Ethos Vegan Kitchen

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601-B S New York Ave, Winter Park, Florida, USA, 32789

Full-service vegan restaurant featuring home-style fare; weekend brunch menu 9am-3pm; regular menu 12-11pm. Free Wi-Fi. Current location since fall 2012; previously on N Orange Ave Ste 101. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering

182 Reviews

First Review by steroidicalkiwi

Maybe the Best Vegan Restaurant in Florida - Edit

Amazingly this restaurant seats over 100 and I had to wait for a table on a Thursday night. Very unusual for a VEGAN restaurant! The menu was extensive and affordable. Everything was well prepared and the service was attentive. The environment is contemporary and energetic. My only negative was that they were a bit heavy handed with the oil, which is a problem if you are whole food plant based.

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Iโ€™m in Vegan heaven! - Edit

There are so many options and I want to try them all. We drove from Disney World to try this place and Iโ€™m so glad we did. The food is delicious; I loved everything we had. The restaurant has appetizers, pizza and calzones, pastas, sandwiches and wraps, soups and salads, and main dishes. They also have desserts!

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unreal - Edit

The best vegan restaurant I have ever been to hands-down

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Still the Absolute Favorite - Edit

I have been to Ethos every time I've visited Orlando since 2010. We're never disappointed and love the weekend brunch. Ethos is the only restaurant I have ever done some serious miles for. We once drove over 200 miles from down south just for their brunch.

Pros: All vegan options, Lots of tables, booths and space, friendly service, good location to Winter Park

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Love love love this place! - Edit

Ethos is hands down my favorite restaurant. I have been eating here for 5 or 6 years now and it never disappoints. As a vegetarian wanting to be vegan, it is very refreshing having an entire menu to choose from. My favorite meal is the hippie wrap! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone; even my highly carnivorous boyfriend recognizes ethos as one of his favorite places to eat. :)

Pros: Great service, Many options, Tasty food

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The Best! - Edit

I remember my very first time at this restaurant (2016) and Iโ€™ve been coming here ever since. Definitely recommend!

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Best spot in Orlando for vegan food - Edit

Anything you get here is delicious. I have been going to ethos for sometime now and I have never been disappointed

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Our Favorite Restaurant in Orlando - Edit

Very large menu, including weekend brunch. The service is excellent and all of the different choices will make your head spin. Highly recommend the "chickun" gyro, "chickun" marsala and sheep's pie - not all in the same sitting ๐Ÿ˜‰portions are pretty large. Make sure you try the black cherry soda

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best vegan restaraunt I've been to. - Edit

Every city I go to I try at least one popular vegan restaraunt. This by far was my favorite, and I can't wait to come back one day. I went for breakfast, and there wasn't one thing that I didn't enjoy. The blueberry pancakes were amazing. The tofu scramble with the biscuit was amazing also. Their grits, amazing. Their oatmeal was also amazing! Really good selection of teas. And lastly, their desert was very good. I got the lemon cake which I would recommend to anyone. I can't wait to come back to Orlando to try some more of their menu.

Pros: everything

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non vegans impressed!!! - Edit

My family is always asking where I get my protein, if I can eat more than salad, if bread is OK. This restaurant opened their eyes for me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ my husband and my calzone wasn't what the owner wanted to put out, so he actually comped the meal for such the long wait. They're amazing and everyone loved it ๐Ÿ˜˜

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For the Diner experience - Edit

Caters for all those wanting a full on American Diner but in vegan form. Superb. Drove out my way on many occasions to come here. Breakfast is perfect.

Pros: Breakfast, Cookies, Diner experience

Cons: Not located in the same country as me.

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YOU SOOO NEED TO COME HERE! - Edit

This place was amazing! Not only were the people super nice but the place looked amazing inside! The Menu has variety so anyone can find something that they like to eat. I loved all their food and look forward to going back and trying more!! :D Even meat eaters would love it! I took my dad who is working on cutting out meat and dairy and he loved the food! My only con to the restaurant is that I don't think you can make reservations :( this isn't helpful when you go on a Friday night or weekend. Other than that it was amazing!!!

Pros: Service , Food , Environment

Cons: Can't make reservations

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Nice!! Worth a visit - Edit

This a really nice place. Every vegan should go there once - even my flexi boyfriend loved it! I went there when attending ZINCON (I met another vegan Zumba Instructor and we decided to have a vegan dinner one night!)
and it was the perfect place to go. I shared the bruschetta (soooo yummy!!!) then had the lasagna and as dessert the chocolate mousse. The cherry lemonade was my drink. I recommend all of that and cannot wait to try out more. The staff was super nice. They also have a to go bar with cookies and coffee.
I like it a lot. One of the best vegan places so far for me.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-04

Pros: vegan, fair price, yummy, nice location

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Nice - Edit

Good food, nice place

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unbelievably awesome! - Edit

This is the epitome of vegan comfort cuisine. So many options, great atmosphere, great service. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: everything. your meat and potatoes friend wouldn'

Cons: nothing. it was perfect.

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Worth the drive - Edit

Drove all the way from Gainesville and it was worth it. This place is huge and the menu is extensive. There is definitely something for everyone at Ethos Vegan Kitchen. The tortellini was amazing! Will be coming back for more.

Pros: Excellent food, Large portions, Ample seating & bar

Cons: It gets packed

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A Must See! - Edit

The food is amazing! Pasta primavera is delicious! I've had it twice and both times it was fantastic! They also have specials every day. I got a burrito once and it was delicious! And let's not forget the garlic knots! Heavenly! You really can't tell the difference between their vegan food compared to non-vegan food. Oh and can't forget to mention the mac-n-cheese. I prefer baked mnc but they nailed it with this one! They found good vegan cheese!

Pros: Good vegan cheese, Excellent service

Cons: None

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AMAZING!!! - Edit

It's a cute little restaurant in a cute little area. I got the garlic knots (AMAZING!), the hippie wrap (AMAZING!), and a sundae (AMAZING!), and it was all... pretty yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

Pros: Everything's vegan & taste good

Cons: Had to wait only a few minutes for a table

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one of my fav spots in Orlando! - Edit

Um can I just say, strawberry milkshakes, pizza and sausage rolls. You can't go wrong with this place.

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WOW - Edit

This place is probably the best vegan restaurant I've ever been to or seen. The food is delicious, the portions are gracious, and the price is great! The atmosphere and the staff are awesome as well. Only had the specials twice but have not been disappointed.

Update 5/17
the stuffed tortellini is AMAZING
the ice cream with chocolate syrup and snickerdoodle cookies are also delicious
I didn't have the chance to try a milkshake but from seeing other peoples I won't make that mistake again
the sausage was very disappointing at brunch and the potatoes were a little greasy
still probably the best vegan place I've ever been
super friendly staff

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-19

Pros: dessert, big portions

Cons: it's not a chain EVERYWHERE

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Fantastic - Edit

The menu here has a variety of options. Our meal was wonderful. I loved the Chicken Gyro and my sister had the Seitan which was excellent. The desserts were great, too! I only wish I had seen the sign about the milkshakes because they weren't on the menu. I definitely would have tried the chocolate milkshake. I will definitely return the next time I am in town.

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Garlic knots are da bomb - Edit

I've been to Ethos Vegan Kitchen about 3 times for both brunch and dinner and I love it. I've loved every entree that I've had, and the tofu scramble and garlic knots are both awesome. The service can be slow sometimes, but it might just be because I have gone at busy hours.

Pros: Great food, Waits are relatively short, Great portion sizes

Cons: Sometimes slow service, Seems like lots of added oils in a lot of dishes

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My favourite!!!! - Edit

I always leave with a food coma from eating wayyyyy too much. And that's taking a doggy bag home with me too! Just took dam good!

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Extremely rude, employees will make fun of you if you're different from them - Edit

The owner, Kelly, has no customer service value and is a moody, defensive little man (aka short man syndrome) in my opinion. The manager, Dana, actually does have managerial skill, but unfortunately, if Kelly hires people like him, she is going to have her hands full and want to rip out her hair. Customers should be aware that the staff may make fun of them while they are there, and that Ethos has hired some very catty, immature people. Here's what happened:

Monday, at 6:14 p.m, June 9th, my daughter was verbally belittled rather loudly by the transgender (no offense to transgenders, but Kelly seemed to think it was important that I know this since he told me) employee "Jenny" who was working in the kitchen. My daughter and I had a pick-up order. As my daughter entered Ethos, she was seen by this employee from the kitchen. She and the cook, Mike, (red beard, always stares and is so broody) seemed to acknowledge my daughter. Jenny stated, "Oh fancy blouse!" in a sarcastic manner. My daughter then sat down at the chair by the register. When she stood up to get the order, Jenny shouted at my daughter that I could even hear, "Oh SO PRIVILEGED!" twice. My daughter does dress extremely well and is very progressive in her fashion.

My daughter and I went to her car, and I asked her what that was all about. She told me what had happened, and I asked if she wanted to go back in and confront this employee. She wanted to release it, yet it did bother her very much. She has been vegan for many years and had been going to Ethos since 2007. When Ethos moved to the new location, there were issues with the oven and food was frequently under-cooked or burnt. We thought they would eventually work through this although there still seems to be quality cooking issues to this day. That wasn't enough to stop us from going; however, this surreal experience with the actual employees was and Kelly's defense of it was as well.

I am sure Ethos has customers from all walks of life, rich and poor and somewhere in between. Having a jaded employee obviously verbalize her own issues is very creepy. It really made us never want to go to Ethos again. Kelly responded by saying that it was a misunderstanding. He first said that we overheard the cooks talking in the kitchen. This was not true as Jenny practically yelled those things so my daughter could hear. We couldn't hear anything in the take-out area if they were just talking amongst themselves. Next, Kelly tells me that Dana the manager witnessed what had happened which was also not true. I spoke to Dana on the phone, and she said that she had not heard what was said or witnessed it. Third, Kelly tells us to call him where he still maintained it was a simple misunderstanding. On the phone he was snippy, and he actually admitted that Mike and Jenny were in fact talking about my daughter's outfit and "joking"!!!

He didn't seem to understand the gravity of that and how rude it was. He was more interested in arguing about their intent. He didn't hear the inflection in Jenny's voice. I did, and it was not nice. It was scoffing and mocking. He told me that Jenny was a transgender which I still don't know what that has to do with anything. If anything I would think Jenny would be less judgemental and catty then because she would especially know not to judge a book by its cover which she/he was obviously doing.

So all in all, I find it ironic that Ethos operates in the Winter Park area. Know that there are some employees there that will judge you for how you look, and if you don't look like them look out, you might be deemed, "Oh SO PRIVILEGED!" I have to say this was a most ridiculous experience. After seven years of going here, my family and friends will never go back. That's how bad it was. Since Kelly seems to think that this was okay and all that he needs to do is remind his employees not to talk about the customers while they are there, he truly doesn't see the fact that even having to tell his adult employees this at all is outrageous. That seems like such a no-brainer, but then again, if he is hiring and coveting his "friends", then there will be no objectiveness when his employees are acting like total jerks.

I would have given one star but because we care about animals, and the place is vegan, I gave it two stars. The food has been going down hill even since they moved in addition to hiring some really creepy people. "Ethos" my butt!!

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Great food. Went twice during my week long stay in FL! - Edit

I ended up going here twice and once was with my mother who is not vegan.

We got the sausage roll and green bean appetizers. Both were good, but I wish the sausage roll pastry was slightly crispier.

My Mother ordered the crispy chikun salad with vegan ranch. They use Gardein products which some people might scoff at, but being a midwest gal living in an area with hardly ANY vegan options, I didn't care...and my mom loved her salad!

I ordered their buffalo chickun wrap which was the special of the day with mashed potatoes and gravy. Mashed potatoes were -okay- a little dry, but nothing to complain about. I just prefer mine a little bit more whipped. The wrap was amazing!! Just enough buffalo sauce for flavor and not too spicy.

For desert we ordered the sundae. Nothing too fantastic about this, but it was vegan and good.

Overall, this is a great place to take vegans and non-vegans. With tip we paid around $45 for everything which seemed like an amazing price for all of the food we got.

Pros: Great atomosphere, Huge selection of food, Great place to take non-vegans

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Best for whole family - Edit

My family eats at Ethos 2 or 3 times each week, both brunch & dinner. Our favorites are the ice cream treats, mousse, cookies, crispy green beans, broccoli, sausage roll, chick pea sandwich. Salads are enormous with a variety of ingredients. It is a comfort that we don't have to ask if there are any milk products in the food. We were there the opening day in 2007, and have been there at least 500 times. It is a favorite place to invite friends to join us.
We have eaten at several other vegan restaurants none compare with the wide selection of menu items nor the quality of the food.

Pros: 100% dairy free, Excellent food,, Friendly staff

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Ethos does not cater to their customers - Edit

If you want to swap something out, you can't. So, we got up and left and never came back. My family and I have been dining at Ethos since they first opened on Orange. So, do not eat there anymore. Market on South or Dandelion has healthier choices.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-13

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AnnieRay 22 Apr 2017 - After 10 years of enjoying some terrific food, you let one experience color one of the best vegan restaurants we have ever eaten at. The specials are usually not swappable, but the whole place is basically a la carte, order whatever you want.  


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