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CocinArte

#3 of 6 Dessert in Leon
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Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua
+505 8854 6928
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12:00 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 good and you can get milkshakes without sugar. The only thing I wasn't too keen... More 

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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 roll. We usually have whole wheat bread but I couldn`t get those.. Thanks again! More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 relax, play a game and enjoy the holiday! Thanks and we hope to come back... More 

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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 the owner :-) More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 1.5 hour? And not a single word or excuse from the waiters or any discount... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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. I thought I went to each table to explain that things might take a bit... More 

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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 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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1 Thank Cesar M
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 More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 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 happy, and a really decent price. Thank you so much!!

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Thank MadiJones
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! More 

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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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) hinted at a new menu coming out soon. Have had lunch and dinner there. Just... More 

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1 Thank Christa B
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 review! Kris, manager, not the owner :-) More 

South America
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454 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

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.

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1 Thank Aidan80
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 it I wasn`t confinced either, but now I really like it :-) Thanks again for... More 

Bagram, Afghanistan
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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 travel in Nicaragua to be found in the entry area.

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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. Thanks again for your great review!! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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141 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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 not, there are some chicken dishes and many yum vege ones too!

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2 Thank Dher5
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 their houses ... Thanks again! More 

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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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.

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1 Thank Rudy R
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 you said. I`m working on signs to make it a bit easier to find us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$9
Cuisine
Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?