Flore

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3818 W Sunset Blvd (at Silver Lake), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90026

Little vegan restaurant serving veganized American comfort food. Breakfast/brunch is served on weekends. Has a counter and glass case displaying deli salads. Gets crowded at mealtimes. Open Mon 11:00am-4:00pm, Tue-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out

55 Reviews

First Review by The Veggie Cook

SOOOO GOOD! - Edit

OMG! SO DELICIOUS.
I'am a proud vegan foodie and I got to lots of restaurants (though I have only recently became a happy cow member) and boy is this restaurant AMAZING. Let me start by saying, I brought home left overs, because I could not decide on one plate so I order three!) and my brother in law (a proud meat eater) ate some and said it was the best vegan food he had ever eaten) and i would not argue with that.
This place is a tiny little restaurant with outdoor seating in the heart of Silverlake, on the infamous Sunset Blvd. I went for brunch on a sunday and the service was quick and my waitress was friendly. I ordered three plates, and my only complaint was she did not tell me how LARGE the quantities were. The food was tasty, full of flavor, and the waffles were amazing. I had the chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and biscuits and gravy. I actually went for the biscuits and gravy but call me a simplistic woman, but if you are like me and want just simple vegan biscuits with gravy, this dish isn't for you, as it had I think like sausage and potatoes on top. Just ask them to omit that, I think ill do the same next time.
This place was worth the drive and I would return in a heartbeat. so good!!!

Pros: fast service, friendly service, flavorful food

Cons: limited seating

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perhaps I caught them on a bad day? - Edit

My main complaint was the food had no flavor.
Cashew cheese plate:$14 for a huge ball of flavorless ground cashews (I thought it would be a few different cheeses) set next to a pile of baby greens covering a pile of grapes. No dressing. No presentation. No flavor. It was so bizarre that I immediately thought the chef must be out of town, until I tried a few other things that also lacked flavor.
The key lime pie had a crust that was a bit too thick for the pie ratio and everything needed a bit of salt or lime juice to add a flavor profile. The texture was fine.

Pros: they had a clear separation and understanding of g

Cons: need more soy/gluten free options as more people a

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Great breakfast! Awful raw strawberry cake! - Edit

We came for breakfast as a group of four.
We had the chicken and waffle and the breakfast burrito.
Both were really good and satisfying.
Our friends had the quesadilla, an avocado sandwich and the split pea soup - they don't recommend to order the kimchi quesadilla, the sandwich was nice. The soup was great!

For dessert we tried the poppyseed cupcake, raw strawberry cheesecake, pineapple cake, chocolate muffin.
The pineapple cake was superb - very recommended!
The raw strawberry cheesecake was awful - stay away!
The chocolate muffin was very dry - we couldn't finish it. The waitress reimbursed us for it. Also not recommended.
The poppyseed cupcake was nice.

Pros: great breakfast, good atmosphere , pineapple cake

Cons: chocolate muffin, awful strawberry cheesecake

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Delicious Food in a Small Cafe Setting - Edit

I've been here for both dinner and breakfast, and both times the food was incredible! While the breakfast menu is fairly small, I had the best breakfast burrito I've ever had in my life. It is a very small cafe, but so far I haven't had to wait for a table.

Pros: Excellent food, Outdoor seating; great for people-watching

Cons: Indoors can get loud

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Good option in Silver Lake - Edit

Nice crowd, great location, good, hearty and relatively inexpensive meals. Love the fresh juices and occasional fresh coconut water. Good brunch place.

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disappointedly poor food - Edit

We orders 4 dishes and 2 smoothes + sparkling water. Later was faded and fizz was gone, smoothes were bitter as hell (seems like no sugar was added and fruit was not ripe, so it was not sweet at all. When it came to the food we left everything almost uneaten, we tried as we could but we couldn't eat it ... It Was super over salted , very greasy and fatty( heavy food). We had a desert, the cake was so horrible it was quite surprising ( it was oily and had acquired taste).

Pros: it's vegan

Cons: decor needs updating ( not a cozy place), too salted and too oily food

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Great food! Service... - Edit

Made the hour drive to check this place out on my birthday last week. My family have been craving an old fashioned breakfast since going vegan a few months ago so I did some research and found this spot.

So first thing is, if you're not familiar with LA, parking is always a hassle. We found a spot around the corner and didn't realize that it was residential parking only and got a $62 ticket. Not sure where you are supposed to park if all the spots in front of Floré are taken but just make sure you check all signs before choosing a spot.

Here is where the service/friendliness part comes into question. We got there a few minutes before opening. We walked up and a gentleman was sitting on a chair next to the door, reading a paper. As we walked up, I told my family, "I don't think they're open yet" the gentlman looked up and said, "we don't open until 10" but he did it pretty rudely, got up and went into the restaurant. I said, oooookay and waited until someone came out to seat us. Now our female server (didn't get her name) was great! Extremely friendly. Very fast and accommodating.

We placed our orders and the food come out and it looked goooood! I got the chik'n and waffles and my wife and son got waffles with bananas and berries with potatoes on the side. We all LOVED the meal and it was exactly what we were looking for to fill that classic breakfast craving!

I am giving Floré 5 stars despite the initial contact. I seem to notice that because my family and I don't look like the average vegan (like I said we are new to this lifestyle and are still overweight from our years of omnivorous eating) we get approached by some people at these establishments very rudely or shortly. In others, the folks are excited to hear about our change and are very encouraging and helpful with recommendations, etc. I had a similar incident at Equelecua Cuban Cafe in Inglewood and will post that experience as well. I won't fault the restaurant for the brief rudeness since our server was great and so was the food.

Pros: Great vegan breakfast

Cons: Parking

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AMAZING!! - Edit

The food is definitely 10/10! I ordered the French toast which was fabulous and all you could ask for. My mom ordered the BLT was was just as great and non vegan approved! we enjoyed the coziness and deliciousness! 100% sure we're coming back ASAP!

Pros: FoOOd, staff ((:

Cons: A little crammed when busy

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A must! - Edit

Every time I'm in the LA area Flore is a must for place to visit for breakfast. I do usually only get the tofu Benedict, which is my guaranteed to satisfy order. I did order the biscuits and gravy plate once and unfortunately the flavors were all off. However, that did not for a second persuade me to not continue going to Flore.

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Delish - Edit

I have to admit that this is a good change of scene, change of taste restaurant. I'm tired of the same Asian type vegan food from a lot of restaurants. This restaurant offers a diverse fast food/comfort (bad for your health and waist line) delicious Vegan food. I had the popular "chicken" and waffles. OMG, they are just divine! At first, you think that having just one waffle is not filling enough but you will be surprised. The waffle is pretty big and the piece of "chicken" is also big and chunky. They also give you tater tots with gravy to accompany your dish. My friend had the country breakfast and her meal was epic too. She had two pretty decent looking pancakes, a piece of "sausage" a biscuit with gravy and some mash potatoes (I believe). I loved my meal so much that I decided to have a muffin. I had the strawberry one. It looks very elegant with a whole strawberry on top. However, it had an unsettling fishy after taste that was completely confusing. My brother, who is a wanna be vegetarian, protested of the "fishy" taste and he should know because he just transitioned a few weeks ago. I don't know where that after taste comes from but I have to agree with my brother that it was unsettling.
Despite the cupcakes, I would definitely go back and enjoyed their varied, good tasting menu.

Pros: Delicious, Different

Cons: Expensive, fishy after taste

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Pretty darn good. - Edit

Been here three times now and always good. The desserts are tastier than the meals, though. Their lunch and dinner food is still tasty though. I dont have any real complaints. Wait staff is friendly. Parking can be a little tricky- because it is main drag (Sunset Ave) in Echo Park. Recommend this place. Very good.
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Pros: Organic , Desserts are tasty! , All vegan!

Cons: Parking

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Amazing vegan breakfasts!!! - Edit

Had amazing 'chicken' and waffles and pancakes for breakfast. Our only regret is that we were too full to try any of their cakes!! Their smoothies and lattes are also delicious.

You need to go to Flore if you are in LA- it is AMAZING!

Pros: Delicious food, Lovely staff, Large portions

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So good!! - Edit

I've only ordered carry out but the service is always friendly and fast. The tempeh reuben with potato salad is pretty much the best sandwich ever! Like "bury one with me when I die" good! Order it!!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Fast Service

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Delicious! - Edit

I was visiting LA and had read Flore had great food. They have an AMAZING dessert selection, and our entrees were delicious. Our server suggested a few items like the Taco Salad and all were awesome. I ate with a non-veg friend and he even loved the food... and he's hard to please.

Pros: Great entrees, Great dessert selection

Cons: Pretty small, possibly wait for table

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Looking forward to going back - Edit

Following a recommendation of a friend of mine, I decided to try out this restaurant, but had a hard time finding it. It's in one of my favorite parts of Los Angeles, Silver Lake, but the color theme of the businesses in Silver Lake and Sunset Junction is collectively a chocolate brown which makes everything blend together. I actually couldn't the restaurant in my car. I had to park and then go looking for the address on foot. When I arrived I realized why I had missed it. Not only did they have a chocolate brown awning, but it was faded and it's lettering is small. I mention this because I'd hate for you to become frustrated and give up looking for this treasure of a restaurant.

There was a line when I got to the door. A line at a vegetarian restaurant is always a good sign that the food is going to be that good that people are willing to wait for it. As you wait, you'll notice a large deli case that's almost seems suspiciously turned away from you, mason jar lights, milk bottles of water at each table to serve yourself with, eight differing style paintings (some landscape, some portrait, but all seem to come from or be inspired by the turn of the century) , and in between the paintings are mirrors of differing sizes and styles. True to hipster form, you're not sure if the decorations are playfully ironic, happenstance, or sarcastic.

Now you're seated and while you wait for your food, you realize that the booths are an earthy brown leather and you can't help but think, "is this real leather at a vegan eatery?" But then you hear the cool 80's music and you fight the urge to sing along.

Now onto the food which is all deli style. I get the meatloaf sandwich on a soft focascia bread. My first vegan focascia and it was nice and soft with a fresh baked taste). The obedient veggies let the barbeque sauced meatloaf misbehave. The 'meat' of the meatloaf didn't have much seasoning in and of itself, but tangy sweet barbeque sauce was a welcome balance to it. I realized that I haven't eaten anything with barbeque sauce on anything for years and how you miss it. The salad was a nice blend of familiar goodness and new proportions of those salad items.

Now the grand finale, the best chocolate peanut butter cupcake I have ever had! Moist chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter frosting and a bittersweet chocolate syrup drizzled over it. Amazing!

Veg out,

Veggie Army
www.VeggieArmy.com

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On the daily - Edit

After getting food here together for the second time in one week, my bf admitted to me that it was actually his third time that week. And he's not even a vegan- I'm the one who's supposed to be obsessed with Flore! We always try to order something different every time and split what we get with each other. We have a couple favorites we come back to, but it's easy to experimentally order food here because every item is worthy of 4 or 5 stars. Nothing we've ordered yet has been a bust.

Here are some of our favorite items: the club, Reuben, potato salad, southwest quesadilla, and the insanely good coconut kale smoothie! Some seriously great food. And we've had top notch service too. Once we made a ridiculous bet about something random and got our waitress in on it. She sided with me (of course!) and told us we inspired a Facebook post about our conversation. Ha!

Basically, I've been eating at Flore a lot lately and have yet to feel the slightest bit disappointed. I highly recommend trying all of the things here.

Pros: All food items FTW, Smoothies FTW, Hours/Service/Prices FTW

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Diverse menu, organic ingredients, great desserts - Edit

Flore is great little casual café with a diverse menu featuring creative homestyle eats made with organic ingredients.

It's a place that dares to try new things, with varying results. From what we sampled, their offerings range from simple-but-good to uncommonly great. Some dishes are more creative and/or flavorful than others, so if you're a first-timer here wondering what to order, i'd suggest asking your server or some of the seasoned customers for recommendations.

The top raves go to their desserts. The cacao peanut butter "cheesecake" is heavenly.

We very much appreciate the mix of health and comfort options, and we applaud their commitment to using organic produce — and even for those two things alone we'd keep coming back. But then there's awesome dessert, too...

Enjoy!

Pros: organic, diverse menu, desserts

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Great Breakfast - Edit

Second time there for breakfast and we brought out of town visitors again! This time we came early, avoiding a long wait. Everything was good - I had the fritata, others enjoyed burritos. Coffee wasn't that great and some of the water cups were dirty but quickly replaced. Ice tea was an amazing deal.

Pros: Good food

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Enjoyed the Sunday brunch - Edit

We went for Sunday brunch and while we started out as the only people there, it filled up pretty quickly. The waitress was friendly and didn't mind when we asked for a latte instead of the coffee she'd already brought, because we didn't realize it was on the menu. I had biscuits and vegan "sausage" gravy, and my husband had whole wheat banana waffles. The biscuits and gravy were pretty amazing. It was a lot and I could only finish half. The whole wheat waffle was pretty good too. We also enjoyed the latte and a chocolate cupcake. I wish we could have tried more of the desserts, but we were stuffed. They looked amazing. They also had some lunch items that we'll have to come back for someday.
Updated from previous review on Monday November 01, 2010

Pros: All vegan , friendly staff, delicious food

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Cafe Flore is addictive - LOVE this place! - Edit

This is gourmet vegan food - WOW! We have never been disappointed at Cafe Flore. The Tofu Benediction is to die for! Everything we have tried at this restaurant has been amazing. I highly recommend Cafe Flore - super delicious vegan food at fair prices.

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Hipsterlicious! - Edit

Flore is the "it" vegan hipster restaurant in the hipster capital of LA (a.k.a. Silver Lake).

My husband and I ventured out for a Sunday lunch and found this place hopping! There was a line (which always makes me so happy when vegan restaurants are this popular) and we put down our names. We went for a 15 minute walk, came back and got a seat inside in one of the booths.

The food was delicious and the food that passed us on our way to other tables looked equally delicious. I'm anxious to get back and try more things on their menu.

The prices were reasonable, I think we spent about $30 for the two of us for lunch. The service was also good, the hostess did a good job getting people to their seats as quickly as she could, tables were bused fast, cooks were firing food out, and the servers were on their A-game.

Parking is street parking, but we didn't have too much of a difficult time finding parking up in the neighborhood blocks behind the restaurant, even on a Sunday (but we don't mind walking a block or two for free parking).

The only thing I wish that was a little bit better was the cleanliness. The bathroom is small and a little sad looking. The floors could have used a good moping in general, but they were packed and it is a hipster joint after all...

Pros: Delicious food, Speedy service, Hipster experience

Cons: Could use a mop

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:) - Edit

This place is definitely worth trying!! Vegan style diner food, but classy and creative. You could eat healthy here but it's more of a place for a vegan pig-out feast, which is much needed! The prices are amazing given the quality, so I usually cannot resist trying out one of the very reasonably priced smoothies or desserts! The chocolate cupcakes are amazing! I feel like I'm putting on the pounds after a meal here but isn't that amazing for a vegan restaurant? I love the seitan tacos! The waiters are all SL hipster clones in beanies but not overtly rude, but neither warm.
Giving it 5 stars because it is great value and sits atop the pile of my best LA vegan experiences.

Pros: Great Prices!, Great Selection, Creative, Amazing Cakes

Cons: Sullen Hipster Waiters (but it's SL!)

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Hit the Spot - Edit

I ordered brunch from Flore, plus a few other things for the road.

I wanted to try a few things so the Country Breakfast was perfect for me. It included:
Pancakes - not your typical pancakes. They reminded me a bran muffin made into a pancake. It was good, just wasn't what I was expecting.

vegan sausage patty - ok

Biscuit & gravy - Very good. 1 large biscuit with plenty of gravy. Very Southern-like, and very tasty.

country potatoes - very good! Made just like I grew eating them, with onions and green peppers + spices. Yum!

1 added a side of tempeh bacon - Very good, smoky flavor. Extra yum!

(So much food that I ate off of this for 2 days. All for under $11!)


I ordered a scoop of their tempeh no-tuna salad. This is one of the best tasting vegan tuna creations I've ever had. It is great as a sandwich or with crackers. Wish I'd gotten 2 scoops!


Desserts:
Ginger molasses cookie - Delicious!

Lemon bar - Delicious!

Lemon Berry cake - Good!

They had a case full of beautifully displayed desserts; I wish I had enough room to transport them all.

The place is quite small, but there wasn't a crowd when I was there (@ 10:30a-11am on a Sunday morning). Some outside seating as well.

The workers were friendly and helpful when I asked for suggestions on what desserts I should try.

I'll definitely return when I'm back in town.

Pros: 100% vegan, yummy brunch and desserts, reasonably priced

Cons: parking

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To Be Continued ... - Edit

After many visits to LA, I finally found my favorite All-Vegan organic restaurant. I'll be dining at Flore during future visits. Very reasonable prices for very delicious food.

Pros: All Vegan, Wonderful Staff, All Vegan

Cons: Only one, 1,300 miles away

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Hit or miss - Edit

I ordered tacos and my friend a comfort food bowl, I believe it was called and we both got the homemade ginger ale which was a little strong but outstanding. The food on the other hand was pretty hit or miss. The comfort food bowl was quite good, especially the quinoa and the veggie. The tacos weren't all that good though. Who serves bland plain brown rice with tacos?! And there was no salsa but a wing sauce which has way to much vinegar for that kind of meal. The coconut macaroon I got to go was also just average. My favorite part about this place is the location for one and the service. Our waiter was great!

Pros: home made ginger ale, prices, service

Cons: meal composition was not a fit, cookie very average for the price

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WOOA - Edit

Now this is serious business, I love their food and desserts, very cool place , and food fresh...

Pros: good location, good food , nice people

Cons: small

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Not too bad - Edit

We had brunch there today. Buckwheat pancakes with tempeh bacon and Cranberry French toast with potatoes. Both dishes were good not outrageous. French toast was better and had a beautiful presentation with strawberry and powdered sugar. I'd go again but not make a special trip to go there. I'd like to try their lunch food but wanted to try breakfast because there are so few vegan breakfast around.

Pros: good value, friendly staff, all vegan

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