Vivo Latino

4.3
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71 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.
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VM
London
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

M
Wales
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.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

D
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Wales
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!!

U
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

U
Wales
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.

A
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

IC
Gloucestershire
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.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BF
Edinburgh
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

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

PH
Derbyshire
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.

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JG
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
Wales
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.

VW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue & food

m
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Food!

HT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

A
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

w
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

AD
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

RO
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

very tasty food fab waiter service over all relaxed environment

KV
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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