Baru Latino Restaurante

4.3
621 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Tapas
Baru Latino is a comfortable minimal space where the passion for food and design come together. This is one of those small wonders, designed for appreciative eaters who want to be part of a new South American experience, where flavors from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina come together in creative ways.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Open seven days a week from 5pm-late. Kitchen is open until late everyday.
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Phone number
(604) 222-9171
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mark Fremont
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Private Party Facilities
Baru an ideal venue for private parties, cocktail receptions, luncheons birthdays. We can do sit down events for up to 50 people and stand up groups up to 100.
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Private Party Contact
Rene Lafleur: (604) 222-9171
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
West Broadway / West 10th Ave
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Parking Details
Complimentary underground parking, access from Broadway ave just west of Alma St. There is also plenty of free street parking available on Broadway, west 10th Ave and surrounding side streets.
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Public Transit
99B Line stop, #7 Dunbar,#4, #17, #9
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Entertainment
Dave and Rene doing their thing.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
621 reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
38%
Good
11%
Fair
2%
Poor
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4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We made a very good meal of four menu items that we shared - a roasted vegetable salad, ceviche, scallops and molten chocolate cake. We also shared a bottle of good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc chosen from a wonderfully brief and well chosen wine list. If we lived in Vancouver, we would return.

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LW
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This is our third time at Baru and the quality of the food this time was definitely worse. We had the paella and it did not tast good at all. The mojitos were delicious though.

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SF
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We had a fabulous evening here. The food was outstanding! We ordered at least 7 different dishes and each was better than the one before it. The plates were scraped completely bare - not even a garnish remained to be scraped off before they hit the dishwasher. We can’t wait to return with friends.

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V
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Kitchen was having an off day , usually much better
Portions could be better for price point if entrees
Especially the seafood paella which was mostly rice

Service was great! And concessions given by restaurant for kitchen missteps was appreciated

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J
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent food and friendly service. We left it up to our server to order for us since this was our first time. He selected a variety dishes, each one better that the last one. You must try.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Disappointed on steaks, very chewy even it’s medium rare. Pork chops were over cooked that made it very dry. Lamb popsicle was burned that like we were eating charcoal! Rest of food that we ordered were not good either but just too many to mention. Mussels and coffee was good, that was it. Top it off, food came very slow. Will not come back and will not recommended.

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J
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This was my first visit and I loved every moment! I ordered a modified meal, it wasn’t a problem, suggestions were offered to make it even better than I had hoped for. Everyone was fun and friendly, very real and down to earth, great ambiance. Will definitely re-visit.

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DF
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We've been going to this place for a long time - its always been good. Its different than the usual Italian or Asian influenced food - which we really like. Dishes are good for sharing. Unique flavours are yummy. Highly recommended.

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MC
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a terrific meal here. The food was interesting and delicious.

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HM
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent service, great food. Interesting menu with many gluten free options.

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EP
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Had an amazing time with my girlfriend. We both enjoyed a lot the food and the overall experience.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A lovely evening with good food. Our server understood immediately that we were planning a long visit. She times the dishes perfectly. We’ll be back!

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OT
3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Some menu items were great, others barely acceptable. It was an up and down kind of night. The paella was especially disappointing. Also, a Latin restaurant needs a lot of spice and this place lacked any. There is however a great atmosphere.

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DG
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great service, great food, tasty cocktails and a great ambiance - we really enjoyed our first experience at Baru Latino. If you’re looking for authentic Latin American cuisine and a great vibe, check out this place. We’ll be going back for sure!

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K
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Fab atmosphere & amazing food! We dined 2 nights in a row for my hubby’s birthday! Our go to place for any occasion.

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K
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

It's always a fun night out at Baru. Staff are friendly and attentive and the decor is cozy. They offer great wine and cocktail options include dangerously delicious jugs of sangria and mojitos. The food is always fabulous and great for sharing. I find the prices very reasonable, especially for the quality received. It's great to have Baru in the neighborhood.

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W
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Food was excellent and there was lots of choice on the menu. Excellent service by friendly wait staff.

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A
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Still my favorite restaurant in Vancouver!

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PC
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Vibrant atmosphere, great service, and good food. Always a good time.

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DN
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Love this restaurant and not just because i can walk there! It is always good and the food is just a liitle bit different from other typical restaurants. Will definitely go back!

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OT
4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing steak and lamb, both so tender and flavoursome, gotta try the house hot sauce too!

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CG
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I hadn't been to Baru in a year or more - but it's so nice to see the quality and the service is still top shelf!! The food was fantastic and my guest was very impressed and satisfied with the incredible flavours and generous portions. Thanks Baru!!!

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MJ
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Our server Maria was engaging and attentive. Manager and staff provided awesome service. Our meals were delicious, succulent, authentic....I could go on and on. Drinks, grilled pineapple mojitos, fantastic. They were there during happy hour so we were able to sample if you wonderful drinks. We’ll be back for sure.

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OT
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Was all around great!

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Went during Dine Out and Super Bowl. The Dine Out menu was the only choice, though one of our servers graciously showed us and explained their regular menu in case we decided to return on another night.
The pisco prawns and ceviche appetizers were very good. The paella was relatively tasty but was a bit dry and lacking citrus - it’s on the regular menu so more work is needed to improve this dish.
The brownie was very rich and inconsistent in size, but because it was so rich we didn’t mind that ours were much smaller than the table next to us.
The wine list is very small and not exceptional, but their cocktails are very good.
The service was fabulous despite the restaurant being mostly full, but perhaps that was because we teased our server that we would dismiss him if he was a Pats fan (most if not all of the staff apparently were not). Although the game was on the tv, it was kept discreet and was turned off as soon as it finished, keeping a nice ambiance.

We’d definitely recommend this restaurant for a classy but casual dinner or for small parties so you can share plates. We’ll return!

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JW
5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious food , terrific presentation, attentive staff.

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LF
4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We went there for the first time to celebrate a family birthday and made reservations. Looking at their website it wasn't apparent the only dinner option for the evening was the Dine Out Menu for $40 each and happy hour didn't apply for this reason. Disappointing! The food was good, but the appetizer portion I had was really tiny and consisted of 3 tiny little pita slices with a small amount of sauce, the Halibut main course size was adequate, but really needed more vegetables and the dessert brownie was only a one inch square, I kid you not! I was hungry by the time we got home.

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OT
1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Portions for appies and dessert were very small - for example 3 small pieces for the pisco prawns dish. main course paella was acidic sour without texture, dishes were under-seasoned in all cases, overall very disappointed at the food, even for dine out standards at $40 pp. Drinks and ambience was good but cannot make up for the poor food.

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ER
4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was very good and the sangria was excellent. Our table of 4 found our seating arrangements very tight and it was challenging to fit comfortably around the table. It was also a bit too loud to carry a conversation comfortably.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was not what we expected. The Dine out Vancouver menu was disappointing. Course 1 was to be prawns with chorizo sausage, more like 3 shrimps with 2 millimeter square pieces of sausage or some kind. The paella would be an insult to the Spanish people. More like poor rissoto with one clam and one mussel for garnish.
If it wasn’t for the nice waitress who was very accommodating I would not give such a high rating.

Would not recommend or repeat.

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m
3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall disappointing. I did the dine out menu. For my starter I had the picso prawns. There were 2 prawns with some miniscule pieces of chorizo and peppers. It was ok but not brilliant. It was the size of an ameuse geule, 2 bites, definitely not appetizer size.

I had the paella for my main course. Maybe not the worst paella I've ever had but close. The rice was undercooked, there were 2 mussels on top and some over cooked seafood inside. When I've had good paella at restaurants before is always had a whole bunch of seafood in the shell, not 2 measly mussels. Also the delicate flavors of saffron etc. that give it its distinctive taste were pretty much missing.

The dessert was a very small chocolate brownie. Tasty but not what I would expect in a higher price restaurant or a $40 prix fixe.

The best thing I had was the decaf coffee at the end of my meal which was a truly excellent cup of coffee.

The service was friendly but lacking. We were never asked if our dishes were OK.

Also as we were drinking our coffee the waitress came by twice with a jug of ice water to ask if we would like more cold water, but she never offered to top up our coffee. I wasn't drinking cold water anyway. I had hot water before and during my meal, but even though someone came by at least 4 times during the meal to refill the cold water my companion and I weren't drinking, the hot water never got refilled.

Anyway, I had been looking forward to trying out the restaurant, and looking forward to the paella as it is one of my favorite dishes, but it was disapointing.

It was also amazingly noisy. I had to scream to carry on a conversation with the friend I was with.

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OT
2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food portion was small and taste bland even though the service was good.

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OT
5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Dine Out was great. Portion is small, will try when they're not doing dine out and see if the portion is still small.

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1.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Went there for Dineout 2018. This was a $40 menu. Every dish except for one appetizer was awful. My partner's ceviche was incredibly sour and over-seasoned, so much so that we could not even taste the ingredients. I had the prawns which were only decent. For entrees, we got the paella and halibut. Both took over 40 minutes to be served and yet the rice in both dishes was still terribly undercooked and hard. The fish was overcooked in both dishes as well and it's clear they use frozen seafood. The spiced brownie they had for dessert was neither spiced or brownie-like. It was a cold, dense and tough chunk of sugary dough drenched in a grainy sugary sauce. Both the sauce and brownie did not taste like chocolate at all. On the other hand, the service was great. Our server was friendly and attentive.

All of this would have been disappointing even as a $20 menu and it was certainly a waste of our time. It was clear Baru Latino was not prepared for Dineout at all. Their appetizers and desserts came out almost instantaneously so they were definitely premade. The only things they really had to make on the spot were the entrees and they messed up on those too. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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JW
2.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The service was ok, but small portions, bad taste, the worst $40/person diner out restaurant, not worth it, there is no chance that I will eat there again.

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OT
3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Went for dine-out and did not find any of the food memorable.

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OT
3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for dine-out and the menu sounded amazing. The food was okay but not nearly as good as the meals we've had at Baru previously. Portions were very small too.

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OT
2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We tried Baru Latino's Dine Out menu hoping to get some Spanish/Latin American cuisine. The food had no hint of Spanish/Latin flavours or spices. This was my first visit to this restaurant and will probably be my last. I'll stick with Espana or Bodega for my Spanish/Latin fix.

I understand this is a Dine Out menu, but the portions for the first course were too small – especially for a $40 menu. The ceviche and pisco prawns had no flavour, although the presentation was fine.

I ordered the paella for my second course. Traditionally, paella is made with paella or bomba rice – this was made with some sort of basmati rice. Also, my paella came with two clams that were unopened, which is completely fine because it means they were bad but there should be some quality control with the food that was expedited out. Also, saffron is key for a paella, and this had none of that spice whatsoever.

For the dessert, there was one option – a chocolate brownie. This was definitely not made in house and was purchased from a bakery. I make this assumption because the brownie was basically frozen when it was served to us.

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OT
5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Great friendly services. Staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and provide an unforgettable experience,

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

My daughter and I ended up doing a Dine Out Vancouver experience at Baru - we had no idea it would be a set menu. The food was exceptionally good and the service was outstanding - our server was very friendly, chatty, and informative about both the menu options, as well as what Dine Out Vancouver was all about. We will definitely go back again. And again.

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