Verde Mesa

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 11 reviews )

107 Calle Tetuan, Old San Juan (at Calle Cruz), San Juan, Puerto Rico

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers many vegetarian items in addition to some fish. Vegan upon request. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Latin American, Puerto Rican, Non-veg

11 Reviews

First Review by Ethan

Good veg/an options - Edit

I don't know that I would give this restaurant 4 stars were it not in a place that isn't vegetarian friendly. It is a great option if you are dining with a non-vegetarian as they have a lot of fish on the menu. I got the famous fried rice, which was good but not mind-blowing. I was a bit disappointed by the small portion of chickpeas on the side. The desserts were amazing, but not vegan. Very cute inside. We went at the end of lunch so it wasn't crowded at all. Interesting drinks menu (full bar).

Pros: great staff, very open to substitutions and menu q

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Pretty good, but expected more - Edit

We heard great things about Verde Mesa and decided to check it out for our last night in San Juan.

It was really hot inside, noticeably hotter than outside, even though it was late at night. It would be nice if they had more temperature control than a couple ceiling fans, considering it is an upscale restaurant.

They offer interesting and creative drinks, including one made with purple basil. I got the jackfruit gazpacho as an appetizer which was tasty and cool. This is clearly a pescetarian restaurant; none of the menu entrees were vegan without asking for omissions. I got their signature rice dish and my partner ordered a mushroom dish from the specials. Both were really delicious and well-executed, though the portions were a bit small. Pricing was reasonable - ~$80 for drinks, apps, and entrees for 2. An enjoyable meal, but fell a bit short of my expectations.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Small portions, Temperature, No vegan desserts

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Great Food! - Edit

The staff was very knowledgeable about what on the menu was vegan or if it could be made vegan. The food was excellent. Great location in Old San Juan.

Pros: Excellent food, Service

Cons: Compact dining area so it can get very busy, Not everything could be made vegan

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ohhhh.. a must visit - Edit

so happy to found a place like this in old San juan... good hearty food!

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cool place - Edit

Love the eclectic atmosphere. So fun. My husband and I each ordered a delicious vegan dish.

Pros: several vegan options, great atmosphere , friendly staff

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Great Vegan Options - Edit

My husband and I had lunch at this place. Amazing food and many vegan options to choose from. The atmosphere is very cool and eclectic. I had the Ratatouille - soooo good. And my husband had the Verde Mesa dish which he really enjoyed. And the prices were very reasonable. Definitely will go back.

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Loved everything about it! - Edit

The most charming restaurant I've ever been to & the best couscous dish I've ever had. The chef of Verde Mesa is a magician, the flavors fit & melt perfectly with each other in the combinations you wouldn't think possible. The service is very friendly. There is nothing I didn't like about this place.

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Good vegetarian options, interesting restaurant - Edit

A very interesting restaurant - eclectic as reviewed by others. Food is good, with limited vegetarian items. We had the Michetta, Arozz Verde Mesa, Calderito Rattatoullie, Bebidas Botanicas.

Pros: Eclectic decorations, Good vegetarian options, Nice non alcoholic drinks

Cons: Difficult to get seated

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Tasty and Tasteful - Edit

We were looking for a good quality restaurant for lunch in Old San Juan and found it with Verde Mesa. We arrived in shorts and tees and even though this restaurant's decor is a bit fancy, we were warmly welcomed and had a great experience. We found a couple vegan selections on the standard menu and a daily special to choose from. I had the special - a tempeh pumpkin stew with basmati rice and chick pea salad - and we also tried the lentil soup with salad. A few other menu items can be made vegan. The food was very good and we will definitely stop in if we are in San Juan again.

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Nice Pescatarian Restaurant in Old San Juan - Edit

This place is very charming, with a very "in" style--salvaged dining room chairs, mason jar chandeliers, rusty old doors dividing the room, a vintage hutch in the corner, and tin ceiling tiles. It is a very cute place for a date. I heard both English and Spanish in the restaurant, but it's probably more tourists overall than locals.

The menu is all pescatarian with a good number of vegan options. The waitstaff speaks English well and knows exactly what's vegan and what's not.

I went here twice, and the food was of very high quality. Once I got the signature rice dish and another time I got a portabella special over red quinoa. Both times the food was tasty and beautifully presented.

I only have two complaints: 1. For the price (~$20 for an entree), the portions are very small. Obviously this is normal for higher-price restaurants, just be aware going in that you'll likely want a cup of soup or an appetizer (or both) on top of your entree. 2. There were no vegan desserts. For a place called "green table," you'd think they'd have a bowl of fresh fruit at least.

Overall: nice place for a date in Old San Juan, but be prepared for the higher price and small portions.

Pros: Location, Ambiance, Tasty

Cons: High-priced, Small portions, No vegan desserts

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Best New Vegan-Friendly Spot in San Juan! - Edit

We were recommended to Verde Mesa by our hotel's concierge and BOY! Are we ever glad we were!

When we googled "Verde Mesa San Juan" the first listing comes up saying that it's closed. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It turns out that it had been closed for a short while as they expanded the restaurant. Anyway, we were there at the end of March 2012 and it was open and thriving.

The ambiance is a bit of old-world San Juan meets quaint/kitsch. Very fun. The owner and the staff are friendly and solicitous. We explained that we were vegan and they immediately offered to take anything on the menu and "veganize" it for us.

We started with the cocktail "infusions"-- the sangria was delicious as was the Strawberry Mojito. They also had a Cucumber mojito-like beverage, which was refreshing. We started with some of the specials that night, all of which were delicious. However, for the main course, our concierge recommended we try the house specialty; The Arroz Verde Mesa. So we did and BOY! Were we glad we did!

We ordered them with the optional side of apple-cider infused tofu, and it was a divine combination.

The only "downer" about the entire experience is that there was not a single dessert option that was vegan. However, we were so full from the meal and drinks that we would have been hard pressed to consume a vegan dessert if there were one.

This place is a GEM in the heart of old San Juan. I cannot wait until the next time I'm in Puerto Rico and, in large part, it's because I want to go back, and have the Arroz Verde Mesa!

Pros: Delicious Food, Organic, Friendly Staff

Cons: A lot of cheese and fish, no vegan desserts, slightly pricey

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