Baru Latino Restaurante

4.2
631 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
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
What 631 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love that the menu is 98% Gluten Free. Just avoid the flat bread if you have celiac disease.
We enjoyed fish tacos on corn tortillas, ceviche and paella. Lots of tapas to choose from.
Very friendly service.

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ZO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

4th time here with friends but 1st time to celebrate a birthday with family. The service was unsatisfactory, I guess our server is new!?? We always had exceptional service in the past. Food and drinks still great though.

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KT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The food was just ok and not a great dining experience

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The staff was friendly. The food was mediocre. The ceviche was served in such a way that it was awkward to share . Overpriced!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Baru is one of those little gem restaurants. The food is always excellent and if you have been to Central or South America the menu is familiar and comforting. We love that we can share a few different plates, have a few cocktails, have dessert and never feel stuffed to the gills upon finishing our meal; just pleasantly satisfied. Baru has a lovely cozy romantic feel to it but also serves well when dining with family. It is our favourite place to go and enjoy a romantic dinner for just the two of us. When we go as a family,our teenage son also enjoys the fresh seafood and dishes that remind him of our trips to warmer climates. Baru is well priced and is good value. We have never had a bad experience here. The staff are always friendly, helpful and charming and have always provided excellent service.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Natalie was fantastic even though it was her second day there. Food and drinks were great flavours and as always a great time

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AD
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fabulous, atmosphere terrific and service wonderful. We love that the flavors and presentation are unusual and delectable. Impressed our out of town guest who are real foodies.

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable dinner at Baru Latino. The food and service were very good. A terrific neighborhood restaurant.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I love this place! The people are wonderful and friendly and the food is so good. I’m so happy they’re in our neighborhood!

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E
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my fourth time at Baru Latino and it never dissapoints. The food (paella, salad and muscles) were amazing. Food was flavourful with the right amount of spice in every dish and it was all reasonably priced.

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c
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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H
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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HM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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EP
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in Vancouver!

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PC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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

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CG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was all around great!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food , terrific presentation, attentive staff.

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LF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

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
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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U
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

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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