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Barrio Star

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2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329 (Nutmeg)
Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
619-501-7827
Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Taco Tuesdays!

The food was a bit spicy, which I wish they would've warned me about, but minus one sauce and it would've been perfect! We capitalized on the Taco deal (kinda a deal) for taco Tuesday and they were very good! No entertainment, even though we were told maybe they would have some (maybe later?) but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Mica H
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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The food and service are wonderful. Also the have different cocktails and beers which is an extra if you want to have fun with your friend or your partner. They give you free nachos too! I will go back for sure!

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Senior Contributor
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Everything is excellent. Tortillas are just the best with butter and served warm. Chicken is always fresh. Service sometimes a little pokey but competent. Great flavor and inventive dishes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The food was a bit spicy, which I wish they would've warned me about, but minus one sauce and it would've been perfect! We capitalized on the Taco deal (kinda a deal) for taco Tuesday and they were very good! No entertainment, even though we were told maybe they would have some (maybe later?) but friendly staff and quick service.

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La Mesa, California
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19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Outstanding Mexican food, unique and very tasteful. The tacos were excellent. Service was friendly and prompt. But, very loud and rocky tables.

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San Diego, California
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13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Dia de los Muertos decor was festive, fun and inviting. Our waitress was prompt and she provided personalized service with attention to detail. I ordered a tortilla soup, a beef taco and two carnitas tacos, which were fried crisp. The meal was delicious and comforting. And I can't wait to go back!

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Toronto, Canada
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116 restaurant reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We chose this from a recommendation in Fodors. Bad idea. Margaritas, served in a standard glass, were fair at best. Nachos were taco chips out of a bag with barely warm beans and the cheapest melted cheese. No flavor to speak of. Looking at other people's dishes, it was clear that this place serves the kind of pretend-Mexican filler that... More 

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San Diego, California
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31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Occasional slow service and overpriced entrees but awesome taco Tuesday deals. This place can get super busy so be prepared to wait!

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I love the potato tacos and barrio margaritas here! The service is not awesome, but luckily the food makes up for it. They have great happy hour specials and often run deals on groupon and living social!

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Stopped in for lunch an was pleasantly surprised. Excellent food with fresh ingredients and reasonable portions. I had the fish tacos which were among the best I have had, and the rice and beans were so good I actually finished them. My favorite part was a side portion of posole.

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San Diego, California
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54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Mexican gothic ambiance with an authentic mexican dinner menu. Salsa and hand made corn tortillas were spot on and what you'd expect for traditional Mexican fare. Chile rellenos were good (El Agave in Old Town owns the best) as were the spicy tacos. The torta was very well prepared and the brazil bowl was enjoyed in spades. Definitely recommend making... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
    (Nutmeg)
  • Public Transportation: Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-501-7827

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?