Vegetarian cafe with vegan options. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, International, Raw, Delivery

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  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by veggieriga
  • vegetarian


Posted on 05 / 31 / 2015

Consiglio vivamente se passate da cluj napoca di andare a mangiare !
MenĂ¹ richissimo anche di piatti raw vegan!
Cibo ottimo
Sushi divino!

  • vegetarian

Samsara Cluj

Posted on 03 / 27 / 2015

I love this place. They have such a great atmosphere, amazing music and the staff is so friendly.Summer or winter, the place is one of my favorites in Cluj :)

Food wise, you have to choose something you like, make sure you ask the waiter about your dish..the soups are yummy, salads as well, the guacamole is the best in town...and it is not expensive given the costs of healthy eating.

  • vegetarian

Good and bad

Posted on 12 / 04 / 2014

I`ve served allot of meals at Samsara, and I had mixed experiences. Sometimes the food was delicious sometimes it was borderline uneatable.
Not very consistent cook.

Pro - very nice staff,
- a good variety of raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes.
- interesting receipes.
- sooperfoods drinks :)

Cons - not all dishes have a good taste,
- the ingredients they use are not bio/ organic or best quality. I believe they shop in supermakets.
- they don`t fully understand how to prepare raw dishes
- very high prices compared to quality of ingredients

I recomend it, but ask the staff for best dishes ;)

  • mostly-vegetarian

It depends on what you order

Posted on 12 / 31 / 2013

I ate here three times. The first time I got lentil soup, sushi and a pineapple, orange drink with ginger. The soup was good. The sushi was very disappointing. They didn't have chopsticks and gave me a fork to eat it with. The sushi on the menu was listed as having avocado, and there was no avocado. The sushi was mostly rice and a sliver of carrot, cucumber and some red pepper. I couldn't eat it with a fork, so I had to use my fingers which was awkward. I feel they should have let me know when I ordered they didn't have the ingredients to make the sushi and suggested I choose something else. I originally asked for orange juice but the waiter suggested the orange, pineapple and ginger drink. When I got it, it appeared not to have any pineapple. The waiter also should have informed me there was no pineapple after going to the kitchen. The raw chocolate cake appeared to be frozen and a part of it had broken off, so they placed another chocolate thing underneath it which I also didn't like.

Despite this I decided to try it again for lunch. When I arrived, I noticed the employees eating the vegetable curry with rice, so I also asked for that. It was good. I again got the orange, pineapple and ginger drink, and that time it had orange and pineapple but no ginger.

For my third time I had the eggplant parmesan. It was much too heavy and oddly enough came with slices of bread without any spread of anything for the bread. I didn't like the dish and again my orange, pineapple drink with ginger had no pineapple. After that I decided not to try it anymore.

Although the menu is extensive; they may not have some ingredients in stock. Also some of the dishes from looking at what other people were eating look sort of the same such as the rice dishes are basically the same. I would recommend the rice dishes as that seems to be their specialty. I also suggest they inform customers if they don't have the ingredients in stock rather than presenting customers with dishes where it is obvious important ingredients are missing.

I found prices to be quite high as Cluj Napoca is a less expensive city than Bucharest yet my food was more expensive than any of the vegetarian restaurants in Bucharest. They also unfortunately do not have lunch specials. The photos on their website also do not resemble the food in the restaurant which is disappointing. On the bright side the design of the restaurant was nice.

Pros: nice design
Cons: expensive, important ingredients might be missing, raw desserts might be frozen
  • SamsaraFoodhouse

    Hello, "veggieriga"! :-)

    First of all, we want to thank you for sharing your personal opinion and experience with the HappyCow community and with us.

    Even if it seems that your trial wasn't quite positive, we want you to know that we appreciate the fact that you wrote this review about us, because this is a way to improve our business.

    Actually, we strongly believe that this already happened meanwhile, from when you visited and wrote about us until now, the time we are writing these lines. The full disclosures of our guests, among them you, helped and is helping us to better our products and services.

    These been wrote, we invite you to visit us again and this time to tell us what we can do better for you or how to help you in case you need something we don't provide you in the first place (like the other time with the forgetting of the sticks for know, everything could be better, for all of us, if you talk to us and tell us what you need and want).

    Thanks again for the helpful review, which is for us a lesson, and remember that our doors are wide open for you.

    Stay healthy and happy! :-)



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Last updated: 2013/07/17


Added: 2013/06/18


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