26 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
250 Oeste del ICE, Tibas. Centro Comercial Plaza Tibas, Segundo Piso, Local 1, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Asian, Fusion
Billed as "Kung Fu Asian Cuisine therapy." Menu offers ramen soups, sushi, noodles, and gyoza (dumplings). Also known as Sugoi Dynasty Sushi.
corner of Calle 35 and Avenida 7 (at about 100m from Universidad Hispanoamericana in Barrio Escalante), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Lacto, International, Western, Fusion, Costa Rican
Offers vegetarian fusion consisting of a mix of Spanish, Peruvian, Japanese, and Italian cuisine. Most dishes contain cheese but some can be vegan upon request. Opened since Sept 2012. Previously located on Barrio Escalante, del Centro Cultural 250 norte.
125 Norte Iglesia, San Pedro (at Montes de Oca), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Western, Juice bar, Costa Rican
Simple place offering food and smoothies, though limited vegan choices. A block and a half away from the Church, on Paseo de los Estudiantes, left side as you're walking away from the main street. Near UCR.
San Pedro, Calle de la Amargura, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian
A small Hindu outdoor patio restaurant connected to the theater. Short menu with authentic Indian cuisine. Menu items are mix and match, and the plate of the day is filling. Previously named Cafe Giratablas. Reported to have moved to the University of Costa Rica area. Note: Located in San Pedro, Calle de la Amargura, across the train rails, in front of bar-rest Omar Khayyan. Next to COASA photocopies. If coming from Los Yoses (ruta de San Pedro), near the corner of 27th street (diagonal from KFC).
200 este de la Rotonda del Farolito (at Barrio Escalante), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Raw, Delivery, Take-out, Caribbean, Costa Rican
Local restaurant serving fusion cuisine and some raw food. Current location with is pet friendly area with ample parking. Reported re-opened to HappyCow Feb 2014.
Avenida Segunda, Centro Comercial San Pedro, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, International, Western, Beer/Wine
Opened Aug 2014, this vegetarian restaurant offers a varied menu, from pizza and pasta to wraps and sandwiches, from noodles and veggie sushi with tofu to vegan pastries. Could substitute cashew cheese in a vegetarian dish that uses dairy cheese.
Front of Pali Novacentro, Guadalupe, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Taiwanese
Taiwanese family-run, small vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. Soups, noodles, rice and many specialty dishes that are plant based such as eggplant with basil, bamboo and vegetable stir-fry and potato curry are also on the menu. Also sells mock pork and mock fish for home use.
200 Norte de Intensa, Calle 33, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Pizza, International, Organic, Beer/Wine
A vegetarian place with a large vegan selection. Also has a large selection of artisanal beers and in-house-made sodas as well as wine and sangria. Vegan options are clearly labelled on menu as well as vegetarian options that can be made vegan. They specialize in salads, pizzas, sandwiches and pasta.
Fresh Market de Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Raw, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Gluten-free
Raw food cafe affiilated with Raw Co. in Escazu. Offers breakfast, cakes, juices, and smoothies. Vegan except goat cheese option and selling honey.
Sabana Sur. 25m South from AMPM, right behind AMPM (at Avenida 12), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Juice bar, Take-out, Asian
Simple Asian restaurant offering buffet est. 2009. Alternative phone number: +506 8510-1822.
Calle 33, Av 7, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Lacto, Western, Juice bar, Costa Rican
Vegetarian store combined with restaurant, moved here Jan 2016 from downtown San Jose. Stocks a wide variety of vegan and organic products, including many hard to find items including nutella and cashew based cheese. Previously fully vegan, now carries dairy cheese.
Avenida 4 y Calle Primera, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out
Sells plato del dia which includes soup, salad, veggies, an entree, and dessert for under $4 (£2). The menu also offers bean burgers and cheese sandwiches on whole-wheat bread. Previously named El Natural. Confirmed open June 2014.
Avenida 1, between Calles 1/3, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Lacto, Western, Fast food, Juice bar
A fast food chain with locations in food courts. Large space. Vegetarian menu includes veggieburgers, juices, sandwiches, soup, beans, and more.
Avenida Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Uses organic, natural and local products as much as possible and does not use artificial preservatives or colorings. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are clearly labelled on menu. All coffee and cocoa drinks are organic and local. All vendors are certified organic and/or maintain eco-friendly practices. Located in the upscale Avenida Escazu center with an open kitchen and bakery. Free Wi-Fi. Ample parking.
50 Meters North of the Law Faculty at the UCR, San Pedro (at /Inside Ave del Paraiso Bldg), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers clearly labeled vegetarian and vegan dishes, including several appetizers, main courses and desserts. Serves local artisanal beer, a variety of wines and cocktails. The grounds have picturesque gardens.
Ramp Calderon Guardia Hospital visits, 50 meters west, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: American, Western, Salad bar, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Build-your-own salad, wrap, or pita with selections from an assortment of chopped veggies and fruits plus dressings. Has dessert cups with combinations of cooked fruit and spices. Located at Casa del Arcoiris (the rainbow house), 50 meters west of the Hospital Calderon Guardia visitors ramp on a side street. Replaced the previous Cambalache with change of ownership and food concept.
Calle 29, Avenida 8 - Los Yoses, Frente a Casa Italia, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: International, Western, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A gastropub serving internacional cuisine with seasonal ingredients. Large selection of beers in addition to its home brew. At least one vegetarian and vegan choice per dish course, labelled on the menu--from a veggie burger or pizza, to a bok choy and swiss chard stirfry.
Avenida 8 y Calle 13 (at Barrio La Soledad), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Juice bar, Caribbean, Costa Rican, Latin American, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant operating since 1987. In addition to is menu it offers a daily lunch plate that is usually vegetarian. Has fresh baked goods. Uses some organic produce.
San Pedro, Montes de Oca, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Mediterranean, Fast food, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A sandwich shop where all sandwiches are accompanied with a green house salad with house dressing. There is an additional combo choice with a fruit smoothie and a side of veggies or sweet potato or potato fries (vary depending on local ingredients available at a given season). About 50% of the menu is vegetarian and vegan. Any vegetarian items that can be made vegan upon request. Offers a good selection of salads, as well as tea-based and fruit-based smoothies. The restaurant is small and cozy with a relaxed and low-key atmosphere. Parking in front. Easy to access by bus as well. Directions: From the Am/Pm in La Paulina in direction of Sabanilla 150 meters East, left side of road, in front of UNED campus, San Pedro, Montes de Oca.
Calle 11, Ave 6 y 8 (at near Ave Central Market in downtown), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, International, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu has icons for fish, dairy, egg ingredients. Has vegan-friendly options. Try the vegetarian coconut soup with shiitake mushrooms, sprouts, and tofu. The vegetarian menu no longer contains fish sauce.
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