Cafe Verve

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 16 reviews )

115 E Beaver Ave, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, 16801

Vegan cafe in downtown since Dec 2016. Makes baked goods plus all-day breakfast and lunch, smoothie bowls, espresso beverages. Open Mon-Sat 10:30am-8:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Delivery, Take-out, Bakery

16 Reviews

First Review by thetravelier

Kinda Basic - Edit

I'm sure the students on this campus enjoy this place. it's the only 100% vegan place in town. But almost everything on the menu can be purchased at Giant. You can tell the food is sub par cafe food from the pics posted. so I got a couple muffins which honestly taste like blueberry cornbread. Also got French fries(see photo) the bag was drenched in grease, it was like 5 guys. Everything was as i excepted. no better no worse.

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Sooooo good! - Edit

Man. If only this was open when I was a student here. This place is so good. The employees and so nice and knowledgeable and the food is so flavorful and filling.

Pros: Tots

Cons: Not enough time to eat everything

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Great for transitioning vegans, or those who like veg substitutes - Edit

This is a review of the first actual transaction this new cafe performed on the first day of their soft opening, at exactly 7 a.m. when they first opened their doors to the public. So needless to say, I took the whole experience with a grain of salt.

The atmosphere of Verve is very warm and inviting. With ample outlets near the 8 chairs they currently have in the cafe, i have a feeling this is going to become a very crowded place very quickly. With a very "vegan feel," (wood counters, lots of glass and metals) it is a very welcoming environment.

The staff are almost all (if not all) family. I believe there are two sisters, the mother/baker, and some other folk. Very friendly and awake for their first day!

Blueberry Muffin--- Delicious! Packed with lots of blueberries and not overly sweet or tart like natural blueberries can be sometimes. Mine was nice and warm and it would be a great "wow!" moment if all the pastors were warmed up or if the option was given, especially on these cold winter days.

AM Breakfast Burrito--- Needs improvement. The tortillas for the wrap were not ordered in time for the soft opening so I had mine in a bowl and my friend had his on a bagel. With vegan eggs (tofu scramble with turmeric), black beans, and quinoa as well as tomato and spinach, it was a fresh option but didn't wow me with any flavors. A nice salsa verde or cheese would be a great addition.

Coffee--- Great! I'm not a normal coffee drinker, but i was that morning. Served black in a glass mason jar cup, it was a light roast that I enjoyed. Ditto to what the other post mentioned about the milk jars without proper insulation.

Very excited to see this business become a part of the local community. Can't wait to return!

Pros: Nice size menu, All Vegan!

Cons: Small, but they use Rita's sitting area sometimes, No huge dishes of just veggies and grains

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Great Vegan Cafe - Edit

We've been in town two days and have been here twice. The food is all good. I enjoyed the Walking Waffles as something unique I haven't seen at other vegan cafes.

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Excited to try the new addition. - Edit

OK, so this an update to my first review. I've kept my first review unedited below the **** marks. Originally I gave two stars, I've updated to three or three and half stars based on my latest trips. I wanted to give this place another shot because I think State College is desperate for some quality vegetarian/vegan options. I have since had two meals there. The first was the Garden, a salad, the second was the Super Bowl. The Garden was fine, nice toppings, wish it had more salad greens. Basically salad greens with veggies, chickpeas/humus, and avocado. Bit pricey for the amount of food--but I had it in a to-go container so maybe that was it. But tasty. The Super Bowl was definitely more filling. I really appreciated it was served over quinoa. Everything was cooked well. Same old radio (wish they would do spotify or commerical free pandora or an ipod). I liked that they had kombucha.

I would go there again, and plan to.

My wife and I were excited to try the new addition to the area. But we left disappointed. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Didn't seem like anything was made from scratch except.maybe the energy balls. My tofurkey sandwich was tasty, but my wife's veggie burger had a terrible soy fo-meat patty. Definitely not home made and not a veggie patty either. Fries tasted like they were from sysco, tasty but not handcut. I didn't try a smoothie but they look like they could be good. We bought two muffins which tasted like they were bought or made with a cake or muffin mix. I will give it another shot, my wife definitely won't. It is a shame that a placing selling the idea of vegan food is basically serving purchased food (tofurkey, veggie patty, most of the baked goods) and hasn't broken out of the rut of replacing meat with mock meat. Otto's has a much better veggie burger made from scratch and they do better vegan and veggie food every Wed. Green bowl is better too. They learn to cook vegan with passion and skill, and not just sub soy for meat. Good vegan food uses different flavor profiles, ingredients and has its own identity (veganism)--it is not sub mock meat for meat. I will continue to try and support, but the first impression was underwhelming. Also, the radio music killed the ambiance.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-08

Pros: Sandwiches were reasonably priced, The only vegan place in town, Friendly, nice staff

Cons: See review

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very good food - Edit

My husband and I is traveling and we decided to get detour to Cafe Verve which were 40 mins out of our way. But, it worse every mile we did to get this place. Food was so good. Menu is full of choices. Recommend!

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Great to have a Vegan cafe in town! - Edit

I really like this place! My omni husband even raved about the mushroom Burger he had.

My only wish: longer hours! :-)

Pros: food is delicious!

Cons: prices, hours, not enough seating

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Great Place! - Edit

I really with this place had been in State College when I lived there. It would have been so great to have an all vegan place! Located right on Beaver downtown, Cafe Verve serves mostly faux-meat based sandwiches and bowls, as well as breakfast and bakery items. My husband and I tried the chick'n ceasar sandwich and the kick'n chick'n sandwich with kimchi. Sandwiches are served with fries, tots, or chips. The food was tasty and the prices were reasonable. They had a variety of dessert items including cheesecakes, brownies, and energy balls. We tried the chocolate chip cheesecake, which was of the raw tasting variety rather than something made from vegan cream cheese or tofu. It was decent and only $5, which is a good deal for a vegan dessert of it's size.
I did not get a chance to try breakfast, but I am intrigued by the breakfast and smoothie bowls. They sound so tasty!
The indoor space is small, and I imagine when classes are in session at PSU it gets very busy.
Cafe Verve is a great addition to the State College food scene!

Pros: All vegan, Reasonable prices, Lunch, Breakfast, Baked goods

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Affordable Vegan Food for All - Edit

Small accommodations, but amazing dishes! Had the best nachos and the juiciest burger. The juices and baked goods looked tasty as well. Everything was super affordable- perfect for anyone's budget!

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So glad for a vegan restaurant! - Edit

I'm happy there is a vegan place in State College, however, I think there could be improvements made. The food is good overall, but not extraordinary. One main improvement for the restaurant would be to keep it cleaner. I have been there twice and I noticed cleanliness issues both times.

Pros: Only totally vegan place in the area, Lots of options, AMAZING FRIES

Cons: Could be cleaner

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Good vegan place - Edit

I did go here today this place has great potential but they need to get organized. Maybe try to keep workers on their station when busy? Assign them duties like one dedicated to fruit bowels? Keep orders together, display food groups together and more visible.

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Question on BYOB - Edit

Sorry more of a question than a review…haven’t swung by yet but we’re looking to this Thursday before the Rusted Root concert.

Do you allow BYOB? My buddy is coming into town for this concert and both of us are newer vegans so options are limited in town. We do however love our beer as well and wanted to see if this was possible…thanks!!


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CafeVerve115 06 Mar 2017 - Hi Joshua! I apologize for not seeing this before the event. We are not a BYOB café. Thank you for asking and stopping by. I had heard that someone had asked, I'm assuming it was you. :)  

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PaulMatheson 08 Apr 2017 - Believe me Otto's pub is the place for vegans to drink beer and enjoy some awesome bean burgers and pretzels.  

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Adjoining Room = Ample Seating - Edit

For anyone afraid the 8 seats in the front will be filled, just grab one of the 25 seats in the room just to the right of the restroom!!!

We have been hurting for a great spot like this for decades!! State College hasn't had a solid vegetarian restaurant since the 1970 - 1980s (Sun Seed and New Morning). Sure a couple of others have tried but never quite hit the mark. Café Verve is not only all vegan but pure class.

The interior is small but has none of the grungy feel sandwich counters can have. The decor is current and tasteful. The menu has every comfort food a vegan could ask for. The hours are convenient as is the location on Beaver Ave.

Breakfast burritos, mac n "cheese" and a huge assortment of house made baked goods. I have tried over a dozen menu items and all have been delicious and well prepared. The portions are all very generous and prices are super reasonable. The specials are amazing too!

The staff is upbeat, friendly and open to suggestions to add to their menu. From reading past reviews on other vegan cafés, I know someone is going to complain about the soy meat/ dairy options. If mock meats aren't your thing, there are plenty of other choices so don't use that as a reason to not patronize his café. There are very few customers who don't fondly remember foods that contained dairy or meat and Café Verve has a great balance for every customer with their smoothies and salads.

Café Verve is an oasis for vegan diners in Central PA. It is just what we have been craving and are very grateful it is downtown State College.

Pros: Friendly and knowledagble staff., Ample vegan choices; fresh and comfort foods., Beautiful and deliscious food.

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Couldn't be more excited! - Edit

I've been waiting impatiently for a place like this ever since I went vegan and I was not disappointed! It's a cozy little spot, with friendly staff and great food. My crispy chick'n sandwich and fries were perfect, and the citrus detox smoothie was nice and refreshing. I brought a raspberry cheezecake and energy bites home for later. I'm definitely going back to try the coffee in the next couple weeks.

Pros: friendly staff, lots of menu options, lovely atmosphere

Cons: limited seating

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CafeVerve115 23 Jan 2017 - Hi TheHappyVegan92,

Thanks for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visits so far! Just wanted to point out that we do have additional seating right through a hallway that opens up to 25 additional seats! :)

Thanks again,
Café Verve  

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Delicious coffee, good vibes - Edit

Got a caramel latte with soy milk, it was delicious. Also had a sample of their chocolate chip scone which was yummy.
Small place but has good vibes and quality food and drinks.

Pros: Yummy food and drinks , Friendly staff, Cheap prices

Cons: Small, not many seats

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CafeVerve115 23 Jan 2017 - Hi TalBen-Artizi,

Thanks for your review! Just wanted to say that we do have additional seating, right through a hallway that opens up to 25 more seats! :)

Thanks again,
Café Verve  

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Decent first meal; Give it time - Edit

As I write this review (the first day this cafe-restaurant opened) I am finally grateful of the fact that State College has a fully VEGAN restaurant. It was long overdue in this college town.

I had an All-American Burger which was, in my opinion, pretty phenomenal. -- 4.5/5 rating

I had a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries, blueberries, and chia seeds (as my 3 toppings). Also, I had almond milk added (optional). I was a bit disappointed since the fruit came frozen and the oatmeal/milk wasn't warm enough to bring the fruit out of the frozen state. -- 3/5 rating

Loved the atmosphere of this place, small and cozy.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Good Value, Nice Vibe

Cons: Medium/Small portions

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CafeVerve115 23 Jan 2017 - Hi thetravelier,

Thanks for the review! We have made our portions larger and changed our bun from a ciabatta to a kaiser for the All American Burger. For the Oatmeal Bowl, we do serve fruit that has been thawed from frozen this time of year, we do apologize that your fruit was still a bit frozen. We are excited to offer fresh local fruit this spring :)

Thanks again!
Café Verve  

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