Where to Eat in Leon: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 31, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

Discover the best restaurant in Leon, Nicaragua including Cafe La Rosita, CocinArte, El Desayunazo, Pan & Paz, Al Carbon, Libelula Coffee Shop, pizzeria antonino, El Sesteo, Antorchas bar and bocas, Carnivoro
Things to do in Leon

1. Cafe La Rosita

Varas Al Norte 10 | De la Iglesia Recoleccion, 1 Cuadra Abajo, Leon, Nicaragua Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +505 2311 6638
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 96 reviews

Cafe La Rosita

Reviewed By AlienTraveller1978 - Mumbai, India

On my way from Mercadito to the terminal, I stopped here with my big mochila. I sat up my backpack at one table and went to the counter to order coffee as it was a morning time. The staff informed me that I can go upstairs as there are many windows with good ventilation. They clearly noticed how much I was sweating. Besides a cup of coffee I needed fresh air.
The upstairs is an awesome place with some good view through the windows. I enjoyed my coffee with a nice view and fresh air. The staff is friendly. The location is the best. And the coffee is great.
I highly recommend this place.

2. CocinArte

Noth side of the Laborio Church 50 meters east, Leon 20000, Nicaragua 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, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$24 - HK$71 +505 8854 6928
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

CocinArte

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.

Reviewed By MrGlobing - Frankfurt, Germany

I went there with a Vegan friend. She loved it... I find it a bit pricy. The food was still good. They are flexible with the order and really patient (is it just me or do other people find it weird if Vegan people need 10 min to order and discuss food?!)
You can choose giving a tip or not... Portions are not big enough for me. Always had to order 1-2 times extra rice to get full ;)

3. El Desayunazo

Intersection of 2a Ave NO/4a Calle, Leon, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks +505 8235 4837
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

El Desayunazo

Reviewed By Vic B

Not the cheapest but good value with a wide choice of Nica and Western options. Ate here a couple of mornings and between the 5 of us we sampled a good amount.Thank you for visiting us

4. Pan & Paz

Block East Of Supermarket La Union 1, Leon, Nicaragua Takeout, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch HK$55 +505 2311 0949
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 758 reviews

Pan & Paz

Classic French boulangerie and patisserie located in the historic center of León. All products are made fresh every day by our own team of bakers. A fresh and tranquil patio where you can escape from León's heat. Enjoy your coffee and croissant in the morning, a fresh juice and Sandwich, quiche or salad for lunch, or indulge in a coffee and pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth. Relaxed atmosphere at night for a light diner or to savor our selection of cheeses, cold cuts and (French) wines.

Reviewed By Sheila S - Tulsa

The Nicaraguan coffee is excellent. The pastries are quite good, and the smoothies are worth a try. Good location across from the Best Western.

5. Al Carbon

Del parque la merced 25 vrs abajo, De la iglesia la merced 25 vrs abajo, Leon, Nicaragua Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +505 2311 4761
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 390 reviews

Al Carbon

Reviewed By Susan05821 - Barnet, Vermont

Nicaraguans love their meat, and this is the place to experience it. But it offers few options for the vegan or vegetarian. We ate here twice during our travels. Mostly because of the convenient location one block from the Merced. While the atmosphere and service in the restaurant area were consistently good (seating in the restaurant is around an open courtyard), the quality of the food was not. It seems to depend on who's in the kitchen. The wait staff were attentive and well-trained. The prices were relatively high by Leon standards, but reasonable for those from abroad used to paying much more for a good steak. I would say that the quality of the food was average to good, bordering on very good at times.

6. Libelula Coffee Shop

Calle Ruben Dario | Iglesia San Francisco 1/2 C. Abajo, Leon, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night +505 8493 4505
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 229 reviews

Libelula Coffee Shop

Reviewed By Yvainestar - Ostersund, Sweden

Great coffee and many different choices, not very expensive and some yummy cakes. I really loved this place and enjoyed the nice, chilly AC as we’ll. Definitely worth a visit!

7. pizzeria antonino

North From Lazy Bones, Leon, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Italian, Pizza Dinner +505 2311 6327
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

pizzeria antonino

Best Pizza In Town And Great Value

Reviewed By Syl D - Vancouver, Canada

We could not find our original choice so stopped here for pizza and beer. One house special one three cheese both quite acceptable. The service was friendly and prompt but the beer is overpriced by far compared to every where else we have eaten.

8. El Sesteo

Main square, Leon, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Central American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +505 2311 5327
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 535 reviews

El Sesteo

Right at the heart of this intellectual and humid city is located “El Sesteo” a nice setting with a nice view and a unique decoration. The food is nice has a good variety of things, Local food, Mexican, Sea food (ocean is only 20min away) and international cuisine, Service is pretty good and all of the walls are decorated with the local dance, folklore and most important people of Leon one of them Ruben Dario Father of the modernism and prince of the Spanish language.They are open for lunch and dinner and probably have the best view of any restaurant in Leon, have a nice breeze that run through the place and a nice view to the street which you can see the locals walking around the main square.Go and enjoy this place and give a try to local own places.

Reviewed By lisano00 - Vero Beach, Florida

We have traveled all over the world and have never been ripped off the way we were at this restaurant. I feel outraged because we have been having a very positive experience in Nicaragua up to now. We paid our bill in cash and were shorted 150 Córdoba on the change. When we questioned it we were accused of putting in our pocket and accused of lying to them !! While it does s not a huge amount f money it is s very sad that this put a negative aspect on our time here. I would be careful if you go here.

9. Antorchas bar and bocas

De La Iglesia La Merced 1c Al Norte 1/2c Al Oeste, Leon, Nicaragua Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations Bar, American, Latin, Spanish, Pub Dinner, Drinks HK$24 - HK$86 +505 8383 5294
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Antorchas bar and bocas

Reviewed By PhreedomPhun - St. George, Utah

Looked for this place my first night in Leon based on other reviews for not having blasting music. Good music, relaxed atmosphere, good service. I tried the Potato Skins (recommended on the menu) and they were just OK. Very small potatos, some halves did not have the potato scooped out. On the other hand, the chicken quesedilla was EXCELLENT.

10. Carnivoro

Avenida Central | Catedral 220 metros norte, Leon, Nicaragua Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Grill Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$196 +505 2311 5895
Excellent
37%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 274 reviews

Carnivoro

In our restaurant we have service with Restaurant Bar, national and international cuisine, delicious menus for lunch, dinner, dishes Executives and snacks, rich bar national and international drinks.

Reviewed By uvamon - Cancun

While at the Flor de Caña tour we asked some Nicaraguan people recommend us this restauarant and some others, we decided this while I'm the mood for steak.
It was reasonably priced and we'll served. Due to a thunderstorm we were the only ones so it was served fast and we'll attended
I do recommend

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