Cafe Flora

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2901 E Madison St (at Madison Valley), Seattle, Washington, USA, 98112

Vegetarian restaurant with upscale ambiance. Sample dishes such as fried olive and hummus platter, spicy Carolina BBQ sandwich, blackberry endive salad, the peach fennel salad, among others. Vegans ask for assistance as some dishes can be modified. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion

59 Reviews

First Review by Miso Vegan

Hoppin' Spot - Edit

This place can get super busy! When they offer buffet specials, (like on New Years) they can have lines out the door. Great food, great atmosphere otherwise and totally worth the wait. They do have ample room for dinning and offer outdoor seating when the weather warms up. The only thing I wish, was that this spot was 100% vegan.

Pros: Good Atmosphere

Cons: Not 100% Vegan, Can Get Very Busy

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need more vegan options - Edit

Good, but sometimes vegan options are limited.

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Loved this place - Edit

In Bothell for training which happened to fall on my birthday. Brought some meat eating co-workers (I’m vegan) here for my birthday and absolutely loved the place. The appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts were excellent, and that coming from not only me but my meat eating friends. To which one said of the dessert “how can this be vegan?”!

Pros: great food, great service, great ambiance

Cons: does not except American Express

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Food, staff, ambience - all is perfect - Edit

The first thing that makes you happy here is the amount of light around. The seating are is glass enclosed which means a lot of light! Yay! There are indoor plants and a nice indoor stone fountain which immediately makes everything wonderful. Next favorite of mine is the tea. Lots of good tea options (may be a little on the pricier side though). I had the biscuits and gravy which was so good and quite a good portion size. I will definitely recommend this place.

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Delicious! - Edit

Really good food. Great staff.

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Great ambiance, service and vegan food - Edit

Table surrounded by flowers, indoor water pond, mostly vegan menu. The vegan banana creme pie as well as chocolate brownie were delicious. We’ve also been there during breakfast/brunch hours which the best vegan breakfast in the area.

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best vegan brunch! outstanding food - Edit

The southern platter (tofu scramble, biscuits and gravy and collard greens) is ON POINT!!

Everything we ate was delicious but the Coconut Cake took the, well, the cake! It. Was. Amazing!

Pros: excellent food, beautiful restaurant, ton of vegan options

Cons: cheesy grits aren't vegan :(, I don't have two stomachs!

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best tofu scramble - Edit

I love this place and I've been coming here for years since before I went vegan. I have yet to find a better tofu scramble anywhere, they season it so well and use a delicious variety of seasonal veggies. The ambiance is also beautiful!! I do wish they had more vegan options (not many of the pancakes/waffles are vegan :/) but it is awesome that it is all vegetarian!

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slow - Edit

It took 40 min for our food (tofu scramble and potatoes) to come out.
It was good, but over priced and the portions were small.

Pros: tasty, nice environment

Cons: expensive, slow

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Good Options for Vegetarian and Vegan - Edit

We came here for weekend brunch. They had unique drinks choices--I had the rosemary lemonade mimosa, which was refreshing. The little patio was pleasant, with an herb garden and a large tree. The service was good although our server was pretty slow at checking on us and bringing our check. The vegan biscuits and gravy were good but not the best I've had. My friends loved their brunches.

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Good drinks and food

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Vegetarians, order cautiously - Edit

Cafe Flora bills itself as a vegetarian restaurant, but spotlights its use of cheese from Estrella Family Creamery - a creamery that, when questioned, brags that it *only * uses rennet from calves, as they find it "superior" to other meat-based rennets. Vegetable or enzyme rennet isn't even in the equation. It's not that Cafe Flora doesn't know this - inquiries are simply ignored. While many vegetarians eat cheese, I don't know of any that eat cheese with meat in it. I can only assume that Cafe Flora is equally careless about their wine list, and I'm left somewhat dubious about the vegetarian nature or the rest of the food.

In terms of the food, it's uneven. Sometimes it's fabulous and sometimes mediocre. I go when I can afford it in hopes of one of the fabulous times. Go early and get a booth - those cafeteria style tables that have you sitting elbow to elbow with your fellow customers are a drag.

Updated from previous review on 2008-08-10

Pros: sometimes great, airy, bright, good service

Cons: not truly vegetarian, expensive, many crowded bench-style tables

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greasy! - Edit

Everything we ordered came deep fried, yuck! Maybe just didn't order very well but this meal left me feeling heavy. Also the host was very stressed out and seemed annoyed at customers as he was seating us. The black bean burger was tasty though.

Pros: black bean burger, outdoor seating

Cons: greasy, lots of fries, bad service

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Beautiful Breakfast Spot - Edit

We ate a late breakfast here. The interior and decor are warm and inviting. Lots of plants and sunlight. I ate a very good cinnamon roll, tofu scramble, and potatoes. My wife's garlicky greens were delicious.

Pros: Beautiful interior, Very good food

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Delicious brunch, beautiful atmosphere - Edit

An omnivore Seattle resident friend treated me to brunch here on a recent visit.

My friend had the seasonal breakfast platter, which he chose to order with eggs and cheese - though the dish can be made vegan by ordering tofu and potatoes instead. I had the southern platter which is vegan if you order it with tofu instead of eggs. Both of us thought our food was delicious!

We had heard mixed reviews about the service, but our server was both efficient and friendly.

The location is really beautiful too - with plants everywhere on the exterior and interior of the building, lots of natural light, and a small rock garden with waterfall in the center of the main dining area.

I will definitely want to eat at this place again - either at this location or when they open in Seattle Tacoma International Airport which is planned for 2017.

Pros: delicious food, many vegan options, beautiful atmosphere

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Pricey but yummy - Edit

Had our first visit to Café Flora yesterday. After some initial confusion (the greeter had disappeared for a few minutes), our brunch experience there was great. Started with a cherry almond hemp nog, which was a bit on the small side but delicious. Our main courses were a carrot & fennel scramble with roasted potatoes (good), raspberry French toast (very good), and blueberry pancakes with lemon curd (awesome). The scramble was also a bit on the small side, but the pancakes were good-sized. The prices are fairly high, as others have mentioned, but not outrageous. Overall we enjoyed the food and service, and I'm sure we'll be back.

Pros: Delicious food, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Somewhat expensive

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potential - Edit

Used to love this place for many years. Unfortunately, lately the food quality (especially breakfast) is not as good and some staff seem permanently grumpy and one feels as though your presence is an inconvenience. I went in earlier this week and waited over 5 min for someone to seat me while I listened to the staff talk about their families just behind the wall of kitchen behind the espresso bar, if anyone had stopped for a moment and looked out they would have seen they had a customer (and the restaurant only had a few tables filled at the time)...I finally just left as it didn't seem anyone was going to come out anytime soon and I had a limited time for lunch. Still lots of nice folks here, but a noticeable change after many years of great food and service. Hope the greatness this place once had will return!

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Okay choice - Edit

The restaurant is in a nice building with lots of windows, plants, and a fountain. Unfortunately, the food doesn't live up to the setting. We had a seasonal tofu scramble and the forager scramble. Both tasted about the same except that one had more soy and the other had a few tiny slivers of mushroom and squash. Both had an abundance of salt, if you like salty foods. According to the receipt, our server was also a manager. There were only two other tables being served, and she seemed put out to have us there as well.

It also bothers me that they charge an extra dollar for tofu instead of eggs. Unless they are getting really cheap eggs, tofu isn't that much more costly to serve.

If you are in Madison Valley and need a place to sit down and eat, this does the trick. The food won't be inspired, but it is filling, and it is vegetarian or vegan, depending on your wishes.

Pros: Nice setting, Vegan options

Cons: Uninteresting food, Uninterested server

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I love the seasonal selections! - Edit

The food was so tasty and fresh!! What impressed me most was how they embraced the season with their offerings. Very original and creative dishes!

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Great Decor, Decent food, amazing dessert - Edit

I love the place, it has a lovely feeling to it and the indoor garden area is beautiful.

Food wise: I had the vegan quinoa cakes and they were really tasty and well prepared. My friend (omni) had the vegan version of the ravioli following my advise, but I have to say they were a little tasteless for my liking. The cashew cream wasnt that espectacular and the filling of the ravioli was a little bit poor. The quino cakes were far superior.

Now, hands down for the dessert. I had the vegan chocolate raw cake and it was amazing. So, so, creamy and delicious - the best part of the meal.

Definitely a nice spot for a date, family or friends meal.

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Nice interior. Unusual selections.Strange flavors. - Edit

I've been twice in several years, and each time the food flavors were pretty unusual to me, and I go to a lot of restaurants.

The interior is probably nice enough for a date.

A few weeks ago I had:
Grillled Flatbread 2.5/5
Oaxaca Tacos 2.5/5
Plum Pistachio Pizza 2.5/5
Zucchini Fritters (too salty) 2/5
Heirloom Melon & Shiso Salad 2.0-2.5/5 (but the frisee lettuce I gave 1.5)
—shortly before closing.

Updated from previous review on Saturday January 03, 2015

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I Like It - Edit

I've been pretty happy here. The food is good. I think it's a little better than Plum Bistro. The interior is lovely. It's a great date spot. I haven't had the service problems other reviewers have. I agree that they could be more vegan friendly. About half the menu is or can be made vegan. Unfortunately, not the Portobello Wellington.

Pros: Good food, Nice decor

Cons: Expensive, Could have more vegan options

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Great dinner - Edit

We had dinner here two weeks ago .. unfortunately we live way out of the area, so unable to provide a lot of repeat business. Vegan options are available, along with a wider range of vegetarian dishes. The food, service, and layout is top notch. If we had not had lunch at araya's a block away the next day, it would be my top choice in Seattle, but still an excellent choice.

Pros: Great food, enjoyable atmosphere

Cons: got to be early or wait

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over it - Edit

So when asked to have something garlic-free and vegan they bring out barely cooked unseasoned tofu. They seem lost, and still rude though you can tell at times some are forcing a trying to be nice thing. We won't be back, nor do I think hey want vegans there anyhow.

Cons: freezing in the cafe, service was bad, uncarved block

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Always try to stop by when we are in Seattle - Edit

While it would be nice if there were more vegan options on the menu, the servers have consistently worked with me to come up with something that is both vegan and delicious. Last time I was there I had a lovely, fresh salad with seasonal greens and their summer polenta for my main course. I wasn't sure I was going to like the polenta, but it was delicious. We sat out in their beautiful garden in the sunshine and had wonderful service from a young lady that was such a sweetheart, we almost wanted to hug her when we left. Will definitely continue to come back here whenever we are in Seattle.
Updated from previous review on Friday July 25, 2014

Pros: Beautiful setting - inside and outside, Food is delicious and seasonal, Friendly, efficient service

Cons: Would like more vegan dishes

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won't be back - Edit

I was pretty surprised at how difficult it was as a vegan to work with their menu. Most of the options are vegetarian, not vegan, and then the few that can be made vegan have a little star by them... so when I asked my server how certain ones were made vegan, it was usually just by leaving out a certain ingredient, without providing a substitution. After a lot of figuring out, my fiancé and I settled on a black bean burger and tomato vegetable soup (the only vegan soup they had...)
The food itself tasted good, and the interior design was absolutely gorgeous -possibly one of the prettiest restaurants I've been in. But honestly, with how poor/slow the service was, and how expensive the food was (for such limited options!) we won't be back. Maybe it's easier for vegetarians. (although I did read another review talking about how their cheese has rennet?)

Pros: beautiful interior design, food wasn't bad

Cons: not as vegan friendly as you'd think, very slow/poor service, expensive

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Needs vegan improvement - Edit

I can't really comment for vegetarians, who have way more options than vegans on the menu. Maybe it is because there are so many better vegan restaurants that Cafe Flora is not trying hard enough with vegan options?
Most vegan options are actually vegetarian selections that can be veganized. I don't like that, it makes me wonder how often they screw up.
Anyway, went there, struggled to find anything exciting as a vegan and will not plan to go back because of the other options in Seattle.

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Birthday lunch - Edit

I went here for my birthday- I had their vegan Caesar salad and bloody mary. It is a vegetarian restaurant- some items are vegan or can be veganized, but a lot of the choices seem to be vegetarian. I really like the interior. I think it would be a good place to go with family and non-veg friends.

Pros: Good food, big spacious restaurant

Cons: only some items are vegan

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