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Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
+505 8854 6928
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“bami” (6 reviews)
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Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Had lunch with 12 friends today. Everyone loved the food. A big surprise finding a vegetarian restaurant in Nicaragua.

1  Thank wolf3728
Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

As vegetarians we were very excited to go to this place. Once we got there around lunchtime, we found it strange to be the only guests. We tried the falafel (after reading good things about it) and were very very disappointed. For 8usd/248 Córdobas you'd...More

Thank Rick A
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Firstly really nice building and staff and all round an enjoyable experience. The issue was the food was a bit disappointing given the positive reviews we read. We are not vegetarian but love good vegetarian food so understand this is a really great place in...More

Thank Lou T
Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

Rich and fresh food and you get plenty of it! Prices are reasonable! We would surely recommend this place for vegetarians who want to eat locally but something different than beans and rice!

1  Thank Barbara G
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2018

Hallo Barbara, Thank you very much for your nice review and recommandation! It`s nice to have something else than rice and beans isn`t it :-) With vegetables and flavor!! Dankjulliewel en groetjes!

Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

I’ll make it short and to the point. The restaurant is in a very nice old building and very nice garden rear eating area. The staff were very friendly and I want to try to give this a better rating but the food wasn’t any...More

Thank 1975Tripper
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

Dear 1975Tripper, Thank you for your review. I`m sorry to hear that your meal wasn`t up to to your expectations. It must have been an off night as, like you mentioned, clients usually are very pleased with their meals. Kind regards,

Reviewed January 8, 2018

A local guide recommended this as the "must go" place for a vegetarian visiting Leon and it was a great rec. We had a delicious lunch here. They were busy with a tour group that arrived at the same time we did but we still...More

1  Thank schlegal1
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

Hello schlegal1, Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to review us! So glad you enjoyed your lunch and had a good service. We`re proud to have an Indio Viejo on our menu, probably your only chance to try a...More

Reviewed January 3, 2018

A little off the beaten track, but worth finding. The yellow vegetable curry was delicious as were the veggie noodles with peanut sauce. The house wine wasn't so great, but the beer was fine :-) We would definitely recommend CocinArte...

Thank Geoff and Jenni G
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Dear Geoff and Jenni, Thank you very much for your review and recommendation, very much appreciated! Very pleased that you found us and enjoyed your meals. We were happy to have you!

Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

They cook from scratch, good ingredients and a reasonable choice on the menu. However, understaffed and no determination to care for their customers. I suspect locals and regulars get better treatment.More

Thank AbracadabraEngland
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2017

Dear AbracadabraEngland, Thank you for your comments. I`m sorry to hear that your experience wasn`t as good as we wanted it to be. I do apologise and will make sure staff takes good care of all our customers, no matter where you come from. Kind...More

Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

I went there with a Vegan friend. She loved it... I find it a bit pricy. The food was still good. They are flexible with the order and really patient (is it just me or do other people find it weird if Vegan people need...More

1  Thank MrGlobing
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2017

Dear MrGlobing, Thank you for your review and for bringing your friend! We try to make everybody happy and try to be as flexible as possible with your food and drink orders. We know being vegan or having dietary restrictions in Nicaragua is difficukt enough...More

Reviewed July 10, 2017

CocinArte is one of Leon Nicaragua's best restaurants, Best vegetarian by far there Bami Mami is my favorite

2  Thank grmlay001
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Dear grmlay001, Thank you so much for your praising review! Very much appreciated! I have to say tha Bami Mani is one of my favorites too. That peanut sauce is so good, can`t get enough of it! Thank you so much! Kind regards,

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$3 - US$9
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Leon Department  >  Leon
  • Phone Number: +505 8854 6928
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CocinArte, the city's original vegetarian restaurant,is located in the oldest building of Leon (1620) a few blocks from Central park. The restaurant has a lovely green patio and soft world music is played which makes the restaurant a nice little escape from the buzzing streets of Leon. CocinArte specializes in international vegetarian dishes like falafel, pasta pesto, noodles with a mouthwatering peanut sauce or a flavorful Indian curry or chana masala. But you can also choose for a traditional Nicaraguan dish like Indio Viejo. The House special is "The CocinArte",a sizzling hot plate with sauteed veggie fajitas and vegetables. The menu offers smaller dishes like soups, quesadillas, tacos and salads For the carnivores there is a small selection of chicken dishes. Natural juices & milk shakes (without sugar!) are freshly made at the bar and a fine, strong organic coffee is served. All the food is made to order and ingredients are freshly cut. Packaging and take away is available. Open 12am -10pm, closed on Tuesdays.
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