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Great Sage

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5809 Clarksville Square Dr (at Rte 108), Clarksville, Maryland, USA, 21029

Great Sage specializes in global vegan cuisine in a simple zen-like atmosphere. Happy hour is Tuesday to Friday from 3-6pm. Live music and drink specials on Thursday night (open til 10:30pm). Sunday brunch is from 10am-3pm. It's part of the Conscious Corner family of local, independently owned businesses also within the same shopping center: Nest (clothing and gift boutique), Bark (natural pet food and supplies), and Roots Market. Open Tue-Wed 11:30am-9:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, International, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine

Reviews (51)

First Review by ahaus829

Big fan - Edit

I moved to Maryland a couple of years ago and was thrilled to find a vegan restaurant so close to my new home! I've been several times now and am always happy with my food. I'm kind of difficult to please but they have always been accommodating, taking out whatever it is I don't want in the meal. (My mom did ask for a breakfast sandwich without the mock sausage and they were unable to do that for her, so they're not perfect.)

I like that they always have an option of soy, almond, or coconut milk for your drinks.

They also seem to change up their menu with the seasons. I can't wait to go back and try their peanut butter cheesecake for fall!

Really, the only problem with Great Sage is that the food is so good, I've always been too full to have more than a taste of their amazing-sounding desserts. I need to be more careful next time!

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Definitely worth the drive from anywhere in the greater DC area! - Edit

2016 update - After my original review, my husband and I returned to Great Sage for brunch many times. For months after he died in an accident last year, I didn't return. But then came my birthday on July 16, and I knew I wanted to do something special. Great Sage was so amazing about helping set that up for me! I brought a dozen friends, mostly omnivores, and everyone was impressed by all the dishes - with the Avocado Benedict being a particular favorite. Great Sage was also great about working with me to make my special birthday group lunch into a fundraiser for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in memory of my husband.

My original 2012 review - My husband and I heard about Great Sage some time back, but delayed going there because it is a fairly long drive from where we live in Arlington VA. However, once we made our first trip for Sunday brunch, we decided it was definitely worth making it a regular routine - especially for the monthly benefit events for different animal advocacy organizations. We've had quite a few dishes, and all are excellent. The service and decor are great too ... and we love that fact that it's part of Conscious Corner, with a great grocer, gift shop, and pet food place in the same mall!

Updated from previous review on 2012-03-11

Pros: Great for special group events, Outstanding service, Outstanding food

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Fancy Vegan Food - Edit

I love this place! Everything i have had is great. I take omnis here all the time who are impressed with the creativity and diversity of the menu. The staff is well informed and aware of allergies. It is a nice restaurant with a well stocked bar and full menu. The noise level is calm and the atmosphere very relaxing.

Pros: great staff, seasonal menu, allergen friendly

Cons: a little pricey

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LOVE - Edit

Love this Place. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit upon it being less than 2 miles from our vegan kids pediatrician. Nothing beats a meal here after a shot!!
kiddo approved, and hubby approved.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Staff

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I really want to like this place - Edit

I have gone to the Great Sage a number of times expecting to have great food. Hasn't happened. I am a foodie and I am a really good cook. It just seems to me as if the person deciding on the menu isn't someone who loves great food. The food is beautiful and the staff is fabulous, but the food is not great. It's OK. We have decided that we will not be going back here because we have consistently been disappointed by the food.

Pros: Beautiful presentation., Informed friendly staff., It has soup through dessert.

Cons: The food doesn't taste like someone who likes eati, The descriptions sound great but don't match the f

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brilliant - Edit

Went here on Mother's Day, they were packed so we had to wait a bit, but that's not a bad thing. The food was excellent, as was the service. A great restaurant.

Pros: excellent service, excellent food

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A Must-Try Vegan Restaurant - Edit

If you're in the Columbia, Maryland area and are vegan (or would consider vegan options), Great Sage is a place worth checking out. They serve in-season specialties, using organic food sources wherever possible. I especially enjoy their hearty vegan burgers, this is good if you're looking for something more filling to eat. Their macaroni and cheese also has a delicious creamy taste. The menu also offers wine pairings if you're looking to enjoy a drink with your meal. Trying gluten free? Most of Great Sage's dishes offer gluten-free alternatives as well.

This place is ideal for dates and small group gatherings for lunch or dinner too.

Pros: Great Food, Friendly People, Quaint Ambiance

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My favorite restaurant in southern MD :) - Edit

Great sage is probably the best casual vegan restaurant in the DC area. They change their menu relatively frequently, so I always find I'm trying new dishes when I visit. The ingredients are fresh, and their food is wonderfully flavorful.

I always end up getting more food than I really need because I always want a smoothie/shake, an appetizer, an entree ... and obviously dessert. They also have delicious coffee if you need a pick-me-up. This visit I ordered:
1) their pineapple/kale/ginger smoothie
2) the buffalo bites: fried cauliflower, buffalo style, with chive ranch sauce. These taste AMAZING but sometimes can get a bit soggy.
3) a "goat cheese"/avocado/pesto grilled cheese sandwich w/tomato soup. DELICIOUS but a bit messy because the cheese/avo/pesto combo tended to squirt out of the sandwich with most bites haha
4) a "sin tres leches" cake which is THE BEST dessert I've had in a while. It's less wet than non-vegan tres leches cake is, but that doesn't make it any less good. The strawberry sauce on top was a wonderful addition.

Can't wait to come back :)

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Number 1 in Maryland - Edit

What can I say, Great Sage is the top vegan restaurant in all of Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The problem is that it’s not close to anything and requires lengthy drive times to Clarksville. The Samosa Salad and Cauliflower wings are my top two choices. The kids like the chicken salad sandwich (it was yummy) and the vegan pizza which we order with steamed broccoli. The potato salad is good as well. Also on deck are BBQ tofu sandwiches, greens, bean soup, chicken salad wraps, smoothies, pressed juices, pies and weekend brunch. Special guest frequently grace Great Sage with speaking opportunities for plant head fans and live music goes down on various days of the week. But don't forget, they are closed on Monday! Moreover, Great Sage is next door to Roots Organic market where we shop at weekly.

Pros: Amazing food, Feels like a community

Cons: Can be costly, still uses white enriched breads

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Great It's Vegan, otherwise - Edit

We both enjoyed our lunch there (vegan and omnivore in group), but not impressed with menu items. My impression is a place where omnivores who want to feel good about their diet by having a token vegan (eco-green, etc.) meal (that has too, too many calories, etc.). Noisy, cafe-style (nothing special about decor, OK service, etc.) This is the type of place I really, really want to see the nutritional values of menu items. Yes. I would go there again when in the area.

Pros: Organic, vegan menu, Green, eco-cuisine

Cons: nutritional value suspect (unhealthy?), noisy, crowded floor space

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the carrot cake is fantastic - Edit

Stopped in for dinner with a non-vegetarian friend. We both enjoyed a wonderful dinner and then went on to dessert. The carrot cake was fantastic. Moist and rich, you would never have known it was vegan.

I will definitely go back

Pros: wide selection of food and desserts, friendly staff

Cons: closed on Monday

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Best vegan restaurant in the DC area! - Edit

We live in the Philadelphia area but we travel to DC a few times a year, and a trip to Great Sage has become part of our DC trip tradition. However, the past two times we've traveled to Clarksville alone, just to visit Great Sage and the other shops in this strip mall because it has become a destination in itself.

On our most recent trip here, we started off our meal with the picked vegetable hand rolls. We inhaled the two large nori rolls filled with pickled beets, carrots and cabbage and ate every last drop of the peanut dipping sauce that came with the appetizer. On another trip, we started our meal with a raw falafel appetizer that was out of this world delicous. If they put it back on the menu, I'll definitely order that again.

Next up, we split two of the entrees. I absolutely adored the pumpkin gnocchi which was filled with a melange of other vegetables and served in a to-die-for delicious sauce. The other entree is a Great Sage favorite and a MUST TRY: the hearts of palm-based crab cakes. These were delicious and served with just the right amount of vegan remoulade. I literally licked the plate when I was finished. The crunchy quinoa pilaf it was served with was stunning as well.

Do I sound like I'm a bit hyperbolic here? Well, the truth is, we drive 2-plus hours to eat single meal at Great Sage because it is just that good. The desserts here are pretty good too, but I usually don't have room to try them! One of my favorites is the chocolate lava cake. Note, they do not take reservations for parties under five, so if you plan to come for Saturday dinner, try to arrive by 5pm or get ready to wait.

Pros: good price, excellent food

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Great Food - Edit

I've only had takeout from Great Sage - and it's been amazing. I love how many raw and veggie friendly options they have. My favorite thing at Great Sage is their BBQ!

Pros: Good Hours for the Suburbs , Lots of Allergy-Friendly Options

Cons: Expensive (not for what you get, tho)

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Delicious! - Edit

I went there recently. Had dinner and dessert, and sampled my SO's dinner and dessert, and everything was delicious! This was some of the tastiest food I've ever had.

On the night we went, it was packed. The hostest told us to expect about a 20 minute wait for a table. She took my cell phone number and promised to call when a table was ready so we could walk around, but she failed to call us. Other than that, service was fine. Atmosphere fine but nothing outstanding. The prices were a little higher than I would have liked, but the delicious food was worth it.

I don't know how often it's crowded. By the time we were done eating, the place was half-empty, and it wasn't that late.

I'll certainly go back.

Pros: wonderful flavors

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great indeed - Edit

just had dinner at great sage; buffalo tempeh with corn fritters, veg-lentil burger with greens, and carrot cake. yum! everything, including the service, was outstanding!!! i brought my mom (a non veg / vegan) along who was blown away by the mac & cheese and the choco lava cake. i would make the trip from philly just to eat there - no question about it.

Pros: organic, great taste, super nice service

Cons: too far from philly

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First Stop and it was awesome! - Edit

We were really excited to eat at Great Sage as this was the first stop on our vegan road trip across America. We started with an app of cheezy artichoke dip which was unlike anything we had ever had since going vegan. Our main dishes were the BALT which had amazing coconut tempeh bacon and the seitan arepa which was on a delicious flatbread. The service was great and we were not disappointed! check out the health food store they also own right next door!

Pros: use organic and local, health food store next door

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Great Sage is one of our favorite places... - Edit

We have been to Great Sage a lot of times and seem to be going to brunch more and more. I really wanted to mention how great the staff is and especially the Manager Katie is the "most awesomest!!! I have been there at all times of day and she is always cheery and working hard. The food is really good and looks great too. If you haven't been here you need to make your way to Clarksville and enjoy!

Pros: ambiance, menu variety, staff

Cons: needs to be closer to my house... ; )

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Wow - We can order anything we want! - Edit

How wonderful to find a restaurant where a Vegan can order anything on the menu. Well Great Sage is that place. We live Upstate NY and while I cook 98% of what we eat (and love doing it) we do like to dine out once in a while. This weekend we had to be in the Baltimore/Washington area, I had heard about Great Sage so we decided to check it out. We had a dinner there on Friday night and a lunch there of Saturday. Appetizer we shared the ARTICHOKE SPINACH DIP - very good much more artichoke that spinach. For Dinner I had the CHIMICHURRI SLOW ROASTED SEITAN - very good and my husband had the THAI RED CURRY TEMPEH - okay but the noodles were soggy - would try something else the next time. We also shared their SAGE'S FAMOUS CARROT CAKE - disappointing - very dry. Lunch the next day was great we had the SWEET POTATO 'CHICKEN' SANDWICH and the GRILLED REUBEN - both were terrific. We look forward to going back again.

Pros: All Vegan all the time, Gluten free options, Friendly Staff

Cons: expensive - but you get great quality, We live far away from it

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Delicious! - Edit

I keep going back to Great Sage again and again. My favorites are the hummus plate, the spinach-artichoke dip, and the samosas (which, sadly, are only on the winter menu!) This is the restaurant that has made me seriously think about going vegan! Oh- and leave room for the carrot cake. Delicious!

Pros: friendly staff, delicious food, carrot cake

Cons: favorites are rotated off the menu :(

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Not enough good things can be said about GreatSage - Edit

Man this place is amazing. Try the Mac N Cheese, don't even think about just do yourself a favor. Tacos I had were delicious. Menu is constantly changing which is a good thing! Weekend specials are always pretty on point. Can be pricey at times tho!

Pros: amazing food, variety, excellent everything

Cons: can be pricey

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Awesome, all vegan, all the time! - Edit

There is nothing better for vegans than being able to walk into a restaurant and order ANYTHING on the menu! The cool decor, warm ambiance, great attention, speed, and deliciousness of the organic, vegan dishes all added up to a great experience. Even the take home boxes and sippy cups were earth-friendly! We ordered the kids' pepperoni pizza (Daiya cheese and vegan pepperoni), which was gobbled up by our toddler, the seitan and celeriac encroute, which was delicate but filling and AMAZING, and the seitan bourginon, which was tasty, too (seitan a little too chewy). For dessert, we ordered the carrot cake, which was really great but the frosting wasn't the traditional cream cheese and was too light, the flourless midnight cake, which was yummy, and the chocolate lava cake, which blew us away!!! The appetizers were pretty good- artichoke dip and spring rolls. Was also pleased to have choices of nondairy milks for the little one. Being next door to Roots market was another great reason to visit! Can't wait to come back for a different meal! You will leave stuffed and satisfied!

Pros: excellent ALL VEGAN food, clean and beautiful ambiance, quick delivery of food and eco-friendly

Cons: some dishes not as good as others, tables are pretty close together

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Really F-ing good! - Edit

Had a wonderful experience yesterday when we decided to drive up from Sterling, VA. I've been wanting to eat here for over two years now and finally have! We had the Artichoke & Spinach Dip, 'Chicken' and tofu paella, grilled reuben and the chocolate lava cake. I know...it was a lot of food for the both of us but we had to try it all!! Everything had wonderful flavor and tasted very rich and delicious. Oh yeah, it was the best service we have ever had at any restaurant we have ever been to-the staff was very nice and made us feel right at home.

Pros: Customer Service, Tasty, Atmosphere

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Loved it! - Edit

Really enjoyed this place. My omni bf was pleased as well. Worth the short drive from Catonsville area. We ordered a lot of food. We had the artichoke dip, the adult mac and cheese (a must), the tacos, and a bean burger of some sort. Plus a nice bottle of wine. I am of the, you can never miss at any vegan restaurant as there are so many choices school. The decor was nice too. Got a huge peanut butter cookie to go as I was flying home the next day and I'm glad I had that on the flight! Service was friendly and attentive. Place was busy for a Tuesday night which always bodes well. Portions were good size. The other food we saw pass our table for other diners looked amazing too. Went to Roots Market next door after dinner too...very nice.

Pros: Selection, Service, Taste!

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I adore this place! The food, the staff, the drinks, seating area, everything! I've been here for my birthday, veg*ns gatherings, or just for a nice dinner out.

Pros: vegan, organic, GF

Cons: time for food

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First visit - Edit

I went to Great Sage since I have heard good things about their food. Unfortunately, I am not sure it was worth the 45 minute drive we made from VA. I honestly think there should be more of a sandwich selection and would definatly like to see more veggies.

Pros: Fantastic cole slaw, good prices, great appetizers

Cons: Many spicy entree selections, limited menu

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One of my favs - Edit

Ive eaten here with family and friends a few times. Each time I was happy with the food and staff. My 2 year old son loves the kids pasta. It is a bit expensive but it is nice to be able to go out and not dissect the menu to find something yummy and animal free. Salad gets old.

Pros: great food, good staff

Cons: price, it is far away

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Good, But Not Great, Sage - Edit

One of my fears about moving to Maryland after living in NYC for 9 years was that I would not have nearly as many vegetarian restaurants to choose from, so I was excited to find this restaurant down the road from me. I was disappointed, however, though I would say that it is a decent place. I found my food (onion soup and a veggie version of meatloaf) rather bland, although my boyfriend's veggie chili was decent. I found the food to be too bland and too healthy for my likings, but mind you I am not the healthiest vegetarian in that way. I prefer soy meats and unique dishes of that sort, not the healthier options of lentils, bulgar, brown rice, etc. Those things are nice at times, but it's not really my thing... if you like those things, then you'd probably like Great Sage. Aside from the food, it is a nice place... staff and the atmopshere were nice. My only other complaint is that it is pretty pricey.

Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 10, 2008: I have been back to Great Sage a few times since this review, and I continue to enjoy it. I became vegan shortly after Great Sage went all vegan, so I appreciate it all the more now! I highly recommend the "adult mac n cheese"!

Pros: Healthy cuisine, Organic, Friendly staff

Cons: Pricey, Bland food

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Absolutely Incredible - Edit

Everything was perfect, so let me just tell you what we ate.

+ Adult "Mac & Cheese" (has rigatoni noodles, sundried tomatoes, cannelini beans, cauliflower abd bread crumbs). Soft with a crunchy top like a casserole. HUGE portion.
+ Winter Burger (lots of legumes and veggies forming this thick patty with a honey mustard-like sauce). This would impress the meatiest of eaters.
+ Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla (not too heavy, accompanied w/ sour "cream" and salsa.
+ Raw Seaweed Salad (tasty, light, fresh)
+ Chocolate Lava Cake with Coconut Ice Cream (much much better than the one we've all had at Chili's).

Will be back!!! We were so impressed. Did I mention fantastic service?

Pros: The FOOD., The beautiful upscale ambience., The friendly service.

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A Must Visit - Edit

Great Sage was the first vegan restaurant I ever ate at and I love everything about them! They are local, and close to home, they have great atmosphere and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Also, the staff seems to be the same each time I go, which is unusual in any restaurant and says a lot for the company itself.

They have amazing seasonal menus, weekly specials, gluten-free specials every Wednesday, a chef's trio special every Tuesday and half price bottles of wine on Thursdays (and live music).

I also love their special events and holiday dinners. If you are ever in the area, you must try Great Sage!

Pros: Friendly Staff, Great Food , Seasonal Menu Changes

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top class resteront with great (100%) vegan food - Edit

I found roots on happycow. My mom took my 2 that area 2 look at apartments because I am moving somewhere in that area. We shopped at roots then had a great dinner at the great sage. At the great sage I had the black bean and roasted corn quesadilla. It is Black beans, sweet corn, green chilies, roasted poblanos, scallions and cilantro with melted Daiya 'pepper jack cheese' in a grilled tortilla. Served with salsa and 'sour cream' on the side. It was a great size meal but expencive. The sour cream tastes really bad but it is on the side so u don't have 2 eat any. 4 a drink I ended up getting coffie. I loved how the waitress asked "do u want soy milk,almond milk or coconut milk in with ur coffie". (she said a few other vegan milks but I forget what they were. I don't know any other resteronts that ofter any vegan milk) I chose soy milk. My mom got the thani 'chicken' salad which is Tossed with soba buckwheat noodles, toasted almonds, scallion, sesame,golden raisins, crisp romaine, peanut sauce and a light Thai chili vinaigrette.Topped with crispy rice noodle. She loved it. I think she had water 2 drink but I forget. Now I absolutely have 2 live in walking distance or have public transportation 2 conscious corner from my apartment. Luckily I haven't picked out an apartment yet. The problem is there are no apartments (that I know of) in walking distance or have public transportation that is in walking distance 2 roots. I can't drive. Please contact me by adding a comment 2 my happycow page if u can help me.

Pros: vegan, great food, they dont leave anything out top class

Cons: price, location

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great food, good atmosphere and good location - Edit

Traveling for work I always look for vegan restaurants. This place was not a disappointment. The choices were good, I had the special. This was very good. I did get the raw chocolate mousse, this was a slight let down...super sweet more like frosting not mousse. But overall extremely pleased.
Great Sage is located in Conscious Corners which has shopping options for vegan and health/ nature conscious living. grab some dinner, do some shopping and grab some groceries.

Pros: excellent options, daily specials, atmosphere

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Many hits - Edit

and some misses, but the hits are top-notch. The Adult Mac & Cheese is truly excellent, plus it has vegetables in it which gives the meal balance. For Sunday brunch, the Chimayo Burrito and Pancake of the day are stand-outs. A lot of misses on the dessert menu as well, but the tiramisu is very good.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 09, 2011

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Great Brunch and Lunch - Edit

I've been coming to Great Sage since before they became a fully vegan restaurant and enjoy some of stand-out menu items. The best menus by far are the brunch and lunch menus. For lunch, the tempeh reuben and the Cesar salad are really wonderful and sure to please. For brunch, the cinnamon rolls and the biscuits and gravy are amazing. I used to love their tofu scramble breakfast burrito when it had ranchero sauce, but since they have changed it I don't enjoy it as much.

Try to avoid "lite fare" (everyday 3-5 pm) as the menu is very limited. The dinner menu is hit or miss and changes seasonally. I wish they would bring back the mashed potatoes!

For dessert, definitely get the molten lava cake.

Pros: all vegan, tasty lunch and brunch, dessert!

Cons: a bit pricey, limited menu during lite fare

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NEW Summer Menu - Edit

Great Sage just began their NEW Summer menu. It very well may be their best menu yet! Stop by and try some of these great dishes....

PIZZA MARGHERITA PLUS A classic thin-crust pizza topped with pomodoro, vine-ripe tomato, basil,a hint of garlic, 'Parmesan', with the addition of sliced artichoke and pepperoncini.

SUPERFOOD BURGER Chili dusted, hot-off-the-griddle vegetable burger with black beans, brown rice, walnuts, flax seed, sunflower seed and shredded carrot topped with tempeh 'bacon' and 'pepper jack'. Served on a kaiser roll with Kettle potato chips. (Gluten-free option)

RAW NAVAJO TACOS Crisp corn and flax seed tacos filled with seasoned jalapeno-pecan 'meat' served with cashew sour 'cream', chipotle salsa, guacamole and raw parsnip 'rice'. (Gluten free, RAW)

LOCAL PEPPER RELLENO Stuffed with black beans, corn, wild rice, and 'pepper jack' set atop green chili and herbed quinoa with sour 'cream' and cilantro. (Gluten free)

JERK SEARED SEITAN Seared in traditional Caribbean spices and accompanied by pistachio wild rice pilaf, sautéed local spinach, mango-mint salsa and roasted pepper 'cream'.

SUPERFOOD BACON BURGER Chili dusted, hot-off-the-griddle vegetable burger made with black beans brown rice, walnuts, flax seed, sunflower seed and shredded carrot then topped with 'pepper jack', caramelized onion, tempeh bacon, guacamole and smoky chipotle mustard with a side of Dijoncoleslaw. (Gluten-free option)

ZEN UDON BOWL Wok-seared local squash, baby corn, bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts and scallion topped with tempura tofu in harmony with a spicy sesame sauce over house made udon noodles. (Substitute portabella for tofu, Gluten-free option)

PEACH NAPOLEON Coconut pastry 'cream' separates vanilla poached peaches from light, crisp cinnamon-dusted phyllo layers.

WARM CHERRY COBBLER Summer Bing cherries baked with a crisp cinnamon walnut topping. (Wheat free)

SEASONAL BERRIES Local, organic, topped with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar and whipped 'cream' (Gluten free)

Pros: Fresh, Organic, Innovative

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Loved it! - Edit

I visited my brother in the area and insisted on going here since there are absolutely zero vegan restaurants where I live. I was SO happy with everything. Nice atmosphere, delicious food (both my brother and his fiance are non-veg and they loved it too!) The humus to start was WONDERFUL and the molten chocolate cake was REALLY good. I actually didn't order it, but we were all stealing bites off my brother's fiance's plate. I'm going back when I visit in May. YUM!

Pros: Cute place., Great Food!, Try the chocolate cake.

Cons: Tad expensive...

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Nice for a treat - Edit

We are fans of the Great Sage and have been there many times through the years. And I do agree with some of the posters that the food has changed, some dishes are bland or do have mock meats, some dishes are really expensive, and others are just wonderful.

The problem is that vegan cooking isn't cheap if you want to use good ingredients and have a nice location. They do have a great wait staff and other events as well. However, as I have to agree, it's not for every day. And you should look at the menu before you come. It's not for the picky eater or those needing to watch the bill.

That being said, we'll go back. We've never been treated badly, even though sometimes it can take a REALLY long long time to get your food. Maybe soon they will offer smaller portions for cheaper prices.

Pros: unusual dishes, nice staff, pretty environment

Cons: expensive, time consuming

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Much, much improved - Edit

I have been to Great Sage a number of times and seen a number of changes, including its conversion to an all-vegan menu (they used to offer dairy options), save for one or two items with honey. As it's nowhere near public transit, and I don't drive, I usually have to have someone drive me. I hosted an event for the local vegetarian society here today. The atmosphere has always been friendly and bright, but the food quality has varied. Today, the food was excellent. My boyfriend and I started with the Bavarian pretzel with dipping sauces, and it was fantastic. I got the Southwest Ranch "Bacon" Wrap (tempeh bacon) while he got the day's special, an open-faced "turkey" (crispy Tofurkey slices) sandwich with mashed potatoes and butternut squash gravy. There do seem to be a number of analogues, not that I mind, as long as there are plenty of other things to make it interesting--like a beautiful Black Beauty smoothie.

The server did an excellent job with the party, including the splitting of checks. He was friendly, attentive, and very competent.

If Great Sage were closer, I would probably want to go more often, even if it is expensive--I want to try that tofu dish. If you get up to Great Sage, don't forget to check out Roots market, Nest (a green gift store) and Bark (a green pets store) while you're there.

Pros: all vegan, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere

Cons: a bit expensive, nowhere near public transit

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Best Ever! - Edit

Hand down, the Great Sage is one of my favorite veggie restaurants in the world. The atmosphere is cozy, but slightly upscale, the staff is very nice, and the food is out of this world! I was a little disappointed when the chocolate lave cake left the menu, but I think it's back on now. If you are in the area and vegan/vegetarian, you NEED to check out this restaurant!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Best vegan restaurant in the whole world!!!! - Edit

This place is so good I don't even know where to begin. The decor is fantastic. The staff is friendly. From the apps to the desserts everything is absolutely delicious. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, with different menus for each, and they have an ample amount of specials that change out every couple weeks to keep it interesting. Some of the nicest staff at any restaurant as well. Always pleasant and helpful! Make sure to save room for dessert, especially their famous carrot cake!

This place is in a strip mall called the Conscious Corner in which there is also a really great natural foods store, pet food/supplies store, and natural boutique. My wife and I absolutely love this restaurant, but it's quite far from us (over an hour). Even so, we find it very convenient to go at least once a month since we can also do our grocery shopping etc.. there as well and get some great products just next door.

Pros: Exceptionally convenient location, Outstanding food, Super friendly staff

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Excellent Dining Experience - Edit

I had the fortune to eat lunch at Great Sage yesterday and was really impressed. The food was great, the service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was pleasant. Price-wise, lunch seemed to be much more reasonable than dinner.
Additionally, the spinach artichoke dip made with daiya cheese was fabulous.

Pros: great atmosphere, excellent food, friendly staff

Cons: bit expensive

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Perfection - Edit

Great Sage is my favorite restaurant on the planet. I have been to Candle 79, Real Food Daily etc but Sage has jumped to the top of my list. Spectacular food and service.

They do have a new menu as noted by the previous reviewer but holy happycow is it a beautiful foodscape. I just pulled up the menu online to check out the "strange selection of fake meats and fake cheeses" and here is the list of dinner entrees:

Herbed Quinoa with Shiitakes, Grilled Vegetable Terrine, Truffled Polenta, Basil Potato Gnocchi, Panang Red Curry, Artichoke Mushroom Paella, Great Sage Chili and Brown Rice, and Seitan Wellington.

Sounds pretty vegcentric to me.

Either way, Great Sage is absolutely my favorite restaurant on this earth. I'd eat there every single day if it weren't a 45 minute drive!

Pros: so tasty, a+ service, reasonably priced

Cons: not close enough to my door

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A longtime favorite ... but sometimes off the mark - Edit

I love Great Sage and have loyally dined at and recommended it since it opened. The food is tasty, creative, healthy, and largely vegan. Try the blueberry pancakes and cinnamon buns on Sunday brunch ... or spinach and artichoke dip or black bean tostada as an app ... and the fruit crisp for dessert. The portions are just right- complaints about small portions are caused by portion distortion!

I've been disappointed at some of the menu changes of late- my favorite dishes (veggie cakes, lentil loaf, coconut spinach)removed and replaced with a strange selection of fake meats and fake cheeses. I know some vegans like this processed approach to eating, but I like vegetables, fruits, and grains! In response to reviews about "blandness," Great Sage has kicked up the heat in almost every dish, leaving the spice-averse like myself with few options. I get that chefs grow bored with the same menu, but at least keep the best stuff around!

Pros: creative, vegan, healthy

Cons: pricey, fake meat

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Fantastic Experience Every Time - Edit

I started going to Great Sage about 6 months ago. I stopped by once to get a cup of organic coffee and could not believe how attentive the staff was. They saw that I had a laptop and told me that they would find a table with an outlet in case I needed to get some work done. I stayed for a few hours, had the best Curry Panang I have ever had in my life along with a glass of terrific organic white wine. And to think....I just came in for a cup of coffee! Well now I am a regular and have gotten to know the staff and genuinely nice owners. They really practice what they preach. I have learned that they are very involved in the community by supporting local farms, sustainable living, and are very generous with many worthy causes. (It turns out they own all of the stores in the corner....Roots, Bark (pet store) and a cute boutique....I think it is called Nest. From the beginning the Manager on staff (I now know both of them by name) has greeted me, made sure everything was to my satisfaction, and handed me valuable coupons for the other businesses when I leave. What a great deal! I know it's cliché.....but ..... it is the place to go where "everybody knows your name".'

Pros: Great quality food, Unbelievable Service, Valuable to the community

Cons: none, none, none

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Impressed! - Edit

I LOVE this restaurant. The entire 'corner' is great. From clothing to groceries to pet supplies. But the restaurant owner greeted me at the front door (and provided me with coupons to the other natural stores in the shopping center) and everyone was super friendly. I love that you can go vegan or stay vegetarian on every menu item. Had I not known that they were a cruelty-free eating venue, I would not have been able to tell from the flavorful meal that I had there. The ingredients were fresh and everything was seasoned to perfection. What ever you decide to get while there...please save room for dessert! It's out of this world!

Pros: healthy cuisine, large portions, small price

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Room to improve - Edit

I liked the atmosphere, concept and location of this restaurant. Service was friendly and prompt. But the food didn't stand out in my mind. My tomato tofu curry was a poor approximation of an Asian dish (though it was called a "fusion" dish) and makes me wonder if I shouldn't have ordered the meatloaf instead. My friend's penne-basil dish was much tastier, which gives me a hint that this place does European/American food better than any other genre on its menu. Our Earth Day-special "dirt cake" was minty, moist and delicious; our carrot cake, however, was mediocre and its frosting was overpowering. On a whole, I think Great Sage can improve, but they seem to be on the right track and I appreciate that they opened up in a difficult, remote, suburban area.

Pros: Gutsy location, Atmosphere, Service

Cons: Bland food

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Wondrous experience! - Edit

My friend and I loved this place! My fav place in Maryland, possibly in the greater D.C. metro area! The service was nice, the decor was soothing, the food was divine, the portions substantial and it's organic, vegan and amazing! Don't miss it! Some folks complain about waiting, but if you go early, you won't have to wait! The seitan is scrumptious and the carrot cake is lovely! Don't forget a mint cookie shake! Soy or rice! I just wish they had more for me to try, but I'll keep trying what they do have!

Pros: Organic, ambience, portions

Cons: More dessert, More entrees

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Highly recommended. :-) - Edit

Great Sage is the nicest vegetarian restaurant I've been to in Maryland, both in terms of food quality and atmosphere. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.great-sage.com/Menu.html Their menu is well-labelled not only as to what is vegan, what is not, and what can be veganized, but also what is gluten free, soy free, etc.

Most of the food is quite good, although there are a few items that are so-so. I highly recommend their Indian Vegetable Cakes which come with a variety of delicious items as well as the cakes, including cashew spinach, mango date chutney, and a rice pilaf. Also, I like their Americana, a delicious vegan interpretation of meatloaf, (served with mashed potatoes and gravy if you order it at dinnertime.) On their lunch menu, I highly recommend the BBQ seitan. Also, my omni partner finds their vegetarian ruben to be the second-best vegetarian ruben he's ever had. Their Caesar salad, without the cheese, is one of the best vegan Caesar salads I've had anywhere. And their must-have sinfully delicious dessert is their lava cake, better with their vanilla soy ice cream than their rice ice cream. We also like their chocolate mint shake. :-)

One disappointing menu on the menu is the Thai stir fry, which has a very thin, weak, green curry. Their southwestern burger is okay, but not great.

The wait staff is quite good on weekend evenings, but often new and inexperienced at lunch time on week days. Note that they sometimes run out of items, particularly their Americana. Also, they are quite good about making substitutions if, for example, you want something instead of the potato chips offered with one dish or the vegetable offered with another.

Pros: Mostly excellent food, Organic ingredients, Very vegan-friendly

Cons: A few so-so items, Sometimes run out of their best items

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