About Baro

Uno, Dos, Tres..Baro! Derived from the Latin American slang word for “barrio” (meaning “neighbourhood”) we bring you our Baro, home of Chef Steve Gonzalez. The Latin spirit is undeniably contagious. From the southern tips of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, to the lively street cultures of Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil, the energy of its diverse people radiates throughout the cities. It livens the neighbourhood and awakens the Baros! Baro is first and foremost a restaurant, showcasing an exceptional cocktail program and refined dishes along with fan favourites from Valdez. Chef Gonzalez has made it his mission to bring South America’s dynamic food culture to Toronto where traditional Latin culture and cuisine can be reimagined with distinct modern flair, and become something entirely its own. Baro will also feature a 2nd floor Raw Bar Lounge. To top things off, we created The Loft, a 3rd floor, 1,850 sq. ft. event space that we know you will love.
Welcome To Our Neighbourhood!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
King St West & Spadina Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 363-8388

Website:
http://www.barotoronto.com/

Entertainment:
Baro provides musical entertainment on our 2nd floor. For more information on event details and dates, dress code and guest list please visit www.barotoronto.com.

Catering:
The Baro catering menu is influenced by Valdez fan favourites and features new dishes by the one and only Executive Chef Steven Gonzalez!
Chef Gonzalez has made it his mission to bring South America’s dynamic food culture to downtown Toronto delivering a vibrant mix of bold flavours and Latino street vibes. Chef Gonzalez brings an international twist, where traditional Latin culture and cuisine is reimagined with distinct modern flair, and becomes something entirely its own.

Parking Details:
Street Parking is available on King St. West and ranges from $6 - $20/hr. The closest Green P Parking lot is located at Spadina Ave. and Adelaide.

Public Transport:
We are located on the King West street car route and close to the intersection of Spadina Ave. and King West with a 2 min walk from the transit stop.

Executive Chef:
Steve Gonzalez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For all special event inquiries please email info@barotoronto.com.

Baro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.5

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Fun (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Hot Spot (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Group Bookings (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Tapas (18)
Romance (15)
Casual (14)
Neighbourhood Gem (12)
People Watching (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Cozy (11)
Brunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Late-Night Find (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Spicy (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Lunch (4)
Pre/post-theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Child-Friendly (1)
Gluten-Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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Food1
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Value1

 
·Dined 3 days ago

The server was awful she shouldn't work in a restaurant
Rude obnoxious and arrogant

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Loved the food!! Loved the atmosphere!! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Spicy, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful server - woman from Costa Rica - who was very fun, made great menu selections for us and really added to our enjoyment of the evening. And the food was fantastic.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great first experience. Our waitress was great. Very friendly staff!

Food2
Ambience2
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on November 7, 2017

Underwhelming food for price(salty). Poor management of two hour table limit. Very noisy. Regular diner on king strip, less value for money than other restaurants in the immediate area. 6pm reservation, arrived early, advised at 8pm after noticing the waitress hovering that the manager came over the day there is a 2 hour limit and that they needed the table. While an exciting concept poorly executed.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

An amazing place with attention to every detail from the incredible food choices, the amazing menu and the stunning décor. I cant say enough great things about the place.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing place! Service was fantastic and the food was incredible. It was a dual birthday and the staff left a hand written card for us wishing us a happy birthday! Very nice touch!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food and atmosphere were great. Our waitress was so fun and sweet. The hostess at the front was rude, did not smile, seemed annoyed and was not welcoming at all.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Spicy, Fun
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Portions were very small. An eggs benny for $16 is normal downtown but the portion was very very small. It was a great atmosphere for a group of us to catch up. Their tea selection was awesome; a blue ginger and lemon tea changed colors and was soothing for a breakfast.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great decor and Latin inspired dishes like chimichurri and flank steak and empanadas and arepas. Great cocktails and margarita pitchers

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was a bit odd. Waitress was the usual stuck up foolishness on King West but the rest the staff made up for her. Nothing there is overwhelmingly good but I do suggest the duck confit rice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The ceviche flight was outstanding. The fish dish however was a bit over cooked.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed our meals very much. I ordered the Platas of Empanadas and a Taco. I probably could have ordered 1 more thing. My friends ordered mains. Some dishes were pretty reasonable and a few were a bit pricey. My suggestion is to have small versions of some of the pricey options like the Duck Rice.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

always a good experience just wished the chaufa rice was available for brunch..

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 7, 2017

Having traveled, dined and partied in Colombia Baro elevates the quisine to fresh and sophisticated levels while adding fun street food twists. Generous portions make it good value and the staff were knowledgable and fun. It was a great night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating
Food1
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was totally uninteresting. Service mediocre. Only good thing is ambience. Won't last in my opinion.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and service were great! Katarina, our server, was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. Only issue we had was it took a little long to get drinks at times; otherwise everything else was great.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Great food. Amazing vibe. Loved the music.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Baro has a very nice, energetic vibe, but the food does not impress. We were a group of 7 so we ordered a good chunk of the menu. Some of what we ate was ok. I think the duck fried rice was the best thing I ate. Unfortunately, the raw beef appetizer was inedible - cold potatoes wrapped in beef. It should not be on the menu. Pork main was way over cooked. Overall nothing we ate was memorable. Toronto has an amazing food scene and Baro did not compete. I will say the cocktails were delicious. Maybe a good spot for a drink before eating somewhere else.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great Staff!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 13, 2017

First time at the venue as I live down the street and in the industry. Overall experience, customer service and food was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
Food3
Ambience5
Service2
Value5

 
·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always a great time, great service, great atmosphere- we have been coming here since it opened and there isn't one negative thing I can say about Baro ! Love it !

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Organic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Tapas, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent food and ambience . Music is a little bit to loud if you want to talk. But over all. I will recommend it and i will be back

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

the tall costa rican waitress girl was excellent. she did a great job and made us feel good!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Not cheap, but fantastic

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our server Jameson was wonderful. And thanks once again for acknowledging the special occasion and surprising the ladies with a bottle of bubbles - greatly appreciated!

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great ambiance and latin music. Food just ok. Good for the night club upper level

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We loved it when it was Valdez and love it more as Baro! One of our favourite go to places for our friends and family. Sangria is the best in the city and the food is authentic and delicious! Can't wait to check out the roof top when it's done. Staff and manager were fun and welcoming!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value1

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at Baro on a Monday night before we went to a concert at the Rogers Centre. We got there just before our 6PM reservation, and it was deserted. By the time we left (around 7:15) it was absolutely packed with not an empty chair. We had started with the guac/salsa appetizer, followed by the flight ceviches, pulpo, chori papa and OG duck chaufa. We paired our dinner with a bottle of prosecco.

Everything was flavourful and a delight to look at (my husband was particularly taken with the mini shrimp ceviche tacos).

The one negative comment I have is the nickel-and-diming approach. We asked for hot sauce and were charged $1 on the bill. Also, we ask for extra chips to finish the gauc/salsa and were charged $5 extra. Given that our bill was almost $200, it seemed very petty to charge $6 extra for things that are typically complimentary. (We were also not told of the additional cost until we received the bill.) It left a bad taste in our mouth and we will not be back… Los Colibris is still our fave Latin place in the city.

Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value1

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The service and ambiance in the restaurant were top notch.
We had a bottle of great wine for $50. We really enjoyed a couple of the choices on the mixed ceviche platter, but then things went downhill from there.

Our waitress said the 'Duck Confit' was highly recommended. By the menu description and price (over $30) I was expecting a significant piece of duck. Instead, what arrived was a huge bowl of fried rice which had one or two slivers of heavily fried duck hidden among loads of rice and some garnish. While there may have been some nice flavours, the whole thing was so salty and served so hot, that I didn't really notice how it tasted. If this rice bowl had cost $12 in a Chinese restaurant I might have enjoyed it. The 'pork belly', (also well over $30 I can't remember the exact price) was actually some crackling next to a pretty dry and tough pork chop.

I returned the duck, and chose some more ceviche as an alternate. But when this arrived the salt level was off the charts. By the way my mouth was tingling 2 hours later, I would guess this might have been MSG, not salt.

Again, the service was top notch - the whole return of the duck/replacement ceviche was handled in a friendly way and the rice bowl was removed from the bill. I can imagine a big group of friends overlooking any of the above in favour of the atmosphere and location, but I'm sure there is much better food and value to be found elsewhere on King West and I can't see myself returning here anytime soon.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great atmosphere and wonderful service, will definitely recommend it!! Thanks again for the warm greeting!!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was mediocre unfortunately but service made up for it

Tags: Happy Hour
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really well made food, creative and beautifully presented. Service was professional and friendly. Nice looking restaurant. Highly recommended.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

Went to Baro for the first time for a Bacheloette party on Saturday, August 12th. Amazing food and great atmosphere. We all had a great time! Would definitely recommend the place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good was either overlooked or undercooked. Very pricey for the quality of the food. They even charge for spicy sauce. Host was rude went we announced ourselves at the entrance

Tags: Spicy
Food5
Ambience5
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Overall it was a good experience. The atmosphere and food were great. I was slightly disappointed with the speed of the service (it took a very long time to receive our main course and my food came 8 minutes before my friends).

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Loved the Octopus and the Branzino! Great night with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great vibe, music, food and staff! Cocktail list is amazing!

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great atmosphere and service and the food is absolutely delicious!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food was amazing. It's a bit pricey but so worth it. The only issue we had was that after spending over $250 we were told that there was a reservation at 8pm (we had arrived at 6pm) so we were being rushed. I was hoping me and my friends would be able to stay till at least 8:30pm or a bit longer since we were planning to stay for the music which is on the third floor.

Tags: Late-night Find

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