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Barrio Star

#523 of 3,821 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329 (Nutmeg)
+1 619-501-7827
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
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227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

This is not really an "authentic" experience but is ok for dinner and drinks with friends. If you are looking for an authentic taqueria experience you will need to look elsewhere. However, that said, this place has a nice location and is a comfortable place to spend a couple of hours with friends.

Thank troutbum2
Bujumbura, Burundi
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Limited menu but what they do is extremely tasty. Best guacamole ever with chips & salsa. Stand out margarita with anejo tequila to order. Really impressed with the quality of food and the excellent service. Tuesday of course is taco night but I had the chile relleno and my companion had the tacos carnitas. WOW! So fresh and well prepared.... More 

Thank Charles A
Fairfax, Virginia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

Great Mexican food located in nice neighbourhood ! I was visiting San Diego from east coast and one of my good friend who lives in San Diego took us here. The margaritas with twist (blackberry, guava ) was amazing ! I ordered chicken, shrimp and fish tacos . The chicken ( spicy) taco was the best ! The shrimp and... More 

Thank gowdas75
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

The margarita flight is excellent (but a little pricey). The traditional Margarita is very good. BlackBerry jalapeño is not to be missed. The spiciness hits you at the first sip, but by the last sip, it's just a lovely little addition. Blood orange is nicely citrus. The white peach margarita is not too different from a traditional, just a little... More 

Thank Lauren W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Went there with family about 7 on a Friday. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. It was noisy, which is particularly annoying to me, I must admit. Ordinary chips and guac to start. The menu is big, but my appetite wasn't after a big lunch. Had a 3-taco plate. They were small, which was OK, but light on... More 

Thank barisaxman
Tenino, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Options for everyone - vegan, vegetarian, gluten free - and those of us who love our meat and seafood. Wonderful flavors in very generous portions. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with excellent service.

Thank beth w
Kingston, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

We were inspired to visit this restaurant because they had a Groupon with a reasonable discount. We started with a Bario Margarita. We have had margaritas in Mexico, Canada and the US, pre-made and homemade. The Bario margarita was the most disappointing we've ever had. We then has the Brazilian Bowl consisting of coconut rice, black beans, mango salsa and... More 

Thank Philip H
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We went here last weekend and were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious. The margaritas were awesome. We go the flight and were able to try them all. Man they were good. Go!!!

Thank Herschel J
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

We met for lunch with family and had some gen-u-ine Mexican food. The steak taco was remarkable and our grandchildren and the adults raved about the food and the decor--Barrio Star gets 5 stars! You place your order at the register and they bring it out when ready.

Thank JamesMaxx
New York City, New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

I had high hopes for barrio star as I had heard great things about the restaurant. The first disappointment was the marguerita which tasted water down and lacking any great flavor. The food was just ok the quest fundido with soy chorizo was a flop..it would be better without the soy and the cheese was not fundido style in any... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
  • Public Transportation: Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-501-7827

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