La Botanica Organica

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    ( 10 reviews )

Main road to Manzanillo near Shawanda Hotel, Playa Chiquita (at across from Playa Chiquita Lodge), Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Serves meat, vegan options available. Breakfast and lunch place with a store attached. Menu includes vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten free, and other dietary options. Has whole wheat pancakes, citrus french toast, lentil burger, vegan lasagnas, veggie scrambles, Caribbean plate, salads, organic fair trade coffee and chocolate, smoothies with almond, soy, or rice milk. Uses organic and all natural ingredients. Re-opened late 2016 following change from fully vegetarian to non-veg. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Caribbean, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by VidaVerde

this was no longer there anymore - Edit

Shut down.........

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Awesome food - Edit

Botanica Orgánica is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Food is really fresh and healthy.

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Mostly Vegetarian

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This place is amazing!! Wonderful food, incredible atmosphere, and loving staff! This restaurant has the cleanest food that we've found in Costa Rica! The staff is incredibly well informed about REAL food. They use no synthetic ingredients and they are happy to tell you of all the ingredients they use. They source locally and organically whenever possible. Even my non-vegetarian hubby is pleased to eat here!! They have some of the best gluten free choices that I have found in Costa Rica. Delicious and healthy!! This place is recently under new ownership and they are doing a wonderful job!! Please support them. They are not currently open for dinner, but only because there is not enough traffic in the area for it to be cost effective. Breakfast and lunch is completely won't be disappointed! And if you want dinner, just go before 4pm and take it to go. They are also professional "take out" packagers! Thanks so much to our wonderful new friends at La Botanica Organica - our favorite restaurant on the Caribe Sur!!

Pros: Knowledgeable staff, Large portions, Great taste!!

Cons: None

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Excellent but expensive - Edit

My partner and I visited this place in December 2013. We went twice for breakfast. The quality of the food is very good but it is bit expensive so I imagine it is mainly targeting foreign tourists (I was a local tourist coming from the capital). The sitting area is beautiful. It has very short opening hours though and in our experience it did not have available vegan yoghurt or milk (which is normal since the restaurant would need to import these ingredients which are not easily available in Costa Rica, unless they are home made). You should definitely try the lemonade with ginger!!

Pros: delicious

Cons: expensive, short opening hours

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If you love lovin' you should come eat here! - Edit

The folks who run this place just LOVE everybody (not only customers :)) They are fans of natural super foods.
You will find great food and an awesome crowd here.

And if you are fortunate enough to run across Nate (on of the guys who run the place), he will give you an extra dose of MUCHO AMOR!!!! to take home with you at no extra cost.

And if you stick around after hours, you catch a glimpse of Alfredo and his huge dog Max playing in what ends up being a very entertaining show.

Great people, great food, great place, what else can I say....

Pros: Super friendly, Good variety (lentil burgers), Great place

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My favorite meal of my trip here!! - Edit

this place is AMAAAAZING!!! I had the best meal of my 2 week trip to Costa Rica here - lentil burger with carribean sauce, rice and veggies. amazing amazing amazing. For dessert blackberry ice cream w chocolate

We wanted to come back here again soooo badly but they were going to be closed.

RUN here if you are in Puerto Viejo!

Pros: AMAZING food, great service

Cons: not being closer to home haha!

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I did not eat a meal here for 2 reasons. One, they were only open for breakfast and lunch, and we were out playing all day! Two, I would have had to bring my own vegan "butter and milk", so why bother?!?! However, I did buy two desserts for after dinner, which were fabulous!

Pros: Desserts

Cons: Not enough vegan food, Not open for dinner

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A must-visit! - Edit

Good food and good vibes - Sunday brunch was fantastic! The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and relaxing, and the food was fantastic. I was a little disappointed to learn that there was no tofu or tempeh on the day that I visited, but no worries, it happens - the lovely owners made up for it by giving me a larger portion of veggies. The quinoa salad itself was fresh and flavorful, and the greens came topped with a ginger-carrot puree that was absolutely delicious. The meal came with fresh coffee and pineapple juice, and we were able to enjoy live music as well. I would recommend Organica Botanica to anyone traveling to the southeastern part of Costa Rica!

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This place is absolutely amazing. After exploring the country for a over a month, me and two others, discovered lots of delicious food from many great veggie restaurants, however none of them compared to our discovery of this incredible place with the best food in Costa Rica. Set idyllically around the lush green and yet still close to the beach, the location was great. The owners were equally as lovely. We got to know each other over the billion times we visited and we always wanted to come back for more. The owners were so friendly and inviting, as were the waitress's. They always seemed so passionate about the food that they made fresh everyday and they were always willing to share what exactly goes into our food. Which for us was a great plus. Every meal excited us, was fill with flavor and their was always a variety of options to choose from. The salad was full of flavor and full of color. The Veggie Burrito is really good as is the Lentil Burger. Also, the vegan lasagna is so delicious. You need to get this if you are visiting. The deserts were off the charts. The cookie with a banana ice cream melt on top with a chocolate drizzle on top was YUMMY!!! La Botanica Organica became a real indulgence for us. Overall, this restaurant is by far the best Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant in all of Costa Rica. A must to eat at when you're in town. You will love the food, the people and everything about the place. The establishment also comes with a lovely little side store full of vegan/vegetarian products. Thank you so much for making such wonderful food. It was a pleasure to eat here. 5 stars!!!
Love Ken, Chris & John from NYC & Wales

Pros: Food, Owners, Setting/Decoration

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Hidden Vegetarian Paradise! - Edit

Awesome Food, Awesome Location, Awesome Vibe. Found out about this place on Facebook, and read their daily specials and made it a point to check it out when I got over to the Caribbean side.. SOOO glad we did. Ate here almost everyday! Super granola is the best.. And we had the lentil burger with carrot-ginger dressing ( they gave us the recipe!) every other day. Big portions of food.. The organic iced green tea with ginger and something else was spicy and thirst quenching. We were very well fed.. with out feeling icky and stuffed. I hope they open one on the Pacific. Thanks guys!

Pros: excellent healthy cuisine, Friendly staff & atmosphere, great value and presentation

Cons: no credit card, closed mondays :(

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