While the menu changes regularly, you will always find a selection of different salsas, tacos, salads and entrees. Appetizers include a unique take on classics such as nachos, empanadas, salsa, quesadilla, and guacamole. Come to Barrio, one of the best Mexican places in Chicago.
What Insiders Are Saying
Barrio is a trendy Mexican restaurant in River North with underwhelming and overpriced food.
All the food was excellent! Service friendly and attentive.
Delicious food and great service. Loved our server and can’t wait to go back.
I sat down at 8pm and didn't receive my food until almost 9pm. I was fine with it and didn't complain or mention it to anyone. But the chef and manager both came out on their own to apologize for the wait and my order was on the house. I was very appreciative of the great service they both gave and as always the tacos were delicious! My order of rice was dry and hard but everything else was delicious and I had a great time. Thank you again to the chef and manager, I cant wait to come back!
The food was pretty good, the apps especially. Service was pretty good in the beginning, but then seemed to disappear for longer periods of time as the night went on. One thing I wish was that a reservation, especially when noted, was taken into account for patio seating, especially for special occasions.
Everything was great! Only thing was the chicken and churros was humongous. I couldn’t even eat half of it. Hopefully it reheats well tomorrow
Nice place and most of the food was good. Being Mexican and knowing how much the food they serve really costs you have to be ready to basically pay for the experience. $19 for 3 vegetable enchiladas is crazy and they were just ok. I must say that the carnitas nachos were delicious and so was the cornbread and the elote. The drinks were ok. I would go back with friends who have not been there, and it is in a nice downtown location.
Birthday for my fiancé. Very loud
Food portions were very small and prices were ridiculous. Will not visit again.
Great food. Indoor music a bit loud for us. Outdoor dining great!
Amazing food! The steak fajitas are excellent and so were the drinks. Great experience all around.
Love this place
Great for a big group of friends
can get very loud
great jalapeño cucumber margs
Not just loved the food but the environment was amazing! Loved the music!! S/O to the dj!
Outstanding quality food. Server was excellent. They were good in accommodating allergies. The outside seating was perfect!
Real good place, real good vibe, really good drinks
Love everything about Barrio! The ambiance, music and aesthetic are energetic and the food is DELICIOUS. The executive chef (from Top Chef) stopped by our table, which was an awesome bonus. Will definitely recommend and will be back!
One of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago since moving here 6 months ago!
Great food, great drinks, great attention from the service folks. A bit loud so not great for intimate conversations or meetings, but a good place to relax.
We love this restaurant. It never disappoints. Excellent food great service energetic vibe. The only regret this time was that there were only 2 of us so we could not order the many menu items we wanted!
Went here with friends for my birthday and was pleasantly impressed with the food — the tacos, chips & salsa were just perfect!
Great margaritas! Loved both the mango one and the cucumber jalapeño one - very well balanced, a little heavy on the ice though. Great service atthe bar and our table. Loved the lettuce leaf option for the tacos! The pork belly tacos were fantastic! The shrimp dish was amazing (shrimp the size of small lobsters!), a little spicy though. Will definitely go again - wonderful meal!
Food and service were great!
Very good meal
Excellent food and cocktails! Enjoyed every minute and will be back soon.
Excellent Sunday Brunch experience— great food and drinks... love coming here. Fresh ingredients, great flavors and well made drinks. Location and vibes are great!
Great food but slow waiter
Barrio was recommended by a foodie friend with a bias toward Mexican food. We made an early reservation because we had a show to attend. So the place was fairly empty and quiet. We ordered the 3 guacamole sampler with chips. The guacamole flavors were tasty and the chips were good, but nothing out of the ordinary. We took advantage of happy hour pricing on our margaritas. Again, nice, but we were not "wow"ed. My wife ordered two tacos, one of which was with mushrooms and it was, for some reason, noticeably smaller than the other taco, pork belly, she had ordered. This was a questionable practice by the management as there is nothing of substance to gain from this, but making the diner upset by the perceived cheap shot. I had the prawns and rice, which was very good, especially the sauce. Spicy to the perfect degree. But I will never understand why restaurants leave the tail shell on for shrimp and prawns. It requires a person to use their hands to remove the shell. With the sauce of the dish, it made for a mess at my plate and shirt. It just seems like laziness to me. I can understand if the shrimp are meant to be eaten by hand, but that wasn't the case with my prawn dish. I would go back. and I would recommend. The place has more potential than we witnessed.
The food was ok. We wanted the three guacamole but I guess the waiter didn’t hear us. Once the restaurant got crowded, it got very noisy. I don’t know I’d the waiter was stressed but he didn’t check on us. I had to flag him down a couple of times including to get more drinks. The place is fine
Food was too salty. We raised our concerns and they addressed it well.
The food was good. The restaurant and patio is a great space. The server was first time on dinner shift and apps/meal all came at once. The food wasn't very hot, but it was well flavored. I'm on the fence on this place. I may need another try.
I came here for an Easter brunch with friends. Our waiter was awesome and contributed to our experience there. Our food was great. I highly recommend the chicken and churros.
Everyone was beyond accommodating and the food was outstanding!
Awesome food and ambience!! Loved it, can’t wait to return
food quality can improve but overall ambience was good.
our server was excellent, knowledgable and made an exception and ordered special food for us.
Good food but way over priced for what you get.
Excellent food and wait staff was exceptional! Party of 6 went on a Friday night and had a great deal of fun. Nice, comfortable seating, trendy layout and lots to do in the area.
The food was amazing. Service was good. But the noise level was terrible. Could not hear the waitress nor my friend without screaming. So that makes the experience not that great.
Fish sandwich is good but way too salty!