About El Barzon
Detroit, MI 48210
Hours of Operation:
Monday - closed
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-8:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking Also Available
El Barzon Ratings and Reviews
I went to El Barton for the last night of restaurant week with my mom and sisters. All four of us enjoyed it. Amongst us we had the chicken Marsala, chicken limone, and the skirt steak. All the dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. Also, Our waiter Luis was very attentive. We will definitely go back.
Had a date night here last weekend, and it did not go as planned. First they seated us under the heat vent, so we were sweating half the night, then my ravioli's ended up have some sort of rubber pieces in them. Not sure what happened, but I will never be back here again.
We had an excellent time at El Barzon! A work colleague had recommended it...I'm so very glad we went. Amazing service!! The food was also very, very good... the Arrachera (especially that!) and Pollo Marsala were outstanding; as was the Tres Leches cake. The staff made our anniversary dinner and experience truly special. This place outshines for service and hospitality - and has the best Arrachera I've found in the US - really. We are already talking about when we can go back. Can't wait to try out the patio this summer (which looks amazing!!).
The one thing I will say I didn't like is that I felt kind of rushed and am still unsure why when the entire restaurant was empty with the exception of 4 other tables of 2 ppl each. So for like a total of 10 patrons during dinner. Our waiter kept rushing me to decide what I wanted and I was eating with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time.
I also feel like the options offered for restaurant week weren't worth the $39 ticket.
i have been to El Barzon many times and i have never been disappointed. The seafood is fresh, and all the chicken dishes are exquisite. The pasta is prepared in house and is comparable to any other high end italian restaurant. As for the drinks my favorite is the cucumber cilantro margarita but their other hand crafted margaritas are also very unique and tasty. something worth noting is that the service is excellent, when you leave El Barzon you leave happy and looking forward to your next visit.
Very good food and pretty good service. Our waiter was attentive but didn't ever refill our water glasses even though they were empty for ~ 1/2 of the meal. We definitely didn't leave hungry though and we both liked our dishes (chicken carbonara and asiago gnocci special). However, the restaurant was so loud. There were several large groups, which probably increased the volume, but for part of the time we ate in "silence" because it was too hard to hear each other and we got tired of yelling.
Reviews had been super so we made the drive into this sketchy part of town. Ambiance was much nicer on the inside than we would have guessed. Tasty Margarita but served with a straw in a wine glass - ?? Staff was great, they even sang Happy Birthday and decorated a flan for the celebration. But the food was underwhelming. We all went with the Mexican side of the menu (maybe Italian would have been better?). Flavors were heavier on salt than authentic spices. Textures of the only two desserts that night, flan or creme brûlée, were also wrong - too heavy and too thin, respectively. Maybe we will try again in warm weather because the outdoor patio looks like a lot of fun.
El Barzon is totally unexpected. When you walk in, you're transported to a comfortable and upscale dining room. The food is delicious! Who would've thought Mexican and Italian could be made so well under one roof? I don't know how, but they've done it! Really well!! I can't wait to go again and try something else... There's a large menu, so I'll be back often.
I was pleasantly surprised that we were seated for our 7 pm reservation precisely at 7!! Wow!! We started with a caprese salad and poblanos rellenos. The caprese salad was made with salad tomatoes rather than Campari tomatoes but it was still tasty! The poblano pepper was decent not terrific!
We found the drinks to be over priced but our service was impeccable. My wife ordered a pasta with Italian sausage recommended by the waitress and I ordered a chicken dish with artichoke hearts, capers, and olives. My wife LOVED her pasta. My chicken was ok but the sauce was very bland. We did order tres leches, one of my favorite Mexican desserts, it was terrific.
We will return but will do so in the summer and sit in their outside patio. This is the gem of the restaurant.
They had a bunch of awards on the wall for some of their food, but the few I looked at weren't even on the menu.
They say you can get Mexican or Italian but it is way more Italian with very little Mexican.
my wife and i went here for the first time, after hearing rave reviews. don't let the sketchy neighborhood turn you away - they have a well lit parking lot (and entrance) in the back. the food and service were amazing - you get to pick either Mexican or Italian, or both. they also had a fusion of both on their specials that day. chips and amazing salsa and a great Italian meal - can't beat it!
Our table was ready right when we arrived, the host was very nice. The restaurant was very nice, we were greeted and served very quickly. We didn't really see anything on the mexican side of the menu that excited anyone as we dont really care for Mole sauces so, we all went with Italian.. it was good. The bread came out at the end of the meal and we requested 3 different wines on the wine list that they no longer had in stock. We finally settled on our third request. That was a bit of a bummer. The only thing we didnt really care for was the Calamari.. undercooked and some of the pastas seemed a bit salty. I would go back though, over all very good.
This was our first time at this restaurant, but it will surely not be our last. We had a delightful dinner and sampled items from both "sides" of the menu. I would highly recommend the goat. I haven't had anything like it since I dined at the Girl and the Goat in Chicago.
El Barzon is one of our favorite restaurants! Our daughter came home to surprise us for the holidays and the staff at El Barzon (especially Ari and the manager whom our daughters worked with directly) helped them pull off the surprise! They helped make our holiday so special.
I had heard a lot of good things about El Barzon so my expectations were high. We enjoyed the food. Our waiter was not around much but he is lucky to have his two bussers to assist. Food was very good. We had the veal chop cooked two different ways Grilled Calamari was also excellent.
Every single appetizer and entree that was served to our party of five was absolutely incredible. There literally wasn't a single thing wrong with any dish and I would have gladly ordered any of the entrees at the table.
Our family went mostly with the Italian side but the menu is extremely extensive so I look forward to returning soon.
We dined in for a friends 42nd birthday. All of us are in the hospitality industry and rarely have a wonderful time out. Alex was our server and he took amazing care of us! I have never had a better dining experience. The food was to die for and he made us all feel like we were at home. We Will definitely be telling everyone and dining here again.
We have dined at El Barzon many times but were very disappointed with this visit. Service was slow (except the young lady refreshing water and bussing tables), but more important was that the food was not prepared well. All dishes were lukewarm at best, and two (out of 4) had to be returned. The daily special was especially bad (Chiles Rellenos).
I will wait until next summer when the patio reopens to give it one more try.
Excellent service & creative menu. Want Mexican or Italian but can't decide?? Don't. El Barzon has both & it's very authentic & you can taste the love in the food. Neighborhood isn't the greatest but we had no issues. Can't wait to go again (the Barbacoa is a must!)
Experience was a mixed bag. Luis, our waiter was very good, informative, and attentive. We all elected to stay on the Mexican side of the menu so I can't speak to the Italian fare. Positives. . .chips and salsa were fresh and the flavor of the green and red salsas was excellent. Restaurant was clean, people friendly, and service was very good. Mole sauce, was highly recommended by Luis, and my two friends who ordered it loved it! Luis also brought us a side of the Mole sauce to sample before ordering - which was nice. All the entree's were flavorful and the sauce on the Enchilada Suiza was fantastic. Room for improvement. . . 3 of the entrees were cool, not cold, but nowhere near where the temperature should have been. I believe Mexican food should be hot (temperature, not spice) to be enjoyed. All of the sauces and cheeses mix better at the proper temperature. The calamari, which was also highly recommended, was slightly overcooked and rubbery - but that is a risk of calamari, I guess. The margaritas, a Mexican staple, were underwhelming and served in large water glasses (very uninspiring). The $19.50 price tag on the top shelf margarita seemed significantly overpriced so we didn't bother trying. All-in-all it was a fine Mexican meal but nothing that set it apart from any other place in the area. Finally, we visited in November and the outdoor patio was closed for the season. I bet the atmosphere on the patio in the summer would make it a much more enjoyable experience. I plan on giving El Barzon another try in the summer - but will probably sample the Italian side of the menu!
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