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Afendi's I had lunch here today with my Mom, and it was very good. We both had a wrap - hers meaty, mine falafel - and it was more than enough food for each of us and both of us thought they were very good. We also liked the nice tabouli salad we ordered, but it was more than enough food. The free Turkish tea is nice, and the service is friendly and down to earth. We will definitely go back. 4.5 stars 2011-01-17
Annapoorna ANNAPOORNA IS NOW DAKSHIN INDIAN, A MIXED RESTAURANT. THE VEG PART OF THE MENU HAS SOME REAL WINNERS. THEY STILL HAVE A LUNCH BUFFET TOO. Old Annapoorna review: I had an excellent lunch buffet today. Two items on the buffet were not vegan; everything else was. The host knew exactly what I was asking - when I said I wanted vegan - and walked me over and pointed out what to avoid. 5 stars 2011-01-11
Dakshin Indian Restaurant While the restaurant menu is mixed, it is very clear they care strongly about veg*n food. When I asked about butter in an item, the host said "no butter or ghee" and asked if I was vegan. How often does that happen at an Indian restaurant? The food we had was very flavorful but not hot, and my omnivore friends were also quite pleased with their choices. I'm going back soon to try the lunch buffet. 4.5 stars 2011-01-11
Fellini I've had a few excellent brunches here. The food was great; the service was great. It's not a vegetarian restaurant, but they are very veg*n friendly. A really good imitation of a non-veg brunch, if that is what you are after, and a great place to have brunch with your omnivore friends. I'll have to try dinner another day. 4.5 stars 2010-08-12
The Plant Cafe Organic Had a wonderful lunch here today - gazpacho soup and signature plant burger. We enjoyed great service in a nice environment. I'd give it a 5 ***** if they served only vegan. I definitely need to go back and try more things on the menu. Highly recommended if you want a vegan friendly place to dine with your omnivore friends. I did not try a beverage, but it looks like lots of other customers did. 4.5 stars 2010-08-12
Garden Fresh A great place for someone who wants typical Chinese food, without the worries about what might be in it. The service was good and friendly. The omnivore friend I took along liked the spicy eggplant and took "my" last potsticker. Most dishes have faux meat, but I imagine these nice people will substitute tofu wherever possible if asked. A nice addition to the downtown PA dining scene. 4.5 stars 2010-07-28
Saturn Cafe I had the Vegan Breakfast Burrito for dinner, and it was quite good. Having had the less inspiring vegan burger and fries before I was surprised how good it was. I still prefer Herbivore a couple blocks away, where as a vegan I don't feel like a 2nd class citizen amongst dairy and egg lovers. Veg*n competition is a lot tougher in Berkeley than Santa Cruz; hopefullly the late night hours will help. 4 stars 2010-07-21
Taste of the Himalayas I had a nice dinner here Friday. Two guests from Nepal really liked it, and said 2 of our 3 dishes were authentic Nepali, but 3rd tasted Indian. Friday & Saturday night are quite full for dinner, so you might need to wait a few minutes for a table. There are 6 or 8 entrees on the menu specifically marked as available Vegan. Most are $11, including Lentil Soup and Basmati Rice. 4 stars 2010-07-10
Trader Joe's Great selection of nuts, raisins, prepared sauces, breads, etc. 5 stars 2010-07-06
Trader Joe's Great selection of nuts, raisins, prepared sauces, breads, etc. 5 stars 2010-07-06
Trader Joe's Great selection of nuts, raisins, prepared sauces, breads, etc. 5 stars 2010-07-06
Trader Joe's Great selection of nuts, raisins, prepared sauces, breads, etc. 5 stars 2010-07-06
Herbivore Same broad menu as SF locations; superior location and interior. Easy access from BART. I highly recommend Herbivore for entertaining your omnivore friends. There are lots of old and new favorites on the menu, and most are excellent substitutes for their non-vegan counterpart. It's great to have a vegan brunch option. For a veg*n-only group I would probably choose something different. 4.5 stars 2010-06-28
High Tech Burrito I find this small chain of burrito joints to be rather bland, so maybe that is why the one in Berkeley closed recently. I would still stop at one of their other outlets if no other veg*n friendly places were nearby, but not my first choice. 3.5 stars 2010-06-28
Ethiopia Restaurant I've had the lunch buffet about 3 times a month this year, after passing this place for years. I like that the buffet is 100% vegan (no meaty spillover) and that casual outside seating is available. The weekday server is very nice and the food is tasty. From the online menu you can see that they put a large emphasis on veg*n options, compared to most Ethiopian restaurants. Near Alta Bates+ 4.5 stars 2010-06-23
Maoz Vegetarian If Fresh Choice opened a student falafel joint, this would be it. Good variety, nice presentation, mundane flavors and medium quality. Definitely deserves credit for bringing a mostly vegan menu to an under-veg-served area. $8.20 "meal deal" includes pita with 5 falafel balls, choice of toppings, fries and soda. 4 stars 2010-03-29
Thai Idea Vegetarian Great food, great presentation, great prices, nice ambience, easy parking. What is there not to like? I ate here with 2 omnivore friends and they loved it too, and want to go back for more. Don't forget to bring your walking shoes, because there is a trail along the Bay right across the street - where you can enjoy the view and see and hear the sea birds. 5 stars 2010-03-26
Chaat Bhavan Great food in a nice environment, with friendly staff. A goodly percentage of the dishes are vegan, unlike at many Indian restaurants (where dairy is king). The food also seemed to be more artfully prepared, with better flavorings than many other Indian restaurants. Very good for such modest prices. 5 stars 2010-03-26
May Flower I tried the mango chikken today and it was pretty good. I will definitely go back again. 4 stars 2010-03-22
Fresh Choice A wide variety of salad, pasta, vegetable, soup, etc. Good and fresh; nice for dining with omni kids, family and friends. Everything is marked for vegetarian, vegan, low sodium etc. Almost every food category has a vegan option, some have many. (Before you go you can download the info for every current menu item, incl. if vegetarian or vegan. It's more than just what is offered today however.) 4.5 stars 2010-02-22
Nature's Express I had an excellent and satisfying lunch today - a Grilled Tempeh Rueben and a Chocolate Donut with coconut on top, very good imitations of the originals. I sampled a couple other dessert items which were also quite good. I'll be back soon to try some of the many other breakfast and lunch/dinner items. Definitely recommend for a quick snack or meal if you are shopping on Solano Ave. 5 stars 2010-01-23
Gracias Madre I've had the tacos, tamales and enchiladas by now. They are all good, and do not resemble each other. If you want a cheap burrito/taco joint don't go here. If you want something different, like Cafe Gratitude, then give it a try. Meals do not really resemble their namesakes, like at CG, but they are good in their own way. And I love that everything on the menu and in the kitchen is vegan. 4.5 stars 2010-01-17
MaggieMudd What fun! I love going into an "ice cream" parlor that I don't need to ask about the veganocity of every sprinkle, topping etc. Sometimes you just feel like a splurge and this is a great place for it. Afterward take a walk up the hill to the people/dog park and enjoy the great 360 degree views of the City and beyond. You may even be able to burn off the calories from the sprinkles! ;-) 5 stars 2010-01-17
Great Wall Finally stopped in this place for lunch, although it has been there a long time. They offer veggie, tofu and faux meat entrees, and don't charge extra for brown rice. Menu about 50% veg, 50% seafood - veg dishes are cheaper. Food was typical for a moderately priced Chinese restaurant. It's nice to have this option in a non-vegan-friendly neighborhood. Bonus points for putting "VEG" on large sign. 4 stars 2010-01-05
Green Papaya I've eaten lunch and dinner here already, and both were excellent. They have dishes ranging from mild (think Buddhist) to spicy. The food is fresh tasting and healthy too, and the atmosphere and people are pleasant. Great place to stop at before Berkeley Rep. Plus they have beer and wine! Second best Thai food I ever had (best is 7500 mi away in Sydney AU). Go now and review; they belong in top 10 5 stars 2009-12-28
Chick-O-Peas - The Falafel Place Chick-o-peas has a wide and rotating selection of savory vegetable-based toppings for your falafel, all of which are vegan, 3 vegan sauces for your falafel as well (e.g. Tahini), and 6 fries toppings (of which Saffron Aioli and Med. Pesto are not vegan). I highly recommend this place for a savory and healthy meal. Pay $1 more for extra pita and enjoy more toppings. Now with vegan baklava too!!! 5 stars 2009-10-17
Souley Vegan I had the everything combo plate today for $19. If you are with someone else or really hungry or appreciate leftovers this is the way to go, because you can try almost all the great tastes. Especially if your date is paying. ;-) The new location has lots of space to spread out, and can serve small or large groups. Highly recommmended if you want to try something different. Save room for dessert. 4.5 stars 2009-08-26
Soy Luck Club PLEASE CALL BEFORE GOING. THEY WERE CLOSED 8/7 & 8/8. I DON"T KNOW IF TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY. I had lunch at this week old cafe today (7/18), and was very pleased. They are very vegan friendly and clueful. Non-veg*n sandwiches can be fixed with vegan cheese and mayo, but I had the tofu salad sandwich (think egg salad made with tofu instead). This spot is right on the way from BART to UC. 5 stars 2009-08-08
Udupi Palace Lots of good vegan choices - almost all dosas and uthappams are vegan, as are some of the non-south Indian entrees. Staff are pretty clear on what is vegan, so you don't need to play the Ghee Guessing Game (tm) like at many Indian places. Service is low-key, and the decor is pleasant - both much better than the Sunnyvale location. Good at seating big parties, esp. with some advance notice. 5 stars 2009-08-08
Burma Super Star I ate here again recently with my parents, who are omnivores. My vegan entree was OK, and my parents liked their carniverous dishes. This is a good spot for mixed dining groups. We were seated right away on a weekend mid-afternoon, so all hope is not lost on getting a seat if you don't go the same time everyone else does. (The same goes for parking.) NOTE: Now open in Oakland at 4721 Telegraph Av. 4 stars 2009-07-05
Cafe Colucci I just had the veggie combo lunch today, and it was very tasty. They have a greater selection of veg items (10, + combos) than most Ethiopian places I've been to, and the 6 or so items on my combo were all excellent. $9 for lunch or $12 for dinner (before/after 5 pm). They say everything veggie is vegan, which is believable for Ethiopian. Pleasant enough environment, including outdoor seating. 4.5 stars 2009-07-05
Loving Hut I had a nice snack here on the weekend. They have an extensive menu considering the small location. While there is no seating in the store itself there is ample shared seating just 5 feet away. When I was there it looked like they were attracting a non-veg crowd looking for variety; I wish them luck. [It wasn't on mall map then, but just go to Sprint and T-Mobile shops and you are there.] 5 stars 2009-06-12
Cafe Muse Excellent raw food options, at $6-$7 per entree - or better yet sample 3 for $7.50. I had sushi, pad thai and a salad and liked them all. Also available is a lasagne (not available on sampler). Raw gazpacho soup was also very good. Better to get there before noon or maybe after 1pm on weekdays to avoid the rush. First Thursday of the month the Berkeley Art Museum is free (not worth $$). 4.5 stars 2009-06-03
Dandelion Vegetarian Cafe Cozy restaurant with nice owners and broad selection of Asian veg*n food. And lovely menus. This Saturday at lunch hour they offered a generous 2 items + rice for $5 or 3 items + rice for $6, with choice of white or brown rice. I liked all 3 entrees, especially the Thai Basil Tofu. The Malaysian Bread and Curry Sauce was good too, and filling. A small parking lot in back can be accessed from 7th. 5 stars 2009-05-31
New Ganges I feel like I missed something - I only met a nice lady but no psycho guy... I had the lunch buffet for $7.95 today and it was healthy and tasty. 3 of 4 entrees were vegan (kidney bean, chickpea and lentil) but not a creamy dish. Veggies, samosas and both rice were vegan too, but not chai tea or mango ice cream. Two sauces not vegan but mango sauce OK, as well as salad. Fresh fruit dessert option. 4.5 stars 2009-05-06
Enjoy Vegetarian Had an excellent dinner here with two others. The hardest part was picking from the very large menu. They have something for everyone - faux meat or no meat. Everything we got was good and interesting, but some might find the flavoring on the mild side. We are very lucky to have gone from 1 to 3 veg*n restaurants in Chinatown recently - please support them all so they will thrive. 5 stars 2009-05-05
Other Avenues This store has about anything one could need in the food and drink dept. Perfect for pulling together a veg*n picnic at the beach, in an area with few high quality alternatives. If I lived in the Avenues I would be a regular here. 5 stars 2009-05-05
Judahlicious I had the Grain Bowl - Mahendra Soup + quinoa. It was very tasty, but I highly recommend getting the "veggan parmesan" on the side or not at all - it is scary tasting unless you go for nutritional yeast or whatever it is concocted of. Pick up something good here and head to the beach. 4.5 stars 2009-05-05
Shiok Singapore Kitchen Nice people and nice decor. They were willing to help me make vegan selections, but were not sure about the status of the yellow noodles so I just got the white ones instead. Tasty food. A good place to go with your omnivore friends. 4 stars 2009-04-15
Thai Delight My Green Curry with Tofu was very good this evening - fresh, tasty, but not too spicy. The Steamed Brown Rice was also well prepared. The people working here are nice too. I would definitely recommend this place for dining with your omnivore friends. 4 stars 2009-03-29
Symphonie I had lunch with 5 others here today, and everything was great. Bring your friends so you can try the wide variety of vegan dishes offered - and to support these brave folks who have opened up in this out of the way location. Good dishes I recall - Curry Noodles, Beef Vermicelli, Black Pepper Tofu (not too peppery), Ginger Fish. Don't forget to go west through tunnel and enjoy the amazing view. 5 stars 2009-03-28
Uncle Chen Veg menu has lots of choices, but couldn't verify if all were vegan. Food was very OK, typical Chinese-American food. Host (owner?) was a nice guy, but the other two waiters were suffering from PDD (Personality Deficit Disorder). Certainly no match for the Bay Area's better veg-friendly restaurants, but pickings on the Peninsula are rather slim. I prefer Fon Yong in San Carlos. 3.5 stars 2009-01-27
Enjoy Vegetarian Nice people, good food, pleasant environment. Everything seems to be vegan except dish with mayonaisse sauce and some noodles. I would like to go back and try the $7.50 lunch special, which has many options. I highly recommend this place. If you have energy I also recommend parking up the hill on Lawton if you have difficulty on Kirkham. 5 stars 2009-01-23
Holy Gelato I had a big bowl of the soy based and coconut based "ice cream" today and it was excellent. I had 4 "ice cream" flavors and 1 sorbet, all good. I also tried a few more flavors that were good too. They had 3 * soy ice cream, 3 * coconut ice cream, 6 * sorbet, ~12 * gelato. My server was very good, and the environment was pleasant too. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars 2009-01-23
Cafe Gratitude Excellent food corresponding to the not cheap prices. I found the staff to be quite nice when I went there today, consistent with my experience at their other locations.. A great place to try raw food. This place has the added benefit of outdoor seating when weather is fair (not today). Sun room is nice for winter days. 5 stars 2009-01-23
The Happy Bamboo A wide variety of interesting veg*n options, most of which are vegan or can be made that way. The friendly owner will help ensure you get vegan if you want that. I have had a Seaweed something salad and other items, all good. Definitely the best veg*n option for Los Gatos, Campbell, south San Jose. NOTE: Below items only recently non-vegan, due to supplier prices. goveg26 is WRONG about all along. 5 stars 2009-01-17
Loving Hut We had a fine Veganauts lunch here today. Tried many things, all of which I liked. It's nice to finally have a fully vegan restaurant in this part of SF. Most of the food is quite healthy and not too fattening. The employees were quite nice and the service was very good and accomodating of our large group. I will definitely return. 5 stars 2009-01-17
Nabolom Bakery Where else can you get a whole wheat vegan sticky bun? Not too fat or sweet. Vegan cookies and brownies too, but availability varies by time of day and day of the week. Vegan items not marked, but my very nice server was right on top of what was vegan. Soy milk available for your coffee at no extra charge; 1/2 price coffee refills. Coffee was only warm, which I prefer, but this may bother others. 5 stars 2008-12-20
La Cascada I had the burrito with beans, rice and eggplant (Mediteraneo) today. It was tasty and healthy since I had them leave off the cheese. Several vegan options are available if you leave off cheese and/or yogurt. The service was friendly and quick. The best vegan option on College Ave (esp. if you have dessert at Nabolom Bakery after). Preferable to Baja Fresh, where the burrito tortillas contain milk. 4.5 stars 2008-12-20
Suraj Indian Cuisine I tried out the lunch buffet today and it was pretty good. Maybe the free TGIF beer helped? Not counting the salads/fruits the buffet was maybe 1/3 vegan, 1/3 vegetarian and 1/3 meaty. It took a little while to find someone comfortable enough with English to highlight vegan items, but everyone was gracious about finding that person. It gets pretty crowded later at lunch, so go early if you can. 4.5 stars 2008-12-12
Udupi Palace I think the vegan options here are pretty good, like other places of the same name. But the atmosphere is rather dismal/dingy and I have not been impressed with the service. I contrast this with the nicer Udupi Palace in Berkeley, where the service can be low key but never unfriendly. Still, this place is worth a visit if you want South Indian veg*n food - but maybe avoid the lunch rush. 4 stars 2008-12-08
Pancho Villa Taqueria A slice of the Mission in San Mateo. Unlike other reviewers, I found the tofu burrito to be lacking taste. Maybe it was my fault for ordering mild instead of hot, but I thought ranchero would be tasty. If you order a burrito you might want to get some salsas from the salsa bar. This place is veg-friendly but heavily meat oriented, so I don't think I would go again except with carnivore friends. 3.5 stars 2008-11-25
Donna's Tamales I had a bean and squash tamale today and was not impressed. The squash was hiding, the presentation was weak, and my server was rude. The corn part of the tamale was good though... Just to be fair, the vegetarian friend I ate with really likes them - so try it yourself and decide. At $3.75 a tamale you can't lose much. I was still hungry, so I had Acme Bread and samples inside then Alive dessert. 3.5 stars 2008-11-18
Lucky Creation Eggplant & Bell Peppers & Tofu all stuffed with Taro, rice, Chrysanthemum Tea, two little desserts (Lotus and Red Bean pastries) came to $11.35. That's not bad. The location is a typical sketchy Chinatown restaurant, but the people are nice and the food is good. A pleasant Buddhist oasis in meat mad Chinatown. Check out the Specials card on your table if you want a fancier, more expensive dish. 4.5 stars 2008-11-18
Fair Fix Cafe A few years ago my Mom took me here for dinner. I had the North African vegetarian stew over couscous and it was quite good. She enjoyed her omnivore meal too. I forgot about this nice place until today, when I wandered by, so I will go back and get a more current review and probably add a little more stars. I think vegan options have grown since then. One of most vegan-friendly places in Marin. 4 stars 2008-11-14
Central Vegetarian Cuisine Not busy for a Friday lunch, which is too bad because the food and the setting are good. Today they said all dishes are vegan (although I didn't of course go check faux meat boxes myself). Only non-vegan items are a couple beverages, and for them the dairy can be substituted with soy milk. Food may be less spicy here since they seem to follow Buddha instead of the Supreme Master. Nice people. 4.5 stars 2008-11-14
Picante The separate annotated vegetarian menu is great. (I wish more places would do this.) Picante is much more veg-friendly than when I used to go here 10-20 years ago. I had the Picadillo de Legumbres burrito (hold the crema) today and it was tasty. Chips and salsa were good too. Great Mexican choice for dining with your omnivore friends, since they have all the usual omnivore favorites too. 4 stars 2008-11-14
Good Earth Natural Foods Lunch/dinner vegetarian self serve is very vegan friendly. Both entrees, all veges, 2 or 3 starches were vegan; only the filo/spinach thingies were vegetarian. Salad bar is also mostly vegan. All vegan items are noted, all ingredients are listed and what is organic is marked. Seating available in back or front. $9/lb, except $4/lb brown rice if put in separate container. $7.50/lb for breakfast. 4.5 stars 2008-11-12
Razan's Organic Kitchen I had the Egyptian Wrap (falafel, hummus, lettuce, tomato, tahini) today and it was quite good, and reasonably priced considering they supposedly use organic ingredients where possible. Maybe Bob (vegan living) should have ordered Middle Eastern instead of Mexican? The owner is a little gruff, but he cares and he runs a tight ship and the place operates well and the staff is polite. 4.5 stars 2008-11-10
Gelateria Naia I had a medium of the soy "ice cream" today and it was very good. I had 3 flavors: Hazelnut = 5, Peanut Butter Chip = 5, Scharffenberger (chocolate) = 3. I also tried a couple sorbets that were good to excellent too. They had 4 * soy ice cream, 12 * sorbet, ~20 * gelato. My server was very good, and they are generous with the free samples. I highly recommend the 2 nut flavors; skip chocolate. 4.5 stars 2008-11-10
Vital Ital Calabash BIG NEWS. Seed of Life (another vegan restaurant) is now open late in the same location! Go a little before 6 SUN-FRI and try both! My Vital Ital review ==> I've always been 100% pleased with the food and unique atmosphere. The great recipes and quality ingredients always please, as does the ambience. It's true the place is not the cheapest around, but the quality and preparation are worth it. 5 stars 2008-11-09
Seed of Life This evening I had the Lemongrass Coconut Soup and the Wrappers Delight wrap (quinoa, yam, etc.). Both were freshly made and excellent. Rest of menu: Soups - Miso Fresh; Salad - Emerald Green Salad (veges and quinoa); Entrees - Forbidden Mushroom Wrap (rice, mushrooms, etc.), Samurai Soba Noodle (noodles with turmeric garlic coconut sauce etc.), Big Up Burger (portobello mushroom, veges, etc.) 5 stars 2008-11-09
Karma I had the veggie dumplings and the noodle salad, and both were excellent. Most of it was made fresh while I waited. I highly recommend this place for a light fresh healthy meal. Please stop by and support this nice restaurant. 5 stars 2008-11-09
Golden Buddha I had an excellent lunch here today with my omnivore father. He loved the faux chicken special, and I liked my noodles a lot too. He's ready to go back for more! The manager/host was very friendly; service was a little off today. If you like Golden Era or Golden Lotus you will be happy here too. 4.5 stars 2008-10-30
Cafe Gratitude Same great menu as their other locations -- plus, not on the menu, cooked tacos and burritos. (They're apparently testing new recipes for a vegan Mexican place to open in a few months in the Mission District of SF.) Very friendly staff. This old diner location offers bar, table and outdoor seating. Please support the one vegan restaurant in Marin. 5 stars 2008-10-30
Rojoz Gourmet Wraps The Taj Mahal wrap was pretty tasty this evening, and my ominvore friend was happy with her chicken something wrap too. A good alternative for mixed dining in PA, if you don't mind a fast food environment. For those who care, the two vegan wraps are 98% fat-free. 4 stars 2008-10-28
Raw Energy Organic Juice Cafe This juice bar has a wide variety of sweet as well as healthy juice and smoothie options. For those going to the Saturday Berkeley Farmers Market (2 blocks away) please note that they usually open earlier on Saturday than their official opening time of 11. (No promises, but they're usually open by 10). 4.5 stars 2008-10-22
Nan Yang Interesting dishes not found in other Asian restaurants. Many can be made veg*n after removing fish sauce and shrimp. It seems all vegetarian dishes are also vegan, because they don't generally use eggs or dairy. Spinach and Tomato entree was quite good; Ginger Salad was seriously overpriced for the size but good. Reasonably priced lunch specials available on certain items, and they include rice. 4 stars 2008-10-22
Tofu Yu I had two items from the deli case - Black Bean Salad and Peach and Raspberry Crisp. Both were tasty but mildly flavored. Most items here can be made vegan, including panini with the cheese removed. Most deli case items are probably vegan. 4.5 stars 2008-10-21
Tofu Yu I had the vegan pancakes for breakfast. They were light and fluffy, but if you want vegan tell them to hold the whipped cream (real). In general, Tofu Yu has many vegan possibilities - but you need to let them know you want vegan because they seem more vegetarian oriented. They do have 8 Maggie Mudd vegan "ice cream" flavors. The empanadas may have egg to seal them (conflicting answers). 4.5 stars 2008-10-21
Ananda Fuara I had the great veggie burger, as well as a couple vegan desserts. While many entrees are not vegan almost all desserts are vegan. I also tried my friend's sorbet, and that was excellent too. The service was very nice and efficient, and the meal was paced just as we wished. I will definitely go back. 5 stars 2008-10-18
Long Life Vegi House I had the vegi duck with long green beans and black bean sauce and it was pretty good. Menu like a "typical" Chinese restaurant (e.g. cashew "chicken" and mu shi something) with maybe 1/2 + being veg*n dishes. Brown rice was done just like I like it and portions were generous. Service was also friendly, flexible and efficient. Too bad about all the sea critters on the menu ... 4 stars 2008-10-15
Core Elations I had a wrap and drink today and they were quite good. They offer samples on desserts and drinks and they all tasted good. An amazing variety of ingredients (e.g. durian, himalayan salt, kale, thai coconut, spirulina, flax oil) with many items prepared raw. If you like Cafe Gratitude you will probably appreciate Core Elations too. 4.5 stars 2008-10-12
Karma Kitchen Set menu includes several veg items which are not vegan, but an excellent vegan meal can be had. If you want vegan be very clear with servers, who are very nice but seem more veg knowledgeable. Quite popular (10/12/08) so better to arrive before 1PM to avoid a wait. - no vegan bread + good food + drinks included ++ seconds on anything ++ vegan kir 4.5 stars 2008-10-12
Kan Zeman One of my two favorite mixed restaurants in PA, besides Bangkok Cuisine. My omnivore friends like this place a lot. The baba ghanoush is apparently made with yogurt, so vegans should ask for a substitute like extra hummus which they've been doing for me. Very nice family restaurant environment. Vegetarians can enjoy some nice looking desserts, which I have not tried. 4.5 stars 2008-10-11
Fon Yong I had a nice meal here. Lots of veg*n choices, with both healthy and heavy options. No problem to identify vegan items with owners/servers when ordering. I also liked it more than Garden Fresh. 4.5 stars 2008-10-11
Memo's Cocina Mexican Nice vegan friendly Mexican food in a pleasant environment. Most items on the menu can be made vegan; some are already vegan. (There is a $3 charge for vegan meat substitute on meaty menu items such as Chicken Chile Verde.) Indoor and outdoor seating available. 4.5 stars 2008-10-09
Punjabi By Nature This new restaurant incarnation offers reasonably priced lunch meals, with veg and vegan options. For a vegan meal choose a veg meal without cheese (paneer) and sub nan with a chapathi and sub jeera rice (white, buttered) with plain brown rice. There was no issue getting these subs when I requested a vegan meal, but tell them you want vegan to avoid any butter. PLUS: tablecloths, table service. 4 stars 2008-10-09
Loving Hut A fully Vegan restaurant with lots of good things to choose from. I had the Healthy Brown Rice, and it was very good. I also had a traditional Vietnamese dessert, sweetened beans and rice with coconut, from the display case. Nice servers and hosts too. Check out their full menu PDF online. Many of the same great dishes available at Vegatarian House, but new stuff too. 5 stars 2008-10-08
Loving Hut This is a Big +++ for PA! I tried the Pesto Divine sandwich, Guru's Curry and a side of Potato Salad (with an omnivore friend). It was all very good, and the service is very nice too. Sidewalk seating was really nice for a warm evening. Note it looks and feels like a deli so it's maybe not the place for that special meal. They expect to extend the menu going forward, but prep space is limited. 5 stars 2008-10-08
Dollar Curry House THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED. ANOTHER INDIAN RESTAURANT BY THE SAME OWNERS IS THERE NOW. Please see entry for "Punjabi by Nature" which I will add shortly. PRIOR REVIEW..Yes they have $1 food items, but you get what you pay for quality wise. It is nice that you can get a small beer for $1. For fast food it's OK (just), but I would never bring my friends here with so many Indian choices in Berkeley 3.5 stars 2008-10-07
Smart Alec's Intelligent Food They long ago gave up on being all veg, but I still like this place for taking omnivore family and friends who want fast food. The brownie is vegan (but not the corn bread). The line often looks long - the place is popular with students - but your food is usually done pretty quickly after you pay. They have a binder at the counter which lists which foods are vegan, in case your cashier needs it 4 stars 2008-10-03
Amanda's I tried out this new place today and it was quite good. The vege burger is made of walnuts and mushrooms, and the "secret sauce" is vegan too. Substitute sweet potato fries for regular on the combo meal for $0.25. It was nice and healthy to get a good side salad instead of soda on the combo meal. Vegans will want to replace the standard buttermilk dressing with one of the other 3 dressings. 4.5 stars 2008-10-03
Om South Indian Cuisine I had the malli masala dosa (with coriander chutney inside) and it was very good. My Dad enjoyed his meat dish and we both enjoyed the beer! All your favorite South Indian items - dosa, uthappam, idli, lentil donut - are on the largely vegetarian menu. 4.5 stars 2008-10-01
Dharma's Natural Foods Very extensive menu, with something for everyone. Food seems quite healthy too. Service is minimal - order and pickup at the counter. This place seems quite popular with the locals. 4.5 stars 2008-09-14
Saturn Cafe Interesting student oriented environment. Very friendly service; must have improved dramatically from earlier reviewers' visits a few years ago. My vegan shake (chocolate with peanut butter added) was great; the burger and fries were OK. I'll try something different with my shake next time. Mostly veg, but enough vegan choices. 4 stars 2008-09-14
Shangri-La My favorite restaurant in west SF, or perhaps all of SF. Lots of good food to choose from, friendly service, and good lunch specials. My omnivore parents are always willing to eat here when we are anywhere near. 5 stars 2008-09-09
Que seRaw seRaw Tasty and interesting creations. Not cheap, but very good. Please support one of the few vegan or vegan friendly places on the Peninsula. 5 stars 2008-09-07
Zao Noodle Bar Very noisy and crowded. A good place to go if your omnivore friends want something "trendy", but I prefer Bangkok Cuisine (whole separate veg menu) or Kan Zeman when in PA. I think this place is veg-friendly, not vegan-friendly. 3.5 stars 2008-09-06
Cafe Soulstice It's great to have a vegan option in the PA area. Food is a little pricey, but I find that I am completely satisfied by the Fiesta Quinoa Toss - which is great tasting and very filling. They also offer smoothies, but I haven't tried one because I'm already full with just a glass of water. 5 stars 2008-09-06
Berkeley Farmers’ Market (Tuesday) Excellent selection of organic (and regular) fruits and vegetables etc. Many local restaurants come here instead of going to the regular produce market. Also has many cheese, meat, bread etc. vendors, but it is still a real farmers market not a wine and cheese fair. 5 stars 2008-09-06
Berkeley Farmers’ Market (Saturday) Excellent selection of organic (and regular) fruits and vegetables etc. Also has many cheese, meat, bread etc. vendors, but it is still a real farmers market not a wine and cheese fair. 5 stars 2008-09-06
Berkeley Farmers’ Market (Thursday) Smaller selection than Saturday or Tuesday markets (at other locations), but it is all organic so this will be a plus for some. 4.5 stars 2008-09-06
Flacos All vegan Mexican food is a nice option to have. I tried a banana leaf tamale and the pozole and they were both tasty, but this is not "fresh Mex". 4 stars 2008-09-06
La Cascada I had the burrito with beans, rice and veges today. It was tasty and healthy since I had them leave off the cheese. Several vegan options are available if you leave off cheese and/or yogurt. The service was friendly and quick. A good vegan mexican option, conveniently located near campus. Preferable to Baja Fresh, where the burrito tortillas are not vegan (theirs contain milk). 4.5 stars 2008-09-01
Global Vegetarian Bistro Great food in a small and cozy environment. I had Grilled Beef Rolls appetizer (would make a light meal) and Eggplant and Tofu with Basil entree. Servings were generous and food was tasty. I also got a Papaya Salad to go, and it was a great lunch the next day. Owners/staff are very nice. Highly recommended. I hope they do well. Already seem to have a dedicated following. May be 100% vegan. 5 stars 2008-08-31
Di Da Nice neighborhood restaurant with good food and pleasant owners/staff. They seem to be popular with the locals, who dropped in for lots of takeout while I was there late afternoon. Buddhist inspired cuisine is tasty and healthy. Great place to go if you are at the fairgrounds but want some real vegan food to eat. Click on Website button above to see full menu. 5 stars 2008-08-31
Di Lac Nice restaurant with good food and generally pleasant staff, but service is a little sketchy. They seem to be popular with the locals, who eat there at all hours or drop in for lots of takeout from the extensive to-go buffet. Buddhist inspired cuisine is tasty and healthy. My vermicelli dish was large and very good. Food seems to be mostly vegan, but there is milk in some drinks. Great variety. 5 stars 2008-08-31
Wild Greens I had dinner here in June, and the food was quite good. A second vege oasis in the Far North (see also Seed). Whereas Seed (Santa Rosa) is mostly raw, Wild Greens is cooked. More traditional recipes than Seed; much more inspired preparation than Herbivore (SF, Berkeley). Current cook (owner?) seems to be Buddhist, as recipes are generally garlic free, but the food is quite tasty. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Whole Foods Market Although Whole Paycheck is said to be super expensive, it is possible to buy many things here at reasonable prices. Things I like: great bulk item section; good produce (without the Berkeley Bowl customers or the checkout lines), excellent prices on house brands (e.g. canned beans, peanut butter), lots of selection on staples (soy milk, rice, bread). Many organic items, including house brands. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Millennium This restaurant is vegans' answer to Chez Panisse, and priced accordingly. Judging it on price compared to ordinary restaurants is pointless. Come here for special occasions or to show your non-vegan friends that vegan food need not be boring or basic or limited. I enjoyed excellent food and attentive service when eating here and my omnivore gourmet colleague was impressed too. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Cafe Gratitude The atmosphere is funky but the food is great. It's not cheap, but I don't find that surprising. There seems to be a lot of labor going into the food prep. The service is not formal, but I didn't encounter any rudeness on two visits to this location. 4.5 stars 2008-08-20
Golden Era Excellent choice for a vege meal in the Tenderloin. I've eaten here several times and always enjoyed the food. Service has been excellent last few times. It seems a lot of the customers are not vegetarian, but just come for the good healthy food. Beware that it is a sketchy neighborhood, although I have never been bothered by the "locals" on the street. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Herbivore Lots of choices, most of which are basic but satisfying. 100% vegan restaurants are liberating ... Excellent choice for dining with your omnivore friends who like standard menu items, as the large menu has something for everyone. The neighborhood is a little sketchy but slowly improving. Other two Herbivore locations are convenient to BART and have better ambience, especially the Berkeley one. 4.5 stars 2008-08-20
Bangkok Cuisine I often go to this place when folks want to dine in Palo Alto. There is a whole veg menu, and they will put fake meat or tofu in dishes as you prefer. My omnivore friends are always ready to go back for more. The Musuman Curry I had a week ago was surprisingly good; the best version I've ever had of that dish anywhere. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Amarin Thai Cuisine Nice people; nice food. Very veg friendly. The separate menu is great. On a nice day you can sit outside, and they even have heaters on less nice days. I do miss their all veg restaurant down the block; but that was probably overly optimisitic on their part. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Cafe La Vie I ate here with my Mom after our Mother's Day trip to the Boardwalk last year (in September, when Boardwalk crowds are sane and ride lines are short). The food was excellent, and I really appreciated having a relaxed environment with some fancy food choices. My Mom was impressed. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Whole Foods Market I haven't done much grocery shopping at this location, but I've gone here several times when I wanted to pick up some food to take back to the office. It's not cheap, but the food is good quality, clearly marked, and there are many veg*n options to be had by the pound. 4.5 stars 2008-08-20
Elephant Pharmacy They cut back on produce somewhat, since it wasn't moving quickly, but still a good location to get such items as bread, peanut or almond butter, soy milk, beer/wine, bananas and a few other fruits. They also have a variety of prepared foods in the cooler. They don't tend to carry cheap alternatives (e.g. Halls cough drops, Chapstick lip balm) when there is a more expensive option. 4 stars 2008-08-20
Berkeley Bowl A very large selection of fruits and vegetables. Crowded aisles with lots of strange and/or impolite customers. Owners treated labor organizers so poorly they had to accept the union without a ballot (under the Bush administration, if you're wondering just how bad the owners were!). 2.5 stars 2008-08-20
Cafe Gratitude Excellent food along with the higher prices. I've been here several times with open minded omnivores and most liked it a lot. You just need to accept, for example, that a CG "pizza" is not at all like a regular pizza. I've found the staff to be quite nice on average; service does sometimes take awhile but the place is so popular and food prep must take awhile. A great place to try raw food. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Cha-Ya Rule #1 - arrive at 5 to 5. At 5:01 PM on Wednesday 4 of the 5 tables were occupied, although the counter was still empty. Rule #2 - if you're hungry get a combination meal. The service was laid back but good. The food was good but not exciting (it is Buddhist inspired). I won't eat an $18 dinner every day, but this is a nice place for a change and 100% vegan is great. 4.5 stars 2008-08-20
Produce Center I love this neighborhood corner produce/grocery store. The fruit is generally ripe, suggesting that this family run business goes regularly to the Oakland produce market and picks stuff they would want to eat themselves. Prices are usually good too. And the people working there are so nice and decent it is uplifting just to shop there. 5 stars 2008-08-20
Vegetarian House Good food, and very friendly service. The large 100% vegan menu is a real treat. There were all sorts of people there enjoying dinner late Sunday evening. It's nice to have so many vegan dessert options - the brownie and "ice cream" were quite convincing. 5 stars 2008-08-18
Merit Vegetarian This place is great! I had a Lotus Salad and a Vermicelli with Egg Rolls, and they both tasted very good and they were both a generous serving size. Quality ingredients, good recipes and nice service. What more could you ask for? 5 stars 2008-08-17
Fragrance Land I had an excellent noodle dish today - Taiwan Style Noodles. It was a very generous serving, with good ingredients. Extensive menu with many healthy options. They are really good about helping people who want to avoid eggs, dairy, garlic, onions or whatever - so no one should go hungry here with all the choices. Too bad I don't live in Cupertino; I'd eat here regularly. Nice people too. 5 stars 2008-08-17
Garden Fresh A great place for someone who wants typical Chinese food, without the worries about what might be in it. I thought the service was good and friendly, but I did go late when the restaurant was not crowded. 4.5 stars 2008-08-15
Bobby G’s Pizzeria Pizza toppings were high quality and a reasonable amount but not a whole lot was added to the slice. Not much "vegan cheese" or tomato sauce on my two slices. Service was quite pleasant. Prices are reasonable if you don't get many toppings, and it's nice they offer vegan slices. Went back next day to try the spinach mushroom ravioli. Pasta was OK but sauce had way too much garlic. 3.5 stars 2008-08-13
Cafe Soulstice I'm not a raw foodie, but the preparation and presentation are great and you can easily forget it is not cooked. The prices looked a little high but the entrees that I and a friend had were both so filling that we just split one dessert (which we didn't need since we were already full). They've also got smoothies, but there was no room for that! Great natural light too, and nice staff. 5 stars 2008-06-20
New World Vegan Had a faux chicken burrito here yesterday and it was great comfort food. It's not cheap, but it's not really expensive either and you've got to pay for quality and variety. Open minded omnivore friends of mine have been happy here too, because the food is very filling and familiar (but more characterful than Herbivore) and there are good desserts too! Did I mention it's just 4 blocks from BART? 5 stars 2008-06-20
Seed I had a great dinner here, and the next week a great lunch too. A broad selection of mostly raw items, on a changing menu. It's gourmet unconventional cuisine - very very good . Desserts are special too. Your open-minded omnivore friends should appreciate this as a fine gourmet adventure. Seed deserves an extra * for being an oasis in the Far North, but they already earned 5. 5 stars 2008-06-16
Layonna Vegetarian Amazing selection of faux meats, as well as sauces, soups and other items. Most stuff is labeled in English, and the lady who owns the place is quite helpful and knowledgeable about her products. Conveniently located in the Oakland vege "triangle" and a nice antidote to the rest of Chinatown. 5 stars 2008-06-16
Golden Lotus Excellent choice for a vege meal in downtown Oakland. In the past I've ordered off the menu, and always enjoyed the food. Today I ordered from the lunch buffet and couldn't believe how much food I got on the 5 item combo. All buffet items were quite good too. Service has been excellent last few times. Warning - this place is quite popular at lunch hour, you may wait. Omnivores like it too. 5 stars 2008-06-16
Vegi Food I'm not sure why someone would complain about the lack of garlic at a Buddhist inspired restaurant. Very unfair and ignorant... This is a nice neighborhood restaurant with many mostly healthy choices. And a very very devoted bunch of customers including second generation customers - that should tell you something. 5 stars 2008-06-03
Herbivore Lots of choices, most of which are basic but satisfying. 100% vegan restaurants are liberating ... Excellent choice for dining with your omnivore friends who like standard menu items, as the large menu has something for everyone. A few years ago I thought the service was mediocre, but today it was excellent - either they improved their hiring or I got lucky. 4.5 stars 2008-06-01
Avatar's Punjabi Burrito This is a great restaurant if you are in Marin and want a mixed veg*n/not meal. The place is small and not fancy, but the food is tasty and healthy. Vegans should be aware of the yogurt. Because they are apparently not vegans they may add it on top of your dish like they did to me, even though it is not listed on the menu. They were gracious about remaking my dish and next time I will ask. 4.5 stars 2008-05-11
Manzanita Restaurant I had a great lunch there today. The food was tasty (but not spicy) and healthy and vegan and organic. What's there to not like about that? There are 3 dining options: full meal, moderate portions, and simple meal. The first two have the same foods but in different amounts. The last one is simpler! There are 6 or so vegan desserts too. The menu is posted before each meal on the website. 5 stars 2008-04-24
Ubuntu Food is great, service is great, prices are high but reasonable considering quality of ingredients and preparation. The day I had lunch there, there was one vegan dessert available and several vegan options in the other sections of the menu. Many marked vegetarian items can be made vegan. Both are clearly marked. This is a great place to show your omnivore friends how good veg*n food can be. 5 stars 2008-03-30
Tropical Paradise Restaurant The lunch buffet is the best idea for veg*n folks, as there are several vegan options to choose from. Presentation is weak, but that matters to some more than others. This is an excellent choice for dining with non-veg*n folks who want to try something different. 4 stars 2008-03-30
Asiana Garden I'm sorry to report that 12/15/2007 was the last day for Asiana Gardens. It's not clear what type of restaurant will open next at this location. In case anyone is curious, Celia's Mexican (formerly of west Berkeley) is hoping to open soon in this location. I've never eaten there, so I have no idea what might be available for veg*ns. 5 stars 2008-03-16

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