Counter Culture

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 58 reviews )
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2337 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas, USA, 78702

Offers meatless and dairy-free food using produce from local area farmers. Has daily specials, sandwiches, plates, desserts, and weekend brunch. Weekday happy hours 3-6pm. Weekend brunch 11am-3pm. Oil free, gluten-free, and soy-free options. Blue-walled interior. Move here in 2012 from E North Loop. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

58 Reviews

First Review by pjw2000

Great all vegan restaurant - Edit

Counter Culture is definitely one of my favorite spots, but it is ALWAYS packed. Because of this, we don't go very often as we don't like a long wait. When we do happen to go, our food is always amazing and delicious. The prices are pretty high compared to other vegan restaurants and trucks, but it's not too big of a deal as we know they shoot for local, organic, and zero waste. My favorite thing to order is the mac n cheese! If not that, the reuben. They also have amazing desserts and plenty of gluten free options.

Pros: All vegan, Environmentally friendly, Gluten free options

Cons: There's usually a long wait, High prices, Little to no parking

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Leftovers?? - Edit

Maybe this was a slow night so they weren’t making a lot of fresh food, but...our dishes looked and tasted and felt like warmed up leftovers.
Also, our waitress even said they couldn’t make plain quinoa for our child because everything is pre-made.
The choice is yours - only reason I gave two stars and not one is because they’re vegan.

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Peanut4 12 Jan 2018 - I'm sorry this was not explained very well to you. We can not make each side of quinoa to order, we make enough for the day in the morning- just like an Asian restaurant would make a batch of rice for the shift and not a bunch of small batches of rice per order. All of our food is made in house from scratch, including all of our cheeze and seitan. We don't make it per order, but in bulk. If we made each plate from sctach, one at a time, the wait time would exceed two hours per plate. We do not pre make our salads but do pre-make our dressings, again to not do this would be impossible. From your review I can't tell what you had but if you would like to email us at countercultureaustin787@gmail.com this small vegan business would appreciate it. A review like this doesn't really help us to improve.  


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Great Food - Edit

Ate here on New Years Day and waited an hour. The wait was worth it. There was an all you can eat buffet with so many yummy options.

Cons: service was slow even for a buffet

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Great place during happy hour (3-6) - Edit

Relaxed atmosphere, friendly employees, and great food. They have a happy hour with 30% appetizers and 3 dollar beer. They have an outside patio area for when the weather is well. Also has local beer!

Pros: Great local beer, Happy hour, plenty of vegetarian options, most things can be v

Cons: located by a busy street, can be loud, service was kind of slow, but that only had one Wa

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Great affordable food - Edit

Stopped here on my first time in Texas. BBQ Seitan was awesome. And I was worried about finding Vegan BBQ!

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fantastic vegan comfort food - Edit

I went on a Saturday and got the weekend brunch menu which was fantastic. I shared with my mom and together we had the quesadilla (cheese and sauces were incredible), pancakes, sausage, a tofu scramble, house made kombucha, and fresh watermelon juice. Everything was great, and what made it even better was that I was able to bring my dog and sit with her on the patio since it is a pet friendly establishment. 100% recommend to anyone passing through Austin.

Pros: pet friendly, fantastic options, 100% vegan!

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We loved eating here. - Edit

So much variety and so delicious!! We had the nachos and the taco of the day (pinto beans, pineapple, potatoes with spinach, cilantro and smoked cashew cheeze). The menu was amazing and I would love to try everything on it. Service was excellent. Cannot recommend more highly!

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Hella good - Edit

The nachos, Ruben, pizza, and ice cream were all excellent.

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Best soul food in Austin! - Edit

We love love love counter culture ! Tried a variety of dishes which are always tasty , personal favorite in the burrito they have for brunch on the weekends! Its amazing !!

Pros: great price, delicious food, cute restaurant

Cons: brunch can be busy , get there early

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Good food great deserts - Edit

Loved the selection of food. Good place for sandwiches and ice cream

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okay. - Edit

Okay food, super nice staff. No AC, which was unfortunate. Glad it's there and is a good place to stop if you're just looking for an all veg restaurant, but not the best food I've ever had.

Pros: nice staff, lots of options, desert

Cons: no air conditioning

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Tasty variety - Edit

This colorful restaurant had lots of options for drinks, entrees, and sides. We shared an interesting mimosa (watermelon, strawberry, and lime), both decided to order their delicious lentil loaf entree, and got two sides with it: I loved the jalepeno cornbread and sweets&beets. We ended with a scrumptious brownie sundae.

Pros: Sides, Friendly staff, Dessert

Cons: Chilly

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Yummy - Edit

It's a nice little place. Very cozy, great staff, and delicious food.

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We had a very good dinner - Edit

Great food, a nice selection of beers, mostly regional, and very friendly service. Highly recommended and definitely return on our next visit to Austin.

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One of the best! - Edit

Excellent vegan fare. We came all the way from CT to dine here after seeing recipes in The Happy Cow cookbook.

The Seitan cold cut sandwich was great, just one of many options on the diverse menu. Prices are incredibly cheap and the service is quick and friendly.

Pros: low cost, outdoor seating

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Comforting Counter Culture - Edit

Deliciously tasty, affordable comfort food, all 100% vegan. Locally sourced ingredients when available. Regular menu enhanced with daily specials. Kids menu, delectable desserts. Beers and wines. Happy hour specials on appetizers, drinks. Clean comfortable space, dine indoors or on patio outside. Very small parking lot, with plenty on street parking on nearby side streets. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Non-vegans in our group really enjoyed the food. Recommend Buffalo Mac & cheeze balls for starters, roasted sweet potatoes & beets for a side. Everything was so good, looking forward to next visit to Austin to try more of the food.

Pros: Delicious vegan comfort food, 100% vegan, Friendly knowledgeable staff

Cons: Small parking lot

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Great vegan spot - Edit

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great kombucha. Highly recommended.

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Solid Brunch Spot - Edit

Awesome food, great vibe, super friendly people. All vegan, serves wine & beer but sadly no mimosas. Good kombucha & coffee though! Highly recommend

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Peanut4 24 Nov 2016 - Sorry you missed it but we DO have mimosas on our menu. You can have them with the Juice Of The Day, Lavender Lemonade or Fresh Orange Juice. We hope you come back and try one (or two:) soon.  


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Such good food! - Edit

We tried so many different things and they were all so good. I was especially fond of the "cheese"plate. Very yummy! Very friendly and attentive staff.

We couldn't eat all of our food and got the rest to go :)

Pros: friendly staff , good food, good selection

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awesome spot - Edit

Very good service and food. Nice patio

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An Austin Must! - Edit

This place is amazing! I'd been hankering for some biscuits and gravy and their biscuit and gravy bowl hit the spot. For $7.50 I got so much food and left feeling stuffed. The lavender lemonade was very refreshing.

I had to wait a few minutes for a server to get to me, but it gave me time to look over the menu. Everyone was very friendly.

My only complaint would be that it was a little warm, but it's the middle of the summer and much hotter outside.

Pros: 100% Vegan Locally sourced Friendly Variety of cho

Cons: Just a tad warm during summer

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Disappointing - Edit

I was very excited to go to Counter Culture but was disappointed with the service and quality. I probably won't ever go again (mostly because I no longer live in Austin) and if you're only in Austin for a short time, I would pass on it; however, if you live in Austin or eat strictly raw then try it out, hopefully you'll have a better experience than I did.

Cons: Expensive, Poor Service

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Peanut4 03 Jun 2016 - Almwyo-
We are sorry to hear about your experience. Our servers are human beings and once in a while they do make a mistake. If you had visited more than once you would see this not a typical event.
Sounds like you are able to make dehydrated flax crackers, paper thin jicama rounds, fermented cashew cheeze and have a high speed blender to make raw desserts. Most people don't though and lucky for us they appreciate and love our food and our small vegan run business.
The pesto rawvioli and bruschetta have pesto in common and that's it. The dishes are clearly written out on our menu. I'm sorry if you missed this or our server didn't go over every item that you ordered.
Our dishes are low in oil and salt, we try to offer healthy vegan food. Our coconut cream pie is date sweetened and a customer favorite. The main two ingredients are real coconut meat and dates.
We source local and organic ingredients as much as possible, compost, reuse and recycle over 98% of our waste (only a small handful of restaurants in Austin to do this) and pay our staff a livable wage. If we priced our items any lower we could not pay our bills.
Sounds like we just aren't for you and that's OK. We take to heart criticism that we can use and improve ourselves.  


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tasty and friendly - Edit

Great service from very friendly staff. Sitting on the patio in the shade was great. Had the Buffalo Mac and cheeze balls. Good flavor with the ranch. The key lime pie was amazing. one of the best ever

Pros: friendly staff, delicious food , key lime pie!

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ups and downs - Edit

Delicious food. Simply excellent. They are not terribly accommodating when it comes to substitutions or requests. A bit disappointing since I love CC so much.

Also, if you're low fat/oil, this is not the place to eat. They have a couple of E2 options, but not many.

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Peanut4 06 Jun 2016 - Thanks for your visit. Our kitchen can be very busy and it's hard to accommodate various substitutions or requests without making the kitchen slow down.
We do clearly state which foods are soy, gluten and oil free. We are the only restaurant in Austin that notates E2 items on the menu, which includes 20% of our menu. We do not oil our grill or fry anything in oil. Please ask a server next time you are in and we can go over options if you don't see them.  


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delicious ❤️ - Edit

I was in Austin for the day and stopped by here with my boyfriend (carnivore) and got a bangin quesadilla. Highly recommend this place!

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Delicious - Edit

We loved it when it was a food trailer and love it even more now.

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Really good! - Edit

I'm so happy I found this place! I had the beet mushroom walnut burger and it was perfect. Can't wait to come back tomorrow!

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