Serves meat, vegan options available. Metal band GWAR owns this metal/punk bar and restaurant in the Jackson Ward. The dinner menu offers labeled vegan choices such as hail seitan sandwich, marinated twin oaks tofu, artichoke herb salad, mushroom bacon sandwich; beer battered buffalo cauliflower or artichoke hearts with vegan ranch, Italian sausage, among others. Weekend brunch has vegan scramble and others. Open Mon-Fri 4:00pm-2:00am, Sat-Sun 11:00am-2:00am.

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20 Reviews

First Review by rachelatcheson


Points +278

01 Nov 2023

Fun spot, decent options, okay taste

If you are looking for bar food that is more than just cauliflower wings, GWARbar has a surprisingly great selection of vegan eats. Being bar food, though, most of it is fried. The fried tofu “ragnorocks” were okay, just not super flavorful without the dipping sauce. The cauliflower wings with the garlic buffalo sauce were also okay, but not the best cauliflower wings I’ve had. I definitely wish I would have gotten some of the other vegan options. Be aware that it is a small space and the decorations are very on-brand for GWAR, so quite gruesome…but I didn’t see any of the gruesomeness directed toward animals which I guess is not as bad??

Updated from previous review on 2023-10-31

Pros: Plenty of vegan options , Fun experience

Cons: Not much flavor



Points +400

23 Aug 2023

Fun spot!

Unique spot with plenty of clearly labeled vegan options. Not my favorite food in the city, but worth checking out, especially if you’re into the concept.


Points +71

20 Sep 2022

Was pretty disappointing

Myself and two people with me were very excited to try this place while in town. My sandwich was pretty good (Hail Seitan) but it was all spice and not enough flavor (even with getting no hot sauce) and the fries on the side were bottom of the barely. Both people accompanying me said their meals were “just okay”
We also shared some fried cauliflower that was okay (got the Carolina tangy) but the vegan ranch was gross and just tasted like apple cider vinegar, unfortunately.

Pros: Decent amount of vegan options, Unique place to visit, Easy to identify vegan options

Cons: Gross ranch, Underwhelming


Points +42

08 Jun 2022

This place rocks

I’ve had several meals here over the years and ever time the composition and flavor has been daring and different, heavily enjoy the metal/vegan fusion


Points +55

22 Oct 2021

In the name of gwar

Had seitans balls, we dont kill everything, and forgot the other sandwich we tried, solid as hell dive bar food.


Points +164

06 Sep 2021


There were so many vegan options to choose from so it was hard to make a decision. I went with the Hail Seitan sandwich with tots and the brined breaded tofu app with motorbreath sauce. Mushroom sauce on the side was good on everything! Would come back to try the Gwartichoke burger!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Flavorful vegan sauces , Large portions


Points +680

06 Nov 2020

Seitan’s balls

Very tasty, but very heavy and missed the mark on the ranch imo. The ranch tastes more like Alfredo sauce. Cauliflower tacos hit a home run for my partner.


Points +371

17 Feb 2020

Great choice for dive bar food

Excellent service. Really friendly & alot on their bar menu! Did the Gwartichoke Burger & it was messy & delicious. Worth the stop if you love music & dive bars

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: All fried -ish food


Points +1503

09 Nov 2019

Really good garbage food

If you’re looking for salty, greasy food done vegan, a solid beer selection, metal, and absurd Halloween decorations, GWARBar is the place for you! The food is really good for what it is (don’t expect to find a vegetable on the menu unless it’s been deep-fried) and the staff friendly. It’s a fun, funny environment and a great place to grab a drink and something to eat in Richmond.

Pros: So metal, man


Points +37

18 Jul 2019


I had the seitan nuggets ( I believe they’re called seitan’s balls on the menu) they were chewy and overcooked. I think it they were more uniform in shape they would have cooked more evenly, the taste of the wheat gluten is also very present they could have spent more time soaking in the stock. The mushroom tots were good , you can’t really go wrong with tots.

Pros: The meatless options exist

Cons: The options are mediocre , It’s a little pricey


Points +292

05 Jun 2018

Love it!!

I order the Hail Seitan every time and it just gets better and better. It's a BBQ sandwich topped with onion rings and hot sauce. They also have incredible french fries.

One of the best vegan meals the city has to offer.

Pros: They are open super late., They offer vegan ranch!, Loud music...adds to the atmosphere!


Points +516

28 Dec 2017

#1 for Veg-options and Nightlife

Omni GF and I started our trip to Richmond at GWARbar, and after other night spots let us down, we had to return. The buffalo cauliflower was amazing, as were the fries, and beer selection. The vegan sauces were spot-on! I was worried the music would overpower our visit, but it was at a good level, easy for conversation.

Pros: Good beer, Good food, Good music


Points +31

14 Oct 2017

These guys deserve 5 stars

I wish Happy Cow would let me give GWARbar five stars. This place is awesome! Great food, interesting atmosphere. Prices are reasonable. Off street parking. We had the Hail Seitan and the Vegan Wopper and both were delicious. Vegan ranch was delicious! What's not to love?


Points +108

07 Oct 2017

GWARbar The ultimate Bohabenaro

Wow! Who would have thought that GWAR would be able to produce such a cool menu. The most exciting part was the vegan menu. All seitan is hand made in house.
The buffalo sauce and bohabenaro were AMAZING!!!

Pros: Great selection of vegan options. , all food is made in house

Cons: it’s in VA and I live in NY


Points +72

04 Sep 2017

Metal Vegan awesome

The flattus kicked ass! It's always wonderful to find vegan food. The cauliflower wings were greasy yummy bar food. Really hit the spot. The hail Satan burger is really a sloppy Joe. It was okay, kinda meh. Totally awesome bar experience would recommend to my friends.


Points +72

19 Jul 2017

Get the Cauliflower Wings

Great Vegan bar food!!!


Points +30

20 Oct 2016

Vegan meal

I ordered the Heil Seitan! The sandwich was delicious I'd get it again! The only thing I didn't like was the BBQ beans, they felt like they weren't fully cooked and lacked flavor! But other then that I'll be back to have another sandwich!


Points +62

03 Sep 2016


best cauliflower wings I've ever had staff was nice and friendly


Points +102

19 Apr 2016

Unique atomsphere with great vegan options

GWARBar is a small, theme oriented bar that is a huge draw for local Hipsters. The décor is very funky and includes lots of fake blood splatters throughout.

We started with the Vegan Wangs, which are Seitan-based. They were very tasty with a realistic consistency. The Buffalo sauce were nicely spicy.

I had the Vegan Wopper next. It's a Seitan-based Italian sausage sandwich that is very authentic tasting to the point that I looked for tell-tale grease on the bread. It definitely was not greasy! The sausage had a very nice kick. I had the House cut fries as a side and they were cooked until golden brown and very crispy. The fries were to die for.

GWARBar is very small, so you might want to get there before the rush. Unfortunately, the service is really slow. We waited well over 20 minutes just for a table to be cleared. That said, the staff is friendly.

If you can forgive the slow service, GWARBar is definitely worth a visit.

Pros: Tasty vegan options, Unique atomsphere, Reasonable prices

Cons: Very small, Glacial service, Unique atomshere


Points +73

15 Mar 2016


They make their own seitan chicken & seitan sausage in house and it is to die for!

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