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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
Very disappointed in the service. Mentioned on my reservation that this was for a birthday and it was not acknowledged. Food was good but nothing spectacular. Seated outside patio which has a great atmosphere and highly recommend over indoor. Waiter didn't offer any recommendations and was slow and not friendly. I've been waiting to go here for so long and am extremely disappointed.
Have loved this restaurant since it opened, and the patio is amazing. Service was attentive; food is great. The dinners are alacarte; my dinner consisted of 5 cheese raviolis for $20. Wine is a small pour for a minimum of $10 per glass. Overall, a beautiful place with a terrific atmosphere (if you eat outside) and good food, just be ready for a big bill!
El Barzon has been one of our favorites since they opened several years ago. The outdoor seating on the patio has really enhanced the summer dining experience. The wait staff is friendly, endearing and accommodating. The Chef is a master, with his interesting combo of Italian and Mexican specialties, crafted with care and flavor. A great place to meet friends or take the family.
Did not enjoy anything about my experience. Food was sub par - even the chips were not good. The chorizo gnocchi was overcooked, gloopy mess and the mole was too sweet. Stop using an iPad for your dessert menu. It's really silly and even those photos were poor quality. There are better restaurants choices in Detroit.
The food was excellent as always! I recommend ordering the Cavatelli dinner portion and split it with the table as one of your appetizers! It is fantastic. First time we sat outside which was nice.... have to say the service, while polite and accurate.... was almost non existent... I'm so glad we were not in any hurry because it was painfully slow.... overall still one of my favorite in the city!!!
I booked this restaurant for a friend's birthday dinner. We went on Saturday evening and 7:30. Even though it was packed, the restaurant sat us within three minutes, which was great. It went downhill from there. It took the waitress about 15 minutes to show up to place our drink order. It then took another forever to get our drinks and place our food order. The food took about 45 minutes to arrive. My friend's sides were cold and her branzino was absolutely gross, fish and drenched in a flavorless sauce. She ate two bites and couldn't stomach anymore. The rest of us ordered sage and butter procini mushroom and ricotta ravioli. The sauce was a horribly salty combination of chicken broth and butter. It was so salty we couldn't power through it. The manager came by and apologized and asked if we wanted new meals, which was very nice. But at that point we were about an hour and twenty minutes in and starving and had no clue how long it would even take to fix the meals so we decided not to chance it and declined. To add insult to injury, it took another 20 minutes for the waitress to collect and return our bill. Two stars for the lovely manager, the good cocktails and great ambiance, but this place clearly can't keep up with their large crowd and the food is borderline inedible. I was completely embarrassed and sad to ruin my friend's birthday.
Food was seasoned. The steak was cold and a little too oily for grilled meat. Almost like a fried meat. The chivo was a little fatty but well seasoned. The lasagna was delicious Service was excellent. The outdoor patio was lovely. We will give it another attempt. It was pricey for what was received.
We had a reservation. When we arrived, we waited to be seated, per the restaurant's instructions. As ten minutes passed, SEVERAL staff members stared at us and looked away many times. I finally asked someone if we would be seated. The person said she wasn't sure and then called another person to seat us. We had the grilled calamari, which was delicious. We also had the pasta n eggplant dish and enchiladas; both lacked flavor.
Great restaurant . Slow service at first but as soon as I mentioned this they could not have been more responsive. Many restaurants have server assistants. Instead of taking requests back to the server who is swamped they should be able to get refills, check on orders, etc. otherwise they look like they're just standing around unresponsive to customers. Food is consistently excellent and the courtyard is awesome on summer nights. Great evening overall.
We've heard good things but strike 2 for this place, we tried to come once before on a whim and were told reservations were absolutely necessary. So we got reservations, arrived on time and were seated... and waited 30 minutes to be served before leaving. We couldn't understand it, as it didn't look THAT busy on a Sunday evening. We did get water and chips/salsa, and were told a couple of times that we would be served "in a minute". We watched 2 other tables come in after us and be served, so...
A little gem, with a beautiful courtyard - you'd never realize El Barzon is tucked away off the beaten path of the more gentrified Detroit neighborhoods. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious! We started with the calamari El Barzon. Spicy, but well seasoned and perfectly flash fried! The sangria was fantastic, as well as the housemade salsas and chips. The entree was so-so... I had the pappardelle. A pasta that is supposed to be ribbon thin and light, the pasta served was thick and hard (undercooked). The sauce tasted great, but the amount was overwhelming for the dish. Overall, we'd definitely return - for the courtyard alone!
When we arrived and went to be seated we were told that they would be very busy outdoors and it would be noisy. Would we rather have a table in the bar room or "front room"? Yes, we would. It would take a few minutes. The hostess never apologized or even smile while we were waiting for our table "to be made ready". We approached her several times to ask what was taking so long. Once she had someone go check, the other times she more or less walked away from us to tend to seating others. Finally we saw the manager and asked what was going on. We were about to leave. At about that time the hostess told us our table was ready and we followed her in. We were led to our table and noticed that it was very wide. Turns out it was so wide we had to lean far forward to communicate with one another. It had likely been moved into the bar from the main dining room inside. Then we patiently waited to order drinks. After about 10 minutes we signaled someone to get us a waiter, which she said she'd do. No one appeared. So we asked again. Finally we were approached by a young man who we suspect wasn't a regular waiter, but he was pleasant and took good care of us. The food was good, as usual, but the evening sure started out badly and left us a bit down. The hostess knew we wanted a quiet table, as we had specified it in the reservation. But she should have warned us that it might take a long while, which it did, and should have replied, every time we asked, she was sorry that it was taking so long but our table just wasn't ready as yet. She shouldn't have a job there.
The food is excellent which is why I keep going. The first time service was pretty bad, but the food was fantastic. We went a second time (Saturday night) and the service was the worst I've had in a very long time. Dinner was 2+ hours, waiter forgot some of the drinks the first round and took another half hour to get those. Our finished salad plates sat on our table for over a half hour until our entree's came. Like I said, the food is great, but the service is really really bad.
I've dined at El Barzon many times and have thoroughly enjoyed it. On this particular Sat. night the patio was packed as expected. I'm sorry to say that this visit did not live up to expectations. The service was very slow and simple things like refilling water glasses didn't happen. Usually the food is outstanding, but my hubby's pasta had way over-cooked lobster; my halibut was way over-sauced with an orange sauce; the stems of the broccoli rabe were very tough, and the food was not hot. Our friend's skirt skate was not very tender. We were looking forward to our favorite dessert Tres Leche cake but it was not on the menu as usual. I was quite disappointed as we recommended this restaurant to our friends and it was their first visit. I hope that this was a rare exception to the usual excellent food and friendly, prompt service.
Food came out cold, rather than remaking it they just microwaved it. No apology, no discount off the bill, no offer of a complementary dessert or drink. After the waiter said he would bring the bill it took 15 minutes for him to bring it and the another 15 to take the card payment, half an hour wait all up just to pay really took the cake. The food itself was heavy and really nothing special. Not worth the $100 plus tip for 2 Mojitos, 1 starter and 2 entrees.
We dined there on 7/14/17. Ordered the Insalate De Mare--do not recommend, calarmi was way over cooked and was like chewing a piece of rubber, the clams and mussels were also way over cooked and inedible (the shrimp was blah). My fiancé ordered the enchilada with mole sauce and she took one bite and couldn't eat anymore. I ordered the halibut which was cooked fine but simply tasted like I was eating an orange, the potatoes that came with it were very good and vegetable tasted like salted butter. I also ordered a mojito that for $10 had no alcohol. The server never went over any of daily specials or checked in on us if we wanted another drink or anything else. The only nice factor is they have a very nice outdoor seating area but for $80 for dinner there are a hundred other places worth eating at
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