Il Giardino

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 3 Reviews
While many restaurants in San Marcos offer vegetarian options, this hotel-restaurant is the only one that's fully vegetarian. The setting is a hidden garden off of the main footpath. At night it is like a fairyland, lit with candles and each seat is nestled in amongst large tropical plants. The food ranges from pizza and pasta to salads, soups, Latin American fare and desserts. Occasionally the owner runs out of ingredients, and it can be a few days before the main menu is available. The owner/chef speaks many languages. Has wi-fi. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Italian, Latin American, Beer/Wine


First Review by leashgrey


  • vegan


2 Posted on 02 / 20 / 2014

I was excited to try Il Giardino after reading the positive reviews. What a disappointment.

To be fair, we had a group of nine, which is often a challenge for village restaurants. Also, it was our server's first day. Some people in our group were quite satisfied with their meals.

Two of us ordered the breakfast burrito without eggs. The menu said it came with either fruit or salad. It never occurred to us that they would serve salad instead of fruit at breakfast, but they did. The tortilla was so overcooked, it was more like a cracker. The vegetable filling was mostly sautéed peppers with two tiny bits of zucchini and a little smear of black beans and avocado. They were not willing to change the salad for fruit when it came out, though they did offer some extra sauce for the burrito. Instead of the nice warm enchilada sauce that was on the burrito (though only a small spoonful) they brought cold tomato sauce. Awful.

The first cup of coffee was excellent, though my almond milk was gritty. Subsequent cups of coffee were hardly more than tepid coffee-flavored water.

I might be willing to go back (without a group) and try other items. A friend said his veggie burger was excellent, but his cappuccino was sugary and terrible.

When I told the server about my disappointment over the salad and cold tomato sauce, she listened but offered no apology. Since it was her first day, she might have brought over someone with more experience there.

Breakfast for two of us cost Q130--an outrageous price for what we got.

Pros: lovely setting
Cons: poor value, disappointing food


  • vegetarian


5 Posted on 06 / 26 / 2013

Amazing food, amazing service! Must have the veggie burger, you won't regret it :)

Pros: variety, service, wifi
Cons: none


  • vegetarian

simply divine

5 Posted on 06 / 23 / 2013

You have to try the breakfast burrito - simply divine.

This lovely chill space is situated back in a gorgeous garden, relax and listen to the birds while eating veggie goodness. try an almond milk shake with banana, cacoa, bee pollen, super greens and anything else you want to have added. custom make your own, they are really accommodating.

the veggie burger is delish and comes with a beetroot relish... mmm

affordable and well worth it.

free wifi and they happily plugged my computer cord into the kitchen power point.

they have couches under a bamboo hut style roof as well as tables and chairs either in the shade of trees or out in the sunshine.

It´s situated on the main drag that leads up from the dock. it's on the left, so just keep your eyes wide and you can't miss it. the people who work there are friendly and professional. They really care about the quality of the food and using sustainable, local ingredients.

it´s just a lovely place to be.


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