26 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
Barrio Escalante 7th Ave, 35th St (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. NOTE: advertises itself as fully vegetarian, but has been reported to serve fish at special events - please confirm and update HappyCow.
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.
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, Honey
Raw food cafe affiilated with Raw Co. in Escazu. Offers breakfast, cakes, juices, and smoothies. Vegan except goat cheese option and selling honey. NOTE: Jul 2017 has been reported both vegetarian and pescatarian - please confirm its veg status to HappyCow.
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.
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.
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.
Bv Ernesto Rohrmoser, De playa mayor, 200 metros al oeste, contiguo al parque Llama del Bosque (at Calle 92), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Pizza, Raw, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small alternative restaurant with unique decor offering interesting options made with quality ingredients, including multiple vegan and gluten free menu items. Kale is featured in many of the dishes and also used as a garnish as well. Cashew cream cheese and quinoa are also part of many of the dishes. Pizzas are normally done with mozzarella but are available with the cashew cream cheese instead and the dough is a yucca/rice mix making it gluten free.
Centro Comercial San Jose 2000, La Uruca, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: International, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Seafood restaurant with vegetarian and vegan choices on the menu, including veggie ceviche with palm hearts and peach palm, green salads, veggie rice, veggie burger (the bread is vegan), veggie fajitas, spaghetti pomodoro, patacones with guacamole, pico de gallo and mashed beans. (Vegans will most likely have to inquire as to which of these are indeed vegan.) The owners understand the difference between vegetarian and vegan.
Plaza Viquez, Frente a las Piscinas , San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, International, Japanese, Asian, Vietnamese, Korean, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a separate kitchen for vegan and vegetarian food. The vegan menu has many choices in each one of the cuisines they serve. Please tell your server you are vegan and they will recommend the best dishes for your taste. Sometimes they give a courtesy dessert (exclusive for vegan customers).
Av 7, Calle 62A, Mata Redonda, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Raw, Mediterranean, Salad bar, Juice bar, Delivery, Bakery, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a salad bar and a juice bar with lots of clearly labeled vegan choices (and gluten free items such as buns & pancakes). Vegans can order cupcakes, ice cream made with coconut milk, organic chocolate, coffee, juices, ice tea, smoothies and many more.
30, Calle 11 (at downtown), San Jose, Costa Rica
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Asian food restaurant near Ave Central Market with some vegetarian dishes such as Indian curry, tofu kung pao, Korean chap che, and pad thai. Be sure to specify vegan. Menu has icons for fish, dairy, egg ingredients.
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