Happy Veggie

  • Vegan Vegan
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709 N Pacific Coast Hwy (at Catalina Ave), Redondo Beach, California, USA, 90277

Small vegan restaurant serving Asian vegan cuisine using a variety of soy based mock meats and seafood. No alcohol. Location is in the same shopping center as Carl's Jr, just north of Redondo Pier. The original owners sold the restaurant in 2015 to a staff member. Open Mon 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Thai, Take-out, Vietnamese

36 Reviews

First Review by HermosaJulieJo

Newly Vegan - Edit

I recently became Vegan & am looking for places to eat out.. This place is definitely one I will come back to... I had the Mongolian Chicken... even my 3 & 5 yr old LOVED IT... It's nice & cozy to sit and eat.. or you can call order ahead & its ready in 20 minutes... AMAZING PLACE

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Good Food, Good Service - Edit

The food is good here and they have a lot of options to pick from. I have eaten here twice and will go back again. Good customer service as well.

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all vegan pho and more - Edit

The biggest challenge here is a tie between navigating into the parking lot and a couple minutes later having to narrow down what to order. :) Although it is always a comfort when a restaurant is all vegan.

I have always ordered to go and found the customer service pleasant, efficient, and never leaving me waiting too long.
The food is consistently hot and tasty. Steaming hot pho with all the toppings, spring rolls, golden tofu, chicken curry, Pad Thai and there's so much more to try on the next visit.

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Lots of OK Options - Edit

The place is loaded with vegan and gluten free options. The food was fresh and good, it just wasn't great. Good spot for a quick lunch...

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Vegan Asian Comfort Food - Edit

The food is so good. I used to venture out and different items on the menu but now my order is the same every time I walk in...

Chicken Drumsticks and Pho.

Those are my two favorite things here. The chicken drumsticks are a great appetizer. Crispy, delicious, and juicy.

The pho comes in a huge bowl and is so filling. Only on a few occasions have I ever been so hungry that I drank the broth too! I could eat it every day. It reminds me of the noodle soup my Mom makes.

If you don't like noodle soup I also highly suggest the curry.

The place may not look like much but ooh it's good.

Pros: vegan, tasty, Comfort

Cons: 1 particularly slow waiter

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reasonable. - Edit

fresh veggies. i think they dont use MSG. Not what I would call substantial (I had the soup described as "serving two", it almost served one).
Quick service.

Pros: quick

Cons: Servings need to be more substantial.

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nice little place - Edit

Great little place to grab a bite.

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Lucky find - Edit

We were super happy with the food, fresh and tasty. Low fat and not greasy like other vegan restaurants. Mongo smoothie was to die for!!!

Pros: great menu/ lots of options , low fat / healthy options but tasty at the same ti, very friendly service

Cons: decor would use some updating , closes early

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Go-To Restaurant - Edit

This is one of my favorite restaurants and I am so happy that I found it. The menu says "vegetarian restaurant", but it is all vegan. They have a great variety of dishes with and without "mock meats". Their curries are really flavorful, as well as their pho. My personal favorite is the Happy Veggie Wrap and I get it almost every time I go :)

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great for lunch - Edit

The food is great. I usually come here and get the spring rolls and pho. The curries are also delicious. The atmosphere is lacking a little bit. Most of the time they don't have any music playing, so it's just awkward silence. Some of the servers are also kind of rude, like you are inconveniencing them by being there. I recommend coming here for a tasty lunch or takeout, but not for a nice date.

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Veggie Heaven by the Beach - Edit

Today was our first visit. The restaurant is a small one in a strip mall, but the flavors were Big. We sampled their Pho, Lemon Grass Chicken, Curry Veggie Masala, and Vegetable Dumplings. All were well prepared, flavorful, and nicely presented. Brown rice is available for a small surcharge. We thought the prices were very fair and the serving sizes more than adequate. Personally, my leftovers will be enough for another two meals. The atmosphere is tranquil and the service gracious and friendly.

Pros: All vegan, Close to beach, Parking available

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this may be my favorite place - Edit

Does Vietnamese food make you happy? There is something wonderful about the right blend of sweet, spicy, salty, and savory that makes Vietnamese food so so so good. The happy veggie does it right – vegan, delicious, and so satisfying. Love this place. I smile when I know we are going there, and I smile for at least an hour after we eat. Happy is right.

Pros: try the spring rolls

Cons: it is a small place, and a strip center

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yummy food - Edit

Recently ate here - had the "chicken" drumsticks and veggie curry. Very yummy - will be back. One downside is $2 extra for brown rice - seems steep. Very nice owner as well.

Pros: yummy, good variety, nice owner

Cons: expensive brown rice

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Great Food, Slow Service - Edit

I've had many different dishes at Happy Veggie and enjoyed them all. My favorites have been a basil eggplant special, the Pad Thai, and the "drumsticks" are freaky good.

The ambiance is really mellow and relaxing even though it is in a strip mall, and you feel great after your beautiful meal.

The staff is friendly enough, but I wouldn't exactly call them attentive. I feel like I usually have to get their attention to ask for more water, or to say we are ready for the check... things like that.

Pros: Flavorful food, Calming Environment, All Vegan

Cons: Slow service, Extra $ for brown rice

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Favorite vegan spot! - Edit

My girlfriend and I absolutely love eating here. We found it when we lived in the area, and we still make it a point to drive back from time to time. The Asian themed all vegan menu is all awesome. We especially love the curry soup. The vegan cheesecake is perfect too!

Pros: All vegan, Delicious, Friendly staff

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Asian Basics - Edit

Clean, small, vegetarian only restaurant located in sidewalk mall. Food was just okay, a little too bland for me and needing salt. This would be good for someone looking for a low salt option. The "spicy" was very mild too.

Price was average for a vegan restaurant. I had one entree and one starter. The total was just over $20.

Parking was in the small mall lot. During busy times for the mall I could see it be a little hard to find a space (I was there around 5:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, and it was a little packed in the lot then).

The wait staff was friendly enough and the manager truly believed in the Vegan life style. The business was honest and local. Nice to see.

Pros: Wait staff, Selection

Cons: Bland food

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Great food, lovely people - Edit

I was in Redondo Beach on business and came here about 4 times in a week. Definitely the best vegetarian food in the local area by far! The Pho is to die for.

Pros: great food, fresh and healthy, friendly family run

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Excellent, I recommend it - Edit

I had read about this place on happycow, and came here once for a dinner meal. Here's my Happy Veggie review.

Pam, the owner, was very gracious and made our party feel at home. The four of us veg foodiees shared many dishes: summer rolls, casaval spring rolls, pho noodle soup, pineapple chicken and brown rice, au lac pancake, fresh zuchini spaghetti, tofu cheesecake drizzled in berry sauce, vegan carrot cake, and hot tea.

We ordered so much food and manaaged to finish everything. Each dish (except the desserts) was made fresh upon order and tasted delicious.

Personally, I especially liked the pho, the zucchini spaghetti, and the au lac pancake, and I would recommend them for anyone to try. It was apparent to us that the chef (brother to Pam) prepared each dish with the utmost care, and the results were wonderful.

The only suggestion I have to make this place even better is if they offer more choices that are made without mockmeats, as most dishes do contain some kind of mockmeat.

This is a place I would eat at once a week if I lived nearby. Will try to return soon, cuz I miss the pho.

Pros: totally vegan-friendly, great people, delicious food

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Lovely All-Vegan Restaurant! - Edit

Finished a bike ride in the South Bay at this little gem. Cute lil place, friendly service, was gratefully surprised to be told the menu was completely vegan. :) Enjoyed dumplings as appetizer, pad thai, chicken curry w/white rice, & lemongrass chicken. All fresh looking & tasting! Ordered carrot cake & coconut ice cream for dessert. Pleased to see so much business during our short visit. Great food. Friendly service. Will definately return if I'm ever in the area again. :)

Pros: all vegan, fresh, friendly service

Cons: above avg $

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wouldn't try again - Edit

I wanted to like this place, the employees were friendly but very slow. It was difficult to get drinks or other service. The food was ok, some things were better than others. The server told us they were having a busy night and apologized for the service, but it was so bad, and the food wasn't good enough to make me go there again.

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Everything is YUM! and service was great too! - Edit

Went here for the first time for dinner with three non-veg friends. We all had a fantastic time. The food was great (I had the pho, yum! AND you've gotta try the drumsticks as a starter- to die for!) and the owner was super friendly. We all had such a lovely time we're planning to make it a regular thing. Now go on, what are you waiting for, go get your happy veggie on!


Updated from previous review on Sunday April 03, 2011

Pros: friendly staff, great food, great price

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All Vegan... All Great! - Edit

Great selection, very friendly staff, great value... My girlfriend and I were more than happy and look forward to going back in the near future! Easy to find as well, right on the PCH in the Albertson's Plaza.

Pros: great value, great food, very friendly staff

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My Personal Favorite - Edit

This is my favorite restaurant in Redondo Beach California. Friendly staff with great food at a great value. My whole family enjoys this restaurant.

Pros: Excellent value, large protions, super staff

Cons: small location

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Vegan Pho and Soy Chicken Curry A+++++++ - Edit

This is hands down the best vegan Pho I've ever had! I've even taken my meat eating friends here and they say it's awesome! I also just discovered their soy chicken curry which is out of this world. I can't say enough good things about this place. Pam Cote the owner is the most gracious, welcoming hostess I've ever met. In the South Bay it's definitely the best. Happy Veggie and Real Food Daily in Santa Monica are my top two faves.

Pros: Friendly Service, Great Vegan Food, Vegan Pho

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mmmmm yummmmmy - Edit

everything i have ever ate there was delicious. i do not usually write reviews for places but this restaurant is amazing. the staff is also very friendly. my bros n sis' even like the food which is not usually the case

Pros: everything is good

Cons: none

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Costly Brown Rice - Edit

I hate to sound cheap/negative, but $2.50 extra if you want brown rice is ridiculous. Other than that I like it.

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STARTING IN MARCH---HAPPY VEGGIE OPEN SUNDAYS! - Edit

Born and raised in the Midwest on meat and potatoes, the thought of Vegan food used to send my head spinning. Never in a million years would I ever think I could enjoy vegan food so much. This isn't just vegan food, it's art. The food is fresh. The flavors are devine. The dishes are original. And most importantly, the food is made with love. Pam, the owner, is a sweetheart if there ever was one. I tell everyone I know, if you're in the Southbay, Happy Veggie should be top on your list. If you're a vegetarian, it's a no brainer...go. If you're a meat eater, it's still a no brainer...go. The pho soup is awesome and the Happy Veggie wrap is one of the most unique wonderful dishes I've ever had. Great news for all us Happy Veggie lovers...starting in March, the Happy Veggie will be open Sunday evenings starting at 5pm.

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