Gnome Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 39 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.

Category: Vegan, American, International

Reviews (39)

First Review by Bonitapita

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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Excellent food! - Edit

What a great vegan restaurant with lots of wonderful delicious options!

Pros: Everything

Cons: none

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Complex and varied all-vegan menu & great coffee - Edit

It was awesome to have so many interesting dishes to choose from. The decor is cute and clean. The coffee is fabulous. I had the cinnamon pancakes, which were perfectly crispy on the outside with no need for syrup. My boyfriend had the portobello BLT, which was even better than the pancakes -- perfectly crispy bread and just the right amount of vegan mayo. I'm only in town for 5 more days and I'll for sure be back.

Pros: big varied all-vegan menu, great coffee, fabulous music on the PA :)

Cons: could use more seating

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A special place! - Edit

I'm so pleased that Charleston finally has such a scrumptious vegan restaurant! We go to Gmome whenever we're in town. Yesterday I had the grit bowl with portobello "bacon," kale lemonade, and gluten free banana bread. Heaven!

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Must Visit - Edit

I wish that I didn't wait until my last day, on my way to the airport, to try Gnome Cafe! Their food was amazingly delicious! They're a bit disconnected from downtown, but their space is great and the food is all delicious and reasonably priced. Limited seating and can be busy.

Pros: Great food, Friendly and sociable staff

Cons: Limited Seating, Disconnected

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Amazing! - Edit

My husband and I ate there yesterday and it was amazing! Loved the portobello bacon BLT!!! The Brussels sprouts, the fries and hemp sausage biscuit were all excellent!!! A must stop if you're in Charleston!!!

Pros: Great food , Friendly people , Beautiful cafe

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Lovely surprise! - Edit

We were thrilled to find this charming vegan spot in Charleston. Wish we could have eaten there numerous times to try more options, but Gnome is a treat and highly recommended.

Pros: Excellent vegan, whole food meals.

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VEGAN DONE RIGHT - Edit

Black bean soup with
Avocado toast was my lunch choice. Delightful flavors and nice portions.

I will come back whenever I'm in town.

The owner is onsite and super helpful.

Cons: construction nearby was difficult to maneuver

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That Burger Tho :) - Edit

This is an amazing addition to the Charleston vegan food community. It is a wonderful venue, laden in light and smiles. The food is superb. I have already been there 6-7 times and will be there many more times. Thank the Universe for Gnome. That veggie burger tho!

Though it is a little crowded at times (which is a good sign, right? It means the food is good!), the staff is accommodating and friendly. Whenever friends or family come into town, Gnome is our first stop. The food is a great way to please all eaters!

Definitely try the Southern Fried sandwich and the Hemp Sausage biscuit (and ALWAYS the dessert of the day). If you need something quick, grab a pre-made chicken-less salad wrap from the fridge. Gnome has something for any craving!

Definitely call ahead if possible to make the experience seamless.

Updated from previous review on 2016-03-18

Pros: Delicioius menu options, Energetic vibe, Friendly Staff

Cons: Small venue, Semi-long wait time

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Good food but really crowded and loud” - Edit

Since vegan restaurants are few and far between in Charleston, we really wanted to try this place for dinner but they weren't open so we decided to give them a try for breakfast. The place is really small and very crowded and loud (no acoustic treatment). It is basically a fast food place. I ordered the cheese-scallion hemp sausage biscuit with pepper jelly and my husband ordered the breakfast burritos. Both were not bad. He had a coffee with almond milk - yuck! And I had the earl grey with Hemp Milk - yuck! Pretty overpriced for what it is. There was no customer service at all.

Pros: vegan

Cons: crowded, noisy, loud

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Delicious Comfort Food - Edit

We were passing through town and really glad we stopped here. Food is delicious (seitan sandwich, grit bowl, biscuits, onion rings, fries). Ambiance is modern chic. There's a bunch of seating but it was busy. Thankfully you place your order at the counter and by the time our food was ready, there were open chairs. If you're into great vegan comfort food, don't miss this place.

Pros: Delicious , Atmosphere

Cons: limited parking, limited seating, not open for dinner

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100% vegan, 100% delicious - Edit

This place is a bustling cafe with so many options. Breakfast is served all day. They have coffee and pastries too. All are of course vegan! They are usually open for only breakfast and lunch so you should come early. I came here on vacation and didn't know the regular hours. Be prepared to pay about $12 for a salad and $10 for a burger.

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1st time visit - 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.

Pros: portabella bacon is dangerously good

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Great cafe - Edit

Super friendly southern charm and vegan too! can't miss combo. Must try the grits of you aren't a native, excellent. Buffalo fried seitan sandwich was fantastic. Good coffee and bagels.

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the best food ! - Edit

seriously, this place is phenomenal! my boyfriend and i were visiting charleston for a wedding and we ate here every morning. everything we tried was incredible. cinnamon pancakes with bacon was my personal favorite (it's also gluten free!). we also had the veggie burger (we added bacon) and fried seitan sandwich, all were super delicious. oatmeal cookie shake was sooo good and also, they carry hemp milk which is a major plus :) even brought our non-vegan friends here and they loved it too. only downside was that they were closed on sundays

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You must must must eat here - Edit

Delicious Southern Vegan Food. We had the Southern Vegan Grits, the Vegan Sausage and Biscuit, Vegan Mac and Cheese and the Vegan Rubén. They were all unreal! But the winner was the Vegan Rubén Sandwich. Sooooooo good. I want to go back now. And good coffee too. :-D

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Gnome Cafe is vegan awesome-ness - Edit

Gnome Cafe in downtown Charleston is an all vegan establishment where breakfast is served all day! I ordered the Southern Grits bowl and it was awesome. This huge portion of grits came topped with sauteed kale, tofu scramble, marinated portobello "bacon" and plenty of nutritional yeast. Also, there's a water station for you to fill up on H2O (I noticed it only after I was done eating!).

Pros: Excellent food, Large Portions, Nice Vibe

Cons: Parking

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Good to eat in and good to takeaway! - Edit

This place was seriously a god send after eating multiple restaurants with my family that had ZERO vegan options (dead serious, even the potatoes and wraps at one restaurant weren't vegan).
Anyway, a super food restaurant that places importance on sustainability. I've had several dishes there and loved them all!

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