Goji Vegetarian Cafe and Deli

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36 Goodramgate, York, England, YO1 7LF

Casual cozy veggie cafe also offering vegan and gluten free options: burgers, tofu, salads, sandwiches, some Indian-inspired dishes, cakes including vegan ones, range of hot and cold drinks with soymilk available. Booking not usually required but can get quite busy over lunch time. Seating on ground and first floor. No Wi-Fi. Last order 9:30pm. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-4:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun 11:00am-4:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Western

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First Review by Fergus

Amazing - Edit

The food here was really good! Especially the vegan mushroom burger, that was the best! I highly recommend it (with pesto!)! We also tried the middle easters plate and some cakes, they were yummy too!

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Lovely - Edit

Such a wonderful atmosphere with plenty of seating space and really friendly staff, all the cakes were vegan and I was so happy with how much choice there was for vegans. Practically everything either was or could be made vegan! The quiche was amazing and the cake I tried was probably one of the best vegan cakes I have ever had - no joke. Defo coming back to this place!

Pros: lots of vegan options, lots of seating space, friendly staff

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Wonderful cafe - Edit

I visited with two relations who are not vegan or vegetarian and they loved the food too.
I had a vegan quiche which was delicious and came with potatoes and salad.
Our waitress was very helpful.

Pros: Plenty of variety on menu, Nice old building with courtyard in city centre, Excellent staff

Cons: Toilets were up two flights of stairs

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Friendly with great vegan food - Edit

This cafe is cosy and friendly. It has great vegan food options including dessert. We will definitely go back as the food is tasty and the staff really helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Great places.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Good prices

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Vegan Friendly Cafe :) - Edit

I have tried all the vegan cakes and the best is the Raw cake "Raspberry torte" also I love the tiffins and the chocolate orange cake and the ..........
The vegan hot dog is amazing as well
This place is all ways busy so you can get a take away instead of missing out on some vegan love :)
Thank you Goji !

Pros: Too many cakes , mostly vegan place , great prices

Cons: needs more raw options

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Good overall! - Edit

Visiting a friend in York and decided to pop in for something to eat and decided to get a takeaway. Me and my friend got the Hotdog and I also got the Vegan chocolate cake, both very good! Staff were very nice and the food only took 15mins to be prepared. Overall would definitely recommend, affordable and enjoyable!

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Amazing!! and the vegan tiramisu is the best thing ever - Edit

This restaurant has everything

Pros: many vegan options + amazing vegan tiramisu , no meat, good food

Cons: don't open before 11 (so I can't eat here for bre, burger was a little bit greasy, some of my potatoes were undercooked (most were fi

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Vegan hot dogs! - Edit

A sweet cafe with some vegan options - more please! The hot dogs are great. It can get busy but that's only a good thing.

Pros: Vegan hot dogs, Relaxing venue , Vegan hot dogs!!

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Go for the cakes if nothing else! - Edit

Food here was excellent. Plenty of vegan choices available. Most of the lovely cakes on display in the window are vegan. We were thrilled to have found this place. Great value for money and the service was impeccable.

Pros: Great cakes and other food, Friendly service, Inexpensive

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lovely little restaurant-vegan friendly - Edit

The food was delicious and staff knowledgable about vegans. Lots of vegan cakes and a tiny little outdoor seating area. Serve brekfast, lunch and dinner. Highly recommended if you are ever in York.

Pros: great vegan cakes, lovely food, friendly staff

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A real treat in York - Edit

Goji is small but really cosy, with an enticing window display of cakes (about 50% vegan) and then a tight squeeze past the popular deli counter. Once you do manage to get in and hopefully get a table, the food is tasty and reasonably priced. There is seating on the ground and first floors, with toilets way up on the second. The menu has plenty of vegan options, all clearly marked, and the Sunday roast is a real treat. I've had the falafel there before and been a bit disappointed, but everything else has been amazing and the service is usually fast and friendly, especially from those behind the counter. The cakes are delicious, and vegan ice cream/cream are readily available, and the hot drinks (including hot chocolate) are great.

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Outstanding - Edit

In common with other reviewers I had a problem with an ordered item not arriving (the marshmallow that was supposed to go on my hot chocolate), but when it finally did materialise Goji gave me a discount on the rest of the bill so I was very happy (especially as both hot chocolate and marshmallow were delightful). This is a very tall thin building with little space and hard-to-reach toilets, but the food is amazing. I made a simple order, just a veggieburger (quinoa and sweet potato). One would think it was impossible for that to be interesting, but it was the best burger I have ever had. It had an almost unbelievable sophistication of texture and flavour, crispy and tender exactly where it should be, seasoned very thoughtfully and served at just the right temperature. I probably sound very silly rhapsodising about a veggieburger but the cake was also excellent. I will go again as soon as possible.

Pros: Food is spectacular, vegan marshmallows, nice décor

Cons: Forgetful staff, cramped

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Lovely yorkshire veggie cafe - Edit

We visited here twice on a two night stay in York, and would have come again if we'd had the time.
First time was a lunch time visit on a friday, staff were friendly and the cafe was busy. The menu was great, vegans well catered for, unlike some veggie places we've visited. I had vegan quiche of the day- roasted cauliflower with roast potatoes and salad, it was restaurant quality food. My husband had asian tofu and veg skewers on rice, (which was like a rissoto) We really enjoyed our dishes, great portion sizes too.
We had the most wonderful yorkshire sticky toffee pudding for afters- made fresh on site. It was lovely.
We also visited on saturday morning for breakfast- we were first in. I had sundried tomato and roast veggie frittata my husband had tofu and quinoa rissole. Filling and tasty breakfast - set us up for the day. However we did take away some liquorice cake and ginger loaf (because we couldn't resist)- supplied to goji by leeds bakery, That old chestnut vegan bakery.

Pros: Great food, choice and quality, Lovely friendly atmosphere and staff, Great value for money

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Lovely cosy place :) - Edit

I visited Goji on couple of occasions, while in York and every time they deserved 5 stars :) Excellent food, friendly and quick service and lovely atmosphere :)
When I am in York next time, I will definitely visit again :)

Pros: Atmosphere, Tasty food, Fast and friendly service

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My favourite - Edit

I love Goji and go as often as I can. It's a lovely place to sit in for a proper meal, but I more often get a take away to eat in the garden of the nearby York Minster. They do big boxes of really delicious mixed salads that vary every day. It's a great restaurant, go!

Pros: really excellent food, Lovely staff, Did I mention the excellent food?

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Brilliant - Edit

Me (vegan) and my mother (meat lover) went here on the 5th August and we absolutely loved it. The vegan quiche was fab and apparently so was the veggie one (mother's opinion!). I've had the take away from here many times and it never disappoints, if you only pop in for one thing make sure it's the daily vegan chocolate cake, all variations are absolutely delicious!
Not bad prices at all, very generous portions and all the drinks are organic - oh and there's even a outdoor area with hanging baskets full of tomatoes and flowers! Great place for everyone to eat, no matter what dietary requirements.

Pros: Good Price, Good Atmosphere, Good Portions

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Fabulous food - Edit

We ate here after watching the Tour de France in York - they had an excellent selection of vegan food, the Portobello burger with smoked tofu was succulent and tasty and highly recommended. The cakes looked fabulous, so I had to follow it with coffee and poppy seed cake.
Everyone was really friendly and the prices were reasonable, I'd love to go again, but alas it is over 150 miles away from where we live.

Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food, Great atmosphere, Good prices

Cons: Too far away from where I live

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Fantastic Cafe - Edit

My husband and I have eaten at the Goji cafe twice; once last year and once on 27 April 2014. Both times we enjoyed the food and there are always plenty of vegan options. The food is very fresh and well-presented, although sometimes the portions are a bit small. Both times we didn't have much time, and service was slower than we would have anticipated for such a small cafe and so few customers, so we had to inhale our food, but it was still good nonetheless. It's great to have a vegan/vegetarian restaurant choice in York.

Pros: quality food, all vegan and vegetarian

Cons: slow service

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Exceptional Food - Edit

Visited Goji on three separate occasions during a short-break in York. I'm vegan and found they had a good choice each day. Tried three savoury dishes and three sweet - every single one delicious! Nice relaxed atmosphere too. Highly recommended. Next time I visit the city, I'll be making a bee-line for this place.

Pros: Excellent Food, Nice Atmosphere, Reasonably Priced

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Nice cafe - nothing fancy - with good food - Edit

The food at Goji Cafe food is simple but good, and the restaurant itself is very cute. We enjoyed the hummus plate, soup of the day, and mushroom burger. Although it's a vegetarian restaurant, they offer an extensive vegan menu - almost all of the desserts are vegan, too - which is really lovely, as I find that vegetarian restaurants are (surprisingly) sometimes less vegan-friendly than non-vegetarian ones. Goji also offers takeaway, which was wonderful to be able to grab a bunch of things for the road one day - and their scones were to die for! The service could have been a little better; our server was rushed and thus a little abrupt. Otherwise, Goji is a nice cafe - nothing fancy - with good food.
Updated from previous review on Monday December 17, 2012

Pros: cute restaurant, many vegan desserts, takeaway available

Cons: service rushed

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Highlight of Yorkshire! - Edit

I stumbled upon Goji accidentally and was lured in by the display of (mostly vegan) cakes in the window. I ordered the soup, butternut squash and apple, as well as a roast vegetable and tofu wrap. It was the best meal I have eaten in the UK. Many of those around me ordered the quiche (again vegan option available) and I immediately grew irrationally jealous - everything is so fresh and beautiful. On top of the quality of the food, the staff were brilliant, and as I left to pay the server suggested I make use of the student discount. This will be my go-to in York from now on!

Pros: Fresh, healthy, delicious food, Very affordable, Attentive staff

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Just not for me - Edit

I want to say from the start, the food here is nice and I follow them on facebook so I can see they are quite imaginative, but I went here once for dinner and had awful service. Every drink had to be asked for twice with our final jug of water asked for 3 times and we never ended up getting it. Half the menu was off and orders mixed up. It was also extremely slow.

I have since tried to go for lunch twice, neither at peak times, and once I was quite rudely ordered away from the restaurant area when I peaked round to see if there was a free table and another time the only member of staff kept disapearing and hadn't yet served the two couples in front of us even though we had waited at least 5 minutes, she had still not got to the queue. I don't blame her, I blame the fact they were understaffed.

Needless to say both times we walked out.

As I say the food is good when you get it, its just getting it that is the problem.

Pros: tasty healthy food

Cons: long, long waiting times

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Best veggie eating place in York - Edit

Even in a city like York a choice of good vegetarian food is hard to find. Which is why I always choose Gogji whenever I am in York.

Everything is vegetarian with some vegan choices and they will always accommodate vegan alternatives where possible. All food is freshly prepared and well worth the wait. Add to that friendly, helpful staff and a great atmosphere and you have the reason for my choice.

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Lovely little cafe - Edit

Went here for lunch with a few friends whilst visiting York.

Lovely small cafe with a good range of vegan options. I opted for the Goji mushroom burger with smoked tofu and the pesto was to die for. The sweet potato wedges were cooked to perfection and I was just disappointed that having had such an amazing lunch, I had no room for dessert.

Pros: Range of options, Friendly staff

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Lovely place, great food - Edit

We had a great lunch here on 16 February 2012. The menu has lots of really nice dishes including lots of vegan options. We had the soup and wrap combo and the hot dog and were pleased with both. The hot dog was in a huge baguette so a lot of eating but very tasty. We still managed dessert and the lemon and poppyseed cake has to be one of the best vegan cakes ever tasted.

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Great food, lovely place to eat - Edit

We ate here end December 2011. The place is quite small but they manage to get everyone a table. The menu was quite extensive for vegans - vegan options or veggie adaptable. I had the weener sandwich which came in a warm bagette with salad. It cost around £6 which was good value as it was filling. Can recommend this cafe to everyone and we'll certainly go again the next time we're in York (which is great for shopping, sightseeing, touristing)

Pros: great food, reasonably priced, central location

Cons: quite busy

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Great Food - November 2011 - Edit

I've visited Goji a few times since it opened. Mainly to take away - the vegan hotdogs (My daughter loves them). This little cafe has great potential- the last few times I've been it's been really busy, people have been waiting for a table. Luckily I was wanting take out but service at the counter was slow (maybe just because the cafe was busy?).

The food is great - the hotdogs are freshly cooked, I overheard one of the waitresses saying that they didn't use microwaves. The cakes are amazing. They have vegan wraps, vegan hotdogs, soup, salad, bread, quiche all available to take out.

One item my boyfriend was not happy about was the mushroom burger he ordered to take out. It was £4.50, when he got it outside he was disappointed to find that all he had gotten for his money was a mushroom (albeit a rather large one) in a bun. It didn't explain on the takeaway menu that that was all it was and had it said that he would have gone for the hotdog instead (which was cheaper!).


Pros: great food, good value, vegan hotdogs

Cons: busy

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Goji Cafe 06 Dec 2011 - Thanks for the review Laura.

The burger comes with melted halloumi cheese or smoked tofu (vegan option), tomato sauce and salad inside the bun. It does not get the gherkins or the sweet potatoes that eat in does. Customers are normaly very pleased so maybe there was a misunderstanding of what he wanted (burger without the trimmings). If this is the case let the staff know next time you are in and we will try and sort something out.

Glad you like the hotdogs and the cakes, we hope to see you again.  


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