In April of 2007 Baru Bistro & Tapas opened in the heart of the Garden District of New Orleans introducing a taste of the Caribbean on the merchant street 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. Baru Bistro & Tapas won “Best Latin Restaurant” in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 in the Gambit as well as “Best New Restaurant” in 2008 in Where Ya’t magazine and was the Times Picayune top 100 restaurants. Also, Baru made its first nationally televised appearance on The Learning Channel in July of 2010 on “The Food Buddha”.