Barrio

4.6
725 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Located in the River North area of Chicago, our Mexican restaurant features south of the border classics with an American twist. The menu, created by Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe, offers a diverse assortment of foods for lunch, dinner, late night and brunch. Those with food sensitivities or dietary restrictions can also find a variety of gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options.

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.

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Barrio is a trendy Mexican restaurant in River North with underwhelming and overpriced food.

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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HA
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the food was excellent! Service friendly and attentive.

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L
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Loved our server and can’t wait to go back.

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RN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Birthday for my fiancé. Very loud

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food portions were very small and prices were ridiculous. Will not visit again.

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J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Indoor music a bit loud for us. Outdoor dining great!

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GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food! The steak fajitas are excellent and so were the drinks. Great experience all around.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love this place

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AT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great for a big group of friends
can get very loud
great jalapeño cucumber margs
Expensive though

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E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not just loved the food but the environment was amazing! Loved the music!! S/O to the dj!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bachelorette

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K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding quality food. Server was excellent. They were good in accommodating allergies. The outside seating was perfect!

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JR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Real good place, real good vibe, really good drinks

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WD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago since moving here 6 months ago!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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DD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Ridiculously overpriced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went here with friends for my birthday and was pleasantly impressed with the food — the tacos, chips & salsa were just perfect!

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P
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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GN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were great!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good meal

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MC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails! Enjoyed every minute and will be back soon.

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GT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Sunday Brunch experience— great food and drinks... love coming here. Fresh ingredients, great flavors and well made drinks. Location and vibes are great!

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KB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great food but slow waiter

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BD
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food was too salty. We raised our concerns and they addressed it well.

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was beyond accommodating and the food was outstanding!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and ambience!! Loved it, can’t wait to return

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GA
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

food quality can improve but overall ambience was good.
our server was excellent, knowledgable and made an exception and ordered special food for us.

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good food but way over priced for what you get.

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BG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fish sandwich is good but way too salty!

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