Bean Vegan Cuisine

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 70 reviews )
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3001 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 28205

Vegan restaurant est. 2012 offering home-style meals, sandwiches, green plate specials, daily desserts, and other American fare like burgers. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-9:00pm, Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Take-out, Bakery

70 Reviews

First Review by Doli

What a great surprise!! - Edit

Eat here!! It’s so good. It’s vegan heaven! I had the bean bowl with fried tofu curls.

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delicious, friendly, and very popular restaurant - Edit

I told the server that I wanted something fresh and light because their menu has a lot of deep fried items. She recommended the crabbie salad and I enjoyed it a lot. My husband, the omnivore, enjoyed his spicy pulled bbq bean bowl; he was very impressed. Then we shared a piece of raspberry zinger cake which was also good!

Pros: food was tasty, service was friendly, attached vegan market

Cons: bathroom was kinda sketch

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My First Vist - Edit

I’ll say the food is pretty good the only thing issue is the wait time for the food we were told 25 mins and that turned in a hour wait !!!

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Tasty Southern Style Vegan!!! - Edit

Hearty, tasty food. I really enjoy going for brunch, and their chili, strawberry cake, and attached mini grocery!!!

Pros: All vegan, southern style

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Great dive place! - Edit

I credit Bean with keeping me vegan for the last few years. Every now and again I feel a little down about not participating in all the food happenings with friends but Bean always pulls me back. It’s basically vegan junk food. Very little here would I qualify as healthy but it’s all pretty delicious and extremely satisfying. The people are great but the wait can be long. There’s a reason. It’s good food.

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salty! - Edit

My family eats a mostly vegan diet, so we were excited to try Bean in Charlotte. They brought us a sample of bbq jackfruit, because we had never tried it. It was like sprinkling salt on my tongue-too much! We ordered the crabby dip, quesadilla, 2 cheese steaks, seitan cheese burger, bbq tofu finger sandwich, and another burger (the one with fried onions on it). 4 out of 6 said they would definitely NOT order the same meal again. The tofu finger sandwich and the burger with fried onions were fine. But the seitan "bacon" and cheese steak "meat" were way too salty, and my daughter said the quesadilla was not good but she ate it to be polite. Vegan food can be so much more! I would be embarrassed to take a meat eating friend here for them to try vegan food.

Pros: accommodating staff, vegan only

Cons: salty flavor, otherwise bland

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Eat at Bean! - Edit

Everything I’ve had there has been so freakin good. Their tofu fingers with ranch are a must. Super friendly staff too! So happy this place exists!

Pros: All vegan menu, Affordable, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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vegan junk food and soul food - Edit

We went for brunch last weekend and loved the brunch bowl and the meatloaf with sides: mac and cheese, collard greens and mashed potatoes and gravy.
I would’ve liked some vegetables in the brunch bowl, it was delicious but very brown and tan. I will add some sautéed veg next time to brighten it up.
Everything is a touch under seasoned. Needed a little salt or hot sauce.
Overall we loved it and will be back!!

Pros: all vegan! , huge menu

Cons: lots of tempting vegan junk food (fried)

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one of my favorites - Edit

I've been going to Bean since it opened and have yet to be disappointed. It is the place to go for vegan comfort food. The Reuben us amazing! The burgers are creative and filling. I never leave hungry.

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Vegan Southern Mama’s kitchen - Edit

I absolutely devoured the side of mashed potatoes and gravy. I usually try to balance out my unhealthy side by ordering steamed kale for my second side dish. For the main course I usually get a salad or the tacos. I’ve visited Bean dozens of times and have done take out as well. I think some of the reviews are a bit too critical, it’s like going to a romcom movie but you were expecting it to be a thriller. Set your expectations... this vegan food isn’t super health conscious, but it is done well. I do wish they had gluten free burger options. Overall you always feel welcome and the service is quick. They have free bumper stickers and they’ve now opened a vegan store at the back.

Pros: GF items labeled, lovely people that work there

Cons: not many healthy options

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Processed - Edit

I edited my original review after another visit... I REALLY want to love this place but like some other places in Charlotte, the flavor just doesn't exist. Everything is fried and the consistency is all over the place, completely changing the flavor profile sometimes. The last time we went, we left completely unsatisfied (because the food was so bland) and were incredibly tired (because the body was using all its energy trying to digest the processed foods). The setain in my meal tasted only like salt and chemicals, no other flavor. It was also half rubber and unchewable so I couldn't eat any of it. Our meals were a little cold and even the tortillas in my husband's tacos were rough and rubbery, like they were very stale. I just cannot like or recommend this restaurant. I wish vegans in Charlotte could taste food from a vegan restaurant in another state or country to compare, there's no comparison... this is not good food: it has no flavor, it is incredibly unhealthy, and lacks execution. The service here is great though, I always enjoy the staff. I like their vegan store that is attached but very processed items, lots of MSG, so I usually don't buy anything. Whole Foods is better for ingredients because of this reason, in my opinion. I really want to love this restaurant, but can't, and won't ever go back after our last visit.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-23

Pros: Breakfast, Drink selection

Cons: No whole foods, Oil, Flavor

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Good food, bad employee - Edit

I loved going to Bean, the food has always been excellent and I loved the convenience of the all Vegan market. But Roy who is the co-owner became very rude and unprofessional at us tonight for splitting appetizers when he used to be fine with it when he waited our table the last time we were there. I have never experienced that kind of rudeness from a restaurant. And it is sad that it came from a VEGAN restaurant where you expect kindness and compassion. And we were very kind and civil. He thought we were being complicated which is not true. I will not be back at this location.





Updated from previous review on 2017-12-09

Pros: Delicious food, Tiny Vegan market, Nice location

Cons: Rude employee, Slow service (needs more waiters or waitresses), Mac and cheese was cold.

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Bean is Great - Edit

I know there have been a lot of negative service reviews here, but I've been eating here consistently for 4.5 years.... and I love Bean.

The owner/managers Roy and Charlie have always been very nice to us. The staff rotates often and that can make it a little inconsistent, but we've never had any experiences similar to what has been described here.

What we have noticed is a lot more foot traffic over the past 18 months, maybe that is driving some of the bad experiences for others.

Give them a chance, the food is great comfort food. It may not be very juice bar vegan, but it satisfies what they aim to do.

Best dishes: Bean bowls, tofu fingers, brunch, and the reuben.

Pros: Fantastic menu, I've eaten every item, Heavy comfort food, Committed to the cause

Cons: Service can vary

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1 star!! Horrible place - Edit

This place should be shut down. Horrible customer service, slllloooolwwwww service, dirty and dingy. Waiting 45 mins for food that NEVER arrived And NO ONE came over to talk to us. And everything is fried!! We will NEVER be back.

Pros: zero

Cons: dirty, long wait, and customer service

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Mostly delicious - Edit

We had the crabby dip to start and 2 burgers: Cowboy and Bacon Cheese. All were amazing! But avoid the Mac and cheese like the plague. It is dreadful.
Service was a little subpar. But all in all, it was a good meal.

Pros: everything is vegan, burgers are amazing

Cons: service inattentive, mac and cheese awful

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expensive but worth it - Edit

I had pimento cheese and a teriyaki tofu sandwich. It was flavorful and the servings are large. The restaurant was a little dirty and the floor was sticky but if u want delicious food, look past it.

Pros: large serving, totally vegan

Cons: expensive , kind of dirty

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BEST FOOD WE HAD IN NC - Edit

now I'm going to start with the bad so I can get to the good. Yes, the service is not great they might forget about you(like they did with us) or take way too long and that is made clear in the other comments. Now thats the way the food was BOMB! It was just good vegan food it was good american food. and if you are there YOU NEED to get the raspberry cake if was life changing ! everything we had was so good and by far the best meal we had while visiting North Carolina. Again I would of gave it 5 stars but unfortunately, the service was poor.

Pros: Delicious vegan American food , Pretty affordable

Cons: poor service , slow

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Good food - Edit

My first time at a vegan restaurant and I was so excited. The food definitely didn't disappoint. Love the cool interior and the store with hard to find vegan items. The employees however could stand to be a little friendlier.

Pros: Awesome food, The store

Cons: Unfriendly employees

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Waffles May be Worth the Poor Service... - Edit

Here's the thing, I love Bean. Even though there are some definite issues that need to be addressed, I would be so upset if they weren't there one day. So, with that, here it is:

They serve vegan junk food. It's fried, greasy, not good for you, and delicious. I stumbled in there about two months into my vegan journey, dying for something fried. It was a lifesaver. Let me tell you. I have a particular affinity for the bean bowl, fried tofu finger sandwich, and waffles. Oooh, the waffles.

I have a crazy sweet tooth and wanted their desserts to be awesome. Instead, I'd say they are hit and miss. Their cheesecakes are almost always delicious. Their chocolate cake is also very good. However, I think the rest of their cakes taste like flavorless paste. Don't do it! 

The thing I dislike the most is the inconsistent service. And, even more than that, after suggesting it to a group of friends, having to apologize to my guests for it. It's always when I bring people with me that the service is extra slow and the servers are pretty inattentive and, at times, down right unfriendly. I tip well. I'm not needy or complicated, and even if I were, this would be unacceptable. It's is an ongoing issue. It happens regularly and that's crappy. Please fix it!

I worked in the service industry for a long time. I know how hard the work can be. But the thing is, veganism is becoming more and more popular. There are more options now than two years ago and there will be even more options in another two years. If issues aren't addressed, people will choose to go elsewhere and that's unfortunate.

Pros: waffles - brunch, in general, vegan market , fried tofu finger sandwich, bean bowl, and crabby

Cons: service is the worst. , tater tot casserole is gross, mac and cheese is also gross

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Best vegan food, bad service - Edit

It is sad that a vegan place has this much unfriendly staff working. I don't expect someone to be too friendly but at least don't be snippy while serving paying customers. Food is amazing and that is the only good point about this place. This restaurant has very gloomy atmosphere and that was during the day. I guess no one washes windows. If I get back it would be just for great food taste otherwise I would try to avoid since it is too expensive for such service.

Pros: Good taste of food, none, none

Cons: Costly, Bad service, Mac and cheese not so great

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Worst customer service ever - Edit

Other than the time I was served prosciutto when I was vegetarian, I had the most awful experience I've ever had at a restaurant at Bean. I appreciate that the restaurant is vegan and the food really is very tasty, but that's the only good part. The service was excruciatingly slow. When we were finally able to place our order, I asked if my food could be made to-go and be prepared with the appetizers our table had ordered since I was in a hurry. Our waitress said that would be no problem. My to-go food did not come out with the appetizers. It did not even come out when my friends got their food. I asked about my order a couple times and was told it would be ready shortly. My order finally came out after everyone at our table was finished eating and I was very late. I went to the register to quickly pay and leave. I told the owner/manager about my problem. He asked what I wanted him to do about it, didn't listen to my reply, but immediately made excuses and became defensive. He told me I shouldn't come to his restaurant on a Sunday if I was in a hurry. He told me my food came out late because the restaurant was so busy. I have never experienced a rudeness like this as a restaurant customer. At that point, I was so ready to leave and he was not being helpful, so I asked to pay for my food. Apparently, it was very difficult to separate out my order from the rest of the bill, even though I had asked for a separate check when I ordered, so I spent another 20 minutes waiting to pay. I will never go back to Bean in Charlotte because of that man. He obviously has some severe mental health issues and does not know how to run a restaurant properly. I feel sorry for all his employees.

Pros: tasty, all vegan, small vegan shop inside the restaurant

Cons: horrible customer service , understaffed , owner is Satan

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5 star food 0 stars management - Edit

Tonight me and several of my friends went to Bean Vegan Cuisine, a few people tried to split the cost off appetizers (which we have done before there). The waitress said it was possible and but we were told later by the owner I think he is? That it was not possible so they (the ones splitting the appetizers) just decided to put them all on one check.

One of our friends went to talk to him and the other seven of us sat there and continued eating, didn't even hear the conversation our friend was having with the owner. After she talked to him she seemed frustrated but then had to leave to start driving back home.

So later the waitress came and passed out checks, we all put our cards in and all that and the waitress came and took them.
Next thing we know the owner comes over to our table and says that we didn't pay for the appetizers... and then my card was the one inside that check thing. I told him that was my card this man started being horribly rude to us all. He was basically accusing us of playing around and switching up everyone's checks and cards which is like why would anyone do that?

Literally the most awful way I've ever seen anyone deal with a situation in my life. He was telling us that our friend that talked to him earlier was difficult and that "whatever you guys are trying to do here is ridiculous". He then kept going on and on saying things that were definitely not okay to say to customers, especially when the rest is us there didn't do anything wrong AT ALL.

Someone then told him we wouldn't be coming back and he said "that's fine with me you can take your business somewhere else".
Never in my entire life have I ever been treated like that by someone who is supposed to be in charge. I'm not sure what exactly our friend said to him in the one on one conversation but whatever it was that is absolutely no excuse to take it out and be angry and rude to the rest of us like he was.

It's really sad because I know people who work there and have worked there, and to them I'm so sorry you have or had to work for such an incredibly mean spirited human. You would think running a vegan place you would have some sort of compassion.

So yeah, won't be going back to Bean. That being said Zizi's Awesome Vegan 2 Go in university is where it's at so if you want yummy vegan food that is run by someone who does not have the temperament of a seven year old.

Pros: The food is good.

Cons: The owner is rude. , Service is always slow. , Hella expensive.

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DANK - Edit

i go to bean every time i'm in charlotte. dank tofu fingers and quesadillas.

Pros: dank

Cons: n/a

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Disappointing - Edit

Read the negative reviews on Facebook. It's telling that the owners don't even bother to respond. I hate to say anything bad about a business online, but I ate here for the first time and wasn't impressed. They rely on Daiya cheese for everything and the food is really greasy. The whole operation felt really uninspired. Friends warned me it wasn't good, but I trusted all the positive reviews here. Paid $15 (including tip) for a lousy Reuben sandwich and fries. Left feeling very disappointed.

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great southern comfort vegan food! - Edit

Pimento cheese is life changing.

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Fantabulous!!! - Edit

Very clean with a great, friendly atmosphere and staff. The food was delicious!! We left feeling full and happy!! I will definitely eat here again and will recommend to all my friends. They have loads of choices on the menu from comfort food to burgers and a nice little store on the premises. Eat here!! You will be happy you did!!

Pros: food, staff, store

Cons: not my home town ?, none

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Tasty food, funky atmosphere. - Edit

It's impressive how they make southern style food from vegan ingredients - and it's real tasty!

Well worth a try.

Pros: Reasonable prices, Healthy, Vegan

Cons: not close to anything- its a drive

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