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4.5 stars 66 reviews

Green Door Vegetarian Restaurant

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198 Main St
Ottawa, ON  K1S 1C6

(613) 234-9597

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4.5 star rating
July 20, 2015

Love everything they have! Very flavourful. Lasagna is superb. Spent 42 for 2 ppl. Stuffed ourselves full.

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4.5 star rating
July 13, 2015

Fast, delicious and great variety!

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4.5 star rating
June 20, 2015

Buffet style. It can get pretty pricey if you're not careful. The place is busy and the food is very good.

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4.5 star rating
February 21, 2015

I really, really love this place. While not cheap the food is consistently good and is a must anytime I'm in Ottawa. The tofu and broccoli is just beyond good and frankly I've never had anything bad there. While I'm not a vegetarian and certainly not vegan his place is awesome overall. The only part I don't care for is the desserts but since I can't do a 4.5 I'm rounding up.

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4.5 star rating
February 11, 2015

I have only been to the green door once, the food was very good if not a bit pricey (as they weigh your plate after you've decided what you wanted). The seating was very open which was nice and all the dessert displays were very eye catching. The food was yummy- although I found the food display when I went wasn't as entirely serviced as it could have been. I bought a carrot cake and found it... more

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4.5 star rating
January 27, 2015

I wouldn't call this place the *best* vegetarian spot in Ottawa. It's good, but not the best. They have a good variety of hot and cold entrees, their soups are yum. But their desserts are subpar. Apple skins need to be peeled prior to pie incorporation. This is a key rule of thumb.

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4.5 star rating
January 18, 2015

The best vegetarian restaurant ever! The food is simply amazing. I have been coming here for 24 years and have had literally thousands of meals. I have never been disappointed. We have celebrated so many birthdays and anniversaries at the Green Door that it feels like home. We have also spent time here after taking our medically challenged son to CHEO/General Hospital and have always found... more

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4.5 star rating
November 24, 2014

This place is so good! I'm a meat lover (I apologize if this offends anyone) and I was quite satiated when I came here with my boyfriend who loves this place. We'll definitely be coming back!

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4.5 star rating
September 30, 2014

Really delicious vegetarian food with a homemade taste. The food is not greasy and so full of flavour - I've brought non-vegetarians to this place and they have all enjoyed it. Their desserts are also great.
Green Door really has it figured out as far as service goes. You walk in and serve yourself cafeteria-style and pay for food by weight - no waiting to order! You seat yourself and stay as... more

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4.5 star rating
September 06, 2014

Great quality mostly local, in season vegetarian food
Laid back, buffet style and kids are welcome
A bit pricey but well worth it

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4.5 star rating
August 20, 2014

Being a vegetarian it is difficult to find a good restaurant but this one fits the bill. Food is very good,full of flavor and very diversify. Renovation improve on the space decor is very simple but very clean parking in the back practical. My husband who eat meat enjoy this place

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4.5 star rating
August 08, 2014

Love this place - amazing food, lots of selection, newly renovated. Take out option. Great prices.

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4.5 star rating
August 03, 2014

I go there too often. $20 per plate about unless you just take salad... I don't get those people. Always full of flavour and regularly restocked buffet.

The one surprisingly inexpensive thing here is the coffee. It's better than most coffee shops. Refills are 75 cents.

Since the renos there is more place to sit but it still fills up sometime. I'm not too sure about the clientele's... more

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4.5 star rating
July 25, 2014

Great service. Best vegeterian food I ate in a while. Great use of different spices. The manager welcomed us and helped out with our stroller. Im a picky eater and this place made my day;)

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4.5 star rating
July 12, 2014

If you are a vegetarian or simply want to try a variety of amazing good this place is a must try. It's set up buffet style so you can pile as much as you want, of whatever you want on your plate. The price is determined by weight but great food is worth any cost.

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4.5 star rating
July 08, 2014

I went there with my wife and 4 month old son on a busy Friday night and was astonished at how well we were received and how good the food was. It was our first attempt at eating out with our son which made us feel a little overwhelmed. The manager on duty quickly noticed us and helped us find a seat and trays. Once our plates were full he then grabbed our trays and made us go first in line at... more

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4.5 star rating
July 05, 2014

I've eaten at The Green Door twice on visits to Ottawa and I really like it. They have a large selection of salads, entrees, and desserts (both "rich" desserts and "healthy" desserts). I always find PLENTY to eat and leave very happily full.

Compared to The Table (a similar restaurant), The Green Door is larger, with a bigger selection of food, but in part because it is larger and in part... more

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4.5 star rating
June 30, 2014

My mom has been taking me to Green Door since I was a child. She would do her grocery shopping at The Wheat Berry, nearby, which I am sad to say is no longer there. Green Door is amazing. The chef even created a recipe book that my mom purchased years and years ago. I love the food and even for non vegetarians I have brought, they also agree 100% the food is delicious. Since it is a pay... more

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4.5 star rating
June 16, 2014

Oh this is really good. Fresh, tasty, light. It's not heavy and greasy vegetarian food. Those people really show respect for organic and fresh vegetables. Go for it!

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4.5 star rating
June 09, 2014

I'm not a vegetarian, but the food was still very good, and I felt so clean and healthy after!

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4.5 star rating
May 26, 2014

This place has a big buffet with a decent selection of vegetarian and gluten free options. They however really lacked in the gf dessert department. My friend and I tried their desserts and they were gross. Skip the desert is my suggestion.
Everything else was ok, nothing really to write home about. Green door charges by weight so it can get pricey really quickly. Also this place is usually busy... more

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4.5 star rating
May 22, 2014

I am most definitely not vegetarian; not a day goes by where I do not indulge myself in some kind of meat. I'm also not a fan of grains or sugar(less the wonder and glory which is Cinnabon of course). So when I went there with my friend, I was a little iffy, but surprisingly it wasn't that bad. The cheesecake was good, and there were some good salads there. I also liked how I could get cut-up... more

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4.5 star rating
May 21, 2014

Buffet style restaurant. Vegetarian. Everything I tasted was fresh and delicious. The desert is good too. You fill up as many plates as you want and then pay its weight. Not a vegetarian but came out of this place with a full belly and a smile.

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4.5 star rating
April 30, 2014

Haven't been since the renovation. Everything looks stellar and the new additions really cut down on the line time. The food is so amazing. I mean, we are talking about literally the best vegetarian food I have personally ever had. The prices are really reasonable. For two people it cost us $30-we both left stuffed with organic, vegan, delicious dinner. I make a point to NEVER come to Ottawa... more

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4.5 star rating
April 21, 2014

The Green Door was a little out of my way as I was staying closer to the Rideau Centre area and didn't have a car. But I ventured there after I read the reviews.

The greatest thing about this place is that it is buffet style, so you can pick and choose what you like. There's a wide variety of cold appetizers, warm food, raw foods, cooked foods, breads, soup and dessert (try the tofu... more

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4.5 star rating
March 13, 2014

This is a pay-per-weight vegetarian buffet, with a whole smorgasbord of everything vegetarian you could ever want. Serve yourself, cash out, and sit in the large "cafeteria-esque" open-concept dinning area.

The food light, refreshing, favourful, and decadent all at the same time. There is a lage variety of salads, lasagna, curries, lentils, rice, sushi, soups, etc.

All is vegetarian, and for... more

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4.5 star rating
January 21, 2014

I'm a definite omnivore, but I absolutely didn't miss meat when I had lunch here today.

The lasagna was flavorful, the bread was homemade - dense and chewy. My kale was fresh and well prepared.

For dessert I had the chocolate mint tofu cheesecake, but it was hard to decide because it all looked so delicious. Went really well with the fair trade coffee they were serving.

I loved the way you... more

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4.5 star rating
November 30, 2013

Love this place. I'm a vegetarian and come here all the time. There may be a long line, but it always moves quickly.

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4.5 star rating
November 04, 2013

What a find! I checked Yelp to see if I could get a good dinner tonight while traveling on business. To my surprise a vegetarian place showed toward the top of the search results. As someone who has been eating mostly vegetarian style for a ling time I was pleased an surprised. Now that I have eaten here I need to find an excuse to get back to Ottawa and eat here again. The avocado salad was... more

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4.5 star rating
August 31, 2013

I miss the Green Door. It was a staple when I would work weekly in Ottawa and I go back nearly anytime I am in town.

The food is healthy but flavorful and wholesome. I always leave feeling fantastic. Rare match of my pallet and body being simpatico with the wisdom of me eating out on a regular basis. I challenge anyone who thinks they don't like vegetarian food to continue feeling that way... more

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4.5 star rating
August 01, 2013

Just a confirming note from a non-vegetarian. The veg and lasagna was very very good. I was not so wild about the tofu cheesecake, it's just ok. Boy was it crowded. We had to wait in a long, slow line to get to the food. Inconvenient but not a killer. The cafeteria style lets you take a small amount of the many dishes. After a half hour the crowds thinned out. Give it a try.

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4.5 star rating
July 06, 2013

This was a big surprise fantastic meal in Ottawa. My brother and sister in law arranged to meet us there for dinner and though the line was around 20 people long, the food bar sported a selection of dishes so awesomely satisfying that I now sit here back home in Vancouver irked that Green Door is 4300 kilometres away. It's difficult to describe the food because there's lots of variety but... more

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4.5 star rating
June 21, 2013

I LOVE Green Door! Their dishes are varied, interesting and complex. They are delicious and organic and they source as many of their products locally as they can. I am very happy they've recently opened their own grocery store. In fact, they also have a recipe book that is sold in their restaurant location that I purchased which is beautiful and easy and highly recommended!

It is a... more

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4.5 star rating
April 21, 2013

I stopped in on Saturday for the first time! I am a lover of veg friendly places, being a former vegetarian.
I was happy to see lots of interesting warm and cold options, catering not just to vegetarians but those with food allergies as well.
I ended up with some avocado salad, fennel salad (delicious!) tofu and broccoli stirfry, and picked up a load of onion and herb spelt bread to bring home.... more

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4.5 star rating
March 29, 2013

I come here a lot with my family. The food is wonderful, and it is a great experience overall.

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4.5 star rating
February 25, 2013

Excellent food. I didn't know vegetarian food could taste so good. I would recommend Green Door to all my carnivorous friends.

You pay by weight so you don't know how much you are spending but generally $15-$20 if you fill up your plate.

I especially like the avocado salad, kale salad and lentil loaf.

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4.5 star rating
December 06, 2012

I love meat, and vegetarian meals are generally disgusting to me, except at the Green Door.

The Green Door has some of the best food in the city. You completely forget it's vegetarian, yet you won't find any fake meat substitute here either.

It's all just well prepared and tasty, and you don't give a damn that there is no meat.

I would go Veg if I could eat here every day.

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4.5 star rating
September 09, 2012

A friend convinced me to come here tonight, after my first experience the food was not good at all so I was completely against it but she swore it was good and I must have just went on a bad day. I guess that was the case because my food was significantly better than it was last time.

I tried to stay open minded while trying the food, some of it really didn't look appetizing at all so I tried... more

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4.5 star rating
May 31, 2012

Delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes made from local organic food. Self serve buffet style, sold by weight. Friendly staff.

Seating is cafeteria-style at long tables.

A word about the clientele - I've been to the restaurant several times and I usually seem to be surrounded by dour self-involved artistic hipster types who seldom smile. I smile all the time, but then, I eat delicious and tasty... more

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4.5 star rating
May 27, 2012

Green Door is a "pay -your-weight", cafeteria and buffet style, vegetarian and vegan restaurants with many gluten and dairy free options. The seating is first come first serve. There is a quite a bit of seating. Generally, like a cafeteria, there's quite a bit of noise due to all the people talking at the same time.

The selection of dishes offered is similar to those seen at the Table except... more

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4.5 star rating
May 09, 2012

I went to The Green Door for lunch today with a few friends. We're on a health-kick right now and figured trying vegetarian/vegan cuisine was the way to go. They also only use organic foods.

I've heard great reviews on this place, but the thought of squash/kale/zucchini didn't have much appeal to me. I'm soooo happy I tried this place though because it was nothing like it!

As soon you enter... more

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4.5 star rating
March 11, 2012

I'm new at this place. and I haven't seen much choice on the area of food.
and the Table on Wellington. I love the soups, new one every time
and the Organic coffee, fair trade..

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4.5 star rating
February 18, 2012

Before going overboard with all the vegetarian goodness going down at the Green Door, it really pays to be considerate of what you're choosing as it's pay-by-weight.

The food is fresh, by and large wholesome, with lots of comfort food variety. There is a great selection of desserts, but I was so full after one plate of homey food that I didn't have the appetite for it anymore.

I enjoyed the... more

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4.5 star rating
November 22, 2011

Great place. The interior could use an upgrade but the food is delicious, clean and healthy.

Definitely go there if you'd like to have something healthy....outside.

There won't be music or anything fancy but vegetarian food.

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4.5 star rating
November 08, 2011

I'm by no means a vegetarian eats connoiseur but the food here is quite good. As others have mentioned its by weight of food so think a little about what you're getting in terms of complexity and work to prepare.

That said I spent 17$ - seemed expensive, but then I realized I was stuffed with no room for dessert! Also $3.50 of that was soup which was tasty, but probably low on the value for... more

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4.5 star rating
July 10, 2011

Classic first generation veg*n restaurant. Heavy on wholegrain and kale, somewhat multi-ethnic but nothing too out there that would scare away the ageing boomer hippies. Speaking of which, the Green Door is located in a strip of Main Street progressive small business holdouts that have endured how inaccessible this neighbourhood is from the rest of the city. Have some tofu cheesecake, go buy... more

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4.5 star rating
February 24, 2011

I am up in Canada visiting my Brother and Sister in law for the weekend, We went to Ottowa for the day and for dinner we went to "the green door".
It was set up deli/buffet style and you grab a plate and put what you would like on it. They had so many different options and everything I tried I liked very much!
They use all organic food and it is 100% vegetarian.
Its done in the pay by weight... more

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4.5 star rating
February 16, 2011

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Ottawa. I love that you can get a sample of anything that catches your eye. The food is fantastic, fresh and is worth coming back to again and again. It is all vegetarian but there's a good enough selection of everything that even meat eaters will fall in love with this place!

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4.5 star rating
February 12, 2011

A buffet style place which threw me off at first. Very unassuming from the outside, but the place is hopping on the inside. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the food smells fantastic!! To say this place is popular is an understatement, and the turn around is fast. Prices are based on weight, so you set the price. They even let you run a tab so if you have room for dessert you can... more

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Great vibe, good value for money
November 13, 2010

Good selection of menu items, reasonably priced, veggies very fresh, all menu items have ingredients identified. Decent selection of Gluten Free etc. Great packed vibe when I was there - if you want to fit in put your hair in a ponytail and don't bother with the blow dry.

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4.5 star rating
Bland, bland, bland
October 22, 2009

Why can't vegetarians cook? Truly boring. Cafeteria style, bulk foot eatery.

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4.5 star rating
Mmmmm... Spicy tempeh
January 15, 2009

Best vegetarian food in town. Lots of variety in a casual cafeteria style atmosphere. They even list the ingredients of each dish in case people have allergies/sensitivities. And their cookbook is awesome too!

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4.5 star rating
Great Food for the Allergy Challenged
June 14, 2008

We used to live in Ottawa and frequented the Green Door about once a month. My daughter had alot of food allergies and was raised on her favourite Tofu Stirfry and she loves the raspberry pie. They have an excellent array of hot and cold buffet items all tasty. Dessert is too die for never had anything I didn't like there. It is a bit expensive but, then so are most restaurants and you leave... more

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4.5 star rating
Wonderful food
January 08, 2007

I have never been to an organic veggie restaurant before. Two weeks ago I took my Mom with me . We were first in line so waiting wasn't an issue. I found the atmosphere open charming and clean. We took our time choosing the food all of which was for the first time, so I tried as many items as possible. Two filled plates cost 17.35 with no drinks. But I guess when you consider the quality of... more

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4.5 star rating
Love the Desserts
November 08, 2006

The desserts are amazing, and also inexpensive! Even if you don't go for a meal, which is also very good, be sure to stop in for some cake at least.

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July 30, 2006

Not the best vegetarian place in town, but not too bad! Reasonably priced, Always fresh and different!

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4.5 star rating
June 09, 2006

To pricey but good food for vegetarians

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4.5 star rating
The Green Door's vegan fare
December 03, 2005

The majority of the food was vegan (95%), but many vegan dishes weren't labelled as such so i had to ask to make sure. My biggest complaint is that the food wasn't very hot because it had been sitting under heat lamps for a while. Ottawa's other buffet-style vegetarian/vegan place, The Table, has the same problem. Also, paying by weight is never advantageous to vegans because there's a big... more

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4.5 star rating
Great food At o.k prices!
November 12, 2005

I loved the buffet like style of the food instead of looking at a menu you get to look at the food as you select it. The only down side is it's a bit on the pricy side... well at least for a 13 year old allowance!!

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4.5 star rating
rare vegetarian treat
September 26, 2005

delicious + nutritious vegetarian fare, which is not easy to find in Ottawa. when i went, i particularly enjoyed the spinach filo pockets and the tofu lasagne. with scrubbed wooden tables and a dearth of decoration it feels like your average local cafe -- so my only gripe would be that i wish it had more of an 'atmosphere'... more

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4.5 star rating
I grave for the food every day!
September 20, 2005

I was first went to the Green Door this summer, 2005 and I loved it. I love vegs., but never really had organic food before. The food can be expensive, but I guess you get what you pay for. I go atleast twice a week and I head for the flaky spinich tofo things, I recommend this store to anyone who is thinking about tasting organic foods. J.S. Ottawa

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4.5 star rating
My favorite restaurant
June 25, 2005

I love going to green door, for me, it's one of the best restaurant because the food is great. Not that it is also very great but you can do you're own dishes and the food is organic. That's why I love this place

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4.5 star rating
Great food/Good Selection
May 22, 2005

Love the variety of vegetarian dishes; The food is always great. May be a bit pricey for the ambience, which is basic university cafeteria, and it's a bit out of the way, with no parking, but all in all, I recommend it.

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4.5 star rating
This place is a must try!!!
February 14, 2005

With lots of food sensitivies in our family (everything from wheat and eggs to apples and oranges), this place is our favourite. I can tell my daughter, YES! you can have that! The Tofu Stir Fry is beautiful, as was the Spanikopita and the cold pesto pasta salad. The ambiance was homey, the staff helpful and knowledgable and the beautiful big window at the front of the restaurant is... more

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4.5 star rating
Legendary desserts
July 23, 2004

The Green Door has been remodelled, and the atmosphere is now more homey (as opposed to "stark", as yahoo's reviewer suggests). It has a great selection of veggie and vegan foods, salads, a custom juice bar, and a truly extraordinary array of healthy desserts. Plus, since it's all buffet style, you can sample a wide variety of items in exactly the quantity you want, with no waiting.

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4.5 star rating
June 12, 2000

Great place for the vegetarians in this city, good place to meet friends and/or just to have a great cup of coffee.

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4.5 star rating
March 16, 2005

Great food, but it can get a little pricey once it all adds up.

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4.5 star rating
September 03, 2003

Not worth the price .

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September 05, 2013

What this stark, cafeteria-style vegetarian restaurant lacks in ambience it more than makes up for with iwonderful vegetarian and vegan food. The diverse menu of multicultural entrees, homemade breads and both rich and light desserts is popular with all kinds of vegetarians and includes a number of dishes, such as many wheat-free desserts, suitable for specialized diets. Be warned that pricing... more

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August 16, 2013

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February 25, 2013

What this stark, cafeteria-style vegetarian restaurant lacks in ambiance it more than makes up for with wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. The diverse menu of multicultural entrees, homemade breads and both rich and light desserts is popular with all kinds of vegetarians and includes a number of dishes, such as many wheat-free desserts, suitable for specialized diets. Be warned that pricing... more

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