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Barrio Café

Barrio Café

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
  • Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and Phoenix New Times
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Phoenix New Times
  • Luke W.
    "Great enchiladas suizas, cochinita pibil, and micheladas."(4 Tips)
    Arlette H.
    "Churros con cajeta de cabra Are The Bomb as well Queso Fundido 💖"(4 Tips)
    Michelle O.
    "The margarita are the best."(9 Tips)
    Joshua D.
    "Get the happy hour tacos... one of each! and the amazing guacamole!"(12 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • authentic
  • enchiladas suizas
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  • Barbara D.
    Chicken Enchiladas and Guacamole are amazing! Yum!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SchupbachFebruary 3
    The Chile Nogada was amazing!
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownJanuary 30
    Must get the table-side guac! Margaritas are the real deal, and the conchinita pibil (slow roasted pork) can be enjoyed in multiple dishes. Most dishes great for sharing!
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmJanuary 24
    Authentic and delish. Great musician quietly performing during lunch.
  • Gregorio M.
    Gregorio MartinezNovember 17, 2016
    Great great food! Margaritas are on point. The food is some of the best in the city
  • Connor C.
    Connor CohenOctober 26, 2016
    I love this food so much. It's next-level multidimensional delicious. man it's so good
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DostalSeptember 28, 2016
    A must if you're in Phoenix
  • Evie C.
    Evie CosciaSeptember 16, 2016
    Very high priced but also very good. Need more seats in the bar for sure.
  • Arlette H.
    Arlette HernandezAugust 28, 2016
    Churros con cajeta de cabra Are The Bomb as well Queso Fundido 💖
  • Suzanne K.
    Suzanne KraniczJuly 23, 2016
    Both the red & black mole are totally awesome! The black is more spicy.
  • ben o.
    ben ordazJuly 17, 2016
    Tortillas are amazing
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.July 8, 2016
    Albeit a little pricey, this is some of the best Mexican food you'll find in Phoenix.
  • Sue M.
    Sue MolnarJuly 2, 2016
    Everything. The enchiladas are my favorite.
  • Wendy B.
    Wendy BartzJuly 1, 2016
    Just Okay. Server did not offer drink refills. Food was bland. Server did not want us to purchase anything else and seemed anxious to have us leave. Quickest credit card turn around time ever!
  • Jay H.
    Jay HartwigApril 12, 2016
    Great Mexican grub. Not cheap, but worth it.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamApril 1, 2016
    Their pork chop was a revelation of what pork chops could and should be.
  • Neil B.
    Neil BensonMarch 27, 2016
    The guac and pollo pablano are splendid!
  • Donte K.
    Donte KNovember 9, 2015
    The guacamole, enchiladas suizas & tres tacos cochinita pibil were amazing.
  • Christian W.
    Christian WhitesidesOctober 11, 2015
    If you're a pork lover, the Arizona Burrito is a winner.
  • Regan
    ReganSeptember 10, 2015
    Aesthetics are great here. Lovely murals, great Mexican art. Even the bathrooms are lovely.
  • Regan
    ReganSeptember 10, 2015
    Unique flavor combinations! Big plates. Great seafood. The Mariscos are amazing.
  • David C.
    David CalderonApril 19, 2015
    Fresh and authentic with just the right amount of twist, but over priced and slow. Recommend Cochinita Pupil.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchottMarch 1, 2015
    Try the esquites!
  • Jess K.
    Jess KendallJanuary 31, 2015
    Delicious. Don't miss the Cochinito pibil.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SDecember 28, 2014
    Cochinita pibil tacos are very good but I think the carne asada tacos were even better. Love the olive tapenade served with bread.
  • Ankit K.
    Ankit KulshreshthaSeptember 27, 2014
    Pomegranate guacamole, enchilada rosa with potatoes and eggs at brunch with some live music...simply amazing...!!!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 16, 2014
    There's plenty of great Mexican food in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, but this one wins thanks to its pork pibil and mole as well as its murals designed by local painters and graffiti artists.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Barrio Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Luke W.
    Luke WhiteSeptember 1, 2014
    Great enchiladas suizas, cochinita pibil, and micheladas.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodAugust 21, 2014
    Fantastic food. Not typical Mexican restaurant choices.
  • Jean M.
    Jean MarieAugust 17, 2014
    Perhaps the best pork that they braise and slow roast for 24 hours that I've ever tasted.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesAugust 5, 2014
    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza brings magic to this art-filled hole-in-the-wall, with regional specialties of central-southern Mexico. Read more
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsJuly 15, 2014
    The guacamole is really a must!
  • Cliff C.
    Cliff CampbellJune 30, 2014
    Great food
  • Juanfer L.
    Juanfer LopezJune 25, 2014
    Not as cheap but definitely worth it.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GolfballDecember 20, 2013
    Pomegranate guac is as good as advertised. Enchilada suizas amongst the best I've ever had.
  • Cindy
    CindyDecember 13, 2013
    Great service. Guacamole and fish tacos la meh or del mundo!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SNovember 14, 2013
    Amazing guacamole! This place has authentic Mexican and is kind of in a bad neighborhood but very nice inside.
  • Marisa N.
    Marisa NolanNovember 9, 2013
    Amazing tacos!
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HunsakerOctober 18, 2013
    If you get the Torta Cochinita Pibil, which you should, DON'T try to use your hands. #nom
  • Twigden Kendall Alma L.
    Great atmosphere awesome food and awesome service.
  • Christian W.
    Christian WhitesidesAugust 20, 2013
    The guacamole w/ pomegranate is an excellent appetizer.
  • C E.
    C EdwardsAugust 3, 2013
    THIS PLACE IS A GEM! Everything is delicious! Try the guava margaritas or their version of a bloody mary. Also, try the green pozole, perfect breakfast on a Sunday! Oh I how I miss Barrio!
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BarrientezAugust 1, 2013
    chicken poblano plate was brilliant!
  • Joshua D.
    Joshua DanaherJuly 14, 2013
    Get the happy hour tacos... one of each! and the amazing guacamole!
  • Bubsy
    BubsyJuly 11, 2013
    Fantastic! I would come back here again.
  • Ariel A.
    Ariel A.July 8, 2013
    Cute place for a date... chile con queso tacos are amazing!
  • Chris S.
    Chris St JohnJune 29, 2013
    Had the Cochinita Pibil. In a word: phenomenal. Had only thought I'd had the greatest taco experience of my life. Up until now, I had been wrong.
  • Autumn S.
    This place is amazeballs
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesMay 28, 2013
    Served on a crusty split roll that's been toasted, the Torta de Filetito is a charred, tender, medium-rare filet mignon, smothered with tangy chipotle sauce & topped w/ chorizo and blue cheese. Read more
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly Riley-DavisApril 25, 2013
    The guacamole was to die for! Go!!!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SealApril 18, 2013
    Food seems to be microwaved. When I asked about this, they kicked us out. This place doesn't deserve your business.
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TenorioMarch 27, 2013
    Best guacamole I have ever had...pomegranate add is fabulous!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MahnkenMarch 27, 2013
    Must order the Guacamole. It is one of the best I've ever had!
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10March 18, 2013
    Try to go at off-peak times and stick to the original Barrio a little off the beaten path. Read more
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesMarch 6, 2013
    The Jamaica Margarita is a floral take on the classic cocktail and is sure to brighten up your spring. Read more
  • Robert C.
    Robert C.February 24, 2013
    Nothing to complain about here - but so much praise to give. Margaritas - outstanding. Chile Rellenos - amazing, Churros con cajeta are to die for. Wow - what an experience!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesFebruary 20, 2013
    Order the legendary guacamole, prepared tableside with cranberries or pomegranate seeds! They also have some of the city's best house-made horchata and 250 tequilas! Read more
  • Cara S.
    Cara S.February 16, 2013
    Best margaritas! Get there before five for great happy hour prices!
  • Ricardo V.
    Ricardo ViannaFebruary 10, 2013
    Nice, nice restaurante. It is always crownded and tnen u make nice friends at the bar. And food is 100%.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DuffyJanuary 23, 2013
    The Guac is amazing. Margaritas are awesome.
  • TysonRossi
    TysonRossiJanuary 20, 2013
    The Guacamole, Tacos de Cochinita Pibil, Enchiladas Suizas, and The Churro dessert...all AWESOME!!!
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10September 30, 2012
    Try to go at off-peak times and stick to the original Barrio a little off the beaten path. The new one in Scottsdale is likely closer to your hotel, but it’s still ironing out the kinks. Read more
  • Isaac S.
    Isaac SilvermanSeptember 12, 2012
    Try the pollo poblano
  • Ralenden S.
    Ralenden SmithSeptember 5, 2012
    Filet minion topped with chorizo?!?!? PURE GENIUS
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 31, 2012
    Food blogger Kathy of Crafty Chica recommends Barrio Café. "Don't leave without ordering the goat's-milk caramel–stuffed fritters topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate espresso sauce."
  • Moe B.
    Moe BurnJuly 22, 2012
    Try the pollo en chipotle as an appetizer! Delish. This place has it all, street stlye and class to boot!
  • Pan M.
    Pan MJuly 8, 2012
    Be careful of the habanero pepper left in Cochinita Pibil
  • John V.
    John VanceApril 20, 2012
    The churros are AMAZING!!!
  • Bertha P.
    Bertha PerdomoMarch 18, 2012
    Try the PIBIL it's delish
  • Padraic M.
    Padraic MeehanFebruary 19, 2012
    The Torta de Pollo y Jaiba is excellent. Great art for sale on the walls as well
  • Heather H.
    Heather HopkinsonJanuary 21, 2012
    The Guacamole is a MUST try. Amazing
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not miss the queso fundido!!! Great food. Trendy environment. One of the best servers ever! Best mexican food of my life.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not miss the queso fundido appetizer!!!
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsNovember 27, 2011
    Try any 1 of the 250 tequilas. They range from cheap to outrageous.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesNovember 15, 2011
    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Cochinita Pibil! At Barrio Café it's the complex and creative dishes like the cohinita pibil are what keep us coming back for more.
  • Jennie S.
    Jennie StarkweatherNovember 2, 2011
    Feel guilty while peeing in front Jesus >.>
  • John S.
    John SpannagelOctober 29, 2011
    Everything here is awesome!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KAugust 19, 2011
    The pomegranate seeds in the guacamole makes for a delicious combination.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OrrisJuly 24, 2011
    The margarita are the best. Dont forget the guacamole!!
  • Visit Phoenix
    Visit PhoenixJune 22, 2011
    Cool off with awesome happy hour deals 3 - 5pm, Tuesday - Friday! $1.50 tacos and 1/2 off ALL drinks! Order the guacamole - they make it fresh table side with seasonal ingredients. Fantastico!
  • Tanya L.
    Tanya LeeApril 16, 2011
    The tamarind duck is superb!
  • Johnny
    JohnnyMarch 31, 2011
    Come early if you want to get a seat at the bar.
  • Scott P.
    Scott ProperJanuary 10, 2011
    Exceptionally good. Pulled pork is spectacular!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 21, 2010
    Try the Guacamole and Chips
  • John L.
    John LacyNovember 29, 2010
    Pato en Tamarindo - one of the best lamb dishes I've had
  • Philip
    PhilipNovember 12, 2010
    Duck taco... Phenomenal
  • This G.
    This GuyOctober 12, 2010
    omg... so much tequilla
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HallFebruary 28, 2010
    Get the guacamole-they make it fresh at your table and the pomegranate seeds add an amazing flavor and texture.
  • UpShift Digital
    UpShift DigitalFebruary 24, 2010
    They are not kidding about being "comics chingona" this place is effin' excellent.
  • TR H.
    TR HummerJuly 26, 2009
    Barrio Cafe is one of the best restaurants, and one of the best bars, in Phoenix. The food is fabulous: Mexico City and Oaxacan style, perfectly prepared. And the margaritas!
  • Elsa M.
    Elsa MelgarejoMarch 12, 2014
  • Susan C.
    Susan CaufieldFebruary 21, 2014
    Happy hour tacos: chorizo es muy bueno! Solamente $1.50.
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