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El Barco Mariscos

$$ - $$$
Northwest Side
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1035 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3931
+1 773-486-6850
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon 10:00 - 23:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 22:00
Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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177 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We were invited by another couple to join them and another couple at one of our favorite places to dine: Mariscos El Barco. The tequila selection is muy largo y tambien fantastica. We started with guacamole and chips and queso fundido that were accented by the highly acclaimed sauces (green) and the ground peppers, olives and garlic. The fish tacos(mahi-... More 

Thank Raphael L
Dayton, Ohio
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you have any interest in fish, sea food, or creative Mexican cuisine, don't miss El Barco Mariscos. The restaurant is completely original and bilingual. Fish are artistically served upright on long slender platters. Plus, there are giant fish and life sized sharks hanging from the ceiling. Seriously, this food is amazing.

Thank MEDS144
Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

On a recent visit to Chicago, my wife and I and our daughter and her husband ate at El Barco. While we thought going early would get us seated right away, we were wrong. At 5:30 on a Sunday, the place was already packed with families. While it was a little noisy, we weren't concerned because everyone seemed to be... More 

Thank Frank R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Arrived in Chicago and went straight here for a meal. Thankfully it was everything we could have wished for. Tacos and quesadillas were all we wanted, but we could still see others' huge platters. And the service was speedy and friendly, matched by a really welcoming atmosphere.

Thank ewensmith14
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We came here at a friend's advice. We were delighted. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food and drinks were delicious. There was a parking attendant that helped find a close spot. We had ceviche de pescado, tacos al pastor de pescado and other treats. I will go there again! Make sure to try the raspberry margaritas!

Thank David S
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Good seafood restaurant, parking is a pain, love the ceviche and la mariscada, but expect to pay $$$ for a meal, we always go especial ocasions, be ware of the parking situation, waiters are the nicest and food is good

Thank Di H
Providence, RI
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a very nice, authentic Mexican place with responsive staff. The food servings are huge. The dishes are mostly seafood, slightly overcooked, which also come with plenty of sides, on large platters. The margaritas are strong, perhaps a bit sweet. The atmosphere (family dinner), staff and clientele are generally Mexican, which is a good thing. The staff is responsive... More 

Thank lizu
Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We brought out-of-town guests here for dinner and I can't say enough about the responsive waitstaff and freshly prepared foods. From the salsas to the snapper prepared Veracruz style to the margaritas, our guests really enjoyed the experience. The margaritas are not overly sweet or sour. We prefer to sit inside the tiny dining room as the ambiance is authentic-... More 

Thank jenworldtraveler
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

We have heard about this place for a long time. The atmosphere was nice and it had a nice family dinner kinda feeling. Service was good and the waiter explained the dishes very well. We had the mariscada which is was a HUGE dish and it was Ok. Unfortunately, although it had a good taste, everything was very overcooked. The... More 

Thank JavzJ
Bloomington, Indiana
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Two of us went there for fish and were very pleased. We shared a large red snapper. Well cooked, if slightly overdone, good vegetables sounding the fish. Great service, but suggest you ask carefully about the menu items if you don't read Spanish. Would go back and we were impressed.

Thank Robert B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1035 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3931
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-486-6850

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