South American Restaurants in Greater Cleveland

South American Restuarants in Greater Cleveland

It used to be, not too long ago, that Latin American food in Cleveland meant Mexican cuisine and that was it. However, in recent years, a myriad of delicious eateries have sprung up in and around the city, offering everything from Brazilian to Peruvian to Columbian food. For the uninitiated, each of these cuisines is unique and distinct, so you need to sample them all. How many have you tried?

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Barroco Grill in Lakewood

12906 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107-4940, USA
Phone +1 216-221-8127

Barroco Grill is located on the west side of Lakewood, in the city's Birdtown neighborhood. The pleasant, unassuming eatery serves menu items spanning a range of South American cuisines, including Columbian, Brazilian and Argentinian. Highlights include house-made arepas (corn tortilla-like pockets with cheese or a variety of other fillings), cheesy corn with bacon, fresh guacamole, marinated steak and chicken skewers, pasta with chorizo and Columbian sausage and a variety of sweet and savory plantain dishes.

Barraco Grill is open daily for both lunch and dinner. Most of their menu is also available as carry out. You can even order online. Major credit cards are accepted.

Although Barroco Grill was a BYOB restaurant when they first opened in 2011, they now have a full liquor license and offer a good selection of imported beers, cocktails and wine. The vibrant, eclectic decor is a sensory delight and live South American music and other entertainment is featured on the weekends.

Barroco Grill
12906 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Paladar Restaurant at Eton Centre in Woodmere

28601 Chagrin Blvd #900, Woodmere, OH 44122, USA
Phone +1 216-896-9020

One of the first South American restaurants to open in greater Cleveland, Paladar is still one of the best. The menu includes items from the Caribbean, Central America, and South American cuisines. Highlights of the extensive menu include an option to make your own guacamole, Columbian seafood stew, braised beef ropa vieja, and an Argentinian mixed grill. Paladar's mojitos are also one of the restaurants most popular items.

Paladar is noted for its rum bar, featuring more than 75 different varieties of the South American spirit. They even offer rum tasting classes. Paladar also hosts a popular Brazilian Carnivale party on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Paladar is open daily for lunch and dinner. They also offer late-night dining (until 11pm), a rarity in this part of the city. Paladar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. Paladar offers ample free parking and there is a small patio that's open roughly between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Paladar also has four locations in the greater Washington DC area and one just outside of Philadelphia.

Paladar Restaurant
28601 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH

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El Arepazo Y Pupuseria in Fairview Park

22799 Lorain Rd, Cleveland, OH 44126-2222, USA
Phone +1 440-716-1961

Don't be turned off by the unassuming storefront, this small eatery serves up some of the best food in Cleveland, of any ilk. The restaurant specializes in Columbian and Salvadoran cuisine.

The menu includes Columbia food, including arepas, bandejas, empanadas and Salvadoran food, such as pupusas de queso, chicharron (ground pork), frijol con queso, tamales and orchata. They also serve a variety of imported beers, sangria and margaritas.

El Aprepazo y Pupuseria is open daily for daily and dinner. They accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover Cards. 

El Arepazo Y Pupuseria
22799 Lorain Ave.
Fairview Park, OH 44126

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Batuqui Brazilian Restaurant

12706 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120-1151, USA
Phone +1 216-801-0227

Located in Cleveland's artsy Larchmere neighborhood, near art galleries, craft shops and antique stores, Batuqui brings the flavors of sunny Brazil to northeast Ohio. Menu highlights include pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), xim xim (a stew made with chicken, palm oil and carrots and served over rice and peanuts) and feijoda (black beans simmered with bacon, smoked turkey, pork, beef and fried spinach.

There is outdoor seating during the warmer months and live entertainment most weekends. Batuqui offers a full bar selection as well as a diverse wine list.

Batuqui is open for dinner open from Tuesday through Sunday. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Batuqui Brazilian Restaurant
12706 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120

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