• Emissary

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers all day breakfast, salads, sandwiches and oatmeal which are either vegan or can be made vegan. Selection of tea and coffee available. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm.

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6 Reviews

First Review by bouchner


Points +2073

11 Feb 2023

Nice cafe, vegan options

I popped by for a weekday breakfast. There’s a decent number of vegan options - most items on the menu can be made vegan by withholding some ingredients - but there’s not many “vegan by default” options (so be prepared to “get less” as compared to a non-vegan). I also had to engage in some back and forth with the staff to ensure that my order was appropriately modified to be vegan.

The food was prepared quickly and it was tasty, but I don’t think Emissary has the best options given the prices. I had a salad dish and coffee for about $25. I’d recommend this location if you’re in DC, but also I encourage the owners to better accommodate vegans.

Updated from previous review on 2023-02-10



Points +81

02 Feb 2023

Zero points

On their website they say that they are vegan and vegetarian friendly - but there’s nothing vegan on the menu. Even their cupcake is described on the menu as ’Definitely not-vegan chocolate cupcake’. I don’t get a vegan friendly vibe from that, rather the opposite.


Points +1827

21 Mar 2022

Good brunch spot, good vibes

Avocado toast with the green smoothie and an almond latte make a great brunch. Just ask no honey.

Pros: Vegan options, Good vibes

Cons: Could have more vegan options


Points +516

15 Aug 2021

Amazing food, wish it was labeled

I want this place to be vegan heaven, because it really could be. The food is fresh and absolutely delicious. But vegan options aren’t marked on the menu, so even when you think it is (grapefruit avocado salad sounds safe enough), it comes with buttered bread that’s not listed.

If they just went through and marked vegan options on the menu, or gave an easy cue as to how to veganize them (ie removing honey from an otherwise totally vegan smoothie), this would place would be one of the best for vegs in the area.


Points +346

12 Jun 2020

No vegan options

Though the description on Happy Cow says there are vegan options, I was just at the restaurant and there are not. I walked through the menu with a staff person and she said, well the avocado toast is vegan But it has a little butter in the bread. She also thought eggs are vegan. They do have smoothies. I didn’t ask if they were vegan.

Pros: Coffee, tea, Smoothies

Cons: No vegan food options , Staff unaware of what vegan means


Points +53

16 Jan 2020

Lovely community centric cafe

The vibe is community centric and welcoming. Coffee and teas are all lovely, and they have pretty much any plant-based milk you could want. Favorite dishes include the oatmeal, hummus sandwich and beet salad (hold the feta). Also the chai latte with almond milk is lovely.

Pros: Vegan options, Great baristas , Welcoming vibe

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