CLOSED: Veronica's Place

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 23 reviews )



Main St, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Veronica's Place returned to this original location in 2014. In the morning it offer an Afro-Caribbean breakfast, and for lunch and dinner an Afro-Caribbean vegan buffet with 1 day in advance notice. Also offers cooking classes, health consultations, tours, transportation, hostel, and accommodation. Directions: from bus stop walk 100m inland, then left to go down the main street (with the ocean on your left) toward El Diamante Supermarket, once you are at Diamante go 50m further, take a right on a small paved road, pass Joe's Snack Point, go 1.5 block, and you will see it on your left. DEC 2016 REPORTED SHUT.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Raw, Buffet, Juice bar, Caribbean

Reviews (23)

First Review by Medikitten06

Delicious vegan cooking lessons - Edit

I had a vegan cooking class with Veronica in September 2015 and I really enjoyed it. We cooked vegan meatballs with plantains and oat, "cariveronica" sauce, salad topping, fried plantains and breadfruit... At the end of the lesson we had a gorgeous lunch with the results of our class. Yummy!!!
Veronica is a lovely woman and a very good teacher with a big knowledge of all the nutritional properties of food and herbs.
Highly recommended.

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Best in Puerto Viejo - Edit

You can't leave Puerto Viejo without tasting a real Rice'n Beans, and Veronica's is the best choice for finding a real non-meat option.

Good food and vibe. Just be sure to save some time as the caribbean way requires some patience for your food to be served :)

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Vegan Soul Food - Edit

I had the pleasure of spending 2 nights at Veronica's place -- the only cabina in Puerto Viejo to consider if you're Veg. I asked for a raw dinner, which I enjoyed upon my arrival. She made me leafy green wraps filled with spiced guacamole and diced veggies...Delicious!
Among the various cooked meals I watched her prepare for other guests was plantain porridge with plantains sourced from her family's nearby organic farm. Veronica is amazing.She even hums to the food while she cooks it with love.

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best option in Puerto Viejo - Edit

my partner and I visited this restaurant in December 2013. The place is well located, the sitting area is beautiful and the food is delicious. There is an emphasis on presenting traditional caribbean dishes which is great. The price is moderate but it's worth it. The staff and owner are very friendly and kind.

Pros: good location, delicious, local food

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Good veggie restaurant - Edit

I ate here three times, which included the raw burrito, coconut and beans and a vegan pancake. My favourite was the coconut rice and beans. I also really, really liked the Black Mamba coconut and cacao dessert, which is more of a drink than a dessert. Veronica's Place is a good choice in the town centre.

Pros: Good range of vegan and raw food

Cons: Bible music seems to always be playing.

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Good Breakfast! - Edit

Went for scrambled tofu breakfast. It came with the best rice and beans I ever had, along with a sauce to pour on top. DELICIOUS! Great healing drinks and teas, too!
Be careful of one thing...the tip is included! We thought it was the tax, and tipped on top of it!

Pros: Food, Herbal teas

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jenniferlorette - Edit

I had lunch at Veronica's Place this Sunday, and I enjoyed the whole experience! Veronica was in the kitchen, and she offered excellent recommendations from the menu. She also explained that all of their produce is grown in her own organic garden which was so wonderful to hear. The carrot tart was absolutely delicious, and the ginger-starfruit juice is just as divine as it looks. Hopefully, one day I can return for seconds!

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Try the Carrot Cakes! - Edit

They are a lovely savory dish reminiscent of crab cakes. The restaurant is open-air on the second floor, with the sound of the waves crashing in the background.

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Great! - Edit

I was very excited to check out this vegetarian, vegan, and raw food restaurant during my stay in Puerto Viejo. When I did, I was very happy with the service. Veronica was like family, with her magic juices and teas to heal many common ailments. I went in daily for a tea or juice. And the food was amazing; and she caters to your desires; if you want pancakes in the evening, then so be it. It felt like visiting family when I went there.

Pros: healthy, friendly, good location

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The best vegan option in Puerto Viejo by far - Edit

Veronica's offers good food with friendly service and a nice atmosphere. It is in just about as central of a location as you can get in Puerto Viejo. I was very happy to have this all vegetarian and very vegan-friendly place in a town (and country) that is otherwide very meat/seafood centered. I would give Veronica's 3 1/2 cows if I could as it is certainly better than average.

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I wish I could add more stars! - Edit

A meal at Veronica's in itself demands a visit to the beautiful Caribbean coast. The food and freshly made juices are the perfect food to revive you after the five hour bus ride from San Jose or an active day in the rain forest. Veronica and her husband are so sweet and welcoming that you can't help but feel the love.

I had Veronica's veggie burger, which oozed with deliciousness. It was seriously the best burger I've ever had and is topped with a sweet and tangy carrot tart/slaw that ups the burger from stellar to mind-blowing! The raw burritos are also amazing, filled with a refreshing tomato and zesty avocado cream. Make sure you order a juice for the ultimate feel-good effect, the cucumber one is particularly refreshing on a hot day. Don't leave before ordering some homemade fruit-based ice cream.


Pros: Amazing food, Loving and friendly staff, All produce comes from their own garden

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healthy, fresh & delicios - Edit

I ate here at the end of December 2010 and was delighted with the choices on the menu. Many vegan breakfast items including pancakes.

Brown rice was only offered in the daily plate, so I ordered that with carrot croquettes, and it also came with a small portion of beans and a cabbage salad. The whole meal was a pretty filling size.

I also ordered the milkshake that had banana, peanut butter and chocolate- absolutely delicious and highly recommended! Many other juices and shakes were on the menu.

I also ordered the raw "stir-fry" to go for the next day- it was julienned vegetables with a tahini-like sauce. While healthy, I would have rather saved the 3,200 colones for a different meal. The raw menu also included burritos & pesto wraps.

Many plates come with options of "meat substitutes" that include some TVP, but also fresh-made vegetable options. The location is cute & calming.

Vegan baked goods were also sold- cookies and miniature pies were sold that day, but unfortunately the coconut bread was sold out.

Altogether I spent about $20 for 2 meals and a shake.

Pros: Wide selection of cooked & raw, Staff knowledgeable & helpful, English spoken

Cons: Cash only, Chrisian music playing, Not inexpensive

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The Best Vegan Food on my Trip! - Edit

I was travelling through Central America for 2 Months and tried several differend Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants, but this was definitely the best! Veronica is such a nice and helpful person, and also a very good cook! And also the prices are more than good for this area.
All of their fruits and vegetables are grwon on Veronicas own organic farm (its also possible to volunteer there!).

I can also recommend the cooking class: If you are interested in cooking, she we'll give you a good introduction of how to do it the caribbean way.

Pros: excellent food, friendliest stuff, good atomsphere

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Wonderful Restaurant - Edit

We were in Puerto Viejo for 8 days and we ate at Veronica's about 5 times. The food was incredible! My husband was having problems with his stomach one night and Veronica made him a tea that got him back to normal in less than an hour! I had the Gallo Pinto for breakfast with seitan steaks and my husband had banana pancakes. Everything was awesome and Veronica is the sweetest lady you will ever meet!

Pros: Wonderful Food, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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fantastic casados - Edit

During my stay in Puerto Veijo, I walked by Veronicas several times since it is conveniently located in the middle of this little beach town. I only had the chance to eat here once, but wish I had come more often.
I found the menu a bit limited but didnt expect to find much in the first place. It was quiet and I had the whole patio to myself. After eating there, Veronica waved to me everytime I passed by on my way to the beach. Stop by and enjoy a meal here.

Pros: location, tasty, healthy

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So glad we found it! - Edit

I had read reviews of Veronica's on and was so glad I followed the signs to find it! It was off the beaten path, but if you're like me, you welcome that in Puerto Viejo. It's not a touristy place at all. You basically eat in the carport outside of Veronica's house. My partner and I both ordered the casados, which consisted of salad, rice and beans, plantains and some soy meat. It was delicious! We each had a beverage and with tip our total was $15! It was the best food we ate in Puerto Viejo. No one else was there when we were there and Veronica was great. I highly recommend this place!

Pros: Food, Veronica

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Great service - Edit

I really enjoyed our experience at Veronica's. There seemed to be a lot of people coming and going while we were there (Veronica's family perhaps??) and they all asked how we were doing and made sure we had everything we needed. My partner ordered the banana pancakes, which were delicious. I am not a big fan of fake meat and didn't realize it was going to be in the pasta I ordered, so I wasn't quite as excited about my meal as I was about the pancakes, but I just ate around it and I'm sure it would be great if you like that sort of thing. The side of lentils that came with my dish was excellent. We were happy to have the option of soy milk for our coffee and tea.

Pros: lovely people, soy milk

Cons: seemed to be open random hours

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Delightful - Edit

Veronica rules! The intro says that there isnt a menu but when we went there were menus. The menus don't matter too much because Veronica wants to/ and will, cook you anything you want. the first time we ate there we ordered off of the menu her Caribbean vegetables with grilled plantains, mashed potatos with her vegan gravy and an order of her banana pancakes (we had her make them vegan and they were awesome). the second night we were in viejo, a local had her make him some of her fried rice with her wheat gluten steak and it looked good so we ordered that and it was phenomenal. a must see when you are in costa rica.

veronica and her family are a bunch of sweethearts, if we go to costa again we will definately eat there again.

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