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“Just try it once, you will probably go back.”
Review of Toko Baru

Toko Baru
Ranked #8 of 371 Restaurants in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $6
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Just try it once, you will probably go back.”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We were introduced to Eduardo, the owner, by a mutual friend who recommended this small, quirky little restaurant (it only fits about 12-14 people at a time). We have visited the Toko Baru three times in the short time we have been in Antigua, first as a couple and then with friends and enjoyed the experience each time. It got better even the second and third times. The food is very inexpensive, fast, fresh, extremely tasty and large (1/2 servings at 1/2 the price), the accompanying sauces delightful and the beers and wine the most inexpensive we have found in Antigua and Eduardo provides a large selection and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

But perhaps the most endearing thing about Toko Baru is the atmosphere. When Eduardo is present he will most probably grace you with his welcome, his company, stories and tales about Guatemala and life. If he is not there there are always the other guests, to whom you start a conversation by saying 'Hello’. A great source of information about the area is also available from posters on the wall.

We agree with others reviewers who indicate that this is not a typical tourist restaurant experience. Small, bench tables to share with others, minimal decor but it is certainly an experience that should be sought during a Guatemalan stay. Weekly lunch specials such as the Saturday Fish Curry are splendid.

We have recommended Toko Baru to many people we have met, will continue to do so and will revisit many times in the time we stay in Antigua.

Give it a try.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Antigua, Guatemala
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AMAZING and CHEAP”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

When I was living in Antigua this was a Sunday night standby! Food was always prepared fresh and was tasty! Would suggest this to anyone!

Visited February 2013
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Thank fordworldchanger
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Just one of those places you have to go, and come back again and again”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Really good food (owner, Eduardo is Dutch/Indonesian, and he has learned from his Indonesian mother!) and very cheap. Really good chips, both potato and sweet potato, your choice. They are NOT american fries!
Make sure to try some of the salsas that they put on the table.
Some of the regulars also come to play chess, so if you are in the mood, just ask Eduardo if he's up for a game

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ole_Bangstad
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good and cheap”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Toko Bar is good for budget minded people.

Its cheap and the value is good for what you get.

But, its comparable to a fast food joint in quality
of food, service value.

Worth going to but don´t expect a true restaurant
experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Mario S
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Its OK experience”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

We popped into the Toko Bar and tried their
falafels. Yes its cheap but as they
say cheap isnt always better.

It was Ok quality given the price.

Its Mcdonalds fastfood in a falafel.

Service was good.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Ernesto E
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