• El Zarape

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Mexican dining restaurant. Has seitan which can be used in a variety of dishes, such as seitan adobada, chili Colorado, chili verde and ground. Beans are vegan. Ask for vegan rice. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm, Sun 7:00am-8:00pm.

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9 Reviews

First Review by freja


Points +49

05 Aug 2023

Multiple vegan ‘meat’ choices

I loved that they marked which items can be veganized and that all bean choices were vegan. No cheese or sour cream but they had multiple choices for meat replacement including ground style, chunks and mushrooms.



Points +22

27 Dec 2022

No too happy

I ordered a vegetarian burrito and made the modifications to make it vegan. While I was eating I had to spit it out it had a big piece of steak. I decided to take one more bit and there was more beef. Not to please

Pros: Some options

Cons: Have to do lots of modifications to make it vegan


Points +4039

06 Feb 2022

Veg Options in Yuba City Needs Improvement

I was excited based on the reviews I saw on HappyCow, but it might be because we came on a busy Sunday that unfortunately it was very disappointing. I didn’t appreciate the rubbish/trash in front of the establishment making it look abandoned and uncared for. Upon entry the place was large but tables were scattered about fairly close to one another and outdoor seating “was not available yet.” They did/do have vegan options but I was skeptical of the seitan so I didn’t finish my order of the 3 taquitos. Caution to ask for white rice as the other kind does contain chicken broth. Review of the menus, looks like breakfast doesn’t have vegan options, so I recommend inquiring about the lunch one. At this time, I personally wouldn’t return nor would I recommend this place to others that are strictly vegan. I do appreciate that personnel was friendly and hope they would consider looking at these items as opportunities and areas of improvement.

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-06

Pros: Vegan options available, Friendly service, Large establishment with potential

Cons: Rubbish outside of establishment, Vegan items not clearly identified on b-fast menu, Tables not spaced out


Points +553

03 Jul 2019

Great selection

I love and appreciated that this restaurant have such great vegan offerings. There are 4 mock meats that can be use to veganize almost any of their dishes. The portion was good and filing.


Points +28

03 Feb 2018

5 stars!

I’ve been going here quite often! The plates are filed so generously, I always have leftovers! The food is so so good, I wish I could eat here every night!


Points +38

07 Nov 2017

Excellent and Plentiful Vegan Options

We were very impressed by their thoughtful vegan offerings. You can veganize almost anything on the menu, by substituting seitan. I got a taco comb plate and all I had to say was that I wanted the vegan option. It'll automatically come with the vegan rice option, and all of their beans are animal-free. My taco "meat" was delicious and the texture was like ground beef. My husband had the enchilada combo plate - it was very good and the seitan was cubed and had a good (grilled?) texture.

We were very happy with this place. The atmosphere was nice, and were the staff. We'll definitely go back next time we're passing through. We have a TON of other menu items to veganize.

Pros: Many vegan options, Knowledgeable staff (about vegan subs), Nice ambiance

Cons: No vegan cheese (email me for great recipes), They serve meat ;)


Points +13

30 Oct 2017

So tasty, and many vegan options

I really enjoyed my lunch today. I had a vegan burrito with chile colorado. Rice was delicate and tasty, beans are perfect consistency and taste, and the seitan (meat substitute) was a great texture and went well with the hot sauce (which appears to be house-made and is gritty and hot...reminded me of Kansas City in a weird sentimental way...I loved it).

Pros: attentive, proactive staff, outdoor seating, unique decor

Cons: I wish I lived closer


Points +22

20 Aug 2017

Surprisingly Delicious

This resturaunt was pretty delicious. I went with my family which consists of meat eaters, a vegetarian, and a vegan. This place was pretty great they had the vegan, vegetarian, and the gluten free options clearly marked on the menu. I ordered a combo plate with vegan tacos with the adobada, and a vegan enchilada with mushroom and seitan. The dish came our wirh refried beans and white rice with corn and the entire dish was really delicious. I would definitely come back.

Pros: lots of clearly marked options for people with dif


Points +44

09 Aug 2016

El Zarape is perfect for everyone!

This great local favorite offers traditional Mexican Food in a relaxed, nice sit down environment. Not too pricey! Always good for omnivores- they recently modernized the menu making it super vegan friendly with TONS of great choices! The best most exciting thing is that at El Zarape the entire menu has several vegan protein options listed right next to the usual meat choice! They have Seitan Chili Verde, Seitan Chili Colorado, Ground Seitan and my favorite is the super savory Seitan Adobada! They also offer yummy Portobela mushroom dishes if seitan isn't for you. All the beans are vegan and they have a tasty vegan rice option too! Just be sure to tell them vegan and they will take care of you.
I love how the owner of El Zarape gets the concept of vegan and makes sure to keep a clean (no meat contamination) kitchen. The servers are friendly and drinks are [censored] good too!

Pros: Vegan options throughout the menu, Friendly atmosphere, Good price for sit down service

Cons: They should franchise so it is everywhere!, I would give 5 stars but system wont let me, because they do offer meat.

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