Coming Soon: Barrio Cantina & Grill

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No wonder there were rumors.

A couple months ago, I'd heard that the acclaimed Barrio Cafe was moving to Paradise Valley, and I just wasn't buying it. Come on -- can you see chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza, a pierced and tattooed CenPho gal, leaving her 16th Street digs? Nuh uh. She tells me that the restaurant's been getting tons of calls from excited fans, but that she can't imagine opening in a place that's not really, um, the barrio.

But as it turns out, there is a new place opening in P.V. two weeks from today, on March 19, and it's called Barrio Cantina & Grill. (There's no affiliation with Barrio Cafe, although there's bound to be some confusion over the similar names.)

Owners Todd Rosenbaum and Tom Zummo are also partners in three Scottsdale nightlife destinations, Axis/Radius, Suede, and Myst. Ken Giordano and Thomas Heinicke are the co-executive chefs.

Tequila-marinated shrimp tacos, beef short rib enchiladas, grilled rib eye with chipotle butter, jalapeño bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and prickly pear creme brulee are just a few examples from the moderately priced menu.

Located at the southeast corner of Tatum and Cactus (4731 E. Cactus), the restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner, late-night, and weekend brunch.  

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Web DesigneI am excited to hear that they will be opening a new location in Chandler! Cant wait to go back again!


Web DesigneThe first time I ate at the restaurant the food was amazing and the service was ok but after my sixth time the food seems to be even better and the service is simply outstantding. I love the new additions to the menu and cannot wait to see what else you will serve when the new menu is relased next week. The waiter said something about lobster. YUM!


Horrible service. I was charged 3X and now I have to wait for the bank to release my funds. They were super slow and we had to ask other waiters for drinks because our guy didn't come around. He took over 30 mins to get us the tap and he charged our accounts 3X the bill. It wasn't even busy, it was a Tuesday night. I can just imagine how they work under pressure (worst). We spent $300 there and I regret it all. I called them and they girl manager said there was nothing she could do. I think some compensation is in order! The correct thing to do when you take someones funds from their account is to offer a free dinner to fix the mistake but this place doesn't know that. I will never eat there again and I hope this ad helps.

FYI: The food is okay but the portions are super small. My surf adn turf had 2 small pieces of shrimp and a weak steak. Not worth the price.

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