Garden Grille Cafe

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727 East Ave, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, 02860

Vegetarian cafe providing food with world influences. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, International, Juice bar

40 Reviews

First Review by will-travel-for-food

Wow! - Edit

Blown, Away. That's the only way i can describe the Stir Fry Bowl: Bok Choy - Carrot - Broccoli - Celery - Water Chestnuts - Mushroom - Cabbage - Red Quinoa & Brown Rice - Sesame Hoisin - Scallions - Bean Sprouts.

The combination of all these ingredients and flavors makes for a hearty, earthy, sweet forkful of food. A must have. Crazy to think something like this is actually GOOD for you and the environment, and still so delicious

Extremely friendly service as well, thanks for a great experience!

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Service

Cons: Nothing!

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Nice place! - Edit

When I visited this restaurant with friends we had Korean tacos, bacon-sandwich and a seitan burger as far as I remember. Everything was very good, specially the sandwich. Not all the menu is vegan but they can fix it easily if you want to turn vegetarian into vegan. Friendly staff, location almost wall by wall to Wildflour bakery. Popular place, we were lucky to be there early because it was full of people in less than an hour.

Pros: Good, tasty, Many food, The can fix everything vegan

Cons: Not central

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always the best - Edit

I somehow neglected to review the Garden Grille in the many years it has been one of my all-time favorite vegetarian restaurants! From my New Englander's perspective, Garden Grille has always provided the best quality vegan options in the area, with great service and atmosphere, despite a very long wait during busy times. I always have to order the wasabi seitan app, and every time I am rewarded by its vegan magic. On the most recent visit I was surprised to see a relatively small menu with some specials, most of which were not vegan. However, with a quick question the special was immediately veganized, and it proved amazing, delicious, and big enough for two full meals. I have enjoyed some of the best beers and cocktails of my vegan life at Garden Grille, and shared a local brew special with lunch. The seitan Reuben was one of the best Rubens I have ever tasted, and absolutely huge to the point that my husband suffered for eating the whole thing in one sitting due to its exhilarating deliciousness. We drove 90 minutes to have lunch and it was worth every minute in the car for the reward of the best meal in a very long time.

Pros: exceptional taste and quality, unique vegan creations, all vegetarian

Cons: can be super busy- (but because its so in demand)

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Lots of flavor - Edit

I'm a stickler for anything spicy or full of flavor, so this place was perfect for me. Timely serving, delicious food, and a cool ambiance. It's a very relaxing restaurant, especially if you sit outside on a nice day. I was too full for desert, but I split an order of their veggie tacos and stir fry with a friend - both of which I would recommend to anyone.

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great! - Edit

Great place to bring your non-veg friends, they will love it!

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AMAZING! - Edit

I had the BLT and it was sooo good! Everything in menu is vegan or can be made vegan and such a good vibe in the restaurant!

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Go for the quesadillas! - Edit

I frequent Garden Grille often and while I love trying new foods there, my favorite is always the Butternut Squash quesadillas! They are to die for.

Pros: excellent food, cool atmosphere, good drinks

Cons: pricey

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Yum!!! - Edit

One of my all time favorite restaurants. The menu has a nice variety, everything is fresh and delicious, super cute inside, and pretty much anything on the menu can be made vegan. I've never been disappointed! Few of my favorites from the menu are the Reuben, tofu BLT, and Korean tacos! Yay for garden grille :)

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Great food - Edit

I come here nearly weekly with my boyfriend for dinner or brunch. I think the food is great, and the menu changes seasonally to add some new things and take out old ones. Sometimes there's a bit of a wait, but you can go wait in the bakery next door and get 1 free coffee (per table).

For dinner, my good old stand by is the vegan quesadilla, but lately I've enjoyed the Udon noodle bowl even more. The risotto cauliflower cakes are also good as an appetizer.

Nothing beats the Biscuits and Gravy for brunch.

Sometimes I order dessert, but most often I like to take a walk over to the vegan bakery next door and get something sweet.

I've never been disappointed in a meal here. Once they screwed up and put goat cheese instead of vegan cheese in an item and they MORE than made up for it and were so apologetic. I wish they didn't serve animal products at all, but it's one of the best options in the area.


Updated from previous review on 2017-01-16

Pros: excellent food, great staff, biscuits and gravy

Cons: animal products, busy

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too bad - Edit

This place has good food...and that's about it. anytime i make it down to Providence area I have tried to stop in...and everytime I noticed it was mostly new people working there, and no servers were ever very personable or caring. Since its a small place they will also try to turn over tables as much as possible...so its not really a place you feel you can "go out" to and enjoy dinner with your partner or friends. Always felt rushed. I tend to keep going back to places thinking they will redeem themselves....

Fast forward a couple years and through the grapevine I find out that this place really has no respect for their employees (maybe this is why they all get rude and jaded, or why there is a large turnover for employees) and that their owner (who also owns Grange and Wildflour) isnt even veg himself, nor does he particularly care about it. Just wants to make $$$$ as he knows veg patrons will travel far and wide for good food.

I will be taking my patronage elsewhere to places that appreciate it and make you feel welcomed. I hope anyone reading realizes that there are many places opening up in the Providence area that would be a much better experience!

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Rude Staff, Rushed Service, Uncaring owner

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mark m braunstein 01 Dec 2016 - We are here to review a restaurant's food, not a restaurant's owner, so I take umbrage with this reviewer's poke at the owner. Full disclosure: I have known the owner since his Golden Sheaf days, back in 1985. Back then, he gave full access to the GS's upstairs office for us to hold our vegan events, unsupervised by any of the staff, and for free. One need not be veg to support or even promote its tenets, and through his eateries he very much promotes veg tenets. The failure rate of new restaurants is 1 in 4 closing in its first year, and of new veg restaurants 1 in 2. Anyone wanting to make serious money would 1) not open a restaurant, and 2) least of all open a veg restaurant.  


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yum! - Edit

If I lived closer I'd eat here all the time. Sweet busy cafe, bright & super friendly. We had buffalo broccoli, seitan pastrami Reuben, & the cheesecake -- all delicious, fresh, thoughtful. They have a full bar, & juices - the ginger beet lemonade was excellent. Very nice staff, sensitive to tree nut allergy. Highly recommend.

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Always delicious! - Edit

Garden Grille is one of my favorite spots to eat. Always greeted with a smile, daily specials, and a menu that changes with the season. Rotating beer taps and a cool bar under a lit up wooden tree.

I can attest to the amazingness of the Tofu BLT (ALWAYS add avocado), the Seitan-Mushroom burger (one of the best veggie burgers EVER), Reggie's Raw Heaven, Carrot Walnut Parsnip Burger, the quesadillas, pretty much everything. Daily soup is always delicious with local Seven Stars bread. Speaking of local, all their sources are listed on the back wall.

It's vegetarian but they will sub Daiya and by default they use vegenaise.

Enjoy one of their vegan desserts or head a few doors down to their FULLY VEGAN bakery Wildflour.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Local food

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Great Little Spot With Beer! - Edit

Garden Grille is a cozy spot in a strip mall in Pawtucket. I had a carrot-walnut-parsnip burger and it was amazing. They have a good amount of beer on tap as well. Employees were all friendly and helpful. Will definitely return when I'm in the area.

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Loved It!!! - Edit

I found this place while traveling with my family of 5 and we all loved it! To start it has great atmosphere and was jammed with people at every table. We started with an app of Korean Tacos which were so delicious that I wish I had made them my meal, slightly spicy and sweet, yum. Our meals were delicious as well, the Tofu BLT was smoky and fresh, the chipotle sauce was tasty but not spicy. The Seitan fajitas were deliciously seasoned and had a lot of 'meat'. The acorn squash and apple pizza was good but I wouldn't rank it as high as my other meals flavor-wise. And lastly, my favorite, was the butternut squash and black bean quesadillas- heaven!!!
The prices were not cheap, considering they charged add-on fees for items such as avocado, but the food was really fresh and absolutely delectable!! I would go out of my way to go here again!!

Pros: variety of offerings, Delicious and fresh, atmosphere

Cons: a little pricey

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great veg spot! - Edit

Was pleasantly surprised as to how great the food was at this spot. I had the seitan portobello burger and the chipotle seitan app. The wesabi dip was incredible, I wanted to coat everything in it but it was very spicy. Needless to say.

Service was very friendly, and the location was great.

I shall return!
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 30, 2015

Pros: excellent seitan, good music, friendly staff

Cons: Didn't see anything I wasn't happy with

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great restaurant - Edit

Delicious vegetarian food!

Pros: seasonal menu

Cons: wish it was vegan, they should have an oil free salad dressing

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Best! - Edit

agree with other reviewer. This is my favorite veg restaurant in RI. Great service - really cool kids. The food never disappoints. Delicious, nutritious, creative and a chef who will share recipes! Great organic beers. And right next door is their vegan bakery - very dangerous place - you will always leave with lots more than you went in for!! Garden Grille was the first real veg restaurant in RI and is still the best. Lunch, dinner, counter and table service.

Pros: creative, delicious, , service

Cons: can't get in sometimes!, No reservations

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Favorite restaurant - Edit

The Garden Grille has never disappointed me. There is a reason why I go every week. To start, the chipotle seitan is out of this world!! I almost always order the special for the night because I know it will be hard to get again. Whatever it is, it is always delicious. Be on the look out for fried green tomatoes during tomato season (delicious). Their gluten free and vegan mac and cheese is sooo yummy. Whatever you order you will be happy with. Garden Grille knows how to prepare and present a dish. The staff is always so friendly and make the experience even better. They love to talk to you and they always seem to be helping each other out. The atmosphere is beautiful inside. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will not be disappointed or be left feeling hungry.

Pros: Everything

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Hard to find, but worth the hunt! - Edit

I just had their smoked tofu BLT and it was out of this world. I will go back just for that sandwich alone. They smoke their own tofu which make s a big difference in the flavor.. IThe bread was whole grain too.

The salad my daughter and I shared was a standout also. It had mangos, avocados, greens and a super dressing.

Just one storefront down is their vegan bakery, Wildflower. Save room.

Pros: Tasty dishes, Good prices, Lots of options

Cons: Hard to find

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Not too shabby - Edit

My meateating boyfriend has tried to take me (a vegan) to this place on numerous occasions but for one reason or another it only worked out once. The first time was due to valentine's day reservation-only if I'm not mistaken. They second attempt was poor timing- when we arrived they were closed for an hour or two to set up for lunch and we were too hungry to wait. Finally we got to go! Very cute inside! The bar is designed like a tree- super cool. They serve vegan alcohol which was a plus! I expecting the lunch menu which I was looking forward to because of the soups but we missed it (completely our fault). We weren't as impressed with the dinner menu but I think it was just for our taste- especially my boyfriend, he said there was too many things he wasn't familiar with. He got the ceasar salad and I got the pumpkin tostada. There was a list of the ingredients under the entree name and it seemed to list all the toppings, so I assumed by the looks of it, it was vegan. Upon getting my food I realized it had cheese on it. This was no ones fault, I should have double checked to assure it was vegan, but its something to look out for. Anyways, my boyfriends meal happened to be vegan so we switched. The food was definitely rather tasty. I would go back again but probably for lunch, or I would check the menu online before hand. But like I said, it was just due to our taste- it could be wonderful for you!

Pros: Cool atmosphere, Alcohol

Cons: Not super clear menus

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Delicious and Friendly! - Edit

I travelled to Rhode Island to visit a friend and she took me to Garden Grille. What a great meal we had! We were there around noon on a weekday and the place was hopping. After about ten minutes we got a seat. The staff was very friendly and the menu is extensive. Lots of great options for vegans, the all-vegan dessert menu is impressive! Definitely check this place out, they also have a vegan bakery in the same strip mall a few doors down. (This restaurant is in a strip mall but has none of the feeling of being in a strip mall so don't let that deter you.)

Pros: Delicious food, Extensive menu, Great staff

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Couple of raw options - Edit

A really nice restaurant with plenty of parking. We called in here as part of our RAW tour of the NE USA. Although they didn't have many raw options we had the gaspacho and 'Reggie's Raw Heaven' plate which where both satisfying. We went to the Wildflower Bakery a few doors away for desserts.

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Great place - Edit

(Updated from previous review on Wednesday August 31, 2011)

We came here again to try our luck and it proved to be more satisfactory. Got in much earlier for dinner this time; place not as busy, kitchen seemed more efficient, and food portions were bigger too. I saw the burgers we got last time looking much nicer this time; side fries and salad were also more substantial.

For food we had the tempeh cakes for appetizer. The outside was nicely charred, but texture was rather mushy; taste was alright, seemed to come from the same base as the hearts of palm burgers. Then we got the quesadillas, which were yummy and filling, good enough for two persons to share. The miso eggplant was so-so; the chickpeas that came with it were very good though.

Having only one restroom is certainly not convenient during the busy hours. There was a bit of a wait at times and hanging around the kitchen entrance waiting was a little awkward.

First experience was a 3.5 cows, this time a solid 4. Worth checking out when you are around.

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Came here for dinner with my partner. We had the cornmeal-crusted tempeh off the specials and the hearts of palm burger recommended by our server because we couldn't decide on the second entree.

We liked the tempeh better. The burger was not bad at all and the patty actually reminded me of salmon; the bun was thick and crusty but white, would be better if it was whole grain. I found the side salad/fries/vegetables that came with both entrees bit scanty and not very well prepared.

Place was busy and kitchen got slow. Given all the positive reviews, maybe it just happened to be one of those bad evenings? Will come back and see.

Pros: tasty food, good portions

Cons: kitchen can get slow, only one restroom

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Two Thumbs Up! - Edit

I was only in town for the day and wanted some comfort food badly. Thank the Lord for Garden Grille. I had the nachos and they were out of this world! Wish my photos would upload...the pix will blow your mind.

Pros: large portions, good prices, good variety

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Garden Grille Cafe - pleasant surprise - Edit

I am never disappointed with an experience at the Garden Grille. The Smoky Tofu BLT is absolutely sublime. The cheesecake will rival any non-veg version. I look forward to any trip out to the area.

Pros: Excellent food, healthy, friendly staff

Cons: can get crowded

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awesome - Edit

I have never had a had experience at garden grille. Their vegan Mac and cheeze is so a
Amazingly delicious. Prices aren't too bad,but so worth the consistency. Great atmosphere and staff as well.

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definitely check it out - Edit

I am a HUGE fan of the Garden Grille now...I see the below negative reviews and think they occurred around the iffy time for the restaurant...I avoided the place for awhile because I kept being disappointed. HOWEVER- the past 12 times or so I've visited I've had nothing but amazing experiences- the staff is super friendly, the orders are consistently delicious, and the quality of the food makes me feel like I'm dining in an upscale gourmet restaurant. It is worth the wait on a busy night- especially enjoy the tempeh spring rolls and chipotle seitan...and I've had several of the entree specials that blew me away. Must visit!

Pros: friendly staff, cozy environment, mouthwatering options

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