Middle Eastern

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a large plant-based menu - about half the menu is vegan with some vegetarian choices. The whole menu has gluten-free, paleo, & keto options. The gluten grain breads are not sourced in their facility to prevent cross-contamination of their gluten-free offerings. Opening hours are reported to be unreliable, check ahead. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm. Closed Sun.

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23 Reviews

First Review by KimberlyNikolDodson


Points +181

14 Jun 2023

Best vegan food in the area

I love how this restaurant has a separate “plant based” menu with several different options. The dishes I’ve tried have always been fresh and full of flavor. My favs are the falafel sandwich (can be made gf) and all the empanadas! So good!

Pros: Super friendly owner , Has gluten free options , Doesn’t skimp on flavor

Cons: Needs more vegan desserts



Points +2301

20 May 2023

Strong 3.5

I loved the plant based menu. I loved having this option in Idaho Falls and they seemed to be promoting plant based through their food and philosophy, in an area not known to connect with veganism.
We had the falafel platter, butternut squash soup, and mushroom/vegetable empanada with rice and beans. The falafel were a bit greasy for me, and I wanted the butternut squash soup to have a little more body and seasoning. They do have a plant based tzatziki sauce; which you don’t often find in a non-vegan restaurant.
All in all, I would eat there again. We took our order to go and ate at the Japanese Garden a few blocks away. The restaurant reminded me of a tea room, and I found it charming. Owners were friendly and helpful!

Pros: Plant based menu, Close to the Falls, Plant based tzatziki sauce

Cons: No outdoor seating


Points +107

19 Jul 2022

Nice little spot for good food

Stopped in to see what is what about. Had the Taste Of Costa Rica, it was delicious. The empanada was really good. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely worth the visit.

Pros: Great tasting food, Worth the money

Cons: Loud outside with all the trucks and motorcycles


Points +82

17 Jul 2022

Good stop for vegan food

Has a dedicated vegetarian/vegan menu with a lot of good options (vegan sandwiches/burgers, veggie/vegan empanadas, falafel). Friendly staff. Worth the stop off the interstate for some good food.

Pros: Dedicated veggie/vegan menu


Points +25

15 Jun 2022

Good vegetarian/ vegan options s

The owner suggested us some good options based on our palate. The falafel platter was great. The taste of Nicaragua was very filling with some rice, beans, empanada and plantain fry. Best option during out travel betweeb Idaho and Yellowstone

Pros: Lots of vegan and vegetarian options, The owner was very accommodative , The food was really good and freshly made


Points +196

14 May 2022

Friendly attentive service. I had the falafel pita with yogurt tzatziki

Best vegan options in town! I searched long and hard while I was here and I’d say this place is the best!

Pros: Delicious fries! , Awesome vegan sauce choices (fry sauce is great), Fast service

Cons: No alcohol😄


Points +156

Non Veg
31 Mar 2022

Great service

Owner was very friendly and attentive, gave us free fries to try which were cooled in gmo free rice oil which tasted great, food was good and atmosphere was comfy

Pros: Two pages of vegan options, 📺 Tv we could use the remote on


Points +140

31 Mar 2022

Great spot :)

Visiting from San Antonio and found this place. I’m so glad I did! Reminds me of a spot called hash vegan from home. The owner was so nice and helped us decide what to get and even brought us free fries! The falafels and empanada were so good. I wish they had one at home because I’d be over often. But I’ll definitely be stopping by anytime I’m in town.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Very friendly owner , Good food


Points +17

20 Feb 2022

A must stop when downtown

Always a winner

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-20

Pros: Never disappoints, Best French Fries Ever, Friendly at home sevice


Points +57

05 Nov 2021

Fab spot for vegan options.

I had the “chkn salad” sandwich. Loved it!
Great customer service!
Our second visit we tried the fries which are award winning!!
And the empanadas. Everything is delicious!

Updated from previous review on 2021-02-11


Points +23

11 Sep 2021


Great service, wonderful food. We had delicious empanadas, a lovely soup and yummy falafel wrap. There are two pages of purely vegan options and we were sad not to be able to try them all! The smoothies were also good.

Pros: So many options!, Interesting seating downstairs

Cons: The sitting area upstairs is a bit small


Points +30

09 Sep 2021


Cute little place, stopped here while traveling and I got the vegan falafel wrap with a side of veggies and falafel. The wrap was good and the vegan tzatziki sauce was delicious! The veggies & hummus were okay, but the hummus was a bit grainy and lacking in flavor. The split menu was a really nice touch, as I didn’t have to worry about accidentally being served animal products, and the meat-eaters I was with ordered off of the meat menu. Overall I would definitely come back and try something else!

Pros: clear menu, lots of vegan options, nice atmosphere


Points +24

30 Aug 2021

Very friendly staff and numerous vegan options

Upon arrival, we were greeted by an associate who gave us a breakdown of the menu and made a recommendation. We ordered a smoked gouda sriracha burger and a burger that had a cashew patty. They were both delicious and each came with a side. It was a pretty good value (about $24) for the 2 of us for lunch. The staff were very friendly!😄 We ate in the large downstairs dining room, which had the feel of being in our grandparents' home with some of the 'vintage' decor.

Pros: dedicated plant-based menu, great customer service


Points +24

31 May 2021

Great Pita Sandwiches

Had a really great falafel pita sandwich with vegan tzatziki sauce. Friendly staff, and a pleasant restaurant.

Updated from previous review on 2021-05-31

Pros: Separate plant-based menu, Plenty of vegan options


Points +181

14 May 2021

An Idaho Falls Gem

I was passing through Idaho Falls and came across AltaVita on Happy Cow and thought I’d give it a shot. This place was AMAZING! They basically have an entire duplicate version of their menu that is plant-based. I ordered the falafel appetizer and two empanadas (bean & cheese and mixed veggie & beyond meat). Everything was delicious. I would give this place 5 stars if I could. Extremely impressed!

Their dining room experience is also very unique and worth checking out.

Only downside to my experience was that my meal came 20 minutes after my friends’ did, but I at least had my appetizer for a little while before I devoured it.

Pros: So many vegan options, Delicious food

Cons: Mediocre service


Points +18

07 Apr 2021

amazing plant based options!

i would rate it five stars if i could! roadtripping from MA and was so happy to stumble across this place. the mock chicken salad sandwich was amazing, they made sure to ask if i wanted it vegan or not. the plant based options are clearly marked and have their own menu. best fries i’ve had in a long time too! super friendly service and lovely space. made me happy to pass through on my journey!

Pros: vegan friendly , kind employees, tasty sides


Points +55

17 Dec 2020

What a phenomenal burger!

Loved the food. Very vegan friendly. Please specify you’re a Vegan when you’re ordering just in case they think you’re on a plant based diet and eat Mayo/dairy.


Points +73

19 Nov 2020

Hidden Gem!

I went here at the start of a trip and had their mock chicken salad. I had to go back because it was so good. The owners are really friendly and helpful. There are very few places in the area with vegan options and i was thrilled to find this family owned resurant!

Pros: Vegan options, Family owned, Adorable decor


Points +16

19 Nov 2020

Should be 5 Stars!!!

Nice, cozy spot with real actual vegan food, not a black bean burger!!! Super friendly staff, and cool laid back atmosphere make for a great meal. Try the "chicken" salad sandwich!!!

Pros: Vegan food!!!

Cons: None


Points +38

09 Aug 2020

Great spot!

Stopped in for dinner during our stop in Idaho Falls. Couldn’t have been happier. Customer service was great—helpful, accommodating and friendly. Would definitely stop here again! (This place deserves 5 stars, but sadly app doesn’t allow)

Pros: Options for every diet. , Customer service was amazing!, Food was great!


Points +22

22 Jun 2020


We loved stopping here. They make everything from scratch- cashew cheese, hand cut French fries, juices... vegan heaven. Plus the owner is lovely- great place stop by and support them.


Points +62

04 Jun 2020

Deserves 5 Stars

Adorable restaurant - same place where Persnickety Lemon used to be. Owners are beyond friendly, accommodating, and personable. They have an entire separate vegan menu with gluten free options. Everything there tastes amazing. We especially love the "Chicken" salad sandwich, cashew burger, burritos, and sugar cookies!

Pros: Delicious Food, Great Variety, Cozy Atmosphere

Cons: A Bit Pricey


Points +147

09 Mar 2020

Vegan oasis in a small town

Amazing little restaurant with great vegan options and the friendliest staff you’ll ever encounter. I wish I could give this place 5 stars.

Pros: Vegan menu, Friendly service , Easy to find

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