Vita Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 3024 NE Alberta St

    Portland, OR 97211

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  • 503-335-8233

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I always feel a bit swanky coming in here. I get Italian sodas and sit outside when possible. Their menu is reasonably priced.

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★★★★★

I always feel a bit swanky coming in here. I get Italian sodas and sit outside when possible. Their menu is reasonably priced.

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It was a hot summer day (just last week) and I was craving a hearty veggie burger and nice salad. I figured a place that advertised the use of fresh organic products would have an amazing salad. I ordered the green salad and it looked (and tasted) like a bag salad from safeway. Iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots and red cabbage, diced barely red tomatoes and soft flimsy cucumbers. The veggie burger was ok, but the bun.. ugh. Again I would assume that a place claiming to be so healthy and grand would serve up more than an enriched white franz bun. I was out 10 bucks for garbage food. Go 10 blocks down the street to the Hilt. The burger buns are good and the salads are amazing. ie fresh and tasty and the prices are better.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was a hot summer day (just last week) and I was craving a hearty veggie burger and nice salad. I figured a place that advertised the use of fresh organic products would have an amazing salad. I ordered the green salad and it looked (and tasted) like a bag salad from safeway. Iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots and red cabbage, diced barely red tomatoes and soft flimsy cucumbers. The veggie burger was ok, but the bun.. ugh. Again I would assume that a place claiming to be so healthy and grand would serve up more than an enriched white franz bun. I was out 10 bucks for garbage food. Go 10 blocks down the street to the Hilt. The burger buns are good and the salads are amazing. ie fresh and tasty and the prices are better.

Pros: none

Cons: not fresh at all

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I love the Vita Cafe (across the street from its old location). It's got a little bit of everything - and you can't help but enjoy the cool decor. I would recommend this place for all ages. There's a toy box and high chairs for kids. There's a bar for adults. And the menu suits everyone. Try the salmon cakes - they're delicious! I'll definitely be going back to the Vita Cafe.

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★★★★★

I love the Vita Cafe (across the street from its old location). It's got a little bit of everything - and you can't help but enjoy the cool decor. I would recommend this place for all ages. There's a toy box and high chairs for kids. There's a bar for adults. And the menu suits everyone. Try the salmon cakes - they're delicious! I'll definitely be going back to the Vita Cafe.

Pros: A little bit of everything!

Cons: None.

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I have to rise up and give praise to the Vita Cafe. I am a vegan through and through... the Vita's menu has so many vegan options from the choice of tofu or tempeh with each breakfast entree, to the sietan cheese steak sandwhich witha vegan cheese option..to sweet pea vegan cheese cake OMG... or try the vegan nachos or the vegan mac and cheese.. oh I almost forgot the super grain salad or the daily vegan soup. Must I go on.. i love the many many options for me to eat..
Yes the story below is a bummer... but when I talked to the Vita about the situation.. they were so extremely sorry and explained that the menu does't state that it is vegan sausge.. and servers (most of whom are vegan) are very aware of the what is and is not.. so ask ask ask..if you are concerned. Vegans not to worry, the Vita has your back.. .

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★★★★★

I have to rise up and give praise to the Vita Cafe. I am a vegan through and through... the Vita's menu has so many vegan options from the choice of tofu or tempeh with each breakfast entree, to the sietan cheese steak sandwhich witha vegan cheese option..to sweet pea vegan cheese cake OMG... or try the vegan nachos or the vegan mac and cheese.. oh I almost forgot the super grain salad or the daily vegan soup. Must I go on.. i love the many many options for me to eat..
Yes the story below is a bummer... but when I talked to the Vita about the situation.. they were so extremely sorry and explained that the menu does't state that it is vegan sausge.. and servers (most of whom are vegan) are very aware of the what is and is not.. so ask ask ask..if you are concerned. Vegans not to worry, the Vita has your back.. .

Pros: most vegan choices any where

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In as much of a vegan/vegetarian friendly city Portland is, it is still rare to find a restaurant that truly understands what it is to be vegan. Since the launch of the Vita Cafe, I have been a frequent diner. As a vegan, their solely vegetarian/vegan menu led me to believe that the owner and staff were conscious of my diet and convictions. Well, apparently this is not the case. I dined for breakfast yesterday morning with one of the items being their ?vegan sausage?. From a previous visit, I was under the impression that the cook staff was developing their own recipe, so kindly asked the server only to have my heart broken. Can you imagine my horror when I learned they serve Morning Star sausage? I believe it is common knowledge among vegans that Morning Star does not make a vegan product. It is all egg based! This is the most irresponsible and deceitful action a restaurant, supposedly catering to vegans, can make. I am now left wondering what else on the menu isn?t vegan despite its claim. Maybe they use bone filled refined sugar and egg in their vegan biscuits. Well, you won?t be seeing me in the Vita Cafe any time soon. This is an outrage, and I encourage all vegans to follow suit and let the Vita Cafe know that their deceit and lack of compassion for our diet will not be tolerated.

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★☆☆☆☆

In as much of a vegan/vegetarian friendly city Portland is, it is still rare to find a restaurant that truly understands what it is to be vegan. Since the launch of the Vita Cafe, I have been a frequent diner. As a vegan, their solely vegetarian/vegan menu led me to believe that the owner and staff were conscious of my diet and convictions. Well, apparently this is not the case. I dined for breakfast yesterday morning with one of the items being their ?vegan sausage?. From a previous visit, I was under the impression that the cook staff was developing their own recipe, so kindly asked the server only to have my heart broken. Can you imagine my horror when I learned they serve Morning Star sausage? I believe it is common knowledge among vegans that Morning Star does not make a vegan product. It is all egg based! This is the most irresponsible and deceitful action a restaurant, supposedly catering to vegans, can make. I am now left wondering what else on the menu isn?t vegan despite its claim. Maybe they use bone filled refined sugar and egg in their vegan biscuits. Well, you won?t be seeing me in the Vita Cafe any time soon. This is an outrage, and I encourage all vegans to follow suit and let the Vita Cafe know that their deceit and lack of compassion for our diet will not be tolerated.

Pros: None

Cons: They lie to their customers

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This place is in my neighborhood, so I'm no 'ubranite' a&@#hole. The food is mediocre at best. Some of the breakfast stuff is ok, like the pancakes that come with the coconut syrup, but most of the food is pretty bland. The real kicker is the service. I'm no uptight yuppie that demands superior service either, I'm a starving student with tattoos and a weird haircut. I even have a couple of friends who work here. It's like the aprons have some zombie-like power that turns all staff to uber snobs. I have never had to wait so long for food. Ever. I once waited over an hour for my food, and got no explanation or apology. They make you feel like you're putting them out for stepping into their restaurant. Go to Tin Shed instead.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is in my neighborhood, so I'm no 'ubranite' a&@#hole. The food is mediocre at best. Some of the breakfast stuff is ok, like the pancakes that come with the coconut syrup, but most of the food is pretty bland. The real kicker is the service. I'm no uptight yuppie that demands superior service either, I'm a starving student with tattoos and a weird haircut. I even have a couple of friends who work here. It's like the aprons have some zombie-like power that turns all staff to uber snobs. I have never had to wait so long for food. Ever. I once waited over an hour for my food, and got no explanation or apology. They make you feel like you're putting them out for stepping into their restaurant. Go to Tin Shed instead.

Cons: super surly waitstaff

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This is a wonderful place for meatless eating. The food is good- it's like regular diner food, just without meat. You can get an amazing assortment of meatless meat here- not just tofurky. Good salads, but their miso soup was a little dissapointing. Sometimes the servers can be a bit brusque, but overall, this is a great place to take your vegan friends.

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★★★★☆

This is a wonderful place for meatless eating. The food is good- it's like regular diner food, just without meat. You can get an amazing assortment of meatless meat here- not just tofurky. Good salads, but their miso soup was a little dissapointing. Sometimes the servers can be a bit brusque, but overall, this is a great place to take your vegan friends.

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Frankly, I'm surprised about some of the reviews I've seen on here. The Vita Cafe offers a delightful, casual diner-type atmosphere with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. My favorite is the Seitan Cheese Steak, which is served hot off the grill and is better than any of the Philly Cheese Steaks I had back in my meat-eating days. The great thing about Vita is that even though there is some healthy fare on the menu, they don't try to fill you up with a bunch of colon-blowing superfoods designed to "cleanse" and "purify." It's real food for real people who don't eat meat. Not all of the options are healthy, and why should they be? That's half the fun of going to a restaurant.

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★★★★★

Frankly, I'm surprised about some of the reviews I've seen on here. The Vita Cafe offers a delightful, casual diner-type atmosphere with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. My favorite is the Seitan Cheese Steak, which is served hot off the grill and is better than any of the Philly Cheese Steaks I had back in my meat-eating days. The great thing about Vita is that even though there is some healthy fare on the menu, they don't try to fill you up with a bunch of colon-blowing superfoods designed to "cleanse" and "purify." It's real food for real people who don't eat meat. Not all of the options are healthy, and why should they be? That's half the fun of going to a restaurant.

Pros: Diner atmosphere, location

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This is coming from an almost 5 year customer of the vita is that she is one of those ubranite as@#oles that goes to the alberta district to a diner when its rush hour and is upset that her server is trying to balance all of her customers. what you are feeling lady is the blue collar thats arround your waitress's neck. and if you havent eaten in portland before you would find out the "manifesto" is at almost every resteraunt here. drop your pretencious bullsh!t and just admit your a snobby b!tch whos husband exploits people so you can feel good about your high end vegan resteraunts you normally eat in compared to a good and honest diner style food.
Come eat at the vita the people there are very gret, they take great care with your food, everyone hustles good and fast to get things out to you, and above all els that place has so much love it developed customer loyalty to the point i had to write what i put up there.

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★★★★★

This is coming from an almost 5 year customer of the vita is that she is one of those ubranite as@#oles that goes to the alberta district to a diner when its rush hour and is upset that her server is trying to balance all of her customers. what you are feeling lady is the blue collar thats arround your waitress's neck. and if you havent eaten in portland before you would find out the "manifesto" is at almost every resteraunt here. drop your pretencious bullsh!t and just admit your a snobby b!tch whos husband exploits people so you can feel good about your high end vegan resteraunts you normally eat in compared to a good and honest diner style food.
Come eat at the vita the people there are very gret, they take great care with your food, everyone hustles good and fast to get things out to you, and above all els that place has so much love it developed customer loyalty to the point i had to write what i put up there.

Pros: good people great smile and very kid friendly

Cons: long wait whn it get busy

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I love the Vita. It is an 'ol stand by for us. Where else can I get a good, simple meal for an excellent price. Really nothing on the menu is over $11 bucks. The portions are big too. No its not high end dinning and the staff is definetly the creative type. But each time I'm welcomed into the restaurant, and we enjoy a good warm meal. We're not total vegetarians but we're trying to eat less meat. The Vita has so many different options - the cheese steak made with seitan is the best, the thai pasta, and we love the buffalo tofu wrap. Never mind the salads like the quinoa salad is just yummy. I'm saddened to read some of the cranky customer reviews below. I'm telling you it's just not the Vita - we're there a least once a week.

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★★★★★

I love the Vita. It is an 'ol stand by for us. Where else can I get a good, simple meal for an excellent price. Really nothing on the menu is over $11 bucks. The portions are big too. No its not high end dinning and the staff is definetly the creative type. But each time I'm welcomed into the restaurant, and we enjoy a good warm meal. We're not total vegetarians but we're trying to eat less meat. The Vita has so many different options - the cheese steak made with seitan is the best, the thai pasta, and we love the buffalo tofu wrap. Never mind the salads like the quinoa salad is just yummy. I'm saddened to read some of the cranky customer reviews below. I'm telling you it's just not the Vita - we're there a least once a week.

Pros: Great local place

Cons: busy on weekend brunch :(

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i can see that i'm not the only one who was met with the slowest worst service ever. Except my experience felt extra uncomfortably special. They do not cater to children, they waited the 45 min. it took to cook our little corn cakes to bring their fruit cup. kids can only sit so long waiting, especially hungry children. there was hardly anyone there when we arrived. our waiter almost completely ignored our existence, and another girl waiter had to make up for his lack of service and started removing plates, finally we get our bill. well apparently the staff here thinks tips are mandatory, because i tipped super low to match the quality of service, and the girl has the nerve to come outside and ask why i tipped so low. that's a sure way to have customers come back. she may have been trying to compensate for our male servers completely absent demeanor, because she did apologize for the service. but it came across as uncomfortably rude. get your stuffs together people, there's way too many good restaurants to have to deal with this. sad to say because i love your quinoa salad, but i will never come back.

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★☆☆☆☆

i can see that i'm not the only one who was met with the slowest worst service ever. Except my experience felt extra uncomfortably special. They do not cater to children, they waited the 45 min. it took to cook our little corn cakes to bring their fruit cup. kids can only sit so long waiting, especially hungry children. there was hardly anyone there when we arrived. our waiter almost completely ignored our existence, and another girl waiter had to make up for his lack of service and started removing plates, finally we get our bill. well apparently the staff here thinks tips are mandatory, because i tipped super low to match the quality of service, and the girl has the nerve to come outside and ask why i tipped so low. that's a sure way to have customers come back. she may have been trying to compensate for our male servers completely absent demeanor, because she did apologize for the service. but it came across as uncomfortably rude. get your stuffs together people, there's way too many good restaurants to have to deal with this. sad to say because i love your quinoa salad, but i will never come back.

Pros: quinoa salad & corn cakes

Cons: cant enjoy the food with such horrible service

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Dear PDX eaters, Don't do it! DO NOT EAT AT CAFE VITA. After several years being gone from pdx, my husband and I were curious about Alberta and picked Cafe Vita for its patio. When we walked in, we were looked through as if we were not actual real people! The blonde (shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, tattoos) was the most disgusting server we met while in Portland. She ignored us (we felt like we were standing there holding our d****) and finally just--MISTAKENLY--sat ourselves. The waitress actually seemed disappointed that we sat in her section! This was gross, truly gross. I'm sorry that you are a 40-year old waitress, man, and that customers are a drag!! We were polite anyway because that's who we are. It was embarrassing. Next came the pretentious menu, complete with a manifesto on FOOD. This place has no idea what good vegetarian food can be. When demon waitress finally brought food, it was cold because it sat on the slide for 15 minutes after the cooks were done with the order. She brought me a salad that was comprised of rotten-edged industral romaine. Cafe Vita is pretentious, not democratic in the slightest, and the service is HELL>>>>>>>>>>Incidentally, I called the cafe to complain but the owner/manager, Aaron Whoo, wasn't in, so I told the girl on the phone what I a telling you now. Her glib hipster response: "That's totally cool..."

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★☆☆☆☆

Dear PDX eaters, Don't do it! DO NOT EAT AT CAFE VITA. After several years being gone from pdx, my husband and I were curious about Alberta and picked Cafe Vita for its patio. When we walked in, we were looked through as if we were not actual real people! The blonde (shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, tattoos) was the most disgusting server we met while in Portland. She ignored us (we felt like we were standing there holding our d****) and finally just--MISTAKENLY--sat ourselves. The waitress actually seemed disappointed that we sat in her section! This was gross, truly gross. I'm sorry that you are a 40-year old waitress, man, and that customers are a drag!! We were polite anyway because that's who we are. It was embarrassing. Next came the pretentious menu, complete with a manifesto on FOOD. This place has no idea what good vegetarian food can be. When demon waitress finally brought food, it was cold because it sat on the slide for 15 minutes after the cooks were done with the order. She brought me a salad that was comprised of rotten-edged industral romaine. Cafe Vita is pretentious, not democratic in the slightest, and the service is HELL>>>>>>>>>>Incidentally, I called the cafe to complain but the owner/manager, Aaron Whoo, wasn't in, so I told the girl on the phone what I a telling you now. Her glib hipster response: "That's totally cool..."

Pros: The patio is very inviting, but it's a trap!!

Cons: The service and the food. BAD!!!

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I don't get how the Vita can have 4 1/2 stars?? Oh well. The food is a mediocre attempt at vegetarian food. They do have pretty good pancakes, but the rest of the food is just "meh". Actually some of their cakes are pretty good too. It's really the service that causes me to give it only 2 stars. I know Portland has this dumb thing where people in the service industy act like they're God's gift, but the kids at the Vita? Man, they are on a whole 'nother level. I have never been treated with such disdain at an establishment where my patronage is what pays the bills. I have a friend who lives out of town, and loves their food, so I find myself in here maybe once a year. Last time I was in, I waited over an hour for my (disgusting) veggie rueben. I actually had to get the food to go and eat it on my way to work, leaving my two friends in the restaurant. Each "worker" you talk to, acts like you are really harshin their mellow, and you get the feeling they'd rather you just get up and walk out. All the staff are a**holes, not worth your time or money.

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★★☆☆☆

I don't get how the Vita can have 4 1/2 stars?? Oh well. The food is a mediocre attempt at vegetarian food. They do have pretty good pancakes, but the rest of the food is just "meh". Actually some of their cakes are pretty good too. It's really the service that causes me to give it only 2 stars. I know Portland has this dumb thing where people in the service industy act like they're God's gift, but the kids at the Vita? Man, they are on a whole 'nother level. I have never been treated with such disdain at an establishment where my patronage is what pays the bills. I have a friend who lives out of town, and loves their food, so I find myself in here maybe once a year. Last time I was in, I waited over an hour for my (disgusting) veggie rueben. I actually had to get the food to go and eat it on my way to work, leaving my two friends in the restaurant. Each "worker" you talk to, acts like you are really harshin their mellow, and you get the feeling they'd rather you just get up and walk out. All the staff are a**holes, not worth your time or money.

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And that was probably because I hadn't had any that morning. My girlfriend and I were the first people in the restaurant (actually, I was there first and had to wait awhile before the waitress acknowledged me..nothing like wrapping up conversation before getting to customers), but you would have thought that the place was hopping given the inattentiveness. Whenever I requested something within normal range( additional half & half, an extra napkin), the waitress had the flattest affect and appeared that I was taking her away, not from normal job duties, but other coworkers who were helping themselves behind the bar and fixing their own breakfasts. I was excited to try the thai corn cake because friends raved about it. It was mediocre at best and the coconut 'syrup', was nothing to write home about. Bland, like they just opened the can and poured it into the bowl. Also, the almond gravy, was at best brown. I do have to say that my eggs over medium were good. Not going to put this at the top of my breakfast list.

p.s. If you are going to have a dessert case where customers can see inside, make sure that the crumbs are cleaned out and the whole cake is wrapped. Don't just keep using the same ole plastic wrap against the cut parts. The rest of the cake can still dry out. Bleh.

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★★☆☆☆

And that was probably because I hadn't had any that morning. My girlfriend and I were the first people in the restaurant (actually, I was there first and had to wait awhile before the waitress acknowledged me..nothing like wrapping up conversation before getting to customers), but you would have thought that the place was hopping given the inattentiveness. Whenever I requested something within normal range( additional half & half, an extra napkin), the waitress had the flattest affect and appeared that I was taking her away, not from normal job duties, but other coworkers who were helping themselves behind the bar and fixing their own breakfasts. I was excited to try the thai corn cake because friends raved about it. It was mediocre at best and the coconut 'syrup', was nothing to write home about. Bland, like they just opened the can and poured it into the bowl. Also, the almond gravy, was at best brown. I do have to say that my eggs over medium were good. Not going to put this at the top of my breakfast list.

p.s. If you are going to have a dessert case where customers can see inside, make sure that the crumbs are cleaned out and the whole cake is wrapped. Don't just keep using the same ole plastic wrap against the cut parts. The rest of the cake can still dry out. Bleh.

Pros: you can gaze out to a pretty street...or count the people who aren't tattooed

Cons: don't expect to be treated like a customer, more like a nuisance

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not so much a fan.

i went there with a girl that i mentor. she has autism and eats a very specific diet to improve brain functioning. vegan cafes usually offer more variety for her than other restaurants.

not impressed by the interior - stark. bare. maybe they thought it was creative but i thought it just looked cheap. the benches were not comfy! The service was slow. we had to flag down the waitress for water, drinks, to order our dessert and also to ask for the bill. i'm not normally a "flagger," meaning, i let the waitperson come to me when he or she is available... but we were there for over an hour an a half because the service was so slow. (there were only 2 other tables occupied, mind you). part of me thinks it was because the waitress might have been intimidated by my companion. sometimes people fear individuals with disabilities. but she spent the majority of her time flirting with the guys at the next table who really loved to use the "f" word. they also enjoyed talking about illicit substane abuse and often would get up to use the restroom and "powder" their noses. not exactly classy.

the food was bad. my riblet wrap was covered in some mock bbq sauce (i wonder how vegan bbq sauce is hard to make? sugar, vinegar, ketchup?) well, they messed it up. it was red, grainy and tasted like liquid smoke. bleh! i'm not a picky eater, but this was not tasty.

the one saving grace of this place was the delicious cake we shared for dessert! a delicious chocolatey ganache that was very impressive. especially considering how limited they are with the ingredients. I think the cakes are shipped in though, so you might as well just go to that bakery.

portland has lots of vegan cafes, and i'd only recommend this one if you have a lot of time and are looking for dessert.

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★★☆☆☆

not so much a fan.

i went there with a girl that i mentor. she has autism and eats a very specific diet to improve brain functioning. vegan cafes usually offer more variety for her than other restaurants.

not impressed by the interior - stark. bare. maybe they thought it was creative but i thought it just looked cheap. the benches were not comfy! The service was slow. we had to flag down the waitress for water, drinks, to order our dessert and also to ask for the bill. i'm not normally a "flagger," meaning, i let the waitperson come to me when he or she is available... but we were there for over an hour an a half because the service was so slow. (there were only 2 other tables occupied, mind you). part of me thinks it was because the waitress might have been intimidated by my companion. sometimes people fear individuals with disabilities. but she spent the majority of her time flirting with the guys at the next table who really loved to use the "f" word. they also enjoyed talking about illicit substane abuse and often would get up to use the restroom and "powder" their noses. not exactly classy.

the food was bad. my riblet wrap was covered in some mock bbq sauce (i wonder how vegan bbq sauce is hard to make? sugar, vinegar, ketchup?) well, they messed it up. it was red, grainy and tasted like liquid smoke. bleh! i'm not a picky eater, but this was not tasty.

the one saving grace of this place was the delicious cake we shared for dessert! a delicious chocolatey ganache that was very impressive. especially considering how limited they are with the ingredients. I think the cakes are shipped in though, so you might as well just go to that bakery.

portland has lots of vegan cafes, and i'd only recommend this one if you have a lot of time and are looking for dessert.

Pros: the cakes!

Cons: service, atmosphere, bbq sauce

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First of all, it was a long wait...and not because it was super busy really, but because the wait staff was just not efficient. Then, when we were seated, our server gave us complete attitude. then we didn't even get water for about 10 minutes...we were actually about to walk, but then she finally came to take our order. I got a VEGGIE burger. Usually, I ask at restaurants whether their fake burgers are veggie or soy (because wannabe boca burgers gross me out) but since it said VEGGIE I figured I was fine. I figured wrong. I tried to ketchup the taste out of it, but it didn't really work. Then the waitress tried to make up for her rudeness at the end so we'd tip her well (I was a server, I know that ploy). It didn't work. (The cakes did look tempting...but not for the rip-off price of $5!)

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all, it was a long wait...and not because it was super busy really, but because the wait staff was just not efficient. Then, when we were seated, our server gave us complete attitude. then we didn't even get water for about 10 minutes...we were actually about to walk, but then she finally came to take our order. I got a VEGGIE burger. Usually, I ask at restaurants whether their fake burgers are veggie or soy (because wannabe boca burgers gross me out) but since it said VEGGIE I figured I was fine. I figured wrong. I tried to ketchup the taste out of it, but it didn't really work. Then the waitress tried to make up for her rudeness at the end so we'd tip her well (I was a server, I know that ploy). It didn't work. (The cakes did look tempting...but not for the rip-off price of $5!)

Pros: Better than eating toxic waste.

Cons: Food, service, attitude, ambience, you name it.

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Their veggie burger is fantastic! For all those who want to give up beef, but aren't sure, this is the place for you. My boyfriend is not a vegetarian (I am) and he has not liked one single veggie burger we've tried anywhere (frozen and in restaurants), but he was floored by his Chili Burger. I had the Mushroom and Onion Burger. Excellent and affordable. We both had burgers, fries, and tea for $20. It wouldn've been cheaper but we added extras. Lots of choices on the menu and we'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Their veggie burger is fantastic! For all those who want to give up beef, but aren't sure, this is the place for you. My boyfriend is not a vegetarian (I am) and he has not liked one single veggie burger we've tried anywhere (frozen and in restaurants), but he was floored by his Chili Burger. I had the Mushroom and Onion Burger. Excellent and affordable. We both had burgers, fries, and tea for $20. It wouldn've been cheaper but we added extras. Lots of choices on the menu and we'll definitely be back.

Pros: cool eclectic ambiance, service, price, food quality

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I have been going to vita for a few years now, and always bringing new people along. Most people are so pleased to find a vegetarian and vegan friendly place that the few drawbacks can be overlooked. The food is great but the service is sometimes lacking.

To be fair I have had plenty of friendly and helpful servers in the past, however the last two or three times I have had the same waiter. I am not quite sure how he has stuck around so long considering he is downright rude to customers. I really don't know that it is worth coming here for the food when you have to put up with him.

I recommend Vita Cafe for the food, however maybe avoid it if you can't handle a rude server, I can't seem to escape him even though there are other servers there!

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★★★☆☆

I have been going to vita for a few years now, and always bringing new people along. Most people are so pleased to find a vegetarian and vegan friendly place that the few drawbacks can be overlooked. The food is great but the service is sometimes lacking.

To be fair I have had plenty of friendly and helpful servers in the past, however the last two or three times I have had the same waiter. I am not quite sure how he has stuck around so long considering he is downright rude to customers. I really don't know that it is worth coming here for the food when you have to put up with him.

I recommend Vita Cafe for the food, however maybe avoid it if you can't handle a rude server, I can't seem to escape him even though there are other servers there!

Pros: great food, fun atmosphere, good price

Cons: rude waiter!

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Here's the deal with the Vita. It's a casual cafe that has the best selection of vegan and vegetarian comfort food around - breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your a meat eater, don't freak. try some of the vegan delights or if you must have a real free range burger, some spicey salmon cakes or add some shrimp to your salad. More like a diner, the service can be slow and sometimes frustrating but that's ok. Just keep my cup of joe full and I'll gladly wait.

It's a cool place that is not pretentious or trying to be something contrived. The Vita serves up tasty, wholesome food for a fair price. Large portions too...

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★★★★★

Here's the deal with the Vita. It's a casual cafe that has the best selection of vegan and vegetarian comfort food around - breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your a meat eater, don't freak. try some of the vegan delights or if you must have a real free range burger, some spicey salmon cakes or add some shrimp to your salad. More like a diner, the service can be slow and sometimes frustrating but that's ok. Just keep my cup of joe full and I'll gladly wait.

It's a cool place that is not pretentious or trying to be something contrived. The Vita serves up tasty, wholesome food for a fair price. Large portions too...

Pros: wholesome cafe food

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I guess that you get what you pay for, right?!! The worst service ever ,and I got real sick from eating their gravy. Would absolutely not recommend this place unless they get a manager and start monitoring the food quality. Yuck!

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★☆☆☆☆

I guess that you get what you pay for, right?!! The worst service ever ,and I got real sick from eating their gravy. Would absolutely not recommend this place unless they get a manager and start monitoring the food quality. Yuck!

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Great place for the little ones. Big tables, friendly service, cheap menu. My 10 y/o had the "fish" and chips and she loved the vegan tartar sauce.

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★★★★☆

Great place for the little ones. Big tables, friendly service, cheap menu. My 10 y/o had the "fish" and chips and she loved the vegan tartar sauce.

Pros: Vegan food, kid friendly.

Cons: none for now

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The service was awful. I went with a group of friends and we split the tab 4 ways, I was the only one who paid with a card and they charged me the full tab, and my additional quarter, AND TOOK MY FRIENDS CASH FOR THEIR PORTION. The vita cafe stole double the money and if I hadn't checked my bank statement, nothing would have been done. How do you not notice extra cash in your till? Did the waiter think we left him a huge tip? I was highly unsatisfied and nothing has been done to refund my card yet. I called, left a bank statement and was sassed by the owner when I told him my bank took care of it. I DON'T THINK I AM THE FIRST THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO. Be wary of going to the vita cafe or at least check your bank statements afterward.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was awful. I went with a group of friends and we split the tab 4 ways, I was the only one who paid with a card and they charged me the full tab, and my additional quarter, AND TOOK MY FRIENDS CASH FOR THEIR PORTION. The vita cafe stole double the money and if I hadn't checked my bank statement, nothing would have been done. How do you not notice extra cash in your till? Did the waiter think we left him a huge tip? I was highly unsatisfied and nothing has been done to refund my card yet. I called, left a bank statement and was sassed by the owner when I told him my bank took care of it. I DON'T THINK I AM THE FIRST THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO. Be wary of going to the vita cafe or at least check your bank statements afterward.

Pros: vegan cuisine

Cons: horrible service, theivery

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I'll be the first to admit that some of the Vita Cafe dishes can miss the mark, but the one dish that has been consistently great for me is the Vegan Lasagna. Get it with Pesto Sauce and you'll be in heaven! It is pretty much the only dish I order there anymore, unless I eat lighter and go for a salad. The lasagna serving size is large and filling, so bring your appetite!

2
★★★★☆

I'll be the first to admit that some of the Vita Cafe dishes can miss the mark, but the one dish that has been consistently great for me is the Vegan Lasagna. Get it with Pesto Sauce and you'll be in heaven! It is pretty much the only dish I order there anymore, unless I eat lighter and go for a salad. The lasagna serving size is large and filling, so bring your appetite!

Pros: vegan lasagna, vegan desserts

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The food here is decent, but the service is downright terrible. The servers act like they hate you! What gives? I've been here plently, and I'll go back for the food, but the owner needs to send all of these hipster kids to charm school.

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★★☆☆☆

The food here is decent, but the service is downright terrible. The servers act like they hate you! What gives? I've been here plently, and I'll go back for the food, but the owner needs to send all of these hipster kids to charm school.

Pros: decent and sometimes great food

Cons: horrible rude and slow servers

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Oh man I ordered the biscuits and gravy (as a vegan I don't get a chance to have that in restaurants often) and I was NOT disappointed. Delicious brown gravy over handmade crusty-but-soft biscuits. Delicous! (The other people in my group had good dishes as well, but I don't remember what they were.) Also, the dessert (mint chocolate multi-layer cake) was outstanding and a huge portion. It was a little slow on service, but I would definitely go back again for another try.

2
★★★★☆

Oh man I ordered the biscuits and gravy (as a vegan I don't get a chance to have that in restaurants often) and I was NOT disappointed. Delicious brown gravy over handmade crusty-but-soft biscuits. Delicous! (The other people in my group had good dishes as well, but I don't remember what they were.) Also, the dessert (mint chocolate multi-layer cake) was outstanding and a huge portion. It was a little slow on service, but I would definitely go back again for another try.

Pros: great selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes and desserts

Cons: service tends to be slow, but friendly

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This restaurant draws a decent vegan following, and as a vegan, I'd like it if I were deprived of delicious, vegan food. I give a big thumbs up to the nachos, but I'd rather head over to Paradox to give them my nacho business. The fish and chips are sad - battered triangles of tofu, and mediocre fries - and should be named as such, without any pretense. I hear the mac & cheese is variable - and in our case, it was clearly an off night. Even the "country comfort" - a promising mix of biscuits, gravy, potatoes and vegetables - had good promise, but failed. The potatoes had been sitting around, the gravy is bland, and even though amazing fresh vegetables are available in June, the veggies were steamed cabbage?! Again - go if you can't cook for yourself, and don't know what you're missing.

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant draws a decent vegan following, and as a vegan, I'd like it if I were deprived of delicious, vegan food. I give a big thumbs up to the nachos, but I'd rather head over to Paradox to give them my nacho business. The fish and chips are sad - battered triangles of tofu, and mediocre fries - and should be named as such, without any pretense. I hear the mac & cheese is variable - and in our case, it was clearly an off night. Even the "country comfort" - a promising mix of biscuits, gravy, potatoes and vegetables - had good promise, but failed. The potatoes had been sitting around, the gravy is bland, and even though amazing fresh vegetables are available in June, the veggies were steamed cabbage?! Again - go if you can't cook for yourself, and don't know what you're missing.

Pros: nachos, veggie-friendly, fun outdoor area

Cons: the food

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We are re-opening Friday May 19th. Thank you to all of our customers, venders, staff memebers and the construction crews who worked so hard to get us re-opened after the fire.

Please come and check out the garden patio, bocce court, kids area and newly updated inside. We serve primarily vegan and vegetarian food, using local and organic products as much as possible. Our specialty cocktail list includes a house made wasabi spiced bloody Mary.

Kids eat for a buck everyday from 5 to 7 pm. Check out the Weds night eat and drink specials.

We are open breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Best, The Vita Cafe

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★★★★☆

We are re-opening Friday May 19th. Thank you to all of our customers, venders, staff memebers and the construction crews who worked so hard to get us re-opened after the fire.

Please come and check out the garden patio, bocce court, kids area and newly updated inside. We serve primarily vegan and vegetarian food, using local and organic products as much as possible. Our specialty cocktail list includes a house made wasabi spiced bloody Mary.

Kids eat for a buck everyday from 5 to 7 pm. Check out the Weds night eat and drink specials.

We are open breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Best, The Vita Cafe

Pros: great food, good people,

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I like the Vita Cafe. The review that says to order something you won't make at home is right on. I go to this place if I'm craving some sort of vegetarian junk food- Reuben or mashers and gravy. Service has always been average, but not outstanding or bad.

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★★★★★

I like the Vita Cafe. The review that says to order something you won't make at home is right on. I go to this place if I'm craving some sort of vegetarian junk food- Reuben or mashers and gravy. Service has always been average, but not outstanding or bad.

Pros: relatively cheap, good veg and vegan food

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We love the Vita. It's a great place for a family, very mellow, unpretentious, and we always get good service. I love the sippy cups for my kiddos, and the seasonal and low cost menu.

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★★★★★

We love the Vita. It's a great place for a family, very mellow, unpretentious, and we always get good service. I love the sippy cups for my kiddos, and the seasonal and low cost menu.

Pros: good for kids, happy staff, great menu

Cons: can be busy

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We have been here twice and have been disappointed each time. The menu looks great and the atmosphere is inviting, until you try to get service. The first time, over a year ago, the service was aloof; they are just too cool for school. The second time, we tried to give them another chance. We brought our two wiggly kids and they have toys and crayons - great! But 10 minutes after we were seated we realized we were deserted. A table of 12 came in and they got all their waters and our waitress even started taking their orders before we... well, we were not acknowledged after that because we up and left. If you have kids and want family friendly and prompt service, go to the Tin Shed instead; we're sure glad we did.

1
★★☆☆☆

We have been here twice and have been disappointed each time. The menu looks great and the atmosphere is inviting, until you try to get service. The first time, over a year ago, the service was aloof; they are just too cool for school. The second time, we tried to give them another chance. We brought our two wiggly kids and they have toys and crayons - great! But 10 minutes after we were seated we realized we were deserted. A table of 12 came in and they got all their waters and our waitress even started taking their orders before we... well, we were not acknowledged after that because we up and left. If you have kids and want family friendly and prompt service, go to the Tin Shed instead; we're sure glad we did.

Pros: eclectic menu

Cons: not friendly. at all.

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We had a fantastic dinner here. I loved the lemon thyme risotto fritters and the spicy tempeh sticks. My friend tried the quinoa salad with ginger carrot dressing and I had the sietan cheese steak. We also tried the sundried tomatoe polenta with roasted vegetables. I was impressed by the amount of organic ingredients on the menu and the affordability. We also enjoyed a few cocktails and dessert- the cheese cake was to die for. I found the service helpful, simple and friendly. We had a great evening and plan to come back over and over again.

2
★★★★★

We had a fantastic dinner here. I loved the lemon thyme risotto fritters and the spicy tempeh sticks. My friend tried the quinoa salad with ginger carrot dressing and I had the sietan cheese steak. We also tried the sundried tomatoe polenta with roasted vegetables. I was impressed by the amount of organic ingredients on the menu and the affordability. We also enjoyed a few cocktails and dessert- the cheese cake was to die for. I found the service helpful, simple and friendly. We had a great evening and plan to come back over and over again.

Pros: Big menu, lots of vegan choices

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I had eaten here once before, alone, and had a fairly nice experience. This time I took my three year old and my dad and had an unfortunately poor experience and don't think I will risk going back again. When we arrived it was fairly busy and it wasn't the table we were waiting for it was any sign from anyone to acknowledge our existence. Once seated we were attended to promptly and the kid's order I put in early came rather quickly which was great however they brought me a scramble and I had ordered the special with tempeh(which I had asked our waitress if the special was good upon ordering)so then they bring me the special but with tofu. By now I had waited too long and was too hungry to have them change it yet again, however I did mention the mistake to our server and she just said "oh, yeah" and walked off. Now I am a server myself and perhaps my expectation are high. I want to be served as I serve and I feel this experience lacked greatly. We probably won't be going here again and my search continues for the perfect place with great food, atmosphere, and superb service.

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★★☆☆☆

I had eaten here once before, alone, and had a fairly nice experience. This time I took my three year old and my dad and had an unfortunately poor experience and don't think I will risk going back again. When we arrived it was fairly busy and it wasn't the table we were waiting for it was any sign from anyone to acknowledge our existence. Once seated we were attended to promptly and the kid's order I put in early came rather quickly which was great however they brought me a scramble and I had ordered the special with tempeh(which I had asked our waitress if the special was good upon ordering)so then they bring me the special but with tofu. By now I had waited too long and was too hungry to have them change it yet again, however I did mention the mistake to our server and she just said "oh, yeah" and walked off. Now I am a server myself and perhaps my expectation are high. I want to be served as I serve and I feel this experience lacked greatly. We probably won't be going here again and my search continues for the perfect place with great food, atmosphere, and superb service.

Pros: great taste

Cons: service lacked greatly

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I just found out about this little gem. My partner and I tried breakfast last weekend and just tried dinner. It a great local diner that cters to the vegans and veg heads. We had a wonderful server, colorful entertaining and a great meal.

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★★★★★

I just found out about this little gem. My partner and I tried breakfast last weekend and just tried dinner. It a great local diner that cters to the vegans and veg heads. We had a wonderful server, colorful entertaining and a great meal.

Pros: Yummy food

Cons: wish it were in the SE

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I've been here several times, always hoping that the service will be better or that I've just been there at an "off" time. While the vegetarian food is pretty decent, I could make much of it at home and it would taste better. Order something on the menu you wouldn't normally make at home. Their almond gravy is pretty bland.

Don't expect to be in & out in a hurry - service is slow and rather unfriendly.
I'd go again, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone looking for good vegetarian food in Portland.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been here several times, always hoping that the service will be better or that I've just been there at an "off" time. While the vegetarian food is pretty decent, I could make much of it at home and it would taste better. Order something on the menu you wouldn't normally make at home. Their almond gravy is pretty bland.

Don't expect to be in & out in a hurry - service is slow and rather unfriendly.
I'd go again, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone looking for good vegetarian food in Portland.

Pros: lots of vegetarian/vegan choices

Cons: bad service, mediocre basics

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I love the vegan and vegetarian food at Vita Cafe. I adore their vegan Mac & Cheese and I always have them add broccoli. I've never been disappointed with the food. Although I have eaten in the restaurant, I usually get my food to go so I cant say much about the service. I guess the few times I've eaten in the wait staff has been too busy to be very attentive and we tend to wait a lot for them to check in on us. But no one has ever been rude to us. I guess it doesnt matter if I always get take out. You definitely owe it to yourself to check out the vittles at Vita especially if you are partial to vegan or veggie food.

2
★★★★★

I love the vegan and vegetarian food at Vita Cafe. I adore their vegan Mac & Cheese and I always have them add broccoli. I've never been disappointed with the food. Although I have eaten in the restaurant, I usually get my food to go so I cant say much about the service. I guess the few times I've eaten in the wait staff has been too busy to be very attentive and we tend to wait a lot for them to check in on us. But no one has ever been rude to us. I guess it doesnt matter if I always get take out. You definitely owe it to yourself to check out the vittles at Vita especially if you are partial to vegan or veggie food.

Pros: Vegan Mac & Cheese, Vegan Nachos, Tofu Scrambles

Cons: It gets really busy on the weekends and service can be slow

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This is a great neighborhood cafe. The food is good, simple and huge portions. The garden patio with the bocce court is one of the best I have found in Portland. My favorite breakfast item is the corn cakes, with organic maple syrup. My friend ordered on of the scrambles with tofu. Plan to wait a bit on the weekends for brunch.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great neighborhood cafe. The food is good, simple and huge portions. The garden patio with the bocce court is one of the best I have found in Portland. My favorite breakfast item is the corn cakes, with organic maple syrup. My friend ordered on of the scrambles with tofu. Plan to wait a bit on the weekends for brunch.

Pros: good service, huge portions

Cons: a bit of a wait

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I was sad to read the review about morning star sauasge links. I think it was a huge misunderstanding, one that the Vita would surely take extremely seriously. This is one of the only restaurants in Portland who respects and works hard to provide many many vegan options. There philosophy is to have a menu with 90% vegan options, 8% vegetarian options and a few items to make the carnivors happy.

Where else can you get vegan cheese add on...or even a vegan seitan "cheese" steak sandwhich, a huge variety of vegan desserts, even a vegan bloody mary and many vegan wines.

2
★★★★★

I was sad to read the review about morning star sauasge links. I think it was a huge misunderstanding, one that the Vita would surely take extremely seriously. This is one of the only restaurants in Portland who respects and works hard to provide many many vegan options. There philosophy is to have a menu with 90% vegan options, 8% vegetarian options and a few items to make the carnivors happy.

Where else can you get vegan cheese add on...or even a vegan seitan "cheese" steak sandwhich, a huge variety of vegan desserts, even a vegan bloody mary and many vegan wines.

Pros: vegan options galore

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We thought this would be a decent casual destinationg for a light veggie meal. The outdoor patio was inviting. However, the rude, flippant attitude of the waitstaff contradicted the vibe of relaxed and friendly Alberta. The food was mostly unpalatable: cold, bland mashed potatoes, unseasoned frozen vegetables, and a general lack of any seasoning or presentation. It would seem that a place specializing in vegetarian fare would use some fresh vegetables and maybe some herbs. It was beyond bad. The whole experience felt like an insult, and in the end, we couldnt believe they were taking our money.

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★☆☆☆☆

We thought this would be a decent casual destinationg for a light veggie meal. The outdoor patio was inviting. However, the rude, flippant attitude of the waitstaff contradicted the vibe of relaxed and friendly Alberta. The food was mostly unpalatable: cold, bland mashed potatoes, unseasoned frozen vegetables, and a general lack of any seasoning or presentation. It would seem that a place specializing in vegetarian fare would use some fresh vegetables and maybe some herbs. It was beyond bad. The whole experience felt like an insult, and in the end, we couldnt believe they were taking our money.

Pros: patio, outdoor dining

Cons: service, food quality

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Well, first I would like to say that I have eaten at the Vita Cafe four times now. Each time the service has been HORRIBLE! The waitresses were rude and not interested in working at all. The food however, has been h*t or miss; never terrible just one time excellent and the rest either slightly below average to good. I personally like consistency. That doesn't mean I don't expect to order something that doesn't fit my taste buds. I understand that, but when something just doesn't taste good and may even be the same dish that once was good and once was bad, I have to wonder about the management, staff training, and of course quality of the ingredients. I would say if you are a vegetarian, try it. Just don't go in expecting too much, and then you won't be disappointed!

1
★★★☆☆

Well, first I would like to say that I have eaten at the Vita Cafe four times now. Each time the service has been HORRIBLE! The waitresses were rude and not interested in working at all. The food however, has been h*t or miss; never terrible just one time excellent and the rest either slightly below average to good. I personally like consistency. That doesn't mean I don't expect to order something that doesn't fit my taste buds. I understand that, but when something just doesn't taste good and may even be the same dish that once was good and once was bad, I have to wonder about the management, staff training, and of course quality of the ingredients. I would say if you are a vegetarian, try it. Just don't go in expecting too much, and then you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Lots of vegan/vegetarian options

Cons: terrible service, inconsistant food quality/taste

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OK - here is my scoop -

Tasty & fresh food.
Comfy atmosphere.
Big outdoor area.
Many GOOD vegan options. I'd like them to cut out the burgers - the rest of the stuff is well worth the trip and doesn't freak people out by being veggie even when they are not.
I love the french toast and the desserts. Great teas.
Good and interesting music.

The only thing that I cannot stand about Vita is the one waitress - the one who smiles at me when I come in, but after that acts like she is soooooo very bothered to get me anything. I once asked for catsup after I had placed my original order... I had to get up and get it 15 minutes later. Next time I thought that I'd ask upfront when I placed the order.... still never brought it to me and when I asked for it - she seemed quite peeved to be bothered. She will not check in on you, except to bring food and take the order. And, honestly has gotten my/our orders wrong about half the time.... which I could deal with if she would be fine with fixing it after you tell her nicely. I always tip well in hopes that she will remember and won't be grouchy next time - but it doesn't work. It seems that she is only interested in chatting with other staff and ignoring the customers. I hate to say it, but the fact that it seems like I have gotten her the last 5 times I have been, makes me not want to go again.

Anyway - if you don't mind not getting what you order and having to serve yourself... then that shouldn't stop you from going.

The rest of the staff is amazing... I think this one waitress might just have emotional issues and can't deal sometimes.

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★★★★☆

OK - here is my scoop -

Tasty & fresh food.
Comfy atmosphere.
Big outdoor area.
Many GOOD vegan options. I'd like them to cut out the burgers - the rest of the stuff is well worth the trip and doesn't freak people out by being veggie even when they are not.
I love the french toast and the desserts. Great teas.
Good and interesting music.

The only thing that I cannot stand about Vita is the one waitress - the one who smiles at me when I come in, but after that acts like she is soooooo very bothered to get me anything. I once asked for catsup after I had placed my original order... I had to get up and get it 15 minutes later. Next time I thought that I'd ask upfront when I placed the order.... still never brought it to me and when I asked for it - she seemed quite peeved to be bothered. She will not check in on you, except to bring food and take the order. And, honestly has gotten my/our orders wrong about half the time.... which I could deal with if she would be fine with fixing it after you tell her nicely. I always tip well in hopes that she will remember and won't be grouchy next time - but it doesn't work. It seems that she is only interested in chatting with other staff and ignoring the customers. I hate to say it, but the fact that it seems like I have gotten her the last 5 times I have been, makes me not want to go again.

Anyway - if you don't mind not getting what you order and having to serve yourself... then that shouldn't stop you from going.

The rest of the staff is amazing... I think this one waitress might just have emotional issues and can't deal sometimes.

Pros: yum!, many veg*n options, comfy

Cons: 1 mean server

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Holy Macaroni! How Vita is changing! First of all, I actually met the new owner who was really approachable and nice and gave me the scoop on the remodeling and what's to come. Secondly, there are more servers, which magically makes them nicer servers. There used to be only two servers for the entire restaurant, and they would run around, bussing, seating, taking orders, bringing out food, cleaning up. We get seated faster, the service is better, the food...well, the food I think of as veg comfort food with greazy diner overtones, so within those parameters, I love it. The gravies, mushroom and almond, are tastier, but the vegan cheese sauce is still kind of bland. They've been running out of certain dishes the past few times I've been there, so try to have a couple in mind when ordering. They've really opened up the side patio, lots more seating, but they need more umbrellas over the tables or a roof. Vita has a kids play area and also will have a bocci court and a liquor license in July. I really appreciate how the new owner is trying to create a comfortable environment with a whole lot less attitude.

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★★★★☆

Holy Macaroni! How Vita is changing! First of all, I actually met the new owner who was really approachable and nice and gave me the scoop on the remodeling and what's to come. Secondly, there are more servers, which magically makes them nicer servers. There used to be only two servers for the entire restaurant, and they would run around, bussing, seating, taking orders, bringing out food, cleaning up. We get seated faster, the service is better, the food...well, the food I think of as veg comfort food with greazy diner overtones, so within those parameters, I love it. The gravies, mushroom and almond, are tastier, but the vegan cheese sauce is still kind of bland. They've been running out of certain dishes the past few times I've been there, so try to have a couple in mind when ordering. They've really opened up the side patio, lots more seating, but they need more umbrellas over the tables or a roof. Vita has a kids play area and also will have a bocci court and a liquor license in July. I really appreciate how the new owner is trying to create a comfortable environment with a whole lot less attitude.

Pros: Breakfast menu available all day (just ask!), kid friendly

Cons: Loud music, yuppy jerks in restaurant, kinda slow kitchen

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OMG- gone are the days of wondering your food was cooked in a creepy environment. the new management really cleaned up the place.

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★★★★☆

OMG- gone are the days of wondering your food was cooked in a creepy environment. the new management really cleaned up the place.

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I tried Vita Cafe the other night and concur with alot of the comments made in the other CitySearch reviews. Our waitress was very nice & took good care of us - so we did not experience the "attitude" others had experienced. However, we did experience the "bland" food. Being a vegetarian I had high hopes that we'd find a little gem in Vita Cafe. I can say that my house salad was excellent - spinach, dried cranberries, pistachios & gorganzola with a citrus vinegarette, but my entree & those of my dining companions were very bland and not terribly inspiring. So sad... I'd eat there again, but won't go out of my way to do so.

1
★★★☆☆

I tried Vita Cafe the other night and concur with alot of the comments made in the other CitySearch reviews. Our waitress was very nice & took good care of us - so we did not experience the "attitude" others had experienced. However, we did experience the "bland" food. Being a vegetarian I had high hopes that we'd find a little gem in Vita Cafe. I can say that my house salad was excellent - spinach, dried cranberries, pistachios & gorganzola with a citrus vinegarette, but my entree & those of my dining companions were very bland and not terribly inspiring. So sad... I'd eat there again, but won't go out of my way to do so.

Pros: Organic ingredients

Cons: Bland flavors

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After my latest visit this week, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. I heard a rumor that the ownership changed hands- maybe this is why the quality took a downswing?
Anyway, our food was not great, to put it nicely. I got the caesar with grilled salmon, and it tasted very off, not fresh at all, like it had been frozen and thawed more than once. And last time I was here, one waiter was serving and bussing a full house at peak brunch time! I felt really bad for him, he was keeping it together pretty well too. I have witnessed the quality of service and food go way down, and I think I'll start eating out elsewhere. It's a shame, I used to really like the Vita, and bring my out of town friends there, but no longer, until I hear they have improved....

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★★☆☆☆

After my latest visit this week, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. I heard a rumor that the ownership changed hands- maybe this is why the quality took a downswing?
Anyway, our food was not great, to put it nicely. I got the caesar with grilled salmon, and it tasted very off, not fresh at all, like it had been frozen and thawed more than once. And last time I was here, one waiter was serving and bussing a full house at peak brunch time! I felt really bad for him, he was keeping it together pretty well too. I have witnessed the quality of service and food go way down, and I think I'll start eating out elsewhere. It's a shame, I used to really like the Vita, and bring my out of town friends there, but no longer, until I hear they have improved....

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Not being a vegetarian myself (but married to one), I found the food to be honestly a bit bland. However, the veg entrees and sandwiches are diverse and apparently quite tasty to one with a bit less of a carnivore's palette. And the decor of the cafe itself was quite engaging.

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★★★☆☆

Not being a vegetarian myself (but married to one), I found the food to be honestly a bit bland. However, the veg entrees and sandwiches are diverse and apparently quite tasty to one with a bit less of a carnivore's palette. And the decor of the cafe itself was quite engaging.

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Been going to the Vita since it opened. I've always loved the food, but lately the food has taken a downswing. Staff is always hit and miss but since the one good waiter left, it's just getting worse. i was served cold food today. It sat on the counter for over five minutes, while my server took checks, made our smoothies at the last minute and waved to friends. My potatoes managed to be mushy and burnt, gross. I'm going to take a break from this place and try again in awhile in hopes things change.

1
★★★☆☆

Been going to the Vita since it opened. I've always loved the food, but lately the food has taken a downswing. Staff is always hit and miss but since the one good waiter left, it's just getting worse. i was served cold food today. It sat on the counter for over five minutes, while my server took checks, made our smoothies at the last minute and waved to friends. My potatoes managed to be mushy and burnt, gross. I'm going to take a break from this place and try again in awhile in hopes things change.

Pros: prices, vege options

Cons: poor service

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Nice vegetarian restaurant with traditional breakfast food like chicken-friend steak and pancakes. The desserts were a bit too sweet but still quite good once you scraped off the frosting. I'd recommend a visit if you are vegetarian or vegan, and they also have food for omnivores as well.

PROS: Good vegetarian versions of tranditional breakfast food
CONS: Desserts are too sweet

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★★★★☆

Nice vegetarian restaurant with traditional breakfast food like chicken-friend steak and pancakes. The desserts were a bit too sweet but still quite good once you scraped off the frosting. I'd recommend a visit if you are vegetarian or vegan, and they also have food for omnivores as well.

PROS: Good vegetarian versions of tranditional breakfast food
CONS: Desserts are too sweet

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I am updating my review because lately the service has been really not up to par. Also my favorite dish Tofurky scramble is down the drain and is much more expensive now.
This place has some really great dishes like tofurky scramble, macaroni and cheese(less). Some dishes are not as good however. The deserts are great.

The service to be honest is really bad with attitude. Some servers are much nicer than others.

Still a great place for breakfast and dinner.

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★★☆☆☆

I am updating my review because lately the service has been really not up to par. Also my favorite dish Tofurky scramble is down the drain and is much more expensive now.
This place has some really great dishes like tofurky scramble, macaroni and cheese(less). Some dishes are not as good however. The deserts are great.

The service to be honest is really bad with attitude. Some servers are much nicer than others.

Still a great place for breakfast and dinner.

Pros: Vegetarian Options

Cons: Service, More expensive now

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I've never had problems with the service here. Sure they're not overly friendly, but I don't care for overly attentive service.

Some friends and I went there for my birthday on Monday, January 16, (my FIRST choice) and had no problems getting seats for 7, thanks to one friend who did get there early.

Their tempeh fried steak with potatoes and almond gravy is one of my favorite vegetarian comfort foods ever and their tofu "fish" and chips are absolutely scrumptious, even if there IS a bit too much dill (a spice I LOVE) in the tartar sauce. The wine is reasonable priced, but I am disappointed they don't carry PBR. I wish they had a full bar.

If you're into delicious vegetarian comfort food at a VERY good price/generous portions and you don't need tons of attention from the staff (like me) then this is a place for you.

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★★★★★

I've never had problems with the service here. Sure they're not overly friendly, but I don't care for overly attentive service.

Some friends and I went there for my birthday on Monday, January 16, (my FIRST choice) and had no problems getting seats for 7, thanks to one friend who did get there early.

Their tempeh fried steak with potatoes and almond gravy is one of my favorite vegetarian comfort foods ever and their tofu "fish" and chips are absolutely scrumptious, even if there IS a bit too much dill (a spice I LOVE) in the tartar sauce. The wine is reasonable priced, but I am disappointed they don't carry PBR. I wish they had a full bar.

If you're into delicious vegetarian comfort food at a VERY good price/generous portions and you don't need tons of attention from the staff (like me) then this is a place for you.

Pros: food

Cons: not next to my apt.

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i went saturday night without high expectations. waitress was not that friendly, but seemed to be on top of it. then the rest of our party showed up. (we were there to celebrate a birthday, 8 for dinner and told the waitress more might come.) i understand how frustrating it is to deal with large groups: people change their minds, switch seats, come and go... but deal with it! the clincher was when we got the bill- it said there was a gratuity added onto it because we were a large party. fine, makes it easier for us. so we paid up. then our waitress came over and told us that we hadn't included a tip! huh, mandatory gratuity that wasn't added onto the bill although it said it was included? it was all very confusing. had to break out the wallets again. it just made for a sour experience.

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★★★☆☆

i went saturday night without high expectations. waitress was not that friendly, but seemed to be on top of it. then the rest of our party showed up. (we were there to celebrate a birthday, 8 for dinner and told the waitress more might come.) i understand how frustrating it is to deal with large groups: people change their minds, switch seats, come and go... but deal with it! the clincher was when we got the bill- it said there was a gratuity added onto it because we were a large party. fine, makes it easier for us. so we paid up. then our waitress came over and told us that we hadn't included a tip! huh, mandatory gratuity that wasn't added onto the bill although it said it was included? it was all very confusing. had to break out the wallets again. it just made for a sour experience.

Pros: location, wide menu selection, inexpensive

Cons: service, service, service

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