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The Flying Tomato A Vegetarian Experience

200 meters north of the Banco Popular, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
506-2479-9913
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Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Place was really easy to find. Very laid back home environment with cat ornaments and kids toys strewn all around. My partner and I both ate soy burgers, was okay, a little below average veggie food. Tamarind juice was nice but a little over-priced. The guy running the place was a bit high and as such service was laid-back but... More

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Loved this cute little restaurant hidden in La Fortuna. The cat theme was my favorite, as I love cats. Cat decor everywhere. Great vegetarian food. I had the curry vegetables and my friend had the vegetarian burrito. They have soy meats, as well. Try the tamarindo juice!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

When we walked up to the restaurant there was a couple already dining at this one table establishment. The owner was happily chatting with a man about fishing. As someone who respects all life, this was a bit of a downer/unexpected at a vegetarian restaurant. A second table was pulled out of a shamble of stuff, chairs were rounded up... More

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Moses Lake, WA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

First of all it took us so long to find the place that we didn't have time to eat there. But when we did arrive, there was no welcome and nobody anxious to serve us. Someone finally came out but the place hardly looked like a restaurant. We ended up not eating there for more than one reason.

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My gf and I visited a day or two after New Years. We are no strangers to vegetarian, vegan or raw food and she wanted to find this place as it was the only "listed" restaurant of the type we could find in La Fortuna. We were staying very close in a good hotel, so we decided to wander down... More

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

the hamburgers were awesome. but you must try the pizza.. we stayed and slept in la fortuna for about 5 days. and is it all types of other restaurants. this guy beats everybody's prices for vegetarian food. as a matter of fact I think he's the only budgetary restaurant in that town. you must go try it.

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Vienna, Austria
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I still can't believe that the 2013 edition of Lonely Planet's Costa Rica Travel Guide recommends "The Flying Tomato". According to Lonely Planet, this Restaurant is a good option for vegetarians and offers a variety of good meals. When we arrived there, we couldn't believe our eyes. This "restaurant" is nothing more than a terrace with a greasy plastic table.... More

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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Not a typical restaurant - more like eating in someone's front room. After so many hotel restaurants this was a refreshing change. Nice too to be able to choose anything from the menu - not many veggie options in other places. Enjoyed chatting with the owner over a beer. Good food. Great place.

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Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I went there with 2 of my friends one night, because one of them is a vegetarian. The restaurant is not on the main strip so it was kinda hard to find. We were there on a week night and it was dead, as in, there were no customers. Anyways, the owner saw us and he turned on the lights.... More

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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We drove around in circles trying to find the Tomato and gave up. The next day we tried again and finally found it. The food was nothing special and the owner, an expat American, seems disinterested in running a restaurant. When we told him about our quest to find his place he said the signs are confusing and will have... More

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