Against the Grain

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135 rue Sébastien Gryphe, Lyon, France, 69007

Vegan cafe est. 2015. Serves soups, salads, one main dish that changes every day, wraps and sandwiches. Lunch is served until food is depleted ca. 2:30pm. Afternoon snacks include cookies, no-cheesecakes, French pastries, carrot cakes and raw desserts. Drinks are coffee, chai latte and smoothies. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-6:00pm, Sat 11:30am-6:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, French

24 Reviews

First Review by Cedric-1977

Délicieux, abordable et varié - Edit

C'est la 2e fois que j'y mange et je me suis de nouveau régalée. Quel dommage que ce ne soit pas ouvert le soir ! Je recommande à 100%.

Pros: la carte change souvent , le goût est là , très abordable pour Lyon !

Cons: la salle est un peu petite et c'est vite plein

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Cute Vegan Cafe - Edit

Great spot for a warm drink and sweet snack in Lyon. They had a case full of (all) vegan baked goods and a full selection of coffee and tea drinks.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the interior was sunny and inviting.

I would recommend this cafe to anyone looking for spot to grab an afternoon tea.

Pros: Many Vegan Options, Friendly Service, Good Atmosphere

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Délicieux et réconfortant - Edit

Très belle surprise avec cet adorable café dans Lyon !
Des plats fait maison avec amour qui changent quotidiennement, le tout est absolument délicieux, simple mais goûtu ! La salade de quinoa avec des noix et fruits secs était à tomber, la soupe aux légumes anciens parfaitement équilibrée, le wraps frais, croquant et bien fourni, le cobbler tout aussi bon. Les deux adorables femmes qui tiennent le café sont pleines d'une belle énergie ! Les prix sont raisonnables, les portions parfaites, une très belle découverte !

Pauline, ambassadrice pour Berlin

Pros: fresh tasty, well seasoned , daily dishes and menus, all vegan, seasonal

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super! - Edit

Un super restaurant entièrement vegan.
J'ai pris une formule plat dessert à emporter et je me suis régalée!
Le curry de légumes avec le riz complet était savoureux et j'ai craqué pour le gâteau au chocolat.
Les serveuses étaient aimables et souriantes, bref une adresse à retenir!
Si vous voulez manger sur place, j'ai vu que les gens avaient réservé.
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It's a vegan restaurant.
I have bought take away food:
A vegetable curry with brown rice and a piece of chocolate cake, it was really tasty!
The staff is very nice too, i'll come back next time i'm in Lyon.
If you want to eat at the restaurant i'll advise you to book it in advance.

Pros: tout est vegan, all vegan

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Simply Amazing - Edit

I went here with my roommate who is actually a vegan chef and we were both really surprised by how tasty and inexpensive it was. I was genuinely impressed.

It was only 13.50 euros for a small salad full of flavour, followed by a wrap filled with delicious hummus (with peanuts in it - yum!), and then a slice of carrot cake for dessert; it was the best carrot cake I've ever had, and I've tried many!

It is a small space so it's best to make a reservation via Facebook the day before. The staff was very friendly and responded to my messages almost instantly when I made mine. :)

To sum this place up, simply amazing.

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Pocas opciones pero ricas - Edit

El menú del día consistía en una sopa de verduras y un plato principal a elegir. La sopa estaba buenísima. Una de las mejores sopas que he probado en mi vida. Era de calabaza pero tenía un toque de jengibre que nos calentó bien el estómago. Cantidad muy bien. En cuanto al plato principal, había lasaña, wrap o ensalada. La lasaña, lamentablemente estaba agotada pero tenía una pinta estupenda (las dos últimas se las estaban comiendo en la mesa de al lado). El wrap estaba muy rico y también bastante grande, con una salsa de sésamo y cacahuetes que estaba muy buena. La ensalada tenía trozos de calabaza, quinoa y lentejas y también muy rica. Hay agua en cada mesa. Probamos la tarta de zanahorias y también riquísima. Sin duda volveríamos y lo recomendamos.

Pros: vegan, comida muy rica, personal simpático

Cons: poca variedad si llegas tarde

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amazing ! - Edit

The food is homemade and soooo good, the portions are generous for very honest prices. On top of that, the place feels cosy with great music and a nice service.

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good food but they run out - Edit

I have visited this cafe several times. Sadly most of the time I come they are pretty much completely out of savory food. The food that I have had is delicious. Just get there right when they open or don’t bother going at all unless you are only in the mood for something sweet.

Pros: delicious , all vegan, not too expensive

Cons: run out of food constantly

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Finally a vegan café in Lyon - Edit

I was happily surprised to find this little café on my last visit to Lyon.
Had a nice veggie wrap and green juice, will come back to taste the sweet goodies

Pros: friendly staff, nice juice, lots of choice

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excellent restaurant et pâtisseries veganes - Edit

Tout ce que l'on pourrait attendre d'une super cantine vegane sans compter sur un large choix de pâtisseries faites maison à tomber !! Je recommande grandement !
Attention à réserver une table pour manger sur place car le lieu est petit.

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Nice vegan café, run by actual vegans - Edit

Nice place. Best quality for price vegan food I've had, and seen in the whole city... A little far out from center, but worth it. Staff are not the most talkative, but still kind. I would go back, and do recommend !

Pros: All vegan, and good

Cons: A little expensive, but cheaper than all the other, A good walk from touristy part of the city

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Toujours contente de goûter leurs plats - Edit

Personnel très sympathique, une touche de décoration intérieur agréable, pas mal de choix sur la carte qui est faite de façon journalière avec des ingrédients frais.

Mon avis sur les plats chauds :
– Leurs plats chauds sont bons, et souvent dans l’originalité (graines, sauces, etc.)
– La patate douce est une bonne idée en ingrédient pour le snack (wraps)

Mon avis sur les desserts :
– Ils sont très bons
– Leurs gâteaux sont toujours très bien pensés et moelleux
– Beaucoup de choix

Quelques défauts se glissent quand même dans ce restaurant :
– Parfois les quantités sont trop petites
– Les prix sont un peu chères
– Le nombre de plat préparé est souvent inférieur à la demande ce qui en découle que lorsque nous arrivons il n’y a plus rien (ou qu’un seul choix)
– Pas de site internet, ils sont seulement sur Facebook et Instagram (récent) => un site internet de type « vitrine » serait une bonne initiative
– Le menu du jour n’est pas publié assez vite (si l’on souhaite attendre la publication de celui-ci, parfois il n’y a plus rien de disponible)

Pros: Originalité des plats, Nombreux choix de dessert toujours goûteux, Snack rapide en complément des plats chauds

Cons: Parfois les quantités sont trop petite, Menu du jour n'est pas publié assez vite, Prix sont un peu chère

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Nice atmosphere in Lyon - Edit

Small Cafe in the 7th.
The menu changes daily and they have nice vegan dessert too !
Nice place to go for the breakfast, a lunch or a craving afternoon. You must go early for lunch as it's small and they can run out food...
You should definitely give it a try !!!

Pros: nice dessert

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Un très bon restaurant - Edit

Nous sommes allés tester ce restaurant pour le veggieworld de Lyon et je vous le recommande. le menu soupe et plat du jour (un Chili) pour 12 euros était excellent !

Pros: repas excellent , prix, accueil chaleureux

Cons: On a eu de la chance de trouver de la place. A 10

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very nice - Edit

the food is nice, only one kind of main dish but changing everyday, and the staff is very friendly.
Only one issue: you need to book before coming if you want to eat there.
Also, pastry are awsome!

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Nice little cafe - Edit

We just went for a quick cup of coffee. He coffee selection was great but unfortunately the cake selection that day was not so plentiful so we decided against staying for cake.

Pros: moderately priced

Cons: didn't find a big selection of cakes nor descripti

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Friendly Cafe - Edit

A small cafe with in & outside seating area. Staff speak English. Excellent coffee. Friendly staff who have a welcoming smile. The food was wholesome, we ordered veg lasagne, brownie and coffee. Although delicious the food was a little dry and would have benefited from sauce. To be fair we did arrive in the very late afternoon and it's possible we got the last food available... Either way, I'd recommend using a vegan cream or cheese in the lasagne. Merci.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Location, Good Coffee

Cons: Dry - Needs Sauce

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Popular vegan cafe in Lyon - Edit

Wonderful to find a totally vegan cafe in Lyon!
It's not far from the Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et la Deportation (very moving and interesting museum).
Looks like they have a soup, salad, wrap and plat each day, and also do smoothies, juices, muffins and so on. We had the plat which was a big tasty slice of vegan lasagne with roasted aubergines served with green salad (nice dressing). We tried the muffins - vegan cake is a novelty in France so you have to grab any opportunity!
Very friendly service and there were plenty of seats inside and out, although it's clearly popular as it was quite busy and the staff seemed to be rushing to try and keep up.
Really good, home-made style lunch which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Pros: All vegan , Easy to find (thanks to HappyCow!), Cakes!

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Une petite métamorphose lyonnaise - Edit

Pour une grande ville, Lyon n'est pas vraiment végé, encore moins vegan, ce qui peut parfois être désespérant quand on a envie de manger dehors. On a vite fait le tour...

Bref, j'ai attendu avec excitation l'ouverture de Against the Grain. Il va être difficile de ne pas être dans l’emphase quand on parle du restaurant que je fréquente désormais une fois par semaine !

Ho joie, du vegan, du 100% fait maison, du goûteux, pour un prix plus que raisonnable. Le plat du jour, généreux et délicieux, pour 10€ ? Une soupe pour 4€ ? Et un wrap pour 6€ ? Sachant qu'il y a des formules ?

Les wraps sont toujours très sympas, les plats du jour assez parfaits (crumble de légumes d'hiver ou curry thai par exemple), une chouette carte de boissons et les desserts... Je rêve encore de ce cheesecake.

En plus de ça, un lieu accueillant quoique petit (pensez à réserver !) et une Chef vraiment gentille.

Je ne m'en lasse pas et mes quelques amis omnivores non plus !


Lyon is a big city but not really vegan, which is a bit depressing when you want to eat outside.
Well, Against the grain was very expected :)

100% vegan and home cooked, delicious, cheap.
Very warm people.

This is your perfect cantine.

Pros: Très bonne cuisine vegan, Lieu et accueil

Cons: Tout petit restaurant

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Great resto - Edit

The restaurant is really small, but the food is great! We went there, it was full of people, so we just bought food and ate it in the parc. But it was so delicious! The tacos with so many ingredients! It was really amazing.

Pros: great food, friendly staff, sympathic place

Cons: small restaurant, need reservation

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... - Edit

I went to this restaurant because of the good reviews. The lady that helped me was very friendly and a nice host. It also looked very clean. I had a soup and a main dish rice and beans/lentils. Frankly I thought it was very basic. It was something that I can easily make at home. When I'm going to a vegan restaurants I aspect something special, not just rice and beans with some tacos sticked in it. Why not pimp it up with a seitan curry and a bit of salad for example? However this place has great potential and I hope they wont feel offended by this review.

Pros: Clean, friendly host, speaks English

Cons: Basic, not a lot of choice

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super petite cantine - Edit

très bon marché. une soupe et un plat pour 11€50. très bonne cuisine vegan. très copieux.

Pros: pas cher, service rapide, très bonne cuisine

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Miam Miam Miam - Edit

Lyon is the so-called capital of Gastronomy in France. And it's probably true if you like eating all different kinds of meats or cheeses... If you like eating cruel food.
As being from Lyon originally, I kind of gave up trying to eat something vegan there when I am rarely visiting the place... until few days ago ! :)
I had a divine thai curry and wonderful yummy cookies in this great little restaurant not far from the campus of Lyon II.
The place was clear, neat and welcoming and the two ladies were just lovely and really willing to advise and help (I was with my two really-not-even-close-to-be-vegetarian-parents). Everyone was happy, especially our bellies and our wallets because it's not expensive at all for such a quality (and nice quantity). And now I will just be super happy to go back to visit Lyon for I found a great cantine !
Thank you very much !! :)

An advice: book your table, it's very popular and in a tiny place (which makes it nice too).

Pros: The delicious Food, The lovely ladies, The Price

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Un restaurant Vegan Exceptionnel - Edit

Aujourd'hui nous avons fait une découverte exceptionnelle! J'ai enfin su ce qu'a ressenti Anton Ego, le critique gastronomique dans le film Ratatouille, au moment où il déguste les plats de Rémy et Alfredo!!
En poussant la porte de ce restaurant on est de suite sous le charme de la décoration, la Chef nous accueille avec un large sourire. La carte du jour nous fait briller les yeux. La présentation des plats est raffinée et soignée. Les saveurs explose en bouche. Cette jeune Chef est vraiment très agréable, sa cuisine est divine, le service et la déco sont au top! Il est clair que nous n'avions pas pris autant de plaisir dans un restaurant depuis très très longtemps, vraiment un gros coup de coeur! Et détail qui ne trompe pas, bien souvent même les meilleurs restaurants négligent le café, ici il est DELICIEUX, une machine expresso Saeco: pas de doutes, ici rien n'est laissé au hasard. 20/20, merci pour ce moment magique!

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