Golden Lotus Vegetarian...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 19 Reviews
The weekday lunch features a steam table. Has an all-day special plate in addition to a large menu of dishes with a variety of faux meats in rice and noodle, claypots, main entrees, and more. Operated by disciples of supreme master ChingHai. Short walk from 12th St BART station. Apr 2013 reported to be all vegan. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Chinese, Vietnamese, Buddhist
1301 Franklin St (13th, downtown)
Oakland, California 94612
510-893-0383

Mon-Fri 10:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm

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First Review by tartarugafechada
earthville
earthville
  • vegan
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+772

An enduring favorite

5 Posted on 01 / 21 / 2014

We have enjoyed hundreds of meals at Golden Lotus since 2001, and it continues to please.

The menu is diverse enough to have something for almost everyone, including some of the best faux-meat specials one can find as well as plenty of dishes with fresh, steamed, or stir-fried veggies. Brown rice is available.

Most of our favorites are listed under the specials (e.g. lemon grass chicken, curry chicken, tamarind beef, and many others), but there are also great picks among the less expensive items (e.g. vegetable chow fun and the soups and appetizers). The lunch specials are great value. For those with a sweet tooth, the vegan Thai iced tea (which can be ordered without ice) and the carrot cupcake (actually a proper carrot cake in the form of a largish cupcake) are nice additions.

The owners (originally from Vietnam) are kind and generous people and we're happy to see them still doing good business after all these years.

Pros: extensive menu with diverse options, both vegetable-oriented and faux-meat
simgi
simgi
  • vegetarian
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+24

heavenly fake chicken

5 Posted on 10 / 14 / 2013

No matter what you order, all dishes are fresh, delicate, delicious and creative and cater to everyone's taste. Being a vegetarian all my life it was exciting to taste chicken and beef and knowing that it was not. We tried the Lotus salad, the Thai salad, the sauteed ginger chicken, the szechuan spicy beef, eggplant in basil sauce, caramelized chicken and sauteed garlic beef and many other things and all were delicious in their own way. And yes, we came back 5 times. Highly recommended!

Pros: gorgeous and surprising fake meat dishes, fresh and exotic salads, embarrassingly cheap
veganinseattle
veganinseattle
  • vegan
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+39

Order From Menu

3 Posted on 06 / 01 / 2013

I'm from Seattle and look forward to eating at Golden Lotus when in Oakland. I've eaten there on at least five or six occasions over the years - usually for dinner. It's always been pretty good quality.

On a recent business trip, I invited a friend to join me for lunch and because we were in a bit of a hurry, we opted for the buffet.

I selected a three item plate consisting of the fried rice, eggplant and green beans with tofu. I was disappointed with the food and I wasn't able to finish my meal.

If you end up choosing Golden Lotus for lunch, I would suggest ordering from the menu since it looks like they don't put much effort into the buffet.

Pros: Affordable, Good Selection
Cons: Buffet Quality

HappyYogini
HappyYogini
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+35

Great use of spices

5 Posted on 11 / 12 / 2012

I feel so satisfied after i eat here. The food feels lite but hearty and each dish has great balance in taste and texture. I only wish they'd make the coconut soup with less noodles and more veggies.

Pros: Variety of flavors, Hearty, Good value
idubrawsky
idubrawsky
  • vegan
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+28

Good Food - Good Price

4 Posted on 04 / 17 / 2012

I went to the Golden Lotus with a co-worker since we're here in Oakland for work. I liked the variety of the food as well as atmosphere. Very simple, good prices. Overall I think it's a great little restaurant in downtown Oakland.

Pros: Excellent Food, Good value
msvegan
msvegan
  • vegan
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+337

Delicious

5 Posted on 12 / 01 / 2011

Everything is good, but, if you arent familiar with there menu a few personal favorites would be:

All the apptzers are tasty.
Wonton Noodle Soup.

Garlic Beef; Marinated tender veg meat on a green lettuce salad with a vingerette.

Lamb Clay Pot; Mushroom steams and tofu in a savory brown sauce in a clay pot.

This is the original rest. there is as another one in SF. I prefer the food here to the branch in SF although the menu is the same. It is Asian cafe style seating; nothing fancy. Members of the'Supreme Master'LOL Suma Ching Hi cult. I try to over look it as their food is so good. At least they dont sell her personal items/used clothes or material at these restaurants.

Really delicious food but customer service is def lacking.

They are only one block away from the BART station so its easy if you are on public transport. They also offer validating car parking at a near by lot.

Pros: Delicious, Vegan, One block away from bart or parking lot
Cons: Poor service, Basic seating, Cult
veganvic
veganvic
  • vegan
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+20

golden lotus

2 Posted on 08 / 31 / 2011

I love it great food good prices there lotus salad was great as well the lemon chicken
Updated from previous review on Saturday April 02, 2011
up date the food is great but i don't know what happened to the service the waitress is rude taken away my plate while i was still eating did not receive my full order had to remind the waitress several times to bring the other half of our order.PLEASE GOLDEN LOTUS PLEASE RETRAIN YOUR STAFF

Pros: healthy , fast, great food
vegan_geek
vegan_geek
  • vegan
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+26

The Best Vietnamese Restaurant

5 Posted on 02 / 11 / 2011

I have been to Golden Lotus about 50 times and have even tried their sister restaurants in SF (Golden Era) and Santa Clara (Merit Vegetarian). They are all fantastic.

First of all, resist the temptation of eating at the "buffet" bar. This food is just mediocre. If you tried the food there you'd think I was nuts.

You have to start with the spring rolls. They are uncooked rice paper rolls with veggies and tofu. Best ever! If you want a fried option, the pot stickers are fantastic with the ginger sauce.

I've tried many of the items on the menu, but nothing is close to the caramelized beef. It is the best mock meet I have ever eaten. The teriyaki chicken is very close and comes on a bead of spinach and a rich sauce. The beef salad is a great dish that has you filling lettuce with a mock meat, mint and a delicious sauce. We also like to eat the garlic beef but it is a little greasy.

The spicy (not) noodle soup is great as lunch or to share with friends. If you don't mind the grease the spicy Thai rice is very good.

The only shortcomming that Golden Lotus has is that they only have 2 desserts and neither is very good. Since the food is so good, I never miss the dessert.

Enjoy!

Pros: Caramelized Chicken, Sprint Rools, Spicy Noodle Soup
Cons: Dessert
Tigra220
Tigra220
  • vegan
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+1005

Mouth-watering Creations

4 Posted on 08 / 14 / 2010

Our vegan knowledgeable family had several dishes from Golden Lotus waiting on us when we arrived in town. Beef & Broccoli, Carmalized Chicken, & Vegetable Chicken Black Bean (which I personally did not care for), all with brown rice. With the exception of the last dish, they were quite delicious! If I had more time in the city I would definitely have gone back to try more entrees.

Pros: Tasty vegan options
Mimi710
Mimi710
  • vegan
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+193

Quick and tasty

4 Posted on 10 / 11 / 2009

I got a tasty to-go order from here a few months ago. It was a bean and tofu dish and it was tasty and huge. I called in my order ahead of time but it looked the service was quick for walk-in customers as well. I need to check this place out again, but I liked it.


d_greenwald
d_greenwald
  • vegetarian
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+34

Good selection

4 Posted on 03 / 10 / 2009

I enjoyed this place. The flavor rating was a thumbs up. The serving size was so-so. Not too bad not too great. I finished mine with ease and was still hungry but my girlfriend had to get her leftovers to go.
Pricing was standard

Pros: Flavor
Guest
Guest

great

5 Posted on 03 / 06 / 2009

I would never recommend going to Oaklad. But if you ever find yourself there, as we all have. Go to Golden Lotus. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: great food
Cons: in oakland
vduplessis
vduplessis
  • vegan
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+50

I {heart} Golden Lotus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 Posted on 07 / 19 / 2008

yum. everything I have had there is AMAZING. my faves are the carmelized chicken, beef w/ Chinese broccoli, & Chicken salad. my kid loves the chow mein. their Thai iced tea is delish. I'd give this place a hundred more stars & "pros" if I could!

Pros: lots of fresh veggies!, light & yummy sauces!, affordable
Cons: uneven service, sketchy area @ night, bad parking during the day
Tofunativegirl
Tofunativegirl
  • vegan
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+23

Please Read This

2 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2008

I've been eating here for over 7 years. The food is soo good I have to constantly forgive them for putting onions in my food more than 60% of the time.... Don't care having to pull out onions... the food is fantastic.

But: Just ordered take out.. on top of my chow fun dish was a couple of semi-twisted metal splinters/shavings. Took it back to them to make sure I can help them find the problem, so it won't happen to anyone else. The manager took one look at the metal and knew exactly where/how/why they got into my food. The noodle area has a fan that once in a while flings them out, this is what she told me.

She offered to make me a new one.

No i don't want another meal from you.
No i don't want a refund.
No, i will not sue you... the world is too "sue Happy".

Yes, i lost all trust in you and will not eat your food ever again... bummer because i love your food.

Yes, i contacted the alameda health department to send an inspector to you... so you will be forced to fix the problem that "happens every so often". Because apparently it's not important enough to you to fix.

Yes, you are very, very lucky my wife or little daughter did not get hurt from your lack of caring!

After they told me about this "repeating incident", i just had to walk out. No need to start screaming at them to make them feel guilty... when in reality they don't seem to care enough about it.

Honestly... i enjoy their food so much, i would of probably forgiven them.... if i didn't have a daughter. If i didn't catch it... she might of been the one to gobble it down. And to think of what that would of done to her... wow.

I will keep in contact with the health department, to make sure the physical problem is fixed. So others can safely eat there. Especially those that will never know what happened. But never again for me, as for you, at least you can make an informed decision now.

Thank you for your time.

Pros: tastes great
Cons: tastes like metal sometimes., Lack of caring about our safety., Forgets about not adding onions
P.NutButter
P.NutButter
  • vegan
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+30

No complaints

5 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2008

I used to work near the Golden Lotus and they have a great little lunch menu that you can chose from right there. Although the items offered do not change often, the items are very delicious. Prices are reasonable, as well as portion size. Many items to order off menu as well for dine in or pick up. Friendly staff as well. EXCELLENT CARROT CAKE!!

Pros: Quick for lunch, good value
NaomiStrange
NaomiStrange
  • vegetarian
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+22

GREAT Food!

5 Posted on 03 / 22 / 2008

This place has some really excellent food, ok service (usually VERY quick!) and great prices. My favorite is the Garlic Beef dish and the Curry Chicken dish... they are both "fake meats" over a bed of lettuce! Delicious. Also their brown rice is REALLY good and nutty in flavour. I love this place. It's right in my neighborhood too (Which I do not consider seedy, btw!!)

Pros: inexpensive, delicious, good service
al
al
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+15

YUM!

5 Posted on 10 / 02 / 2007

This was my first time at the Golden Lotus. The service was fast and friendly. I went after the dinner rush so I'm sure that had something to do with how fast my food was served.
I had the grilled pork over rice and it was absolutely delicious. The mock pork tasted so real I had to double check to make sure it really was vegetarian. The prices are all very reasonable. They also have a website if you want to check out their menu. www.goldenlotusvege.com
Located in downtown Oakland. Not a bad neighborhood, but it does seem a little seedy at night. Just something to be aware of but I still highly recommend it. :)

Pros: Great food, Fast, friendly service, reasonable prices, clean
Cons: Location (only at night)
Precious
Precious
  • vegan
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+43

The best vegan and my fav place!!!!

5 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2007

I stop thru San Fran on my way back to Canada as often as I can!!!! I bring all my non-veg friends and they all luv it!!! The soups and moke meat dishes are soo good!!!! Sweet and sour chicken balls,hot and sour soup,huge yummy salads and so mnay options!!!!

Pros: resonable price, good size, great taste
Cons: no alcohol, closed on mondays
tartarugafechada
tartarugafechada
  • vegan
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+62

good place, good people

4 Posted on 01 / 03 / 2007

Golden Lotus is completely veg and has tons of mock meats and typical East Asian vegan fare. my favorites: the cashew chicken, sweet and sour chicken, tofu with eggplant, and any of the soups. prices are reasonable ($7-$10 for most entrees) and they also offer a lunch menu ($4-$6) and a cafeteria style lunch option that is fast and cheap. i have eaten there many times in the last three years and, just for the record, have always found it to be clean, friendly, and, a-hem, bug-less.

Pros: lunch menu, cashew chicken

 

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