Serves meat, veg options available. Home style Japanese food with emphasis on local ingredients. Has vegan dishes, and you can substitute vegan mushroom broth in most dishes. Prix-fixe all vegan Shojin Ryori zen buddhist menu featured on Tuesday. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Take-out, Non-veg
308 Prince St
St Paul, Minnesota 55101
Closed time

Mon-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm



First Review by condekedar
  • vegan

Wonderful, atypical Japanese food

Posted on 02 / 01 / 2008

I'd never had home-cooked Japanese food until I went to Tanpopo. The warehouse/loft atmosphere, the smart decor and the extremely friendly service made Tanpopo feel more like an upscale cafe or diner than a Japanese restaurant. The menu is small, but offers simple, honest food like noodle soups and bento boxes, along with some sushi and tempura dishes. Prices are extremely low, as most vegan dishes are under $10 and extremely filling, particularly the noodle soups. Try their kitsune (fried tofu and vegetables) with udon or soba noodle, and make sure to specify you want the vegan mushroom broth. Portion sizes are large. For dessert, try their mochi, a sticky, subtly-sweet rice dumpling filled with red bean paste. Delicious. Tanpopo also has vegan sake and high-quality tea. This is a great place to take a date or just to fill up on simple, tasty, healthy Japanese food. It's open late, too, which is a nice bonus.

Pros: Prices, Taste/Quality, Service/Hours
Cons: Not 100% vegetarian


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Last updated: 2014/10/10


Added: 2008/01/31


Added by: condekedar