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Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Barrio Cafe +

Lynn Trimble


  • Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$; $$$
  • Full bar
  • Call restaurant to order/pay
  • Catering
  • Open-air patio
  • Lot available
  • Not accepted
  • Call restaurant to order/pay
  • Wheelchair accessible, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
Knockoffs and ripoffs are an unavoidable hazard of the restaurant industry, but if there's a silver lining to this phenomenon, it's that all the impostors only make it easier to spot a true original. Barrio Café — established in 2002 by Wendy Gruber and Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and located along the Calle 16 restaurant and bar row cutting through central Phoenix — is an unmistakable O.G. gem. The live music and local artwork provide a delightful atmosphere, but the food is what seals the deal. Menu standouts include cochinita pibil, chiles en nogada, churro rellenos, and the well-known chef's tableside guacamole — famously bejeweled with pomegranate seeds. Diners will also find Mexican beers, Micheladas, and too many amazing margaritas to list here (okay, just one: the Lowrider). New Normal: Barrio Café has never taken reservations. The dining room is open with limited seating, but takeout is always available.

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