Vegetarian House

★★★★☆
  • 22 NW Fourth Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-274-0160

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My daughter who is a vegetarian loves this place for its fresh Chinese food with fake meat for those occasional cravings.

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My daughter who is a vegetarian loves this place for its fresh Chinese food with fake meat for those occasional cravings.

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I love this menu! I have a special fondness for the fake chicken salad. All the meat on the menu is fake meat made with wheat gluten and the like, it really gets close to it's impersonation though, I have to say. Go check this one out!

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★★★★★

I love this menu! I have a special fondness for the fake chicken salad. All the meat on the menu is fake meat made with wheat gluten and the like, it really gets close to it's impersonation though, I have to say. Go check this one out!

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The prices have gone up and it makes me sad, however, it's still worth it. It's basically your average Chinese restaurant, without the help of dead animals. Said that, it's not "healthy", I've known people to come in and not like Vegetarian House because they expected "healthy" dishes. So not healthy, just pure yummy! I've taken a meat eating friend who actually forgot that her chicken chow mien was meat free!

2
★★★★☆

The prices have gone up and it makes me sad, however, it's still worth it. It's basically your average Chinese restaurant, without the help of dead animals. Said that, it's not "healthy", I've known people to come in and not like Vegetarian House because they expected "healthy" dishes. So not healthy, just pure yummy! I've taken a meat eating friend who actually forgot that her chicken chow mien was meat free!

Pros: no dead animals

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Omg omg omg. Vegetarian House is quite possibly the greatest Chinese restaurant in Oregon. I've been dining with them for close to 4 years now and I don't plan to stop any time soon. My favorite dish is the orange "chicken", followed closely by the tofu in brown sauce (don't be scared by the name, the sauce is brown, but it's delicious!) The prices can be cheap depending on what you get. Most plates are between $8 and $10, but the more exotic "meats" ("fish", "squid", etc.) are at the higher end, $13-$15. The only things I would say that are bad about the Vegetarian House is the location, atmosphere, and some of the wait staff. But in all honesty, I think those are the reasons it's so weird and wonderful. PS. Everything is vegan too, except fortune cookies.

2
★★★★★

Omg omg omg. Vegetarian House is quite possibly the greatest Chinese restaurant in Oregon. I've been dining with them for close to 4 years now and I don't plan to stop any time soon. My favorite dish is the orange "chicken", followed closely by the tofu in brown sauce (don't be scared by the name, the sauce is brown, but it's delicious!) The prices can be cheap depending on what you get. Most plates are between $8 and $10, but the more exotic "meats" ("fish", "squid", etc.) are at the higher end, $13-$15. The only things I would say that are bad about the Vegetarian House is the location, atmosphere, and some of the wait staff. But in all honesty, I think those are the reasons it's so weird and wonderful. PS. Everything is vegan too, except fortune cookies.

Pros: Orange chicken, corn and tofu chowder, chicken chow mein

Cons: Could be hard to find parking on the weekends, not enough water refils

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YAY! I love this place, I also would eat there everyday if I could. It's conveniently located right off of burnside, and close to lots of great shops. My boyfriend and I often make a date out of Powell's books, then vegetarian house and saint cupcake for dessert. I would highly recommend the lemon 'chicken' or the cashew 'chicken' dishes. Great spring rolls too. I wouldn't recommend any of the fake seafood, but I do know people who like it, so it's just a matter of taste.

2
★★★★★

YAY! I love this place, I also would eat there everyday if I could. It's conveniently located right off of burnside, and close to lots of great shops. My boyfriend and I often make a date out of Powell's books, then vegetarian house and saint cupcake for dessert. I would highly recommend the lemon 'chicken' or the cashew 'chicken' dishes. Great spring rolls too. I wouldn't recommend any of the fake seafood, but I do know people who like it, so it's just a matter of taste.

Pros: Well prepared tofu and soy meat, attentive staff, good location

Cons: none i can think of.

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My husband humored me by going to this restaurant because I'm vegan and he is not. I happily ate pan fried p*tstickers, General Tso's "Chicken," and "pork" fried rice. I enjoyed the food quite a bit and I would definitely return to this restaurant more often if it weren't for two things: (1) The atmosphere inside the restaurant is brightly lit and horribly uninviting, (2) The street where the restaurant is located is downright scary. We walked from a parking spot about a block away and it was like running a gauntlet. There were two police cruisers on the street as well and we were actually grateful they were there. It is a shame because terrific vegan Chinese food is tough to find.

2
★★★★☆

My husband humored me by going to this restaurant because I'm vegan and he is not. I happily ate pan fried p*tstickers, General Tso's "Chicken," and "pork" fried rice. I enjoyed the food quite a bit and I would definitely return to this restaurant more often if it weren't for two things: (1) The atmosphere inside the restaurant is brightly lit and horribly uninviting, (2) The street where the restaurant is located is downright scary. We walked from a parking spot about a block away and it was like running a gauntlet. There were two police cruisers on the street as well and we were actually grateful they were there. It is a shame because terrific vegan Chinese food is tough to find.

Pros: Tasty vegan Chinese food

Cons: Unpleasant atmosphere, scary location

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I love love love this place. I crave Chinese food, but usually have to stick with rice whenever I go to other places. Here I can eat Kungo Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken (fake chicken) and not feel bad at all. Their food is delicious; I haven't been disappointed yet. But it is a little pricey for me at around $10/dish. The spring rolls are delicious as well (and cheaper). I've heard that service can be slow but we usually get take out so we don't have to deal with that. We did eat in one time and we were one of 2 or 3 tables. Service was fine, even seemed fast since I was prepared for slow. I will definitely be eating take out from here again--often!

2
★★★★★

I love love love this place. I crave Chinese food, but usually have to stick with rice whenever I go to other places. Here I can eat Kungo Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken (fake chicken) and not feel bad at all. Their food is delicious; I haven't been disappointed yet. But it is a little pricey for me at around $10/dish. The spring rolls are delicious as well (and cheaper). I've heard that service can be slow but we usually get take out so we don't have to deal with that. We did eat in one time and we were one of 2 or 3 tables. Service was fine, even seemed fast since I was prepared for slow. I will definitely be eating take out from here again--often!

Pros: delicious Chinese food for vegans! hooray!

Cons: a little pricey, but worth it for specialty food (and it's delicious!)

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I think I've been spoiled on really good vegetarian chinese food, because I found this to be very average. I have to admit the hot & sour soup was very hot AND sour, which is crucial, so I enjoyed this. The general tso's chicken tasted really awesome - battered chunks of seitan with sweet and spicy sauce, and a teensy bit of bok choy - but the portion was very small. For $10 I expect more! I'd stay far away from the other dish we tried - the twice-cooked beef. We determined by twice-cooked, they probably meant steamed, then boiled - it's flabby, pale, soft bits of gluten. It came with lots of cabbage which reminded us of the way a sketchy grocery store smells, and the sauce was too bland to hide the flavor. I'd definitely have to go back to fully judge the place, but I'm not entirely sure I want to!
On a side note - the service was amazing.

1
★★★☆☆

I think I've been spoiled on really good vegetarian chinese food, because I found this to be very average. I have to admit the hot & sour soup was very hot AND sour, which is crucial, so I enjoyed this. The general tso's chicken tasted really awesome - battered chunks of seitan with sweet and spicy sauce, and a teensy bit of bok choy - but the portion was very small. For $10 I expect more! I'd stay far away from the other dish we tried - the twice-cooked beef. We determined by twice-cooked, they probably meant steamed, then boiled - it's flabby, pale, soft bits of gluten. It came with lots of cabbage which reminded us of the way a sketchy grocery store smells, and the sauce was too bland to hide the flavor. I'd definitely have to go back to fully judge the place, but I'm not entirely sure I want to!
On a side note - the service was amazing.

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I thought this place was pretty good overall. My main complaint was the service. No one greeted us when we entered, we finally just grabbed our own menus and sat down. Our server then immediately brought us some tea and water. We ordered steamed potstickers, which were pretty tasty. We then ordered the orange "chicken" and eggplant in brown sauce. It seemed to take forever for our order to come. Our server just sat at another table and did what appeared to be homework. It was us and another couple at a table and that was it. It was extremely slow, but atleast the food finally came. We were both shocked to see the amount of orange "chicken". I mean, yes, it was tasty, but it was a TINY portion for $8 bucks. Good thing the eggplant was also tasty and a decent portion size. I would come here again, but don't think the orange "chicken" is worth the price.

2
★★★★☆

I thought this place was pretty good overall. My main complaint was the service. No one greeted us when we entered, we finally just grabbed our own menus and sat down. Our server then immediately brought us some tea and water. We ordered steamed potstickers, which were pretty tasty. We then ordered the orange "chicken" and eggplant in brown sauce. It seemed to take forever for our order to come. Our server just sat at another table and did what appeared to be homework. It was us and another couple at a table and that was it. It was extremely slow, but atleast the food finally came. We were both shocked to see the amount of orange "chicken". I mean, yes, it was tasty, but it was a TINY portion for $8 bucks. Good thing the eggplant was also tasty and a decent portion size. I would come here again, but don't think the orange "chicken" is worth the price.

Pros: yummy veggie food

Cons: small portions, a little overpriced

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On a rainy Sunday, we headed for the Vegetarian House after a day excursion into the city. We live in Salem and my husband misses the city sometimes. But he now really misses Portland after being able to go into a Chinese restaurant and order anything off the menu! We were cold and wet and started with cups of tea, followed by won ton soup. My husband can't remember when he was last able to have won ton soup! He's the vegetarian and I'm a reduced meat eater - both of us delighted with what we ordered. We waddled out full and happy, with a take out menu in hand, and wishing we lived closer in order to eat there every day!

2
★★★★★

On a rainy Sunday, we headed for the Vegetarian House after a day excursion into the city. We live in Salem and my husband misses the city sometimes. But he now really misses Portland after being able to go into a Chinese restaurant and order anything off the menu! We were cold and wet and started with cups of tea, followed by won ton soup. My husband can't remember when he was last able to have won ton soup! He's the vegetarian and I'm a reduced meat eater - both of us delighted with what we ordered. We waddled out full and happy, with a take out menu in hand, and wishing we lived closer in order to eat there every day!

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It has a great veggie lunch buffet. The things that can be done on a meatless menu are endless here. The ways tofu is combined in dishes more than make up for the meat that is missing.

2
★★★★☆

It has a great veggie lunch buffet. The things that can be done on a meatless menu are endless here. The ways tofu is combined in dishes more than make up for the meat that is missing.

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Well, it's Friday night. My husband and I are new to Portland and looking to get out of the house and get some good vegetarian food served up! But, unfortunately after being seated, ordering an appetizer immediately (steamed potstickers), and ordering our main course about 5 minutes after that......20 minutes goes by and as we see EVERYONE else in the restaurant (meaning the two other tables of 3) get served food and the waiter just walking right past us I decide to ask "where is our food" I get "steamed potstickers take about 10 minutes to make" and he walks away. Ummmm.....okay it's been 20......

Okay, not real happy, but I assume he is working on it. I get up to use the bathroom in hopes something will be on the table when I return, but instead I just see my husband sitting there......hungry. So, we wait another 10 minutes as the waiter just keeps walking right past us totally ignoring us. A half an hour has gone by with nothing.

We leave hungry, disappointed, and unhappy. Not a word is said to us as we leave. So, the food might be delicious, but we were never served. I probably would have held out, still a little annoyed if we would have at least been updated and apologized to. I would suggest not going here if you are hungry or have any interest in good service. This is not a restaurant that you can sit down and really enjoy the scenery. It is a place to eat....with no food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, it's Friday night. My husband and I are new to Portland and looking to get out of the house and get some good vegetarian food served up! But, unfortunately after being seated, ordering an appetizer immediately (steamed potstickers), and ordering our main course about 5 minutes after that......20 minutes goes by and as we see EVERYONE else in the restaurant (meaning the two other tables of 3) get served food and the waiter just walking right past us I decide to ask "where is our food" I get "steamed potstickers take about 10 minutes to make" and he walks away. Ummmm.....okay it's been 20......

Okay, not real happy, but I assume he is working on it. I get up to use the bathroom in hopes something will be on the table when I return, but instead I just see my husband sitting there......hungry. So, we wait another 10 minutes as the waiter just keeps walking right past us totally ignoring us. A half an hour has gone by with nothing.

We leave hungry, disappointed, and unhappy. Not a word is said to us as we leave. So, the food might be delicious, but we were never served. I probably would have held out, still a little annoyed if we would have at least been updated and apologized to. I would suggest not going here if you are hungry or have any interest in good service. This is not a restaurant that you can sit down and really enjoy the scenery. It is a place to eat....with no food.

Pros: Vegetarian & Vegan food on the menu (not on my table)

Cons: Bad Service, Terrible Service, No Service

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I went to Vegetarian house on a Sunday afternoon, so I couldn't check out the buffet. It's exactly like any other small chinese restaurant in America... same menu and everything. But there's no real meat! I thought the idea was fascinating. (I was visiting from Indiana... we have no vegetarian restaurants in Indiana)

I had the Orange "Chicken." Frankly, I thought the food was every bit as good (or not so good) as any other cheap chinese restaurant, but I wasn't eating any animals. It was an OK+ meal. I'd go back if I visit Portland again.

2
★★★★☆

I went to Vegetarian house on a Sunday afternoon, so I couldn't check out the buffet. It's exactly like any other small chinese restaurant in America... same menu and everything. But there's no real meat! I thought the idea was fascinating. (I was visiting from Indiana... we have no vegetarian restaurants in Indiana)

I had the Orange "Chicken." Frankly, I thought the food was every bit as good (or not so good) as any other cheap chinese restaurant, but I wasn't eating any animals. It was an OK+ meal. I'd go back if I visit Portland again.

Pros: A wide array of unusual fake meats

Cons: What could be bad about fake meat? ;)

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Every time I feel a cold coming on, I promptly head over to Vegetarian House and order a big bowl of their wonton soup, and it makes me feel better every time.

Their other food is good too, however the servings aren't very generous for the price. They also haven't pushed their culinary creativity very far.

2
★★★★☆

Every time I feel a cold coming on, I promptly head over to Vegetarian House and order a big bowl of their wonton soup, and it makes me feel better every time.

Their other food is good too, however the servings aren't very generous for the price. They also haven't pushed their culinary creativity very far.

Pros: orange "chicken", location, wait staff

Cons: a little pricy, small servings, lackluster ambiance

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This is a fine place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It's quiet and the service might be a little slow but that's because they're usually short of staff. I believe it's a family business. Anyway, this is probably my favorite place in Portland. The wonton soup is fantastic! Really it is, try it. (finally wonton soup for vegetarians!) The beef with Broccoli is also very good. And try the deep fried chicken dishes, like orange chicken and sesame chicken. I'm not a big fan of the seafood or the stir-fried chicken but others may disagree. EXCELLENT.

2
★★★★★

This is a fine place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It's quiet and the service might be a little slow but that's because they're usually short of staff. I believe it's a family business. Anyway, this is probably my favorite place in Portland. The wonton soup is fantastic! Really it is, try it. (finally wonton soup for vegetarians!) The beef with Broccoli is also very good. And try the deep fried chicken dishes, like orange chicken and sesame chicken. I'm not a big fan of the seafood or the stir-fried chicken but others may disagree. EXCELLENT.

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Listen--This is Buddhist-style vegetarian cooking. You want tofu, you want gluten, you will be in heaven...er make that Nirvana. The service is friendly. The decor is par for most of family style Chinese restaurants I have ever eaten in. I love the broccoli in spicy sauce. I love the Kung Pao and orange (faux) chicken. Are there better Buddhist-style vegetarian restaurants in the world? Yes, but I can't drive to San Francisco or Vancouver BC every week. Portland is lucky to have Vegetarian House.

2
★★★★★

Listen--This is Buddhist-style vegetarian cooking. You want tofu, you want gluten, you will be in heaven...er make that Nirvana. The service is friendly. The decor is par for most of family style Chinese restaurants I have ever eaten in. I love the broccoli in spicy sauce. I love the Kung Pao and orange (faux) chicken. Are there better Buddhist-style vegetarian restaurants in the world? Yes, but I can't drive to San Francisco or Vancouver BC every week. Portland is lucky to have Vegetarian House.

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A vegetarian restaurant with practically no vegetables in recognizable form.

Soy-based fake meat dishes dominate the menu. Everything we ordered had the texture of pre-packaged survival rations. Even the potted plants used in the decor are fake.

Service was low-key, just short of non-existent. The lack of attention was baffling as it was 6PM on a weekday and we were the only customers. We saw our server exactly 3 times - when placing our order, when the food was brought out, and when he gave us the check. It would have been nice if he had come by once to refill our water glasses or ask if we wanted anything else, but he seemed to be hiding somewhere.

Not a good experience, and not to be revisited.

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★☆☆☆☆

A vegetarian restaurant with practically no vegetables in recognizable form.

Soy-based fake meat dishes dominate the menu. Everything we ordered had the texture of pre-packaged survival rations. Even the potted plants used in the decor are fake.

Service was low-key, just short of non-existent. The lack of attention was baffling as it was 6PM on a weekday and we were the only customers. We saw our server exactly 3 times - when placing our order, when the food was brought out, and when he gave us the check. It would have been nice if he had come by once to refill our water glasses or ask if we wanted anything else, but he seemed to be hiding somewhere.

Not a good experience, and not to be revisited.

Cons: Bad food, Poor service, Tacky Decor

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Delightful in everyway! A truly gifted chef and a kind soft spoken host makes dining truly enjoyable. This place has a relaxing and friendly atmosphere! We love it!

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★★★★★

Delightful in everyway! A truly gifted chef and a kind soft spoken host makes dining truly enjoyable. This place has a relaxing and friendly atmosphere! We love it!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Can't say much about the decor, strictly plastic flowers and cheap industrial carpet place with bright, bright flourescent lighting. There is an overtone of chinese homage to a living diety? But the selection of vegan options is remarkable. If your vegetarian or a strict vegan this is the place for a guilt free lunch buffet, take-out or a very casual dinner. While the food isn't cuisine, the lunch buffet selection is small and picked over later in the day, it is tasty and suits the average vegetarian taste bud.

2
★★★★☆

Can't say much about the decor, strictly plastic flowers and cheap industrial carpet place with bright, bright flourescent lighting. There is an overtone of chinese homage to a living diety? But the selection of vegan options is remarkable. If your vegetarian or a strict vegan this is the place for a guilt free lunch buffet, take-out or a very casual dinner. While the food isn't cuisine, the lunch buffet selection is small and picked over later in the day, it is tasty and suits the average vegetarian taste bud.

Pros: cheal

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As a vegetarian for 15 years, one of my pet peeves are veggie foods that are made to taste like meat and fish. I approached the Vegetarian House with some apprehension. After all, they promote the "faux meat" dishes like it's a novelty. A great staff made up for the lack of atmosphere. By the time we ordered our food, we felt we made the right restaurant decision. We were both shocked at how good everything was. We left thinking that this might become our favorite restaurant. Next time we'll order take-out... Chinese take-out always lends itself to a romantic evening at home. As for the buffet, we haven't tried it, but it might be a good start if you don't know what to order from their decently sized and varied menu. Even if you are not a vegetarian, or take your meat eating friends, no one will be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

As a vegetarian for 15 years, one of my pet peeves are veggie foods that are made to taste like meat and fish. I approached the Vegetarian House with some apprehension. After all, they promote the "faux meat" dishes like it's a novelty. A great staff made up for the lack of atmosphere. By the time we ordered our food, we felt we made the right restaurant decision. We were both shocked at how good everything was. We left thinking that this might become our favorite restaurant. Next time we'll order take-out... Chinese take-out always lends itself to a romantic evening at home. As for the buffet, we haven't tried it, but it might be a good start if you don't know what to order from their decently sized and varied menu. Even if you are not a vegetarian, or take your meat eating friends, no one will be disappointed.

Pros: Excellent staff, Excellent Food, Varied Menu

Cons: No ALCOHOL!, Bright... too bright., Er... no alcohol...

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The Vegetarian House is a must see for any vegetarian in the Portland area. Located downtown its easy to find and the food is fantastic. Bring your non-veggie friends for a new taste experience, because they offer a large selection of faux-meat dishes as well as some traditional vegetarian standards with an eastern flair. Parking is adequate; there is a big lot across the street that remains empty for most of the evening. Leave the jacket and tie at home; this place is as casual as a tailgate party. No need to mortgage the house or sell one of the children, the average dish will set you back around 12 or 13 bucks. All in all the Vegetarian House is a winner and a big thumbs up, just dont ask to see the lobster tank. Happy eatin'

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★★★★★

The Vegetarian House is a must see for any vegetarian in the Portland area. Located downtown its easy to find and the food is fantastic. Bring your non-veggie friends for a new taste experience, because they offer a large selection of faux-meat dishes as well as some traditional vegetarian standards with an eastern flair. Parking is adequate; there is a big lot across the street that remains empty for most of the evening. Leave the jacket and tie at home; this place is as casual as a tailgate party. No need to mortgage the house or sell one of the children, the average dish will set you back around 12 or 13 bucks. All in all the Vegetarian House is a winner and a big thumbs up, just dont ask to see the lobster tank. Happy eatin'

Pros: Good Food, Affordable, Friendly Service

Cons: , no booths, dessert menu lacking

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I only had the time for the buffet, but it was sooo dissapointing. The green beens tasted like they came from a can. I hadn't tasted that taste in many years.

The other dishes were either straight vegetables, or fried eggroll or dried starch. The soup was mediocre.

I will try other menu items but only because the Ching Hai Restaurant in Phoenix was so good. I hope these guys can measure up. The buffet was not a good sign though.

1
★★☆☆☆

I only had the time for the buffet, but it was sooo dissapointing. The green beens tasted like they came from a can. I hadn't tasted that taste in many years.

The other dishes were either straight vegetables, or fried eggroll or dried starch. The soup was mediocre.

I will try other menu items but only because the Ching Hai Restaurant in Phoenix was so good. I hope these guys can measure up. The buffet was not a good sign though.

Pros: vegetarian, unique, has possibilities

Cons: , heavy sauces, wilted food

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You must try the Seasame Chicken or the Delightful Tofu Hotpot and don't forget to add a side order of spring rolls! Vegetarian House is hands down the best Chinese restaurant! They have the freshest entrees all made with meatless plant protein and natural spices. The benefit to you, a savory-delicious meal without any negative affects on your body. Could it get any better than this? I think not. Thanks Vegetarian House!

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★★★★★

You must try the Seasame Chicken or the Delightful Tofu Hotpot and don't forget to add a side order of spring rolls! Vegetarian House is hands down the best Chinese restaurant! They have the freshest entrees all made with meatless plant protein and natural spices. The benefit to you, a savory-delicious meal without any negative affects on your body. Could it get any better than this? I think not. Thanks Vegetarian House!

Pros: Inexpensive, Healthy, Delicious

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I've always found Chinatown restaurants to be really seafood-heavy. Vegetarian House has great fake meat options and a lot of variety. The Kung Pao chicken was perfectly flavored and spiced - will definitely go back!

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★★★★★

I've always found Chinatown restaurants to be really seafood-heavy. Vegetarian House has great fake meat options and a lot of variety. The Kung Pao chicken was perfectly flavored and spiced - will definitely go back!

Pros: Vegetarian/Vegan, Good value

 

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