• Fresh Side

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Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Tea rolls, tofu stir fry, noodles, and others. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 11:00am-9:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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20 Reviews

First Review by sloweducation


Points +881

10 Jul 2023

Whole vegan menu

They have a vegan section of the menu which makes life so much easier. I got the eight treasure rice which I really liked and my boyfriend enjoyed his teriyaki tofu. The service was also very fast and friendly.



Points +112

30 May 2023

My favorite pad Thai ever!

I love the vegan pad Thai here! I don’t like most pad Thai in general -not sure if my issue is the noodle texture, sauce, or something else – but this one is full of veggies, the seasoning is perfect, and it’s just so delicious! I get it as often as I can, whenever I’m in the area, and it’s always just as good as the first time this dish knocked my socks off pre-pandemic!

Also love that there is an entire vegan menu. They definitely know what they are doing! at least one of the employees is vegan, so that helps 😊


Points +42

18 Feb 2023

Really bad

The review is for the food the service is great but how the made pad Thai is the worst in my life. Not cook right or flavor right. If you like authentic food this place isn’t it.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Good service

Cons: Taste horrible , Worst Asian food


Points +285

22 Jun 2022

A whole vegan menu

This place was pretty good! We came here just for the vegan menu. I tried the Seaweed tea roll, and it was okay. The miso soup with tofu was delicious and the vegan pad Thai was awesome.


Points +44

01 May 2022

Not good, and overcharged

I just ate here last night and I am leaving this review because I value the time and money of others. I very rarely go to restaurants because of the expense and it is even rarer that I go to a new restaurant, because I don't want to spend money on something I would possibly dislike.

That being said, I ordered the coconut soup last night because I heard great reviews about it! What I got was something on a plate. The waitress put it down and said it was soup. The resulting dish was incredibly goopy and white, tasting exactly like canned cream of chicken soup. (NOT accusing this dish of not being vegan. This is just what it tasted like). It was not flavorful at all. I'm not picky but this was one of the only things I've been served in a restaurant that I've genuinely disliked. I have never had another coconut noodle soup that tastes like this.

When we got the check, it listed the soup as $15, even though it said $9.50 on the menu. I pointed this out and the waitress just said it was an old menu and this was the price now. I did not find this acceptable- that's much pricier than promised. My dining partner did not enjoy her food either.

Pros: Large selection

Cons: Food tastes bad, Rude service, Overcharged


Points +1461

11 Mar 2020

Good but standard

The food here is good and very fresh, but nothing to get too excited about either. Nice, solid options if you’re in the area but not really anything to go out of your way for.


Points +54

19 Jan 2020

My favorite restaurant in the area

Fresh Side is so delicious, I would eat there every day if I could. The coconut udon and seaweed tea rolls are my favorite! Friendly, helpful staff. Outdoor seating is nice in the warmer months. I wish they had a second location closer to me, but I’d probably spend all my money there!

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Dishes can be adapted to be made vegan


Points +242

22 Aug 2019

one of my favorite places

I absolutely love the peanut noodle salad. I get it almost every time I come! they have their own vegan menu which has a bunch of options. I also recommend trying the tea rolls and hot apple cider!


Points +20

15 Jan 2019

Fantastic vegan soup

I love to go to Fresh Side and have their Coconut Noodle Soup with tofu. It's rich, satisfying, and delicious, plus it's affordable! They also have many other vegan offerings.


Points +54

29 Jul 2018

Love This Place!

Great options here! They can make almost anything vegan (within reason) and they always are patient and willing to help. A wonderful staff and wonderful owners! My personal favourite is the tea rolls!!! Great food for a decent price.

Pros: Lots of Options , Great Price


Points +26

06 Jul 2018

Coconut Noodle Soup

Amazing coconut noodle soup. Downtown, easy to find, variety of food. It is pan-Asian restaurant.

Pros: Location, Food, Reasonable price


Points +859

21 Apr 2018

Love the tea rolls!

Plenty of options on their vegan menu, and their tea rolls are amazing!


Points +500

07 Apr 2017

lovely find

I came here for lunch. It's a lovely place. I like the tea rolls quite a bit. I had the seaweed one and a spicy one with bean curd. The staff were quick and attentive. The negative comments from the earliest reviews of this place seem not to apply anymore. It was not at all crowded when I came. The atmosphere is nice as well. There were some beautiful paintings there when I was there.

Pros: good variety of options, atmosphere, price

Cons: no brown rice


Points +510

09 Jan 2015

loyal patron gushes

I've been going to freshside for over a decade! This is one place in town that is constantly improving, updating their menus etc. The most recent menu addition that I tried was coconut curry tofu rice, and coconut curry rice-noodle soup ... both amazing. The rice version I could not believe was vegan, it was so creamy and delicious.

Their signature item is a tea roll, and the vegan versions include (among others I'm forgetting): ginger rice noodle tea roll, basil bean curd tea roll, seaweed peanut sauce rice tea roll, bi-bim spicy salad-like tea roll ... they are all really good, it's hard choosing.

Other main dishes that are vegan and great: bean curd miso dressing salad, shiitake mushroom seaweed stir fry (OMG), 8-treasure rice, wheat gluten with veggies and rice, ETC ETC

Fresh side is the only place I've ever had "bean curd" which is different than tofu (they also have tofu). I don't know where you can find bean curd like this to take home and cook but I wish I knew.

Updated from previous review on Thursday January 08, 2015

PS Another reviewer noted the pad thai, so I thought it was worth a further mention. There was a "scandal" with their pad thai **many years back. I think what happened is that they advertised it as vegan but they did not know that some base ingredient they used contained fish sauce. It was a legitimate and honest mistake -- they DO know what vegan is and they were super embarassed by it from what I could tell, were apologetic, and now they just say "sorry, our pad thai is not vegan" (too bad, it was really good, haha!). Keep in mind they are a budding new place in the past decade-plus-or-so, and from what I know of the owners that pad thai mistake was a learning point for them. I have absolutely NO qualms about trusting them with vegan now, they learned and did so humbly as well.

Pros: seems like always open, consistently good, great for takeout


Points +42

14 Nov 2012

One of my favorites!

I love the food here! The tea rolls are delicious. I've enjoyed their vegan curried rice and vegan pad thai. Ask for the vegan menu to make ordering easier. No kid friendly food.

Cons: no kid-friendly food


Points +25

16 Jan 2012

Good, healthy food

Went here with family for my birthday- I am the only vegan. Short wait, as seems to be a popular place. Awesome tea rolls, and very filling vegan pad thai. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

Pros: Good Food, Filling

Cons: Wait time


Points +68

01 Dec 2011


This place is so good. Vegan, vegetarian and meat eaters options. I make sure to go here every time I'm in Amherst for the night. Service is awesome too!

Pros: really good food, options for everyone, awesome/friendly service


Points +21

27 May 2011

Wonderful food, good service, great place.

My friend, who is vegan, and I went to eat here a few weeks ago. We both ordered the vegan pad thai which is EXCELLENT. My friend had tea rolls and she said they were very good. The waitstaff are very friendly and helpful, and the restaurant has a very relaxing atmosphere. We can't wait to eat here again. Even though it's not a strictly vegetarian restaurant, it has many options for vegetarians and vegans. Check it out.

Pros: Vegetarian options, Friendly service

Cons: Gets very crowded sometimes


Points +70

23 May 2009

Resting on laurels

Fresh Side used to be fresh, now it's known mostly for snotty servers and grumpy counterpeople. Hey, if you guys don't like your jobs, QUIT! There are loads of out of work people dying to be hired.

Now onto the food. It's unique, and like any menu there are some great choices, but many duds as well. The tofu is too watery and squishy, and I bet my paycheck what they claim is "vegan" ain't. I taste chicken broth in the noodle dishes, and oh yeah, I would love to see the ingredients of the "vegan" noodles--guessing there's egg in there.

The tea is amazing, the best choices and tastes around. The tea rolls are mostly great, but some are cold and boring too.

Plan ahead, due to the annoyed staff, you may be waiting a LONG time to get your food. Oh, and be warned: If you complain about anything, they'll make you feel like it's YOUR fault.

Pros: Tea, Tea rolls, Location

Cons: Attitude of servers and counter people, Service can be slow, Mess up orders frequently


Points +43

29 Oct 2008

worst service i've ever received

my first and only time attending fresh side, i ordered pad thai. when it was delivered, i began to eat it, only to notice a few seconds later that there were eggs in it, which meant that there was also fish sauce in it. my waiter (an ugly fellow with a ponytail) was completely unapologetic. he offered a completely flat excuse ("you were looking down when you said that you wanted it vegan"), but no apology. the manager was more apologetic, but only by a little bit. surprisingly for a restaurant that offers so many vegan options, they seemed to have no consideration at all of the importance of actually serving their food vegan when it was requested as such.

Cons: appalling service

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