Verde Mesa

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 2 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Offers many vegetarian items in addition to some fish. Vegan upon request. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Organic, Latin American, Puerto Rican, Non-veg
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First Review by Ethan
brohamand
brohamand
6

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  • vegan

Nice Pescatarian Restaurant in Old San Juan

4 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2013

This place is very charming, with a very "in" style--salvaged dining room chairs, mason jar chandeliers, rusty old doors dividing the room, a vintage hutch in the corner, and tin ceiling tiles. It is a very cute place for a date. I heard both English and Spanish in the restaurant, but it's probably more tourists overall than locals.

The menu is all pescatarian with a good number of vegan options. The waitstaff speaks English well and knows exactly what's vegan and what's not.

I went here twice, and the food was of very high quality. Once I got the signature rice dish and another time I got a portabella special over red quinoa. Both times the food was tasty and beautifully presented.

I only have two complaints: 1. For the price (~$20 for an entree), the portions are very small. Obviously this is normal for higher-price restaurants, just be aware going in that you'll likely want a cup of soup or an appetizer (or both) on top of your entree. 2. There were no vegan desserts. For a place called "green table," you'd think they'd have a bowl of fresh fruit at least.

Overall: nice place for a date in Old San Juan, but be prepared for the higher price and small portions.

Pros: Location, Ambiance, Tasty
Cons: High-priced, Small portions, No vegan desserts
Ethan
Ethan
25

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  • vegan

Best New Vegan-Friendly Spot in San Juan!

4 Posted on 03 / 31 / 2012

We were recommended to Verde Mesa by our hotel's concierge and BOY! Are we ever glad we were!

When we googled "Verde Mesa San Juan" the first listing comes up saying that it's closed. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It turns out that it had been closed for a short while as they expanded the restaurant. Anyway, we were there at the end of March 2012 and it was open and thriving.

The ambiance is a bit of old-world San Juan meets quaint/kitsch. Very fun. The owner and the staff are friendly and solicitous. We explained that we were vegan and they immediately offered to take anything on the menu and "veganize" it for us.

We started with the cocktail "infusions"-- the sangria was delicious as was the Strawberry Mojito. They also had a Cucumber mojito-like beverage, which was refreshing. We started with some of the specials that night, all of which were delicious. However, for the main course, our concierge recommended we try the house specialty; The Arroz Verde Mesa. So we did and BOY! Were we glad we did!

We ordered them with the optional side of apple-cider infused tofu, and it was a divine combination.

The only "downer" about the entire experience is that there was not a single dessert option that was vegan. However, we were so full from the meal and drinks that we would have been hard pressed to consume a vegan dessert if there were one.

This place is a GEM in the heart of old San Juan. I cannot wait until the next time I'm in Puerto Rico and, in large part, it's because I want to go back, and have the Arroz Verde Mesa!

Pros: Delicious Food, Organic, Friendly Staff
Cons: A lot of cheese and fish, no vegan desserts, slightly pricey

 

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Last updated: 2014/02/04

 

Added: 2012/03/31

 

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