Barrio offers great cuisine, a warm atmosphere and a giveaway!


Photo: Barrio

Owned by local restaurateur Jeff Mathes, who also owns Due Amici, Barrio opened in March of 2009. The tapas bar and lounge is open seven days a week and serves brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu features dishes from South America and Spain in a warm, neighborhood bar atmosphere. The wine menu is inspired by Argentina and Chile.

The new Express Lunch menu offers a wide variety of entrees to choose from, and sides including soup, salad, fries or chips and pico. Most items are around $10, making them a good value. I would recommend the fries, as they are deliciously drizzled with a sherry vinegar aioli, garlic and herbs. They are mouthwatering good.

My favorite menu item is the chorizo and manchego meatballs; I have been know to eat more than a few plates in one sitting. With any order you receive fresh bread that comes from North Market merchant Omega Artisan Baking , paired with a sweet creamy butter made with agave syrup and a side of ancho chili oil.

Another dish I recommend is the crab and almond empanada, a favorite of many of my coworkers. If you are up for something different, try the charred sirloin steak with sweet potato puree and crumbled cabrales cheese – what a pleasant surprise this pairing was.

Whether you work downtown and want a new place for client lunches, want to change up your local happy hour spot to meet new people, or need a new spot to meet up with friends after work, Barrio offers plenty of exploratory food options, great drinks and a comfortable, laid back atmosphere that invites you to stay a while.

Things to Know Before You Go

Happy Hour : Daily from 4-7:30 p.m. includes $2 Red Stripe and $2 Modelo as well as ½ off pitchers of rum punch, house sangria, margaritas and mojitos. Make sure you arrive early to get a seat in the bar – if you are sitting in the restaurant area, you can’t get the happy hour specials.

2 for Tuesdays : Two tapas for the price of one. This can be one of anything listed under the small plates or the traditional and original small plates sections of the menu, giving you about 20 items to choose from.

Reggae Sundays : From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. you can get the chef’s special paella for $5, $2 Red Stripe and ½ off pitchers of rum punch, house sangria, margaritas and mojitos.  There’s reggae music from DJ Madd Mike from 3-7 p.m. and CD101’s DJ Trevor from 7-9 p.m.

Valet parking is available at night for $5.

A giveaway!

Barrio will give away a 5-course chef’s tapas tasting for four people to one lucky reader. To enter: Comment on this post and name at least one item that you’d order during a visit to Barrio (check out menus here ) . Your comment must be posted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 – after that time, we’ll select a random commenter to win.

UPDATE: The entry period has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Rachel Lewis!

  • Elizabeth

    I love the pablano soup. Best. Thing. Ever. :)

  • Lauren

    I’d get the Salsa de Aguacates and the Provoletta for sure.

  • Angie Tabor

    manchego meatballs!

  • Christina

    crab, almond & avocado empanadas…yes.

  • Jean Binkovitz

    I would definitely order paella – with so many varieties, each restaurant has its own chance to showcase its best ingredients (and salt shouldn’t be a big ingredient!).

  • Shawnta`

    Everything sounds so good! I wouldn’t know where to begin. I would definitely try the crab & almond empanada, the paella or Solomillo de Res
    Charred Sirloin Steak on my first visit. And of course, I’d order dessert! ;-)
    @SBailey7 – Twitter

  • stephanie

    paella mixta looks delish! and i’d love to do the wine pairing with my meal….

  • Betsy

    The Solomillo de Res sounds delish – especially with the sweet potato puree! One suggestion: add platanos maduros to the menu!

  • Deauna

    I’d love to try the paella.

  • Elizabeth K

    I would order Pescado
    Catch of the Day
    Love fish!

  • colleen fischer

    paella para mi. husband would want anything with chorizo!

  • anne

    Those crab empanadas are the best thing on the menu.

  • Lynn Householder-Glenn

    Tortilla Española for me!

  • Corrie Holliday

    i have been dying to try this place…the crab and almond empanadas sound AMAZING.

    i definitely agree that some form of plantains need to be on the menu…patacones/tostones or platanos maduros – no me importa!

  • CT

    Caramelized provolone sounds AWESOME.

  • TJ

    I looove the baby octopus!

  • Jordan

    I’ve had the lamb chops, the crab empanadas and the scallops. All delicious, especially with the sangria. Next time I want the sirloin with sweet potato puree. Stop in on Sundays when DJ Trevor from CD101 spins reggae music.

  • Amy Lombardi

    I would definitely order the Provoletta / Caramelized Provolone Cheese small plate. Yummy!

  • Deb

    I would love the Grilled Cornish Hen.

  • David


  • Brandi

    Chorizo y Albóndigas de Queso Manchego…yum!

  • Jordyn

    The crab empanadas sound delicious!

  • Melissa

    The aprepas – been meaning to stop by for brunch!

  • Liz

    An ice cold Pacifico and the calamari sautee… Heaven

  • bethia

    I saw a photo of the paella mixta and I have been wanting to try it ever since.

  • MarketMary

    Mmmmmm…grilled baby octopus. I haven’t had any since my trip to Greece!

  • Lynn Sims

    The Tostada Spicy Chicken Tostada and the Bistec y Fritas
    Sirloin Steak & Fries sounds YUMMY!!

  • Lisa

    Paella Mixta

  • Katie

    A large pitcher of sangria, all to myself! Not sure if they still have it, but the cheese plate with quince paste is also delicious!

  • Ray George

    Calamares Salteados. One word. Mmmmm

  • Donna

    The cornish hen sounds incredible!

  • Jessica

    It is ALL about the popcorn!

  • Sherry

    Barrio has the BEST sangria in town – especially during happy hour!!! No lie!!!

  • Ashley

    I can’t decide between the Paella Mixta and the Medallones de Cerdo Pork Medallions!! I guess I’d have to flip a coin..

  • Andy

    Paella Mixta sounds awfully good…

  • Susan M.

    I’ve had to share the Dátiles Envueltos en Tocino every time I’ve ordered them, but I want them all to myself!

  • Jen

    My favorite was the pork tacos!

  • Abbie

    The Scallops or the Lamb… probably both next time!

  • Bear

    I don’t even have to look at the menu — it’s the grilled octopus!

  • Lindsay

    Grilled baby octopus..yum! Definitely gonna make it for 2 for 1 tapas Tuesdays

  • Julia

    love, love, LOVE the Papas Fritas…absolutely sinful!

  • Casey Clem

    I would LOVE to try the Solomillo de Res, or the Tortilla de Carne!

  • Kate

    The place is beautiful!

  • Lou

    Paella Mixta and the Pork Medallions are very tasty indeed…

  • Lou

    Paella Mixta and the Medallones de Cerdo Pork Medallions are tasty indeed…

  • Tim

    crab, almond & avocado empanadas sound outstanding.

  • Amy Clark

    We LOVE the crab, almond & avocado empanadas! They are amazing! The beet salad is so unique and delicious as well! Love Barrio!

  • Rachel Lewis

    I would order the provoletta – and I wouldn’t share :)

  • Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)

    I love their sangria and order it every time. Yum!

  • Tony

    I would start off with,

    Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops,

    after that my soup course would consist of Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops,

    my salad course would be Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops,

    my entree course would be Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops,

    then I would finish that off with a dessert of Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops.

    For an after dinner drink, Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops


  • Melissa

    The pork tenderloin was quite possibly the best pork I’ve ever eaten. I would order it again in a second.

    And the Sangria is amazing!

  • Cheryl Harrison

    Ahh I’ve only had the pleasure of going to Barrio once, and I’d LOVE to go back – and for free! For the win! The Provoletta sounds very yum :)

  • Chrissy

    Bacon Wrapped Dates…such a good combo! Salty and sweet.

  • KSB

    Solomillo de Res Charred Sirloin Steak for sure.

  • Heather

    I’ve got my eyes on the Dátiles Envueltos en Tocino. Yum

  • Laura Rees

    After the week I’ve had, I think I’d order a pitcher of rum punch.

  • Marty

    I’d go with the lamb chops! And a glass of red wine.

  • Ryan Morgan

    Sangria (a pitcher) + Ensalada de Remolacha Dulce y Manzana.

  • Erika

    I’d had and would love to have again (for free)Solomillo de Res Charred Sirloin Steak*….Mmm everything tastes better when its free! :-)

  • Jessica Fildes

    Solomillo de Res Charred Sirloin Steak sounds good. I love sweet potatoes!

  • Ben

    I’ve got to try those rioja braised short ribs

  • Tiffany G

    I would get the vegetable plate. I’m vegetarian and I hope they get more options on their dinner menu for us!

  • June B.

    everything sounds so good…would’t know where to begin to choose something…but the tacos and avocado salad sound yummy! Great giveaway,thanks for offering it!

  • Amanda C.

    I would most definitely like to try the papas fritas. I love trying potatoes in different ways and Barrio’s is a new prep that I haven’t tried yet.

  • Morgan

    You can not go wrong with Empanadas Rellenas dePimientos y Zetas: Mushroom and Piquillo Pepper Empanada
    roasted garlic aiol. Add a pitcher of Sangria and enjoy a few bites of heaven.

    Nom nom nom…

  • Mary B.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pulpito a la Parrilla with Malbec wine!

  • Joe Peffer

    I’ve only been for tapas and for drinks and for drinks and tapas but I’d like to try a dinner plate, especially the Corte de Costilla de Res a la Rioja or the catch of the day but I bet the best bet is usually the Chef’s Selection with wine.

  • adam fischer

    I’m a sucker for Tapas and I plan to get real friendly with the Vieira y Jamón very soon!

  • Edwin

    I would order the grilled octopus and Tres Leches Cake. YUM!

  • Eric

    The Paella Mixta sounds awesome. As Jean said, It’s a great way to showcase the ingredients but also a way to showcase the skill of the staff.

  • elisabeth warner

    Oh! Let’s see- Drunken goat, Ensalada de Remolacha Dulce y Manzana, Plato de Vegetales, Aceitunas Marinadas. It seriously all looks incredible- it would make me very happy to eat any of it!

    Just saw the Tres Leches- I bet that’s amazing.

  • Misspriss

    Sweet potato pure…Yum!

  • Irene Alvarez, Marketing Project Manager

    4:30 has come and gone! I’m here to announce the winner, which we just chose at random (with help from

    Congratulations to #48: Rachel Lewis!

    Rachel, I’m about to send you an email with details on how to redeem your prize. Enjoy.

    And thanks to everyone who entered!

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