Adventist-run vegan-friendly restaurant and health food store. Set lunch starts at 11:30am and includes soup, rice with several veggie dishes, salad, and fruit drink. At other times, order from the menu. Also sells whole-grain breads, grains and more. Take-out products like pizza and lasagna comes with cheese, be sure to inquire for vegan options. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Western, International, Take-out
Calle 15 Unit 3-122 (Carrera 3)
Santa Marta, Colombia
57-5420-9594

Open Mon-Thur 8am-6:30pm, Fri 8am-3pm, Sun 9am-2pm, closed Sat and Holidays.

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First Review by Scrablero
maynard7
maynard7
110

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  • mostly-vegetarian

My favorite veggie place in Santa Marta

5 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2014

The food is good, and the prices are very reasonable. They have a big steam table, and you can actually look at the food and point to what you want. While you are ordering, they will encourage you to get soup and other items, but remember you have to pay for each item you choose. (This is not a set meal as you'll find in most of Colombia). If you order at least 3 items, your meal comes with a free juice drink. So I usually ordered 3 items, which costs 6.000-7.000 pesos as of January 2014. They are open for lunch, but also for dinner until 630pm. For dinner, don't get there any later than 600pm, as they start putting the food away. I paid 8.500 at lunch for 4 items plus juice drink. The people that work there are really nice. They are connected to a vitamin store right on the corner. They told me they are only open until 100pm on Sunday so don't get there too late. There's another dining room on the other side of the wall with additional tables, so don't despair if the first dining room you see is full. I would give them 5 cows for value and food quality. Warmly recommended.

Pros: Good flavors, Interesting selections of items, Good value
VeggieNextDoor
VeggieNextDoor
9

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  • herbivore

Popular With Colombianos!

4 Posted on 01 / 03 / 2014

We loved this bustling lunch spot that seemed to be very popular with Colombianos. We think we were the only international tourists there. We got an immense amount of food for just about $4 each and were able to select which dishes we wanted. I had a soup, salad, rice, beans and grape juice.

Pros: Low Price, Mix & Match, Not Touristy
Cons: Busy/crowded, May Be Hard To Find A Table
DIANE240378
DIANE240378
51

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  • vegan

high carbs & fake meat

2 Posted on 09 / 21 / 2013

I ate here 2 or 3 times, my first time was a sunday & it was only the main & juice, no soup. The 2nd say was spagetti,rice & veg with veg soup & juice. They had soya mince aswell but was gone when i arrived at 1.30pm. This place was only average but not many other choices in main area. I bought some quinoa to cook which was handy as you cannot get it in supermarket & i tried some cake & arepa which were ok too.Give this place ago & see what you think.Pity there wasnt more healthier options, staff were friendly though.

Pros: in centre, friendly staff, cheap
Cons: needs healthier proteins
choogirl
choogirl
96

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  • vegan

It's ok

3 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2013

I ate here twice. The first time was on a Sunday and they had only had fried rice and salad consisting of tomato and white onion. I thought it was a bit average.

Then I went back the next day when they had the full menu del dia on offer and it was much better. They like their fake meat here, so beware of that.

As far as vegan food in Santa Marta goes, this place is your best bet. It won't be the best meal you ever have in South America, but it will be far from the worst.

Pros: Good value, Open on Sundays
jrfishe1
jrfishe1
17

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  • vegan

Mostly bland food, but good variety

3 Posted on 06 / 13 / 2012

We got a lunch plate which had unseasoned yellow potatoes, decent falafel, some great fake ham, bland yellow lentils, and decent stir-fried vegetables. The nispero soy milkshake was excellent, the guanabana juice was watery. So the food wasn't amazing, but it was nice that they had tons of vegan options, and it was cheap.

Pros: Cheap, Variety, Nispero Soy Milkshake
Cons: Bland

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saveur
saveur
100

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  • vegan

Great!

4 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2012

I sadly only made it here right before they closed, so they only had leftovers from lunch. I almost cleaned them out as I tried many different dishes, though. Loved their vegan tamales with TVP (a bit heavy on the oil though). The vegan deep-fried potato balls were also really tasty. Wasn't a fan of their lentil patties (?kind of like falafels) but they travelled well. In short, tasty food although not the healthiest. Mostly veganized version of South American dishes. I wish I could have tried their lunch but they have great take-away options.

Pros: Cheap, Tasty, Diverse
Cons: Not very healthy
Whipmaster
Whipmaster
3

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  • vegetarian

Fantastic!

5 Posted on 05 / 11 / 2012

What a fantastic treat this place is and a great break from the usual Colombian vegetarian fair. Even the locals seem to love this place. The vegan set lunch will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. They also sell everything from veggie meats to vegan cheese, which are very hard to find in South America. I plan on eating here as much as a can while visiting Santa Marta. This place is not to be missed.

Pros: Large portions, Friendly service, Very innovative
Cons: NA
Scrablero
Scrablero
16

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  • vegetarian

delectable

4 Posted on 05 / 11 / 2012

Santa Marta sits on Colombia's Caribbean coast to the east of Cartagena. Vegans/vegetarians will be delighted to find this restaurant/health food store conveniently located in the center, near the beach. Though they are open for all 3 meals, I have eaten only their "set lunch" ($8,000 COP), which includes soup, a main plate with brown rice and several veggie dishes, plus salad and a drink. The meal is dished up in front of you so you pick and choose what you want.

By South American standards, the food is quite good, more sophisticated and flavorful than in most places. There's seating for about 15 people and at lunchtime the place fills up with locals, always a good sign. The set lunch is over when the food runs out, as was the case the first time I went, so get there early!

Apart from the regular meals, they offer a variety of prepared items, from sandwiches to pizza, for carry-out.

They sell "whole-grain" baked goods, including bagels, though I find that in Colombia this often means white flour mixed with wheat germ and caramel color! An attached vitamin/mineral shop sells supplements.

(Please note that Govinda's no longer serves meals to the public, so Vital is the only veggie place left in Santa Marta.)

Pros: great food, reasonable prices, friendly staff
Cons: food runs out sometimes!

 

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Last updated: 2014/01/16

 

Added: 2012/05/08

 

Added by: Scrablero

 

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