Sage Vegetarian Restaurant

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 19 Reviews
Cozy, romantic cafe serving vegetarian cuisine with a Middle Eastern flair. Wrap, sandwiches, soups, organic salad at dinnertime, and more. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Middle Eastern
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Reviews

First Review by micococo
cclevela1
cclevela1
  • vegetarian
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+11

Super fantastic food and customer service

5 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2014

I am a business traveler that uses HC to find my options. What a treat to find Sage conveniently located, with great food, ambience and service.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance
tauberl
tauberl
  • vegan
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+162

Unique, tasty food

4 Posted on 06 / 08 / 2014

Nice upscale veg place where most options are also vegan. Food has a Persian influence but also a few Italian dishes (including the gnocchi, which was amazing). I was with a group of non-vegans and everyone really enjoyed their food- I don't remember the names of the dishes (other than the gnocchi) but we had an eggplant dish and spinach/tempeh/kidney bean dish both served with brown rice, and a Caribbean inspired dish with black beans, grilled tofu, grilled pineapple and plantains. The Persian iced team was also really good. They had a vegan chocolate cake for dessert but I was so full I couldn't try it- based on how good the rest of the meal was probably a mistake! It's a little outside of town but worth the trip if you're in the area!!

Pros: creative dishes, nice ambiance
Cons: a little pricey
  • tauberl tauberl

    Thanks so much, I will DEFINITELY be back for the chocolate cake next time I'm in the area!!

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  • ANDREWatSAGE ANDREWatSAGE

    Thanks for the really nice review. Myself and the Sage team are really happy you enjoyed your meal and it's awesome that you shared this experience with everyone here on HappyCow. I must admit, passing on the Vegan Chocolate Cake was definitely a mistake as it is one of my personal favorites, but I do admire your willpower! Please come back and see us, and if you mention this review we'll bring you a piece of Vegan Chocolate Cake on the house! This way you will have to try it. If the server or our cashier seem confused and I am not available, please tell them "Andrew Justad will take care of it" and I will!! Thanks again for the positivity, keep it going, the only way to change the world is one person (or animal!) at a time!!

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RalphieNader
RalphieNader
  • vegan
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+42

Best veg restaurant in Chapel Hill!

5 Posted on 06 / 22 / 2013

Best vegetarian restaurant in Chapel Hill. I've been several times and everything on the menu I've had is great. It's small and can get packed so you might want to call ahead of time on a weekend.

I'm vegan and they have plenty to choose from.



MelissaLosos
MelissaLosos
  • raw
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+35

Sage was so so

2 Posted on 04 / 27 / 2013

for me a raw gluten free vegan, who prefers to no have tofu other processed soy, there were limited options .. in fact really one salad on the menu but the dressing offered with said salad had either dairy or soy based dressing.
the did have one vegan desert but it was not gluten free.. they could try harder to put more options on the menu


Cons: not many options, too many soy based items
bullcityveg
bullcityveg
  • vegan
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+82

Persian food

5 Posted on 03 / 04 / 2012

I happen to really like Sage, mainly for their Sabzi, a persian herb and spinach stew that is really tough to find vegan style.

While I will admit that many of the things on the menu are not worth it in my opinion (skip the Mezze platter, it is a total waste!), to call the entrees overpriced or expensive seems a little absurd. Entrees range from 12-14 dollars. They do not upcharge for brown rice (and here in NC, that is a small miracle), and I think $4 to add a side salad or a cup of soup is not really a big deal. Maybe I'm a crazy person with "money to burn" but most places I go out to eat get around this much a plate (thinking indian, thai or chinese particularly). I would say yes, the kebabs are probably not worth it, but you can usually figure out what you're getting and decide whether it is worth while to you.

Regardless, I find the food here to be comforting, to feel healthy and to be filling and worth it to me. That said, I highly recommend the Sabzi, which is a thick stew with lemons, tahini and beans served with a side of rice. The iced tea usually has a little cinnamon or spice in it and is awesome. I like the carribe a lot, although my friend thinks it is overpriced for beans and rice with some tofu and plantain. She's a big fan of the Soy Chicken Cutlets (which I don't care for, if you like delight soy nuggets, go for it) and the Fesen Joon, which is pretty tasty.

Soup and salad are both worthwhile in my opinion and served with little pieces of garlic wheat bread. Waitstaff are (For the most part) friendly and attentive. The specials are really hit or miss but can be really tasty (I recall some sort of tofu manicotti in cashew sauce!).

Skip dessert.

The only other thing I will say is they sometimes change their hours randomly (summer hours, closed for two weeks sometimes) so be sure to call before you head over there.

Pros: healthy food, Persian specialties
Cons: sometimes closed
SidheRa
SidheRa
  • vegan
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+38

Expensive and Boring

2 Posted on 08 / 14 / 2011

We've gone here several times, generally with non-veggies who want a place to go out with us. Each time, I've tried something different, and each time I've been less than impressed.

The food is not spectacular, and it's quite expensive for what it is. I love that there's a vegetarian vegan restaurant in the area, and I would love to give it a better review, but I would rather just go to the grocery store and cook at home.

Pros: vegan friendly, friendly staff
Cons: expensive, slow, bland food
supertramp
supertramp
  • vegan
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+21

Expensive, bland

2 Posted on 04 / 17 / 2011

This dining experience was a huge letdown, especially considering some of the more positive ratings. (Perhaps, the quality has gone down since those reviews were written.) The atmosphere was nice and the portion size was decent, but no one in my party of four particularly enjoyed the food, even though we ordered different menu items to give it a fair chance. I have had much better vegan food for less than half the price. I can't really think of a reason to recommend this restaurant. I've been more satisfied by eating a Subway veggie delight without any cheese. O.o


Cons: the food was cold, the food was bland, expensive
  • SidheRa SidheRa

    "I've been more satisfied by eating a Subway veggie delight without any cheese."

    This is *exactly* what I thought. I've even done exactly that - the Subway's right next door, after all!

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hoffmans2
hoffmans2
  • vegan
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+162

Perfect!

5 Posted on 09 / 04 / 2010

Service was excellent and the food was fresh and innovative. The server made sure to tell us that the bread was vegan - we didn't even need to ask! The bread was warm and the vegan tofu salad dressing was creamy and delicious! The vegan chocolate cake was moist and delightful. The lighting was dim and romantic and the decor was beautiful. We totally recommend the place!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Location
vegboy2009
vegboy2009
  • vegetarian
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+57

How is this place rated so high?

3 Posted on 01 / 31 / 2010

Alright, to be honest, this isn't that bad a restaurant, but gee wilikers, the food is just mediocre. I'd go there in a pinch if I was starving and had money to burn, but they charge an arm and a leg for meals that simply don't hold that value. VERY overpriced for what it is; if the prices were half for the lack-luster flavors and skimpy portions, this place might actually be a worthwhile place to visit regularly. As it is, it's just a highly overpriced greasy spoon.

Pros: Some vegetarian food, A few interesting dishes
Cons: Extremely overpriced, Tiny, uncomfortable hole in the was room, Boring servers
sfreiber
sfreiber
  • vegan
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+28

Gnocchi

5 Posted on 05 / 13 / 2009

I love, love, love this restaurant! I've been several times but I must say the Gnocchi is my favorite (be sure to ask for the vegan version if you don't eat eggs). It is probably the most flavorful vegan dish that I have ever had at a non-Asian restaurant.


Fast Willie Jackson
Fast Willie Jackson
  • non-vegetarian
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+9

Very good stuff!

4 Posted on 04 / 12 / 2009

I went to Sage last night with my family, and was highly impressed! Food was delicious, service was polite and somewhat prompt, and the atmosphere was soothing. The Soy Chicken Cutlets was hella good! I also bought a bottle their "Dill Dressing" they used for their salads. I don't like salad much, but with their dressing, I'll eat salad any day.

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff, Relaxing Atmosphere
Cons: Limited menu choices, Kinda small and cramped
nardanddee
nardanddee
  • vegan
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+415

Soy Chicken Cutlets

5 Posted on 03 / 24 / 2009

I only have 3 words for this quaint restaurant: absolutely, positively, delicious! I ordered a dish that totally had me fooled into thinking that there was meat in it. It was prepared kind of like indian curry chicken and was a true delight! This restaurant does not accept AMEX, though-but the food makes it worth it. They sell their own spiral-bound cookbooks for $12, too. I would have purchased one if the entree that I ordered was in it because it really made my day.

Pros: good music, good prices, friendly staff
Cons: do not accept AMEX, small
uksrc
uksrc
  • vegetarian
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+11

Not Vegetarian

2 Posted on 12 / 07 / 2008

This place serves Eggs which is not vegetarian . Vegetarian is redefined here. It should be not eggs not meat.


  • tater_tot tater_tot

    uksrc: Politically speaking (even if not technically), eggs ARE considered vegetarian - but not vegan of course, which excludes all animal flesh/animal by-products. Thankfully, absolutely *NO MEAT* is served at Sage, so I'm not sure why you mentioned it.

    Sage is one of the few veg*n-only restaurants in the Chapel Hill area with a great ambiance and tasty cuisine to boot! I don't work for Sage or anything, but I highly recommend it for all :)

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  • veggietwin veggietwin

    I am surprised that someone visiting a vegetarian website would not know the critera for being one. I am mostly a vegan, and I know that eggs are vegetarian, not vegan.

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vegdestinations
vegdestinations
  • vegan
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+16

Great place!

5 Posted on 07 / 30 / 2008

The menu was creative (and TASTY!). and the atmosphere left nothing to be desired. The waiters were smiling, talkative, and genuinely happy to help. Everyone eating there seemed to enjoy themself. Plus, there was a large variety of people-- young college kids, middle age couples, families- its perfect for anyone.

The space is small though, so be aware of this if you plan on eating with a large group.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere
Cons: size
turtleveg
turtleveg
  • vegan
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+125

Excellent

5 Posted on 07 / 11 / 2008

We had an excellent first visit to Sage. It is cozy, the staff is wonderful, and the food was great. I will definitely be back, and really want to support the only fully veg restaurant in the area! Very vegan friendly.

Pros: vegan friendly, vegan dessert options
Cons: a little pricey, but not bad
noah
noah
  • vegan
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+55

excitingly tasty

5 Posted on 01 / 17 / 2008

after over a week of being in nc, i was weary from the lack of good veggie food. but i was very pleased with sage. good service. good food. though i do agree with another poster that the 4 dollar side salad is not worth 4 dollars. it very small. but my main dish was good. very exciting tastes.


DC Vegan
DC Vegan
  • vegan
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+165

Nice place, but not a lot of bang for your buck

3 Posted on 01 / 13 / 2008

My boyfriend and I were in the Research Triangle area for a show, and decided to check out Sage Vegetarian (vegan options being limited in NC). The cafe is cozy, warm, and beautifully but simply decorated. The iced tea was delicous (slightly spiced, slightly sweet). There was an option to order a salad with your meal that came with a very nice creamy dill dressing (tofu option for vegans). But it certainly wasn't worth $4 extra with an entree-- which was also expensive. I ordered a tempeh dish called Fesen Joon, but the sauce was overly thick and not well flavored. In fact, the way the entrees were served struck me as odd--we got a plate with a huge amount of rice, a tiny ramekin of shirazi (a Middle Eastern salad of tomatoes and cucumbers), and a separate bowl of a small amount of entree. There is one vegan dessert option, a carob cake with bananas that's served with soy ice cream. It wasn't bad, but I'm also spoiled by delicous vegan desserts at local restaurants, so maybe I'm biased.

It's not a bad place, but I wouldn't consider it among my favorites.

Pros: warm setting, good vegan selection, friendly service
Cons: small portions, expensive
tater_tot
tater_tot
  • vegetarian
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+80

5-star visit!

5 Posted on 01 / 10 / 2008

Visited this restaurant based on on-line reviews, and boy, was it a find! Cozy, warm, Mediterranean atmosphere, friendly staff, and rich/flavorful cuisine! The curry "chicken" was delectable, draped in a creamy curry sauce, accompanied with basmati rice and a side of chopped up cucumbers and other "cool" veggies, which complemented the dish perfectly. It goes without saying that we will definitely return!

Pros: excellent food!, friendly staff, great atmosphere
Cons: located in a strip mall

 

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