• Earthen Jar

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  • White Vegetarian

Small restaurant offering a vegetarian buffet where you pay weight. Dishes are primarily Indian. Open Thu-Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm.

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35 Reviews

First Review by mephitine


Points +632

17 Sep 2023

Lovely Experience

Located in an old building with lots of charm and character. The owner is very nice. I was so excited to see all the vegan options. I really appreciate that the vegan options were labeled clearly and it's eco-friendly. I love the collection of vegan desserts. I enjoyed the vegan mango lassi. The buffet is mostly vegan. From the buffet items, I recommend the sag dal and channa masala.



Points +111

20 Aug 2023

Home-style cooking

Kind of a hole in the wall downtown with only a couple tables and unusual hours - no matter. Bring your own containers (they will tare them and charge by the pound), and load up on delicious home-cooked Indian food, most of it vegan (watch out for paneer and cream). Great food, lovely people, mostly vegan, and even better: zero waste! Love these guys.

Pros: Delicious food, Very reasonably priced, Zero waste

Cons: Wish they were open every day


Points +262

23 Jul 2023

Only Indian place I trust

I’m of Indian descent and I know how involved the use of ghee and yogurt is in Indian cooking. I personally don’t think a lot of Indians who own these restaurants providing only Indian food understand veganism so I unfortunately don’t order food from them.

However, Earthen Jar is a place that I completely trust. The owners are incredibly friendly and completely understand; everything is labeled clearly and there are plentiful options for vegans. I personally love their saag daal and it totally is the comfort food I miss.

Pros: Many vegan options, clearly outlined, Tasty, affordable food, Vegan mango lassi!!!!

Cons: Indoor seating is limited, Outdoor seating is a little uncomfortable


16 Sep 2023


Points +217

22 Jul 2023

Vegan Mango Lassi - run don’t walk

What an amazing place - buffet style with 8 different vegan options - a vegan mango lassi - and many vegan desserts. The food was all super delicious- not very spicy bc buffet style - but can’t wait to go back.

Pros: Vegan mango lassi , Many many vegan options, Cute outdoor seating

Cons: Wish option for more spicy


Points +16

16 Dec 2022

Very Kind

This was my first time coming, service was great and welcoming. I will definitely be visiting again! I know they are not currently delivering, but it worked out in my favor to get out of the house, and actually experience the place for myself. Thank you.!


Points +50

29 Jul 2022

Wonderful food and people

There was a very good amount of vegan food. Only two of the 9 dishes had dairy in them. The cashier was very friendly and made the experience that much better.

We will definitely be going back to Earthen Jar before the end of our vacation.


Points +732

29 Jul 2022

Great restaurant with lovely staff

Almost all the food options were vegan including deserts. I enjoyed being able to try a little bit of everything. I wish I lived closer so I could come here more often. Definitely a must stop restaurant!


Points +335

09 Oct 2021

Amazing vegan food

They have so many vegan options that aren’t usually vegan at other Indian restaurants, and the food tastes amazing!


Points +104

04 Sep 2020

Favorite new restaurant

Personable friendly professional service
Family business
Taking great care with hygiene
Quaint & Charming
Very reasonable price
$3/serving main menu
Can order by the pound also
Thai menu, vegan desserts and hemp drinks

Pros: Friendly, Yummy, Price


Points +31

04 Aug 2020

The best food

I love this place, great food

Pros: Buffet get what you want

Cons: You have to pay for parking, expensive food but , Very good


Points +170

06 Jan 2020

Consistent and good

This place has been around for a while, and while it's certainly not as cheap as it used to be, it is still a reliable option. It is entirely vegetarian, which is great, and the dishes rotate. The price definitely adds up if you get a little too heavy-handed though!


Points +1760

11 Dec 2019

good food to take away or eat on the spot

Good middle Easter with vegan options


Points +86

Mostly Veg
08 Oct 2019


Everything tasted like it was made with love.

Pros: Clearly labeled vegan options and lots of them

Cons: Price adds up, but it’s worth it!


Points +3228

03 Oct 2019

Excellent vegan buffet

We'll definitely be back!

Pros: Lots of options to try, Clearly labeled items, Vegan desserts


Points +94

19 Aug 2019

Delicious vegan food!

Everything was very tasty. I sampled all the dishes and am glad I did. So many yummy, spicy flavors. A great place for a quick bite to eat. The vegan gluten free carrot cake was delicious!

Pros: Tasty assortment of flavors, Well priced


Points +46

18 May 2019


Really yummy assortment of foods. I wanted to give it a 4 1/2. The only reason I wouldn't give this place a 5 is because sometimes the food in the buffet is really old and the tofu in some dishes appears to be grey. But when it's fresh it is so good!


Points +35

22 Feb 2019

Vegan Lasagna

I have so much love for this place and have been a customer for over a decade. So much good food in buffet style that is priced by weight and clearly marked as vegan or vegetarian. Great place.

Pros: Great variety of Food, Leave stuffed, Chill place


Points +265

19 Dec 2018

LOVE this place!!

Vegan options galore. So many great vegan desserts in the fridge! It’s a buffet. Just come here.


Points +18

16 Feb 2018

It’s so good.

Never had a dish I didn’t love.

Pros: Wide variety, Vegan desserts


Points +71

22 Mar 2016

Good, quick food

I have been going to Earthen Jar for about 10 years. The food is good. The restaurant used to be of questionable cleanliness but they have cleaned things up and made some repairs.


Points +129

11 Jun 2013

Fabulous Experience

Highly recommend. They have vegan food and vegetarian food. Mostly vegan when I went. Pay by weight. Great concept. Delicious food and friendly staff.

Pros: staff, food, clean


Points +83

22 May 2013

Great vegan and gluten free food !

I loved eating at the Earthen Jar. Nearly everything is vegan and clearly marked about what it contains for gluten or allergies, how spicey it is etc.. It is a casual restaurant, and Indian buffet style only with a wide choice of dishes that change daily. I paid $12 for my meal with the mango soy lassi and I think that was quite reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area (and for once I was spoiled for choice on what to eat). Each dish was a different lovely flavor - I tried some of the cold dishes such as the chick peas (very spicey and with mint, yummy) and 2 of the dals. They had some dishes I had never seen at Indian restaurants before, such as ones made with black eyed peas and another with okra and both were quite good. I love that they have brown rice in addition to the traditional white basmati. Then the desserts were about 90% vegan gluten free choices so I could not refuse to try one. They also now have a wide selection of teas, some are non-caffeinated. I loved this place !! May get crowded in cold or bad weather as about half the seating is outdoors.... but they also have take out available.

Pros: Wide choice for vegans/gluten free, Lovely owners/Ayurvedic health store too, Flavors all distinct and lovely

Cons: Small inside room (has outside seating), Plastic forks (wish they used re-usable)


Points +44

29 Nov 2010

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

THis is my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Ann Arbor. It is also the best vegetarian and vegan food that I've ever had - and I LOVE indian food.

Everything is clearly labeled if it is vegan (and almost everything is vegan).

The owner is a very nice couple. She does ALL of the cooking. You can taste the love.

I just wish they would open a 2nd location in the Detroit area.

Pros: Best Indian food, fairly priced

Cons: too far from me


Points +138

29 Nov 2010

Good food. Not clean.

First visit there & staff was very helpful as I'm new to Indian fare. Thought the food was very good and really enjoyed the oppertunity to sample many different items. I enjoyed most of what I tried.
Quite disapointed in the clenliness of the restaurant though.
I really couldn't enjoy my meal.
In the future I would only get take out from this restaurant.

Pros: Good variety, Good oppertunity to sample new items

Cons: Dirty & unkept


Points +27

19 Aug 2010

Pleasant place with delightful food

The Earthen Jar is a resonable yet wonderful place to enjoy a casual meal. The owners are sweet and kind. The buffet offers many great indian dishes. The majority of the food is vegan. Every thing is well seasoned and delisious. The resturant is steady with customers. The decore is just O.K. and they dont serve decafe tea but I realy like this resturant.

Pros: Kind owners, Great food, many vegan options

Cons: O.K. decore, no decafe tea


Points +47

18 May 2010


This small restaurant located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor offers delicious, authentic ethnic foods, the majority of which are vegan (and all are vegetarian). After discovering this restaurant a week or so ago I went back twice more and stuffed my face each and every time. Some mentioned that the prices can add up quickly, but I piled my carton high -- it is a self-serve restaurant that charges by weight -- and it hasn't cost more than $10 each time (without dessert), plus I had a good portion to take home with me. My favorites are the vegan macaroni and cheese, vegan lasagna, curried potatoes, scrambled tofu, all of the lentils offered (especially the spicy ones), and the vegan cookies (of course!). If you are looking for a great place to get some healthy, flavorful food, head to the Earthen Jar. It has surpassed Seva as my new favorite restaurant in the area, which is remarkable to say the least!

Pros: ethnic food, prices by weight, one man show


Points +48

17 Jan 2010

Eat as much or as little as you want!

Don't worry about going hungry here -- start small and take until you're full! It has awesome options, but the place is pretty small. Forget about getting a seat if it gets busy, but waiting is definitely worth it.

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