Baru Bistro & Tapas

4.8
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237 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
In April of 2007 Chef Edgar Caro opened Baru Bistro & Tapas in the heart of the Garden District of New Orleans introducing a taste of the Caribbean on the merchant street of Magazine with the desire to interpret the traditional cuisine of the caribbean coast of Colombia and South America through fresh and local ingredients, Baru opened its doors as a tapas restaurant. Tapas are a tradition originating from Spain in which small portions are served on small plates, ideal for those who enjoy variety in their dining experience. Although Baru Bistro started out with very humble beginnings in a building previously an old grocery store, it didn’t take long for Baru to build a solid reputation for serving flavorful dishes with a unique twist.
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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Nice people and yummy food.

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Angie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening of tapas and drinks on the balcony. GREAT ambiance as the sun was setting.

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Nick
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Excellent food! Wonderful service! I will definitely be returning.

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vipBryanF
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and seevice

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vipNdnfan
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wow this place was a surprise find. We loved it and will definitely go back. It's 5 star food without any pretension. My only complaint was that the service was slow. But goodness the food more than made up for it.

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vipCalW
Little Rock
278 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Birthday not acknowledged even though specified on reservation and I told server when I arrived.
Service was SLOW and HORRIBLE. Asked several times for drinks// brought the salad after the meal. One fish was good one was burned to a crisp. Could not get waiter’s attention to replace-/- $40 for a charred snapper!
Do you think I’ll ever return?

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TonyB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great and sitting on the balcony on a nice evening was very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got several tapas plates & they were all good with great drinks.

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vipKmmarrero
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and delicious. One of my favorites in the city.

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vipNOLAJOE
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Post Covid reopening. Short staffed but with the wait.

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WilliamB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Due to the reopening, selection was limited and I was looking for more seafood but I intend to go back as conditions become normal...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like any other time, everything was excellent. My fiancé and I love this place to just sit back, have a margarita, and eat some good food. We had ceviche and arepas for a starter and it usually feels like it’s enough for food for the rest of the night but I enjoy reheating the left over arepas for a quick snack the next day. She ordered a strawberry margarita and I had a regular, both perfectly delicious. She always orders the churrasco as an entree but this time I ordered the Jerk chicken, and that chicken was amazing! Won’t go into details but it was juicy and filling. For dessert we had a flan, which was delicious as usual.

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vipDawnB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love BARU!!
Best drinks!
Food is delicious!!

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Karen
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've been to Baru many times when visiting New Orleans. Food is always wonderful, whether one chooses tapas, or a plate to have all to oneself. Service is very good. Try it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our experience was great the food, service, everything our server was so polite and helpful

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was just ok. Service was terrible. Pictures on line are totally deceiving & the place wasn’t very clean.

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KT0214
Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, service, and mood were all perfect! Could not more highly recommend for a small friends get together.

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vipAgaion
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service were very good. Unfortunately we were seated upstairs which required navigating very steep dark stairs illuminated only by a few candles. Going up and down was not a pleasant experience. Tables were tiny, no more than 18.5 by 22 inches and not suitable for dining. Two drinks and two tapas dishes more than filled available space, which would have been OK had we not ordered four items. Although you will likely not experience this, the view from our table was into an open supply closet framed by a garbage can, a dirty broom and dustpan. Suggest you ask to be seated downstairs and if at a two top limit your order to one or two items at a time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On a nice evening, request to sit on the balcony upstairs!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good service. They were really busy so service was a little bit slow.

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DavidW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Awesome food! Small, simple place, but the food is worth coming back for again and again.

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Ruthie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been here several times as it's a favorite spot for my sister who lives nearby. They've accomodated us very nicely over the years, from when my kids were in their teens until now in their 20s. Baru makes some delicious and special non-alcoholic drinks, as well as alcoholic ones, which always made my kids feel special. The food is creative and delicious, and the service is fun and warm. For the foodies among us, we really enjoy the many items we've tried. The recommendations from staff have been spot on. We will enjoy returning whenever we visit New Orleans.

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James
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved the food and selection and our waitress was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. However, when we got there our table was extremely rocky and I was afraid our drinks would spill over if somebody put any weight on the table. They tried fixing the table but obviously it didn’t work when my wine glass spilled all over my friends lap. Please check all your tables for stability. Not fun at all when this happens especially after you asked them to fix the problem

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant in the city.

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SamanthaR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and excellent food. Our waiter made good recommendations. Get the fried oysters !

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TaraW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent and friendly service. Perfect atmosphere. We’ll be back!

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GianniL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was mostly great, although the octopus and shrimp al ajillo left a little to be desired (still good, not great). The empanadas, arepas, and carimanolas were all fantastic, as was the tres leches dessert. The portions on some of the tapas could be a smidge larger for the price, but I get that people like to feel fancy by paying a lot for a little.

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JamesJ
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good. Service was ok. We were sat next to the kitchen upstairs and it was noisy and aesthetically unappealing. Eventually they let us move. But the food was definitely good.

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vipMeredithK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go-to's. Love the food here (particularly the ceviche and steak skewers). And all the drinks are very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family in town

RM
RhettM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience- delicious food and friendly attentive service. Relaxed vibe and an al fresco favorite when the weather’s nice. Have been going for years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Baru 9 years ago. The menu and quality always remains imaginative and top notch.

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JohnV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans. The chef is innovative and skilled, with a changing series of excellent tapas and larger plates unlike anything we have found elsewhere in this city. The cuisine is a rich fusion of Latin American and Caribbean dishes reflecting the chef's Colombian origins and influence. Prices are reasonable and it is always a pleasant experience for visitors we've taken there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience ! I’ve been there many times and always the same great attention and food!
Last night my friends and I were blown away by the suggestions on the menu and the customer service. We were even singing(wrapping tastefully) to the latin music they had on.
I assure the world, we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating my sister and brother’s birthday. The staff was awesome!

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DominiK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great little plates and happy hour sangria specials.

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DanN
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food excellent, service, meh. We got there at 7:50 PM and a male host/waiter asked if we had any reservations which we didn't. We were told, "sorry we are fully booked tonight." We walked out, opened Open Table app, and saw there was a table for two open 8:00 PM... huh? So we went back, a hostess welcomed us and she sat us down right away, she was very nice and apologetic, and so did the initial male host when he met us again. We chose to sit outside upstairs in the balcony, which was awesome. Our waitress however, was also working the bar inside and was not as attentive as we would have liked. Both times that our food and desserts were brought to us (kitchen personnel delivered the food not waiter), no utensils. For the main entree another waiter noticed and brought them to us. For the dessert, I had to go walk in and ask for the utensils to our waitress. I will only recommend it because the food was excellent. I think the service is hit or miss depending on the person and competence of the staff that interacts or is assigned to you.

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Baru Bistro & Tapas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 895-2225.

Baru Bistro & Tapas is rated 4.8 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.

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