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El Barzon

4.5
4.5
1592 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Located 3 miles from Little Cesar's Arena, Comerica Park, and Ford Field. El Barzon Restaurante has been a staple to the city since 2007, serving both Mexican and Italian Traditional dishes. Chef/Owner Norberto Garita was able to obtain his culinary experience working in Manhattan N.Y. and in the later moved to Michigan where he worked at the famously (now Closed) Ill Posto Ristorante Italiano.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 894-2070

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Norberto Garita

  • Catering

    Not available for the moment

  • Private party facilities

    Call For More Information 313-516-5416

  • Neighbourhood

    Detroit

  • Cross Street

    Michigan Ave

  • Parking Details

    Valet Parking Also Available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,592 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. i

    ihabz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always been a great experience at this place .. food always amazing .. we go there almost once a month now
  2. KM

    KatM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous moles and incredible service. The long list of artisanal margaritas is also a show stopper. Always a great time !
  3. PP

    PracticallyPerfect

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always an excellent choice. Great food and service.
  4. LD

    LDowntown

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Appetizer was incredible. Entree was halibut. Very small portion for the price. Sauce was too sweet for the fish. Everything else was good. I saw other items that I preferred. Will return. Good restaurant. Excellent service.
  5. CT

    CherylT

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve dine here many times. The food is delicious and the waitstaff is wonderful.
  6. S

    Stephen

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met relatives (also from out of town) to see the Van Gough exhibit. We picked the restaurant based on location. We were not disappointed in any aspect. Service and food and presentation was wonderful! If we are ever back in the area we would definitely come back
  7. LM

    LisaMLS

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is always delicious but the service was not attentive. We had to track down the waiter to order a second round of drinks, dinner, the check, etc. The restaurant was busy but the staff still needs to pay attention if guests need drinks while waiting on food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service !
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The food was just okay. The prices don’t match the quality at all. They could use some serious redecorating on the inside. The outdoor seating looks completely different than the inside (the outdoor seating looks much better). I didn’t care for the Italian dishes at all. I think they could be successful if they switched to strictly Mexican dishes.
  10. RZ

    RobynZ

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were a little concerned with parking. Although a well lit gated parking area, the gate is left open and unattended, but we had no issues. You are best to park in back and enter through rear as front doors were not open off Junction. It was a very slow Wednesday evening so we had little competition, but staff was very attentive and friendly. Our waitress did an excellent job describing the specials and answering any questions we had. Service was prompt and food was delicious. Atmosphere is nice although I think it would be better in summer when the back area is open for use. Restaurant is deceptively large inside, we sat in 1 of what appeared to be 4 large dining areas. It was quiet, but there was only 1 other occupied table during our visit.
  11. IL

    IngaL

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    A terrible experience. We had dined there before and were looking forward to it, but we will never go again. We had to secure our reservation with a credit card ( not unusual for a popular restaurant), but were not seated until after 7:30 for a 7:00 reservation. When someone brought us water we asked for drink menus and were rudely told we would have to wait for our server. Well, wait was the operative word for the evening. Nobody came ( despite seeing other tables getting service) for over 20 minutes. We had to ask 2 different workers to send us a server. Finally a not very friendly woman came over and gave us a laminated card with a QR code (not sure why only a hard to track down server could give us that). We ordered dinner at the same time as drinks since everything had been so slow ( and it was now 8:00 and we were hungry). It took over 40 minutes to get our food ( which was cold when it arrived) and during that wait we had to go track down our server to get another drink. Complained to the manager and got nothing but excuses , no apology. We will never go back.
  12. AB

    AntoinetteB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, but the experience wasn’t what we expected. We didn’t have anyone come to our table for 25 minutes. I think they missed us. I finally walked up to someone and told them and they said they’d be right over. It was Dawn, the manager. She apologized and explained they were short servers. She took care of us the rest of the night and gave us a free dessert. It was a full house and the staff and kitchen seemed overwhelmed. The food was sensational so I’d love to return at a time when it’s less busy and hopefully get a better overall experience. We appreciated the manager going the extra mile to ensure tables were served.
  13. WC

    WendyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The wait staff are very busy, running all over the place. Our waitress was not around a lot to ask questions or fir us to request any additional drinks or bread for the table. The food was amazing though and the atmosphere is always beautiful
  14. A

    Alanh

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and welcoming staff and atmosphere.
  15. G

    Gingerlove

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Barzon is amazing! The staff is well dressed, friendly, professional and make you feel like royalty. The food is a culinary delight! The flavors, textures, and presentation is well thought. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. A must go to in Detroit.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for a birthday celebration. We read the reviews and they did not disappoint. Highly recommend going and not missing out on this hidden gem. We will definitely be going back.
  17. AP

    AnnaliseP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I had high hopes for this place! It was busy. The server did not know the menu at all. The drinks were good. The food was not good. The fish was smothered in sauce. My husband got a seafood pasta. It’s as if they put it in the microwave and hit 9! It was boiling and the seafood was very chewy. He didn’t eat it. The appetizer was good, we got the calamari. We won’t be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff great food great prices. Highly recommended.
  19. LB

    LaurieB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    16th birthday celebration for nephew
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything from the food, the cocktails, the service and the ambiance. Our waiter was so attentive, friendly and professional and the food was on point. We will definitely be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Detroits best kept secrets.
  22. j

    janc

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was great considering it was New Years Eve (so it was extraordinarily busy). Looking forward to returning on a normal day. Their menu is fantastic and the waitstaff are helpful and efficient.
  23. g

    gerg

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don't often go to Mexican/Italian restaurants. But if I did I would go here. Not a place you will find looking for restaurants, tucked away in what you expect to be a residential neighborhood, but the food is excellent. Large, varied menu (large physical location as well, old but very serviceable, and plenty of parking). My dining companion and I both chose Italian but no doubt the Mexican cuisine is as good. I haven't seen this many staff members in, well, forever, much less since the pandemic.
  24. HD

    HeatherD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about El Barzon. The food was delicious. The service was fantastic. Overall experience was 5 out of 5. Will definitely go back. Highly recommend!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Gabby was so kind and gracious. Our entire group enjoyed having him helping us.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large group and the food was wonderful
  27. d

    doireallyneedanickname

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very disappointing meals. Lemon chicken was simply tasteless. Pasta was drowned in pesto sauce that was not good. I would have told my server but we never saw her after the meals were delivered. Had to ask someone else to find her to bring our bill. Wouldn’t recommend.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it!
  29. T

    Theresa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was not very good at all. My fish (bronzini) came out room temperature, bordering on cold and was very bland. The $45 filet was not seasoned at all. The veggies were dressed with an odd tasting vinaigrette. Four of us dined and none plan to go back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great night. We all enjoyed it!
  31. CC

    ChristyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Our reservation for four people was 6pm and we were promptly seated. Server asked for drinks. She then came back and asked for apps. We had to asked for specials (which has been, historically, one of the strengths of El Barzon). Once she described them we asked for pricing and she did not know. She came back once again with pricing. We ordered at 6:20. We received house salads about 15 minutes later. Entrees did not arrive until 7:21 (I made a joke about the fact that we only had 9 minutes until we had to give up the table given the 90 minute limit on table stays). At no point was there an acknowledgment of the long delay (I am totally fine with the delay if there's some awareness from management, instead the entire staff continued to walk back and forth past our table, never stopping to offer more drinks or a quick apology). In fact, we asked for our food and no one seemed concerned. We asked for our bill twice and a third time for someone to take our payment. We had to ask twice for boxing our half eaten meals as we had 8PM theater tickets. For the price the food is mediocre (so very rich and meat-heavy), the service is cold and clearly deficient. I won't come back. Its too bad. El Barzon has always been a family favorite for summer bdays. No thanks.
  32. MK

    MarkK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good and service were fantastic, though it’s a little overpriced for Detroit. Some of the best pasta in the state though and portions are pretty big!
  33. RY

    RobertY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything thing was great. There was a miscommunication and the bus girl took my plate before I was finished.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    They have some of the best Italian and Hispanic food in the Detroit tri-counties, but they are extremely short staffed. We’ve been there twice in the past 3 months, expect a dinner to take over 2 hours
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety on the menu. Seated quickly.
  36. MG

    MacGyver

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Food worth the cost! You have to park in the back
  37. CS

    CSeu

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Made a reservation for my Husband's Birthday. We had a table of 11. The speed of the service was okay; however, the wait staff dropped the ball a few times during dinner. At the beginning of our visit, the waitress asked if we wanted appetizers and everyone at the table responded that we were fine with just the chips and salsa that they provided. She seemed annoyed by that and felt the need to announce that we would have to pay for the third round of chips and salsa which came off a bit rude. Also, she forgot my drink and she came up to me and asked if I wanted another drink and that's when I informed her that I hadn't received the first drink. She actually told me she forgot about it. My Husband also ordered another drink and never received it. The food was good but service needs to be improved. I understand that most restaurants are understaffed still at this time; however, it was a Tuesday and we were the only table in the room we were dining in so I didn't feel that was the reason for the service we received.
  38. M

    Mark

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, will definitely be back. Great food, great atmosphere
  39. WW

    WaltW

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    not worth the drive into the City - very friendly and excellent service -soup excellent - sent first order back - very nice Bday celebration
  40. SH

    SaraH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went before seeing a show at the Fisher Theatre. Told the waitress about our timing and she made sure we were out exactly on time. Great Food, Great Customer Service! Highly recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Barzon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 894-2070.

El Barzon is rated 4.5 stars by 1592 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for El Barzon

3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Michigan Ave

  • Neighbourhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet Parking Also Available

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Norberto Garita

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (313) 894-2070

  • Catering

    Not available for the moment

  • Private party facilities

    Call For More Information 313-516-5416

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