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Barrio Star

2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
619-501-7827
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Ranked #731 of 4,069 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food has always been great and the service has improved greatly. Nice specials for happy hour which is also on weekends.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Was there on 8.19.14. The food was great but the service was not. Needed more help/workers. Had to keep asking for water. Went for Taco Tuesday night. Will probably go back again when visiting daughter again, walking distance.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Party of four for lunch at 2 pm. Waiter was poor at best. Waited about 40 minutes to get silver and napkins after asking him. Finally got them from a bus boy well after appetizers arrived. Food, all had tacos, was good and drinks tasty. Service left a bad taste in our mouths.

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of my go-to restaurants for brunch with friends or fun with out of town guests. The atmosphere is lively and fun. The decor has a Dios de Los Muertos theme, with lots of kitschy elements that work. They do specialty Margaritas that are creative and yummy--like Blackberry-Jalepeno or Caramel-Banana. The food is wonderful! They use all fresh... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our party of (4) 7:30 reservations was made on Open Table. We arrived promptly at 7:30 and were told we would have to wait for our table because the diners occuping the table came late and we would have to wait to they cleared out. Right then and there that left a bad taste in my mouth. We were finally... More

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Palm Desert, California
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60 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit. Had a delicious taco lunch a few months ago, so returned for dinner. The decor is cool Day of the Dead (not like Chipotle as one reviewer wrote). The appetizer wings on the Happy Hour menu were spicy and tasty. The Queso Fundido was tasty, but small portion and starts to separate after 5-10 minutes,... More

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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I was in San Diego for a conference and told my colleagues I absolutely wanted to try Barrio Star. I stumbled upon the restaurant on line while I was planning the trip and discovered the roasted jalapeño and blackberry margarita. It sounded amazing and it was. Barrio Star feels like a neighborhood restaurant. It is really cute, great atmosphere and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was the first restaurant I ate at when we got to San Diego. It was about 11am--our stomachs were still on East Coast time though so I had definitely worked up an appetite. The ambiance was nice--it was kind of like a Chipotle but nicer and more authentic with little fun Mexican decorations. I ordered the Power Breakfast Burrito... More

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San Diego, California
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13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My husband and I ate lunch here on a Saturday and both had the carnitas tacos. They were delicious! The meat was tender and the sauces were excellent. We ordered the guacamole appetizer but thought it was very over priced for what we got. The tacos come with beans and pozole. My husband had the refried beans and I had... More

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