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Barrio Star

#666 of 4,133 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican
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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
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
Taco tuesday

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
MBcitySanDiego
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San Diego, California
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW 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 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We loved Barrio Star. I ordered the Brazillian Chicken Bowl and really enjoyed it. It was filling, felt healthy, and hats off to the chef for a great combination of spices. The service was good. The only complaint I have is that there were a couple of tables of 6-8 people and it was really loud!

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A nice spot for lunch. The food was tasty and was served quickly, but the portion was on the small size, surely considering the price. A small bowl of rice, some pees and a kale costs $9. A bottled bear cost $6 more. For half the price u can go to other places. Service was ok, but as soon as... More 

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CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I really like this place I have gone with coworkers for lunch many times. This visit I went with my family for a birthday celebration. The food is always great as well as the service.

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a nice place for upscale tacos. Good ambience, very tasty fish tacos and other menu choices. Not cheap, but a good place for a nice sit-down meal.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Outstanding. This is our favorite place for lunch every time we visit San Diego. The salsa and homemade chips are amazing. The cocktails are unique and great. Favorite dish are the grilled fish tacos and we add a side of the garlicky steamed mixed greens (green and purple kale, chard, etc) with an awesome green salsa and power rice (brown... More 

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San Diego, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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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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

Questions & Answers

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