Gnome Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 55 reviews )
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109 President St, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 29403

A 100% vegan restaurant located downtown near MUSC. Limited seating. You can order in advance online. Check with them about local delivery. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm, Sat 7:00am-3:00pm, Sun 10:00am-2:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International

55 Reviews

First Review by Bonitapita

Amazing vegan food! - Edit

Was a bit crowded but our food came out really fast!
The tempeh reuben IS TO DIE FOR.
I can't wait to come back!

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Delicious x100 - Edit

Super popular place, crowded but not in an awful way. Steady stream of folks coming in for take out. Got the special which was a BLT w/Avocado. Portobello mushroom bacon was wicked good. Came with hand cut real fries --> seems weird to say real, however in this day and age when sometimes the fries are an amalgamation of potato and other stuff, these stood out. Just potatoes! And, to top off the awesomeness, got a sticky bun. To die for. Period. Loved this place. Glad I don't live near the sticky buns or I'd be a fat vegan!

Pros: All vegan., Staff was super friendly and helpful

Cons: A bit pricey. , Tables fill up quickly during busy times.

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The Best Ever! - Edit

Try everything. Go everyday. The food is amazing; I haven’t tried anything that I didn’t like. Get the brussel sprouts!

Pros: Beautiful Space, Friendly Staff/Guest, Menu

Cons: Parking

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repeat customer - Edit

What an excellent little cafe! We shared one breakfast (cinnamon pancakes) and one lunch (veggie burger) and a few extras thrown in and every single bite was delicious. We'll be regulars from now on.

- just adding to previous reviews. This place is the best! Another absolutely delicious meal 😋

Pros: portabella bacon is dangerously good

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Amazing food, cute space. - Edit

We would come back for the brussel sprouts alone! I don't know what those bad boys are cooked in, but I could make a meal of them. The buffalo seitan sandwich was SO good! The vegan Mac and cheese didn't look pretty, but tasted great! Everything was plant-based and delicious! If you get a chance, definitely eat here!

Pros: 100% plant based

Cons: A little pricey.

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love this place, great good, atmosphere, experience - Edit

Ordered the Mushroom BLT, brussel sprouts and fries. Husband got the Veggie burger. Everything was super tasty! Getting some baked good to go! Will be back!!!

Pros: great options

Cons: parking

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hip place with completely plant-based menu - Edit

unfortunately, i didn't have that much opportunity to try much from the menu. we only went there in the afternoon and had pancake, coffee and a cookie. there's better coffee in charleston, but the food was great.

Pros: lots of options for vegans

Cons: coffee could be better

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Sooooo happy to find Vegan in Charleston! - Edit

Super friendly dude staff and a big diverse menu to pick from! Can’t tell you how great it is to find tempeh and seitan in the land of fried chicken.

Tempeh Rueben was as it should be - poet gooey good! Would be even better with a side salad but I’ll take it!

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WOOOOOOOOOW - Edit

Bets place in Charleston BY. FAR. The southern grit bowl is a MUST! Their banana bread is also incredible, but the true winner is the mac n cheese!!! Great coffee, fab atmosphere, and everything is VEGAN! YES! Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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Love it!!! - Edit

The staff were so helpful and the cinnamon pancakes were the BOMB!!! Wish I could have tried everything on the menu when I was in town last April.

Pros: All vegan!, Awesome staff, Incredible food

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Best vegan food! - Edit

This is my favorite place to go when I visit Charleston. I have never gotten anything from Gnome that I didn't like. Great vegan place!!

Pros: excellent food

Cons: small

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Gnomaste Gnome Cafe! - Edit

Just a super oasis for plant based diet. Four of us ordered different items and sampled the choices. We departed with full stomachs and treats to go for a return trip to Atlanta consisting of turmeric almond lemon date balls and peanut butter cookies. Oh my…heavenly!

Pros: Vegan safe

Cons: none…you spoiled us…

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My Favorite Cafe - Edit

I'm from upstate South Carolina but my family lives in Charleston and my brother goes to the Citadel so I'm in Charleston about 3-4 times a year. Every single time I come I go to this cafe. It's my absolute favorite and it's amazing. All the food is fantastic and the breakfast is so so delightful.

Pros: food, cute interior and exterior, coffee

Cons: hard to find

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a gem - Edit

We were happy to find this dedicated vegan restaurant near Folly. My husband is a tempeh reuben connoisseur and he was happy. Delicious pumpkin spice latte. I got the cinnamon pancakes with “bacon”. Love this place!

Cons: limited parking and seating

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No place like Gnome - Edit

Deliciously tasty, affordable comfort food. 100% vegan, innovative dishes. Very friendly knowledgeable and helpful personnel. Clean unisex bathroom. Street parking available. Serves breakfast, lunch, brunch. Closes 3pm, so plan accordingly. Dined there with non-vegans, who thoroughly enjoyed the food, especially the burger, fries, mac & cheese, and onion rings. My personal favorites: creamy mac & cheese, even good cold since I got an order for the hour and a half drive back to Myrtle Beach, and ate it on the beach; tempeh rueben - very well seasoned; and the cheese grits - because good creamy grits are to be treasured, vegan ones even more so.
I was wearing a vegan T-shirt (getting the message out), and restaurant patrons were quite friendly, wanting to talk about veganism and happy to share other nearby places for us to try when told we were from out of state. There's also a list of local vegan and vegan friendly places on the bulletin board near the bathroom.

Pros: 100% vegan comfort food, affordable prices, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly personnel

Cons: Closes at 3pm.

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No Place Like Gnome - Edit

I enjoy the food and the atmosphere. The owners are always friendly. I'm glad for an all vegan restaurant and hope others follow suit. My favourite items so far are the cinnamon roll (made fresh daily), mac 'n cheese, "chicken" salad and the portobello bacon bagel sandwich. Be prepared to fork out some cash!

Pros: Friendly staff, Delicious baked goods

Cons: Downtown parking, Nearly constant construction

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love! - Edit

Love this restaurant! Love Sara and Sara! Hope it stays awesome! Love the veggie burger with cheddar and "bacon"!

Pros: awesome food

Cons: a lil pricey

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Good food - Edit

We had one meal from Gnome on a visit to Charleston. The online ordering was nice and went smoothly. Food was ready when we arrived. Fried chicken sandwich, reuben, and mac and cheese were all pretty solid. Wish we had time to get breakfast as well because the breakfast menu looked great.

Pros: good food, online ordering

Cons: limited menu

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our fave in Charleston - Edit

We loved this place!! Got lunch to go two days during our three day visit and both times it was incredible! Cute, clean, cheery cafe with super friendly staff. Breakfast looked incredible too. A gem of a place!

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good food - Edit

We were in town for a night and went destination dining at Gnome Cafe. The young lady at the register was not very informed and didn't ask us if we wanted water or bring us silverware. The owner however left the kitchen to come talk to us (we had questions about the menu due to dietary restrictions). She was very pleasant and accommodating.
The salads were a generous portion and quite delicious!!
We inquired the owner about her deserts, which are made in house (wanting a raw, gluten free desert) and she told us about another place we could try in town that may have what we were looking for!
We will definitely return to Gnome on future visits to Charleston.

Pros: food, the owner

Cons: staff working the register , construction outside

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amazingness - Edit

I went there with family and we all shared a bunch of food cause we wanted to try everything! Great service and even better food!

Pros: vegan!!!!!, tons of options , helpful for allergies (I have a nut allergy and th

Cons: parking is not the best , not a ton of seating

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fresh and modern - Edit

Great breakfast burrito with portobello bacon, good strong coffee. This little place has got it goin' on, busy and efficient. Our order came quickly, service friendly and down to earth. Dont let the road construction in the area stop you from reaching this destination. Menu limited, but something to please every vegan. Will definitely go back as we visit Charleston often.

Pros: fresh ingredients, pleasant service.

Cons: a little tricky to get to due to road closings

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Exciting Menu, Excellent Quality - Edit

A very diverse menu, offering breakfast and lunch options. The flavors are bold, exciting, and fresh! I have enjoyed everything I have tried on the menu. My favorite spot in Charleston!

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Perfect. - Edit

I was on a house hunting trip with my mom and stopped by the gnome cafe for some vegan breakfast and dear lord it is delicious. We ended up coming every day we were in town. I love the grits bowl, the biscuit sandwich and the bagel sandwich. Also, their iced coffee is delicious and they give you free refills which is awesome. The food tasted really fresh and high quality, it totally merits the price. The staff is very kind and the cafe itself is adorable. I absolutely love this place and can't wait to move to Charleston so I can eat here on a regular basis.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly, 100% Vegan

Cons: Limited Parking, Only One Location

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Great eats! - Edit

Stopped here and loved this little place. Loved the decor and struggled to pick just one item off the menu as I always do at an all vegan spot. Felt they were a little over priced though, and felt that my friend seitan was a little over cooked as the edges were really hard. Tip- don't pay a dollar more for them to "buffalo" it because they give you a little squirt of Frank's and you can save the buck and put as much as you want on with the Frank's they have out. Also thought it was kind of ridiculous that a tiny cup of Mac and cheese was $4 and on the menu a bagel was $2.50 and to add cream cheese it was another $2. Definitely recommend but like I said thought the pricing was a little off.

Pros: Cute inside, Outdoor seating, Yummy for non vegans too

Cons: Over priced for small sides

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First Vegan Breakfast at a Restaurant - Edit

I was pretty nervous to order breakfast at a vegan restaurant. Normally I only make it to them around lunch and dinner time, but never breakfast. This dish was so good! If you don't like too much cinnamon don't worry because I don't either and the cinnamon pancakes were still bomb. The service was great and all the people were so nice! Great atmosphere to eat at and their take out service was fantastic too! I loved that they had a fridge stocked with sandwiches and little meals to take on the go. I have never seen that at a vegan restaurant before. Overall great experience and I will definitely go back when I visit again!

Pros: the food was brought out very fast after we ordere, stocked fridge with pre-made sandwiches and snacks

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yummy! - Edit

this place is good. i got the cinnamon pancakes and they were delicious! my boyfriend got the fried seitan sandwich and he loved it (i loved it too, he gave me a bite) Highly recommend. great food and quick service.

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