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Barrio Star

2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
+1 619-501-7827
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“taco” (13 reviews)
“tamales” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2706 5th Ave, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA 92103-6329
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

High end Mexican wannabe... No heat, muted flavors, mushy tortillas and stale chips. Anyone who loves this place must not get out often to San Diego's better Mexican eateries. Honestly, the average food truck has better tacos. Prices? Outrageous. You can do better.

Thank JDLFL7
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is our local go-to Mexican place... it's a great fusion style-- amazing drinks, and the chile Releno is amazing-- but be aware sometimes the chilies are spicy, some are not. Either way, it's delicious! Tortilla soup is good, it's a smoother type rather than...More

Thank Travelling_Bubbies
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the cucumber jalapeño margarita. Nice flavor and a little heat. The cucumber helped to diffuse the flavors. We started with the queso fundido made with soy chorizo and it was actually very good. Our food was fast in getting to the table. I ordered...More

Thank Klawonn
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Came here on Cinco De Mayo so it was very busy and loud. Luckily, we had reservations and were seated in the corner next to the window, so the noise level was not so intense. I ordered a blood orange margarita, it was very refreshing....More

Thank 7Bluefield
Reviewed 3 May 2017

My friends and I tried this place a week ago and it was easy to find, and once we got there - you can smell the great food. Great customer service and incredible tasty foods.

Thank Faith C
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Just finished my lunch here at the Barrio Star Mexican restaurant and couldn't be happier. Very open and casual this place is a MUST, if you're in the Hillcrest/Balboa Park area. My order of Tamal de Pollo (Chicken Tamale) was outstanding! The Masa was perfect...More

Thank BigKev395
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Greeted with a smile and seated promptly. The service was very good. We made a reservation during brunch hour, but we didn't need it. The restaurant is within walking distance to Balboa Park, so crowds could vary depending on events at the park. They have...More

Thank mishywishy2016
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Excellent food and drinks! The guacamole is top notch and the jalapeño infused pomegranate margaritas are unbelievable. We also enjoyed the street tacos and cucumber appetizer.

Thank lennygee2015
Reviewed 19 January 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...More

Thank troutbum2
Reviewed 21 December 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...More

Thank Charles A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
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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