Gluten-Free Dining at Antonio’s Restaurant

Antonio's Restaurant, Medellin.
Lunch al fresco style
Antonio's Restaurant
Lunch al fresco style

Apparently you don’t have to look far to find a vegan restaurant in Medellín and now there’s a new one in town.

Opened this past May, Antonio’s restaurant is a delight for those with a gluten-free diet. With simply delicious vegan food at just as delicious prices, this cosy little restaurant in the Belén area of Medellín is a winner.

Family-run by no less than Antonio (the II as he pointed out, not the I), this healthy, vegan and artisan restaurant offers a first class lunch experience and with only four al-fresco tables, you’re guaranteed a quick lunch stop.

For just 9,500 pesos ($5) you can order the meal of the day: a three course meal and a drink, and the menu changes each day.

But if you prefer just one dish instead of three, there’s a lunch menu with everything from vegetarian lasagna – 8,500 pesos ($4.50), hamburguesa portobello (a mushroom burger) – 8,500 pesos ($4.50), to oriental rice – 8,000 pesos ($4.30) and there’s even mini hamburgers (sin carne) for those with a smaller appetite from 3,500 pesos ($1.90).

Being a meat eater, I was surprised by the variety on the menu and opted for the menu of the day consisting of cream of broccoli soup accompanied by pineapple and strawberry juice.

Antonio's Restaurant, Medellín
Cream of broccoli soup for starters

Each meal appeared to have a culinary twist from sesame seeds with the soup, to a pineapple sauce with the lentil patties.

Fluffy brown rice, a medley of beans and vegetables, and a mango salad made the finishing touches to a healthy, wholesome meal, but the crème de la crème has to be the desert.

A ground Colombian-style crumble made with quinoa and berries, a vegan delight of which made me want seconds.

Antonio's Restaurant, Medellín
Menú del día – Meal of day

All meals are cooked by Antonio’s wife, and if you can’t make it to the restaurant for lunch then they will come to you, (for a minimum order of 20,000 pesos ($10.70).

Antonio’s delivers to El Centro, Poblado and Belén and you can telephone your order in before lunch. By the time I arrived at 11:30 a.m., there were already nine orders in the delivery queue.

You can also buy organic products here too, from organic cereals to fluoride-free toothpastes. Perfect for healthy paisas.

Antonio, the proud owner
Antonio, the proud owner

Antonio explained that it was in California where he decided to turn vegan, and after living in the States for 13 years, him and his wife Christina returned to their home country of Colombia and Antonio’s Rinconcito Saludable was born.

Healthy, flavorsome and totally scrumptious, I know where I’m going to be eating from now on…

The restaurant is only open during the day and closes at 7 p.m.

If you want to catch Antonio outside opening hours, you can witness him in his other passion, as a DJ at one of the clubs in the city, like Impereal or as part of the Mary Hellen hip hop band or Kiño group.

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  1. Thanks for this vegan restaurant recommendation. Since living here over the last 3 months, I’ve compiled a list of some great vegetarian and vegan restaurants (and had even considered submitting an article to Medellin Living about them). I will definitely try this.
    For other vegetarians living in the area, I’d also recommend: Arbol de Vida, Vegarden, Verdeo, Lenteja Express, and De Raiz (my personal favorite because of the family atmosphere there).

  2. Thank you Lisa & for the excellente review.. We are really delighted that you guys enjoyed the food. We hope to see you guys soon!!

    *We sell/make gluten free and vegetarian gluten food.
    *Portobello Combo is 10.500 ($5.60)
    *The restuarant is next to centro comercial Unicentro(mall) in barrio conquistadores next to exito de unicentro, la noteria 5ta, calle 33, Rompoy de Bulerias & Universidad Bolivariana =) I think the map shows different directions

    Thank you once again..