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“A great place and a great owner”

Cafe de las Sonrisas
Ranked #13 of 173 Restaurants in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$8
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Cafe of Smiles is staffed by deaf staff
Reviewed 20 April 2014

5 met with the owner who gave us a tour of the restaurant and the connected hammock workshop. Our lunch was very good. Had a beef burrito and it was good and filling. Some had smoothies which were very good. It is amazing that all the wait staff and cooks are deaf and mute. All ordering is by pointing at the picture menu or attemption sign language by looking a "signs" posted on the wall and trying to speak their language, very difficult. All the employees of the hammock workshop are also deaf and mute. The owner Antonio has given these people a reason to live and feel good about themselves. If anyone wants a hammock they are very well made and they will mail them to your residence or business. Great place to support people who are working very hard.

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2  Thank Ray W
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

I would guess that everyone who comes to this unique restaurant will leave feeling happy. Housed in a colonial building, it is a small cafe with delicious food that is run by deaf mutes. The food is simple but very good. My Nicaraguan meal (rice, beans,fried bananas, queso de campo) tasted great and was a huge portion. I also liked the pasta with ham and cheese, chocolate crepes and the watermelon smoothies. We did not leave feeling hungry!
In the same courtyard as the restaurant is a hammock workshop which is interesting to see. The whole complex is run by the Tio Antonio charitable foundation, so the hammock makers are also physically challenged in some way (blind, deaf), but the hammocks are beautiful. It is a peaceful place with cats lounging on the old stone floors and a nice change from the chaos of the city streets.

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1  Thank AnitafromDC
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

This is a wonderful place. It employs deaf-mute locals who otherwise would be dependent on others. The focus is on dignity.

Just by drinking their lovely smoothies and eating the fun Nica-style breakfast, you make others lives better. Pick up one of their beautiful hammocks, or just take a nap in one next to the courtyard while you're there. Service is friendly and food quality is good.

Thank Shawn P
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We went there for breakfast several times. They serve a good breakfast at a reasonable prices. It is easy to order because the menu has pictures so you can point out your order to the deaf meseros. Each table has a "menui" of 5 pictures you can point to such as "check, water, etc." You are given a card with 5 pictures showing you how to say words like "thank you" and "please." It is in a nice courtyard where you can be entertained by watching people from Tio Antonios's, a cooperative for people with disabilities, weave hammocks. Go lie in the giant 15 foot long hammock and have your mesero take your picture. Tio Antonio's, next door to the right, sells hammocks, including miniature hammocks for dolls for which they charge $10. The Garden has better breakfast, but Cafe de las Sonrisas' breakfast is good,reasonably priced and you are donating to a good cause. It is on Xalteva between La Atrevesada, the main downtown street where all the banks are, and la Merced, on the right hand side as you head away from the Park Central. Look closely for the sign and walk a few feet into the courtyard.

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Thank R___D169
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

My wife and I went there for lunch. We had never before been to a restaurant run by and for deaf-mutes. Basic sign language expressions appropriate to a restaurant are provided, making it easy to place our order. The waitress was helpful, too.
We found it to be a wonderful, inspiring experience, especially knowing that the income earned by this restaurant goes not only to those who work there but also to disaster victims elsewhere in the world (for example, most recently, victims of an earthquake in the Philippines).

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Thank tomhuckin
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