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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This was my 4th time at Barrio and honestly it was not as good as the previous times. I had relatives from Korea visiting and I wanted to show them a good time. Food was tasty as usual - it was just the service that was lacking. No friendly conversation, no follow up, never checked up to see if we needed anything else. It was only at the end when I was paying that he started to ask about our time and spoke more than 1 sentence to our table. Half the experience is the service. Disappointed.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 2/5
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June 15, 2019

Excellent food and friendly informative service. First time here but definitely not the last.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2019

Great service and delicious food!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 10, 2019

We took some friends from New York for dinner. Loved the food and the service. They loved it too. Thank you for always making it a wonderful experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

Food was great and service was amazing! Especially considering we were a group of 10, they were super accommodating. Will definitely go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 17, 2019

Excellent food good environment and perfect service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Amazing amazing mouth delectable food! Will definitely go back. The Kalbi short ribs were heaven in a bite! So good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2019

I love the food and atmosphere at this place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2019

I like the atmosphere and the food (a lot), but the service was super snob and they rushed us all the time. If food came to our table a little bit more spaced out , we would’ve eaten delicious HOT tacos. As someone who’s been doing that job for years, I’m not happy at all with the service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

April 17, 2019

Love this spot! Perfect for a first date or a group of friends. The foods is always good quality and the service is great too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2019

Wonderful ambience and food. One of my son's favourite restaurants and perfect to celebrate his birthday. We will be back very soon! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2019

Music was a tad loud. Super place and I'll be going back!!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 8, 2019

First time at Barrio Coreano. I like your food -- a lot. I'm into both Mexican and Korean food, so putting them together is a nice idea. And you have done it well. My one complaint: it's so noisy one can't even carry on a normal conversation at your own table. Since you're crowding a lot of people into a small space, I realize it's hard to do much about that, short of renovating the space. But there is one thing: TURN DOWN THE MUSIC! Bottom line: the discomfort caused by the noise will keep me and my partner from coming back, except maybe to see if it's better in an off-hpur.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

March 25, 2019

Servers are the best and the margs are heaven

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 25, 2019

We ordered some appetizers including oysters and main and they ending bringing everything at the same time in such small table, so kind of we had to rush to eat to make space, otherwise was fine.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

March 23, 2019

We brought our 3 month old , and everyone was so super accommodating and friendly

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2019

All around great experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 7, 2019

As an epileptic, the blinky lights on the star weren't the greatest, but small potatoes. Food and service was both excellent and I will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2019

The server we had messed up our order a couple of times, took other people’s food orders before ours even though we got there before them, and we had to ask other servers for more drinks because our waitress never came back to ask if we wanted another one.... when the bill came the orders were all incorrect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

February 10, 2019

Delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2019

Had a lovely birthday dinner at Barrio Coreano. The atmosphere was just what I wanted. The music was amazing, the food was tasty and the service was friendly! Would definitely go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 14, 2019

The food was amazing! And the service was super. Would recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2019

Always welcoming, always delicious. Love this restaurant. Management is wonderful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Amazing food and drinks the staff was super nice and very welcoming! Definitely one of the best mexican spots!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2018

Music was too loud, the restaurant was cold, service was great Food came too quickly And all at once

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Cauliflower and fish tacos were awesome!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2018

We could've stayed all night. Food energy and music all amazing

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

My only complaint is that the food was so good the previous time we visited that when the ribs and wings had changed we were disappointed. They were still good, but not as good as previous versions. That said, the fish taco was the best I’ve ever had and the tres leches and churro poutine were all tremendous. The service was truly excellent as well. We will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2018

rushed out of table though we wanted to stay and have more drinks after 3 bottles of wine...was never told there was a seating time limit till we ordered dessert

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

December 7, 2018

Really delicious tacos and delicious cocktails!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2018

I went here last night with a group of girlfriends, we all had an amazing time! Service was great, our server was attentive and present, and the other staff working all helped to keep our table clean throughout the evening. The margaritas were perfect, not overly sweet or sour. The tacos also all came out extremely fast and were awesome! Would recommend the spicy shrimp, grilled fish as well as the cauliflower for a vegetarian option. Would definitely recommend Barrio Coreano for a girls night out or a livelier dinner spot.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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