Green Zebra Cafe

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476 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Florida, USA, 34237

Serves meat, vegan options available. Health food cafe est 2015. Menu is mostly veg, with raw dishes and desserts, cold pressed juices, smoothies, and elixirs. The interior of the building and the furniture are composed of reclaimed and recycled materials. A purification system filters the water used for drink and food preparation. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Non-veg

17 Reviews

First Review by jillhiggins

really great food - Edit

The Monterrey avocado sandwich was so insanely good. The taco salad was pretty good but could use some other items besides just lettuce, tomato, avocado. Onions and peppers would really help it out. The vegan deserts were sublime. My hubby had the tiramisu vegan cheesecake. I don't like cheesecake, but I couldn't stop stealing bites. I had the chia pudding and it was phenomenal. I definitely recommend this place.

Pros: lots of vegan options , vegan breakfast, vegan deserts

Cons: limited seating , really uncomfortable seats

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A destination eatery. - Edit

The Green Zebra is a delightful cafe in picturesque Saint Armands Circle that is everything the Sarasota elites pretend to be but with the genuine vibe of a blue state small town eatery or a hip city hangout with veg, vegan, gluten free, and raw options.  More than that though, it's an erotic smut house for the mouth. One done with such taste you can sit amongst church goers and children and not disclose that every chew is actually a violent orgasmic shudder as gods are conceived, birthed, and die on your tongue. As the whole history of theology bursts from one concentrated tastebud storm thunderclap at first bite and wages a war for heaven throughout all ages till final fork drop.  I could go on, but then this review would be limited to the pages of playboy. Try for yourself their breakfast and lust...I mean lunch.

Pros: clearly marked vegan and vegetarian meals, delicious , friendly

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Nice Surprise - Edit

I was very pleased to find a cafe with raw (vegan) lasagna! It was delicious and the staff was friendly!

Pros: lots of options for vegans as well as carnivores.

Cons: No cons for me.

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Perfect! - Edit

Adorable little place. The staff is very nice and helpful. There are many wellness shots, smoothies and juices to choose from as well as vegan meals. There are some non-vegan choices, but if requested, they will make a vegan version of some dishes.

I got the raw vegan pancake and "Pure Gold" juice (pineapple, ginger, orange, lemon), and my grandmother got the "Black Sea Sandwich" (chicken, pepper, tomato, and cheeses). We both loved our meals, and can't wait to come back and try more of the menu items!

Pros: options for both vegans and non-vegans, great menu, cute interior

Cons: none!

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Delightful vegan options, and plenty of choices for a variety of diets - Edit

I consistently have had amazing meals from this place. My personal favorite is the banbolero wrap, a vegan take on a traditional breakfast burrito. Although I'm not raw I have to say the famous raw pancakes here are amazing!! And as for salads the rainbow kale is the best salad I've ever had. The food takes a while but that's only because they make it to order. All in all it's a great place for vegans and meat eaters alike if you have a bit of time on your hands. (If not you can call ahead and order, just make sure it's about 20 Minutes ahead)

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-09

Pros: Fresh organic food, Options for everyone from vegan to meat eater, Close to the beach

Cons: Takes a while , Not cheap , seating can be limited

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So glad we found this place! - Edit

The Monterey Avocado sandwich was just incredible! Beautiful flavors added in the tofu spread they make and it all combines to be perfection! My husband had tofu scramble that was also very good, but my sandwich was SO good that I'm guessing we will both be ordering that next time we come through the area! Can't wait to get back!

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5 Stars - Edit

Found this place by chance and it does not disappoint! Do not let the "serves meat" thing fool you. This place has a huge selection of vegan and raw vegan smoothies, juices, sandwiches salads, and more! I had the cookies and cream smoothie & avocado sandwich! Since it serves meat it can also work really well for vegans traveling/dining with non-vegans. Although it does have non-vegan items the menu is mostly vegan. No limited vegan options here! I'll definitely be back!

Pros: tons of vegan options, eat in or take out, great service

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Delicious! - Edit

I love this place! So good. Lots of delicious vegan options.

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I would give five... - Edit

So for some reason this place didn't show up on my Sarasota, Florida Happy Cow search last night, but with some extra research we found it and thank goodness we did. Everything about this place was amazing. We are staying on Lido Beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, this is now our go to vegetarian restaurant. It's like walking into picture perfect bohemian cafe. Thank you Green Zebra Cafe.

Pros: Many vegan options! great Raw vegan taco meat, an

Cons: small dining room.

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Perfect place - Edit

It definitely hard to find a restaurant like this in SRQ.
Course there are 2 great one too (Ionies and Nutritious for you), but these offers a huge variation of food from breakfast to dinner.
Also a great opportunity to sit together with younger people.
Highly recommend for healthy living people.
May the service has some potential to be more effective.
Go ahead!

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Most Excellent ! - Edit

Wow! This cafe is Wonderful!

I had the Tuscan Lasagna... Squash noodles, marinara, nut cheese, basil, pesto, tomato, spinach, and bell Peppers. Delectable! My wife had the St. Armand's Salad and my Mum had the Bella sandwich with grilled portabella, goat cheese roasted onion, spinach and Tomatoes.

Drinks: the green energy and the sweet surrender!

Very, very enjoyable!

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THE BEST RAW VEGAN RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD !!! - Edit

This is by far the best raw restaurant in the world. At least in the countries and states I've been to. Forget New York, California, Paris, Sydney...famous raw chefs. Here in Sarasota at Green Zebra is the best tasting raw cuisine. The ambiance is great, the service is so excellent, and most importantly the food is incredible. We have brought non vegan friends to this place and they loved it. I've been to the other restaurants in town that offer raw vegan menu, I've tried them all, nothing can compare to Green Zebra. I would rate this gem 100 stars if I can, HappyCow allows only 4 since they offer one or two meat sandwiches. Their menu is not completely raw, they offer a lot of cooked vegan and vetetarian dishes also. Visit Green Zebra Cafe, and you will fall in love with it.

Pros: amazing food and service, large menu, very casual and friendly

Cons: very busy sometimes

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support this place! - Edit

It's a bummer that happy cow is so strict about reviews. This place is 90% vegetarian with extensive vegan options for both breakfast and lunch. The raw menu items we tried were so delicious and the couple of chicken options meant that it was easy to convince our non vegan MIL to go there with us. For veggie places to survive in some areas they can't afford to be 100% veg. Support this place and know that your meat eating friends won't roll their eyes or turn their noses about going to someplace "weird" while you scarf on raw taco salad and a yum smoothie.

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excellent meals - Edit

took the visiting family to this cute family owned restaurant. we had for delicious meals. I have a recommended.

Pros: convenient parking behind the restaurant, located on picturesque St. Armand's Circle

Cons: limited seating

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FANTASTIC RAW, VEGAN MEAL AND SMOOTHIE CHOICES! - Edit

I made plans to visit Sarasota for a day at the beach with a friend. As a long-term, whole-foods based vegan, I expected to have to settle for a basic salad or bland pasta dish from one of the seafood-focused restaurants in St. Armand's Circle. Let me just say.... I am thrilled to have discovered Green Zebra online (thanks to VegSarasota). Not only was the restaurant (and restroom) clean and comfortable, but the owners were very friendly too. And HOLY WOW... our meals were ssooooo fantastic that we HAD to order more food to take home! My companion is not even vegan, yet we BOTH thoroughly enjoyed the (shared) raw manicotti, raw baja burrito, raw thai wraps, acai energy smoothie, and green power smoothie. There are so many healthy, tasty vegan/raw options on the menu that it was tough to choose. I can hardly wait to return and try the raw portobello Napoleon, cold-pressed juice, and wellness shots. You can believe I'll be taking food home again next time. The beach may have pulled us to the area this time, but we will gladly make the 45-minute drive back to Sarasota JUST to enjoy another extraordinary, feel-good meal at Green Zebra Cafe.
Updated from previous review on Sunday November 29, 2015

Pros: Clean (including restrooms), Recycling bin & biodegradable bags , Reclaimed/recycled furnishings

Cons: Would prefer if everything were vegan

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  Contributions +20

The best vegan food in Sarasota!!! - Edit

Oh thank goodness for Green Zebra Cafe! I was feeling totally crap and the Acai Energy was a godsend. I was staying just down the block and stopped in at least twice a day; everything I tried was excellent. The prices aren't that much different than other places around,and the quality is much, much better, it was really great to have this lovely little organic oasis of niceness to pop into whenever I was hungry or needed a little pick-me-up.

The people that worked there were all really, really nice - they made it a real pleasure every time I dropped in. Great vegan and vegetarian menu: Awesome coldpessed juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches. The best raw food in Sarasota, and desserts are out of this world. Vegan and gluten free.

Pros: Organic/gluten free, Great people, friendly staff, Amazing food and drinks

Cons: none.

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Great Raw Spaghetti Marinara and Desserts - Edit

Owners Vasil and Elena are delightful and the their vegan tiramisu is amazing. I have eaten at Green Zebra several times since they opened in August 2015...each experience was positive and delicious. I wish they offered more 'cooked' vegan food, as Sarasota has 3 excellent raw vegan restaurants.

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