Green Cuisine

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5-560 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V8W 3C6

Vegan restaurant featuring a daily changing self-serve salad and hot food buffet, dessert bar, and a selection of hearty breads and baked goods made from wholesome sweeteners and organic flour. Food ingredients are listed. Offers fresh juices. Casual atmosphere. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Western, Buffet, Juice bar, Bakery, Canadian

Reviews (46)

First Review by KelseyApple

Great Homestyle food and desserts - Edit

I ate here twice on a recent trip to Victoria. It is buffet style and pay by weight. A good selection of different main dishes such as tofu, tempeh, curry, mac'n'cheeze etc. All was good. The desserts are excellent. They seem to have 4 different desserts such as cheezecake, fruit crumble as pay by weight and also have other cakes and cookies to buy priced per item. So much to choose from. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you need to clear your table when you are done. I appreciated that they had real plates and cutlery as sometimes this type of restaurant will use paper and plastic. It seemed very eco friendly.

Pros: Homestyle, Great desserts, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Only open until 8 pm

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buffet with g/f and vegan foods! - Edit

So impressed with wide variety of vegan and gluten free foods buffet style. They also have soups, desserts, ice creams, etc that are vegan/gluten free! So delicious.

Pros: variety of foods

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Most amazing find ever - Edit

Stumbling across this place was so awesome for me! The food was incredible for lunch and dinner and I would definitely reccomend to anyone. The macaroni was my fave :-)

Pros: Awesome almost hidden location, The decor / painted walls , GREAT value

Cons: Can't think of anything

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Pretty good - Edit

I used to hate this place because the food all tasted the same to me. This was awhile ago and I'm happy to say most of the stuff I've had since has been pretty good.

The decor is bad and dated and the bathrooms always seem kinda grimy. I'm just going to put that out there.

For the above reason, I pack my stuff to go or sit outside.

I love that they offer so many options. Weigh-by-the-plate buffet can get costly if you get too excited though. I usually get a soup, salad, and a slice of bread, and that costs me around $5.

This is my "I'm hungry and I'm downtown alone and I want food now!" place.

Pros: Kid-Friendly, Lots to choose from, Cheap if you don't make your plate heavy

Cons: The decor, The bathrooms, The outdated hippy vibe

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Interesting - Edit

I wandered in here by accident once and then walked out again because I thought I had gone in the wrong place. I wound up going back because I was meeting friends and they suggested we check it out. I am glad I came back. Its very unassuming when you walk in because it feels like a school cafeteria. They have all sorts of options from curries, to salads, to sandwiches and smoothies. I really enjoyed that the seating areas were broken up and kinda more intimate. It made me enjoy my time with my friends a lot more as I don't see them very often. I'll come back here because the staff was helpful and nice and I have great memories.

Pros: Neat selection, Nice friendly staff, Interesting seating arrangements

Cons: Hard to find, Confusing the first time

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The place to buy your tofu tempeh mochi Sauerkraut - Edit

Most people will talk about the awesome buffet. I also want people to know this is the best place to buy tofu tempeh mochi Sauerkraut amazake etc. great prices that will save you money on these vegan and almost all organic. :)

Pros: Organic, Vegan , Great quality

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Great quick meal - Edit

Flavourful food at a decent price. As mentioned by others, it can be a little pricey as it is pay by weight, but they have some very affordable items too (slices of breads, $1.80 bowls of fries that you can fill as full as you possibly can, and a similar deal with rice) so if you get your starch that way, the meal becomes much more affordable. The buffet style is convenient, I often run in to grab a quick snack if I get stuck downtown longer than expected, so I feel it's benefits outweigh the fact that the food isn't always hot. Their cornbread is amazing, and I'm never disappointed with their wide selection of desserts. Also, if you mention that you are a student you receive a discount, which is greatly appreciated.

Pros: Wide variety - menu changes daily, Student discount, Quick

Cons: Can be expensive

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Totally convincing buffet - Edit

To begin with "Green Cuisine" is a buffet restaurant, so don't expect any gourmet food or waiter service. Basically it's an all-vegan canteen with plenty of choice, both fixed and varying dishes.
It comes as no surprise that not each and every choice is as hot as it should be. However, by and large "Green Cuisine" offers one of the best buffets I have ever seen. What I liked most about it is the great range of vegan food! It's probably the best point you can make in disproving non-vegans that vegan food is boring and poor in choices, just go there and show them the incredible range of value food.
It is a bit expensive, but on the other hand it's a nice atmosphere there and there is plenty of space to sit. On top of that the opening hours are really convenient.

Pros: incredible range, value food, very convenient opening hours

Cons: a bit pricey

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Great variety buffet - Edit

I love this kind of place! I am bad at deciding which item to pick on a menu, but at a buffet, you can try a bit of everything. And everything I had at Green Cuisine was delicious. It is the kind of food everyone (not only vegans) can enjoy.
The restaurant is nicely located in Market Square.

Pros: Tasteful, 100% vegan, Nicely located

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Enjoyed our lunch - Edit

It is buffet. They had a good variety. Dishes that I don't get very often. So often soup is vegan soup is lentil but they had a vegan cream of spinach soup! Nice variety of desserts as well. We sat outside to eat and that was very pleasant. Not fancy but very tasty. Recommend it.

Pros: tasty food, good variety of food, nice to dine outside

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SO GOOD! - Edit

Went there two times in my 3-day stint in Victoria! Great selection, amazing desserts, great location especially during the market.

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Good vegan fast food - Edit

Fun serve yourself buffet type, then pay by weight. Also a few add on items like soup and fresh baked bread. Awesome dessert choices. The twice baked potato was the best!!

Pros: Good variety, All vegan!, Awesome desserts

Cons: A bit pricey

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Good for a buffet - Edit

The vegan options are great and surprisingly fresh.

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Loved it! - Edit

I'm so happy I found out about this place! Everything I tried was delicious. I can't wait to go back. ps make sure you try the burrito :)

Pros: excellent value, nice vibe , great food

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Good - Edit

I've eaten at Green Cuisine on a few occasions. I find that the food is not bad. Generally speaking, the hot dishes in the buffet are underdeveloped, and it's a little on the pricey side. The cookies and squares are the tastiest items I've had there, and the cakes a gooddecent place to get some vegan food in downtown Victoria, especially if you need to grab something quick.

Pros: Nice vibe, Good when in a hurry

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Good home-cooking style food - Edit

I love the variety here! I've only been twice but each time all the food was tasty. On my last visit, I had falafel, penne alfredo, tofu lasagne, smoked tofu sushi (tasted like smoked salmon), and potato pancakes. mmm

It's a buffet-style set-up and you're charged by weight. Have as much or as little as you like. It's nice to be able to try a little bit of everything.

You can also get soup and bread for a set price (forget how much but it was CHEAP). They also sell packaged tempeh and goodies.

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Decisions, decisions - Edit

We arrived yesterday in Victoria, and after reading quite a few posted menus, my husband and I were struck by how few omnivore restaurants offered acceptable dishes for vegans or even vegetarians. Therefore we were delighted to find Green Cuisine, one of those wonderful places with an all-vegan menu. The pay-by-weight system defines this place as informal. Cheerful as it is, I felt a bit as though I was eating in a college dining hall because of the cafeteria layout of the food selections, waiting in line to have my food weighed and busing my dishes. But the food is very good and as plentiful as you want to pay for. Particular favorites were the multi-grain focaccia, the plentiful vegetables, the cashew rice and a delicious chocolate-hazelnut bar. The only problem was not holding up the line while I tried to chose from the many offerings. I'm sure we will return before leaving Victoria.

Pros: Extensive variety of good vegan food , Pleasant staff, Cheerful surroundings and low-key atmosphere

Cons: So many choices, Figuring out cost vs benefit of every dish

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Long live Green Cuisine! - Edit

Every time I make it out to Victoria, I enjoy food at Green Cuisine. By far they're the best pay by weight restaurant I've been to. Casual atmosphere... Chill.

Pros: great selection, sweet location

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Wow, fantastic baby! - Edit

Whenever we are in Victoria we eat here! Buffet style, so many wonderful dishes , desserts and juices! They list the ingredients! Love it! Reasonable pricing too!

Pros: Great price, Great taste, Vegan

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Fantastic tempeh! - Edit

This is a great spot to go for a quick meal, and they're the BEST place to buy tempeh! They make it themselves, and it's a lot cheaper to buy it right from them than from the grocery store.
I always love the selection of dishes they have, and they list all the ingredients so you can see exactly what's in everything. They also have really good desserts :)

Pros: great value, healthy dishes, very efficient and casual

Cons: food isn't always hot

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Great Variety, delicious food! - Edit

They had a great variety of foods out for lunch when we went (we were vacationing in Victoria for an extended weekend). Great corn chowder! Pay by weight, so gotta keep the eyes are bigger than the stomach urges in check. Friendly staff.

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Expensive but worth it - Edit

I've been to Green Cuisine more times than I can count, and I always leave happy. It adds up really quickly when you get a plate, so we don't go as often as we used to. I didn't always feel like I was getting my money's worth, especially when a small dessert from the buffet would cost more than twice as much as one of the desserts sold by the piece at the counter. My favourite thing about GC is the variety and quality of the food. The ingredients are listed on most dishes, so you know that what you're getting is healthy as well as delicious. My only other complaint besides the price is that they use a lot of tofu and other soy products, and I like more variety. Sometimes their cakes taste way too tofu-y, and there will be too many soy-based dishes in the entrees section. Other than that, I love this place (and the staff!) and I'll keep going there every time I'm downtown.

Oh...and I have their cookbook and it's awesome! Definitely worth picking up.

Pros: Great food, Healthy, Lots of variety

Cons: Expensive, Too much soy

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Worth it - Edit

I don't go often because I try to stretch my money when I visit Victoria, but when I do, I always love it.

The food has always been superb. I remember going here as a kid and just loving it.

A great tip I got from Sarah Kramer of Sarah's Place is to go right when they open(if you're in a breakfasty or coffee/tea and a muffin mood) and get their fresh made muffins. So good! That actually didn't weigh on my wallet at all.

If you're visiting Victoria it's definitely worth it, and if you visit a lot, like I do, check it out once in awhile.

Pros: consistantly delicious food, beautiful location

Cons: can be pricey

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really great food - Edit

We loved this place and we tried pretty much all the items.
Food was fresh, place is spacious.
We will definitely go there again
Yes, it is a bit expensive.

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I Freaking Love This Place!!!!!!!!!!! - Edit

I saw green cuisine when I was in market square awhile ago .. we went in to check it out but didn't have time to stop and eat. I saw on the sign that it was vegetarian ... but when I got home I looked it up and realized that it was actually vegan! Bonus! We go their all the time. I love the fact that you can go on their website to look at their daily menu. I have very been disappointed with their food. Even my little brother likes going their!! The only problem is the cost of the food ... one decent plateful can cost between $15-$20. I love that you can just try a bit of everything. And I always do. I love it so much i'll be taking the rest of my family their on my birthday :) Go Green Cusine!!

Pros: Vegan, Amazing Food!, Good Variety

Cons: Expensive

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Expensive but good - Edit

(note: at the time of my visit, the Candian and US dollars were pretty much equal). While in Victoria on our Honeymoon, I was excited to have this place as an all-vegan option. They have a buffet that is pay by weight. The first time we went, I put a spoonful of everything on my plate. This didn't quite cover the entire dinner-sized plate and ended up costing around $15.00. We really enjoyed the home-fries but ran out of ketchup. A spoonful of ketchup cost $1.30!!! Even the owner of the store expressed surprise at this cost! I really loved that they had vegan ice cream, both chocolate and vanilla made with tofu, as well as two sorbets. They were serve yourself, and the scoops were frozen in the ice cream so it was hard to do, but I had a cone each day. They also cost per weight and a two scoop cone was about $6.00. Each day I noticed that the food was pretty much the same. It was definitely good, just very expensive. You can get a 10% student discount though. My final time there I got some cobbler to go, and again a employee expressed shock at how much it cost-$6.50 for a cup of serve-yourself cobbler. This place was great because I was on vacation, but there's no way I could afford to eat there all the time!!

Pros: Vegan Ice Cream, Lots of Choices

Cons: Very Expensive

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Happily stuffed - Edit

We went to Green Cuisine for Friday night dinner and as soon as we walked in, the aroma was inviting and the ambiance was welcoming. There was an amazing selection of hot entrees and we tried most of them. The "french fries" are more of a roasted potato and are fantastic. Mexi pie was yummy, vegetable curry was delicious. Nanaimo bar was a great dessert as was the lemon sorbet. We ate way too much but plan to go again this weekend.

Pros: healthy, tasty, friendly

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