Good Karma Cafe

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    ( 42 reviews )
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17 E Front St, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA, 07701

Vegan cafe, juice bar, and bakery. Uses local and fair trade and organic products whenever possible. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm. Breakfast served from 9am-12pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery

42 Reviews

First Review by MrsMaggie

Deserving of their stellar reputation - Edit

There's a good reason that vegans smile when you mention Good Karma. The food is fabulous.



Updated from previous review on 2016-08-03

Pros: Great service, creative food

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Great food and atmosphere! - Edit

I absolutely love the food, ciders, staff and atmosphere here. Yes, it can be a little snug, but I've always been able to find seating.

I noticed one review that said the menu is too big and not focused on perfecting a few dishes. I strongly disagree. I've tried everything on the menu, and each dish is clearly well thought out and prepared amazingly. A smaller menu would feel limiting.

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killer vegan grub - Edit

Good Karma is just the best around. I've been a customer for years at this point. It's just a shame that they don't have a bigger venue. The tight, cramped atmosphere can be offputting, but delicious vegan food can go a long way toward making up for any inconvenience. Their take-out business is booming. i'm there picking up dinner every Saturday night!

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Absolutely Fantastic! - Edit

I took my family for a nice breakfast and we were very pleased with our meal. I recommend this place. The Belgian Waffles were incredible.

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Meh - Edit

Ideas are good, but the product just doesn't deliver. Menu is too big, imo they should make it smaller & focus on making those dishes stars.

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AMAZING FOOD - Edit

Ive been to a handful of vegan restaurants since becoming vegan, and I have to tell you, this one beats em all by a long shot. I've tried 3 different entrées as well as 2 appetizers and the cheesecake for dessert. It was all flawless, the kind of food you scrape the bottom of your plate for to ensure you've devoured every last bit of flavor and crumb.
I Highly recommend this joint, and will definitely return again. Happy Cow Approved :)

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deceptively good - Edit

Definitely the old timer amongst the surrounding areas vegan restaurants. Not as trendy or fancy but BY FAR the tastiest vegan fare around ❤️❤️❤️

Pros: flavorful food, extensive menu, gluten free options

Cons: small, tight space , servers can be grouchy

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Beat Seitan in NJ - Edit

A tiny cafe that offers a large and broad menu meeting the needs of all types of vegans. Mostly a sandwich and salad stop, it has worldly number of different types of choices.
The setian bowl is my favorite, but they run daily specials all the time. A bit pricey, but the food is great. The sandwiches suffer from way too much bread and too little in between.
One of, if not the best vegan cafe in NJ.

Pros: numerous types of choices, great taste, daily specials

Cons: desserts are forgettable , cookies and snacks are on the old/dry side, very limited seating

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Nirvana Near the Navesink - Edit

I've eaten here for years. It is one of the best vegetarian/vegan/deli restaurants in New Jersey, The quality of the food is excellent. The menu offers lots of items (including gluten free and raw). They offer some impressive desserts. There are also a bunch of different baked items for sale. The staff is always friendly and it is located right near the center of town.

Pros: Food quality, menu breadth, very clean, cool bathr

Cons: moderately priced

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wow! - Edit

Ordered the buffalo tempeh wings and they were spicy and delicious. A little on the salty side, but once dipping them in the vegan ranch sauce it goes away ;)
Would definitely return to try other items on the list.

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the best - Edit

Vegan crack. But high-quality crack. Gotta check out the Crunch Wrap breakfast burrito. Everything here is phenomenal, and because it's crack we keep coming back. Addicted.

Delila is the best waitress!

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Live Spaghetti - Edit

Food was great with Awesome service

Pros: All Vegan

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Large ALL vegan menu :) - Edit

Their menu is great and the food is even better. Very large menu with various items ranging from appetizers to desserts. All the food is prepared fresh and taste delicious. It can get very busy during certain times and you may have to wait, but its worth it :)

Pros: large menu

Cons: small seating area

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great food - Edit

very good food. friendly service. only bad thing is it's very small so sometimes you have to wait a while to get a seat

Pros: all vegan, delicious

Cons: small, expensive

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Tacos?!?!?!?!??!!!??!!! - Edit

Pros:
-the juice & twinkies were great
Cons:
-the tacos*** Were slices of mildly warm tofu on cabbage. Did not look like a slight resemblance of a taco.
-the lasagna has something sour/pungent inside and was therefore inedible. When I told them this they replied "have you had it before?"
-the buffalo tenders were almost ok, if they weren't cold.
-they forgot to give me my soup & Twinkie.
-they did not offer utensils or napkins.

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Awesome food! - Edit

My friend and I are not from this area but we decided to stop by to grab some lunch since we were nearby. This was our first time at Good Karma and it definitely exceeded our expectations. We shared a slice of their krusty krab pizza and it was amazing! She ordered a southwestern bowl and I had the kimchee bowl and they were both delicious. We will definitely be making the 1 hr and a half trip again to try some more items off the menu.

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Favorite Vegan place in New Jersey - Edit

This is by far my favorite place in New Jersey for vegan food! So far everything I have gotten from there has been amazing. I've stopped by for some shakes too after a workout at the local crossfit gym, and it was glorious! I've tried a few of the baked goods, awesome, some of the unbaked goods, awesome. I've also tried their raw and baked entrees. Perfect!

Only downside is that everyone knows this place rocks, so it can get crowded fast and super busy. So I would recommend coming during off hours or ordering for pick up. Maybe one day they will move to a bigger location.

Pros: Excellent Food

Cons: Super small, very popular/busy

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perf - Edit

my partner and i will drive two hours to eat here- the food is SO GOOD. i have been to countless restaurants that serve raw food and feel as if good karma has spoiled me.... wish they had more locations (currently thinking about the raw nachos and salivating....)

Pros: amazing food, huge portions, so many options

Cons: small dining area, very busy whenever i am there

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Great - Edit

The food was great especially the black bean soup. I had the Vegan lasagna and it was light and loved the cream they used in it, as well as the Parmesan crisps. The live lemonade was amazing. Great place for vegan food.

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great place - Edit

great foods lots of choices. great raw foods. staff friendly.
Updated from previous review on Friday August 28, 2015

Pros: great selection of gluten free items

Cons: small dining area

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Excellent food - Edit

Top notch food that any vegan or non-vegan can enjoy!

Pros: Great food, Great location in Red Bank

Cons: Size of dining room

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All good things... - Edit

...come in small packages. And this place is no exception. It's a very, very small place. They don't do reservations or call ahead seating so your best bet is to plan to wait for a half hour (during the busier times it can easily go over an hour), swing by to put your name/number down, and do something else until they call you. Be prepared to dine in close proximity to all the other guests, which has it's pros/cons, depending on your personality type. The food is excellent. They are constantly updating the menu and offering up delicious specials. The steak sandwich is pretty good...I like that they don't use Daiya cheese and instead use their own, homemade cheese. Everything I've tried there has been delicious, including the desserts.

Also, parking can be a pain. There is no lot so you have to find a spot on the street. It's all worth it though!

Pros: Food, Friendly staff

Cons: Small, Parking

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Worth the wait! - Edit

Wonderful food. You will feel pampered and healthy after eating here. The place is small and you might have to wait to be seated...but it is worth it!!!

Pros: Great food

Cons: Small

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We like it a lot - Edit

Good Karma is a 50 minute drive for us, usually in awful traffic.
We make the journey nevertheless because the food is very enjoyable.
There is a shortage of vegetarian / vegan places in NJ so we often discover that our fellow diners came as far as we did.
They seem to do a roaring take-out trade and I've often thought that if we lived locally we'd be broke from ordering take-out all the time.
My favorite dish is any special entree that comes with mashed potato and greens, they do them really well. I also like their seitan; it's nice and crispy. I've been to too many upscale vegan restaurants where the flavor is good but the seitan is a limp floppy blob. Not in Good Karma! Their seitan and tofu are just right. My daughter who doesn't normally like tempeh tofu or seitan likes the Pad Thai with tofu and my son likes everything on the menu except the vegan cheese. When new braces meant he couldn't possibly eat salad, he still managed to eat a Good Karma salad. It was their ranch dressing that did it. The live lemonade and the Hawaii-5-O (drink) are good too. I sometimes get a takeout Hawaii-5-O as dessert. We always get a takeout chocolate cake. We now keep forks in the car just to eat that cake, because we felt so guilty using plastic forks every trip. We should be feeling guilty driving 50 miles for dinner. It just always feels worth it.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food

Cons: Very small

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Vegan mecca of NJ - Edit

I've been coming here since they opened and GKC is the vegan mecca of NJ. There's a reason you sometimes have to wait for a table at dinner rush times.

I feel like I could write 10,000 words but I won't. This place is vegan comfort food and health food. Everything from their sandwiches to entrees to raw food is perfection. Their weekend specials are always on-point.

My personal favs: buffalo tempeh, caesar salad with tempeh, love bowl, coconut mango tempeh, seitan cheesesteck, banh mi (YES!), chocolate cake, and bliss cup.

Pros: Large menu with variety, Weekly specials, Desserts and juices

Cons: Small

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Worth the ride! - Edit

Took my non-vegetarian daughter to Good Karma for lunch last week. It was my first visit as well. The restaurant is very small but the food is delicious! I had the Buffalo Soldier Wrap and she had a Grilled Portobello Sandwich. We shared a Raw Pie for dessert although my daughter ate most of it!
Definitely a place I will visit again.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, cozy

Cons: small number of tables

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Great Place - Edit

As a new vegan it felt good to be able to pick anything on the menu and know that it was vegan. The food was delicious and I will definitely be going again.

Pros: Good Price, Large Selection

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