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“Good but not great”
Review of Barrio Cafe

Barrio Cafe
Ranked #12 of 3,080 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Encanto
Gearhart, Oregon
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468 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Long time friends have been talking about this place for years and finally got us there. It is true, as others say, this is not a tourist neighborhood but I have seen more improbable settings for excellent restaurants.
Positives: the artwork is nice; table side guacamole preparation particularly if you are nontraditional in your ideas of how it goes i.e. pomegranate seeds mixed in; sweet potato or something similar with my dinner; attitude of staff
Neither positive nor negative: mixed drinks, beer and wine, nothing exceptional but no real complaints; salsa, bread, chips; Mayan pork on my dinner;
Not so good: my pork would have been better without half of a raw onion on top and without zucchini; my wife had a seafood enchilada and it was a strong fishy flavor with a watery sauce; help was nice when present but not very attentive which friends assured me is unusual.
I have a hard time accepting this very high rating. Doesn't seem to me to be appropriate. Not awful but a great restaurant needs to offer more.
It isn't close to Scottsdale. Not worth the drive. Not likely we will be back.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 reviews
“The best enchiladas del mar ever!”
Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Fabulous food, the nicest people you will ever meet, and super cool artwork. I haven't had better Mexican. The flavored are all fresh and authentic. I have lived in AZ for 45 years and never tasted as good Mexican food.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“This is one GREAT place to enjoy, and eat!”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is an up-scale southwestern restaurant with atmosphere to spare. Their table-side quacamole is the best ever -- I finished it right out of the bowl when everyne else was finished! Food was absolutely delicious - and the paintings outside are phenomenal. Enjoy this unique place in an area of town being reclassified for its unique restaurants and downtown fun!

Visited November 2012
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Gainesville, VA
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Not so easy to find, but worth it. Varied menu. Food was great; good value. Small, personal atmosphere. Would go back.

Visited November 2012
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Halifax, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Not a "tourist neighborhood" but worth the visit. We went there twice during our short stay. Guacamole prepared at the table was excellent and I don't normally like guacamole. Waiter's recommendation both nights was delicious. Also excellent sangria.

  • Visited October 2012
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