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“Families welcome!”
Review of Bartaco

Ranked #5 of 473 Restaurants in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Inspired by a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. bartaco is specialty cocktails crafted with fresh-squeezed juices, beer out of a bottle, and hand-held foods delivered on metal trays. The rustic beach resort design complements the spirited bold and bright flavors of bartaco’s eclectic menu. The stylish ambience, cocktails, and freshly prepared tacos and “not tacos” create an unforgettable experience.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Nice food, fun choices and large variety of tacos. Good service. Try the chefs suggestions for large and small trays.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

went there once & got the shrimp cerviche.

Don't get me wrong, the sauce was nice, but my shrimp wasn't "cooked" in lime juice. Feel free to take a look at the definition of cerviche: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceviche

Did the owner & chef go to a culinary school?

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Thank a9zn
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Being from San Diego I know tacos. They have tasty meats and the corn is amazing (off the husk). I ordered tea but it was a can...gross! Expensive for little tacos. Service isn't the best. They bring the tacos on a tin and don't tell you which is which. There are better options in Stamford, but this was good.

Thank businessmap1
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The first time I went here was during the summer of 2012. Since then, I've been at least six times.

The location:
Bartaco, as with all the restaurants in this area, is extremely crowded with a wait of 30-60min at peak times and there is no private parking lot to this establishment. There is a public parking lot located on the same street next to the movie theatre and there is also a garage one block over as well as street parking (if you're lucky enough to find an open spot) so parking isn't a problem, free parking is.

The Restaurant Layout:
When you walk into this restaurant, you are greeted at the hostess stand but can see the whole dining space. The decor is very laidback casual with lots of "industrial" metallic and fishing accents. The walls have a collection of black and white aquatic themed photographs on canvas. In the front of the restaurant, there are about six or eight two-top tables with chairs that face the windows on the street. Along the perimeter of the two long walls are booths with high wooden benches. (I'm of average height and I find that you have to hop up into the booths and they are a little difficult to get into and out of. I'm not sure if all Bartacos are like this or if it is just this one, but it would be nice if they had booths that were lower and easier to access.) In the center of the restaurant is a large, full service, bar with bar seating surrounding it. Toward the back are the restrooms and the kitchen, which is visible to the dining room.

The food, drinks and service:
When you are seated, someone immediately comes over to provide you with silverwear and salsas and to take your drink order. The bar drinks are amazing, especially the margaritas. My favorite is the blood orange margarita which isn't too bitter or sweet. The drinks, while seemingly small, are actually quite strong so don't let their serving size fool you into thinking they are weak or overpriced. The quality of the food at Bartaco surprised me the first time I went there. I was expecting it to just have ordinary steak and pork and chicken tacos, but their menu also includes seafood and duck tacos. Their ordering style is a little different than other table top restaurants in that you simply fill out your own order form with the quantity you would like of each item available on the menu. Aside from drinks and tacos, the menu offers a variety of other traditional Mexican fare including tamales, quesadillas, roasted chicken, guac and chips tostones, rice, beans, churros. Everything on the menu is made to order and with fresh, quality ingrediants. The food comes out hot, delicious and fast. If you decide that you want additional items ordered, you just fill out another order form and place it in the sign holder at the end of your table and any of the staff will come over and place the order immediately.

On the weekends, after the dinner crowd has thinned, Bartaco has a dj come in and is a popular watering hole for the young and hip crowd.

Website: http://bartaco.com/menu.html

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Thank Sandy R
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great margaritas, freshly squeezed citrus! The tacos are very small and are expensive for the value.

Thank AmandaS05
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