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340 King St, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 29401

Serves meat, vegan options available. A modern interpretation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Offers a separate vegan menu. Warm and comfortable setting. There is a bar area at ground level with one large group table. The bulk of the seating is on the second floor. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Beer/Wine, Vietnamese, Non-veg

Reviews (10)

First Review by PDXTom

Food rocks! - Edit

Had a few things on the menu, all were excellent. Food is high quality, felt physically good after eating it. Will come back when I visit again.

Pros: Excellent food, Nice atmosphere, Separate vegan menu

Cons: Pricey-ish, Somewhat loud, Wish portions were bigger

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Really enjoyed this spot! - Edit

I was drawn to this restaurant specifically because they had a vegan menu available. It is small, however, very few omni restaurants in Charleston even offer a distinction without requiring you bombard the servers & kitchen staff with questions. The restaurant is very small, but it has an upstairs that has been carefully designed to provide maximum seating in comfort. Communal tables offered a unique experience since all the 2 top tables were taken when we arrived. The staff was very friendly and service was prompt despite the fact they were very busy. I had the spicy udon, and it was a little oily, but VERY delicious! My husband is not veg, and he enjoyed his food very much also. I would definitely return here! Five stars if I could!

Pros: Optional vegan menu

Cons: Very dark interior at night

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Very tasty Vietnamese food at CO! - Edit

I really quite enjoy eating at CO. I typically tend to order the com chien with fried tofu but I have also had the lemongrass tofu banh mi and the crispy edamame spring rolls before, all of which were good. I will say that I find the food to be a bit oily overall, so maybe not quite suitable for oil-free vegans. Very tasty though.

Pros: vegan menu

Cons: oily

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limited and bland - Edit

It's great they have a vegan menu but it's unfortunate that it's so boring. If you're going to have a vegan Vietnamese menu there should be more options than fried rice and noodles for a $14 entree, not many veggies, mainly tofu, some edamame, and rice.

Pretty disappointed they refused to leave off fish sauce so we could try a curry or phó.

Pros: Vegan menu, tasty cocktails

Cons: bland vegan menu, few options, refused to make anything off the main menu pricy

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Wonderful! - Edit

We had a wonderful time here - great menu, great location. They have separate vegan and gluten free menus - there isn't a whole lot of overlap between the two, but there was at least one option that was both vegan and gluten free.
I had the bun xao with tofu and every bite was delicious. My omni boyfriend was happy with his meal too.

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Great choice - Edit

My friends and I went during Restaurant Week - while they enjoyed the discounted menu I perused the vegan one. Both the spring rolls and the yaki soba were delicious and really filling! It was nice having the separate vegan menu because on the normal one they are only listed as being vegetarian - and many of the vegetarian dishes I would've probably assumed vegan when they probably are not. Anyway great atmosphere, friendly staff, and surprisingly busy on a Thursday night. Would definitely go back. Feast indeed.

Pros: Good food, Good atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Very Good Vietnamese Fusion - Edit

We went for dinner. There is a separate menu for vegans! I did find the menu a little limiting. Disappointed that the two curry options weren't vegan (both had fish sauce) and was really looking forward to some Pho soup, but that wasn't vegan either. The two things we ate were great(unfortunately, I can't remember their names). It was a nice place, but a little crowded due to the small size on the main floor. Overall, it was a very good experience and good food. We would return.

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Classy little surprise - Edit

Stopping in Charleston, I was a tad worried about finding a place with options. The South is not fun for vegans. I was pleasantly surprised to find that CO has a separate menu for vegan patrons. The menu was not limiting, either! There were at least 5-6 different options, which was nice. The atmosphere was very classy and the music was nice. The staff were helpful and incredibly kind. I was pleased with my food and the visit as a whole.

Pros: Delish food, Vegan menu, Classy atmosphere

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Good Vegan & Asian -- at the Same Time! - Edit

I really appreciate the separate vegan menu and the sleek atmosphere. I chose a salad with an amazing variety of goodness: lettuce, cucumber, sprouts, pickled carrots, lots of cilantro, sauteed tofu & onions, cold vermicelli, and an edamame spring roll to boot. My husband enjoyed a spicy udon dish. A ginger julep rounded out the highly satisfying meal. Good show!

Pros: knowledge of veganism

Cons: a splurge by my standards

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A gem in a vegan food desert - Edit

CO is a real gem. Fantastic wait staff who make a gazillion trips up and down the stairs each night yet remain cheerful, attentive and responsive. The decor is sparse, modern yet warm and comfortable, offering a variety of seating from large tables with benches to small tables with chairs.

The food is perfectly executed and represents a modern interpretation that carefully preserves-and respects- traditional Vietnamese flavors and textures.

In particular, we appreciated the separate Vegan menu, which had a great list of options. We tried all the small dishes (tofu buns with crispy tofu, pickled cucumber and carrots, cilantro, crispy edamame; the spring roll with mixed vegetables, lettuce bed, ginger miso; and the lemongrass tofu spring roll with herbs, vermicelli, bean sprouts, peanut sauce). We then shared the yakisoba, which was made with rice noodles, tofu, cabbage, carrots, onion, zucchini, garlic, and sweet mirin soy sauce. Everything was excellent.

The have a very thoughtfully selected wine and beer list and a full bar with a variety of specialty drinks.

And they deservedly were awarded the best 2012 International Restaurant by the Charleston Food Bloggers (http://www.charlestonfoodbloggers.com/).

Pros: Vegan menu, Excellent food and service, Great ambience

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veggiemotogirl 21 Oct 2013 - Thanks for this great review. We went there based on your review, and; we were not disappointed! We ordered the lemongrass tofu spring rolls, the com chien and the yakisoba. All were excellent. I asked for hot sauce, and the waitress brought two house-made amazing sauces. We will definitely return on our next visit to Charleston!  


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