Here, at last, is a Mexican Restaurant that does not bombard you with an atmosphere of forced fiesta-mania, yet is always fun. One can actually hear one's dinner-mate here, unlike others, which assault you with a cacophany of noise produced by everything from television sports (any restaurant with a television on during dinner is OUT in my book), overly amplified music, and even karaoke going on in the bar area, sometimes all at once! (It's the throw everything but the kitchen sink into the mix approach, and hope the customers get suitably jolly I suppose. Just gives me a headache.) But Barragans, in comparison, is an isle of relative peace in comparison, and the music is background, never too loud. I've said it before and I'll say it again: if the chips and salsa are great in a Mexican restaurant the food will follow accordingly, and it does here! And the icing on this tasty Mexican cake? The staff are are attentive,good-humored, charming, and CUTE (both the waitresses and waiters!) All in all, a low-key, but thoroughly enjoyable place where one can get ones fix of good Mexican food and a nice margarita at a reasonable price. (The original Barragans on Sunset is good too if you want a slightly more old school, traditional version of the same place.) I prefer the Glendale version; they have their own parking lot.Try it! Este es perfecto!
Ambiance was ok. I wish I had made it to happy hour since prices are cheaper. This is a pricey Mexican restaurant in a shopping plaza, so expect lower quality food and higher prices. If you want really good Mexican go to a hole-in-the-wall place. The drinks were good. I had black cherry mojito and my boyfriend had the avion tequila lemonade. we each had beef and chicken tacos with lettuce wraps instead of corn tortillas. They were good, but not worth $13 a plate. We also had a tres leches cake which was really delicious but for $9? Never again. All in all, we had a fine experience, but I wouldn't go back for non-happy hour prices. Update - well, I went back for happy hour. MUCH better. My boyfriend and I spent $40, got dinner and drinks and dessert. Worth the price if you can make it. $10 for 5 tacos. The atmosphere around the bar is a lot more fun too.
This place is a decent attempt to jump on the "hip" tacos trend in SoCal. Of course that means you're going to pay up to 2x for some tacos that you could easily get at any other taco stand. Had the pork belly, salmon poke and carne asada tacos. Pork belly and salmon poke were pretty tasty, but the carne asada was bland and dry. My advice: try the non-standard ones to see if they appeal to you, but skip the asada, pollo, any other ones that can be had anywhere else. Not really a fan of the day of the dead skull imagery that's everywhere while I'm trying to enjoy a meal, but that's a personal opinion. I'd probably go back if I happened to be in the area... but I'd just pick it up to-go.