Santo Domingo, the capital city of Dominican Republic, has some restaurants offering vegetarian options to the visitors. The vegetarians are mostly heavily dependent on rice, vegetables, beans, fruits, and salads. You will be surprised to know that even the Dominican Republic can be vegetarian friendly. However, due to the increased use of non-vegetarian ingredients in processed seasonings it is difficult for vegetarians to find items that are pure. In many rural areas it is common for women to create homemade seasoning from onion, garlic, peppers, oregano, celery, cilantro and bitter orange etc.
If you make efforts, you will still be able to find a few restaurants in Santo Domingo serving delicious and 100 percent authentic vegetarian dishes. The prominent vegetarian options here include Ananda Vegetarian Restaurant, Jardin Verde, Lotos Vegetarian Restaurant, Matica, Delicias Integrales and Crudo. Exploring these restaurants will offer a great insight into their offerings.
Ananda Vegetarian Restaurant
Ananda Vegetarian Restaurant is a restaurant-cum-yoga center located at 7 Calle Casimiro de Moya in Santo Domingo. It is run by International Society of Divine Realization. The restaurant is spacious and is created in a cafeteria style. Hardcore vegetarians will find it a good choice for cheap and delicious vegetarian food. The restaurant also offers opportunity for Vegans to dine at this place. Apart from serving delicious vegetarian dishes, the Ananda Vegetarian Restaurant also regularly holds classes for yoga as well as vegetarian cooking. You will appreciate the variety of Dominican dishes served here such as roast beans and brown rice. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday until 10 pm, while on Sunday it is open till3 pm.
Jardin Verde is an organic Chinese-vegetarian restaurant located at 18A Salvador Sturla in Santo Domingo. This restaurant offers vegetarian food such as chontz made up of rice-based pastry, mushrooms stuffing, and peanut garnishing. You can relish handmade noodles prepared with carrots, bok choy, brown sauce, and tofu. Enjoy the inventive tea infused with flowers and tropical fruits while you eagerly wait for your delectable vegetarian dishes to be served. You will enjoy starters such as vegetable eggrolls or fried mushrooms. If you like to dine in the open then you can use the outdoor seating arrangement. There is also option for vegans. This restaurant opens from Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm.
Lotos Vegetarian Restaurant
Lotos Vegetarian Restaurant is located in Av 27 de Febrero 400, Santo Domingo. This restaurant is a good option for vegetarian food lovers. It serves 100 percent vegetarian food. You can gorge on veggie delights, rice, dumplings, noodles, soy, and other Chinese food. You can order for the exotic eggplant fry, which is a great favorite with the visitors here. Vegans can also enjoy their meals at the Lotos Vegetarian Restaurant. You can get your food through the self-service buffet. The food is generally served by weight although few foodstuffs are given per piece such as spring rolls and dumplings.
Matica is a vegetarian restaurant located at 2064 Avenida Romulo Betancourt in Santo Domingo. The restaurant provides food items such as salads, snacks, vegetable sandwiches and fruit juices. You can also enjoy your food in the outdoor seating if you like. The restaurant also has options for vegans as well.
Delicias Integrales is a doctor-owned restaurant located in 31 Calle Caonabo in Santo Domingo. The restaurant provides limited selection of vegetarian food. You can try out the popular dish “Plato del dia”, which is made with bean, brown rice, and salad. You can enjoy cinnamon bread and drink hot anise tea. For water or juice, you need to visit the small food store next door. The restaurant offers only lunch. It is open from Monday to Friday.
Crudo is situated in Santo Domingo’s famous Colonial Zone, a popular area in the city for locals and foreign tourists. It doubles up as an organic restaurant-cum-natural products store. Crudo is owned and operated by a doctor of holistic medicine Dr. Felix F. Casas. The restaurant is renowned for serving delicious vegetarian dishes, juices and salads. The plato del dia is a must try here. You can purchase aromatherapy oils, incense, vitamins and natural remedies from the natural products store at Crudo. It is open for the visitors on all days of the week, from Monday to Sunday starting from 12 pm to 7 pm.