Since 2008 there has been an increase in the number of vegetarian restaurants in Costa Rica and a widen offer of vegetarian options by many other restaurants. Tourism has had a great impact on the way gastronomy is renew and offer in Costa Rica nowadays. In most touristic places vegeterians can find enough options for them no to get bored of the food. In San Jose, the demenad is grater and there are many more options offered.

If you are a vegetarian / vegan living in Costa Rica you may know some or all of these restaurants. If you know any other that should be in the top 10 list of vegetarian restaurants please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we will include it on the list.

 

Top 10 vegetarian restaurants in Costa Rica

1. Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House

Located in Los Yoses, it is a great restaurant with a limited menu but incredibly delicious.

   

2. Rávi Gastropub & Café

Located close to Los Yoses, it is also a kind of bar open at night.

   Ravi Gastropub and Cafe

3. Árbol de Seda

Located in Barrio Escalante. Great delicate vegetarian foods at a very good price.

   Arbol de Seda

4. Neshuma Restaurant

Located in San Pedro, San Jose. It offers delicious vegeterian and vegan foods. The amount of food is big so go with a lot of hunger!

   Nesuma Restaurante

5. El Buho Vegetariano

Located next to the UCR at Calle de la Amargura. It is a small place with great vegeterian food.

   EL Buho Vegetariano

6. Vurgers

Located in Barrio Rohrmoser, between Av. 29 and Calle Alexander Humbolt. It is famous for its vegetarian burgers, but also pizzas and costarican vegan dishes.

   Vurgers

7. El Chate Vegano

Located in Alajuela. This restaurant is not only vegetarian but also goes further to use as much organic ingredients as it is possible. The food is great and it has a great price.
   El Chante Vegetariano

 

 

Top restaurants with vegeterian options and specialized menu

8. Paniagua Restaurant

Located in Nuevo Arenal, Alajuela. It is restaurant that works with organic food and organic ingredients. More than half of the menu is vegetarian and it alsohave some vegan options. In front of the restaurant visitors could also know a little bit about the Organic Farmacy and buy ethicly responsable products.

   Paniagua Restaurant

9. Entre Migas La Boutique del Pan

Located in Guadalupe, half of the menu is vegetarian. One of the owners is vegetarian and she makes sure that vegetarian food is made separately and under the best posibble quality and ingredients.

   Entre Migas Rest.

10. Riverside Pizzeria and Pub

Located in Heredia close to El Zurqui, this ia a place for artesanal pizzas and a lot of vegetarian options.

  Riverside

 

 

 

 

What do Tic@s eat?

 

Costa Rica is one of the Latin American countries with more gastronomic variety. You won’t believe how many different dishes you can try in Costa Rica. At first, it does not look that way because the touristic industry has standardized one or two national dishes o it is easier and better accepted by visitors. However, once you go to the country side and spend a little time with common people, you will be amazed by the variety. Take a look to the most common traditional dishes in Costa Rica.

  • Casados - (Spanish, "married man") Whenever visitors come to Costa Rica, the traditional dished offered is "Casados", which includes some meat (fish, pork, chicken or beef) with fry plantain, salad (coleslaw or lettuce), rice, black or red beans, "picadillo" (which we will explain later on this post) and a "tortilla". However, if you try a "Casado" on a tico house, or on a small soda, you may also see some tomatoes spaghetti and boiled egg. In some restaurtants, they may serve "casados" with some slices of avocado.

This is usually a big dish, full of carbohydrates, but delicious and nutritive. If you are interested about some history about this traditional dish, there are two known theories: some people assure that the term "casados" was originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home. Another theory is that the rice and beans are married, since they are always together.

  • Gallo Pinto - (Spanish "painted roster") It is a traditional dish also eaten in Nicaragua. Actually, most Latin American countries have some sort of dish like "Gallo Pinto" (in Cuba is called "Moros y Cristianos" and in Venezuela "Arroz con Caraotas"). It is a dished base on the combination of rice and beans. Traditionally the used beans are the black ones, although you may find many "Gallo Pintos" made with red beans (never white ones). The history of this dish is not well known, but some people say it came to Latin America with the migration of Africans.

 

  • Olla de Carne - Another traditional dish made of hearty beef stew fortified with taro root, potatoes and sweet potatoes. The history of this dish goes back to a jewish dish called "Adafina". It is better eaten on lunch time, since it is a pretty big dish, which is served with white rice, and stew and all the different roots and vegetables. Some people add a endemic vegetable called "Tacacos" and others add plantain, yuca, quelites, and pumpkin (ayote), among other ingredients.

 

  • Other dishes are: pozole, tamales, chorreadas, picadillo de arrachache, cajetas, sopa de leche, mondongo, rice and beans, bizcocho, arroz con leche, arroz con pollo, y empanadas de chiverre.

 Cajetas en Costa Rica

 

Tortillas de queso