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Barrio Star

#564 of 3,767 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
09:00 - 22:30
Open now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:30
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 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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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 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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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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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158 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 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 

Thank Ahotelguy
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This place has a trendy feel to it. We sat in the high tables, which after a while were very uncomfortable. The service was ok, but on the verge of bad. We had a group of 11 people & they only brought our 2 small baskets of chips and they were not refilled until we asked SEVERAL times. The place... More 

Thank Marbella E
San Diego, California
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176 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We went to Barrio Star for a quick dinner before theater. It was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the food, drinks and service. From the outside the place doesn't look like much but starting with the cheerful, prompt and friendly service to the menu selections, it was a definitely repeatable experience! The cocktail menu is obviously... More 

Thank SelectTraveler
Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

During our recent 12 day stay in San Diego, my husband and I visited Barrio Star 3 times. In this festive feeling restaurant, the wait staff made us feel like stars. These kind individuals, Kyle and Erin, went the extra mile to make sure our appetizers and dinners met our dietary requirements, tasted fabulous, and possessed attractive presentation. With both... More 

Thank Karen Ferguson T
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

The meals are good, as long as you are not expecting a real mexican flavor. They try to be so vegan and organic that I think they forgot to use salt and chiles in the menu. Not worth the drive from the hotel...

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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
USD 30 - USD 30
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 22:30
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?