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Restaurant type

  • Tapas Bar,
  • Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Korean,
  • Mexican,
  • Fusion,

Dishes

  • Comfort Food,
  • Chicken Wings,
  • Tapas,
  • Roast Beef,
  • Grill,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
    • Taco,
    • Ribs,
    • Fish,
    • Seafood,
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Features

  • Online Menu,
  • Restaurant With Delivery Services,
  • Reservation,
  • Restaurant With Bar,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Oyster Bar,
    • Full Bar,
    • Take-out,
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Atmosphere

  • Romantic,
  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Smoked Meat,
  • Restaurant,
  • Online Reservation,

Brands Carried

  • Mexican Fanta,
  • Beau's,
  • Modelo Especial,
  • Mexican Coca-Cola,
  • Mill St. Organic,
  • Corona,
    • Clase Azul,
    • Tromba,
    • Negro Modelo,
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  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
642 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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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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Ratings & Reviews - Barrio Coreano

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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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July 29, 2020

We got to the restaurant and it was closed due to covid. I guess we should have called ahead to ask if they were open but it didnt say anything on the webpage about it being closed and it still let us make a reservation off the website so I assumed it would be open. The website even mentioned the safety precautions they were taking so it sounded like they were still open during covid but when we got there there was a sign on the door saying the location we reserved at was closed until further notice. So we just went home.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

July 27, 2020

Arrived and the place was fucking closed...

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

March 13, 2020

I have never had better tacos. My friend and I tried 4 kinds, savouring the combination of flavours in each. The shrimp taco was phenomenal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2020

Incredible staff, amazing food, very professional and very accommodating to my nut allergy. One of the absolute best spots in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 7, 2020

This was my first time at Barrio Coreano and I will go back, and often. I need more tacos!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Music choice was amazing. Shoutout to manager that makes the playlist.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2020

Loved everything about this place. Definitely coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

Went on valentines. The nachos were really tasty. The valentine combo was great as well. Only improvement was the server did not know all the promo items and needed to ask. The table was a bit on tight. But overall a great experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

Our girlfriends surprise party was a hit. we enjoyed the food + drink options for GF, pescatarian + vegetarians. Service seemed backed up but w a party of 12 patience is a good way to go. by the end of the night a group of older VEnture Cap. Men approached our table w rounds of tequila shots. Approached is putting it nicely. They made themselves comfortable outnumbering us 3 women to 4 men. We’re resilient but wanted to thank the servers for checking on us to make sure they were not harrassing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

The food was delicious and the portions were amazing for tacos. Will absolutely be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Incredible. Amazing tacos and drinks. Will absolutely return when in toronto again soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2020

I took my sisters from out of town they just loved it. And def one of my favorite places

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2019

This is my second time coming to Barrio Coreano. As before, the food was great and the service excellent. They could tune down the music a bit though because the place was full of people talking loud and we literally had to shout at each other the whole evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2019

The staff is AMAZING! I love the new management and the new serving team. You can tell they respect eachother as coworkers and they respect the service they provide for their customers. Vitus, and Gabriel were amazing help and very accommodating with my nut allergy. Thanks everyone! Can’t wait to come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2019

The meal was very good. Drinks were a little expensive but tasty. Speed at which food arrived was great. The attitude and general demeanor of our server however, was a bit questionable. He was on the curt side and moved us to a group of tables beside the kitchen that were empty. We were told upon seating that we would be asked to leave at 7:30 but when we realized 8 tables were empty with the same number of seats and asked if we could move there, he reluctantly took a while to say OK. Not sure why we were asked to move at all if the same number of seats were available to set up for a reservation. Had he seated us there in the first place there would not have been a problem. The other server who handled our payment was terrific and when we pointed out we had been charged for an item we didn't get, he immediately removed it from the bill and split them up again. So kudos to him.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

December 15, 2019

Fantastic. Thanks for having us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Excellent evening. The server, Sam was great and made the evening very enjoyable. He was attentive, and gave great suggestions! The food was top notch. Everything we ordered was delicious. Would for sure return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2019

Great food, wonderful staff, fun vibe. Perfect Friday evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2019

We were a very large group, and are very thankful that Bario Correano was able to accommodate us! The server’s suggestions were perfect. The food is simply outstanding, So many of the dishes are absolutely delicious. Also, it’s fantastic that the restaurant was able to deal with multiple food allergies (shellfish; gluten) with ease. The vibe here is full-on fun. So good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2019

Great servers - Sam and Jessie. Ceviche, fish tacos, braised rib tacos and pulpo tacos were all great. Roasted Oysters Appetizer special - FANTASTIC!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2019

Awesome place with delicious food. Went on a Tuesday night so no problem getting a table. The pork shoulder tacos were amazing. If you’re getting the Baja fish taco, make sure you eat that first; got a little soggy near the end. The Churro poutine was delicious and interesting.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 27, 2019

First time coming to the restaurant and it was amazing! Thank you again for the great meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2019

love this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2019

great

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2019

Excellent service and great food....over all a perfect place to enjoy a great meal and drinks...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2019

Fabulous Food Fabulous Service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Food and service were fantastic! There is an area in the front area that has a flashing light and unfortunately, my friend needed to move away from as it bothered her eyes. Even though the restaurant was busy, they kindly found us a seat closer to the back where she could be more comfortable. I would definitely come back!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

Great food, but service was slow. I was there with a group of 12 on Sat night for dinner and it took about 1/2 hour when the first and the last person was serves their food. I would not recommend this place for a smaller group only.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

September 8, 2019

The music was WAY too loud. We couldn’t hear the specials from our waitress and couldn’t enjoy our company because it was impossible to have a conversation. And the tiny tables don’t fit the food served. It’s unfortunate because the food was tasty. Won’t return.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2019

Came to celebrate my 26th birthday and had a bunch of micheladas, appetizers, and tacos. Excellent food with a cozy, fast-paced atmosphere; as well as great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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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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