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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Tapas (18)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Fun (16)
Authentic (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Group Bookings (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Brunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romance (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Neighbourhood Gem (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Casual (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (7)
Late-Night Find (6)
Spicy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post-theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Healthy (3)
Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and amazing space!

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

It was great and management was really on top of things - definitely recommend

Definitely have the duck fried rice!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic food, surprisingly generous portions, great service. Music was meh.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was great. Had a bunch of sharing dishes. Good place to go with a group.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awesome place for brunch, cheese bread Benedict is a great creation

Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great service, good food. A bit dark for my preference. I like to see what I am eating!

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Been here a few times. Food and service pretty consistent and good. One negative was we sat near the back and I guess it’s where staff hang out and they were loud and annoying at times. If you can, sit away from that area.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Everything was fantastic from the time we walked in the door. Women at the front was very polite when greeting and seating us at our table. Food was amazing, especially the ceviche. And they even gave us a complimentary dessert for my girlfriends birthday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 10, 2017

Best dining experience in Toronto yet! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable and food presentation was on point...not to mention delicious too! We will definitely be recommending Baro to friends and family.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy, Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Tapas, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Fun, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Was a definite surprise, Loved the food, vibe and service!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very fun, energetic vibe. Good for large groups.
Very loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food3
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant with a lively atmosphere, but the kitchen hasn't quite got it all right. The sauces/citrus overwhelm the fish in ceviches and the seafood is overly salty.

Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I took my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday on Saturday. I booked a reservation for 2:30, foolishly thinking that it would be the dinner menu. However, when we got there, the brunch menu was the only thing available and the service was wrapping up. We had hoped to eat some of the food from their renowned raw bar, but didn't get a chance to do so. With that in mind, our experience wasn't what we had expected, even though the chips and salsa, the empenadas, and the mac and cheese were delicious. The sangria was also quite unique with the guava juice that was in it.
All in all, the food was delicious, even though it wasn't what we had expected. I really hope to go there for the raw bar in the future

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It was really good i liked it evrythin was goooooooooooof

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Organic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Had ceviche, scallops, and the vegetarian version of that rice dish in the big stone bowl. Everything was delicious, but that rice dish... Oh. Em. Geeeeeeee! THAT was AMAZING!!! The smell alone makes you salivate. Our server learned that although we were not there to celebrate my birthday, it was the following day. So she surprised me with a complimentary alfajores with a candle. It was very “sweet” of her.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The eggs benny was SO good. My eggs were a little over cooked but I enjoyed it anyways.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Agree with all the positive reviews. Really happy to have chosen this restaurant for our firs night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Tapas
Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice place with a good food options. I felt underwhelm with the good. It was good but not worth the cost. The menu was much cheaper 2-3 years ago.

Our server was good but tried too hard to be bubbly. She was also training so that probably was the reason for her behaviour.

While the food was good, I wouldn’t recommend this place.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food, friendly staff and totally accommodating. I couldn't make my 6:45 reservation and opentable didn't have another til 10 - I called the restaurant and they were able to accommodate me and my friend at 8pm!

Tags: Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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