- Vegetarian Resources

One of the most common requests from visitors I get in this beef-centric city is for some vegetarian options. While, of course, many restaurants out there have some sort of options for those who don’t eat meat, they’re often limited and repetitive – salads, pastas, maybe some grilled vegetables or a hockey puck of a breaded soy patty. There are also a few parrillas (steakhouses) out there that have quite good salad bars, and some of the tenedor libres (all you can eat buffets) have quite a few vegetarian options, and, of course, most Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants have vegetarian options (though I’ve found that chicken stock and sometimes dried shrimp are used in various plates that purport to be vegetarian). I tend not to recommend vegetable empanadas for those who are truly vegetarian as there’s a high probability that the dough is made with lard or suet (pork or beef fat), but you can always ask – there’s even a faint possibility that your waiter will know the answer, or at least claim “margarina” or “grasa vegetal” (more or less Crisco) to make you happy.

Virtually every neighborhood in the city has multiple “dieteticas”, or natural food stores where you can buy grains and legumes in bulk, cereals, dried fruits and nuts, alternative sweeteners, and any of a range of other natural and organic products. For those whose Spanish is at least passable if not fluent, most of the cooking schools in town offer short courses in various aspects of vegetarian cooking at different times of the year – and a couple of dedicated programs are listed below.

This list, like many a list, is a work in progress. I’ve included a link to the place’s website if they have one and I know about it (click on the name), and, if I’ve been and reviewed it, a link to my review. If there’s not a review link, it’s likely I haven’t been, so no promises – some of them may not even still exist, though I’m trying to update that as regularly as possible. Not all of these places are 100% vegetarian, but I’ll let you know that, if I do.

Unión Vegetariano Argentina (UVA)

Alimentadndo el Ser – Vegan meal delivery service
Bosque Orgánico – organic vegetable delivery service
Cajú – Vegan lifefood (raw) meal delivery service
Cocina Verde – Vegan meal delivery service
EKHO – Vegan meal delivery service
El Rincón Orgánico – organic vegetable delivery service
Equilibrio Gusto – Vegan, macrobiotic meal delivery service
La Despensa Cocina – Vegetarian meal delivery service
La Orgánica – organic vegetable delivery service
Nueva Era – Vegan meal delivery service
Rawtiseria – raw food vegan events and classes
Sueño Verde – vegetable and herb delivery service, primarily organic, many things not available from other sources
Tallo Verde Orgánico – organic vegetable delivery service
Vegan Delicious – Vegan meal delivery service
Veganiceria (Las Vacas Felices) – Vegan meat substitutes

Centro/Retiro/Microcentro

  • Alma Zen, Peró 812, Centro – Casual, not strictly vegetarian
  • Comer en Compañia, San Martín 951, Centro
  • Delhi Mahal, Córdoba 1147, Centro – Indian, roughly half the menu is vegetarian options – Recommended
  • El Guiso, México 481, Centro
  • Évora, Esmeralda 370, Centro
  • Fly Natural Bar, Uruguay 707, Tribunales
  • Granix, Florida 165 (Galleria Güemes), 1st floor, Centro – Argentine Buffet – Recommended
  • Green Eat, Uruguay 703, Tribunales and Reconquista 690, Microcentro
  • Green Era, Rivadavía 950, Centro – takeout, steam table style
  • Juana M, Carlos Pellegrini 1535, Retiro – Steakhouse that has one of the best salad bars, unlimited trips, in the city with a great array to choose from, plus pasta options
  • Jugoso, Lavalle 558, Centro – juice bar and cafe
  • La Huerta del Sol, Lavalle 895, 1st floor – Buffet
  • Lotos, Córdoba 1577, Centro – Asian Buffet, and downstairs an excellent organic grocery – Recommended
  • Kotobuki, Suipacha 749, Retiro
  • Muffy’s, Suipacha 517, Retiro – Takeout Argentine/Chinese buffet
  • Natural Express, Florida 140, downstairs left, Centro – Sandwiches, salads
  • Nuevo Siglo, Maipú 439, Centro
  • La Posada Naturalista II, Sarmiento 850, Centro
  • La Verde, Suipacha 10, Microcentro – Casual takeout
  • Onda Verde, Montevideo 458, Centro – takeout buffet
  • Pekin, M.T. Alvear 430, Centro
  • Picnic, Florida 102, Microcentro – Vegan casual
  • Punto Fresco, Reconquista 536, Centro – Salad Bar
  • Sattva, Montevideo 446, Centro – four rotating menus of five items, one for each week of the month, plus a la carte menu – Provisionally recommended
  • Sattva Pizzeria, Montevideo 424, Centro – pizzas and other casual fare, branch of above restaurant, same block
  • Sr. Patata, Reconquista 856, Microcentro – baked potato takeout stand, choice of fillings
  • Tucumán Comida Vegetariana, Tucumán 721, Centro – primarily takeout, salads, pastas, sandwiches
  • VegeCity, Talcahuano 1048, Centro – takeout Argentine/Chinese
  • Verde, Verde, Viamonte 669, Centro – salads, sandwiches, casual
  • Yoaquina, Marcelo T. de Alvear 967, Retiro/Centro – Macrobiotic
  • Zona Natural, Tucumán 433 and Chacabuco 374, Centro

Monserrat/San Telmo

  • Abuela Pan, Chile 518, San Telmo
  • Bodhi, Chile 1763, Montserrat – Buffet – Okay
  • Hierba Buena, Caseros 454, San Telmo
  • Jueves a la Mesa, “underground”, address given with reservation
  • Naturaleza Sabia, Balcarce 958, San Telmo
  • Origen, Humberto 1° 599, San Telmo – Argentine creative, not strictly vegetarian
  • Siempre Verde, Av. Rivadavia 548, off Plaza de Mayo – Chinese – Recommended
  • Zen, Chacabuco 810, San Telmo – Take-out, casual

Recoleta/Barrio Norte

  • Artesano, Mansilla 2748, Recoleta – Cafe and bakery
  • Araucaria, Laprida 1619, Recoleta – Argentine takeout, natural food grocery, classes
  • Casa SaltShaker, Uriburu and Peña, Recoleta – Our own little restaurant and cooking school, we regularly offer vegetarian and vegan classes, and can often (though not always) provide a vegetarian alternative at our dinners
  • Clara Aurora, Ecuador 1171, Recoleta – a standout among the dieteticas or natural food stores because of a good selection of Japanese ingredients unavailable elsewhere
  • Green Food Rotiseria Vegetariana, Laprida 1457, Recoleta – takeout Chinese buffet
  • Happiness House, Rodríguez Peña 1026, Recoleta – takeout, Argentine and Asian
  • Natural Deli, Laprida 1672, Recoleta – Organic cafe and grocery
  • Praana, Paraguay 2024, Recoleta – small cafeteria style spot with regularly changing menu, not strictly vegetarian
  • Veggie Club, Junín 1087, Recoleta – takeout buffet
  • Yuen-Yuen Afinidad, Paraguay 2038, Recoleta – takeout Chinese buffet

Once/Abasto/Balvanera/Congreso/Almagro

  • Afinidad, Hipólito Yrigoyen 1394, Congreso – takeout Chinese buffet
  • ArteSano, Medrano 177, Almagro – takeout vegetarian
  • Green Life, Corrientes 1915, Congreso – buffet and takeout
  • La Ciboulette, Sarmiento 1808, Balvanera – buffet, and BA’s longest running vegetarian restaurant, opened in 1983
  • La Reina Kunti, Humahuaca 3461, Abasto – Indian – Not recommended
  • Los Sabios, Corrientes 3733, Almagro – Chinese buffet – Recommended
  • Natura, Rivadavía 1321, Congreso
  • Naturity, Lavalle 1901, Once – Casual cafe – Recommended
  • Noble y Natural, Av. Corrientes 4657, Almagro – Vegan buffet
  • Reino, Jeronimo Salguero 836, Almagro
  • Rotisería Vegetariana, Riobamba 117, Congreso
  • Santo Buda, Pringles 486 & Rawson 224, Almagro
  • Serenity, Uruguay 26, Congreso – takeout Chinese buffet
  • Tz Hang, Guardia Vieja 3374, Almagro – Chinese buffet

Palermo

  • ? (don’t have the name of it if someone can let me know), Sanchéz de Bustamante 1457, Palermo – takeout buffet
  • Alma Zen, Malabia 484, Palermo – Casual, not strictly vegetarian
  • Arevalito, Arevalo 1478, Palermo – Creative Argentine – Reviewed when it was around the corner and called Providencia, it’s more casual and smaller now
  • Artemisia, Cabrera 3877, Palermo – Creative, some fish dishes
  • Artemisia Cocina Natural, Gorriti 5996, Palermo – Creative, some fish dishes
  • Bio, Humboldt 2192, Palermo viejo – Macrobiotic creative – Recommended
  • Buena Onda, Darraguiera 2476, Palermo – buffet
  • Buena Vida Natural Bar, Bünes 2607, Palermo Chico – Tarts, salads, cafe – not strictly, but mostly, vegetarian
  • Buenos Aires Pastry, Uriarte 2027, Palermo – Cafe, salads and pastas, not strictly vegetarian
  • Buenos Aires Verde, Gorriti 5657, Palermo – Vegan and Raw/Life Food options, and Grocery
  • Chakra Mio, Soler 5518, Palermo – Yoga center with casual cafe, not strictly vegetarian
  • Contemporanea, Viamonte 2164, Palermo – casual takeout
  • Kensho, El Salvador 5783, Palermo – Vegetarian upscale – Recommended
  • Krishna Love, Malabia 1833, Palermo Viejo – Vegan casual – Recommended
  • La Esquina de las Flores, Gurruchaga 1630, Palermo – Macrobiotic buffet – Review of former location
  • La Radiancia, Gorriti 5132, Palermo – Organic “roll bar”, grocery and natural cookery school
  • Mana, Gallo 1566, Palermo – Chinese/Argentine takeout buffet
  • Meraviglia, Gorriti 5796, Palermo
  • Nutrilife, J.L. Borges 2210, Palermo – Casual takeout
  • Prá Cocina Vegetariana, El Salvador 5101, Palermo – Cafe inside yoga center
  • Quimbombó, Costa Rica 4562, Palermo – Creative, not strictly vegetarian – Recommended
  • Senutre Deli Natural, Republica Arabe Siria 3090, Palermo
  • Spring, Bülnes 2577 and Guatemala 4452, Palermo – Chinese buffet – Recommended

Belgrano/Las Cañitas/Barrio Chino

  • Buen Gusto, Blanco Encalada 2722, Belgrano
  • Green House, Mendoza 2420, Belgrano – buffet
  • Kensho, Zárraga 3799, Belgrano – restaurant and cooking classes
  • La Casa de Oshawa, Ciudad de la Paz 421, Belgrano – Japanese – Recommended
  • Light Food, Santos Dumont 495, Belgrano – Casual, not strictly vegetarian, also individually planned menu delivery service
  • Natural Deli, Gorostiaga 1776, Las Cañitas – Organic cafe and grocery
  • Rise & Shine, Juramento 2628, Belgrano – takeout
  • Sabó, Juramento 2833, Belgrano – takeout, salads, tarts, sandwiches
  • Veggie’s Deli & Gourmet Natural, Baéz 504, Las Cañitas – takeout and delivery, salads, sandwiches, pastas

Chacarita/Villa Crespo/Colegiales

  • Algaia, Zapiola 1375, Colegiales
  • Colectivo Felix, Giribone between Gregoria Perez & Palpa, Chacarita – Fish and vegetarian closed door (underground) restaurant – Recommended
  • Curcuma, Ramirez de Velazco 1427, Villa Crespo
  • Ever Green, Frias 378, Villa Crespo
  • El Galpón, Federico Lacroze 4172, Chacarita – Wednesday 9-13hrs and Saturday 9-18hrs organic farmers’ market
  • Korin D – MOA, Ciudad de la Paz 754, Colegiales – takeout and grocery
  • Masamadre es con M, Olleros 3891, Chacarita – Eclectic and creative – Recommended
  • Noble y Natural, Corrientes 4657, Villa Crespo – Vegan takeout
  • Santa Gula, Jorge Newbery 3902, Chacarita – Casual, organic, primarily vegetarian
  • El Tomato, Federico Lacroze 2525, Colegiales – Takeout
  • Verdellama, Colegiales – Raw/Life food classes
  • Vitalidad, Vera 950, Villa Crespo – Takeout, cooking classes
  • Zen, Malabia 543 & Gnrl. Eustaquio Frías 378, Villa Crespo

Caballito/Chacabuco

  • Arce, Acoyte 1437, Caballito – takeout Chinese-Argentine

Zona Norte (North Barrios & Suburbs)

  • Animalitis, Zona Norte, Belgrano & Palermo – vegan baked goods delivery service
  • Chien Kang, Centenario 1830, Beccar – chinese buffet
  • Demetria, Ramallo 2626, Saavedra & Von Wernicke 3065, San Isidro – not a vegetarian restaurant but good vegetarian options on menu
  • El Retamo, Garibaldi 93, San Martín – takeout
  • Fontana, 9 de Julio 435, Morón
  • Germinando Vida (formerly Vivir y Dejar Vivir), Nuñez 4129, Nuñez – Raw/Life food
  • Govinda Buenos Aires, Andonaegui 2054, Villa Urquiza
  • Green Go, Sucre 2602, San Isidro – Salads and wraps, not strictly vegetarian
  • The Green Apple, Av. Colón 458, San Martín – buffet
  • Kuo, 25 de Mayo 1973, San Martín – takeout Chinese-Argentine
  • Las Moras, Alem 267, Ramos Mejia
  • Light Food, Conde 2892, Villa Urquiza – Casual, not strictly vegetarian, also individually planned menu delivery service
  • Mercado Organico de San Fernando, San Fernando Train Station (Tren de la Costa), San Fernando – organic market, Saturdays 10-18hrs
  • Rotiseria Vegetariana, Rivadavia 328, Pilar
  • Vegesencia, Echeverria 4886, Villa Urquiza – Chinese buffet
  • Verde Amanecer, Av. San Martín 1816, Vicente López – grocery
  • Verde Verde, Local 1: Mitre 3547 / Local 2: Mitre esq. Caseros, San Martín – takeout
  • Zenda, Coghlan

Zona Sur (South Barrios & Suburbs)/La Plata

  • Itals, 14 & 57, La Plata – Vegan
  • La Farfalla, Calle 17 1413, La Plata
  • Natural, Calle 7 Nº 1315 entre 59 y 60, La Plata

Further afield…

  • Arrope, P de la Reta 927, Mendoza – tea house and casual restaurant
  • Bios Diet, Gral. Guemes 350, between Pueyrredon and Funes, Salta – Ovo, Vegan-friendly, Argentinian, Take-out
  • El Bambú, Tucumán 3031, Santa Fé – takeout Chinese buffet
  • Entre Indyas, Buenos Aires 44, Galería Salta, Local 14 (at Caseros), Salta – Indian & Peruvian vegetarian, vegan options available, serves some seafood (I’ve heard rumors that this place is closed, and their website hasn’t been updated since mid-2009, so that may be the case)
  • Finca del Sol, San Martín 2463, 1° Piso. Mar del Plata – buffet
  • Fon Restaurante, Maipú 435, San Miguel de Tucumán – Chinese takeout
  • Govinda, San Martín 453, Godoy Cruz – Indian
  • Hung, Ramírez 1820, Paraná – buffet Chinese takeout
  • Madre Tierra, Calle Belgrano 619, San Salvador de Jujuy – lunch only, set menu
  • Naturata, Don Bosco 73, Mendoza – takeout
  • Shakti, Vicente Lopez 780, Mar del Plata – raw food/life food, catering
  • Soychu, Av. José de la Roza 223 Oeste, San Juan – bakery and takeout
  • Verde Gourmet, Peyret 168, Colón – catering, delivery
  • Verde que te Quiero Verde, Cordoba 1358, Palace Garden 1er. Nivel, Rosario
  • Verde Siempre, 9 de Julio 36, Córdoba
  • Verdei Li Buffet Vegetariano, San Martín 130, Bariloche
  • Vida Sana, Lib San Martín 238 Oeste, San Juan
  • Vida sana, Sgo del Estero y Uriburu, San Lorenzo – takeout

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