Andy Nguyen's

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 36 reviews )

2007 Broadway St, Sacramento, California, USA, 95818

Sacramento vegetarian restaurant south of Hwy 50 btwn 16th and 26th St exits. Offering Vietnamese food since 1984. Extensive menu includes large bowls of soup, mockmeat dishes, vegetables, beverages. Dishes have Buddhist names such as wish fulfiling jewel soup, peaceful existence curry claypot, and true nature of mind steamed tofu. Vegan dishes are marked. Location is near a temple and busy in the evening. Open Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm, Tue-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Asian, Vietnamese, Buddhist

36 Reviews

First Review by OriginalGT

Very delicious - Edit

Very nice restaurant with a nice environment. I brought my nonvegetarian family here and they were complaining because the wanted meat but after they tried their plate the really loved it and want to come back! 😏The food is well served nice flavours in my opinion they made the best friend noodles in town. :)

Pros: all vegetarian and some vegan options

Cons: accurate

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Vegan food full enlightenment! - Edit

Vegan and Vegetarian friends: Eat here!

My non-veg husband and I ate at Andy's during our visit to Sacramento. The outside of the building is older, quaint with nice plants outside. Inside the restaurant was small and had a zen vibe.

One server was working. It was late on Sunday night and there were a few tables full. Not too many. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu options and Vegan choices.

We ordered Thai coconut milk iced tea and pomegranate green tea. Yum!
For an appetizer we ordered the sampler. It was great to get to try everything! I ordered the Pho and he ordered the Chow fun.


Everything was so uniquely flavorful. The tofu and shitake mushrooms in the chow fun were cooked and seasoned to perfection. The pho had perfectly balanced flavors of lime, basil and spice. We both agreed it was the best pho we have ever had.

My husband who usually LOVES meat. Can't live with out meat. Kept exclaiming, "This is soooooo good". He also said that it was the best meal we had in Northern California.

The dishes were also very reasonably priced. Will eat here again (and again) anytime we are in the area. Highly recommend!

Pros: Most items were Vegan or can be made vegan, Cute "zen- like" atmosphere, Fresh produce for sale. proceeds donated to the te

Cons: May I suggest taking down the handwritten paper si, Menu is a bit confusing to figure out which food i

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Food too sweet; VERY slow - Edit

The food is far too sweet! The “spicy lemongrass” dish was not at all spicy, and had absolutely no lemongrass or lemongrass flavor. It was just an extremely sweet—dessert-sweet!—brown sauce over tofu/veg/fake meat. When I asked the server if it was actually the spicy lemongrass dish, she flatly said it was, and gave me some sriracha-type sauce to squirt in there, saying that the kitchen doesn’t usually make that dish spicy but if they do they just squirt that sauce in. (Not cooked with dried or fresh chilis, which I like in Asian food advertised as “spicy.”) The pad Thai was extremely sweet, too. They were out of chow fun noodles, which we had wanted, so we had to settle for the pad Thai.

We also ordered the tempura okra appetizer, which was delicious but very small. It took them thirty-five minutes to bring the appetizer, and the restaurant only had five tables occupied. (The last time we visited it took more than 40 minutes!)

The server was very unfriendly and inattentive the whole time we were there, and when my husband told her the men’s room was out of soap, she told him, “Use the women’s room.”

Cons: food far too sweet, very slow even when restaurant half-empty, unfriendly and inattentive service

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Good Karma! - Edit

Dinner at Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian Cuisine was a great way to end my week in the Sacramento area doing volunteer work for animals.

My dining companion and I, both vegan, started by sharing Karma Rolls - fresh mango, tofu, carrots and daikon wrapped in rice paper and served with soy dipping sauce.

As a main course, I had the Spring "Beef" Salad - lemongrass infused soy beef over mixed greens with assorted veggies, crushed peanuts, and soy vinaigrette dressing.

My friend had Self Nurturing Chow Fun - noodles with soy beef, shiitake mushrooms and tofu in a mushroom sauce.

Everything we ate was very fresh, well presented, tasty, and in good portions.

The atmosphere was simple but very clean and calming with soft light and pretty plants.

Although there appeared to be just one waiter, he seemed to have no trouble handling the half-full restaurant when we arrived for dinner at 7 pm on a Thursday night. By the time we left around 8 pm, the restaurant had almost filled up!

My only criticism is that in some cases it was unclear which menu items were vegan and which just vegetarian. The waiter told us everything was vegan, and most menu items were specifically marked as such. However, a few items were not marked vegan, and there was a note at the bottom of the menu that some dishes have whey proteins.

Pros: Tasty food, Nice atmosphere, Good service

Cons: Unclear if a few dishes are vegan or vegetarian

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great food! - Edit

This is one of my favorite places to get vegan food in Sacramento. All of the egg rolls are amazing as well as the soups. The service is great too, always very friendly!!

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not bad - Edit

The food is a bit bland and overpriced. Nice environment, but not my favorite place to get vegie Vietnamese in the area.

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A Favorite! - Edit

I love the food here! I have been eating here for years, and never had a bad meal. They have a great variety of foods. Love the thai ice tea as well! Service is good, I believe it is family run. Very nice people. Always a favorite!

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Meh - Edit

I only went here once and I have no desire to go back. Their menu seemed to be all about fake meats and I am not a fan of fake meats. You can also get tofu, but you would likely have to ask to sub it out. The flavors were alright, but I personally would rather just go to my local Thai food restaurant.

Pros: vegan

Cons: Fake meat, Nothing special

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great food - Edit

I have been to Andy Nguyen's several times. The food is great.

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slow service, so so food - Edit

Ate here about a week ago. The restaurant was mostly full but had only one waiter. He did his job well, but was spread way too thin waiting on so many tables. My partner had the burger--ugh. It was not a burger, just a bunch of slices of something sweet. The French fries were really good. He also got a noodle bowl. Again, it wasn't spicy, it was sweet. We asked for some vinegar, and were given some sweet liquid; don't know what it was, but it sure wasn't vinegar. My spicy lemongrass dish was pretty weak too. All in all, a moderate disappointment.

Pros: large menu

Cons: food too sweet, slow service

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Blown away - Edit

I have only been to this place once (that will change!) and I had the best pho I have ever tasted. It was really amazing. They have lots of vegan options. Definitely my new favorite place in this area!

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Good food, service & ambiance - Edit

Good vegetarian/vegan food & service. Ambiance was nice as well. The food is mostly Asian/Vietnamese. Service was good. Parking was not a problem.

Pros: totally vegan

Cons: too much fake meat

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One of my favorites - Edit

I really love Andy Nguyen's. I appreciate the flavors and variety. I feel like I consistently get a healthy, reasonably priced meal. I also enjoy their teas and fresh juices.

Pros: Lots of flavor , Healthy eating

Cons: Website is non-functional, Service can be slow

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Delicious, centrally located, friendly vegan food - Edit

Andy Nguyen's has been a solid go-to vegan and vegetarian spot in Sacramento for decades.

In the Buddhist Asian vein of food, but a step above the greasy vegan Chinese food options you often see. It's easy to spend a lot of money here if you're not careful, with $7 appetizers, but the lunch specials are a great buy.

Parking is actually easy enough on the side streets, but it's in a great location to bike, bus, or light rail to (there is a light rail stop a block away.)

The staff is typically extremely friendly. The food isn't fast, but I've never felt like I'm waiting too long.

Their website, which used to be bad, has been revamped and is now atrocious: completely nonfunctioning. We had hoped to do a big takeout order the other day, and finally found a version of the menu on some other menu website. Then they didn't answer the phone. Their Yelp page has a decent summary of their menu, just without prices.

So don't try the website: just go on it.

Pros: delicious, reasonably priced, friendly

Cons: atrocious , nonfunctioning website

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Excellent! - Edit

My favorite Vegan Friendly restaurant in Sacramento.
The food is fantastic.

I wish they would bring back the Karmic Connection Crepe!!!

Pros: Food, Presentation, Atmosphere

Cons: no bike rack

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Food is not good and not very authentic - Edit

With all the hype about this being one of Sac's best veg spots, I had to check it out. The service is slow, but that didn't bother me so much. It's a small independently-run place, one server for the whole restaurant, so yeah, it will be slow, but that's to be expected sometime when you support small local businesses. I just don't see why everyone loves the food so much. The presentation was lovely, but the flavors and the resemblance to the dish it's supposed to be were huge failures. My friend had the Supreme Noodle soup, which is basically supposed to be like Bun bo Hue, but was actually far from it, with the broth lacking the lemongrass and spicy flavors it should have. I had the "pad thai" which tasted nothing like pad thai as it was lacking in sauce and flavor and the noodles were so dry. We also tried the fresh rolls, which were fine, but the peanut sauce was terrible. I actually loved the atmosphere here, but I wish the food were actually good enough to make it worth the visit.

Pros: Lovely atmosphere, Beautiful presentation

Cons: Food is not good

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Very Pleasantly Surprised!!! - Edit

This place is outstanding. Feels like more than just food going on.

The menu names are just as cool as the food. You can tell a lot of love goes into it, really.

Some of the best food I have ever tasted, I'm surprised it's in Sacramento.

Pros: taste, presence , quality

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Delicious! - Edit

Great taste and food presentation!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly and attentive staff

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Awesome experience for the palate - Edit

Great food! Especially the spring rolls (Karma rolls) and Lemon Salad. Everything was extremely fresh and invigorating and the staff was very attentive. Would definitely go here again!

Pros: excellent food, healthy, friendly staff

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One of the Valley's best - Edit

I LOVE ANDY'S!!!! the atmosphere is Heavenly and the staff is always polite but sometimes slow...I really love the fact that they switched a few years ago and have maintained being forerunners in the Valley. Favourite dishes include Awakening of Mind and 10'000 Buddahs burger, which can be made Vegan!
Their desserts are mouth watering and they also make fresh juices and teas.

Pros: Consistency, Atomsphere, Filling

Cons: sometimes slow

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Review Update - Poor service - Edit

I used to really like Andy Nguyen's and the food remains fresh and delicious, but the service I received on my last visit was so bad I don't think I'll ever return. We went last week to use our Groupon and it was busy, which we expected. We had four people and were told we'd have to wait 30 min. We were third in line for a table. Over the next hour, people left and tables sat empty, but we still had no table. After the hour mark, with 3 empty tables, I asked about getting seated, which finally happened (glad I asked...). Then we were asked to move tables to accomodate a larger party. No sorry or please or thank you about anything. No apology for waiting....We were even told "your drinks are gonna take a while, ok?"

The kitchen staff here is amazing. The food is delicious and when the kitchen staff brought our food out they were very courteous and helpful. But the waitstaff/front of house is HORRIBLE and I highly recommend they consider restaffing or retraining for better customer service.

Also, I don't remember the exact pricing last time we were here, but it seems to be quite expensive now, especially considering the location.

Sorry, I won't be back.

Original Review from a couple year ago - I have read most of the reviews about Andy Nguyen's and was worried to try it due to many reports of inconsistency in quality and service. I have only been once so far, so I don't personally know about the consistency, but on the day I went, the food was outstanding. The best Vietnamese food I've had in quite a while. The dishes were full of flavors that were all different and the dishes offered a great balance of flavors and textures. I loved their use of fresh herbs as well. The serving sizes compared to price were pretty good as well. I don't know if there are different priced menus (lunch vs dinner), but we went around 3 pm and many entrees were around $8 for a nice-sized portion, which is pretty good for Sacramento. I also went with someone who eats gluten free and it was pretty easy to find items that both of us could share. The only lacking part of the experience was the slightly inattentive waitstaff (waiting to order, waiting for check, etc), but the wait was not excessive. I can't wait to go back, I just hope I don't experience some of the problems previously reviewers have had.
Updated from previous review on Monday January 05, 2009

Pros: fresh delicious food

Cons: HORRIBLE customer service, expensive, not all vegan

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Some good dishes, but more than a few drawbacks - Edit

I love Andy Nguyen's, have been a regular customer for years. Their food is delicious and creative, and prices reasonable. However, sometimes their dishes lack consistency, oftentimes they run out of ingredients and sometimes you have to wait a VERY long time for your food. The enlighten mind rolls are amazing.

Updated from previous review on Friday July 18, 2008

Today at Andy's my husband and I noticed several changes on the menu. The menu now indicates whether dishes are vegan, can be made vegan, contain dairy, and other dietary information. To our disappointment, many of the dishes that we love here are not vegan and can only be made vegan by taking out some of the main ingredients, namely the soy chicken and soy ham which contain whey. In the past we were told these items were vegan, so naturally, we decided to speak with the owner. We were told they switched distributors and that some of their previously vegan ingredients are no longer vegan. We hope the explanation is accurate because we are very serious about our vegan lifestyle and would be very upset if we've been unknowingly eating whey all this time. Regardless, we are very disappointed at Andy Nguyen's for their lack of commitment to providing quality vegan food. Andy Nguyen's is still great for vegetarians, if you don't mind the poor service, but vegans beware! I would put a lower rating but Happy Cow won't let me. *1 cow*

Pros: some great dishes

Cons: bad service, inconsistant, progressively less vegan-friendly

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Thank you - Edit

I went to this restaurant, waited, and waited, nothing happened, finally left before ever placing an order. And listening to the grumbling of the people next to us who still had not received their food.

Thank you everyone for the reviews. Great food or not, it sounds like I will avoid this restaurant in the future due to the service issues. It does not sound like my experience was just a one time thing. Eating out is too expensive to put up with these things.

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Great Food - TERRIBLE Service - Edit

Positive - Andy Nguyens has fabulous food that you just can't get anywhere else! If you haven't tried it, you absolutely have to!

Negative - The service is the worst I have ever encountered. Except to wait 30 min. just to be seated, another hour before they even take your order, and fully expect them to forget someone's plate, or get the order wrong, and not fill your water a single time. Everybody I know who has eaten there has had the same problems, and it is the same everytime I go, no matter who is working.

Having said that, I keep going back because the food is great!
There is another Andy Nguyen's on Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova. They don't have the same vegetarian selection, but they do have some very good vegetarian dishes, and the service is a 100% turn-around. I definitely recommend the Rancho location.

Pros: Unique Food, Good Food

Cons: TERRIBLE service!

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Good food, but... - Edit

I really want to like this place because the food is tasty and the dishes have cute names. I've eaten from here twice. Each time, there has been quite a wait for your food. In understand waiting if it's busy and I'm generally a patient person, but when told it will be 10 minutes, I plan to wait 10 minutes, not 25 minutes for a to-go order. The food was good though, but kind of expensive!

Pros: many choices

Cons: long wait for food, price

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Vegan With A Great Meal - Edit

My partner and I have eaten at Andy Nguyen's on a regular schedule for the past five years and have never had a bad meal. The food is always excellent and a place that can almost be guaranteed to satisfy guests, especially out of town guests, whether they are vegan or not. Many of our guests have committed that it is one of the best meals they have very had. There is a wide range of Vietnamese foods on the impressive menu and all taste of fresh ingredients, individually prepared, full of exciting flavors, and with a professional presentation. I do not think that there isn't a better vegan restaurant in Sacramento. My partner has to have an Andy Nguyen's fix at least once a month.

Admittedly, the service can be slow so allow yourself some extra time for a please meal; this also includes lunches. If a person plans to have slow relaxing and fantastic tasting meal at very competitive prices for excellent quality, Andy Nguyen's is the place.

Pros: Great Menu, Fantastic Food, Competitive Pricing

Cons: Service can be slow.

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Tasty food but poor service/price - Edit

I have been to this restaurant several times over the past couple of years and although they serve delicious vegan food, their service, portions and price seem worse and worse as time goes on. The last time I went there with a party of 4 and 2 were served their entree 20 minutes before the other 2. The restaurant seems to always be understaffed. The portions seem to have significantly shrunk recently. It's hard to justify going here when there are other local options like Au Lac and Noble with better service, portions and prices.

Pros: Good presentation, Tasty food, Good atmosphere

Cons: Prices, Portions, Service

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