Vancouver’s Newest Mexican Restaurant Opens its Doors in the West End

Barra Gitano now open in the heart of Davie Village.

Just in time for the weekend, Barra Gitano opens its doors in Davie Village (and yes, they do have a patio.) The new, vibey Mexican-inspired addition to the West End is helmed by chef Francisco Higareda, who is also head chef and co-owner of Ophelia and award-winning Monarca. That’s all to say, we’re very excited about what a chef with such a solid track record has cooked up this time.

Higareda set out to establish a more casual dining experience with his newest restaurant, with shareables and bites that (in our humble opinion) are best paired with a sunshine-filled evening. Think scallops and prawn tostadas with mango, avocado, spicy garlic aioli and piquillo salsa and pork belly tacos topped with salsa macha, avocado puree, cured red onion and spicy aioli.


A dish made out of mashed potatoes and shrimp

For those who are more interested in sipping a cocktail rather than indulging in a full meal, Barra Gitano offers a robust selection of handcrafted cocktails and mocktails. Like a fresh take on the beloved margarita, featuring Cuervo plato, coconut mint syrup, house-made curaçao and lime. 

The patio of Barra Gitano, brown tables and chairs with colorful cushions

We all know that patios are what excites us Vancouverites the most and this newest addition to the Latin American culinary scene offers seats for up to one-hundred guests to enjoy food and drinks while lounging on the patio or taking in the newly designed inside space of what was formerly Mary’s on Davie.  

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 4 pm to midnight 

Address: 1202 Davie Street