CLOSED: CocinArte

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )



across from El Laborio church (at west of Avenida 3 Poniente), Leon, Nicaragua

Serves meat, vegan options available. A restaurant in a colonial house with a patio. Offers a menu of Nicaraguan and international foods with salad, vegetables, tofu dishes, fresh juices and coffee. Previously all-vegetarian reported added meat (Mar 2015). Confirmed closed, Mar 2018. Kitchen closes at 9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Nicaraguan, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by MartinInCharleston

Pleasent Experience - Edit

Set inside a beautiful heritage building this restaurant shouldn't be missed while exploring Leon. Most meals on the menu and vegetarian or vegan so you will be spoilt for choice.

I tried the Moroccan chickpea curry which is served with salad, rice and tortillas as well as the daily special of the Malaysian favourite Gado Gado served with satay sauce, side, egg and vegetables.

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of both meals which featured a great blend of spices, fresh ingredients and large servings.

Our waiter was lovely and the wait for the food was not too long either. I will be returning back to this one very soon.

Most meals are between 8 and 10 USD which is on the pricier side for Leon.

Pros: Good selection of meals , Nice Decor , Good quality meals

Cons: On the pricy side

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didn't fulfill my expectations - Edit

I was really excited to visit this place. the ambiente is super nice, but staff and food isn't. they hardly spoke with us or anything. we had a swuadh soup fordt which was alright. my biyfiend then had the bani mani noodles, didn't have much taste. i had the nicaraguan dish, with plantains, rice and salad. was alright, but just not what I expected. I would not go there again.

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Great food, lots of vegan options - Edit

Amazing vegetarian restaurant. The indonesian Bami Mani dish is delicious and comes with the best peanut sauce I've ever tried.

Pros: excellent food, fresh products, variety of vegan dishes

Cons: a little pricey

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Good local cuisine - Edit

It was nice to be able to try a vegan version of a traditional Nicaraguan dish! I had the vegetable viejo. The deep fried plantain it came with was delicious. It was 210 cordobas for the meal.

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good lunch - different dishes - Edit

plato della casa was huge and delicios. 10 dollar more expensive then other locations but it was worth it a hotstone plate with veggies broccoli, peppers onion and soymeat with corn tortilla salad and salsas. fruitjuices indian dishes a great choice. the location is rustical.

Pros: the huge difference, friendly staff, serves fake meat

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Wonderful Lunch - Edit

I was on a one day, cathedral visit to Leon. The restaurant was very easy to find and was across the street from one of the cathedrals on my list. The atmosphere was very relaxing and calming after spending a very hot and dusty day outside. The menu was large and easy to read and understand. The owner made me a Fresh Frozen Lemonade Drink and it was so delicious.
I really enjoyed my lunch and was so full I could not finish my whole meal. I highly recommend the CocinArte.

Pros: Friendly staff, Great Food, Good Pricing

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Great typical dish! - Edit

It was easier to find than expected. We got a map from the hostel where the restaurant was pinpointed. It's about a 10 to 15 min walk from the center.

I had a hard time choosing because they offer so many good things (: At the end I went for a typical nicaraguan dish (indio viejo), but veg style with tofu. I liked that they offer some typical dishes.

Food was good, price ok.

They lose a star because they say to be a vegetarian restaurant but do offer some non-vegetarian dishes with chicken.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday March 04, 2015

Pros: offer typical dishes , many vegan options

Cons: non-vegeterian dishes

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They Care About Food - Edit

This maybe the only veg restaurant in town and was recommended by the nice people at Hostel Tortuga Booluda. The Dutch manager Kris was great, she truly loves food, we talked about ingredients for awhile like that crispy onion garlic topic on her favorite dish, Bami Mani. It's a hearty Indonesian plate of noodles and cabbage, highlighted by a spicy peanut sauce. Kris was helpful with travel tips and also tipped me off to Cafetin Don Jack's for some veg options, run by a Canadian who was a partner at CocinArte before, a great recommendation. Prices are mid-ranged (180-200 Cordoba mains). The restaurant is quiet, set off from the main square but not hard to find. It gets very busy at dinner, so don't be in a rush as their menu is complex.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Good portions, Love for food

Cons: Gets slammed at dinner

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Great Place - Edit

We ate several times at this restaurant. The food is prepared fresh, very tasty and the servings are huge. The setting is very quaint with wooden tables and an indoor/outdoor patio with a garden. Highly recommended.

Pros: Fresh food, Nice Setting, Large Portions

Cons: A little far from Center of town.

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