Raw food restaurant with several locations. Food is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut free. Warm atmosphere with a retail area selling raw food ingredients. Also offers raw food preparation classes. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, All Raw, Western, Juice bar, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Delivery
2157 Mackay Street
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2J2
514-664-5188

Open Sun-Wed 11am-9pm, Thur-Sat 11am-10pm.

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  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards
reviews

Reviews

First Review by Kind Cindy
SamanthaCheryl
SamanthaCheryl
  • vegan
Contributions
+54

Incredible food, less than incredible service

4 Posted on 08 / 26 / 2014

Based on the food alone, Crudessence is the one of the best raw vegan restaurants you can find. Fresh, delicious, creative and filling. The menu is varied with many options for all tastes. Unfortunately the service is almost always lacking. From not speaking English to forgetting the starters to lengthy wait times without being greeted or seen, Crudessence is lucky that it does not rely on service for its business to thrive.

Pros: Taste, Healthy Options, Quality
Cons: Service, Expensive drinks and desserts
JonJon
JonJon
  • vegan
Contributions
+1629

Great vegan raw food

4 Posted on 06 / 26 / 2014

I was not used with raw food until I discovered Crudessence. My first try was surprising, I took a burger that was too healthy for me ;-): sprouts and vegetables with a raw pastry. Then I learn to discover other dishes, such as their crêpe (amazing even if cashew cheese has a too strong taste for me), their tiramisu (magical!), their banana split, their lasagna, their raw hummus... Finally, their food is really varied, with infinite and fresh savors. They also have really good juices. I'm still not really fond of such food but I learned to enjoy it thanks to Crudessence. So if you like raw food: you have to go there.

The place is nice, well located and staff is friendly. Just one negative comment: I believe it remains quite expensive for the quantity you'll have.

Pros: raw vegan, amazing desserts, friendly staff, nice place
Cons: quite expensive
aabuck
aabuck
  • vegan
Contributions
+24

Awesome food, even for those that aren't raw

5 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2014

I don't usually get excited about raw restaurants and don't go out of my way to eat at them. This restaurant was recommended by a fellow vegan and it was great! The kale caesar salad was delicious, as was the raw burger. Both were super satisfying! The cheesecake was super rich and delicious as well. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great food, Good service, Convenient location

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MichaelTaylor
MichaelTaylor
  • vegan
Contributions
+31

Fantastic Raw Vegan Reataurant

5 Posted on 05 / 31 / 2014

Honestly was the best Pad Thai and Miso soup I ever had. Smoothies were also great and well worth the visit. Friendly staff and extensive menu.

Pros: Great Raw food, Delicious smoothies, Located right next to 2 other vegan rest
Cons: A little pricey but really all raw is...
o0Carolyn0o
o0Carolyn0o
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+38

Sooo Delicious!

5 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2014

Everything is really so good. The dehydrated eggplant, I could eat all day. What's most wonderful is that the air is so clean in the restaurant because there's no frying. They also make the best kombucha that is sold in local stores. I go through so many big bottles that I should probably contact them about returning them to be reused. The lime pie is so delicious. It is a bit expensive, but you can't put a price how great you feel after eating such amazing food.

Pros: wow, such raw, so amaze
CoeurDeLouve
CoeurDeLouve
  • vegan
Contributions
+34

Party time for EVERY SENSE

5 Posted on 03 / 18 / 2014

Why aren't there more places like Crudesscence in the world????

Every item in the menu (I have tried them all) is delicious, nutritious, healthy...

From drinks, to mains, to dessert, it is just your best bet in taste and health. It is so delicious it is hard to believe is raw. Even the tap water is special and good for you!

In addition, the books are an awesome addition to your kitchen library; I bought the soups one to set me up for the winter and I cannot tell you how delicious and easy the recipes were, also a success at parties because they are innovating, sexy, and a treat to the taste buds.

Everything in this establishment is made with CARE, and it shows: every bite you take is assembled in a painstakingly fashion to provide you with an explosion of flavor and wellbeing. At Crudessence, no expense has been spared to take care of YOUR HEALTH, and it shows. The quality is unrivaled in this town.

As if that wasn't enough... this company offers workshops! How much I would love to live in Montreal to attend! I will certainly do my best to catch one during my travels!

If you want to be in heaven, finish your meal with a chaga latte and a brownie with frosted rose petals .... seriously, you'll NEVER forget that moment!

Pros: QUALITY, raw, ambiance
Cons: none
OliviaHenry11
OliviaHenry11
  • vegan
Contributions
+16

Love this spot

5 Posted on 11 / 06 / 2013

I was here almost everyday when I spent a month in Montreal working. I LOVE this place. The food is excellent and the presentation is beautiful as well. I had almost everything on their menu, and there wasn't anything I didn't like. My favorites are the BLT, the Caesar, Enchiladas and several things on their seasonal menu. I wish there was a Crudessence in Los Angeles!

Pros: Fantastic Food, Great Service , Wonderful Specials
Cons: On the more expensive side
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
Contributions
+2253

Crudessence - Mackay, Montreal

5 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2013

The 1st thing about this place is that its right next door to another all vegan eatery, namely Panthere Verte. Thus its easy to take a look at both and decide which is for you.

I had the soup of the day (corn and zuchini) and then the samurai bowl. Both are dishes served cold but were nice enough, esp the soup. The guy who server me was very helpful. I had a seat outside in the sun but indoor is very pleasantly decored.

It seemed a bit on the pricey side to me. For a similar sort of price yesterday I had soup and main bowl as well as a hot chocolate and a coffee.

There is a hot dish on the menu which I am told is a recent innovation.

Pros: All vegan
Cons: Seems a little pricey
SophiaB
SophiaB
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+11

they are open on sundays

2 Posted on 06 / 09 / 2013

they are open on sundays.. slow service.. i took wrap, with soldier smoothy, with mousse au chocolat, it was fine! a bit expensive i paid 35 $


LisaGabrielle
LisaGabrielle
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

Delicious Raw Experience

5 Posted on 04 / 18 / 2013

Crudessence is the perfect place to experience a decadent, raw vegan meal. One of my favourite vegan restaurants in Montreal, Crudessence is definately the more healthy and fresh option. They have a good amount of selection on their menu including tons of delicious smoothies and juices! I also love the Kombucha they brew called "rise". If your into health, than you should definately give this place a try. Prices are a little high but worth it!

Pros: Taste, Quality, Experience
Cons: Price, Noise
saveur
saveur
  • vegan
Contributions
+328

Solid, creative food but slow service

4 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2012

I liked my meal at Crudessence and enjoyed their variety compared to other raw restos. Not heavily spiced, I was happy it wasn't uber salty or sugary. Nicely balanced but I could see others calling it more on the bland side.

I recommend the Kombu mojito (pineapple, mint, lemon and home-brewed kombucha). I also enjoyed "Le Fairmount" which was a nice bagel with a smoked salmon spread with capers and tomatoes. I was a bit perplexed that it was delivered deconstructed but I assembled it at my end.

I really appreciated the diversity plates, which allowed us to sample the appetizers and desserts. I also enjoyed their egg pate which was nice in the breakfast burrito. From the dessert sampler, sadly the blueberry cheesecake was not included however the tiramisu was incredible (and I usually don't like tiramisu).

The service was slow.. which always boggles me at raw restos since nothing needs to be cooked.

Pros: creative food, delicious, not overly seasoned
Cons: price, slow service
JMNL
JMNL
  • vegan
Contributions
+42

Great food, bad service

3 Posted on 10 / 11 / 2011

The food was really good, I had the Crepes Sauvages which where very tasty and the fresh smoothies are good too. If you're already full from the main course I would not recommend the un-cheesecake since it is quite heavy, but very nice nontheless. I would have rated the restaurant 5 cows was it not for the poor service; there where only 3 tables to be waited but after the main course we were totally forgotten by the staff, as were our neighbors. Then, when we finally got our bill, they had charged us with the drinks we ordered but they forgot to bring us, no apologies from their side and it was a hassle to correct the bill. So that kind of spoiled my experience there.

Pros: Great food, Nice atmosphere
Cons: very bad service
Richard Myers
Richard Myers
  • vegan
Contributions
+187

A Great Treat

5 Posted on 06 / 15 / 2011

As an infrequent visitor to Montreal, I was really happy to find this restaurant. Four of us arrived in the early evening and left a couple of hours later well satisfied. The restaurant, although on a lower level, is very bright and clean. The server assured us that everything on the menu was wonderful and she was right. The appetizers were excellent and the Om burger was a big hit with 2 in our group. I was particulary happy with the lime pie to finish off an excellent meal. Unfortunately, they do not serve beer which I always like when on vacation but they do serve wine which was ok. Next time in Montreal, the Crudessence will be a definite stop.

Pros: Great taste, Lots of choice, Friendly service
Cons: No beer
jedzen
jedzen
  • vegan
Contributions
+75

I prefer the juice bar...

4 Posted on 04 / 03 / 2011

I was excited to try the second Crudessence restaurant, since the juice bar on Rachel is really small. It was a great experience, the place is nice... I tried the cheese plate and it was ok, but i found it heavy to eat that much nuts. Anyway my favorite was the macadamia nut cheese. We also tried the mushrooms caps which were pretty good and the fake tuna sandwich, great imitation. I really love raw food but all the items on the menu are not particularly my type. But that's just me. However, i would go there again and again for juices, smoothies and their desserts, who are amazing. The thing is that, i can find them at the juice bar too... At Mackay, I tried the sugar pie, the brownie with ice cream and the vanilla-chocolate cheesecake, they are all yummy. Of course, it's expensive, but it's always like that with raw and organic. I know they serve wine, but i have not try any... The whole place is great but i would have liked it more 'fancy' and less like the juice bar, i'm sure they could totally make raw gourmet food and take it to another level. Get out of the sandwiches, burgers, smoothies ... try to create something that we don't have in Montréal right now. Anyway i really love them but, i feel like i'll be bored easily if i go too often.


Chizetta
Chizetta
  • raw
Contributions
+24

LOVE IT!

5 Posted on 02 / 11 / 2011

The best in Montreal! Food is truly raw, delicious and fulfilling. Excellent indeed! Great service, great location, fair price! Recommend 100%!

Pros: delicious food, great location, nice service
Kind Cindy
Kind Cindy
  • vegan
Contributions
+57

Rocked my world ...

5 Posted on 08 / 31 / 2010

I was familiar with Crudessence's original location on Rachel ave, and was thrilled to hear that they had opened a sit down restaurant in the down town area. The menu is more extensive and of course, everything is just to die for! A colleague and I went for lunch last week and everything was so good. They make the best miso soup and we took the tester plate for two to try as many items as possible. It goes without saying that we will be back!! Next time I am having the BLT with eggplant bacon!



 

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