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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June 25, 2017

Annual weekend with girls I went to u iversity with 40 years ago. We are loud and boisterous and so is your place so was perfect. The food was great and the basil, blueberry cocktail was nuts.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2017

I wish I could give this restaurant 1 million stars. My boyfriend and I come for tacos at least once a month. So damn good. If I had a choose a food to eat forever it would be the fish tacos. Please don't ever take them off the menu. I will cry. I'm a pescatarian therefore it's hard for me to find good food when I'm out. The only thing I dislike about this restaurant is that it's too far from my house.. although I guess that's my problem. Whoever hasn't eaten here please do so!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 14, 2017

Always a great time! Great atmosphere, superb service and the food is as good as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

A great time as always! Food and drinks were amazing and made dinner perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2017

Great chain of restaurants

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2017

We went for a working team dinner. What a great place! Delicious food, delicious beverages, great service! It does get a little loud - but it's worth it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 30, 2017

Great food (ceviche and grilled calamari are to die for!).

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 11, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere! Smoked ribs are the best and oysters are so fresh! I'll definitely be coming back soon :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2017

We always have a great time here. The food, ambiance and service never disappoint. We Love Barrio Coreano!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2017

Great service and absolutely delicious food. This was my second time and I will definitely be there again soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

Food was amazing! Prices are pretty good and service was great too. Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2017

Delicious cocktails and food! I'd definitely come back. It was a little loud, but there's not much you can do about that.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2017

Best tacos in the city, hands down

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

The food was incredible and great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 13, 2017

As usual, as expected.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Consistently great service and amazing food. Never disappoints. A real Toronto gem with a great vibe and energy!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

I had a fantastic time at Barrio Correano, as usual! We had a couple of mishaps, as some incorrect items were sent to our table, but the staff was extremely gracious, corrected the error on our bill, and threw in a great dessert on the house! Also, they made a fabulous virgin margarita for me, as I'm 8 months pregnant, and it was a great change from typical soft drinks available at restaurants. I love coming here and will continue to do so. Thanks for another wonderful evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

The food was great. I have been to other Playa Cabanna restaurants and this one with the Korean twist is great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 8, 2017

Food was great but the chicken was slightly dry in the BBQ chicken taco. The fish taco was excellent , I LOVE how you can get it grilled and in a lettuce wrap !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2017

It was our first time there & food was beyond my expectations. We had the guac, short ribs, smoked ribs, chevice dip, octopus tacos, braised ribs tacos and the crispy chicken tacos; literally everything was amazing. Will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 2, 2017

It was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2017

Always great food, such a good fusion of flavours. I love the pulpo!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2017

Very nice time overall. The food was all quite good and we liked the ambience of the restaurant. Reservations are recommended and are easy to make online.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 25, 2017

The food is beyond good, our server was lovely and the atmosphere is very fun

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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 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 26, 2017

AMAZING as always!!!

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

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If you’re looking for tequila cocktails look no further than Barrio Coreano. From Strawberry Fields to Cadillac Margarita there’s just so much to chose from on the house cocktail menu. These cocktails are well suited for any menu item at Barrio Coreano.

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Toronto fusion restaurants where east meets west

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Latin American and Asian street food come together at this unique Koreatown taqueria from Dave Sidhu of Playa Cabana fame. Barrio Coreano turns out traditional Mexican bocaditos with a uniquely Korean twist. Chow down on bulgogi-style barbecue beef tacos, Korean fried chicken and charred calamari with kimchi. The drink menu also keeps it collaborative with tequila-based cocktails flavoured with Asian pear; be warned, the kimchee sour has a definite kick.

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Where to eat and drink in the Annex during Hot Docs

Open until 11 p.m. throughout the week and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this Koreatown fusion restaurant from the wildly successful Playa Cabana family is a great spot for a bite to eat after an evening show. The adventurous and experimental kitchen turns out traditional Mexican dishes prepared with an Asian twist thanks to the addition of regionally inspired ingredients and spices. Tantalize your taste buds with kalbi beef short ribs dressed in cucumber-radish kimchi or chicken kampungko tacos, which are slathered in a chipotle-sesame gochujang salsa for a sweet and spicy finish.

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