Vivo Latino Restaurant Review – Bringing Latin America to Cardiff

Vivo Latino Restaurant Review – written by Gemma Griffiths

I don’t often venture out of the Vale when it comes to eating out but a friend had suggested visiting Vivo Latino in Cardiff. Our bookclub have been meeting up for years now and regularly visit restaurants and pubs all over the local area.  So, based on my friends recommendation, we decided to give Vivo Latino Restaurant a try.  The restaurant serves up food from Latin America, and as I love Mexican food I was very keen to try it out.

Vivo Latino restaurant is tucked away on Cowbridge Road, alongside a few other eateries.  The moment we stepped through the door we found that it had a lovely homely and welcoming atmosphere. The décor was fab.  Much more authentic South American and low key than your usual Mexican restaurant.

Vivo Latino Restaurant Cardiff

The menu at Vivo Latino Restaurant is extensive, with loads of choice and plenty of vegetarian options.  Especially good for us, as three of us are vegetarians and normally struggle to have a choice of more than one or two dishes.

The service was fantastic!  The waiter explained all the aspects of the menu and suggested various dishes and drinks to try too. We all opted for the Mexica beer Modelo, with a slice of lime which was really lovely.

The Food at Vivo Latino:

For starters, although I was very tempted by the nachos, I went for the empanadas so I could try something different. I chose the veggie ones which were filled with feta cheese, olive and sundried tomato and came with a cranberry salsa. They were a very reasonable £5.25. They were scrummy and I especially loved the cranberry salsa, it tasted so fresh.

Next up, I had the butternut squash, spinach & chickpea enchilada which was £10.95. It was absolutely delicious and tasted really authentic too. It was so filling as it came on a bed of Mexican rice, with black turtle bean sauce and cheese sprinkles. I have spent quite a bit of time in South America visiting various countries, including Mexico, so I am pretty familiar with this type of cuisine.  I could really taste the authentic fresh taste of the cooking which I think is quite rare in this country for this sort of cuisine.

Vivo Latino Restaurant Cardiff

As we were all too stuffed for dessert, we decided to share some churros with some hot chocolate sauce.  Churros are a fried dough pastry and they are just so mooreish, especially when dipped in the chocolate.  The desserts did sound delicious and there was plenty to choose from, so maybe next time.

Our Verdict of Vivo Latino Restaurant:

To summarise, the experience was wonderful. Fabulous service, lovely setting and gorgeous authentically cooked food. It was an absolute winner and I would highly recommend it.

Vivo Latino Restaurant Review Cardiff


Additional Information:

Address: Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff

Tel: +44 (0) 29 2022 0636



This guest post was written by Gemma Griffiths.  Gemma is a family and child photographer based in the Vale of Glamorgan.  You can see some of her work and find out more about her over at

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