Meet the owner

Barrio Coreano owner Dave Sidhu first fell in love with Latin American cuisine during his time working in the restaurant industry in New York City and Los Angeles. “Toronto really didn’t have much of a Mexican food scene at the time,” he explains. “So when I moved back, I wanted to bring something authentic to the city.” He launched his first Playa Cabana eatery in May 2011 and has gone on to establish a number of spin-off locations across the city.

“At Playa Cabana Cantina we serve the LA Truck Taco with chipotle marinated kalbi beef and citrus slaw,” Dave explains. “I was always coming down to Koreatown to buy the Asian pears we use to marinate the meat. After spending so much time here, I thought it would be a good idea to open up a new restaurant inspired by the Korean flavours of the neighbourhood.”

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March 7, 2017

Love this place, can't recommend it highly enough.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

One of my local favourites!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2017

The food and service is exceptional. Tables are packed together and I had someone behind me bumping me through the whole meal which was annoying. Server was attentive. Good value. Worth a visit.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2017

AMAZING as always!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2017

I don't know my servers name unfortunately but she was so sweet. It was clearly a very busy night and even though she had other tables to serve I felt that she was very personable and sweet; which I know can be hard when serving downtown on a Friday night. Amazing restaurant amazing service I am sure to come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

It was packed on Valentine's Day and our server was killing it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Always a treat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2017

The cheese tacos are amazing!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2017

Smoked ribs smelled great, but were very salty and dry. Almost a jerky-like consistency. Would recommend them try to not cure the pork or take the moisture out of the ribs. If it had the same flavour but with more moist meat and less salt, im sure it'd be a smash. Service on the other hand was fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2017

My favourite restaurant! Order the grilled baha fish!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 25, 2017

One of our favourite neighborhood restaurants. Mere words don't do justice to the braised rib tacos...and the Tres Leche cake....both are absolutely out of this world. Friendly, fast service; funky intimate atmosphere. It's a busy place and rightly so; I strongly recommend reservations for dinner if you can. Love this restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2017

Wow!! Everything top notch. Will return soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 8, 2017

We loved our experience at Barrio Coreano! The food was great and our server was incredibly friendly and kind. Thank you for the great experience - we will be going back soon! We saw the ribs from afar and will be ordering that next time :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2017

So much has fun!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2017

Service was great as always, table location wasn't ideal but to be occasionally expected on a busy night (NYE). Love that this place takes reso's and is concostsntlt delicious, a neighbourhood favourite of ours!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2016

Everything was great. We kind of got pushed out of our table before we could order and enjoy dessert which was kind of a bummer. Food was good and margarita's were delicious. We sat right near the bathrooms and the server's computer and there was a massive cold draft. Other then that it was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 29, 2016

Excellent as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2016

Our waiter had an unfriendly persona. Was annoyed that 4 of my guests didn't show up. Then at the end added gratuity for 10 people even though there was only 6 of us. It was my birthday and I was determined to not let something like that ruin my celebration.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

December 19, 2016

Awesome service & delicious food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2016

My Go-to spot. Food ALWAYS a hit. Music selection is incredible. Service is great. Low key spot (which I prefer) You'll spend about 30-40$ including drinks (margaritas are a must here) per person.. a lot of the plates here are shareable too. Good place for a date as well as a spot to socliaize with friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2016

The food was amazing. We had the K-Mex Slaw which was a perfect balance of flavours and textures. I would recommend having it with the ribs though rather than a taco that also has avocado, cheese, and cabbage (short rib) just to have something different. My friend loved her chicken taco. The server was pleasant at first but when we didn't order drinks and less than the recommended amount of food service was not as friendly. The atmosphere is funky but bar stools are very uncomfortable and the place looks a bit dingy. It is a not somewhere I would want to spend much time. Also the tables are super small so only room for a couple tacos at a time.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

December 3, 2016

Delicious food and friendly staff. Will definitely be back. The pear and radish kimchi is to die for!!! Oh and the braised short rib soft tacos!!! And the calamari! Basically everything! Mmmmmmm

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2016

It was a great place! Great vibes and good food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2016

Cake was delicious!!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 21, 2016

Great chips and guac and tacos. One of our favorite spots in TO!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2016

Tacos were amazing! I will definitely be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2016

Amazing meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2016

Great food. Great atmosphere. Love the churros

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2016

Best service in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2016

I love this place but was taking a friend for the first time. She loved it. Service was awesome (Xana serviced us and was great) and the food is always amazing. You guys do it right!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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