Cafe Evolution

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22 Chestnut St, Florence, Massachusetts, USA, 01062

Vegan food cafe menu featuring daily specials, soups, noodle, sandwiches, and sweets. Dinner on Saturday nights with performance plus Sunday brunch. Open Mon-Wed 7:30am-4:00pm, Thu 7:30am-6:00pm, Fri 7:30am-8:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-2:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Bakery

41 Reviews

First Review by hdrooker

Community and Good Food in One - Edit

Great experience! The Evolution Noodles are the way to go, and everyone knows it.

Extremely friendly staff too, who YELL across the restaurant "HAVE A GREAT DAY" as you leave. It's the little things, truly.

Only thing i didn't see was a menu item with beets in it...was craving something like a buddha bowl, which could easily be done with the brown rice, veggies and tofu, and some beets along with it. the menu is very focused, but maybe they'll expand it sometime.

Thanks again, looking forward to being back in your wonderful little community!

Pros: Great Food, SUPER friendly

Cons: Menu could be bigger

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OMG!!!!! - Edit

This place is my absolute favorite!! It's one of the only purely vegan restaurants in the area and it goes above and beyond! Not only is it a great place to eat (best vegan cheese I've ever had) but it's also a great safe space and does a wonderful job in being an active part of the community and speaks or against injustice. 10/10 would recommend.

Pros: completely vegan , breakfast and lunch , vegan baked goods

Cons: smallish menu , sorta hard to find

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awesome vegan food!! - Edit

Evolution is absolutely my weakness. The nachos grande always hit the spot and everything I've tried has been good. I crave their amazing cookies and cupcakes all the time! They also have good coffee with tons of vegan milk/creamer options.

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Good vibe, good food - Edit

Rode my bike here from Amherst today and had a late lunch. The space has a nice, funky cafe vibe and is really well-lit - a great spot for a casual meal. The menu has lots of delicious-sounding offerings, like nachos grande, sloppy joe, peanut noodles, and large variety of sandwiches. They also offer smoothies and have a glass case full of beautiful desserts.

I opted for the bagel benedict. I was worried about whether it would actually fill me up, especially since I was pretty famished from the long bike ride. The bagel came out piled high with tempeh bacon, tofu, tomato, and sprouts, and topped off with hollandaise. Each half of the bagel had a full suite of these topics, so it turned out to be two rather hefty open faced sandwiches. The thing was crazy-delicious and really hit the spot. Impressively, it filled me up in spite of my prior hunger, so I didn't even have room to try one of their cupcakes or bars. Overall, I was super-impressed by the meal. Not only was it fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented, it was also a huge portion at an affordable price (I think it was like $6.50 or so). I will definitely be back. I'm looking forward to trying more of their mains and sandwiches, and also to sampling a dessert or two.

Pros: fresh, bright, big portion, small price, nice vibe

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disappointing - Edit

We checked the Cafe Evolution website, which stated Sunday hours were 10 to 2. Happy Cow also listed them open for those times. Drive an hour to try them out (our first visit), arrived at noon and they were closed! Sorry for the two star rating, but Happy Cow won't let me go any lower for a vegan/vegetarian restaurant.

Pros: have no idea :(

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love it - Edit

So good. I plan to come again when I come to western mass. I love a place I can order anything off the menu knowing it's full vegan.

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Outstanding Food, Fabulous Service - Edit

June 21st,2017 was our first visit, the first of many more trips to vegan nirvana to come! We started with the Grande Nachos- I don't know what wizardry they use to make these but you can be sure I have never tasted a vegan cheese sauce as good-ever. The delicate balance of delicious chili, tortilla chips and avocado was a symphony of flavors .We knew we were in for a treat with this as our starter. The peanut noodles and ginger tofu were the best I have ever had and the presentation was immaculate. A smooth peanut sauce with just the right amount of heat. We eat with our eyes first and might I say we devoured it at first site. The vegan open faced Reuben was a delightful mix of flavors with their homemade 1000 island dressing and tangy sauerkraut and amply flavored "vegan pastrami". I would go back for all of these items but that sandwich is enough to get me in the car. The coffee was excellent, smooth and mellow and a vegans dream with so many plant based milks to choose from. For dessert we tried the Vanilla cupcake, the Vanilla Lemon cupcake the Chocolate strawberry cupcake ,the brownie and the oat raspberry bar. In fact we had one of these in house and took the rest home. The desserts are so good there is NO way that non-vegans could tell they are vegan. How do they get the vegan buttercream frosting to taste so good? A truely spectacular dining experience.

Pros: Excellent food, Great value, Friendly staff

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Great vegan food nearby.. - Edit

Cafe Evolution is a great joint with plenty of space. Many people go to get work done, and it has a great atmosphere. The food is very good however I find myself ordering the same things every time, and the menu never changes so it can get a bit boring. I recommend the smoothies, they are killer!

Pros: Environment , Ingredients , Staff

Cons: Repetitive

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yumm!!! - Edit

My husband and I go once a week on average. We love the brunch! Pastries are all delicious and worth a visit for them alone. Soups are always tasty and we love the chili burrito for lunch!

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Great food, great service! - Edit

The no turkey sandwich w/ chips and salsa is amazing, and the peanut butter jelly cupcake is delicious!

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great! - Edit

I came here while waiting for a patient at the hospital. I had the cold Evolution noodles with greens, tofu and peanut sauce. Super. I also got a brownie and blood orange cupcake to go. Excellent!

Pros: Friendly service and large space with plenty of pa, Great food, Lots of options

Cons: Reluctant to recommend a dessert, the arms of the chair were sticky

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Incredible!! - Edit

My significant other brought me here for Valentine's Day and I could not have been happier! Everyone who worked there was incredibly kind and friendly (the owner even gave me a free button, and the atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. Their variety was impressive; I had no idea what to order and spent quite a while contemplating what I should choose, eventually settling upon a Saint Reuben on a poppyseed bagel, which was delicious. My S.O. let me try everything on his plate (he got a sort of sampler plate), and it all tasted amazing, too. To top it all off, I got to have my favorite drink, vegan hot chocolate. I can't wait to go back here and try all of their dishes, including their desserts, which I couldn't eat because I was simply too full! This is one of my favorite vegan restaurants now :)

Pros: Great food, Quick service, Friendly people

Cons: Bathroom on the left doesn't lock properly

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good! - Edit

A very charming place, nice hippie atmosphere, food is relatively good. Vegan brownies/cupcakes!

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Cafe Evolution - Edit

I had an enjoyable meal at this Cafe ~ it was nice to know, going in, that I was able to order anything on the menu for dinner. My meal was plentiful and delicious.

Pros: could eat anything I wanted

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Cafe Devolution - Edit

I looked forward to my visit to Café Evolution with great anticipation. I have visited many vegan restaurants around the world, but unfortunately my home in Western, MA is lacking when it comes to vegan cuisine. I was very happy to discover a vegan establishment so close by, and one that had received such good reviews at that.

When my husband and I arrived at the café we discovered that only cash was accepted. No problem, we thought, and walked to a local bank. Upon returning we decided to order the nachos and a sloppy-joe sandwich. Other menu items we noticed were the burrito, and the chili. It was disclosed on the menu that the burrito was stuffed with chili.

While waiting for our food we looked for a table, many of which were quite filthy. I also paid a visit to the rest room, the condition of which put a damper on my appetite. Quietly discussing the sanitary situation, we debated cancelling our order. We decided to stay as our food was already being prepared (by the same person who had handled our money). After some time our meals were ready, but which was the sloppy-joe and which were the nachos??? Both meals just looked like chili! The only way to tell them apart was that the nachos had some chips tossed around the side and the sloppy-joe included bread.

I must admit that the cupcake we ordered for dessert was tasty, and that this was fall of 2013, so perhaps things have improved. Also, that the person working at the counter was nice and seemed to be trying her best, despite being the only person there. Café Evolution was by far the worst vegan dinning experience I have had, and can't imagine it could get much worse. I wish I could give this café only 1 cow (for the cupcake), but Happy Cow only allows 2 cows as the lowest rating.

Pros: cheap, good cupcake

Cons: not clean, bad food, terrible atmosphere

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Horrible - Edit

This is the first time I unfortunately have to write a negative review on Happy Cow. I am not sure what others are seeing in this place. The day we went there almost all the food was chili based (and not good chili at that). That is, all the menu items were actually the same, despite being called different things.

The place is terribly dirty as well. We have eaten at over a dozen vegan restaurants (Boston, NY, Spain, Brattleboro) and this one, I am sad to say, embarrasses me. I just hope non-vegans do not go there and think this is vegan cuisine.

However, we actually ordered 200 cupcakes for our wedding (before laying eyes on the place because we live in the Berkshires) and these were a BIG hit I must say.

Disclaimer: We did not have their brunch which sounds like it may be palatable. But, due to the dirtiness I would never go back.

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A Pleasant Surprise - Edit

Heard about this place last year. Since I decided to go full on vegan I thought what the heck I'll give it a go. I was so happy to find that it was a truly vegan place to eat. I had the special sandwich of the day, the Thunderstorm Burger, and it was awesome. My only complaint was that today it didn't look like they were following up on clean up very well. We tried three different tables before we found one that was wiped off. The service wasn't slow while I was there so I'm guessing there must be a time of the day/week when they have a problem with slow service. It would be nice if they had a gluten free bread option.

Pros: Food was DELICIOUS, Friendly Staff, Gluten Free Options

Cons: No Gluten Free Bread, Tables not so clean

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It's all good... - Edit

Everything at this landmark vegan cafe is excellent! And that includes the staff!

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