Girasoles Restaurante Vegetariano

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San Diego, Calles de los Puntales 37-01 (at Carrera 9 btwn Calle 37 & Calle 38), Cartagena, Colombia

Restaurant and health store with a takeaway counter. Busy at lunchtime. Serves only the set menu which includes a soup and main dish which is usually vegetarian spin-offs of standard Colombian dishes (rice, beans, veggies). Located at Plaza San Diego. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Take-out, Colombian

43 Reviews

First Review by iceicekati

Delicioso - Edit

Deliciosa comida, increíble atención. Deben probar los buñuelos de lenteja !!!! increíbles 😚

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Good menu - Edit

We had the lunch menu (take away - a little bit more expensive than if you eat on site which is 12900). That included a soup,brown rice,vegetables,chickpea loaf (delicious) and a cabbage salad. Also a avena drink. Portions are big and it's tasty.

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Set vegan menu - Edit

A good choice in Cartagena...which is not known for many vegan choices. It's a little health food store with lots of dried herbs for sale. The set dinner was simple and tasty and cost 18k including a lulo juice.... Nothing to rave or complain about here....Brown rice, sauteed cabbage and a chickpea loaf. The chocolate cake was ok...not amazing but vegan. Not sure what was in it and I wouldn't necessarily want it again....but I left satisfied and felt nourished :)

Pros: vegan, healthy option for Cartagena

Cons: not many choices

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Good option in Cartagena for their menu - Edit

Cartagena has very few vegan places, if at all any real vegan ones. Girasoles is the only place with a real vegan menu for an absolutely fair price of 10-15k COL considering the otherwise high price restaurant szene in the city. It depends on the day and what's on offer if the menu is enough to not still be hungry afterwards. I had great menues in there but also very small ones which left me hungry. Considering the non existing choices in Cartagena Girasoles is a good option.

Update after having been there a couple of more times as per December 2017: Menu improved big times and food is the best vegan option in Cartagena. Also try the vegan cakes , delicious! Changed rating to five stars.

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Desayuno - Edit

La opción de desayuno que pedí estaba muy rico; papaya, avena, arepa de arroz, tofu por 8.500 Me hubiera gustado un poco mas de fruta para el desayuno. 🙂🙂

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Good lunch - Edit

Went there twice for lunch and was satisfied with the daily menu - make sure to ask for aji to spice it up! The coffee (extra cost) was also delicious

Pros: Good location , Vegan daily menu

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Love Girasoles - Edit

I have now been here twice and both times I was very happy with the food. For lunch it was only $10,000mil (about $3USD) and dinner was $15,000mil. Cartagena is fairly pricy and $15mil for a dinner is on the cheaper side. It included a juice, soup, and main course. I forced my non-vegan friend to join both times (he is extremely picky) and he was satisfied and impressed both times. I highly recommend. I saw some other reviews knocking it for only having one option a day. But I appreciate the concept as it avoids excess waste and is always a pleasant surprise :)

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mala calidad, orden y aseo - Edit

Platos de mala calidad.

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Breakfast - Edit

They have two options for breakfast, vegetarian or vegan. Simple, healthy and homemade, with local ingredients. Cost 8500 in July 2017. Very good deal.

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Should've listened to the last reviewer - Edit

The daily menu served here costs 15000 COP (approx. 5 USD). For that I got a fresh juice and a main plate 1/2 with salad and 1/2 with a mix of spinach and potatoes. This is seriously expensive for such a tiny daily menu. The food tastes ok, but is nothing fancy to justify the price.
I was hungry again after an hour, which says something about the unfulfilling portions.
I also got some emapanadas to-go (2500 COP each), which were decent.

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$$ - Edit

My girlfriend and I went to eat dinner at this restaurant. Arriving we noticed that the menu price has gone up to 15,000 pesos, though Lonely Planet states 7,000 and one of the latest reviews on Happy Cow 10,000. Nevertheless, we ordered the menu del dia. We got a fresh fruit juice and a main dish consisting of a serving of coconut rice, fresh salad and vegetarian meat. The portion was small and not enough to get full, so I ordered a slice of vegan pizza for additional 5,000 pesos. Even though the food was really tasty, we were quite disappointed with our experience as we expected a complete menu with soup, main dish, juice, and maybe desert for a smaller price.

Pros: vegan shop, vegan pizza, fresh juice

Cons: pricey, small portions, waiting time

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Awesome for vegan eating in Cartagena - Edit

I was initially going to Santuario Del Yoga but they stop serving at 12... So they guided me to this gem and it didn't disappoint. I went with my non-vegan friend and even he agreed that it was one of the best meals he's had in Cartagena. We weren't really given a menu which was weird but the food was still surprisingly great and I made sure that it was Vegan not Vegetarian. So no milk, eggs, cream, butter, the waitress assured me. To top it all off it was by far the cheapest meal I've had in Cartagena at 10,000 Colombian pesos which is just a few cents over $3. The meal consisted of some kind of mango/orange juice, what I believe to be a butternut squash soup, brown rice, their spin on a falafel, warm eggplant salad and this pie-like thing haha. Loved every bit of it though.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-30

Pros: Super cheap. Cheapest I've had in Cartagena, Delicious!

Cons: Was given no menu, Don't speak English, Pros FAR outweigh cons

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yummy - Edit

Very Nice Restaurant empanadas Are great and also the pizza slices (both vegan) the chocolate cake is amazing and very soft, unfortunately the cakes aren't vegan although I know they are very nice and moist (tries them
When i wasn't vegan years ago) they have different flavours (apple peach red fruits banana), I hope one day they make them vegan too. Stuff wasn't that friendly maybe because of the amount of people there at midday (lots of people)

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Comida vegetariana - Edit

Muy buena atención, una comida sana y deliciosa, está hubicubicado en un lugar agradable y atractivo para hacer turismo, es un lugar acogedor.

Pros: Personal agradable , Buen ambiente , Excelentes comidas

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Bueno - Edit

El restaurante es bonito, la comida tiene muy buen sabor, excelente atención. Dan poco líquido para el calor que hace en la ciudad. Usan mucho papel y pitillos en el momento de servir.

Pros: Tienen un menú diario

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Inexpensive and delicious! - Edit

This place is great, they offer daily menus of healthy and delicious vegan food! The prices are very reasonable for the portion you get and the vibe is great. It's also possible to get some snacks, cakes and pasteles after the meal. For a dish consisting of pea soup, rice, green beans, soy meat, salad and guava juice we paid only $10 000 COP or around $3!
Seems to be a very popular place because a lot of locals come to eat lunch here!

Pros: Inexpensive, Healthy, Tasty

Cons: Small choice

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Great lunch spot! Lots of locals! - Edit

Really cool spot. We went for lunch and dinner on different days. The lunch was much tastier than it looked. One might do well to remember that local food in this region isn't wild with flavor. Dishes are often quite basic. I was happy enough that the set plates were vegan both times we went.

Pros: cheap! $3.5 for lunch.

Cons: dinner portion was a little more, but very small.

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Tasty and colourful food, cheap - Edit

One of the best vegan lunch menus we had in Colombia. Tried around 4 different plates, some overlap, but all are healthy and tasty.

Also have vegan cakes and cookies and the best chocolate brownie.

Pros: every meal can be made vegan, no problem , cheap, nice service

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barato y normal - Edit

es una buena opción , bueno si es el único restaurante en Cartagena , la comida es ok , nada especial

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give it a try - Edit

They had a set dinner including a juice. It didn't look very appetizing, but tasted a lot better than it looked and was very cheap. They also seem to have many herbs and vitamins in the shop.

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Only veggie restaurant in Cartagena - Edit

Really good, had lunch there twice and both times it was delicious, not pricey, they also sell empanadas and falafell, which were great! We ordered some to take out to eat for dinner since Cartagena is not veggie friendly AT ALL.
Staff is friendly, and we went there once at 6pm and it was open, so the hours are kinda wrong.

Pros: Good taste, friendly staff, good value

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Alright - Edit

I wasn't a huge fan of this place. The set lunch was very big but pretty bland and didn't taste fresh. One bit had some cheese as well so be sure to specify if you don't want dairy. It cost COP $10 000. Another day I got some empanadas which also weren't great. They were filled with mushroom and spinach but were pretty dry and unappetising. They seem to also have a breakfast deal. The bit about it being take away only during certain hours is wrong, both times I went at lunch time and sat in there. Even though I felt the food wasn't awesome it's still a convenient option in the historic centre which is severely lacking in veg options.

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Good Lunch Menu - Edit

Their Lunch Menu is 10000 COP and comes with a soup, main course, and fresh juice. The portions were nice and the food was very good. I also tried their vegan tamales and pizza, but I would stick with the daily set lunch menu. Lots of locals eating here everyday which is always a good sign!

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delicious and very cheap - Edit

We got the lunch set for 8000 pesos. It was exactly what we needed after a 16hr bus trip! Healthy and filling food. Salad, rice, lentils, juice, bread. Pretty sure there was more but I've forgotten. There were also things like vegan tamales (didn't try, looked too small for the price), and cakes. I'm not sure if the cakes are vegan.
Really recommend the lunch set for excellent value.

Pros: great lunch set, cheap

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Great veggie food in Cartagena - Edit

Considering the convenient location in historic downtown and the current price of only 8.000 pesos and the quality and presentation of food, I would give them 5 cows. I ate there 2 days in a row, and both times the food was very good. The meal consisted of a bowl of soup, the main plate with 5-6 items, and a juice drink. Warmly recommended.

Pros: Location, Flavors, Price

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Wonderful vegan options! - Edit

After many salads and papas fritas, this place was a wonderful discovery. I definitely recommend the value 8mil meal of the day, just ask for it "sin leche". I've been in twice and had vegan pizza, empanadas and cake. Great value and v tasty :)

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what we can find best in cartagena - Edit

but essentially because Cartagena is definitely not a vegan friendly city... The others adresses are located far away from the city center.. though it's possible to find vegetarian food in a lot of traditionnal restaurants.
Almost all of the cooked dishes were not vegan (except some cakes) when we went there.
We ate vegetables with rice and beans. Not really exciting.

Pros: location, price

Cons: not really exciting

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