Baru Bistro & Tapas

4.6
273 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.6based on all time ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFlemings
New Orleans
85 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome South American fare!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipNOLAJOE
New Orleans
44 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great flavors outside on a foggy night on the street of dreams. Can’t beat the mood. Go.

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sec1600
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an absolutely delicious meal at Baru for my birthday. Cocktails are great, staff helpful in making food selections, and the flavors of our dishes were truly wonderful. Try the Chimichuri Hanger steak it was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious tapas. Love all of them! Good service and helpful staff!

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AlainaM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and cocktails! Love sitting on the balcony

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vipnolachar
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, and even though it was chilly, the nearby heater kept us comfortable. The server wore a mask the entire time and kept her distance, even when serving the food. Everything we had was absolutely delicious, with fresh ingredients and nice presentations. The specialty cocktails were really good. I'd forgotten about this cute place, but will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, and server was awesome. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Great atmosphere. Lovely staff! Highly recommend.

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EgbertDEmu
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the Tapas, starting with the Guacabello an avocado and mushroom treat on a small tortilla, it was a wonderful mix of flavors. The Ostras fritas were the table favorite although the Chuzos de Carne were a close second for me.

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vipDanielA
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Baru Bistro, thank you and the entire team.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was absolutely delish. I suggest the cornmeal cakes with shredded beef and cheese. Fish tacos and rise and beans were also amazing as well as the tres leches.

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KeithL
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Food was pretty good but some items were a bit salty. Sitting outside can be a little noisy. Overall, though, good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and attentive service, however we were seated between two full tables and were sitting very close. No social distance awareness from the hostess. This was very uncomfortable for a while until both tables left after 30 mins. Did not feel safe but lived their food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. This place has some of the best (if not THE best) food in Nola. I have not had anything here that I didn’t like, and I’ve had almost everything on the menu. Great food, great drinks, and great service. <3

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DianeK
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love Baru! The food is outstanding. I really like the relaxed ambiance combined with the high quality food. I recommend the ceviche, oysters appetizer and skirt steak. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outside table. Great food as always.

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ChessonC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Atmosphere was nice. Food was good. Menu was a little limited which I assume was due to Covid. Arepas were outstanding. Ceviche was very good as was the skirt steak entree

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating, we were a party of 6 and wanted to sit outside. Food was delicious, and our server was attentive. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, beautiful weather, beautiful ambiance

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AaronT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great.

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vipRooster99
New Orleans
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BARU is a unique restaurant for New Orleans. They take the local food and put their Latin-Caribbean twist on it. Great place to eat this time of the year as the weather cools off. Located in Uptown NOLA on magazine street the upstairs balcony is perfect for a relaxing evening for drinks and Tapas. WE have been here at least 20 times as we live in the area and we have never had a bad meal. Or course we get the same few things but we have tried everything on the menu. Our go to are the Fried Oysters, then Skirt Steak and Shrimp anyway they do them. Cracklins are good, well everything is. We're not a favorite of Lamb but their patties a delicious. If you haven't been you need to check them out. They will get crowded now for the outside seating that the weather is cooling off but they do have some inside seating.

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vipAynsleyC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Great service, the oysters appetizer and the pork were outstanding.

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DawnT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Our service was quick and friendly- however, our drinks were forgotten more than once.

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Jourdan
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! I was a little disappointed by the lack of social distancing and my husband felt a little uncomfortable when more and more people were sat less than 4 feet away from each table.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious tapas. Helpful waiters. Will go back often!

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vipKaryF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first time going there. We were pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the food was. We expected tasty food but everything was even better than expected.

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baru is always fun with great food and atmosphere.
Excellent cocktails as well!

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vipNugget
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual!!!!! We love this place!!! The jerk chicken entree is so good!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was just ok. The drinks were good but not spectacular. There was a piece of old salad on my fork when they brought the utensils. It was loud inside.

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vipLizStelz
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent latin tapas! Fresh and innovative. We will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Very hot upstairs so we were sweating the whole time but the food was delicious as always!

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vipAllyson
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Nice people and yummy food.

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vipAngie
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
35 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and seevice

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

Baru Bistro & Tapas is rated 4.6 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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