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2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
619-501-7827
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Ranked #725 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nutmeg
Transit: Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
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English first
San Diego, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Can get very noisy when crowded but the food is stellar, their serves are great. Getting their hand-crafted margaritas takes a while but they are so worth it. The tacos are kind of spends but are tasty. Even if you are a meat-eater try the sky chorizo tacos. A huge hit. The cucumber appetizer is also a great item to... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Oxymoron? Not at Barrio Star. A fresh twist on the Mexican dishes we all love. Excellent tacos and burritos with a healthy twist. Breakfast choices are excellent. Love the cucumber appetizers and the blackberry jalapeño margarita is first rate. Noise levels are off the dB scale. A friend will only get food to go to avoid the deafening din. Service... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Had the Brazil Bowl which had a lot of flavor, but the Mexican Mojito was awesome! Spicy but not too much...never had one and I'll be back to check out this little gem of a restaurant if I'm ever back in San Diego!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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146 reviews 146 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I would normally give this situation a 3 rating because the service was slow. Seems like we waited for everything,,,, but - the server was polite and helpful. The food however is amazing. We suspected as much when there was a line at the front door waiting to open at 5:00 We are both gluten free (celiac) and was surprised... More 

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San Diego, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

went for lunch, read great things. servfice was awful, almost left without paying because could not get my servers attn to pay my tab. food was above average, but the portion was very small. and noisy? not a place to go for quiet conversation

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Golden
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Three recent visits. service a little slow once during the noon rush, but food was great and prices are very reasonable. Nice variety and unique items on the menu.

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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I am so jealous that my friend gets to dine here - the fish tacos are a must. I had the salmon and I have to say - it's the BEST I have ever had. Here in NY, they use crappy fried tilapia or if we get lucky mahi mahi and mediocre at best ... but Barrio Star's tacos were... More 

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Sacramento
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106 reviews 106 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were ready for a late lunch and decided to give the happy hour at Barrio Star a go. We got there about 4:45 and had to wait for the restaurant to open – no problem, we just sat outside on the benches and explored the art studio a couple doors down. In we go at 5PM. Atmosphere a bit... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Went there this evening after reading reviews of amazing food. They weren't wrong. Yum scrum. There was a lot of complaints about the service on here but i didn't really have anything to complain about. Had to ask for another drink but that isn't exactly the end of the world and I won't mark them down for it. This was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

I'd say slightly above average tacos here. I had the fish tacos and carnitas. Both slightly above average for the area. Nice flour tortillas, fish was lightly battered, and the sauces (not sure of the sauce names) were quite good. Great vibe in the place for the afternoon. All employees seemed happy and energetic as well.

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Additional Information about Barrio Star

Address: 2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
Phone Number: 619-501-7827
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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