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Mexican >Barrio - Capitol Hill
1420 12th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.612882 -122.316786
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
With a large see and be seen bar and comfy booths in back this large lively room is the perfect spot to meet friends on Monday when tequila is half price or during daily happy hour 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Great Food-Awesome Atmosphere – Went here for my birthday after doing a ton of research and was amazed. Guac is very tasty, my group got a variety of tequila and was very impressed with the setup and flavors. Have been back for their happy hour. Pork sliders are super yummy. Went there during the summer so they have this retractible wall, very chic because you're inside but feel like you're outside.
Have heard rave reviews about their brunch and will definately try again.
It can be a bit loud on a weekend is the only con I can think of, but that seems to be quite a standard for a weekend.
Darn great beans! – Decided to check this place out on a Friday around 6PM. It was a nice day, so many folks were in the front patio area and at the tables next to the windows. We made do with a table closer to the kitchen.
First up, the guacamole. Wonderful flavor, nice little bits of chunk in there, yet creamy. However, with three of us we needed two orders of guac and at $8 a pop that's not cheap. Next, we tried the Ahi Tuna Crudo (avocado, orange, tamarind and sesame seeds with plantain chips). Good, but nothing about the dish really called out to the taste buds. I enjoyed the plantain chips plain, though. With all the clean, fresh ingredients in this dish I expected more flavor to shine through.
My main course was the Wild King Salmon tacos (pineapple-cucumber salsa, crema and cilantro). Three small corn tortillas were the base for the nicely cooked salmon, plus cabbage, salsa and crema. The sweet of the pineapple complemented the savory of the salmon perfectly. And the portion was great - there were three tacos but they weren't huge. The surprise of the evening came from the side-dish of Frijoles Charros (bacon, onion and chorizo). Generally, I will ignore any beans (I tend to overlook the beans and rice normally served as sides) and focus on the main course. However, I took a bite of the frijoles out of curiosity and darned if I didn't completely polish them off! They had a savory, smoky flavor that was sublime.
As an aside, I am a sangria snob as I have a friend who makes an amazing sangria. Barrio's sangria didn't pass my benchmark and was just okay.
Great happy hour, ambiance, specialty cocktails – From the owners of Purple Cafe & Wine Bar comes a mexican influenced restaurant on Capitol hill. Lit with candles, the wood design of this restaurant creates a feeling of cozy dining and city modern elegance. I personally love their rounded booths that make you feel like you've found a special pocket of the world that is all your own. At least for an hour!
We love the tacos here - featured on their happy hour menu as well as their guacamole dip. The cocktails are mexican influenced and the wine list is fantastic. Great attention from staff, too. I've been to Barrio at least two dozen times and look forward to the next two dozen.
Go Hungry, Go Broke – When I say expensive, I mean over priced. I ordered 3 tacos thinking 3 tacos for 12 bucks... that should fill me up. These little ass tacos were a lot smaller than what one would expect for the price. Sure.. I know tacos off the truck, or any other authentic Mexi restaurant are the same size, but they are a buck.
I had to buy an other order and I still left a tiny bit hungry. i also ate some crappy chip things and had some weak drinks. I went to Dicks an hour later :) ...No I'm not fat.
service in bellevue needs help – THe new restaurant recently opened up in Bellevue. We had a really unprofessional experience with the manager/hostess, to the poiint that we will not go back. Our waitress was really nice- shame.
2nd Favorite Restaurant – Everyone has there opinion about restaurants. I had no idea this was a mexican restaurant. It was delicious, hip, very cool decor. Being a little dark in the restaurant and being lit by candles make it unusual and memorable. I recommend to everyone!
Needs Improvement – We ate at Barrio last night and had exceptional service. However, the ambiance and lighting were totally off. When we got there the hostess tried to seat us in a booth that was so dark we would have never been able to see our food. Throughout the evening the lighting was so poor that we still couldn't see our food or the our guests at the table. The food was ok. All the tacos our table ordered were dry and lacked sauces. The cocktails were alright. The pours were healthy and the flavors were interesting. The best part about our evening was the great service. They just need to improve the cold, dark ambiance and dry food.
WOW.. What a suprise!!! – We Love this place,, The food and cocktails are exceptional. We sat at the bar and the bartender was great!!! He helped us have a wonderful meal and guiged us through a fab experince.. I have recommended Barrio to many many of my friends and clients.. Everyone tells me they had the same great experince as we did.
Happy Hour happiness – $5 margaritas were hand-shaken, strong generous pours of tequila and agave.
Very chic little 2-bite $2 tacos were delicious = we sampled all of them, and thought the best was Drunken Beans, followed by the chicken. The pork and chorizo were disappointing.
Beautiful fresh guacamole.
Sexxy, hip, modern vibe, especially with the 200 HUNDRED candles lit all over. Gorgeous inside. We sat at the bar for happy hour, but I'd go back in a heartbeat to enjoy sitting in one of their clamshell booths.
Service was fast, and the food was faster = dishes *flew* out of the kitchen.
Average food for high prices – While the restaurant has a great looking interior, it was cold. The food was not the best I have had. The portions were incredibly small and over priced for the quality. The Taco's, while sounded good, did not have tender meat, and I had the duck, pork and chicken. The Salmon Ceviche was over sauced and little was put into the presentation. The drink pours were small. We will not be back, and by the looks of the number of people that were there, we aren't the only ones.
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