Darbster - West Palm Beach

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8020 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 33405

Vegan restaurant with a bistro feel, located on the waterway. Serves an electric mix of innovative vegan dishes such as palm cakes along with favorites like enchiladas, mac n cheese, salads, and raw food. Brunch offered on Saturday and Sunday. Dog friendly. Also has a location in Boca Raton. Open Tue-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Organic, Beer/Wine, Fusion

89 Reviews

First Review by ellen and alan

The BEST vegan food I've had!! - Edit

My husband is not a vegetarian or a vegan. He worked as a chef for many years and enjoys nothing more than sitting down to a meat dinner. He had the chicken parmesan and was unable to tell the difference between that and real chicken. He also said it was the best chicken parmesan he had ever had, even though it wasn't real chicken! The staff was amazing, the ambience was perfect, and the food was stellar. I'd give it 10 stars if I could!

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fantastic - Edit

Get the wings!!!

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great food - Edit

The food was awesome but!!! they got our orders wrong, I went with flow and enjoyed it anyway. The major issue stopping me from giving 5 stars is that they tipped themselves a preset amount without asking. Also the tip was a percentage of the full price of the items even even some were on the happy hour, example: the beers were 2 for 1 but the tip was calculated based on the price of both beers. Huge turnoff.

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Take my money!! - Edit

Every time I think of this place I crave their black and bleu burger with sweet potato fries!!! So damn good. The raw pancakes are pretty good too I love the menu options. The only thing bad thing about this place is ordering to go... every time I try to
Call I have to try about 12 Times idk what’s going on with their phone line but it’s pretty annoying, another gentlemen sitting down next to me there complained about the same thing please fix your phone it’s difficult to order for pick up :/

Pros: Delicious food , Nice restaurant

Cons: Pricey , Horrible phone

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love the atmosphere and the food - Edit

My vegan boyfriend and my non vegan mother and I came here August 2017. It is somewhat hard to notice if you are coming North on Dixie Highway as it is literally on the canal. Oddly enough it is really beautiful for being next to a canal. There is a small parking lot (for FL standards) that only holds about ten cars, likely less than that. Food was amazing here and my boyfriend LOVED their wellington. He enjoyed it so much he ate my mother's (she is quite anti vegan meat and did not want to finish it). Proceeds go to an animal rescue which makes this place even better!

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Perfect! - Edit

I came here with a vegan friend for her birthday and was blown away. She had said it was her favorite restaurant for years and I was surprised I had never heard of it being vegan as well. After my first visit I had no complaints. Everything was perfect. I absolutely love what this restaurant stands for and produces. It was a beautiful atmosphere and the food was high quality. For my breakfast meal I got the chocolate chip pancakes with sausage and maple syrup (all made vegan of course) and it was so filling. I will definitely be returning for more delicious food!

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Maybe for you, just not for me - Edit

Love the idea of this place. Completely vegan menu, all proceeds go to directly benefiting animals, they have "Yappy Hour" which is 5-7 Sunday 20% off entree if you bring a dog, and it is open air. Parking was not much trouble. So it was going to be hard to leave me disappointed. I called at around 6:45 Sunday to make sure they would be open since it was New Year's Eve. No answer. Left a voicemail. Called a few other places and then called Darbster a 2nd time. This time they answered to tell me they were open. My wife and I brought our 1 year old. Waited for the hostess for a few moments. Seated and asked if we would like a high chair. Waited over 10 minutes for the waitress to bring us room temperature water and to apologize for the delay. We asked for the highchair again. Another 10 minutes with no waiter and we left. It was not a busy night. 50% or less capacity with at least 4 waiters. While waiting I thoroughly read the menu. This is where my personal taste comes into play. I eat a plant based diet, I am not really into tofu and tempeh and meat substitutes or cheeses. I like plants. I don't like meat. I don't need my food to replace meat. Every item on the menu was a fake meat. The 1 regret I have was not ordering dessert to go. I would happily have taken 3 desserts to go if anyone had asked.

Pros: Open air, pet friendly, all vegan.

Cons: Too Vegan, no simple plant based options, worst se

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awesome food! - Edit

We always visit this place on our annual trip to Florida. Amazing food and great service!

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vegan paradise - Edit

All sorts of vegan food that can be loved and enjoyed

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all proceeds go to help animals, fun, great vibe and yum! - Edit

We absolutely love this place. We love tostadas and the palm cakes and just the fact that everyone loves animals and food is yum!

Pros: charity , variety , bring pets

Cons: hot in warm weather so dress light , small so crowded , small parking lot

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everything was amazing!! - Edit

The food, the atmosphere, and service was top-notch.

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I love Darb - Edit

I am gonna cut right to the point and say that Darbster is GREAT! I go Sunday for brunch at least 2 time a month, this is also coming from someone that used to eat meat everyday. I have started to transition my lifestyle to cut out meat and dairy all together but with Darbster in the area I really could care less about it. This place is amazing, I always bring my friend here without telling them the catch, and they always leave IMPRESSED.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-21

Pros: Great Food , Pets are allowed, A variety to choose from

Cons: No AC, Service is great, but you will wait, Parking

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Favorite vegan restaurant in town - Edit

Darbster is an amazing little vegan restaurant with a really good atmosphere and almost everything we've tried there is delicious. Definitely try the wings and sweet potatoes fries if you're new to the whole vegan experience.

Pros: Flavorful food , 100% vegan, Atmosphere is great

Cons: A bit pricey but worth it, every time, Parking can be difficult when they're busy.

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Awesome restaurant! - Edit

Being from out of town, I checked Happy Cow app for vegan restaurants nearby. Darbster popped up, and I was not disappointed! The atmoshere of the restaurant was very intimate and the background music lended to the ambiance. The food was so delicious, and I wish I could try everything on the menu. We started with the Palm Cakes..and I have to say thise are a must have! I had the Eggplant Scallops and my dining companion had the Tacos. Both very good!

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Blown away - Edit

The food is amazing. The staff are friendly and helpful. And the view is very nice if you eat outside. Overall a great atmosphere.

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My first vegan restaurant!! - Edit

I absolutely love Darbster and am determined to taste everything on their menu. The setting is nice and the service is wonderful and inviting. I recommended this place to all vegans and nons. They have something on the menu for everyone!

Pros: Delicious Food, Cooked and Raw Vegan, Friendly staff

Cons: Parking.

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yummy!!! - Edit

Too much greatness to choose from. We had the benedict tofu, tarragon chicken salad wrap and the chocolate ganache cake :) was very good!

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love love love - Edit

I've been to Darbster only once, as I live about an hour south from it. It was great. We had brunch and it was above delicious. Lots of variety to choose from. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff, even the tea tasted divine. Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant. I will definitely visit again, when in the area.

Pros: great food, wonderful and inviting ambiance , very friendly staff

Cons: a bit pricey, very small parking

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Top restaurants ever - Edit

Eat here. Bring all your friends. You won't regret it.

Pros: Wide selection on menu, Outdoor seating and live music, Fresh, nourishing ingredients

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Lovely spot for dinner - Edit

I really liked this place, and their nut cheeses were simply amazing! Everything I ate and tried there was really good, and I enjoyed their raw food a lot. For desert, I had a raw, cashew-based parfait that was heavenly!
I'd go back any time. It's a little pricey, but with the money going to animal welfare, that's something I can swallow.

Updated from previous review on 2017-02-28

Pros: Beautiful patio, Raw foods

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Nice late night spot - Edit

We hopped off the plane from Chicago and went straight to Darbster. It was about 9:00 when we arrived so the place only had a few tables with folks still eating. We ordered The palm cakes, roasted cauliflower and the pear Gorgonzola salad. All were very good! I loved the kick that the palm cakes had. The roasted cauliflower had an Indian spin which both my friend and I love! The salad was great! I had never had vegan Gorgonzola but I can tell you, it's better than the real thing. Not so pungent. We had hummingbird cake for dessert and aside from it being too big to finish it was delicious!! I was glad to hear that the frosting was not a coconut oil base. I'd love to go back while I'm here.

Pros: great ambiance, attentive staff, delicious food

Cons: I can see how parking would be a bear during busy , womens bathroom out of order, a tad expensive

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BEST - Edit

I can honestly say that I've been here countless times, and I have never left unhappy. The food could not be better and all profits go to animal welfare. If you're looking for either comfort food of healthier options, look no further. Don't miss their brunch or dinner menus and pay attention to the wonderful weekly specials. One of the best vegan establishments in FL

Pros: A+ service, food is perfect, non-profit

Cons: none

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Our New In The Area GO TO... - Edit

Just moving into the area and we were there looking for homes. Found this small hidden gem and couldn't be happier. I eat raw now because I have cancer and fighting it naturally but my two other companions (wife & sister) who eat anything they please were so impressed we made several trips here during our stay. LOVED the food and once we close on our Boynton Beach home next week and get moved it, it will be our regular dine out experience.

Pros: Cusine, Atmostphere, Staff

Cons: Parking, Space

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Above average vegan fare - Edit

You gotta love a vegan restaurant that donates all profits to fund animal welfare issues!
Ordered the Caprese as an appetizer and it was very good...probably my favorite dish. The Nachos and the Mac & Cheeze were yummy too. I was expecting the Palm Cakes and the Parmigiana to be better...I was disappointed in those dishes and wouldn't order them again. The faux meat on the Parmigiana was not good at all. All in all, I liked the place and will return if I'm in the area again. I really want to give a 4 star rating, but I felt let down after all the hype I'd hear about this place.

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outdoor seating, great slightly upscale vegan food - Edit

restaurant is very open and and breezy, half the seating is outside. pro dog, restaurant even seems to have there own cats lots of great stuff on the menu, but i almost always get the black and blu burger. (cant be beat IMO) also have hot and iced teas , overall , just a cool classy place with great vegan food

Pros: pro dog , great food , outdoor seating

Cons: little parking,but worth finding a spot

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DELICIOUS - Edit

Awesome vegan bistro with unbelievable food and drink.

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Mediocore vegan food - Edit

I have revised my Darbster review many, many times. Unfortunately the quality of the food varies with who the current chef is at the restaurant. If you're just looking for somewhere vegan, you will like it. If you're used to higher quality vegan food like in other cities, you will likely be disappointed.

Things to love about Darbster- it's 100% vegan and proceeds go to an animal non-profit. You just want to love a place like this. However, the quality of the food has really taken a dive. I can't bring myself to eat there often because I (and my vegan friends have also remarked) can make better vegan food at home. It's convenient to drop in or to bring out of town guests, but I"m often disappointed in the food.

For example, the brunch quiche used to be my favorite breakfast item. Well, it was taken off the regular menu. One time I visited, the quiche was a special so I ordered it, but it was full of overcooked, stringy onions instead of tofu eggs. Also, no tempeh in the quiche (as advertised). The last breakfast burrito I had from there also had very little tempeh.

Coffee is good. Wine and beer options are good. I enjoy their $3 brunch mimosas. Wait staff is usually very friendly. I love their love for animals. Wish the food quality would improve. For now, I visit Christopher's Kitchen for a nice, vegan dinner out.

Pros: Vegan, Dog friendly, Profits donated to animal rescue

Cons: Food is so-so, No AC so it's very HOT this time of year

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