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Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
+505 8854 6928
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

I really should try another place but every time I come to Leon, I head straight to Cocinarte. I am vegan and my husband is carnivore and we are always happy with our meals. Great fresh juices. This time we started with hummus. Even the...More

1  Thank LisaAnn61
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Lisa! Thanks a lot for your lovely review and for coming to CocinArte every time you visit Leon. We`re proud of the fact that almost all food is homemande and cooked to order. I`m sorry about the small mistakes the waitres made. From now...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017

Cocinarte, in the center of the beautiful city of León, has a great vibe and excellent vegetarian food. The cosy manager of the restaurant will be happy to have a chat and tell you about the hotspots of the area. It's a quiet place to...More

1  Thank tomgoeieboel
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hey Tom! Thank you so much for your very kind words! Glad to hear you enjoy our food and the relaxed atmospehere. It`s always nice to see you and our pleasure to serve you one of our meals and a cold beer! And yes, happy...More

Reviewed 27 March 2017

I do NOT understand the rate of this restaurant. We took 3 dishes : - a houmous which tasted mostly like sesame, with a very poor layout and a pita bread which looked out of the supermarket - a bami mani : the stir fried...More

Thank lillypo
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi lillypo, Thanks for your comments, we take all comments to heart. As I told you that night I`m very sorry that your dinner didn`t live up to your expectations and appreaciating very much that you came to talk to me instead of just writing...More

Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Went at about 8pm planning for a few courses. Knowing the restuarant shut at 10 pm, there should have been adequate time. We shared homous to start, which came with the main about an hour later with a poor excuse of blaming this on the...More

Thank nicolamcmaster
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We`re not famous for our quick service as everything is made from scratch. Our goal is to serve fresh, homemade and tasty meals in a relaxing atmosphere. We do need some time to do that.. I`m sorry if it took...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017

The food was all so good and the whole menu had so many vegetarian options and marrocon and Lebanese food. The best falafel ever. Also the owner was a very kind woman who came for a short talk.

1  Thank Lisanne S
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Lisanne, Thanks you for reviewing us and thank you very much for your kind words! So happy to hear you enjoyed our food. The falafel is good, isn`t it?! Thanks again and kind regards, Kris (manager, not owner)

Reviewed 18 February 2017

Although mostly vegan and such they offer some chicken dishes. I had the Cordon Bleu. It was excellent. Also the best white wine by the glass I've had inLeón where sometimes it's challenging. It's a bit pricey, but clearly better food and service.

1  Thank jackietrehorn
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Jackie, Thank you very much for your review and your compliments! Very much appreciated! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Cordon Bleu and nice glass of Italian white wine. Best regards!

Reviewed 9 February 2017

We returned 3 times to this great restaurant. Food was delicious and fresh. Try the traditional drink with milk. Filled with protein. Local food. Service excellent and has wifi.

1  Thank Gshanley
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Gshanley, Thank you so much for your lovely words! We were happy to have you, three times :-) Glad you enjoyed our food, atmospere and service! Saludos!

Reviewed 6 February 2017

We were there on a crowded night (they got a positive mention in Lonely Planet guide). Vegetarian restaurant with not so many actual vegetables. Some things were good (like the veggie version of Indio Viejo), some not so good (like a very plain salad).

Thank jag343
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Jag343, Thank you for yor review! Sorry you had to wait a bit, we do get busy and as everything is made from scratch it sometimes takes a little.. Glad to hear you liked our vegetarian Indio Viejo. Regards,

Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We came here for dinner specifically because we're vegetarian and had the place all to ourselves, even though it was a Friday night. There are lots of good choices on the menu and a small selection of meat dishes. The special sizzling plate is really...More

1  Thank cowsandmoons
Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hello cowsandmoons, Thanks you very much for your review and your lovely words! I`m very happy that you enjoyed your dinner on an, unfortunately, very quiet night. We`re proud to serve homemade food and healthy drinks, so no sugar added. I`m sorry abot the bread...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

During our stay in Leon we visited Cocinarte and we loved it! A cosy restaurant with beautiful patio. The food was really tasteful, and the lady who ownes the place is a delight. She made us feel very welcome. This is also a place to...More

1  Thank Trave85
Kris E, Gerente at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Tarvel85, Thanks a lot for your super kind words, very much appreciated! That`s exactly what we want, honest and home cooked food in an atmospehere where people can relax and feel welcome... It was a pleasure having you! Thanks again. Groeten! Kris Manager, not...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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12:00 - 22:00
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.