Las Iguanas

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    ( 5 reviews )

62-74 Grey St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, NE1 6AF

Serves meat, vegan options available. UK chain Latin American food restaurant and bar. Has labeled menu section for vegetarian and vegan food. Happy hour cocktails. Lively atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Latin American, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by hack_man

cosmopolitan cocktails - Edit

This is a great place to chill and drink a delicious cocktail, the decor of the bar area and restaurant are contemporary and the buy one get one free cocktail deals are so tempting. It gets very popular so booking for meals is recommended and you might have to wait for a seat in the bar area on a weekend, they have a few seats to sit out on the bustling Grey Street but this isn't something I've yet had the pleasure of sampling.

I love the fact they have a separate menu dedicated to veggie and vegan food, though the South American style of the food doesn't really suit my particular pallet so I personally would prefer to eat in one of the city's other happy cow listings.

Pros: Separate veggie and vegan menu, Wonderful cocktails, Nice interior

Cons: Serves a lot of meat dishes

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Don't go for tapas at the bar - Edit

I heard such good things about Las Iguanas being vegan friendly but it seems this only extends to if you're actually having a sit down meal. I went with a couple friends for some tapas and drinks in the bar area only to be told that nothing on the menu was customisable. All the vegetarian options had cheese on them so this meant I didn't end up having anything to eat at all. Not too sure why they weren't able to take the cheese off unless it not made on site or something. Either way it was very disappointing. And as if to make it worse, my friend that ordered a vegetarian tortilla was served chicken by mistake and she didn't realise until she bit into it!

I'm sure(/hope) it was just a one time thing and they are more accommodating because I've not heard anything else having an as negative experience as I did. But it's out me off trying it again in the future.

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Lacking flavour - Edit

I've been to Las Iguanas many times mainly because it has its very own vegi/vegan menu and because there is always a great atmosphere here whether you are dining or just enjoying the excellent drinks on offer especially the cocktails. The staff and service is always 'spot on' too. However, although they have a good food selection, the food just lacks a little flavour for me. However, I am willing to persevere and hopefully they can change my mind.

Pros: Vegi/Vegan Menu, Great Atmosphere, Staff

Cons: Bland food, Not many vegan options

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Love it - Edit

I love Las Iguanas - it's a reliable option to eat with my omni family and I love that they have separate vegan, vegetarian and gf menus. The vegan options are clearly marked as well as options that can easily be veganised.

Happy hour and lunch menu are both great - really cheap food and lovely beetroot burgers. It's busy at all times of day with a great atmosphere.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Clear separate menu, Great deals at lunch and happy hour

Cons: Serves meat, Can be rushed in the evenings, Reserve for the weekend in advance!

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Great Brand - Edit

Probably my favourite of the national restaurant brands. Quite up market and trendy but not pretentious. This place is energetic and full of life when it's busy. Weekends are absolutely banging hot. It's a pleasure to be part of it. They have a separate vegetarian menu with great vegan choice. Lots of spices and unusual combinations. You can even make your own guacamole. Very strong South American influences including traditional Brazilian and Mexican dishes. Prices are OK and even better when you can get 2 for 1 cocktails at certain times during the night and online voucher codes. The Caipirinhas are a treat. Go and try.

Pros: good food, nice premises, great cocktails

Cons: rushed service at times, can get very busy, Timed seating reservations at wknds

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