Arbatine

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Laisvės al. 100, Kaunas, Lithuania

Est. in the city centre since the 2000s as a vegetarian cafe and switched its menu to be all-vegan in 2012. Confirmed vegan Dec 2016. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Buffet, Lithuanian

25 Reviews

First Review by wildfang

Good falafel and national dishes - Edit

This place is super cozy but english is a problem, menu is not in english or at least I could not get one, at least the name of the dishes is in english, ingridients are not, if you are not there with native speaker, good luck with ordering drinks :D and I was told not even the stuff speaks english. But to the actual food, I liked that they have veganized national dishes, so you can try what people eat here, I got falafel only but it was nice, not great, but the muschroom sauce along with it was delicious, it evened the savours of the falafel....Location is great, though. I would go again but only with native speaker or at least google translator :D

Pros: Location, Veganized local dishes

Cons: English is problem

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Traditional Lithuanian food vegan style - Edit

Weird but cool place 😀 My favorite meal is Žemaičių pancakes, potato pancakes with mushrooms inside 🌞

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Mixed - Edit

Ordered 4 meals, one was really bad, two were alright and one was really good. Also had a mediocre soy cappuccino.
The woman at the counter was sort of rude at first, then really nice in the end.
The price was alright, but the portion sizes were pretty small.
Also the restaurant was kind of dark.

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suprising place - Edit

If you would just randomly step inside this place you would expect... well nothing. But instead you get quite awesome vegan food with quite interesting menu and with lot of options. Both the place and food reminded me a bit some communism-era diners, but in a good way.

Pros: tasty and filling food, all vegan, cheap

Cons: some things were not available :(

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Best in Kaunas! - Edit

Best place in town, always tasty meals, feels like at home

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loved it - Edit

Authentic Lithuanian Vegan food. Definitely something different and highly to recommend. Servers were friendly and even let us try food, great conversations. :)
They did have meals with honey options which technically doesn't make them 100% vegan, I don't understand why they have the need to offer it, but I am assuming the owners and servers are not vegan themselves and don't follow the vegan philosophies.

Pros: great food, authentic, affordable, bakery items excellent

Cons: meals with honey offered

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Traditional Lithuanian dishes - Edit

This is a real gem located on the main pedestrian boulevard in Kaunas, among chain shops and cafes.

It's a cosy place and the owners are not pretending to be hip. This seems to be a normal Lithuanian restaurant that just happens to be a vegan/vegetarian place (although it is labelled vegan here on HappyCow, I'm sure some of the meals on the menu are vegetarian) and locals of all ages were enjoying their lunches while I was there.

I had the spicy bean soup to warm me up on this rainy day and the beetroot burgers which were fantastic!

I certainly recommend this place.

Pros: Traditional food, Friendly staff, Very affordable

Cons: The vegan labelling in the menu could be better

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Vegan meal at your grandma’s place - Edit

Arbatine has a certain fell like you’re at your grandparents Sunday lunch and most amazing thing is that everything in vegan. They veganized traditional Lithuanian food and made them very affordable. Staff is very polite, menu is in Lithuanian and English, it’s located on the main street and the interior is very cozy. Like someone mentioned in previous review, at Arbatine you can find from older locals to trendy hipsters.

We had cold beetroot soup, dumplings with mushrooms, potato pancakes with mushroom souse, homemade iced tea and sweet and sour pastries to go.

Pros: traditional Lithuanian food , amazing location, it's very affordable

Cons: none

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So mainstream it's radical - Edit

I have visited dozens of 100% vegan places and I've come to expect the alternative vibe with the antifa stickers etc. This place was completely different: warm village-like atmosphere with food that was something your mom would make if she was an amazing vegan cook. It was so mainstream it was radical. There were lots of older locals eating with tourists and pink-haired vegans. This is what veganism is at its best: inclusion and not elitism. The food was amazing and very inexpensive - definitely try their desserts!!

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great, cheap local food! - Edit

Was nice to try Lithuanian dishes as a vegan, really tasty and very low prices. Serving ladies were very cute! The pastries are delicious.

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Great! - Edit

Only chance to try the traditional cuisine in a meat heavy region! Excellent food and really cheap. Nice ladies serving!

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All-vegan - Edit

It's a great, inexpensive place to dine! Feels like meals were prepared by your mom!

Pros: all vegan

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cute nostalgia - Edit

Arbatine is one of those places which still has unique nostalgic feel versus those new cafes geared towards foreign tourists. Most likely table next to you will be occupied with a locals. Together with a next door pharmacy this cafe is a family owned for more than 25 years. It was opened with the idea to support the not so well doing pharmacy. From regular cafe it shifted to vegetarian and then vegan. The friendly staff who is not so fluent in english adds more to an adventurous feeling, that you are still in eastern Europe. In summer time there are few tables outside and the food gets nicely decorated with pretty flowers and berries from the gardens of staff who works there. Cute small place with a surprisingly broad menu which deserves a visit if you are in Kaunas.

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A bit confusing - Edit

Staff spoke some English and told me the entire cafe is vegan, but I'm not sure about the feta cheese for example - although she said that it was soy based, this was not mentioned on the menu. I had potato pancakes which was nice. Good place if you want to try some traditional Lithuanian food I guess!

Pros: english menu, supposedly all vegan

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Amazing place - Edit

I really loved the food, the atmosphere and the friendly staff. And the prices are really cheap. Thank you for being vegan:)

Pros: amazing food, Friendly staff, Cheap prices

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Nice place - Edit

I recommend this place to everyone which loves plant based foods, even those which are not vegan will find something to like about this place.

Pros: 100% vegan, affordable, good service

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Very pleasant visit - Edit

I personally enjoy the cute, cozy, vintage interior. It's kind of a nostalgic setting. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. The service is great and overall the experience was worth a visit.

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Not great - Edit

We were the only people in there and the only lady on the floor was not very polite. Vegan items not clearly marked. Vegetable soup not vegan. I ended up getting a bean soup which was quite nice. I just expect more, ie. Staff simply saying hello when you walk in rather than a blank look. Wouldn't return because of this

Pros: Cheap options

Cons: Vegan items not marked

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Cosy and cheap! - Edit

Nice little place with quite a few vegan options. English speaking staff and good value for money.

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Nice place - Edit

The restaurant is very conveniently located at the very center of Kaunas. The menu is also rather unique, with many "old school" dishes. Prices range from 3 to 5€ which is a good value because portions are not small.

The only negative thing is also mentioned in other comments: it's a health food restaurant rather than a place motivated by ethical vegetarianism or veganism. Some dishes look suspicious because it is not clear what ingredients exactly they use. When you ask, they say there are no butter, eggs, milk, etc., but they may be using margarine that has casein or vitamin D3 in it (there were several cases when such thing was found out). Nevertheless, some dishes are clearly vegan and there are quite many of them.

Pros: location, value, interesting menu

Cons: unclear ingredients

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A nice place to visit - Edit

If you are visiting Kaunas, Arbatine is a place you must visit not just for vegetarian/vegan food but also for the experience of eating in soviet like environment. They have improved a lot in the past few years and now there is only one vegetarian desert(quinoa cookies) on the menu. Or at least they claim so. I personally choose to avoid most of the rolls there because of the uncertainty but that is just what works for me. The menu has a lot to choose from and is also in english. They also sell organic and healthy stuff. The staff is quite friendly but not all of the seats are comfortable. All in all, the food is tasty and the place is really worth visiting.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Unique experience

Cons: Uncertainty about some of the foods

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Nice cosy place - Edit

It is a really nice cosy place! There were a lot of vegan options and the lady serving could speak English! The food is comforting, not pretentious at all but delicious! I really enjoyed eating there! Not expensive! Not greasy! Heathy food to comfort a traveling belly!!

Pros: Part of the menu wasn't in English

Cons: Centric, Terrace, Healthy food

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amazing - Edit

This is a perfect place. It is very cheap, has many options, and the service was sooo nice and helpful. They immediately told me everything was VEGAN and indeed it was, even if I double-checked for ingredients. It is quick and really delicious. I visited for one day, but after eating lunch there, i came back for dinner. I can really recommend this place! Plus it is easily found, on the main street!!

Pros: delicious, all vegan, cheap

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Nice place for tea - Edit

'Arbatine' is in the very center of Kaunas, very easy to find. The interior is nice and cozy. The place is very popular with elderly ladies and health-conscious individuals.
Most of the dishes are vegetarian, but if they run out of agar agar (for example), they can use animal-derived gelatin in some meals. They never properly disclose non-vegan ingredients of their meals, even if you ask they might not tell the truth (seriously). Most of their rolls are not vegan (you have to ask about ingredients). Their white soy sauce is made of soy powder that contains casein (again, maybe things are different now, so you have to ask). Also, they sell fish oil and some other non-vegan supplements.
The menu is in Lithuanian only and the staff do not speak much English.
Still, if you are lucky, you can get a nice meal. They usually have vegan salad. All the portions are quite small, but the food is tasty.

Pros: Nice place, Yummy teas

Cons: Very few vegan options, No clear information about ingredients

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Not bad but not many vegan options - Edit

Arbatine is a nice playe to sit down and watch the people passing by on Laisves aleja. Unfortunately there are hardly any vegan options, at least there weren't when I was there (2008).
The staff spoke hardly any English so I had to communicate in Lithuanian...
For vegetarians it might be a nice place to eat at, however. Food might include some sort of quiche or other simple dishes. There is also a range of salads, tea etc.
On the contrary to Morku Selsmas, not far from Arbatine, it's all about "healthy living", not about animal rights (they wouldn't allow displaying animal rights flyers).

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