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“Quiet Magazine neighborhood in lovely setting.”

Baru Bistro & Tapas
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Ranked #298 of 1,946 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Spanish, Caribbean, Latin, South American, Colombian, Central American
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Garden District
Cedar City, UT
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155 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Quiet Magazine neighborhood in lovely setting.”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

we literally stumbled onto the Baru Bistro, while walking the 3700-3800 blocks of Magazine, looking for a particular pottery shop. It was lunchtime and we were hungry. The inviting, corner building was attractive. The atmosphere was warm, simple and modern. They don't have a bar or serve alcohol, but we were told that they do accommodate bringing your own for a small corkage fee. It was lunch so the ice tea hit the spot.
There were four of us. The guys had eaten a big breakfast just a few hours before so said that they weren't hungry until Elaine's and my food began arriving. We started with an appetizer of jerk chicken kebob and the empanadas. The guys immediately dove in and based on how good those were, decided that they could help us with our entrees. I don't recall what Elaine had, except that we all like it and I had the grilled fish, that might have been a special that day, with black beans, rice and a bed of greens. The flavors were Caribbean/Latin, all very fresh, unique and not heavy.
The service was lovely and they also have sidewalk tables. It was a good find that we would return to .

  • Visited March 2012
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Wittman, Maryland
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT! Had to go back.”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

One of our very favorite places in New Orleans. The food is perfectly prepared and presented. The staff is so nice (not always the case in New Orleans), attentive without hovering. Since we are leaving New Orleans, and have limited time to go back to our favorite places or trying new, we chose a couple that we had to go back to - and BARU was #1 on our list. It is a BYOB and there is a very nice wine shop just a block and a half away, BARU will opene it, give you glasses and a cool for a very minimal corkage fee. It is a great restaurant for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The seafood is fresh and plentiful

  • Visited March 2012
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Yummyyyy”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Great place to go with friends, family or significant other! The food is fantastic... the location is super cute and nice service! The food definitely has its own "spin". Being from Venezuela and having some of the items on the menu Venezuelan was a huge surprise! Even though I have eaten these items before, they tasted different at Baru! They infuse flavors to make a great dish! Make sure you try the seviche when you are there! And don't forget... it's bring your own booze (corking fee $8). Perfect to sit outside on a late evening and watch people walk by...

  • Visited February 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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187 reviews
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“Yum”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Very good but too pricey for tapas. And a little heavy on salt.

Visited March 2012
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Food!!! Great Service!!!”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Just finished dinner at Baru

Wow!! Had a chicken tortilla soup for starters... Loved the avocado in it! great flavor...properly sized portion

Had the whole red snapper with salad, yuca and some coconut rice...everything was excellent! The fish was huge! And perfectly cooked. The coconut rice was delicious.

Overall I am extremely pleased with both the food and the service. Prices are reasonable.

Sat outside, with a light breeze .

Would strongly recommend Baru...and would definately go back!

  • Visited March 2012
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