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Barrio Star

2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
619-501-7827
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Ranked #603 of 4,041 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nutmeg
Transit: Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
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English first
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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55 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

So, this place was recommended by a friend who likes the drinks. I took my mom and cousin here for Mother's Day. The food was outstanding. Really enjoyed the tacos. Good flavors, good spice. Great standard beans and rice to go with...and I devoured every bit! Cousin had breakfast dish - avocado scramble. Delicious! Good size portion, too. Mom had... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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165 reviews 165 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Really decent Mexican food on 5th Street with a close proximity to downtown. The guacamole is great. The drinks are a bit too strong for me - but still very good. The best thing on the menu is the braised meat . . . although it is better to referred to the style of meat as sautéed. However you name... More

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is great, but the service lacks. If you don't mind bad service but great food, this is your place.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I was in the mood for Tex Mex and happened upon Barrio Star, a nice cantina style restaurant in San Diego. Their logo perfectly states "Mexican Soul Food." My friends and I started with drinks and deliciously seasoned, homemade chips with fresh salsa and amazing guac. I ordered a Roasted Jalepeno Blackberry Margarita, extra spicy. OMG...what a great start! We... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Picked up 2 Brazils Bowl Salads for Take out. Were very very good with the black beans etc. Cashier guy was friendly as well as the waitress.

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