We went here on our second night and on our ninth night in Costa Rica. In between, my wife & I kept talking about how much we were looking forward to returning to El Chante Vegano. The food was to die for & in all the towns we visited, THIS was the place with best food for the money.
The restaurant is actually vegan with the possibility of having dairy cheese on the pizza they offer if you prefer so even if you don't speak or read Spanish very well, you can safely order anything off the menu if you're vegan.
The staff was super friendly & family-run. We enjoyed talking and laughing with everyone who worked there. They helped to translate some of the dishes that we couldn't decifer & we never had to wait long for any assistance.
The food was delicious. Each night we were there we had 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes, & 2 desserts. You cannot pick a bad or average dish. Everything was exceptional & the portions were big enough for even the biggest of appetites (& I'm no slouch when it comes to eating big meals). The plaintain appetizer was super tastey & the guacamole they serve was probably the best I've had. The burgers are large & the bread they are served on is soft & amazing. I could've ate the buns alone as another appetizer.
I'm a big coffee drinker & this was the 1st place I was able to get a cup of coffee. They had soy milk but you really don't need much if you don't like black coffee b/c even the black coffee is sweet enough to drink plain.
The music & atmosphere was chill, warm, & inviting. You can really tell the love & work that went into putting the place together.
Truly, you canNOT find a better place to grab food within a fifty kilometer radius (if not the entire country). After a long day of hiking around the Poas Volcano area, this is THE place to refuel.
They only take cash but you can pay in either US dollars or local Costa Rican colones.
I can't wait to return to Costa Rica. I am saddened I can't eat here every day.