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El Barrio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, South American, Gluten Free Options
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2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3880
+1 205-868-3737
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 14:00
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Birmingham, Alabama
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Meatloaf is truly amazing, and the most unique recipe as they use chorizo. The guacamole is also excellent, perhaps the best in Birmingham. Margaritas are okay; they are more traditional Mexican-style, meaning not sweet, but the bartender was very obliging in adding some extra Cointreau for us. This is a crowded place depending on what's going on downtown on a... More 

Thank BikeSkiTravel
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our food was delicious! We arrived shortly before 5 pm. We were served promptly by a very nice young man who was well prepared to provide excellent service. We all loved our meals and we were out shortly after 6 pm to head to our concert.

Thank Denise C
San Antonio TX
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to ElBarrio but definitely not the last!!! We went to the Bham Home & Garden Show and was hungry afterward. Friends had recommended ElBarrio and this was our first opportunity to visit. My husband order the shrimp quesadilla, I order the pork carnitas. Both were excellent. The shrimp were exceptional!!! We also had a margarita and a... More 

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Miami, FL
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238 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was excellent. We are all still talking about the Pork Barbacoa. The flavors combined together perfectly. And our waiter was super friendly and helpful with menu recommendations.

Thank Di D
Birmingham, Alabama
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there on a Saturday evening with a group of friends. Had to wait for about 40 minutes to sit. There are no places to sit and wait (only a small bench outside), so everybody was either by the bar or on the sidewalk outside. My husband got some drinks at the bar and complained about the wait there.... More 

Thank zbrasilis
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I had heard El Barrio usually had a wait, but we went for a late lunch and had a lovely time. The service was friendly and efficient; and the food was fresh, tasty and unique. Pork carnitas were cooked perfectly and not dried out at all. We definitely plan to make this a usual lunch place!!

Thank Katya O
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

This place was great. The food was better than amazing. The atmosphere was uplifting and outgoing. We meet several new people while we were there. Shortly after opening, there was already a line because of the popularity of the restaurant. While exploring the city, we asked several people about the restaurant, they said it wouldn't disappoint, which it didn't! They... More 

1 Thank Jaclyn B
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112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Excellent Mexican food in a very cool setting - vintage old store front converted to restaurant with warm ambience. We were there on a Thursday night and the pork tamales were superb - $4 draught beer also on Thursdays. Waiter was awesome and happy to prep items as the kids wanted them. Order the guacamole and salsa, both are very... More 

1 Thank SConTheMove
Raleigh, North Carolina
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227 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Same menu for lunch or dinner, don't dig that. The portion was good as far as enough food, but expensive for lunch. Chips, salsa and guacamole were fresh and flavorful. Service was ok, did have to ask for water refill a couple of times. Other folks at table had chicken and steak tacos and everyone was happy with theirs. Trendy... More 

Thank tjeason
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123 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Didn't expected to find a good Mexican restaurant in Birmingham and went there for lunch by chance. But what a pleasant surprise! We had chicken thighs over grits - excellent! The chicken is a bit over cooked for my taste, but the gravy is outstanding. Especially with grits. The pork tacos were also very good. The meat is very juicy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, South American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3880
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-868-3737

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?