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Traditional Mexican food and drink get the serious and upscale treatment.



Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Open late
  • Parking garage
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Barrio, Seattle, WA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Barrio Restaurant Review

: Taking the opposite approach from light-hearted, fun cantinas that paved the path for Mexican food in the U.S., this Capitol Hill restaurant boasts concrete floors and heavy metal chairs, plus a wall of 200 flickering candles. Owned by the masterminds behind Purple Café & Wine Bars, Barrio offers creative Mexican cuisine with Pacific Northwest twists. Dishes include a Dungeness crab chile relleno stuffed with butternut squash and chorizo; a trio of sliders, brioche buns topped with grilled beef, tinga de pollo and chipotle barbecued pork; and grilled prawn and rockfish ceviche. Inventive taco combinations fill house-made tortillas with roasted beets and crunchy pumpkin seeds, or pork plus caramelized pineapple. Desserts include smoked salt caramels and churros. Wines, beers, specialty cocktails and tequilas are available.

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