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Baru Bistro & Tapas

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Garden District
Seafood, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian, Central American
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3700 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2637
+1 504-895-2225
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Baton Rouge
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened upon Baru as we were looking for a local cafe or deli in between medical appointments at Touro. We ordered several different tapas to share at our table for lunch and enjoyed everything. We like tapas as the serving size is just perfect for a light lunch, although they also have soups, salads, sandwiches and full lunches. There... More 

Thank SusieQBR
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Photos made it look much different. Looked much larger and more high end This is a neighborhood spot Food was a bit slow but tasty

Thank M7825JPjulial
Miami, Florida
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

My family and I happened upon the restaurant as we were driving done magazine street. Was looking for some food with hispanic flair. We enjoyed the arepas, fried oysters, and cheese fries. Everything was prepared quickly and delivered with a pleasant presentation. There are other items on the menu that we'll try on our next visit. As mentioned in the... More 

Thank Cory H
Asheville, North Carolina
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

we ate late on a saturday at Baru, at an outside table. Without exception this was one of the nicest wait staffs I have encountered! Food was excellent, we had several dishes. Drinks were also great, including sangria. a highlight of our trip! such a wonderful meal and atmosphere.

Thank ashevillefab5
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Went to have a lite lunch and drinks at this place and was very happy with our choice. The food was incredible! Very sophisticated flavors packed into small bites. We had three tapas plates and each one delivered on freshness, taste, and texture. Theven craft cocktails were excellent but maybe a little small for the price. The interior was cute... More 

Thank Mark B
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We ate outside and had the best small plates and spritzers to drink. The food is so different and tasty. This is not just Latin Cuisine, but appeals to the vegetarian as well. We had so much fun the day we went - we stayed for hours.

Thank NOLAGIRL1950
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We absolutely love this place! I have been too many times to mention. They have the best margaritas in New Orleans. Our favorite app is the Guacabella, and second is the fried oysters. If the balcony is open you definitely want to sit there to eat. The location is also great, it's close to shops and many other bars and... More 

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Great service, excellent food, fine environment - nothing to complain and I will come back, whenever in the area again.

Thank motelloSE
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were there for a private party. The food was really good and a fun atmosphere. Loved the steak skewers.

Thank Celeste J
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Went for dinner at Baru and had the Fried Whole Fish. It was fantastic. Although it was fried it was not greasy at all and was paired with the most delicious coconut rice I have ever eaten. I love light white wines and even though the wine list is short they had some wonderful Spanish and Portuguese albarinos and verdejos.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$26
Seafood, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3700 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2637
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Garden District
  • Neighbourhood: Garden District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-895-2225

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Garden District

Neighbourhood Profile
Garden District
Head to the Garden District for the full-on New Orleans experience replete with quaintly clanking streetcars, proudly grandiose antebellum mansions, picture perfect avenues lined with live oaks loaded down with Spanish moss, and a wealth of beautiful churches and many more architectural marvels. Even a brief excursion here makes plain why it’s called the Garden District. So, when you visit be sure to give yourself ample time for admiration at a languidly slow pace befitting such gentile strand of riverside living and to allow you to maximize each opportunity to stop and smell the roses – and whichever other blooms you might come across. While taking it all in, you’d do well to dine at one of the city’s most beloved destinations for regional cuisine. Gourmands from far and wide (and right round the corner) swear the age-old Commander’s Palace is the best restaurant in town – and have been doing so since it opened back in 1880.
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