Vivo Latino

4.3
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67 reviews
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£25 and under
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South American
Vivo Latino offers an upmarket casual dining experience in an unique ambiance with excellent value for money, bringing authentic flavours from Mexican, Brazilian, Cuban and Peruvian cuisines in a contemporary style. Restaurant décor showcases South American cultural vibe with stripped down décor featuring exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood furniture, chrome lighting and artistic graffiti art, offering its customers a feel of cultural transformations. Restaurant food and beverage menu looks to infuse the colours, flavours & textures of South American dishes inspired from fresh local produce & home cooking, offering whole range of exotic treats. Our beverage menu exhibits a unique amalgamation of fresh ingredients & preparation techniques.
What 67 People Are Saying
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M
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food good but we waited 90 mins for our main course. They had too few staff and they did well but were run off their feet. We asked for a discount and they agreed 15% on food only. Shame as the food was delicious when it came but we’d Waited for so long our appetite was gone!!

U
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. The quality of food never lets me down

e
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice decor, friendly staff, amazing food and cocktails ! Thanks

U
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, exciting menu, great food. You couldn’t want for anything more. Will definitely make a return visit.

A
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, good staff, great cocktails, will definitely return

IC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place with a warm and upbeat atmosphere. Would never have stumbled across it as slightly outside of the very centre of the city but well worth the journey. On a very busy Saturday evening the service was at a slightly slower pace but was compensated for with very attentive staff. Food was excellent and would recommend to anyone living in or visiting Cardiff.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. The atmosphere was also fab. Highly recommend Vivo Latino.

BF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant,great menu,great food,lovely staff,brilliant atmosphere,what a fine,its a gem of a place,will be back when we come to Cardiff again x

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks, nice little Latino oasis within Cardiff.

PH
Derbyshire
8 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent decor. It was dark outside so it felt like we were back in Cuba. Music and decor together created a truly South American/Latino vibe.
Delicious cocktails, although a little pricey. No different form other places though. Food was fantastic and the staff were happy to discuss making changes to dishes to make them Vegan for our next visit. Nice vegetarian and vegan menu plus meat options for my husband and son. Will definitely go back.

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely night and great food - thanks particularly to Alex for looking after our group.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambience and attentive service. Loved it!

JG
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, very accommodating and friendly. Food was lovely 👍😀

K
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Loved the food but the service was shocking. Not the fault of the waiters who were reasonably attentive however the wait for food was inexcusable. We saw several tables leave after the starter's due to the lengthy wait for mains and we were on the verge of leaving ourselves until the waiter explained that ours were nearly ready. I could understand if they were a chef down but if that was the case we should have been informed. As mentioned the food was lovely and I loved the venue. I would definitely give it another chance but would expect better service next time.

VW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Had to wait 1.5 hrs for food, no apology. Really rude waitress. Portion sizes small, not good value for money at all.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue & food

m
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 9 and everyone really enjoyed their food. Portions were good. Service was excellent and background music was good too and not too loud. I would go again.

j
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Food!

HT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Great food and service - well worth a visit.

GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food, plenty to choose from lovely cocktail, all well presented

A
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, looking forward to my next visit

w
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tex mex style menu with very attentive staff. Restaurants were booked out in the centre of Cardiff due to an event but we found that Vivo Latino were taking bookings - well worth the extra walk. Brilliant find. Glad to have supported an independent restaurant too rather than a chain :)

SK
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wowsers, great food. And very tasty. Would go again.

AD
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, bar service a little slow but they were busy

RO
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find,this was one of the best meals we have had in a while ,service brilliant ,all staff great,food superb.

OT
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked here on the back of trip adviser rating, as we were attending a concert that evening. It was slightly out of town, but only a short walk away, but at 4pm it looked an odd place from outside amongst a row of shop and nothing really appealing about the area. How wrong we were when we entered, from the second we arrived the friendliness and ambience was superb, friendly attentive staff and a great menu with very tasty food.

C
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little find...interesting menu of authentic Mexican/Caribbean cuisine. Good portion sizes, presented well and food did not disappoint on taste and flavor. Nice decor and ambiance with welcoming and helpful staff. Great cocktail list, sampled a few which were delish. Will definetley be back with friends to try more dishes and cocktails.

r
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very tasty food fab waiter service over all relaxed environment

KV
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely food, and regularly visit however disappointed to recommend the restaurant for friends visiting, as it wasnt the usual high standard. Our vegetarian friend was given a meat starter (beef emp), my husband was given a vegetarian starter by mistake (feta empanadas). From there the service wasnt great, drinks and food otherwise were lovely- just silly things like trying to take plates away and knocking drinks etc. Overall lovely meal but wasnt as great as our visits before

PG
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with great service and choice . The waiter serving us couldn't do enough to satisfy our requests even down to making novel cocktails. Would definitely go again.

JD
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Staff very friendly and the food was fab.

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very very nice food! Good value for money, would definitely go again! One of the best meals we've had in a long time! Friendly staff and good surroundings.

MA
Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food took a bit long to get to us even though we were the only group in the restaurant and it was only 6 of us. But the food was very nice, the waiters very nice and helpful.

E
Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great find.
A good mix of food, which was well made and presented.
Staff were friendly, patient and helpful.

D
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lovely food! The Brazilian curry and steak was gorgeous.

Service was ok but didn't check if we needed anything or asked us if the food was ok..

Food took a while to come out and music was so quiet it killed the Spanish/Brazilian atmosphere they could of had.
We had to ask to put the heater on as it was freezing.

Decent price but just needed to up the atmosphere.

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has been quiet both times but kept a lovely atmosphere. Food was delicious I had mini tacos to start & a Brazilian curry. Great service also can’t failt them. Only down side was it was a bit cold but other than that a lovely little place to eat

AW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I booked my table reservation through Open Table a month in advance but when we went to Vivo Latino they did not have the reservation booking which was very disappointing. Therefore the staff offered us a table by the main entrance door in the bar or by a table celebrating a children's party which we declined. Eventually when another couple had finished their meal we were offered their table, an end table as requested when originally booked. We were offered a cocktail as an apology for the booking mix up which was nice. I would advise to check your bill before paying as they had overcharged for one main meal. Unfortunately a disappointing experience but staff were apologetic and did their best to rectify the booking error.

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was very quiet but we did book an evening in between Christmas New year. Food while ok seemed to be ready as soon as we ordered and felt as though we were rushed to finish.

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fast and attentive service with a great menu selection and excellent food.

T
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The services was good, the waiter seemed to do it all sonit was a good job it wasn’t busy. The vegetarian dish I opted for was more of a soup which was a surprise as it wasn’t described on the menu and the amount of rice wasn’t enough compared to the soup|stew. I wouldn’t have ordered if I had known before hand. My husbands also a veg dish was nice and good size but it wasn’t warm enough. The children however loved their dishes which was great.

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