin, our server was attentive and kept the drinks flowing. We had guacamole and tortillas for an appetizer and the empanadas for our meal. Everything was fantastic. From the handcrafted margaritas (we sampled them ALL and they were ALL amazing), the delicious food and the awesome staff, we were so glad we chose to spend our afternoon here.

Thanks again to Ben and Kevin for an Eclipse Party we won’t soon forget!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have dined here often and have always enjoyed it. It seems that they have changed their ingredients and our typical favorites were bland and they used lower quality ingredients.

For example the chicken fajitas were not the typical chicken breast pieces but seemed to be dark meat shredded. The mimosa pitcher tasted watered down. The steak fajita was chewy

Neither of the fajitas had their typical flavor. I don't remember what my daughter had but again the same thought. No real flavor. The queso was very good as usual but that's not enough to bring me back as if all three meals had the same response I have to believe something has changed.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Enjoyed bringing family there to have a fun evening. The appetizers, entree's and dessert was awesome! For a mexican restaurant, the prices were a little high at $60/person on average but was worth it!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Waiter was very nice. Kitchen staff must have been short...took forever to get order.
Food was marginal...nothing great.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The margarita was very tart, so I inquired and learned their margaritas are made with tequila and lime juice only. I asked to have a little agave added, and it tasted more like I expected. The chips and salsa were very good, and our empanadas and enchiladas were very good. We were very full and unable to,eat much of the rice or beans. The biggest drawback was the parking situation. We will probably wait until the next location is opened in Short Pump to revisit Casa del Barco.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I always enjoy sitting outside at this restaurant. The guacamole was really good. My tacos were way too spicy and i had to give them to my husband. I had asked the waiter if the tomatillo sauce was spicy and he said no so i ordered them. The other complaint was my husband ordered Larceny on the rocks and someone else brought us our drinks . Our waiter came by a while later and said sorry that we didn't had "Litany" so they gave you Bulliet. This should not have been done automatically. It is courtesy to check to see what you actually want. My husband was not happy that his drink cost as much as it did and there wasn't hardly even a tablespoon of alcohol...all ice! My mojito was good but, mostly ice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Slow service that ended with the manager running out after us telling us we need to pay our tab. Our server had encouraged us to pay online using Zapper with our phones. Needless to say that was an embarrassing nightmare.

Service has been usually terrible any time we've tried this place. Nothing has changed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good ceviche. Good empanadas. Good chips and salsa guac.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I had a really great time and enjoyed my Passionfruit Margarita. Would definitely get the large rather than regular, as it's only a few dollars more. I enjoyed the tamale, just know that it is a deconstructed tamale

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Love this place! The location, lighting, decorations and service all A+! The Queso is definitely my favorite thing on the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

amazing! Accommodated a large party with ease. Waiters were so nice and welcoming! The food is always great! Loved it!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The food was excellent; delectable and the portions were just right. The staff were all very friendly. It was early on a Sunday evening, so no crowd. It was very relaxing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Casa del Barco provided an occasion for delicious food, and constant apologies for the length of time we had to wait for it. The service was very disorganized, with more energy going into apologizing than into actually delivering our meals. I am still waiting for the margarita I ordered. Once the food arrived, it was excellent. We had the taco platter with the watermelon salad. Queso and guacamole disappeared quickly. The chips are excellent. Then free desserts were provided, with more apologies. We received the apologies long before the food. So go to Casa del Barco, if you are not in a hurry.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Loved the decor and ambiance. The food was delicious! We were a group of 10 and our server, Nick, did a great job taking care of us.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We love the restaurant and food. Excellent, interesting, upscale TexMex menu. Margaritas are made with just tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup - very traditional. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Celebrating a birthday like we have for the past four years at this location! Great food (tomato and bacon guacamole!!!) fantastic drinks (Cadillac Margarita is too die for!) and fun atmosphere for everyone! What a great night!

Tags: Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Consistently good. Best item is the jalapeño bacon at Sunday brunch. Definitely sit outdoors when it's not too hot.

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food at a great venue by the canal in downtown RVA.
Service was good and the ambiance really nice
Will certainly go back

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Delicious guac dip! Very authentic Mexican fare. Fun, energetic atmosphere! Attentive, helpful staff. The whole package!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Outstanding service. Sat outdoors and enjoyed the canal view. Excellent margaritas and food. Will definitely eat here again on my next trip to Richmond!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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