Fare: Coastal Mexican Cuisine
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: 3 1/2 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the best Mexican restaurants in Central Jersey
Serves fresh, creative, high end coastal Mexican cuisine, a departure from the many New Jersey Tex-Mex restaurants
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy high end eclectic Mexican Cuisine in an attractive chic setting.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer heavier preparations of Tex-Mex food
Recommended dishes: When available, The Bacon Belly Tyayuda with avocado puree, epazote, queso oaxaca, arugula; The Pescado Tapas (daily catch) with tomatillo, achiote créma, and cilantro; and The Scallops Yucatan with black quinoa, golden raisins, orange, and boquerone chimichurri.
Liquor: Full bar service bar. Includes local draft beers, wines ( many moderately priced wines by the glass). The highlight is their creative Mexican-influenced cocktails
Opened in 2016, Barrio Costero (Spanish for "coastal neighborhood") has become an instant success and is one of Asbury Park's upscale dining hot spots.
Barrio Costero is the creation of four friends, each with impressive restaurant credentials: Paris Retana, Derek Brosseau, Jamie Dodge and Rob Feinstein.
Together they have teamed up with Executive Chef Antony Bustamante. After serving a stint in the Navy as personal chef to the captain of his ship that patrolled the waters of the Persian Gulf, Chef Bustamonte later honed his culinary skills at many high end restaurants including Agricola and Mistral in Princeton.
Chef Bustamante runs an open kitchen that produces a seasonal menu of coastal Mexican cuisine --- unlike many of the popular Tex-Mex restaurants found in New Jersey.
The fare is much lighter, healthier, and eclectic than Tex-Mex. The menu items include small, medium, and large plates, all meant to be shared. Their specialty is with their sophisticated creations of tapas.
Menu items are creatively prepared using fresh ingredients sourced from local seafood and produce purveyors, complemented by imported authentic Mexican ingredients.
Barrio Costero's ambiance is trendy, upscale yet casual, industrial chic, with a vibrant atmosphere. The front room consists of a large, bar done up with soft neutral colors, and the adjacent open dining area with high exposed duct work ceilings. There is an open kitchen in the rear, along with a communal table for seating of twenty.
The high quality of the food and the ambiance are just part of the story at Barrio Costero. Partner Jamie Dodge, formerly with Elements and Mistral in Princeton, oversees the serving of libations bringing his creative talents in preparing inspiring, cutting edge Mexican-influenced cocktails using exotic ingredients
During the warmer months there is outdoor, sidewalk dining.
Barrio Costero is open seven days/week: Monday - Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm to close, Saturday 12pm to close, & Sunday 10am to 10pm (A Brunch menu is served from 10am to 3pm)
(updated: July 2017)
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