Vegetalia Restaurante

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 46 Reviews
Manufacturer of organic and natural vegetarian food. Operates a vegetarian food store and a restaurant for people to taste its products. Seitan, tofu, vegetables, and more. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, European, Spanish, Fast food, Take-out


First Review by friendmole

Great for families

4 Posted on 07 / 12 / 2014

We have three kids, 1, 3 and 7. This had a good diversity for us to get everyone fed well and happy. A big bonus is there is a playground in the square right in from of the restaurant (geared toward quite young kids). Service was excellent. We had a couple different veggie burgers, a veggie paella, tofu nuggets. All quite good. I know there are a lot of vegetarian options in this neighbourhood and so it might not be the top one, but we found it very nice

Pros: Excellent food variety, playground in square out front, Good service (and wifi and outdoor seat)
Cons: Not upscale, Not in Barcelona's most beautiful square

Not great for vegans

2 Posted on 06 / 16 / 2014

The vegan options weren't great. The hummus was good but they give only a few pita dips... Spring rolls weren't great (first time kids didn't like it)

The vegan paella... Well... Maybe healthier version with "arroz integral" but less tasty

And the "burger" was a surprise... Got a veggi steak (seitan and tempe) without bread. Just salad and brown rice (no sauce!)

Pros: healthy, terasse
Cons: didn't like the plates


3 Posted on 05 / 17 / 2014

Ok, no more no less. Had the premium burger, with a nice sallad and brown rice. however the burger itself was quite bland and disappointing


2 Posted on 05 / 01 / 2014

In another city this would get three stars, but with the wealth of excellent veg restaurants nearby, this only gets two. Our waiter wasn't very knowledgeable, didn't know what we meant by cheese without animal rennet even when we translated it to Spanish. He seemed a bit surly at first but got more friendly. We ordered the three course meal, a good value. The spinach salad was large and good but the vegan options for the main course were limited and the tofu veg wok was only ok. The bread was old and stale and there was only fruit as a vegan option for dessert. We got the smoothie, again only ok. Rasoterra is down the street and a much better option.

Pros: good value, good salad
Cons: soso food, soso service

A reasonable choice in the Gothic.

3 Posted on 04 / 28 / 2014

Had lunch here with my family. We all had the 3 course lunch special option. The vegan option was good, but lacked veggies. My children had tofu and cheese nuggets as a starter, which looked great, and came with a salad. Their second course was a veggie patty, and came with the same salad. I would love to say this place blew me away, but, like most veg places in Barcelona, the food lacked flavor (except Veg World India).

The service was typical of Barcelona, efficient (minus Rasoterra), but without emotion.

Be aware they charge 10% more for outdoor seating.

Pros: outdoor seating
Cons: lacking flavor


Good vegetarian lunch menu in English

4 Posted on 03 / 03 / 2014

Vegetalia provide a menu in English. The waiter apologised that it was from Google translate but it looked OK to us - our one and only disappointment with this restaurant was that the menu didn't provide any of the funny mis-translations we have seen in the past (one place in Mallorca has omlette as "Eggs broken").

I am afraid I went nothing more exotic than a pizza but it was excellent and just what I needed after a morning of wandering the alleys (and the beer was just what I needed after nearly being run over by a skate boarder, two cyclists and a very large school outing all charging towards an ice cream vendor).

Vegetalia is just off the Placa George Orwell near the water front and a short walk from the Picasso museum (free entry on Sunday afternoons after 3 btw).

Good Lunch Choice

4 Posted on 12 / 30 / 2013

There are seveal vegan options on the menu. I had the vegan burger which had a good texture and was tasty. Pleasant vibe, accommodating service. This is a good choice for standard vegan fare.

Not for vegans

2 Posted on 11 / 22 / 2013

I went there by myself and took the daily menu because there is only 1 main course which is vegan a la carte and it's a paella.... But unfortunately the daily menu wasn't better. A carrot soup or a very dry and boring rice salad as apetizer. then a fideua or a tofu plate with couscous which literally consist in 3 big untasty slices of tofu and some couscous. There was no veggies at all. The only vegan desert was of course a "batido" and the fruit an veggie juices are in bottle... It's sad cause the restaurant is cute, the service is nice and all the non vegan options looked nice.

I didn't find is not expensive

3 Posted on 09 / 24 / 2013

I've been once to Vegetalia. I bought some food for take away. I didn't know btw that they charge you extra if you sit outside.
But even I didn't I thought it was far from inexpensive.
Also I was bothered by so many non-vegan items on the menu.
And they'd let me wait too long before I could order (I waited outside at the window opening while that Vegetalia guy was doing stuff speaking to some Spanish people).
So the overall impression was not so good. I didn't come back.

Tasty vegetarian food

4 Posted on 07 / 17 / 2013

My boyfriend and I ate there once during our holiday. We both hat Nachos with cheese and chili, my boyfriend had asian-style noodles with tofu and vegetables and I had a burger made out of tofu and spinach, rice and a salad. Everything tasted really good.
We would totally go there again!

Pros: everything

it's good

4 Posted on 06 / 05 / 2013

The food was great. Service is a bit slow but that's the norm at most veg places. Yum! :)

Pros: good food, vegan options
Cons: the chocolate flan

Fresh and tasty.

4 Posted on 05 / 29 / 2013

This little place is super easy to find, and the staff are helpful. The menu has a good mixture of snackish day-food; burgers, pizzas etc and amazing evening meals. Vegan options aren't vast but they are tasty as hell. I had spring rolls for a starter both times I visited because they were beautiful (if they're still on the menu when you visit, definitely get them). Amazing, fresh cocktails. Wine selection, juices too.


3 Posted on 05 / 07 / 2013

Good vegetarian restaurant with some vegan options. Nothing spectacular and not cheap.

Pros: Vegan options
Cons: Price

Nice but vegan not reliable

3 Posted on 03 / 27 / 2013

Though there a quite a few listings on the HC there is not much really vegan, so this place is OK compared to the choice in BCN... There are some vegan option on the menu and on the daily set lunch which is OK for a few days (I stayed for a week in BCN and ate here a few times). Their definition of vegan is however not mine, vegan marked and especially asked still had a lot if egg in it which for me is not vegan at all. Food is all nicely looking and decently tasting though and place OK and staff friendly, so happy that is exits...

Pros: It exists, Nice atmosphere, Food nice looking
Cons: Vegan definition not as elsewhere

boring vegan options

2 Posted on 03 / 22 / 2013

I came here several times for lunch and diner in 2011 and 2012. The lunch menu is cheap and the staff very friendly but they sometimes have boring vegan options, which makes me hesitate to come back again.

It is not a good diner place for a vegan. Too expansive and you end up with vegan food which is more like fast food. Not worth it.

Updated from previous review on Sunday July 22, 2012

I made the mistake to come here again during my stay in BCN. Really bad. They cannot even figure out a vegan option and the food is not very good quality. Never AGAIN.

Pros: cheap, friendly staff, sometimes nice vegan lunch
Cons: any NICE vegan lunch options??, expansive simple diners, quality and creativity not so high

Decent for a big lunch

3 Posted on 01 / 02 / 2013

It's only worth going here really for the menu of the day at €9.90 as the other main courses are €7-10 each. Vegan selection is reasonable but the food is not mesmerising and lacks imagination and flair. There are now so many vegetarian and vegan places in Barcelona that offer similarly priced menu deals of a better quality such as L'Hortet, Organic and Biocenter. Having only eaten here once I am unlikely to return as I would like to try other places but I would certainly recommend it if you want a substantial feed whilst walking around this wonderful part of the city.

Pros: cheap daily menu
Cons: basic food, diner style

nice place for dinner

4 Posted on 09 / 19 / 2012

nice place with a great outside sitting area. nice for dinner and easy dates.

Cons: the main dishes are too small

Big love!

4 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2012

I am also really surprised by the more negative reviews here. I visited Vegetalia with a big party of friends and relatives while in Barca and we all loved it. The waitress was extremely patient with us all speaking broken Spanglish, and very friendly and lovely. She answered all our questions about the content of the food/drinks politely and knowledgeably. We ordered starters and mains, all of which were lovely. I was a bit nonplussed by the bun-free burger, but actually once I ate it, I appreciated the different take! Didn't think the portions were small at all; they weren't huge but they were plenty filling and we were all well satisfied by the end of the meal. We shared two jugs of Sangria which was DELICIOUS, the best we drank on our trip. Lovely atmosphere inside too, great colourful decor and nice bathrooms! My only complaint would be that we would have liked to sit outside in the courtyard but there were not very many tables and they were all taken. But that's a minor detail -- thanks Vegetalia, you're awesome!

Pros: Lovely staff, Great drinks, Nice atmosphere
Cons: More outside tables

Really Enjoyable

5 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2012

I was just reading some of the previous reviews and I must say, I am very surprised. We had a great experience at Vegetalia and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We had nachos & guacamole to start, the guacamole was really tasty. I had seitan & mushrooms in a creamy sauce with brown rice for my main, and my partner had a veggie burger on seeded bread with beetroot, corn, carrot, lettuce. He was surprised that it was on bread rather than a bun, but it wasn't really a big deal. We had coffee and a soft drink and I think the whole lot came to about 20 euro - that includes the 10% surcharge for sitting out on the terrace. There was only one server that evening, but he did an excellent job and we weren't kept waiting, or rushed for that matter. I would definitely go back on my next visit to Barcelona, I thought the food we had was delicious.

Pros: Great food, Good value, Nice location

Great food from a great brand

4 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2012

Very friendly space with able staff. Food was gorgeous and proportined, filling and conforting. Paella was gorgeous. Is in a very centric square just beside another great place veegan fast food.

Pros: vegan, friendly , moderate

Good experience

4 Posted on 06 / 18 / 2012

I was taken to Vegetalia by a meat-eating friend who said that he always enjoyed eating there. It is a few doors away from Gopal, on the same square.

About 30% of the menu is vegan, and there are a few gluten free items. We shared two starters - hummus and Asian-style summer rolls, both of which were excellent. For my main I had the vegetarian paella, which was nice but nothing special.

Vegetalia has a varied menu with a range of salads, burgers and more traditional 'main courses'. I would like to see a bit more imagination with the vegan dishes, but it is not a major issue. They also make fresh juices to your specification (i.e. up to three fruits of your choice).

All in all a good dining experience, and not too pricey either.

Pros: vegan-friendly, excellent starters
Cons: slightly unimaginative menu

tasty food

5 Posted on 04 / 03 / 2012

interesting, imaginative food. gay friendly staff, intimate setting in cool area.

Pros: quiet corners, cooler interior than most v, cosy
Cons: nothing really, deserts the same nearby places, home made deserts would be better

Good Lunch

5 Posted on 02 / 20 / 2012

We had a good lunch there. We had a mixed group of vegan and gluten free people, and everyone was happy. Would definitely go back.

Yummy cake

5 Posted on 01 / 17 / 2012

We only had tea and cake there (same cake they serve at Gopal). The cake was definitely one of the best vegan cakes I ever had.

Pros: excellent vegan cake

choose something other

2 Posted on 12 / 11 / 2011

Food: quite good and tasty, but really small portion
Price: too high for that food
Service: not too good, waitress seemed bored and angry, everything took really long

If you are in Barcelona, there are many better vegan restaurant choices.

Pleasant meal

4 Posted on 09 / 28 / 2011

We had tasty food at a reasonable price but the service was a bit poor. There was only one waiter for the entire terrace area of a Sunday evening.

But as per other reviews, one of the few veggie places open on a Sunday!

delicious seitan

4 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2011

One of few veggie places open for lunch on Sundays in the side streets off of La Rambla. I enjoyed a seitan and brown rice dish. While the seitan was very deleicious, it was too much for me. The second time I went I asked if they could give more rice and less seitan. They were not able to accommodate, but I ordered it again anyway, because the seitan is so good!


3 Posted on 04 / 24 / 2011

It pains me to write a critical review of any vegetarian restaurant because of course I want them all to succeed.
However, our experience at Vegetalia was a little lacking. The service was friendly enough, and our sangria was wonderful. The food was lacking though.
I ordered pakora that was soggy and bland. It was too expensive for what it was.

A complete dissapointment!

2 Posted on 04 / 03 / 2011

The only good thing I found in this restaurant were smoothies and a salad.
I have ordered wraps which were burned and tasted kind of old,..then pakoras which were over burned again and completely tastless,...Salad was good but just too small.
My friends had pizza they said it was ok,..
[edited by staff]
They told me everything is organic but the labels on friuts par examle didnt have any trace of organic certification,..
I dont care what people do in their spare time but work in a restaurant should have at least in tiny little interest in food and being kind to guests,..
Restaurant has a nice corner made out of himalayan salt otherwise lack of athmosphere...

I definetely dont recommend that restaurant,..[edited by staff]

Pros: Smoothies, Fresh juice
Cons: Poor food- over burned, Tastless old food, Expensive

nothing out of the ordinary

2 Posted on 06 / 17 / 2010

This is the other place we tried, this time just my boyfriend and I, cant be dragging my friends to veggy rest all the time, specially if in bcn.
To be honest dindt really (dont wanna say like it but) do much for us, the food was simple and the burger not a chance.
Perhaps it wasn't the cooks best day and we couldn't help comparing with the one we've just been 2 days before, that was amazing.

Cons: what mojito?, do not order the burger

Mojito Heaven

4 Posted on 10 / 05 / 2009

We visited Vegetalia twice during our stay in Barcelona and were happy with the service and friendly staff. We tried the spring rolls, paella, banana cake and mushroom entree all of which were great except the mushroom dish was served with woody old asparagus. We also ate a burger, but felt that something was lacking - flavour, sauce, bun ?? Obviously we also tried their mojitos: yummy, refreshing and moorish. Nice place to visit even just to see their crystal wall and lamps.

Pros: mojitos, friendly staff, wholesome food

decent place

3 Posted on 08 / 14 / 2009

Its pretty interesting going to a place where they sell their patties all nice and prepackaged and you can get them in any of the health food stores in town. Its a simple place, but they oil up a pan and sear the burger, and the burger just comes out on a plate with no bun so its a little anti climatic!

Cons: no bun


4 Posted on 03 / 23 / 2009

This was one of two veggie restarants I visited on a 3 day break to Barcelona and was the best of the 2 (see my other Barecelona review...) This small restaurant is quite easy to find on Playa de George Orwell in the Barrio Gottic area of the city. Menu has a reasonable range- we opted for the vegetarian starter platter for 2 and found this substantial as an evening meal (I think this cost about 12 euros) if you have a smaller appetite. During the daytime you can takeaway a slice of pizza or a veggieburger with salad which were quite reasonably priced for Barcelona (no more than 5 Euros each I think)
Would visit this restaurant again.

Pros: location, price, food
Cons: none

Good score

5 Posted on 02 / 26 / 2009

I was in Barcelona for a trade show and had bearly eaten all week -- not a great city for vegetarians -- so this place is a score. Great vibe. Good food.

Three courses with plenty of wine for two people came in under 50 Euro. Highly recommended.


5 Posted on 11 / 14 / 2008

The restaurant is relatively easy to find, the atmosphere lovely, and the staff very friendly. It's not a huge place, but it's cosy and inviting - perhaps something to do with the massive crystal quartz wall!

The food was excellent, although for my ravenous partner, his portion was a bit small. Nevertheless, everything is fresh, tasty, and you get quality veggie food.

Try it.

Pros: Tasty, Variety, Atmosphere
Cons: Location, Portion size

Yay for broccoli & brown rice!

4 Posted on 11 / 09 / 2008

My wife & I went to Vegetalia for our first meal after a very long plane flight. As vegans, we like to be sure to get calcium via broccoli, collards, kale, bok choy, etc. I was very happy with the amount of broccoli in the sauteed veg's on brown rice. Alas, Catalunya often uses too much salt, so my wife was less happy, and I'll rate this a 4 rather than a 5. We learned that when in Catalunya, ask for no salt [and add a little soy after it's served]!

Pros: broccoli, brown rice, english menu
Cons: salty

Very child friendly!

4 Posted on 07 / 18 / 2008

My 4yo son and I had lunch at Vegetalia today. We shared the set menu (3 courses for EUR9.90) and I found that while the serves were not huge, they were really perfectly adequate. More importantly, the dishes were delicious, very fresh and tasty and I had no problems getting a lovely vegan dessert (a soy-based fruit flan), which is not always the case at places that are not purely vegan. Most impressive was the fact that the staff saw that my son had already finished his first course while I was awaiting my vegie burger, and gave him a slice of the flan gratis to occupy him while I enjoyed my main course! Though I might add that my son also ended up sharing my main and really enjoying it too. So for those travelling with kids, I think you'll find this place easy and welcoming.
The store has only a limited range of products, but would certainly save a starving vegan doing self-catering. I find the veg pate spreads an excellent choice for picnics, especially the ones with the replaceable lid.

Pros: very friendly staff, fresh tastes, child-friendly
Cons: limited to set menu at lunch, food store limited range

Good food, friendly staff

4 Posted on 12 / 22 / 2007

On a great location at George Orwell place - this little resturant has a nice and friendly staff (who don't speak much English, but get along with the English menu). The atmosphere is good, the food deliciuos, healthy and cheap, and you can do take aways of the burgers. Very vegan friendly - with the list of the ingridiants on each dish.
Almost perfect.

Pros: Great food, good service, vegan friendly

Good Location, Good Vegetarian

4 Posted on 10 / 02 / 2007

We had the seitanwhich and something else and they were both yummy. My carrot juice wasn't very good. The location is nice and close to La Rambla. Good price.

Pros: location, price

Great food, good prices, slow service

4 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2007

They have a great variety of veggie, vegan and meat substitute options. Me and a friend have eaten there twice and enjoyed everything we have had except the spinach tortellini with mushroom sauce. It sounds good but was quite bland (tasted like frozen). The rice, beans and veggie burgers are great, as are the juices and the Seitanwhich. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Tasty, Unique, Affordable
Cons: Slow

Delicious, friendly

5 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2007

Once again don't go here if you're the kind of person to be annoyed by lack of ingredients/time taken to prepare food. Everything seems to be made fresh here, so took a little while to be prepared. Really friendly staff who made conversation and interesting food/drink reccommendations. Starter of freshly made hummus and pitta was delicious, and main courses were a variety of meat substitutes and also some nice veg. only dishes. Nice little shop at the back of the cafe too.

Pros: Friendly service, Nice variety, tasty food, Fresh ingredients
Cons: Sometimes slow service

Lots of vegan options! Even desert!

5 Posted on 07 / 26 / 2007

This became our favorite go-to restaurant during our stay in Barcelona. It is open all day so you never need to worry about time budgeting your sightseeing to correlate with your empty stomach. And the menu is full of super yummy comfort food which us Americans can start missing during our travels. Everything I had was amazingly flavorful. They somehow turned a simple dish of beans and rice into the most exotic, interesting flavor combination I've ever had. Magic! They have a rotating selection of vegan deserts, but I found the vegan chocolate pudding (a fixture on the menu) to be superior to any of the specialty cakes that I tasted. The restaurant is very English friendly and has menus printed in several languages. The staff was very helpful and nice and always remembered us upon our return. And the sangria.....yum! Definitely a must visit. (sidenote: when we asked the concierge at our hotel for directions, he told us not to go as it is a "terrible" part of town. he wouldn't even give us directions. this is rubbish. apparently the area used to be a red light district, but it has come a very long way since then. all of the usual travel rules apply, but i found it to be a completely hospitable neighborhood. and it's just a short walk off la rambla)

Pros: lots of vegan options, friendly staff, all day dining
Cons: none!

Attractive place near Placa Reail

5 Posted on 07 / 11 / 2007

Attractive, clean restaurant with small shop near busy Placa Reail. We visited for dinner and had tasty vegan dishes, including tofu kebabs, brown rice (a huge thrill when traveling), and fresh veggies. Nice atmosphere. They had a helpful recipe for organic carrot cake written up on a chalkboard. Vegan deserts, including chocolate cookies that tasted sinfully fudgy. Organic beer and wine. Solicitous staff, some with limited English. Menus in English, Spanish, and Catalan. Cheesy dishes are noted as such.

Pros: nice atmosphere, brown rice, vegan deserts
Cons: sensible portions

Cozy place

4 Posted on 06 / 18 / 2007

We had great, comfortfood at Vegetalia.
Plus: prices are so low you can eat yourself an indigestion here, which we like.

Not too exciting

2 Posted on 11 / 20 / 2006

OK, maybe we ordered the wrong things from the menu- we had a veggieburger and grilled tofu. Both had very little flavor, the portions were small.
They seem to have a good lunch menu - 8 euros for a 3 course meal.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
To be fair we are very picky and the people next to us enjoyed their meal a lot. There are better places to go though.

Pros: good location, friendly staff
Cons: bland food, small portions


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