Costa Rican

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and bar with a large menu, some of which are vegan items, including the chickpea burger, rice with vegetables, pasta with broccoli, juices. Open Mon 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wed-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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29 Reviews

First Review by Ash-lea


Points +370

07 Nov 2023

Very tasty and fresh food

We went here because it was recommended by fellow travelers we met on our route - and we were not disappointed!
The food was very nice and fresh and the drinks were really big. We had the veggies with coconut/peanut sauce and the veggies with caribbean sauce. I absolutely loved the peanut sauce.
Staff was also very friendly and made the caribbean experience complete.

Pros: Many vegan options, Drink sizes are big, Friendly staff

Cons: Slightly pricey



Points +32

29 Oct 2023

Delicious Food

Good service, delicious and fresh food, many vegan options

Pros: Fresh, Good service, Kind owner

Cons: n/a


Points +500

21 Feb 2023

Bodenständig gut

Es gibt sehr viel vegane Optionen zum Auswählen. Die Bruschetta war sehr lecker, das Curry mit Erdnusssauce war bodenständig gut.
Der Mais wir hier mit Kolben verkocht, das ist etwas umständlich zu essen.
Der Service war super nett!

Pros: Viele vegane Optionen


Points +230

19 Feb 2023

Very good

Homemade burgers were great and the peanut sauce was very tasty. Rice was just okay, a little dry. Yummy smoothie!


Points +5577

16 Feb 2023

Breadfruit gnocchis

I tried the breadfruit gnocchis based on the reviews and it was the best choice! They are very delicious with fresh turmeric and a generous portion. The restaurant and staff are very nice and the drinks with coconut are amazing!
It’s a bit expensive but worth it.

Updated from previous review on 2023-02-16


Points +20

20 Jan 2023

Super Service & leckeres Essen

Hier haben wir uns sofort wohl gefühlt. Der Service ist wirklich top! Da merkt man, dass die Leute richtig Spaß an ihrer Arbeit haben😄Das Essen war auch sehr lecker, gute Auswahl und Preis-Leistung hat gestimmt.

Pros: Viele vegane Optionen, Super netter & zuvorkommender Service, Gute Lage


Points +536

29 Oct 2022

Highly recommended!

Nice vibe, delicious food, a lot of vegan choices! Nice staff and great terrace 👍🏼👍🏼


Points +373

05 Oct 2022

Best service in a long time

And the food was delicious, too!
A must visit for all people! Try the Coco Loco!


Points +123

17 Sep 2022

Bestes Essen und bester Service

Den wir in CR hatte. Top Preis Leistung. Das Essen war wirklich GROSSARTIG und auch von der Menge her perfekt.

Pros: Viele Vegane Optionen, Tolles Preis Leistungsverhältnis, Viel Gemüse


Points +119

19 Apr 2022

Super lecker, absolut empfehlenswert

Wir waren zweimal hier essen und waren super begeistert. Das Essen ist wirklich super lecker, extrem abwechslungsreich (hat auch immer ein Wochenmenu vegan mit immer anderen Speisen). Wir haben hier die beste Pasta seit langem gegessen. Auch das karibische Essen war mega lecker und konnte man optional noch mit Tofu verfeinern. Für uns war auch toll, dass die Bedienung sehr auf die Kinder einging und ihnen extra noch Spezielwünsche erfüllte. Auch von den Getränken können wir nur schwärmen, alles wird frisch zubereitet und sehr schön angerichtet. 100% empfehlenswert - ein Muss wer in Puerto Viejo vorbei kommt!!

Pros: Viele vegane Optionen, Super nette und auch kinderfreundliche Bedienung, Alles frisch zubereitet und auch lokale Gerichte


Points +44

01 Apr 2022

Fell in love with the place!

For a non vegan place they have so many vegan options and everything is so tasty! Staff talks english and everyone is super nice. I had the pesto pasta that I had to come back for three times and a vegan burger which was also delicious! Wish they had a place in every part of Costa Rica.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff that talks english, Lovely atmosphere

Cons: Gets busy so come early!


Points +134

18 Nov 2021

Great food and many vegan options

The stuff is very friendly and they all speak English. There are many vegan options to choose from and a daily special menu with even more vegan options. They also had a vegan dessert which was Snickers cake and very tasty. The location is a bit small so I recommend to go there early in the evening or make a reservation first. I was there around 6:30 PM.


Points +70

03 Jul 2021

Italian-run restaurant with a few vegan options.

We’ve come twice already, as they have different vegan options and the food has good quality. The owners are warm and welcoming. I highly recommend it as there’s not many vegan restaurants and after a few days you’ve tried all of them.

Updated from previous review on 2021-07-03

Updated from previous review on 2021-07-03

Pros: Spectacular gnocchi, unique recipe. , Excellent service., fair prices.


Points +58

10 Jun 2021


We came here after relying on some of the good reviews but the food was very disappointing. We had the veggies with the Caribbean sauce but it tasted just like boiled veggies with broth, nothing Caribbean at all. The peanut coconut stir fry was over salted. Seemed like another place that doesn’t put any effort in making good food. Quite a bummer.


Points +2089

18 Apr 2021

Home-cooked taste.

A good option if you are in town. My friend and I ordered their gnocchi and Asian curry which if I recall were their specials of the day. Both were flavourful and had a home-cooked feel. Definitely worth a try.


Points +403

10 Feb 2021

Un cheesecake vegan à tomber

Ouvert après 17h (la plupart des restaurants vg ferment à cette heure là), ils ont un Vegan cheesecake snickers à tomber 🤤 un des meilleurs que j'ai mangé !


Points +38

23 Feb 2020

Fantastic food with a large vegan selection

This restaurant was a true gem. There were more vegan items than I have seen at any other restaurant in the area and totally reasonable prices. The Italian hostess was charming. I had the chickpea burger with salad and veggies. The presentation was a work of art just adding to the charm. I wish I had discovered this earlier in my trip as I'd go back as often as possible.
You won't be disappointed with this place.


Points +46

10 Feb 2020

Good vegan selections

Friendly dining experience

Pros: Variety of vegan options, Entertaining bartender, Good food with lots of veggies


Points +1046

08 Feb 2020

Love this

Love the menu. Be sure to be on time, it can get buissy.


Points +43

05 Feb 2020

Amazing find in Puerto Viejo

After trying out a number of restaurants toting vegan options and being disappointed, Madre Tierra was the real deal. With maybe 60-70% of the menu actually vegan, and specials that were so delicious, this is a spot you could go to more than once because there is so much to try.

Bonus because just beside is an ice cream shop that serves gelato! That’s if you still need it after VEGAN CHEESECAKE!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Super tasty food, Amazing location


Points +34

31 Jan 2020


The description doesn't do enough honour. Best vegan food I've found in Puerto Viejo. Gnocchi made of breadfruit (a bit like jackfruit) and a vegan cheesecake that comes close to the taste of Snickers, but then vegan.


Points +38

15 Oct 2019

Lots of vegan options!

This restaurant was great. There were so many options for vegans and they were clearly marked. I had the house made veggie burger, which was tasty but fell apart. My husband had a curry vegetable dish with rice. He liked it a lot! Only downside was we sat upstairs and had to listen to the blender make frozen drinks over and over again. I would definitely eat here again.

Cons: Noisy


Points +30

18 Sep 2019

Great for vegetarians/vegans!

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner recently and loved everything about it- the nice atmosphere, view of the beach, friendly staff, beautifully prepared food and lots of vegan/vegetarians options (clearly marked!). We had the special breadfruit gnocchi and and a vegetable peanut coconut curry dish, both were excellent. Definitely recommend!

Pros: Friendly staff, Great food, View of the beach


Points +347

29 Jul 2019

best bruschetta ever

they have many (labeled) vegan options. the bruschetta was the best i had in a really long time. the curry was nice but not so flavourful. The spaghetti with pesto and coconut cream was really good but a little dry (like most pestos).
The service was great and the smoothies were delicious and really big.
Would totally recommend it


Points +37

28 Apr 2019

Good vegan options

Lots of fresh juices (non alcoholic cocktails) we had the tomato and veg pasta (vegan) and the vegan chickpea burger with fries.. was slightly pricy for what it was


Points +83

22 Mar 2018

Lots of really good vegan options!

Nice reggae and reggae inspired tunes at perfect dinner volume. Bread Fruit Gniocci and Chickpea Burger were really good. Also have vegan curries dishes and some other items. Service was excellent, very friendly!!! Favorite place in Puerto Viejo!


Points +303

11 Feb 2018

Breadfruit Gnocchi is unmissable!

Plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. It's a little loud here with reggae music being blurted out by the bartender but the restaurant is a lively little hub. (Puerto Viejo is quite loud anyways)

The Breadfruit Gnocchi was sensational! I hear its always on the specials board, not the main menu.

The curries were okay a little bland but a welcomed change from Gallo Pinto.

Overall a little expensive perhaps but some good food and plenty of options.

Worth a visit.

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: Loud, Sells Meat and fish , Expensive

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