Bacaro LA

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Bacaro LA Bacaro LA Downtown is a rustic-chic wine bar with great Italian tapas & wine. Get classy with USC kids & young professionals in Los Angeles with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.034478 -118.28342
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Party Earth Review In a neighborhood better known for family-run pupuserias and taco stands, Bacaro LA brings a little piece of Italy to South Central in both liquid and edible form. With its proximity to USC and many Downtown offices... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 5–10pm, F–Sa 5–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bacaro LA Review

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Bacaro LA Downtown is a rustic-chic wine bar with great Italian tapas & wine. Get classy with USC kids & young professionals in Los Angeles with Party Earth.

In a neighborhood better known for family-run pupuserias and taco stands, Bacaro LA brings a little piece of Italy to South Central in both liquid and edible form.

With its proximity to USC and many Downtown offices, the venue attracts a diverse mix of people, with weekdays typically drawing young couples schmoozing over a glass of vino and packs of co-workers chilling out with their $5 Happy Hour plates at the small wooden tables.

The menu of Italian tapas are made for sharing, and range from traditional fare like caprese salad and pan-seared scallops to more adventurous dishes like crispy pig ears and oven-roasted bone marrow.

Fridays see a larger, slightly rowdier set of partiers congregating at long tables in the side room to celebrate birthdays or collegiate Greek events and toast with signature sangria, while first-timers peruse the extensive wine list and specials scrawled across the massive wall-length chalkboards.

If those chalkboards don’t clue people in to this joint’s focus on grapey libations, the quirky-chic bottle lights offer further evidence – to say nothing of the ceiling covered almost completely with mounted bottles.

Whether to unwind after work, impress a first date, or catch up with friends, patrons come to Bacaro LA to feel the flush in their cheeks after a second glass and share rustic dishes inspired by the Italian countryside.

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Tip from Emma:

Case of the Mondays got you down again? Head to Bacaro for half off all wine by the glass all night long! And if it’s the first Sunday of the month, check out the Fine Dining Sundays, which offers a special prix fixe three-course meal for $25–$30/person.

  • Crowd

    USC grad students, TAs, sorority girls before a Greek event, couples on a first date, downtown young professionals, 20s to 40s, with a predominantly college crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music usually drowned out by conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Italian tapas and small plates, including poached shrimp, roasted beets, crispy pig ears, and lamb-stuffed eggplant.

    Fine Dining Sundays from 5:30 to 8pm on the first Sunday of every month features special prix fixe three-course meals.

    Reservations accepted for parties of six or more.

    Happy Hour M–Th 5–7pm.

  • Prices

    Small plates $8 each or $21 for three, Fine Dining Sundays $25–$30/person, first Sundays only. Beer $4–$9, wine $7–$12/glass or $24–$88+/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: jeans, nice t-shirts, blazers, v-necks, cute tops, blouses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the younger USC crowd, when big groups go out for dinner and wine before heading to a club or other late-night venture, or earlier in the week for a good but slightly older crowd chilling after a long work day.

  • Close By

    The 901 Bar & Grill (2902 South Figueroa Street), or “The 9-0” to regulars, is a local dive with loud music and big drinks, and where everyone seems to know each other. It’s popular with USC students and can get packed every night. In terms of classier destinations, there isn’t much to be had in the immediate area.

Bacaro LA User Reviews

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The Best Wine & Tapas Bar near USC
Megan S. Oct 28, 2013
The best (and maybe only) wine and tapas bar near USC! The have amazing small plates such as the Bacaro burger with a fried egg, artisan pizzas, pork belly skewers, burrata cheese, grilled artichoke hearts, chicken with grilled polenta, and roasted cauliflower with their very popular chipotle aoili, among others. The wine flows steadily with options of buying by the glass, bottle, or $20 for all-you-can-drink for 2 hours (wine, beer, champagne and sangria-- such a deal). They have a huge selection of wine and beer, and a great variety of small plates. The atmosphere is trendy, and it's definitely the only place like it right by USC. While it is really fun and has great offerings, the word is definitely out and it can take a while to get a table. Most USC students know about it, and many are regulars. They don't usually take reservations, but it's worth a try. And, because most students go before a night out, they usually are there later so if you go a bit earlier (around 5:30-6) you shouldn't have to wait too long! Even if you have to wait, it's worth it. Outside the USC community, it's a hidden gem and it doesn't feel like a "student-only" place.
Must-do if you're in the USC area!
Sanam S. Oct 26, 2013
If you're a USC student, chances are, you frequent Bacaro pretty often - and for good reason! Though the place is pretty small and doesn't take reservations for small parties, you can usually get a table with a 15 to 20 minute wait. I always come here and get their sangria - it's delicious and definitely a crowd-pleaser. Their food is tapas-style, and can get expensive if you like to eat a lot, but they do have a 3 for $21 deal which works perfectly for me! Service is fantastic, sometimes the owner is in and checks up on everything. You feel well-fed and taken care of. Even if it's pretty noisy, it's a great place to catch up with old friends, because the small tables provide the feeling of a more intimate dinner (which makes it good for date night too). It's always fun to come here in big groups, because they have an all you can drink offer for $20 - worth it! Come here for happy hour or sunday brunch! Recommendations: the macaroni and cheese, bread pudding (ask for nutella with it!), and the sangria.
Great Happy Hour!
Kathy D. May 12, 2013
This place embodies everything I love about a small plates restaurant. The owners work there and it's small, quiet, and unpretentious - Not to mention a big bang for your buck. They have an excellent wine selection and one of your waitstaff can always make a great recommendation. Or do a tasting!! I love that the plates are $7.00 a piece or 3 for $19.00. This enables you to order almost everything on the menu - and you should. Happy Hour is M-Th, 5-7pm. Everything is pretty much <$5 and a pitcher of their house sangria is $14. YUM. I recommend the fried polenta squares with eggplant, the beet salad with goat cheese, the fried artichokes and definitely DO the Bacaro burger with Friend Egg!! Looking forward to coming back for more.
A Unique USC Favorite
Laurel G. Apr 3, 2013
Bacaro is without question the perfect place to catch up with friends, have a girl’s night out, and even spend some time with your parents, of course, when it is not overflowing with USC students. It is a bit like a shoebox, with a few tables, a tiny bar, and a long table off to the side that’s sectioned off. It can get very crowded, which might be hard for impatient people to deal with, but the sangria is worth the wait. Getting a couple of pitchers with a group of friends is like getting a Christmas present hand-delivered from Santa. It is that good. If you are a carnivore and carbohydrate addict, order the Bacaro Burger. It is an open-faced burger on a slice of bread from the Bicycle Bread Company, caramelized onions, and some mystery sauce on top. Want to make it even better? Get an egg on top. If you are feeling a little adventurous, go for the bone marrow. The idea of eating it definitely petrified me at first, but it has a lovely buttery and meaty taste to it that cannot be ignored. It is a must. So, if you have not seen a good friend of yours for a while, go to Bacaro and share a drink and some food together. It is truly a unique place with some of the best food I have ever eaten.
Tapas and Sangria for everyone!
Avery M. Mar 24, 2013
Just a hop, skip and a jump from USC Bacaro is one of the most popular hole-in-the-wall restaurants for students and young adults alike. As a frequent visitor I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone! What’s the Vibe-Very chic! Bacaro is painted floor to ceiling with chalk board paint (listing that nights beverage choices) and decorated with colorful wine bottles. Bacaro provides the perfect ambiance for any date night, girls night out, or just grabbing a quick bit to eat. Girls typically wear nice blouses, dark jeans, and heels while the Gentlemen will typically be found in button downs and nice jeans. What’s the food like-One word-INCREDIBLE and Bacaro's menu provides a wide variety that could please any picky eater. To get the full Bacaro experience it's best to go with a larger group and order a few different plates to try! I recommend the delicious Bacaro Burger and their Magarita Pizza. For desert they have a delicious Nutella Panini served with either fresh strawberries or bananas. Not only does Bacaro have delicious food they have a variety of wines, beers, but their most popular has to be the Sangria. For $20 you can do an all you can drink package, and drink as much as you want of whatever you want for 2 hours! When to go? If looking for a more relaxing and quiet evening I recommend going to happy hour, Monday-Thursday (5pm-7pm) all plate are only $5! Also every first Sunday of the month they have a brunch from 11am-3pm with $1 mimosas! If you are looking for a more wild, upbeat, and louder atmosphere Thursday-Saturday between 7pm-9pm would be the best time to go. In the know-I would also recommend, “liking” Bacaro on Facebook. They frequently give out prizes and special deals to their regular costumers. This is also a good way to stay update on new menu items and hours. Bacaro is definitely one of the hottest restaurants in the USC area and you must find a way to get there!
Love it! Have to go!
Malia B. Mar 20, 2013
This place is my all time favorite restaurant around USC. Food: The food is delicious! It's all served as small plates or tapas so you can order a few and try different plates. My favorites are the paninis and caprese, but you can't go to Bacaro without getting their famous Bacaro burger. Probably one of the best burgers I've had and don't forget to get the egg on top. They have some exotic foods too like pig ears which might be worth a try if you're adventurous. Drinks: Everyone goes for the drinks! All you can drink for $20! Who can say no to that? They have really nice beers and wines but the most popular is their sangria. Pitchers and pitchers of sangria. Not too sweet, not too strong. It's the perfect combination. Atmosphere: It's small, dark, and intimate. Great place to go with your friends. Sometimes there is long waits but it is definitely worth it. The wine and beer list is written on the chalkboard walls of the restaurant. This place is usually filled with university students and young people downtown. Really fun place to go! Interesting drinks and delicious food!
Great food, awesome atmosphere. Brunch too!
Zach B. Mar 19, 2013
Bacaro is the perfect place for any USC student to go chill and enjoy some drinks. well priced and represents a great place for students to grab a weekend or weeknight meal and kick it. The staff is also super friendly. My favorite time for Bacaro is for Sunday brunch. Who doesn't love mimosas and bloody marys? Especially for $1 each. The food during brunch is also super yummy. There tends to be a long wait (I waited an hour) so try and call ahead or see if they do reservations (which they don't do many times). Brunch brings out the most diverse group of USC students and Barcaro LA is my favorite place to go on a weekend morning with friends.
Great food, great atmosphere, cheap drinks.
Sid M. Mar 12, 2013
As a USC student, Bacaro LA is one of the go-to places for fancy dining on a budget in the USC area. The food and drinks are delicious, especially the pizza and summer sangria, and both are priced well within a student's budget. The atmosphere within the restaurant is always lively, and caters to a very diverse crowd on any given day of the week. The bartenders and waiters are really friendly also, which is always a plus. Overall, I'd recommend Bacaro if you are looking to have a good time with friends in the USC area, but it's probably not a place to visit on your own or in order to meet people.
Yummy and Fun
Hanna F. Feb 26, 2013
As a USC student, Bacaro is a staple restaurant. With great food at a very reasonable price, Bacaro is both tasty and affordable. The $20 all you can drink special is a must. For $20 you can drink to your hearts desire for a whole two hours. The Bacaro homemade sangria is also a must. It is by far my favorite drink they offer. Although small and tucked away in a not so glamorous section of Downtown LA, Bacaro is a perfect place to take a date, or have a simple girls night drinking your favorite wine from their extensive wine list. A little hint...if you use their bathroom, make sure to write/draw on the chalkboard walls. And make sure to try their new sunday brunch menu. Bottomless mimosas and their tasty eggs benedict are my favorite.
Love Bacaro!
Amanda M. Feb 18, 2013
A Bacaro night is just as much a USC staple as a walk to the coliseum on game day. Hidden on a small side street it doesn’t look like much but it definitely delivers. Affordable tapas style dining deliver the perfect price point whether you want a small bite to tide you over or you’re ravenous. The Bacaro burger is a must try and you can never go wrong with a flatbread pizza. I am personally obsessed with the chicken and polenta. The wine, beer, and sangria keep the clientele more then happy. But if drinking by the glass isn’t your style go all out and order the all you can drink option for 20 dollars. Definitely my favorite place to start a night.
Wine &amp; Dine
Carli M. Jan 17, 2013
Located in South Central, Bacaro LA is a welcomed Italian tapas-style restaurant and wine bar. The place is always packed and the crowd is typically drawn from college age students, as the restaurant is a short walk from the University of Southern California. The interior decor of Bacaro LA is a sharp contrast with the modest exterior appearance. Walls are comprised entirely of chalkboards, where their extensive wine list is written. The atmosphere encourages conversation as music is very soft and there is a communal table in the side room. The ‘Bacaro Burger’ is the restaurants specialty featuring a fried egg and for those who are more daring, peanut butter. The restaurant also has a unique ‘All You Can Drink” option where for $20 patrons are served unlimited wine or sangria. Whether it be a delicious dinner, an exciting night of drinking, or eggs benedict on Sundays for brunch, there are many different experiences to be had at Bacaro LA, all encouraged by a welcoming and relaxed ambiance.
you cant graduate USC without doing the $20 all you can drink
Hayden F. Dec 4, 2012
this place is awesome. i go there a few times a month and love it every time. if you have a group 6+ then call beforehand and make a reservation. when i say call beforehand i mean like a day or two early (especially for the weekends) because they get booked really early! also, make sure to get the bacaro burger with egg while you're there and the cauliflower with their chipotle sauce. the people who work there are really nice and always the same people. the $20 all you can drink lasts 2 hours and is great! if you get their close to closing you can often make a deal with them for $15 all you can drink for 1.5 hr or $10 for 1 (this one only happened once for me but it was awesome)... also they just started MAC (morning after club) the first sunday of every month where they have $1 drinks!! can you say DRUNCH?!
Can you say Sangria?
Olivia C. Dec 3, 2012
Such a fun place to take a group to. The atmosphere here is incredibly and gives you a New York city vibe. The food is even better. The small plates that you can order for the table gives you the option of trying many different things. Everything I have tried there has been delicious. The sangria they serve is no different. The pitchers they bring out are cheap some how seem to get better and better. Bound to run into some classmates here whether you like it or not. Only issue I found is that certain nights they have a fixed menu limiting your creativity.
Allison S. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is a perfect place when going out with the girls or just a low-key dinner and wine. They offer an all you can drink special for only $20 where you can choose from wine, champagne, and sangria. You have 2 hours to drink as much as you want! The food is awesome as well. I personally love the mac n cheese and bruschetta, but am always trying new things because the small plates allow you to get a little of everything! It is pretty small so a lot of times there will be a wait depending on what night and time you go. Get a group together and go for a fun night!
Perfect Neighborhood Restaurant
Mackenzie H. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is the perfect restaurant to go to for tapas and wine. The food is delicious and my favorite dish is the Mac and Cheese served hot from the oven, other delicious dishes are the panini sandwiches and smaller plates such as the bruchetta and caprese salad. The sangria here is delicious and the all you can drink is a really fun for a night out with friends, or perfect for a birthday dinner. The restaurant is pretty small so I would recommend either getting a reservation or going early to grab a table. It is also really fun for invites because it is really causal and you can set up a price fix menu before hand that makes paying super easy! This is overall and awesome restaurant and so close to USC that it is the perfect place to go!
Great place
Zoë C. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is such a great place for USC students to go to. It’s so convenient and I always go there with friends. The service is great and it has a fun atmosphere. The sangrias are delicious and with the all you can drink $20 deal, you will never run out. The grilled chicken paninis are also a must-try and the macaroni and cheese is amazing! The location is convenient and I always have a great time with friends when we go. It is the best place to go to before hitting the row! I always recommend Bacaro to my friends. You will not be disappointed!
Sydney S. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is a must. The drinks are incredible, and the $20 all you can drink is also an amazing deal too! The essence of the restaurant reminds me more of a lounge and is comfortable. The Sangria is absolutely delicious! From the wine, to the beer, to all the other options, drinks are incredible. And the food, wow! The tapas style portions allow for a little taste of everything. The burger is to die for, as well as the salads, paninis, and pizzas! A great place for USC students!
Sydnie S. Dec 3, 2012
Honestly, there is nothing better than the Bacaro Sangria. Whenever I go to Bacaro, I never order the all you can drink for $20, because I never end up drinking twenty dollars worth of drinks. Not only is the sangria delicious, but the small tapas are great too! I recommend the grilled chicken panini to anyone that comes to Bacaro. It's so convenient for USC students. I am looking forward to trying the Sunday brunches sometime in the near future for $1 mimosas! This is a great place for a group of friends.
Must Go!
Alli H. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is my absolute go-to restaurant near USC for amazing small plates and great wine. I have tried almost everything on the funky menu (I've skipped the bone marrow), and have never been disappointed. My favorites are the spicy cauliflower, paninis, and burrata plate with grilled bread. The plates are small but there's so much yummy stuff on the menu, so I'd recommend sharing a bunch with friends so you can try a taste of everything. Drinks can get pricey but if you're having a big night out, they do offer all you can drink wine, beer, and sangria for $20 per person. The staff is awesome and very accustomed to sloshed USC kids trying to figure out a bill, so they're very accommodating for groups. They also just started doing a brunch on the first Sunday of every month with $1 mimosas. I haven't been yet but am sure I won't be disappointed when I do!
Great for a glass of wine
Lindsay M. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is great to grab a glass of wine but the bill can rack up really quickly. It is great to go with big groups because you can do a preset menu with unlimited drinks for a really good price. It is close to USC so its a really quick cab ride or a campus cruiser can take you almost all the way there. Relaxed casual environment with really friendly staff. It is very small even with the additional room from the remodel.
Love it
Lauren B. Dec 3, 2012
Bacaro is such a great place to grab some food and drinks before going out. You can get super affordable plates of food- every things like eight dollars ! and either order a lot to share with friends or just have a small dinner for yourself. Also a great place to get the night started if you just want to split pitchers with or without the food ! And on top of that it has such a cool trendy vibe, and if you're from USC you know half the place will be packed with your friends. But if you don't have a reservation prepare for a wait... it can get packed because everyone loves it so much !
Eleni S. Dec 2, 2012
I definitely recommend Bacaro, for it is a great place to go with friends and have some wine and tapas! I went there the first time this year with my sorority sisters and had the best time! The food is amazing...I looove the chicken panini! The wine is also great too and its a fun place to pre game before going to the row! The atmosphere is amazing (usually packed with a ton of USC students) and the waiters are really nice! Definitely get there a little early because it tends to get pretty busy! The desserts are also amazing. Overall, its a great experience!
Kirsten H. Nov 30, 2012
I go here multiple times a week. The &quot;Noa's&quot; Cauliflower is my favorite dish. They even sell the chipotle aioli they use on it. Some of the other small plates I love include the roasted fresh tomato pizza and mac and cheese. 3 small plates is only $21 so its a great deal! Great wine and sangria as well. If you have a large group you can rent out half of the restaurant. They recently started a &quot;Morning After Club&quot; that serves brunch every 1st Sunday of the Month with $1 bloody marys, mimosas, and bellinis. Bacaro is definitely the best restaurant around USC.
Do you love Sangria? I hope so!
caroline h. Nov 30, 2012
This is such a great place to hang out with friends. We always go on a Thursday or Friday because it is so popular to go to on the weekends. I love the Sangria too it is so amazing and you can drink a whole jug yourself. I drank so much and wasn’t even too drunk. I had such a great time. The food is amazing too. It is such small portions but it gets you very full and your friends will have so much fun with you! I greatly recommend this place, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. You will love it for the weekends!
Anna J. Nov 30, 2012
I love Bacaro LA. Its great because they have small plates (around only 7 bucks!) so you can go even if you're not super hungry but still want to go out to dinner with friends. It's small so make a reservation to be safe! I love the atmosphere but it can be loud so don't go here if you want something intimate. Fave dishes: The cookie dough dessert and their Mac and Cheese.... THE BOMB! And like I said, small portions so you're not splurging a ton on food like Mac and Cheese. I really want them to expand because its always so crowded so they'd definitely be able to fill more space because everyone who goes loves it! They also just started doing brunch one Sunday morning a month- haven't been yet but I'm so excited to try!
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