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

45 Reviews

First Review by hdrooker

Very Peaceful - Edit

Excellent food, friendly staff, and a very welcoming environment.

Pros: Everything is vegan., Informational vegan pamphlets., Friendly staff.

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Nachos Grande - Edit

The nachos grande was plated really beautifully. I got my food fast and the cheese was perfectly melted. It was pretty delicious. However it was a bit on the pricy side. I was originally in the mood for a sandwich but they don’t offer any gluten-free rolls or bread. I felt for the price and portion I received I could have made this at home for my entire family at the same price. Next time I will do more menu research before I trek out to a new place. Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie was the only gluten free bakery option and it was good. But would have liked something else.

Pros: Yummy vegan cheese, Great plating , Hit the spot

Cons: Expensive , Not as many gluten free options, Small portions

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The Cupcakes! - Edit

Enormous cupcakes in fun flavors. So delicious! Great sandwiches and soups too.

Pros: all vegan , bakery items are amazing!

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All vegan! - Edit

Love that everything is vegan so there are no questions to ask. Parking can be tough though.

Pros: Everything is vegan

Cons: Small parking lot

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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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