Restaurante Vegetariano...

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 11 Reviews
Restaurant and health store with a takeaway counter. Busy at lunchtime. Serves only the set menu which includes a soup and main dish which is usually vegetarian spin-offs of standard Colombian dishes (rice, beans, veggies). Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Take-out, Colombian
San Diego, Calles de los Puntales 37-01 (Carrera 9 btwn Calle 37 & Calle 38)
Cartagena, Colombia

Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-2pm, takeaway and shop til 6:30pm.

  • Cash only


First Review by iceicekati

Very cheap and decent

3 Posted on 08 / 23 / 2014

This place serves a set daily lunch, plus one or 2 slices of pizza/cakes/muffins/drinks that you can order extra.

Set meal is P 7,000 (USD 3.50) for a soup and plate of soya food with veg and rice, plus juice. Good value but not inspiring.

Staff are helpful.

Pros: Very cheap, Central, Good value
Cons: No choices, Only open for lunch

ok food for a good price

3 Posted on 07 / 28 / 2014

We went to Girasoles for lunch and thought the food was alright. The set lunch (without soup) came to 6000 pesos and consisted of a salad, rice & lentils, a cous cous pumkin salad and seitan. It's a decent, cheap option for a simple veggie meal. We'll probably go back for a healthy lunch option.

Pros: good portion size, price
Cons: food is good, but not amazing

Hearty Meal For Cheap!

4 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2014

My husband and I were so impressed by how delicious and filling their set lunch is. It included juice, soup, rice, salad, and an entree (this day, some sort of lentil loaf). With dessert (soy milk flan!) We still paid less than $5 each. I will absolutely go back!

Be sure to sit upstairs. There is air conditioning and a cute/cozy ambiance with sunflower murals. Downstairs was hot and not as cheery.

Pros: Cheap, Filling

just okay

3 Posted on 12 / 31 / 2013

limited vegan options, but the price is right. cartagena doesn't have many places that offer vegan food, so by default, girasoles is probably the best option in the city. if you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.

cheap, healthy, easy to find & good options

4 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2013

i had lunch here a few times. The staff had no english but gave me the menĂº of the dia each time & seemed to understand that i was vegan. The first day i was to late for lunch so they gave me empanadas & pizza slices from store downstairs & juice which were fine & they were made with wholewheat. I didnt see any vegan dips though. The food was good serving & good value which consisted of soup, main(Brown rice, veg, salad,patacone, beans /fake meat & juice.

Pros: clean, healthy, cheap
Cons: lunch is finished abit to early


Good find in old city

4 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2013

This place had a menu del dia which they could veganise. The food was good and filling but not amazing.

The shop downstairs sells some vegan dips (excellent). I recommend trying them and vegetarian empanadas.

I would go here again.

Pros: vegan dips

Girasoles, Cartagena

5 Posted on 01 / 24 / 2013

There's 3 parts to this place:-

* Restaurant upstairs
* Take away counter downstairs
* Health food shop downstairs

I had lunch in the restaurant. Its a set menu job take it or leave. I tried to explain in Spanish my veganism (sin leche etc) and that seemed to understood easily as I was corrected when I made a mistake in my Spanish. It was a juice drink, soup and then a main of what seemed to be a falafel ball or the like, some veg casserole, rice and salad. For 7000 pesos, this was a tasty bargain.

Interestingly I asked how much a 2nd bowl of soup after the 1st would be. I was told this wouldn't be possible so it looks like the cooking process is precision planned.

Downstairs at the take away counter there was cake on offer (apple cake specifically), empanadas (eg mushroom, spinach, green beans, vego chorizo) and mushroom or brocolli pizza by the slice.

The choice in the shop isn't the most extensive by any means by some choice is better than none. I asked for some honey granola but was told all the granolas they sell contain honey.

I have a 20+ hour bus journey ahead of me tomorrow. I went in to ask if I could reserve a bunch of empanadas to take away for the journey. I was told 'no problem'. For that I am cranking the rating up to 5.

Its located right on a corner where all 4 street names are different.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Inexpensive, Useful take away service

It was vegetarian, but...

3 Posted on 11 / 24 / 2012

Maybe it was because I arrived 30 minutes before closing, but the food wasn't great - a lot for $7000COP (about $4 USD) and included juice, soup, rice, salad, eggplant dish, gluten, and a fried fritter.

Pros: Vegetarian, Large portions
Cons: Uninterested staff, Not much flavor

Great place for lunch / snacks

4 Posted on 06 / 13 / 2012

We went here twice; the first time was in the afternoon so they only had empanadas available (the green bean, spinach, and mushroom ones were all vegan and all pretty good). The second time was during the lunch rush, they were very busy (we had to share a table with strangers) but the food was mostly great. I really loved the corn fritter and Thai stir fry, the salad had a gross dressing but the rest was pretty good and the price was great.

One thing that was weird was that they only brought one plate of food (but two bowls of soup) for the two of us, and it was very hard to get a hold of our waitress to get more.

The location shown on the map is incorrect. Its actual location is 10.42627, -75.54727 (NW corner of Tablada & Los Puntales, or Carrera 9 and Calle 37 as shown on Google Maps).

Also, they're either closed on Sunday or open later that day, I stopped by at 10:45am hoping to get empanadas for the plane ride home and they were still closed.

Pros: Variety, Cheap
Cons: Crowded, Limited service
  • jrfishe1 jrfishe1

    I forgot to mention that they have several kinds of fresh juice (corozo, carrot, lulo, etc.) in the cooler downstairs, as well as a variety of vegan milks by the glass.


Don't miss lunch

4 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2012

I wasn't able to make it for lunch, so the only other options outside that time are the juices, and reheated empanadas and pizzas. The empanadas were nice because they were whole wheat and baked. The fillings were very nice (they have spinach, mushroom or green bean) although I wished there were more inside. Didn't have the pizza - not vegan - but it had broccoli on it. Healthier options. Easy to take away.

There is also an attached health food store were you can buy granola, quinoa, protein powder, flax seeds, etc.

Pros: Cheap, Healthy, Take away
Cons: Lack of diversity

Good and cheap lunch fixed menu

4 Posted on 08 / 13 / 2009

Ate there 2 days in a row because it was about US$3 for a solid, big serving of brown rice, curried veggies, salad, soup and juice! Filling, tasty and affordable. Ask around for it near Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, in a very pretty spot of Cartagena's old city

Pros: big portions, healthy food, cheap!
Cons: A-C not working great, fixed menu, no choices


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Last updated: 2013/02/01


Added: 2009/06/06


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