Baru Bistro & Tapas

4.7
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249 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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DawnT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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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vipChelsea
New Orleans
2 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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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 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
65 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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Allyson
New Orleans
6 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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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
42 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
280 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
24 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
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Post Covid reopening. Short staffed but with the wait.

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WilliamB
New Orleans
5 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

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

Baru Bistro & Tapas is rated 4.7 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

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