El Barrio

2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham
(205) 868-3737

Recent Reviews

Laura W.

Guacamole and Spicy chicken tostado. Guacamole needed seasoning, salt and lime were needed. Spicy chicken tostado was overdone. I did not find/taste the tortilla which would have added to the authenticity Of a Mex dish. My serving was mainly salad with tasty chicken, jicama, and some cheese and pecans with a cheese sauce on top. It was ok but prefer a cleaner tasting dish. There were too many flavors and textures- simplify!!

Andrea N.

Great Food. Never had a bad meal here. The margaritas are strong. Which is a good thing. Fantastic service from Emily. Got the fish tacos, the guacamole, and ceviche. It was lunch so we were trying to behave. Everything was great. If you've never tried it and you have an appetite you gotta go with the Chorizo meatloaf. It's phenomenal.

Rob W.

Great venue! In B'Ham for a wedding and looking for something to eat. El Barrio had a reputation for great drinks so we went. Couldn't haves been happier... the margaritas were excellent and make sure you get the Mexican corn! Very good... we left totally satisfied!

Mark B.

Off the charts Mexican food. Clever mixes of southern ingredients (okra...) into traditional dishes. Tostada, chile relleno and tacos were fantastic. Queso was probably the best we've ever had. Reasonable prices, very busy scene, excellent service.

Angie M.

THE CHOSEN JUAN! I have made some pretty awesome friends here in Birmingham. One of them I meet for dinner or drinks maybe once or twice a month. We have been slacking a bit lately, though tonight I was able to see him and was super excite about it. He typically selects the location in which we meet up at. Since he knows the area a little more and grew up here I trust his opinions. Tonight the go to was El Barrio. I had heard EVERYONE talk very highly about El Barrio, but had not yet gone. It is a small Mexican restaurant right on Second Ave North. I am so shocked that I have never seen or been here before. I thought I had a pretty good idea of the restaurants around Second Ave North, but I guess I was wrong. When I came inside, the atmosphere is very laid back. There is a full bar and seating at the bar. The dining room is filled with chairs and tables as well as booth options for bigger groups of people. There is a large mural on the wall which was very interesting for me to look at. Our waiter was wonderful. His name was Kevin. He was very personable and outgoing. Telling us about all of the specials for the evening and gave us some amazing recommendations too. I went for the Tuesday special which was crunchy beef tacos. With a deal like $3 for each taco who could say no to that. Its a steal. I decided on two tacos, and figured if I was still hungry I would order some more after. Sure enough, two was just right for me. They were phenomenal. Crunchy shells, perfectly seasoned beef inside topped with cheese, sour cream and tomatoes. I did not realize this till later, but we had come on a Tuesday, so I guess the taco special was for their own version of Taco Tuesday! Kevin came over when our food had just come out and asked if we wanted any hot sauce. We agreed and he brought out a bottle of mild, medium and hot. I of course, went for the mild option, but it had the perfect amount of kick to it. I would love to come back here. The atmosphere is amazing, the people and personable and outgoing and the food is some of the best Mexican food I have had in quite a while. Because of it's prime location on Second Ave North, you might need to make a reservation for later parties or even weekend meals, but it is 100% worth it at the end of the day. The only thing that I must warn ya'll about is the parking. Parking can be an issue for this area, so be prepared to either pay for parking or walking.

Hanna S.

I'm going to start this off by saying that I don't like Mexican food. That being said this place has to be one of my favorite restaurants in the area. The food was incredible. So flavorful and delicious. I would come back here every night if I could. The space isn't that big though so if you want to avoid a long wait time, I'd try to come on the early side to beat the rush!

Julie P.

Favorite brunch and Mexican spot in town! Great staff and great food! Always a wait to get in, it's no wonder because of how amazing it is! Love there seasonal margaritas and sopa Seca!

Tarrika E.

Every visit at El Barrio is yummy and the service is amazing. I love that they're open for lunch and dinner. Many of their neighboring restaurants are dinner only and having access to their menu all day makes this place a superstar. The carne asada and queso get A+++++

Brogan Rainey

A true gem!Our server, Taylor, was incredible.From start to finish, service and food was five stars.I highly recommend trying the queso, rice, ceviche, and beef barbacoa quesadilla.High quality ingredients with lots of flavor!

Andrew D.

Best Saturday brunch in town. Unique flavors, great presentation and friendly staff.

Ivan W.

The food here was AMAZING. I had carnitas tacos and my friend hate pepetas(?) (pork soup) literally the best Mexican bar. The highlight of a trip to Mississippi/ Alabama! No Pics sorry, but a laid back fun little Mexican bar!

Tif C.

Definitely one of my favorite places to dine at while visiting Birmingham. The best staff, food and drinks!!

Maria Enriquez

Some changes to the menu, the cheese deep was delicious, the chunk Guacamole it’s good, the ceviche was missing a little flavor, the Pastor too much pineapple

Kendra A.

very nice atmosphere friendly staff and food was wonderful. had a little wait for a table but diffantly worth the wait. staff was very nice and helpful in making recommendation. 4 people in our group and we each got something different to share nothing was bad everything tasted great.

Wade Consulting

Fabulous good quality food at reasonable prices! I loved the steak tacos! The tortillas were soft, fresh and tasted homemade. Great sauce, slaw and good quality sirloin steak. The meatloaf was also good! Beautiful job on presentation. The chicken and rice soup was hearty and a good portion size (for the smaller size). The plantain nachos were a great appetizer-loved the pulled pork.

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