Great service, excellent fresh food and hand crafted drinks. Good variety of menu items--both Mexican and Italian fare. It's a neighborhood treasure!
We had a great dining experience. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was casual, yet had the feel of an intimate bistro. The drinks were fun and modern with an extensive wine list, craft beers and inventive cocktails. My friend partook in the house-made mole sauce on the recommendation of our server and it was rich and fabulous! I went Italian and had prosciutto and cheese stuffed baci with a chorizo cream sauce and grilled shrimp and I couldn’t have been more pleased. If we weren’t already so full, I would’ve loved to try any one of their tempting dessert offerings! I can’t wait to go back!
This was our 4th trip to El Barzon and probably our last. The restaurant food, service have been steadily declining but the rates have been increasing.
This trip, the drinks were terrible - we had 3 of them at $11 each.
The food was ok but very very expensive for what was given. The place was so loud that we just could not hear ourselves talk.
Too bad...we were entertaining guests from Washington DC and wanted to give them a good time but we could not.
Nice atmosphere! There are many good items to choose from on the menu!
We ordered fajita. They were not listed on the menu. We saw another table order them, so we asked our water if we could also order them.
I would like to try an Italian option next time!
Excellent, as always!
This place is great. The food delicious and numerous selections.
The chef is very creative and on top of the menu this particular evening there were multiple special meals including broiled seafood platter, veal shank, cactus soup. You have to try it.
Pasta was phenomenal.
The first thing we noticed was the ultra loud din in the dining room. Nothing deadens the noise here. We couldn't hear each other or the waiter. While an appetizer of insalata de mare had a generous serving of seafood, a fish taco had little fish and a lackluster flour tortilla. A mediocre experience.
Food was delicious and the staff were excellent! I have never had a bad meal here.
Very good. I would go again, individually or with friends.
Food was delicious as it has been every time. Had dessert for the first time - excellent idea to save room, was decadent!
It was very good food. A nice blend between Italian and Mexican food. Menu was filled with a variety of foods.
Great sauces. Attentive staff. Five stars.
My first time there and I ordered Chicken Marsala and it was to die for ! We each had a Margarita that was served in a wine goblet which was strange for a Mexican place. No Margarita glasses ?
This was our first visit and it was for my birthday. My husband and I had reservations at 5pm on a Tuesday which it turned out were not necessary since they were not busy at all - but I for one, enjoyed having the place to ourselves. The waitress was Allysia and she was so attentive and personable. The food was great. My husband had the special which was of a Mexican nature and I chose a homemade pasta specialty dish. We both enjoyed delicious wine and homemade sangria. Of course, had to try the dessert. For my birthday, I enjoyed a luscious flan and my husband ordered the Tres Leche with the Leche Liqui. Wow - that's all I have to say about that!!
We plan to go back but since the cost is higher than we can afford on a regular basis, it will have to be a few months before that can occur. Highly Recommend!!
Very good experience. Food was phenomenal. Wait staff was friendly and seamless.
Everything was great. Looking forward to dining here again and bringing friends.
Not the best area, but don't let that fool you. The parking lot in the back was gated and gave me a sense of security. Once inside, you feel transported, suddenly forgetting the outside world. The service was great and the food was excellent. I would recommend this place to friends and family.
4 hour roasted goat meat is an absolute must. Terrific tequila, mezcal, rum, and wine list.
Have been to El Barzon several times. Unfortunately, each visit seems to find the restaurant slipping in all categories. This time, perhaps it was due to the restaurant week menu. The choices seemed less than stellar. The best plate any of us had was the Italian sausage appetizer. The calamari was sub par. My seafood pasta, was swimming in so much tomato sauce it seemed it might have been better described as a soup. The skirt steak was thin and flavorless, and the Branzino was good, but an extremely small portion. We may visit again, just to try the patio come summer, but this disappointment will make us think twice before making those reservations.
Odd mix of Italian and Mexican. Restaurant week was a limited menu, but food was decent. Disappointed only one desert available early in the evening.
We went here for restaurant week! The food was delicious, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was romantic. We will definitely be back again!!
This was our first visit and will definitely not be our last. The food was delicious- we had a large group and everyone enjoyed their meal (from chicken to lamb to chili rellenos). Even the tortilla chips were fresh and the salsa tangy and good. The staff was pleasant and attentive- the white tablecloths makes it feel a bit more special. Really enjoyed this restaurant.
Food and service were great. We went during restaurant week. The menu was not the typical Mexican Town fare. The sea bass was delicious! I had no idea this little gem was right there on Michigan Avenue and Junction. I will definitely go back.
I just kept feeling rushed when your restaurant was empty...very uncomfortable. They kept asking me if I was done with guacamole that I was literally still eating. Fine dining is supposed to be an experience. You should not make your guests feel rushed. Bad for business. It was like the two waitresses couldn't get the concept that I wanted to eat ALL of my chips and guacamole! The linguine was OK at best. Not what I had in mind whatsoever. The server was dry with no personality the whole time and also made us feel rushed.
We were there for Detroit Restaurant Week so it was a limited menu, but it was amazing. We will definitely be back to experience the regular menu.
Food was delicious, helpful waitress and the owner was there and came to our table to make sure we were satisfied with everything.
This restaurant exceeded our expectations. Delicious food. Outstanding service. Our server loves her job, and it showed. Value for the money = average. The prices should be a tad lower, especially for the low rent in the urban neighborhood. Try it!
I love El Barzon andhad just finished telling a friend of mine about it when I noticed it was a part of Detroit Restaurant Week. She was from out of town and she was super excited to try out one of my favorite spots. The reservation process was easy with Open Table and as usual the entire staff was wonderful. We were even seated early! The food & drinks were outstanding. I know I’ll be back and will continue to bring guests from out of town so that they too can experience a true Detroit gem.
Went during restaurant week so the menu was limited. Will try again when there is a full menu. Service was outstanding, the food we ordered was good but choices too limited.
My wife and I are from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We enjoy good dining when we travel. Your resturant has demonstrated exceptional service and an excellent menu to meet varied tastes. Thank you.
First time there and everything was great! We didn’t know it was restaurant week but it worked out well. Will definitely go back to try the menu out more.
Could not of had a better experience. Everyone made us feel comfortable and accommodated. Food was exceptional as well. Thanks everyone!
Amazing hidden gem of Detroit
I heard this was a great restaurant, and I was definitely not disappointed! One of the best restaurants I’ve been to ever!
Took my Wife here for Valentine's Day and had a great experience. Service was great and the food was spectacular. Can't recommend this place highly enough!
We have visited El Barzon on several occasions and we have never been disappointed nor will you. enjoy!
Gustavo was AMAZING. They took great care of us on our special night.
We heard a lot about this place and it did not disappoint. Service and food were top notch. The decor was a bit dated, but doesn't matter cause the food and everything else is exceptional
awesome food! worth the drive if you are doing a fun night out downtown, don't let the neighborhood scare you!