El Barrio

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

Recent Reviews

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!

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

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.

Shoshana Cohen

Was visiting Alabama for 2 days and so happy I found this place! The food was perfect and fresh. So flavorful. My sister and I inquired if they had vegan options and Yes, they did! The bartender Stephen, was extremely helpful, professional and kind. In the 2 days we were in Alabama we ate here twice. Oh and their coffee is the Best! I highly highly recommend El Barrio!

Heather Anthony

El Barrio is not just for food, it is for the experience. The whole atmosphere just makes you happy. The owners will come over and not just speak to you, but talk to you. It is clear that the owners want every patron to have an extraordinary dining experience at El Barrio. Of course, the food is fresh and delicious. They make a mean spicy margarita. But what stands out the most to me is the service - hard to find good service these days following the pandemic. Highly recommend El Barrio!

Dan Nightingale

Fantastic Plantain Nachos, Meatloaf con Chorizo, and Carne Asada. Great technique and presentation from the kitchen staff. Plates were hot and clean!! perfect cook on the steak and hatch Chile gratin was spot on. Service was very attentive. What a great find on our road trip! They were great with our kids too! Highly recommend this place.


El Barrio was wonderful! I loved how there was hand sanitizer and QR code menus at every single table - definitely showed their emphasis on cleanliness! Our server was great — he was SO friendly and on top of it. The food was delicious - one of the best meals we’ve had between our recent ventures to New Orleans, Alabama, and Mississippi. Definitely recommend!

Wendy Q. M. Stewart

Absolutely delicious food and great atmosphere!

Jalan C

We had the fish tacos, really great meal and had more left over. My favorite was the queso and chips. On our next visit I would like to try out the quesadillas

Matt Leisure, WRT - FRT (SERVPROguy)

5✨✨✨✨✨ Mexican fare! Great environment, phenomenal staff, top notch food.Highly recommend a stop when in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

Samantha Prine-Murphy Dabbs

Absolutely fantastic staff!! From owners to servers. We highly recommend!! Food was amazing!!!!


Visiting Birmingham this week and a server the night before recommended this place. Fun atmosphere and you can see it is a local favorite for young adults. As a vegetarian, I had several great options and ended up with the vegan tostada, which was amazing. Huge portions and lots of great flavor. Definitely a must-go place if you are in Birmingham.


Before i say anything about the food, i want to thank Kevin for an outstanding job and his food recommendations. This place is worth 5 stars all day long. The atmosphere, the service and the food are all worth 5 star. It is an amazing place and i will definitely stop by to try other items on the menu.

Jasmine Pettaway Kemp REALTOR

El Barrio is one of me and my hubby’s favorite places to grab a quick bite and drinks for lunch, dinner or somewhere in between! The atmosphere is fun and lively. The service is friendly and helpful. The bar is always filled with good choices, and the food is fresh and tasty. The shrimp quesadilla with the sweet lime crema is our favorite thing on the menu and when it is in season, the watermelon margarita is a must have! The wait can be long, BUT it is worth it.


So I want to start with all the food seemed to be freshly prepared. You can tell they use fresh ingredients. The restaurant is very nice and clean and the service was decent. My first gripe though is if you are a Mexican restaurant chips and salsa should be part of the experience not an add on. Secondly, the food in general was very bland. The salsa, although fresh, had no spice to it and lacked any semblance of salt. The chips were under salted as well. I got the chicken quesadilla and it was just really bland. It had a tomatillo sauce that had no real flavor to it. There was a crème sauce that came with it but it was in such stark contrast with the dilla that I did not enjoy it. It also came with a little side salad which I actually really liked. The dressing that they used mixed with the cheese was very good. My fiancé got the fish tacos which were also lacking flavor. It came with a sour cream mixture that was the only thing that had flavor. Other than that very bland. I would be willing to give this place another try, everyone has an off night and they were very busy. This experience was just meh because of the food though.

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