Serving vegan Caribbean food such as jackfruit stew, jerk mushrooms, eggplant curry, pumpkin curry, guava glazed lentil balls, mac and cheese. Since 2019. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-7:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm. Closed Sun-Mon.

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50 Reviews

First Review by shilonda98


Points +311

16 Jul 2023


My meal was delicious and full of flavor. I haven’t had vegan Caribbean food yet so this was a nice find.



Points +17

18 May 2023

First timer

The Rasta pasta was delish. Everything was well seasoned. I would def recommend.

Pros: Rasta pasta, Plantain


Points +66

14 May 2023

Absolutely Delicious!

This spot is always my go-to and had to come in for vegan anniversary!! The Guava Lentils Balls were 🤤


Points +73

08 May 2023


If you've never had rasta pasta, this is the place to get it, it is by far one of my favorite pasta now. The Mac n cheese was delicious as well. Unfortunately the banana pudding was sold out, that's what I was looking forward to the most. The wait was rather long, but well worth it.

Pros: All vegan, The spices!

Cons: Long wait time


Points +218

18 Mar 2023


Went back twice and ordered a lot to try it out, people are not wrong about the Rasta Pasta, it's great but you might miss it if you go later. When I was there they had another popup inside, so I got to try some really good sushi too. Honestly, of the places I tried in the area, this was my favorite for flavors and options.

Pros: Rasta Pasta with Jerk mushrooms, Great sides, all full of flavor, Support others with popup space

Cons: Might be a wait if you stop by at the wrong time


Points +54

04 Feb 2023

I expected more

Ordered Desmond's online and got the "crab" cakes. I wasn't a fan. Was hoping it would taste like seafood even a little but it didn't. The remoulade sauce was good though. Maybe I just didn't make a good choice ?

Pros: All Vegan, Island food

Cons: Crab cake wasn't good


Points +13

Mostly Veg
26 Jan 2023

new plant based eaters should try!!

We used the app to help us find this gem. EVERYTHING was outstanding!!!!The staff and owner are passionate about the food and lifestyle and is evidenced by the depth of flavor in their food. We tried the jerk jackfruit, Krabcakes and Rasta pasta, the chef recommended complimentary sides which were perfection. We will be back again.

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-26

Pros: Amazing seasoned food


Points +269

17 Nov 2022

The cravings are real!

The Rasta Pasta w/ Jerk Mushrooms. 🤘🏼 oh and everything else is delicious. But, that Rasta Pasta!

Pros: All vegan, Great Selection, Amazing Staff

Cons: It’s not next door to my house


Points +18

22 Oct 2022

Delicious Island faves!

Desmond’s Island Soul Grill was very good. We loved that it is black owned! I’d been missing Caribbean cuisine since becoming vegan and this really hit the spot!

Pros: Plantains were the best I’ve ever had. , Can’t wait to explore the menu to find a favorite, Jerk jackfruit was great!

Cons: They were out of banana pudding. , A little too spicy for my husband


Points +20

19 Aug 2022

This place is awesome!

Visited on our Beach vacation and everything we ordered was really good.

Pros: Only vegan


Points +301

13 Aug 2022

All I can say is WOW!

Now Desmond’s isn’t your average vegan restaurants. This place takes vegan junk/comport food & enhances it with a Caribbean, Soulful twist! You can literally smell the freshness & goodness as soon as you walk into the restaurant!

I had the Lentil burger, fried plantains, & lentil meatballs & I’m not joking when I say it’s something you won’t find anywhere else! It was so unique & flavorful, I’ve never had anything like it!

One of the best spots I’ve had in a while!


22 Oct 2022

I’m going to try that lentil burger next time. I heard that it was sold out when I got there.


Points +190

02 Aug 2022

All vegan

All vegan , all fresh made . No frozen stuff here

Pros: Fresh cooked to order , Best Mac & Cheese , Smells like Grandmas southern kitchen

Cons: No indoor dining


Points +323

31 Jul 2022

Vegan heaven

While traveling stopped in to grab a late lunch. Has only take out now. Loved it so much, returned the next day. First day my co-worker and I both got the 3 sides meal. Both days I got the collards and mac and chez. I got chana on day 1, loved it. Got the chow mein day two, not a fan. Owned by a female military vet. Super friendly staff. Food prep was quick. Decent portions for the price. Glad they are open on a Monday! We sat outside in the heat our first day. Second day I saw folks sitting outside and before the left they came in to gush about how much they loved the food. Would eat here all the time if I lived nearby.

Pros: All vegan so easy to order, Nice portion sizes for the price, Delicious food


Points +185

24 Jul 2022

Must try!!!!

Best vegan food I have had in the area hands down. The pictures on here dont look all that but trust the flavor and taste is like no other! Google does have some better pics. The mac and cheese and rasta pasta are some of the best I have had in all the years i have been vegan. The tropical punch and 50/50 tasted amazing. Truly a authentuc island soul food experience.


Points +273

12 Jul 2022

Delicious and friendly service

I enjoyed the jerk jackfruit with yellow rice and collard greens. My husband had the crab cakes with plantains and mac and cheese. It was all good but the portions were large for us and a little spicy (We can’t handle much spice.) The service was friendly. I would definitely go back to try other dishes next time I am in town.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly


Points +55

11 Jul 2022

Truly LIFE changing

We went in a group of 4, everyone got different things, we shared and everything was SOO fantastic. Our top picks is the jackfruit sandwich, the RICE, the plantains, fries, Mac n cheese and the banana pudding!!

Pros: All vegan, Great service , Outdoor dining


Points +47

09 Jun 2022


Food was excellent! Went there with the family tried various dishes enjoyed the jackfruit stew plantains. Banana pudding and rum cake were to die for.

Pros: Great variety. , Tasty perfectly seasoned, Healthy filling options

Cons: We did not like the texture of the oxtails, Slow but worth it.


Points +557

05 May 2022

So much flavor!

Loved the selection of vegan Caribbean dishes! I had been craving mac n cheese and loved Desmond's version, it was so flavorful and had the perfect kick! My partner got a plantain jackfruit and cheese arepa and said it was the best arepa he ever had, vegan or non-vegan. We shared the Krabcakes entree with the delicious mac n cheese and equally delicious callaloo rundown (spinach cooked with coconut and beans) sides. I wish we had tried the remoulade for the Krabcakes, I imagine it would've been delicious but didn't come with the entree maybe, just the sandwich.

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Friendly staff, The mac n cheese and arepa!


Points +248

08 Apr 2022

Yellow rice was amazing

Out of town visitor and found this place. The yellow rice was amazing actually the best I’ve had. The Mac and cheese was good also. However the Krab cakes was good in size but not that good after about 4 bites. All in all I would try them again.

Pros: Good value, Good portions on sides, Friendly staff

Cons: A tad bit expensive


Points +29

09 Feb 2022

This place is incredible.

So much flavor and variety, can’t wait to try everything they have to offer #Veganuary


Points +36

03 Feb 2022

Delicious and unique

A common complaint of vegan restaurants is that the food lacks flavor. This place was the total opposite. Everything was incredibly flavorful and delicious. The strawberry banana pudding was 10/10 highly recommend you try it.


Points +1537

30 Jan 2022

Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich

My BBQ Sandwich was everything it should be….filling, messy and delicious. I highly recommend it. #Veganuary


Points +278

Mostly Veg
24 Jan 2022

Tasty food but not returning

Food wise I like a lot of the items. Because of the poor quality of service though, I will not be returning

Pros: Many Great Tasting Options, Only all vegan restaurant of its cuisine locally

Cons: Unapologetically extremely slow service


Points +27

20 Jan 2022


My partner and I ate at Desmond's Island Soul Grill last summer (2021) on a short vacation to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, and let me tell you - we STILL talk about how delicious it was. I remember the jerk mushroom sandwich, the collards, and the plantain like it was yesterday. SO scrumptious, I wish I lived here!

Pros: FLAVORS, Big portions, Plant based goodness


Points +10

Mostly Veg
08 Jan 2022

It was ok

My husband had the Roti Curry and I had the BBQ Jackfruit with Plantains and Running Callalou (they were out of 3 dishes that I wanted). My husband & I thought the Roti (bread) was absolutely delicious, the rest of what we ordered didn’t taste fresh but we went at 7 pm & they closed at 8. I thought the BBQ Jackfruit had too much BBQ sauce, I didn’t like the Running Callalou and the plantains were ok. The service was nothing special, and the menu wasn’t very descriptive.

Cons: Expensive


Points +108

12 Dec 2021


Love this food! Something different and interesting


Points +62

01 Dec 2021

Vegan soul food baby

If you're looking for soul food and you want vegan this is it

Pros: Decent prices, Lots of options , Nice people working

Cons: Only in VA Beach suburbs location

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