CLOSED: Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe - University District

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4757 12th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington, USA, 98105

Certified organic cafe offering a menu featuring vegan sandwiches, rice and quinoa bowls, salads, soups, raw food cuisine, baked treats, organic coffee, juices, and smoothies. Rice, soy, and almond milks provided for coffee and smoothies; as well dairy milk which is the only non-vegan item. Bright and spacious setting. Brunch is served on Sunday from 9am-3pm. MAR 2018 SHUT PER OWNER.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, International, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out

48 Reviews

First Review by xbillyx

organic & fresh - Edit

This place is great, I love that it's all organic. (When I was in a while back they had a meal item on the menu where you pay what you want, suggestion of $8 I think, but if you're poor you can pay $5 or whatever, or if you want to pay more than $8 that helps others and the money contributes to someone else in need of food. So you kind of pay it forward.) Everything tastes really good & fresh, although I think they are a little pricey! But that's probably because it's organic and not conventional/GMO food. I would recommend this place! Very yummy!

Pros: fresh & organic, All vegan

Cons: a little high in price

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one of my favs - Edit

I was lucky enough this summer to live a block away from here. The raw tacos are the best, but really everything I've had has been amazing. I always feel good after eating it too; nothing too heavy. They have a lot of gluten free items and the drinks are yummy as well. I'm really into their focus on health and local support. Also maybe it's just chance or timing, but as a woman I really appreciate that it is mostly run by ladies (currently). The staff is always so very friendly, informative and patient. I recommend you try it.

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Fresh Food - Edit

We went in here after work and it was pretty crowded long line, but they got us through the line fast. I got the Thai Peanut Bowl which was okay - it was rice based and I opted for the large which was over $11, I would probably get a sandwich next time if I can afford it. Somehow the two of us spent a little over $50 then we both got a dessert and spent another $10.

Pros: fresh food, options, atmosphere

Cons: price

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The BEST in Seattle! - Edit

I LOVE this the U District's Chaco Canyon! The food is always fresh and flavorful! Love the Rawnola with Hemp Milk and a London Fog with Almond Milk. My favorite Sunday morning breakfast! Great staff. Terry is the best! Always a great smile and helpful with suggestions. I am diabetic so I treat myself once a year to a great vegan cheesecake dessert. Yummmmm! You must go there!

Pros: Rawnola with Hemp Milk, London Fog with Almond Milk, Terry

Cons: None, None, None

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Organic raw/cooked food - Edit

I love Chaco Canyon. I love their smoothies and their fresh juice and their sandwiches. I've been here many times for lunch- it's a great place to go to on your own, or with a small group of people. It can be crowded during peak hours. They also have great cupcakes! They have many gluten-free options and raw options. Good place to take non-veg people too, although it is a bit pricey.
Updated from previous review on Thursday October 24, 2013

Pros: delicious, vegan, cute interior

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Healthiest choice in the U-District, maybe Seatte - Edit

If you are trying to make the healthiest possible choice for eating out in Seattle, this is it. They accommodate any and all dietary restrictions. Its a casual environment, order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. If you are on a budget, try the 'make your own bowl', I usually get quinoa with veggies, as well as their afternoon happy hour, 4-6, with half priced baked goods and around $4 for the fresh house juice - best deal in town, as well as great prices on local and gluten free beer and wine offerings. They have lots of healthy juices, hot beverages, raw dishes, raw and gluten free desserts and more. Everything is sourced organic as much as possible and the workers seem happy. The large salad is served on a flat plate and leaves me starving, I can't recommend that one, and sometimes the service seems distracted, but hey, its the U. Long lines with leashed dogs tussling is a possibility to be prepared for but all is forgiven at this healthy haven. They seriously win awards for their clean and eco friendly restrooms. You can hang there with wifi all day long!

Pros: healthiest food in town, happy hour, fair work practices and ethical sourcing

Cons: sometimes long lines, can be expensive if you're not careful, dog friendly - could be a pro

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Great vegan food - Edit

I had breakfast here this morning and really liked it. I had a tofu scramble sandwich and a latte, the food and the portions were great (not obscenely huge like some places, but not stingy either). Others I dined with also enjoyed their meals.

Pros: vegan, Atmosphere

Cons: None

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My favorite vegan cafe! - Edit

I love this cafe!! They have a ton of delicious and interesting food and it this is also a good place to just hangout. My favorites are their sandwiches, soups, and bowls, although everything is always great with new items every month.

One thing I love about this cafe is that they have a book listing all their ingredients ready by the cash register along with a sign encouraging you to tell them about any food allergies. As someone with an intolerance to gluten and a corn allergy I greatly appreciate this and never feel like I am being too demanding when I ask what's in a dish.

They have many gluten-free items already on the menu and you can sub gluten-free bread for no extra cost. They also make great baked goods (both glutenous and gluten-free) as well as excellent espresso and beverages. During holidays they also often offer specials like Thanksgiving pies you can order ahead of time. Their rotating art work is also very interesting, currently they are featuring stunning pictures of chimpanzees at a sanctuary. Finally, they sell items you can take home, like cookie and bread mix, and things like kombucha starter kits.

All around this is a great cafe! If you haven't been here definitely give it a try!

Pros: Excellent food, Very food allergy friendly, Good place to hangout

Cons: Sometimes crowded

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Good Raw Vegan Food! - Edit

Great food and juice but very expensive!

Pros: Service, Location

Cons: Price

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Some good food, too expensive - Edit

It is hit or miss whether the food will be great. I seem to have luck with their sandwiches, but their raw version of a pizza left much to be desired. Their desserts and drinks are amazing. They have gotten way too expensive over the years so I don't go there any more.

Pros: Good sandwiches, desserts, drinks

Cons: Too expensive

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Fresh delicious food in a cozy setting - Edit

This was my first visit, and I was there with three other vegans.
They have a large selection of food items for vegetarians and vegans. Sadly, I wasn't too hungry at that time and I ended up ordering the avocado sandwich, a la carte, which was delicious. However, the rest of the party ordered entrees and even dessert. We all loved the food! The service was prompt and friendly. Clean dining area, with ample tables, real silverware and flatware, in a help yourself kind of setting.
Overall, I would highly recommend this place to veggie and non-veggies alike.

Pros: Large menu items, Quality, fresh food, Cozy, casual setting

Cons: Street parking only

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It's Good... - Edit

I like this place. I've been here a few times now, and have left happy and full each time. The menu is big, and there is alot to choose from. Depending on what you order, it can be pricey. From what I've tried, the bowls are tasty, and they make some mean juices.

Pros: Large Portions, Large Menu, Yummy

Cons: Price

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Glad we found this place! - Edit

We at breakfast here twice in two days because the food is so good, and it's in a convenient location. We also got sandwiches to take with us on a hike. Limited breakfast menu and good sandwich selection. I looked at their binder of ingredient information and saw that they use many non-organic ingredients that should be able to easily get organically.

Pros: Great food, Convenient location, Uses organic ingredients

Cons: Could use more organic ingredients

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Yum and Healthy - Edit

This is a cozy place, great to whip out that book you've been carrying around. The menu is extensive and you can feel good about what you're eating, because for the most part, it's all really healthy and tasty. I love this place and I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Comfortable and homey - Edit

My kids and I liked this place. The portions are good and they have coffee and desserts as well.

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thumbs up ! - Edit

This is a great place to sit for long periods of time by yourself working diligently on a laptop. Yay ! The food is great: some raw options, some hot cooked options, numerous vegan pies and pastries, excessive smoothie choices. Everything is vegan. Love this place and sometimes dream about it when I'm well across the country.

Pros: spacious , nice decor, options abound

Cons: ?

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My favorite restaurant! - Edit

I LOVE THIS PLACE. I love that they care enough to source things organically and as much as possible locally. I've never been dissatisfied with any meal.
I'm also allergic to gluten and I have celiac, and I love having a safe place to go for gluten-free meals that taste AMAZING. Right now they are baking their own gluten-free bread and it is truly stellar.
While it might seem pricier than other options, the food quality blows everything else away.

Pros: Amazing food, Gluten-friendly, Warm atmosphere

Cons: Pricier than some other options

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Delicious, fresh but a little pricey - Edit

Chaco Canyon is a lovely restaurant on the corner of 50th and 12th in the University District. The restaurant is newer and lushly decorated with plants and plenty of wood and a ton of signage with information about the restaurant and why it does what it does. The food is very good, very fresh and well-presented but on the higher end of the price scale. My friend and I ordered bowls, (I had quinoa and tahini dressing with tofu and he had the raw bowl) and both were delicious. My bowl only came with a few carrots and sprouts, so I paid extra to have spinach. It seemed a little strange that the only vegetables were pretty much a garnish so it's best to read the menu with care.I wanted to order a juice but there were too pricey for me. I know that everything is organic and much of it is locally sourced so if price isn't an issue you will be more than happy with their food choices and bakery.
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 19, 2012

Pros: lovely restaurant, local, organic

Cons: pricey, tough parking

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Good, healthy food at reasonable proce - Edit

Based on reviews, I was worried about portion size so I order three main dishes (for two people) but after I got all three, I realized that size was perfect.
We tried following.
Hippie bowl - This had huge Quinoa portion, topped with marinated tofu and shredded carrots and sprouts. Dressing was Tahini sauce.
Flax Enchilada - This is raw dish, crapes filled with grated Zucchini, Avocado and some sauce. Had side salad.
Artichoke sandwich- Had side soup (you could get salad too)
I would rate food 3.5 but overall I would rate it 4.0 but I can see why people like this place much and it is hard to strike balance for taste, especially with salads and dressings.
It would have been nice if they provided dressing on side (I needed extra with my Quinoa dish)
Also, I went there during rush hours, there was huge line so I was hesitant to ask for extra dressing.
I think it is a place to go once in a while to get good food at reasonable price with good ambience. Food is definitely healthy but not exceptional.
I am vegan and I support the business for their effort and I would try this place again.

Pros: ambience, Healthy

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Good vegan raw foods. - Edit

Maybe this place deserves 5 stars, I don't know, I've only been here a couple times and the food is pretty good and the place is interesting but it is rather expensive and something about it just rubs me the wrong way, perhaps it was because one of the times was on a bad date and I shouldn't really blame Chaco Canyon on that, after all it's not their fault. But this place has a big of an atitude and it doesn't agree with me, there all all kinds of places and people in the world and we can't be and please all of them after all. You may love this place I don't know, pretentious comes to mind. I know a number of people who love this place and if you have the time, for sure check it out, the location is great, the building original and colorful but I am not a raw foodist, nothing against them but I am a big tatooed vegan guy who likes his piles of stir fried veggies and I am always hungry after the little plates of food, though I do enjoy the healthy foods they have here, they just don't seem worth the expense to me. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

Pros: good raw foods, U district location

Cons: pricey, parking can be tough at times

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desserts-yes, entrees-not so sure - Edit

Desserts both raw and cooked are really good. Had an excellent raw cranberry cheesecake. Entrees and soups are hit or miss, many, like the quiche, tunaless sandwich, etc. have an overpowering lemon flavor that obscures the other flavor. Pesto pizza would be good with a little less salt or a sweet topping to balance it out. I really like all the organic and healthy ingredients, but wonder if there's enough taste testing going on with the savory dishes?

Pros: healthy, organic, juice bar

Cons: flavor not always good, loud atmosphere, expensive

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My favorite restaurant - Edit

I'm a raw vegan and can't get enough of this place. Cool people, great food choices, my kind of ambience. They even have seasonal raw dishes. Can't comment on the cooked items as the only ones I've had were the brownies and cookies, which were fantastic. I literally have never had a raw dish there I didn't love.

Pros: RAWsome food

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Awful food & pretty lame service, expensive too - Edit

Where to begin....

How about upon entering what hit us was the absolutely astounding VOLUME of the kitchen and the cafe in general. I thought I might go deaf. Luckily we found a seat outside. But, this place you need to order at the counter among the folks waiting for takeout and others on line and others just hanging out. We finally get our turn to order (its still deafeningly LOUD in there) and as I ask the counterperson about vegan stuff he sees his buddy behind me and says hey Steve, ignores me, takes his order. As if ordering at a counter isn't bad enough to be passed over for Steve, dude's buddy.

I ordered a tagine, a very easily executed dish, and my wife got a lentil burger. I nearly threw up the tagine. It was grosser than gross. It tasted like it was merely soaked in AC vinegar. I told the guy (who is Steve's buddy) how bad it was and he kindly explained it was raw and explained the precepts of raw food to me. Thanks Genius! Your food was still shockingly awful and tagines are notably flavorful. I had to order something else, I was running late for a train and lost my happycow list on a bad traffic day in Seattle, nowhere else to go, pick for safety. The Lentil burger. Ugh. First they gave it to me to-go when I asked for it there. Just as well leave that crappy deafening hellhole. The only thing good about the burger was the delicious bread. I wonder if they make it or buy it, if bought is it local or national (thanks for answering in the response area).

I will never go here again. I think they do have a great logo and use all the correct buzz words in their PR approach. Too bad this place has awful food and worse counterservice. Btw, it was about $50. Sometimes I like to know where not to go as much as where to go and this place is most definitely a place NOT to go!

Pros: cool logo, slick PR

Cons: Terrible Food, Worst Service EVER, $$$$$$

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LOVE!!! - Edit

This place is one of my favorite spaces for good veggie cuisine! I actually stumbled upon it accidentally while exploring the University District w/ a friend and we wanted to get some coffee. We fell in love w/ this charming place and continually come back! Great selection and the food is creative and delicious! You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Vegetarian, Friendly, Great Atmosphere!

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Fabulous Food - Edit

We recently traveled to Seattle and ate at Chaco Canyon two times we liked it so much. We tried the Pesto Melt, Artichoke Melt, Seitan Crepes and Black Bean Chili - all were excellent. Aside from the fabulous food, we were impressed by resturant's cleanliness, good service, green practices. We would definetly recommend Chaco Canyon to our non-vegan friends in hopes that this experience would turn them onto vegitarianism.

Pros: Wow food, Healthy cuisine, Great atmosphere

Cons: Far from our home

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I had the vegan reuben - Edit

I stopped in there a few months ago when I was craving a reuben. The sandwich was good, but it had too much Field Roast on it. This is not a slam on the restaurant - this was just my first time having Field Roast and I realized I didn't like it. Not the restaurants fault - my fault. But, I took the Field Roast off and ate the sandwich without it and it was actually quite delicious! The bread was crunch - extra sauerkraut (my favorite.) I'd definitely go back and I would just ask for a little Field Roast. I was pleased enough to go back any time. I was treated very well when I came in, I ordered on the phone and just had to pick up the food but the guy at the counter was very nice. A little more expensive than I was expecting but worth it.

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Improved - Edit

Although there has been more than one occasion where my salad greens were a little gritty, The menu, new location, organic bent not to mention the addition of Brunch have vast improved what used to be a little hole in the wall below Cedars on Brooklyn.

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