Bibliothe

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Via Celsa 4, Roma, Rome, Italy, 00186

Bibliothe Roma provides vegetarian Ayurvedic food with a meal-of-the-day which consisting of soup, basmati pulao, chutney, and salad. Uses organic ingredients and many items are vegan suitable - ask about dessert. Staff speak English and will accommodate dietary requests. Directions: Follow tram line toward Torre Argentina, and you'll find Via Celsa on right next to ruins from the Tempio delle Ninfe; it's near Piazza Venezia. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Italian, Organic, Ayurvedic

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First Review by KixChloe

Many vegan options - Edit

Many vegan options available. Samosas are very tasty. Took too long for our cooked food to come, but was worth the wait.

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Relaxed, quirky. - Edit

Not the widest choice of food on the menu, but then that isn;t their 'sales pitch'. Its a restaurant at the back of a bookshop/meeting room. Very friendly, reasonably tasty food - whilst not being outstanding. Price slightly not he high side for what you get (but it is Rome, which is pricey).

Pros: Chilled atmosphere

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Lovely Lunch - Edit

We went to this restaurant for lunch after doing some sight seeing in the area, at first we went right past it on the street because it is quite tucked away! When you walk in it doesn't look like a restaurant but to your right is the entrance.

The service at first was VERY bad, they saw us, we sat down and must have waited 5-10 whole minutes for them to even bring us the menu. Once we ordered the food it took a very long time for it to come as well (at least 15 minutes). There was only us and one other table, not busy at all.

BUT when the food came it was amazing! We ordered curried vegetables with chapatis and samosas with salad and we split our meals to try both and they were so delicious! And very filling, big portions.

For two meals and litre of water it was 32 euros, so a bit expensive, but it was very delicious. It was in a lovely little room with lots of paintings.

Pros: Delicious Food, Lovely atmosphere

Cons: Quite 'tucked away', Slow service

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Trina 17 Sep 2016 - Thank you so much for your review. We're sorry about the slow service, Rome is languorous in August. Most places are closed or working with half of normal staff (our case). We're happy you enjoyed the food. We use all organic, fresh ingredients and consider our prices quite fair for the quality of the food we serve which is prepared 'al momento'. We hope you'll stop by again when in Rome and let us make up for the inadequate service you received.
All the best  


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Ayurvedic Vacation - Edit

If you're looking for respite from all the delicious pasta and pizza in Rome, this place is for you!!
The service is great, the place is gorgeous, the servings are huge and the food is delicious!!!
I'd definitely recommend going there for a meal.

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Nice staff - Edit

very nice staff with alot of vegan options

Pros: lots of vegan options, friendly staff, speaks good English

Cons: difficult menu

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Ayurvedic food in the heart of Rome - Edit

Ayurvedic food is created to be balanced for the body, rather than overloading with spices and flavour - so don't go expecting regular Indian food. When I went around 1pm, it was packed with locals on their lunch break. I had the Thali which is a plate of rice and several small dishes. It was served with a bowl of bread, which was homemade and delicious. The menu is a mixture of vegetarian and vegan, but the cakes are almost all vegan. I tried the zucchini cake with spices and toasted almonds, and the apple crumble. If you're in Rome and want a break from pizza and pasta, Bibliothe is the perfect choice.

Pros: Delicious food, Healthy, Vegan cakes

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Favourite food in rome - Edit

We love this place. It's our special place for celebrations and anniversaries. We always get the large thali (made vegan) which is usually too much food by the end of the meal but looking at the other dishes served at nearby tables all the dishes look delicious.

We've both spent a lot of time in India and have studied ayurveda and love what this place is about - from the opening dips to the accompanying juice (so flavoursome) to the main dish and dessert. Even the digestive tea to finish is served in a beautiful tea pot and is perfect.

The service has always been very polite and helped us as we still learn Italian. The waiter sometimes explains the dish and ingredients. In the other room there is an Indian / yoga library which one can become a member of very easily and there are often lectures taking place which totally add to the charm of the place and the ambience is lovely and intimate.

It is vegetarian with the option to be made vegan which was perfect. Out of 6 desserts I think 4 or 5 were vegan.

Couldn't recommend it any more!

Pros: Can be made vegan, Unique food & experience, Great vibe

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best indian thali I ever had - Edit

A thali is a dish consisting of many small dishes served on a large metal plate with small cups. Perhaps not surprisingly, when you order a thali, it can take quite a while before it is served, as all dishes need to be prepared. So it happened that me and my partner did not get our dishes served at the same time. Perhaps this was due to a misunderstanding by the waiter, since he may have thought we would share the dish.
But this was all totally compensated by the fantastic taste of the dish and its quantity. I think this was the best Indian food I ever had.
If you have the time and the cash, this comes highly recommended

Pros: absolutely great taste

Cons: EXPENSIVE, dishes not served at same time

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good food but not cheap - Edit

the food is quite good but prices are a bit high for what you get. there is a menu for 30 eur per person or single dishes for around 12 euro, but i was still hungry after that. pity.

the regular waiter didn't understand us but the owner (I guess) spoke good english and was very friendly and correct.

Pros: good food, friendly service

Cons: expensive for what you get

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A gem - Edit

I loved this place. After too much pasta and heavy food, it was a refreshing change. The staff were helpful about dietary requirements and we had a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

Pros: Nice staff, Tasty food, Good value

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1st vegan food while in Rome - Edit

I have to agree with the reviewers who said it was expensive for the rather small portions. I was really hungry as even a big city like Rome does not have much options for vegans. The personnel was rather inattentive, I was sitting there on a table for about 10 min before I even got a menu. I had the daily menu and tea and cake and paid 26 Euros. The food was except for the soup rather bland and having as a main only rice with a few spices - seriously? I can go in any Indian restaurant in London and ask for something suiting my type and get it. And please don't tell me it has to be so expensive because it is all organic.

Pros: Cake was ok

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Delightful and Delicious Experience - Edit

The food was outstanding with an abundance of flavors tantalizing all my taste buds. The ambiance and owners were very pleasant and attentive. Highly recommend this restaurant. It was a nice change from traditional Italian food.

Pros: Good quality food, environment and ambiance, attentive staff

Cons: location somewhat-located on side street

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love this place - Edit

Great vibes, fresh, clean. Yummy salads. Delicious tea. Very accommodating and friendly.

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A bit pricey but tasty - Edit

This is restaurant with a typical Ayurvedic food. It was hard to understand what to expect just by reading the menu, so I went with Curry in a hurry (which is daily menu and varies each day) as that gave a promise of at least a decent portion of food for my lunch. The options for A la Carte menu looked more like quite expensive small starters and I didn't want to risk.

Have to say that I really enjoyed the food and it was the right size for me, but others might want to have bigger portions. My partner wasn't keen on having lunch and ordered only a tea and cake and was charged €10 for that. We both thought the food was overpriced.

The atmosphere was very nice and calming and it felt like a quite oasis just off the busy tourist sites.

Pros: great atmosphere, tasty food

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Great Zen night - Edit

Great restaurant! Awesome ayurvedic (Indian style)food, friendly service, and a relaxing environment to enjoy a meal. My partner and I had the 20 euro set menu which was extremely filling!! We had lunch at 11am and Bibliothe doesn't start serving dinner until 7:30pm so you can imagine we would have been pretty hungry but there was so much food we couldnt even finish our last course which was a salad!! If you feel like some zen and a healthy meal, come check out this cool restaurant. Oh and make sure you order a juice - its full of fresh organic goodness.

Pros: yumbo, chilled/ relaxing , great value

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Once we Found it - Food and Service was Amazing! - Edit

This place a little tricky to find as its up a side street just off Pia. Venezia (follow the tram line for 2 min on foot). But when we did, the staff was super friendly and the place had a nice atmosphere. We asked for a reommended meal as the menu was italian (not a problem for us as "when in Rome" :-) ). The Vegan Food was a taste explosion especially the fruit juice and we loved what they called a "Croquette". Portion perhaps a little smaller than the mass production resturants and the prices a little highter than the cheap pizza places, but this was a unique meal experience and honestly - how many pizzas can someone eat on a holiday!

Pros: Vegan Options, Unique Food Experience, Super Friendly People & lovly Atmosphere

Cons: Can be expensive if you choose the trays, Tricky to find the place

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Nice food but not easy to choose - Edit

I liked the ambiance in this place and I found the staff friendly and helpful but I found it difficult to choose what I wanted. Everything was explained to me well enough but I wasn't really that sure what I was going to get with some of the options. They have a thali type dish and then a menu of the day and it is hard to work out what the portions will be for each one - with only a small price difference. And then a third option on the main menu. I looked around the room to see if I could gauge what to expect from what others had in front of them. I just couldn't work it out so I went for a big soup in the end, and I was very happy with my choice as it was very tasty. Bread was good too. An English menu really would have helped though.

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food

Cons: No English menu

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expensive - Edit

There were two major things wrong with this restaurant – the food and the cost. First, the food. We ordered a rice and vegetable dish which was stodgy. The vegetables were a few green peas mixed in coloured rice and possibly a little bit of something which was unidentifiable. The menu promised organic and fresh food, but it was hard to detect either of these on our plates. Second, the food was overpriced. We should have been alerted to the high price of the food by the fact that there were no prices shown on the menu out the front of the restaurant. For a couple of spoonfuls of rice with a dollop of mango pickle, we paid an outrageous 12 Euros. For a teapot of water with 2 (non-organic) teabags thrown in we paid 8 Euros. In addition to this, the waiter was almost unintelligible as he was not able to communicate properly in either Italian or English.

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Trina 29 Apr 2014 - Sorry you did not enjoy your experience at Bibliothè. I suspect you happened in between our lunch and dinner hours, which often happens with tourists. We stay open as a tearoom and cultural center from 3:30 to 7:30 pm but often accomodate hungry tourists for a meal. The tea we serve is all organic, as is 99% of all our ingredients. Please give us another try when back in Rome.  


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Two visits so far & hopefully more in the future! - Edit

I visited here last year while on holiday and went again last week as it had been a very positive experience last time. There are a variety of options on the menu but I simply went for the daily special of soup (a lovely pulse and tomato), flavoured rice and pickle, and salad. I took a slice of vegan carob cake away with me which I later discovered had an incredibly light texture and was frankly delicious. All the food was excellent and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Bibliothe has a really good atmosphere and I will certainly revisit it when I am next in Rome.
The earlier reviewer who goes on about malnutrition needs to get some perspective! This place provides good, fresh food, the menu is clearly labelled (in English) and there is friendly service. The price I feel is fair as it reflects this and the fact that you are in Rome!

Pros: fresh food, lots of vegan options, friendly staff

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tasty but expensive - Edit

Disclaimer: The food is super-tasty -- maybe the tastiest food I've ever had at a vegetarian restaurant. But it's not worth eating here for two reasons: grotesque prices, and utterly inadequate (read malnutricious) food.

The food is Indian-themed, but don't let this put you off (I'm off Indian food which is generally over-spiced, over-oiled, protein deficient [unless you eat dairy], and often old and unclean) - because they know how to cook very very well. But here's what the €13 daily "menu" got me: First Course: a small bowl of delicious soup contains a few crunchy slivers of fresh coconut (delicious) and some boring bread; Second Course: a plate of yummy rice with a spoonful of excellent fresh coconut chutney; Third Course: little salad with scrumptious apple bits in the tastiest sauce I've ever had in my life (so good I wondered if it contained MSG - which I'm sure it didn't); Fourth Course: OH - there was no fourth course.

That's it! A few spoonfuls of soup, some rice on a plate, and a mini-salad. Zero protein!! Sorry but I need some beans or tofu.

So I ordered a piece of what might have been vegan cheesecake - it was okay. I went to pay and guess what! That little piece of cheesecake added another €6 to total €19 for a few morsels of malnutrition!

I grimaced at the charge so the guy reduced the bill to €16.

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Trina 27 Jan 2013 - Sorry you had such a bad experience. In regards to the protein...our daily menu consists of soup (usually dhal or bean based) and rice which combine to make a complete protein. There are also other things on our menu that might have satisfied your intense protein need. Hope you'll give us another try.  


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jesse 27 Jan 2013 - My "intense need for protein?" It is this kind of insinuation which characterises the patronising attitude of the workers and owner of your restaurant. This attitude, in turn, is a reflection of your unwillingness to budge in any direction which might improve your offerings.

Although my body is fairly muscular, and this may affect my stance on protein inclusion in food, it should be common knowledge to all that dahl is an inadequate protein source, and must be supplemented - as it is in India - with liberal helpings of dairy ingredients. As your company advertises the availability of vegan options as part of your menu, it behoves you to offer protein-balanced food. Otherwise you are not serving healthy or adequate dishes.

Perhaps your intense need for commerce is what is truly at issue here. In my experience, your prices would suggest the probability of such a hypothesis.  


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Trina 29 Jan 2013 - I apologize if I sounded patronizing. When next in Rome, please stop by and let us offer you lunch. All the best to you.  


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The Very Best - Edit

I've been to many vegetarian restaurants in the USA and in Europe. Bibliothe is by far the BEST! The food is scrumptious and the staff is friendly, warm hearted, and I'll miss seeing all of them. Bibliothe offers a calm Eastern spiritual atmosphere. I've tried several other places in Rome mentioned on Happy Cow's website and I've decided to just eat at Bibliothe.

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GREAT RESTAURANT - Edit

I loved going to Bibliothe with my husband and daughter during my day trip to Rome. It was easy to find via Google directions and nearby the Pantheon. The atmosphere was relaxed, not full of tourists. My family and I split the vegan bada, steamed vegetables with basmati brown rice, a salad, and ginger candy treats. The food was deliciously fresh. I really appreciated the wide availability of vegan options and that the ingredients were 99% organic! I wish I could have tried a vegan cake or pie. Next time I'll call ahead to make sure they have vegan desserts prepared when I visit. Prices were extremely reasonable too. No alcoholic beverages served. Waiters could speak English.

Pros: Excellent organic vegetarian/vegan food, Good value, Calm atmosphere

Cons: Need to call ahead for vegan desserts, Trouble swiping credit card, No alcoholic drinks

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Best Indian restaurant I have ever been to!! - Edit

If you are vegan or not, you need to stop here. It's the best Indian food I've ever had and I've eaten Indian food all over the world. Aryuvedic cuisine at its finest with wonderful owners and staff who make you feel so welcome. They remembered me after I ate there one year ago!

Pros: Excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff

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Very nice place to be - Edit

During my vacation in Rome I had some lunches at the restaurant and can really recommend it. The place is not easy to find and rather small with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere and nice wall decoration. I always took the "menu of the day" and was never disappointed; especially the vegetable soup was very yummy! Also veganizing the menu (if necessary) was absolutely no problem - i.e. chutney instead of yoghurt sauce. IMHO the portions are perfect for a light lunch (I had the "normal" menu, not the smaller "curry-in-a-hurry" menu on a metal plate) and left me energized till dinner time. The staff is very friendly and the price level absolutely fair, given the quality - and it's organic.
Updated from previous review on Monday May 07, 2012

Pros: Quality of food, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: --

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Wonderful! - Edit

The food is excellent and the staff extremely friendly. Vegan options are clearly marked on the menu with an asterisk, which makes it very easy to identify them. At least 50% of the menu was vegan, including one dessert. Quiet, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. With ordering multiple courses, the meal did take a bit of time and we were in a hurry, but they were helpful in getting me out the door as soon as we finished. Went with my toddler who made a giant mess, and they were very sweet about it. Highly recommend!

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Tasty food, nice desserts, pleasant atmosphere - Edit

I'm not a big fan of Indian food, but I did enjoy the fixed lunch of the day. However, as I find with most Indian food, the portions are rather small. A large metal plate with a portion of rice, a small metal bowl of soup to eat with the rice, an even smaller bowl of chutney. We were given bread (for which I think we were charged extra, as is the case in every restaurant we were in in Rome) and bottled water (again, extra charge, as every place in Rome). There was also some salad, included. I had very good house tea and a very tasty dessert. My companion had a very tasty dessert (tea and dessert not included in the lunch meal). I would have liked the rice to be whole grain (it was very tasty basmati rice).

Pros: tasty, nice atmosphere, clean

Cons: small portion

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Friendly food - Edit

After walking around for hours trying to find something vegan ( that was not just white flour and tomato sauce) in the thousands of tourist tavernas in Rome, finding Bibliothe was like coming home to a dear friend that you haven't seen in years. I went there with my vegetarian boyfriend, and they took my veganism very seriously, carefully explaining what in the menu was and wasn't vegan. We ordered a menu plus a coupple of extra dishes, and had a feast. Service was a little slow but we could see the cooks working busily in the kitchen and we could taste that the food was made with love. Even though only one of us ordered a set meny,which included a drink and tea, this was served to both of us with no extra charge. I can definitively reccomend Bibliothe to vegans, and I especially reccomend the hummus with an Indian touch of garam masala. Delicious :)

Pros: friendly staff, vegan friendly

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