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Vivo Latino, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Vivo Latino

3.9
3.9
93 Reviews
£25 and under
Latin 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.

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2 people

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Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
  • Logo image for Just Eat
  • Logo image for Uber Eats

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican, South American

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–22:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    029 2022 0636

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ram

  • Private party contact

    Vikram : 07860 590033

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Walking distance from Ninian Park rail station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • 20% off your food bill

    Multiple dates available
    20% discount off your food bill Monday to Thursday between 5 pm and 10 pm at Vivo Latino
  • KID EAT FREE ON SUNDAY

    Multiple dates available
    Sunday a kid can get a free kid meal, with adult buying a main meal.

What 93 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Turned up on time with a reservation 3 hours prior to a concert in the stadium, people queuing out of the door, 2 people working, 1 behind the bar and 1 Waiting, an angry mood throughout. While the bar lady ignored us the other diners were telling us horror stories of how they had been waiting 2 hours and only just received there starter and others had waited and hour to place their order. We left with many others while never having been acknowledged. Knowing there was a concert on and it was booked out surely you would put enough staff on to cope or at least have the decency to let customers know they were under staffed and waits were going to be ridiculous. Wont be going back for a 2nd attempt

  2. PC

    PaulineC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    No staff, people were leaving after waiting over 2 hours without even having a drink.

  3. JL

    JoLo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Waiting staff were polite and friendly but Felt a bit rushed to move on to next courses, etc. no excuse really as the restaurant wasn’t busy. Starter of ‘Latin bread’ was inedible, dry, stale and hard. Fajitas looked lovely, but were lacking any kind of spice or flavour- also incredibly oily. Accompanying dips were bland. Hubby had calamari to start which was completely dry ?( looked reheated)… Puddings- didn’t have my first choice, had the churros, batter was uncooked in middle giving a strange taste. On plus side, nice cocktails. Front of house was a nice chap, but he was stressed and we could hear him complaining as we were sat by the bar. All in all, disappointed as the website promised so much more…

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First visit, we throughly enjoyed our meals. Service was fantastic. U will be going back

  5. RS

    RayS

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Everything was really good except for one of the lamb ‘cutlets’ with my mixed grill main. I don’t know what cut it was but it was not a cutlet and more a lump of fat and sinew that was even less palatable as it arrived raw to medium. That bit was my fault as I didn’t qualify what I wanted ‘medium’ to apply to. Other than that it was a very enjoyable experience.

  6. DJ

    DanielJ

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic! Delighted with this find! Will return for sure.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food

  8. SF

    StuartF

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Nice restaurant with very good food. Service was a little lacking in that the waitress did not know the menu and could not advise on ingredients. Patrons were predominantly young and we were sat too close together when considering covid. Would go again.

  9. WT

    WayneT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great choice, great food, great service. Would definitely use again

  10. WC

    WalterC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Good food, fun vibe. Would return if I were in the area

  11. NM

    NormaM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really like this small restaurant. The food is always excellent and the staff are friendly, efficient but not overpowering. The atmosphere is relaxed and I've always had a good experience there.

  12. RS

    RosalindS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent little restaurant really good food and atmosphere

  13. MW

    MarioW

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were really impressed with both the quality of food and the portion sizes at Vivo Latino. Combine that with great service and you have a South American recipe for success. We’ll definitely be back!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    All very good. Great choice. New waitress, so a little unsure but helpful.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Its far from town centre, the place is really small inside, the vibe is absolutely dead and it looks nothing like the pictures on Opentable, food is very pricey, did not taste good and portions are very small for the price. The food we ordered actually tasted distinctly like Indian curries. The music is not great and the seating is really awkward in 2 columns. It was uncomfortable to sit with the awkward vibe so dined and paid within 45 minutes and left. There is nothing to like about the dining experience here.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great night with delicious food. Love the vibe there too, thanks!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really great evening. Food was excellent and the restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere. Cocktails went down a treat . Will definitely book again

  18. MM

    MissMermaid

    London

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Lovely food and service. Thank you.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Good choice of dishes including vegetarian options. Nice atmosphere.

  20. R

    Russda

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about this place is brilliant. A warm welcome on arrival. All COVID rules in place. The food is unbelievable, one of the best meals out I have ever had would highly recommend. I had the Peruvian Goat curry which was cooked to perfection. Thanks for a great meal and hopefully see you again.

  21. JT

    JohnT

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    Don’t go by the menus published online or on opentable .. prices and options on offer defer in restaurant We found that the Spanish menu wasn’t available with its 3 course set option.. prices also a tad higher on the menu provided in restaurant.. the open table prices differ from prices on their own website .. the good part - generous portions and tasty food !!

  22. DW

    DanW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is delicious and varied. Some unexpected treats in the menu, particularly the goat curry. Service was excellent too. Looking for way to our next visit already.

  23. VM

    VeronicaM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was very good, prices were not cheap but not expensive either, the place was lovely, tiny and not very noisy, thing that I always appreciate, the only problem was service, that was a little slow bot otherwise everything was great. I highly recomend it, would go there again

  24. M

    Megan

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Really lovely mood, however we dined here on NYE and there appeared to be only 2 members of staff serving. This at times resulted in slow service. We felt very sorry the serving staff who appeared, at times, quite stressed.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I thought the brucheta could have been toasted more. Other than that a very enjoyable meal

  26. D

    Daniela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere. The staff were also amazing and patient.

  27. M

    Mayok

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    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!!

  28. U

    Umbrella

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  29. e

    emmab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  30. U

    Umbrella

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  31. A

    Amanda

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  32. IC

    IC1985

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  34. BF

    BFNTR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  36. PH

    PHanS

    Derbyshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

  38. AR

    AledR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  39. JG

    JamesG

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  40. K

    Kylap

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2018

    overall2food4service3ambience3

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Vivo Latino using the Order Online button. Vivo Latino also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Vivo Latino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 029 2022 0636.

Vivo Latino is rated 3.9 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
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Tue
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Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
  • Logo image for Just Eat
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Vivo Latino

147 Cowbridge Road East Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 9AH

Additional information

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–22:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican, South American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Walking distance from Ninian Park rail station

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ram

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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