Laughing Seed Cafe

★★★★★
  • 40 Wall St

    Asheville, NC 28801

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  • 828-252-3445

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Laughing Seed is one of my favorite places in Asheville. The food is healthy and taste fantastic. It is great place to plan a romantic evening.

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★★★★★

Laughing Seed is one of my favorite places in Asheville. The food is healthy and taste fantastic. It is great place to plan a romantic evening.

Pros: beautiful atmosphere, great location, delicious menu

Cons: sometimes there is a wait

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this place has the best food! I am not a vegetarian,.but could be if I could eat here everyday. The hempnut burger is amazing as well as the tico burrito. Friendly staff, and good drinks too!

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★★★★★

this place has the best food! I am not a vegetarian,.but could be if I could eat here everyday. The hempnut burger is amazing as well as the tico burrito. Friendly staff, and good drinks too!

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It seems that every time I visit Asheville, I end up at Laughing Seed for lunch or dinner...and I'm not a vegetarian! The Harmony Bowl will leave you wondering how such a tasty meal can make you feel so virtuous. The pakoras (different selection each day) are worth the indulgence. The wait staff is excellent and courteous, even when we walk in with a large group and no reservation.

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★★★★★

It seems that every time I visit Asheville, I end up at Laughing Seed for lunch or dinner...and I'm not a vegetarian! The Harmony Bowl will leave you wondering how such a tasty meal can make you feel so virtuous. The pakoras (different selection each day) are worth the indulgence. The wait staff is excellent and courteous, even when we walk in with a large group and no reservation.

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Even if you are not vegetarian, you must eat at the Laughing Seed. They have a wonderful outdoor seating area as well. Charming restaurant and location, and you won't believe what they can do with vegetarian cuisine. Yummy!

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★★★★☆

Even if you are not vegetarian, you must eat at the Laughing Seed. They have a wonderful outdoor seating area as well. Charming restaurant and location, and you won't believe what they can do with vegetarian cuisine. Yummy!

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The Laughing Seed Cafe is an Asheville institution. It has been around for over 15 years. They renovated their entire place plus their menu several years ago, which I think was smart.

They serve large portions of delicious food. They do have a reputation for not so good service, which I have definitely experienced. But I have also had great service there, so I guess it depends on who you get and possibly when you go.

For me, the prices are a little high, so it's not an every week kind of place, but more for special occasions. For interesting, fun, and healthy vegetarian food, The Laughing Seed is the place to go.

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★★★★☆

The Laughing Seed Cafe is an Asheville institution. It has been around for over 15 years. They renovated their entire place plus their menu several years ago, which I think was smart.

They serve large portions of delicious food. They do have a reputation for not so good service, which I have definitely experienced. But I have also had great service there, so I guess it depends on who you get and possibly when you go.

For me, the prices are a little high, so it's not an every week kind of place, but more for special occasions. For interesting, fun, and healthy vegetarian food, The Laughing Seed is the place to go.

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As a vegan it was pure bliss to sit down to a menu *full* of options including appetizers, entrees, desserts and smoothies. We visited Asheville for the first time for a three day weekend and we ate there (with meat-eater friends who LOVED it) three times! I read previous posts about mediocre service, but our service was great. Our servers were very friendly and extremely helpful. I cannot remember the name of the guy who we had the first time, but we had Sarah the other two times and she is an absolute doll. Very helpful to me (vegan) and my friend who is on a Gluten Free diet. She even tailored a dessert special for my GF friend. The food is soooo good, I can't even explain it!!
If you were my friend, I'd say you gotta try this place!

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★★★★★

As a vegan it was pure bliss to sit down to a menu *full* of options including appetizers, entrees, desserts and smoothies. We visited Asheville for the first time for a three day weekend and we ate there (with meat-eater friends who LOVED it) three times! I read previous posts about mediocre service, but our service was great. Our servers were very friendly and extremely helpful. I cannot remember the name of the guy who we had the first time, but we had Sarah the other two times and she is an absolute doll. Very helpful to me (vegan) and my friend who is on a Gluten Free diet. She even tailored a dessert special for my GF friend. The food is soooo good, I can't even explain it!!
If you were my friend, I'd say you gotta try this place!

Pros: The FOOD!! Location, quality, selection, great service

Cons: None

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They have an amazingly creative vegetarian menu, worth trying even if you're not vegetarian. The atmosphere is very nice, not quite informal, but it isn't stuffy/v. formal either. There are so many appetizing dishes on the menu that I want to eat there every time I go to Asheville - actually, I want to go to Asheville just to eat there!

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★★★★★

They have an amazingly creative vegetarian menu, worth trying even if you're not vegetarian. The atmosphere is very nice, not quite informal, but it isn't stuffy/v. formal either. There are so many appetizing dishes on the menu that I want to eat there every time I go to Asheville - actually, I want to go to Asheville just to eat there!

Pros: tasty, creative vegetarian dishes

Cons: service could have been better

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I've been waiting for years to try Laughing Seed. Friends from Asheville and vegetarian publications have showered it in praise, and when the opportunity to visit Asheville and give it a try arose, I jumped to try it. I was really suprised by the dismissive and rude servers and the deeply mediocre food. My soup, a lavender potato leek soup had a lovely texture, but it was massively oversalted. My entree was a tempeh cuban sandwich, and though it had a decent flavor, the overwhelming number of moist ingredients on the bun undermined the crunchy batter on the tempeh, leaving the sandwich with a mushy texture and a homogeneous mustard flavor. My boyfriend ordered one of the daily specials, a spicy ginger tofu dish. The tofu was delicious, but the vegetables were overcooked mush swimming in a cloyingly sweet, vaguely Asian sauce. Our waitress disappeared for a very, very long time after delivering our food, so when we finally caved and asked a neighboring server for water, we were surprised when she looked and us like we'd just asked her to take her top off and do a bellydance on our tabletop. She snarled at us and when we thanked her for giving us the water, she gave us the most hateful, insincere "thank you" I've ever heard. Laughing Seed left us wishing we'd tried any of the other excellent looking restaurants in downtown Asheville. We certainly didn't stay for dessert.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been waiting for years to try Laughing Seed. Friends from Asheville and vegetarian publications have showered it in praise, and when the opportunity to visit Asheville and give it a try arose, I jumped to try it. I was really suprised by the dismissive and rude servers and the deeply mediocre food. My soup, a lavender potato leek soup had a lovely texture, but it was massively oversalted. My entree was a tempeh cuban sandwich, and though it had a decent flavor, the overwhelming number of moist ingredients on the bun undermined the crunchy batter on the tempeh, leaving the sandwich with a mushy texture and a homogeneous mustard flavor. My boyfriend ordered one of the daily specials, a spicy ginger tofu dish. The tofu was delicious, but the vegetables were overcooked mush swimming in a cloyingly sweet, vaguely Asian sauce. Our waitress disappeared for a very, very long time after delivering our food, so when we finally caved and asked a neighboring server for water, we were surprised when she looked and us like we'd just asked her to take her top off and do a bellydance on our tabletop. She snarled at us and when we thanked her for giving us the water, she gave us the most hateful, insincere "thank you" I've ever heard. Laughing Seed left us wishing we'd tried any of the other excellent looking restaurants in downtown Asheville. We certainly didn't stay for dessert.

Pros: All vegetarian menu, nice patio

Cons: Worst service ever, mediocre food, and terrible service. And rude service, btw.

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My wife is a vegetarian and I am a omnivore. This place has absolutely amazing food. You will not miss eating meat or seafood here. Located in a really fun part of Asheville (great shopping, dining, people watching), everyone will love it. We held our rehearsal dinner there, and, while some people were skeptical at first, everyone came away telling us how much they loved it. They have sushi, low-country dishes, mexican-style and on-and-on. I can't remember if it's Monday or Tuesdays they're closed. Be sure to call ahead and check.

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★★★★★

My wife is a vegetarian and I am a omnivore. This place has absolutely amazing food. You will not miss eating meat or seafood here. Located in a really fun part of Asheville (great shopping, dining, people watching), everyone will love it. We held our rehearsal dinner there, and, while some people were skeptical at first, everyone came away telling us how much they loved it. They have sushi, low-country dishes, mexican-style and on-and-on. I can't remember if it's Monday or Tuesdays they're closed. Be sure to call ahead and check.

Pros: Creative, delicious dishes. Great service. Outdoor patio. Full bar.

Cons: None

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I ate here while visiting Asheville last year. Though the restaurant was very crowded at the time, my wife and I were seated promptly and our server was friendly and helpful. As a vegetarian, I'm very used to being limited to the 1 or 2 meat free entrees that most restaurants offer. With so many amazing choices, Laughing Seed's menu was almost intimidating to me! Everything sounded so good. Honestly, I forget what my wife and I ordered, but everything was wonderful and reasonably priced. I wish I could eat there more often as I was coveting the dishes that everyone else at the restaurant was eating as well.

If you like vegetables and good food, you will like Laughing Seed.

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★★★★★

I ate here while visiting Asheville last year. Though the restaurant was very crowded at the time, my wife and I were seated promptly and our server was friendly and helpful. As a vegetarian, I'm very used to being limited to the 1 or 2 meat free entrees that most restaurants offer. With so many amazing choices, Laughing Seed's menu was almost intimidating to me! Everything sounded so good. Honestly, I forget what my wife and I ordered, but everything was wonderful and reasonably priced. I wish I could eat there more often as I was coveting the dishes that everyone else at the restaurant was eating as well.

If you like vegetables and good food, you will like Laughing Seed.

Pros: Great food, reasonably priced, large selection

Cons: None

 

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