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Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
+505 8854 6928
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Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
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Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in the restaurant some time before 19.45, ended up with getting our food 21.15. The restaurant was fairly full, so I would assume they had a busy evening. That's fine, I can understand things taking a bit longer than normal. But more than...More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

You must have been here last Monday. As you said, it was a very busy night. Quite a few tables came in at the same time and the kitchen did their best to prepare the dishes (all made from scratch) as fast as they could....More

Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Both the quesadillas and the vegetarian fajitas were pretty tasty and well served. The staff was very friendly and their recommendations were good.

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hello Cesar, Thank you very much for your kind words. Appreciating that you took the time to review us. We`re very pleased to hear you you enjoyed your meals and the service. Kind regards, Kris

Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We came here needing some decent vegetables and were more than impressed, will be going back tonight!!! The menu has a random array of ethnic dishes, but everything looked amazing and what we ordered was the most fabulous home cooked, generous meals. We were so...More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Wauw, thank you so much for your super kind words and huge compliment! It was absolutely our pleasure to serve you some our home cooked meals. So pleased you enjoyed everything. Big thank you for your review!

Reviewed August 22, 2016

Well, that I've eaten at anyway. There is a large selection of different ethnic/vegetarian dishes. I've had three different options from the menu and was not disappointed by any! Large portions, well cooked, and awesome smoothies. When I was in yesterday, the owner (I'm assuming)...More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Hi Christa, Thank you so much for your lovely words! I`m so happy to hear you enjoyed your food,your drinks and the napkins :-) The new menu will contain most of our prooved dishes and some new options as well. Thanks again for your great...More

Reviewed August 11, 2016

We had mixed results food wise. The falafel was lovely and huge, the other dish (indio viejo)just wasn't to our taste but was cooked fine. The service was excellent. The Dutch woman working their could not have been more friendly.More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely words! Happy to hear you liked the falafel I`m sorry the Indio Viejo wasn`t your taste, It`s a typical Nicaraguan dish with a combination of flavors I never tasted before coming to Nicaragua. The first time I tried...More

Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Delicious food served in a pretty place with great relaxed & welcoming vibe & staff - one of Leon's best. The Moroccan tajine is full of flavor & a nice change from the local fare. Nice things for sale & lots of informational materials about...More

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

Thank you so much for your kind words, really appreciating it! So glad to hear you had a great experience at our restaurant. Besides the informational materials there`s a Vapues Tours office too so you can even book a tour whie enjoying a nice meal....More

Reviewed July 25, 2016

Fantastic restaurant, great vibe. It's great to get 'off the grid' and visit this place! A bit more of a real Leon feel to the neighbourhood. Had the sizzling platter - huuuuge portion and yum! If you're vegetarian, this is a must in Leon. If...More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your super nice review!! Hope your trip went well! I totally agree that the short walk trough the neighbourhood is a great way to see a bit of Nicaraguan life.. And people really don`t mind if you have a peek into...More

Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great vegetarian options and nice drink menu. The food was plentiful. The location is a bit off the grid and it's easy to get lost in Leon's streets but worth the journey, especially if you are vegetarian/vegan and looking for something different.More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and visiting us! I know we are a bit of the grid we`re 5 blocks away from central Park. But on the other hand, we are located in the oldest building of Leon...and I think it`s woth the journey as...More

Reviewed July 18, 2016

A bit pricey, but a pleasant surprise if you're vegetarian because you can get traditional Nicaraguan dishes but without the meat.

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

Thank you for your review! Very much apppreciated. We`re proud to serve national and international vegetarian/vegan dishes. There aren`t many opportunities to try an national dish without meat here in Nicaragua... .

Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Awesome place with amazing vegetarian food and super generous portions. So good my friends and I went back twice in 2 days. Clean with super friendly staff, the lady who runs it is very kind and chatty. Some great traditional Nicaraguan dishes to try, everything...More

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Kris E, Manager at CocinArte, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your super kind words! Very much appreaciated! Happy to hear you liked everything so much that you deided to come back. It was our pleasure serving you. Greetings from Leon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$3 - $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
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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.