Baro

4.6
247 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Tapas
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
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Cuisines
Latin American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(416) 363-8388
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Steve Gonzalez
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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.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
King St West & Spadina Ave.
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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.
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Public Transit
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.
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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.
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Special Events & Promotions
For all special event inquiries please email info@barotoronto.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
247 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
65%
Very Good
28%
Good
4%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff and ambiance are first-class; the server's were very knowledgeable and super-friendly, hostess was great, and the chef's came out and provided a detailed description of the meals. The fish taco was delicious, the chori papa and duck chaufa were also great, although I would have liked a bit more and chunkier pieces of chorizo and duck in each dish respectively. The red sangria was not too good, and almost tasted like it was powdered. Some fresh fruit in the bottom would have gone a long way.

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AN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Serve hot food with some sort of bread , at list with entree which has broth like beef tenderloin.Plan and organize service,adjust serving food from kitchen and front of the house server and communicate to each other.
Thanks

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IF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place with friendly staff. Loved the taste of the fresh ingredients. The cocktails were expertly made and attentive servers! Left a great impression on me

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EN
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As I said in my first review, we will be back and back we came! Very attentive and helpful staff. Our hostess recommended heading up to the second floor lounge for a pre-drink while we waited for our other guests to arrive. Nice ambiance and good selection of appetizers. When we returned to the restaurant for our meal a suggested was made that four of us share the "Eat like Jefe" which is a complete meal of Ceviches, Chorizo Tortillas, Duck Chaufa (think of it as Latin American meets Korean Bibibab!) and a perfectly medium rare prepared steak with avocado and yuca fries. Everything came at a good pace and the flavours and preparation perfect. It was a great "family style" sharing experience. No room for desert this time! One request, during traditional dining hours (like before 8:30 / 9:00 PM) turn down the music a little so we can hear our table conversation. Yes I know King Street West is a busy night out / party area, but we go out to enjoy the food and talk (not yell) across the table.

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EH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ceviche is always amazing. Great menu for family style dining and sangria or margarita pitchers.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food, great, attentive server. Will definitely return.

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CJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance! Excellent customer service. Smaller portions but food is good.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Service was disappointing from the moment we arrived. Front staff just looked at us like we weren’t there to eat. Waiter was aloof and forgetful. Food was salty. Overall, very poor experience. Won’t be going back.

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DM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with an amazing waitress. And it wasn’t just one waitress, but many would stop by and make sure we had what we needed but not overbearing. Perfect night in Toronto. We’ll definitely come back on our next visit to your amazing city!

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner with two friends. Our server was very pleasant and welcoming. She was being shadowed by a new server who was also very friendly and already knowledgeable.

Our food was outstanding, so flavourful! Everyone loved their meal.

I cannot wait to go back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

The food was delicious but the music was so loud you couldn’t even hear the person beside you. We were disappointed because we went out for dinner to catch up with friends, and found ourselves in a very loud bar unable to talk.

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A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As always we had a great experience at Baro. The service is always excellent. The food and drinks were divine and the music was perfect.

Will be back many Friday and Saturday nights this summer.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Our dining experience at Baro was wonderful. The food and service was top notch. The only downside was that it was so loud we could not hear one another across the table. It was very difficult to conduct business.

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WS
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

A nice casual spot. Great atmosphere. An interesting variety of menu choices. Service is a wee bit slow.

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BP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Baro! This was my third visit and it’s always great.

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MB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was fantastic and loved the decor! It’s a unique spot which made it even more fun. Will definitely recommend and go back!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Ceviche! Margaritas yum!

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, but on that night, it was uncomfortably cold.

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MA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic still, after our third visit. We’ll keep coming back and recommending to friends

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UL
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Old friends getting together after a while. We all LOVED the food at Baro. Very tasty and very reasonably priced even with 2 pitchers of Sangria. However, the music was so loud that we had to shout at each other to carry our conversations. The atmosphere was so lively and energetic, the place really doesn’t need any loud music. We would all go back only if it’s less noisy and suitable for normal dinner conversation. Food is excellent nevertheless.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would visit again in a heartbeat!

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EN
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yes I will be back. This was our first time at Baro. This is a good addition to the King Street West dining scene. Recommend you take one of two approaches to dining. There is a great assortment of appetizers that should be shared at the table. The Shrimp Ceviche was excellent. The guacamole came with an assortment of chip flavours, making for a very nice change from the usual. Yuca Fritas went so fast we had to place a second order! I said there was two approaches. The main dishes are prepared as individual servings with accompanying vegetables / starches so you could eat them solo. We added a few more appetizers and scaled back on the mains and shared them "family style". The Arroz Con Pollo was perfectly done. No dryness in the chicken. The roasted cod was equally well prepared. The decor is comfortable with an open kitchen, visible to all. Service was attentive, responsive and not overbearing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to Baro on multiple occasions and it never disappoints. Great service, great food (the ceviche is to die for), great music and ambiance! One of my favourites in the city.

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s
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful pitcher of sangria, chicken wings, guac and chips, pancakes, kale salad, all awesome!! Service great too. Just come.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s great!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I found the duck rice dish a bit overpriced. Tasty but pretty basic.

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TD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good. We had the egg's benedict which was creatively done. I really like the tobasco hollandaise. Laura was our server and she was fantastic! Slightly annoying that we wanted to order an item from the menu without mayo but we weren't allowed as per the head chef's rules. Reasoning was that it would make the dish too dry. My partner actually likes very plain tasting food, doesn't eat sauce on anything, and hates mayo so we just ended up not ordering it. Annoying for me because we wanted to order the mayo on the side so we could share the dish, but that wasn't even acceptable to Chef.

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OT
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for brunch and Loved the food! Great service! Would totally recommend it.

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MO
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I accidentally made our reservation for the wrong time so we were seated upstairs at a small table, which was fine because the music was BUMPIN! (All night)

Out of the things we ordered I would recommend the charred octopus and the pasta dish. The octopus gave Gustos' a run for its money! The pasta was gnocchi type pasta and was amazing. Really unique flavours. Oh and the shrimp ceviche was good as well!
We also had the beef empanadas and chicken wings (which needed some salt) and a fish taco ($8 for ONE taco...... anyway) I didn't order the fish taco, but the other two items I could have done without.

The drinks are expensive, but most of them are at least 2oz from what I remember. So the price does make sense.

I would definitely visit again. I love the vibe upstairs!

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O
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch. Margarita pitcher was cheap at $20, the side of rice and beans was the price of a full meal at $12 and was parboiled steamed rice with some beans on it... Maybe 3 tbsps (after cooked). Everything else was reasonable, do not get the sides though.

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S
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb dining experience! Amazing flavours and presentation! A gem on King Street!

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f
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very few veg options. Limited wine selection. Oysters were ok, the food was very tasty and creative. The constant reminder to finish by 8pm was a little jarring. The ocassion was a birthday and it was nice that the servers brought out a vase with flowers to take home. Being a cynic I wondered if it was one that had been forgotten by another group.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience, great service and the food was outstanding!

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

The food was great, and came out as expected. The service was friendly and perfectly-paced. The atmosphere was great for a brunch, and uniquely-Latin. Other than ending my date on a sour note, the experience was lovely.

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WE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastically friendly service, delicious food, terrific ambience.

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AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Love the food and vibe, however we kept being push to order and leave. There were more than a few spots available. Understand the 2 hour dinner, but other tables didn’t seem to be rush.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice decor, great food. You can see the kitchen. N

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Brunch was delicious - service was sub par. Waitress wasn't very friendly, did not seem interested in checking in on us, had to ask other servers to get our waitress on two different occasions.

But the brunch was amazing! Been here a few times and the food never disappoints.

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DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Latin American restaurant....will definitely be back!

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was delicious; we even got a second order of the shrimp ceviche because it was so tasty. That being said, the second order of ceviche had a long black hair in it. We told the server and she was very professional and apologetic about it (the hair was clearly not hers).
Otherwise, the food was really good, service was fantastic, and cocktails were delicious (highly recommend the margarita pitcher).
The food prices are reasonable, but the cocktails will really rack up your bill.

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