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Vegetarian in Berkeley/Oakland

katealexa Aug 16, 2013 11:11 AM

Looking for a good restaurant in Berkeley with good vegetarian options. Can be exclusively vegetarian or not - just want good, interesting food! Thanks. (Price range - anything)

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    abstractpoet Aug 16, 2013 09:16 PM

    In Berkeley: Ajanta (Indian), Padi (Indonesian), Bartavelle, Gather (fits your criteria, though I didn't love it), maybe Gaumenkitzel (German).

    In Oakland: Juhu Beach Club (Indian), Nature Vegetarian (Chinese), Encuentro.

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      sundeck sue Aug 17, 2013 04:16 AM

      Bowl'd or Spooned, China Village, Ramen Shop, Hawker Fare.

      They don't have a lot of veg options, but I have always liked the Townhouse's veg plate. Haven't been for a long time but also used to always get goat cheese quiche and romaine salad at Britt Marie's.

      Chez Panisse Cafe (get the nettles pizza and salad and be beyond happy), Camino, Corso.

      1. wolfe Aug 17, 2013 04:42 AM

        Cha-Ya has no non-vegetarian option.I believe cash only.

        1. Robert Lauriston Aug 17, 2013 09:24 AM

          Udupi Palace
          Cafe Colucci
          Cha Ya
          Disco Volante

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            dcfb Aug 17, 2013 11:11 PM

            I've had multiple recommendations for Encuentro in the past few months. Ensarro is another. Though it is not a veg spot, I've been with vegetarians at A Cote who found enough options to build a nice meal.

            I absolutely love China Village (Albany) and how they handle tofu.

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              bbulkow Aug 18, 2013 10:51 PM

              Encuentro is the only veg place in the entire world that I lust after and will find an excuse to visit - from a confirmed omnivore. Helps massively if you like wine though - not as special if you don't.

              Not mentioned :: Mua. Lots of good apps, and I only get the apps there anyway, went there with some vegitarians and all were happy. They have a special version of their Mua Burger that's veg. +1 drinks.

            2. escargot3 Aug 18, 2013 08:12 PM

              Burma Superstar is close to Berkeley, and the tofu tower is always a big hit with my vegetarian friends (and I also love it).

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                dunstable Aug 19, 2013 07:41 AM

                I was at Encuentro a few weeks ago, and it is high on my list of vegetarian restaurants, probably second only to Gather in the entire Bay. I'm not vegetarian, however, so take that with a grain of salt.

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                  MeredithR Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM

                  For quick eats - Razzan's has some great veg options (middle eastern) or Cafe Gratitude. Both in Berkeley.

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