"I had been told that this restaurant's menu in the past was limited and not very "appealing". However, I picked this restaurant because of the menu and was later told that they have expanded it since opening. The drinks are super fun and tasty. I had the Bubbly Botanist and it was very light, crisp and refreshing. The food was good too - my husband had the shrimp and biscuits - and his only complaint was that he wished it had more sauce (because it was so good he wanted more). The only negative we had for the whole experience was that they were out of a lot of things - drinks, appetizers (the deviled eggs - which was a bit strange because I would think a restaurant has eggs at all times), and some entrees (the lamb). We went on a Saturday night at 7p so we were surprised that they were out of a lot of the things we wanted to try. I will say though that what we did eat we liked. I would suggest this place to groups who are looking for fun cocktails and atmosphere, perhaps for celebrating, as well as couples looking for a special date night. There was live music (a young woman singing with a guitar player) - she was very good and it we didn't feel like we had to compete to be heard among our 4-top table. Overall, I was pleased with my experience, especially since I hadn't really heard good things. I just wish we could have tried those things we ordered, but they were out of."
Dined on 1/10/2015
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
"Varied menu, nice live music (and we could still talk to each other!), great food and presentation. Taken all together Barter is a perfect find for the elusive mid-week date night. We went on a Thursday. Server was Adam (great job!). We started with Texas hummus. I tried the suggested craft soda (wow). I had the chicken fried chicken (pterodactyl-sized served with generius portions of mashed potatoes and grilled/seasoned green beans). My partner had the sliced beef sandwich. We were too full for dessert but we will try the apple fritters on a return visit."
Dined on 1/08/2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies
"I made my reservation through Opentable. It showed only openings at 6:00PM or 9:00PM when I wanted around 7:00PM. So I took the 6:00PM time. When we arrived the restaurant was empty except a few people in the bar. We seated about 6:00. I believe only a few tables were filled between 7:00 and 8:00.
It appears you are blocking out 7-9:00PM in Opentable. Not a good idea."
"Tried Barter because of the menu. Met a friend there on a Tuesday night, so it was relatively quiet but not at all boring. Ambiance is great and is a friendly place in a seemingly pretentious area (just sayin). The bartender made me a special drink I nicknamed The Pink Lady and it was perfect. Good wine, great food, awesome staff. We made friends with everyone there. Ordered the spring rolls - those were amazing. Burger and Crab fajitas for dinner. The crab fajitas were definitely unique. Excellent flavors. Loved it and will definitely be a repeat customer!"
Dined on 11/25/2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies