4.1 rating over 8 reviews
Call 1035 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622-3931
Neighborhoods: Goose Island

Cuisine: Seafood, Mexican, Breakfast

El Barco Mariscos is a Seafood, Mexican, and Breakfast restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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Overall
95%
Food
95%
Service
94%
Ambiance
100%
Pros
"The food"
"Long wait times at night. Wish it was bigger. Excellent food. Fantastic margaritas!"
"Overated, overpriced, and crowded space. The outside ambiance was nice, but could barely move. The parking is minimal."
Cons
"Packed long line and wait"
"Kind of pricey compared to others with same quality of food "
"Room between tables & chairs "
"Parking, and spacing."
Comments
"Get there early!"
"You well be rushed to leave "
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twentypercent

 Chicago, IL
El Barco Mariscos 5.0
 

Amazing Authentic The Hooters of the Yucatan

The fish here is red snapper for sure! The menu is hit your neighbors huge as well as all of the dishes. The platters of fresh fish are more than anyone could finish. The service can be slow and the place can be noisy. I have been going back every summer. A word of advice the $9.00 pitcher of margaritas will need an extra shot or two, and the must have item is the whole red snapper —deep fried…..tastes like chicken! This place is filled with families at all hours of the night. Get ready for some good mariscos!

Whole Red Snapper at El Barco Mariscos

Whole Red Snapper

Worth every penny and then some

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hk123j

 Chicago, IL
El Barco Mariscos 4.0
 

Love the Red Snapper!

The whole red snapper is awesome here! The deep fried fish is giant and flavorful. I got it with garlic and grilled onions and I couldn’t have asked for more. I shared this with a friend and I was glad I did since it’s so big. I just wish the service was a little faster.

Whole Red Snapper at El Barco Mariscos

Whole Red Snapper

Awesome! Lots of flavor and I love the texture since it’s crispy on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside.

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SophiaLinn

 Chicago, IL
El Barco Mariscos 4.0
 

yummers

yum yum yum.

I went here on a Monday night and had a wonderful appetizer and some ceviche. Their margaritas are good and strong and the fish is fresh. Also, they serve wonderful spicy and mild moles with large round tortillas and they have cute little limes at the tables to serve all of your limey needs. The outdoor seating area is cute. Overall, it was a deliciously good time.

Next time, I’m going for the whole red snapper!

mole

The moles they provide with the meal are wonderful. One is sweet / roasted and one is spicy. Both are delicious.

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alltoastnojelly

 Chicago, IL
El Barco Mariscos 4.0
 

Dinner for two?

Nice place, easy parking for the area, sexy waitresses in tight outfits, and oh yeah, the food is real good. I guess i’m gonna have to try the whole snapper after reading other reviews but so far my fav. is the dinner for two. I ordered this with my friend who can eat more then me and we really shoulda stopped before we finished it, it was a huge platter of snapper, shrimp, squid, crab, octopus, and other meats. This absurd amount of food comes on a giant cutting boad with rice and beans cooked in what i’m guessing is lard. This is one hundred percent worth the heart attack you may incur after eating. In addition to large portions of great tasting food, they have a full bar, and tables have at least 10 diff. hot sauces to try along with the few homeade salsas they bring you with dinner.

Dinner comb.(for two)

Lots of seafood and meat and veggies, rice and beans. You will probobly not finish this or most dinners here for that matter.

El Barco Mariscos 5.0
 

What a lively atmosphere, HUGE portions and...

What a lively atmosphere, HUGE portions and very “homemade” feel to the food.

I had the fish tacos which i was expecting to be made of some cheap fish, but was actually mahi mahi which is one of my faves. very generous heapings of fish and when accompanied with random veggies (a half potato, a whole carrot, tomatoes, etc) it made for a very colorful plate. Cost for the lunch portion was $8. Amazing!

Cannot wait to go back and try something new. I want to try the shrimp cocktail, which everyone seemed to be ordering.

5 stars.

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etoiles

 Chicago, IL
El Barco Mariscos 4.0
 

Portions are huge, I always get the shrimp, but the whole...

Portions are huge, I always get the shrimp, but the whole red snapper is usually good. Yummy margaritas too! Great atmosphere for a fun time with friends. Have yet to try the platters made for two, overflowing with meats and seafood… anyone up for that?

El Barco Mariscos 4.0
November 5, 2008
 

Great seafood, cooked like you were in Mexico

This place was recomended by out Mexican friends. Authentic! We went to Frontera Grill for Lunch which was so so, but were blown away with this place. Hard to get in and we saw why. If you like fish, and want to try it Mexican style…
El Barco Mariscos 5.0
August 31, 2008
 

Very good for very little

First off, to address some of the negative comments. This is in a less than glitzy neighborhood. It may be billed as Wicker Park it may be billed as West Town - in any case it is a stretch of Ashland south of Division where few Lincoln…

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El Barco Mariscos  Restaurant Reviews

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  • 06/26/2013 - A diner from Woodridge, IL tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
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  • 07/06/2013 - A diner from Chicago, IL tried it and rated it 4 stars.
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  • 09/23/2013 - A diner from Highland Park, IL tried it and liked it.
  • 09/29/2013 - A diner from Providence, RI tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
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  • 11/05/2013 - A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it 3 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 11/08/2013 - A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, didn't like the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 11/10/2013 - A diner from Chicago, IL tried it and liked it. They liked the food.
  • 11/24/2013 - A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 02/22/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 03/08/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 07/22/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 07/25/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it and didn't like it. They liked the food.
  • 09/13/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 09/23/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, didn't like it, and rated it 2 stars. They didn't like the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Overated, overpriced, and crowded space. The outside ambiance was nice, but could barely move. The parking is minimal.'
    Cons: 'Parking, and spacing.'
  • 10/11/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 3 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Cons: 'Room between tables & chairs '
    Comments: 'You well be rushed to leave '
  • 10/20/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 10/27/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Long wait times at night. Wish it was bigger. Excellent food. Fantastic margaritas!'
    Comments: 'Get there early!'
  • 12/04/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it and liked it.
  • 01/10/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 01/25/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Cons: 'Kind of pricey compared to others with same quality of food '
  • 02/13/2015 - A diner tried it.
  • 03/11/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
El Barco Mariscos is located near the cities of Pilsen, Armour Square, Near South Side, Mc Kinley Park, and Near West Side.
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