Eat Your Greens at These 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Costa Rica

 A tiny isthmus with a tropical climate, Costa Rica is ideal for growing a diverse selection of vegetables, tubers, and exotic fruits all year long, so it's little wonder that chefs from around the world have started flocking here to open restaurants, many of which are vegetarian. While beans, rice and plantains are staples of a traditional Costa Rican diet, it's the vegetarian places that offer them in the most creative variations such as at  Vishnus, in Jose, and at La Botanica Organica and the quaint Veronica's Place on Caribbean coast, each of which serve strictly organic vegetarian fare, with raw, vegan and gluten-free specialties, too. Many restaurants in Costa Rica have ample options for non-meat eaters, and even the roadside sodas can satisfy with a casado sin carne, a typical lunch platter that includes several salads and vegetarian sides, served without the meat that's typically included. The best vegetarian restaurants in Costa Rica reflect cuisines from around the globe. Middle Eastern platters at Lubnan are favorites for vegetarians, and Chimera, nestled in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, boasts a bevy of totally vegetarian appetizers and entrees. Without much effort, vegetarians will be happy as clams dining out in Costa Rica.

Serenitea is a delightful place to enjoy lunch or just a cup of finely brewed tea in the fine neighborhood of Escaz�. Its peaceful atmosphere encourages relaxation and contemplation, so it makes a fine addition to an active day of...  Read More

Whether you're in the mood for fluffy pancakes made with real organic chocolate or a platter of huevos rancheros, the Lizard King Caf� has something on its menu for everyone. Burritos at the Lizard King are legendarily delicious flour...  Read More

Stashu's con Fusion is truly a work of art, and a labor of love. One of Puerto Viejo's longest running restaurants (it was formerly called El Loco Natural), Stashu's has been helmed in the kitchen since the early days by Stashu himself, chef...  Read More

Veronica's Place

Veronica's Place is a completely vegetarian restaurant on the Caribbean coast where the chef owner is Veronica herself, a Puerto Viejo native whose roots trace back to Jamaica and whose culinary style reflects her deep knowledge of local...  Read More

Samurai Sushi
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Samurai Sushi is perhaps the best sushi to be found in San Jose, if not all of Costa Rica, and they have excellent Teppan Yaki, too. After months of searching, it was a pleasure to stumble upon this place in Escaz�, not where it would not...  Read More

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Regarded as a good old stand by and a new discovery for vegetarians in Costa Rica, Vishnu's is one of a several franchises by the same name, all with reliably good options for meatless eaters centered in and around the capital city of San Jose....  Read More

Chile Rojo is perhaps Puerto Viejo de Limon's most popular restaurant with locals and tourists, but that doesn't mean it's always crowded. Contrarily, even on the busiest of nights, it's not uncommon to score a great table; occupying an...  Read More

With a name like Chimera, one might expect an a diverse selection of food, and this Santa Elena restaurant delivers. Every plate is a creative fusion of flavors, many of which are Latin, all of which are wrought from the bounty of local...  Read More

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Tin Jo
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Restaurante Tin-Jo has rightfully named itself "the best" restaurant in Costa Rica, offering delicious, healthy Asian cuisine from its home in an original colonial mansion in the heart of San Jose. What started out as a Chinese restaurant in...  Read More

La Botanica Organica is a delightful vegetarian restaurant in the tiny beach community of Playa Chiquita a few kilometers south of Puerto Viejo de Limon. Everything ingredient is organic, and there are macrobiotic, raw, vegan and gluten-free...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia
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