Julia's Vegetarian Cuisine

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1180 Forest Ave Unit F, Pacific Grove, California, USA, 93950

Vegetarian restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula since 2010. Located in an older building next to other restaurants. Dinner includes salad. Family style on Sunday. Food is mostly vegan. Open Mon-Thu 5:00pm-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-8:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Pizza, International, Beer/Wine

35 Reviews

First Review by mlcats

FEASTED last night - Edit

In from out of town and ate here with my 9 & 11 year old boys-one who believes all green food, except for mint chocolate chips ice cream- is gross....

Our experience was incredible. I woke up thinking about it and going back to try the tamale pie.

We arrived around 6pm and it was packed. The staff helped find us a seat, rearranging a few things here and there. We had been traveling all day and were starving, irritable and tired. Maybe they saw it in my eyes. There was a musician next to us and it was really very soothing and relaxing to us. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

What I would like to stress is how our family was heading down that naughty road, being tired and crabby and heading into a vegetarian restaurant. Everything we experienced here gave us the U turn we needed and brought us all joy- instead of arguing. The boys declared "Five Stars" when I said I was writing a review.

The chef and very busy waitress checked in with us numerous times because they cared. Not because they were looking for tips.

We ordered a feast with the intention of taking left over for a picnic the next day. It was all so delicious it was difficult to stop eating and I just ate the rest of it for breakfast. Oops.

Porcini mushrooms were in and we tried both specials- the fried porcini and then as an addition to the sage/mushroom pizza we ordered. The appetizer was expertly prepared, the crispy breading was super tasty and crisp. It held in the juices of the mushrooms.

Two orders of the artichoke with vegan aioli were consumed. The 9 year old stared at my food until he broke down and finally tried it. Delicious. He wants to go back and have another! the chef explained to me how to cook the artichokes for the bag I expect to bring back with me.

The vegetable adverse 9 year old had the Margherita pizza and at almost the entire pie. He was delighted. The crust on both hand thrown pizzas was crisp, not burned and had a springy texture to it.

Everything came piping hot and when it was ready to serve.

We grabbed one of each deserts for later and left satiated, happy go lucky and GRATEFUL.

Side note- I travel for work a lot all over the world. This little restaurant has made it into my top 5 and will be sought out over and over. See you soon Julia's.

Pros: Caring and friendly staff , Unbearable delicious, Great atmosphere & Music at dinner

Cons: Not enough seating, Parking is tight, More options for non alcoholic beverages

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My favorite vegan/vegetarian place in NorCal - Edit

I live about two hours north, I come for the food about once a month! I always order the coconut curry (has amazing roasted veggies) the calzone (with seasonal mushrooms) the artichokes (herbed with special sauce) and the squash soup. All flavors are devine! Atmosphere is cozy and earthy. Live music also! Wonderful servers. Anthony is the nicest chef, always willing to share his knowledge of cooking. I cannot rave enough about Julia’s, it is my favorite vegan place to eat!

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Delicious Vegan Meal - Edit

We were happy to find this restaurant with vegan options and were quite surprised to find it packed on a Thursday night. We shared a gluten-free pizza with my husband getting wild chanterelles on his half. We shared the brownie dessert with non-dairy ice cream, and it was delicious. The musician was entertaining without being intrusive. Overall, it was a lovely evening with a delicious vegan meal.

Pros: Many vegan options, Delicious food, Friendly, helpful staff

Cons: Small, busy restaurant, Parking can be a challenge

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Not To Be Missed! - Edit

When a friend on the East Coast told us that the best vegan restaurant in the State of California is vegetarian (and not wholly vegan), we were skeptical. But, we made a reservation, and we were more than pleasantly surprised! Our very helpful wait people said we could order anything on the menu, and it would be veganized. The dishes here are phenomenal!

We started with the roasted artichoke which was served with vegan garlic & lemon aioli. Smoky and garlicky, and so delicious; we would have ordered another if we hadn’t already ordered 2 entrees.

The Yellow Coconut Curry was teeming with roasted vegetables (including kabocha squash) and finished with fresh, crisp apple slices. We also ordered the California pizza: artichoke hearts, spinach, quinoa, mushrooms, salt & pepper tofu, and Julia’s signature white sauce.

Both dishes were astounding, and the portions were so generous that we ended up taking 1/2 of both the curry and pizza with us.

To top off the meal (and, we were already more than satiated), we shared the double chocolate brownie with whole cherries and walnuts that was served with soy vanilla ice cream , and crowned with an incredible sauce made with candy cap mushrooms. I can only say that we were swooning at the end of this superb meal!

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Great find while traveling - Edit

We were traveling in the area and thought we'd stop by for a vegan pizza. Well, we had the pizza a roasted veggie pizza and also decided to try the special-a fingerling potato and mushroom mole. And Holy Mole it was fantastic. The mole with its many notes and flavors unfortunately overshadowed the pizza but it more than made up the difference. Wow! Well worth the visit will return when in the area.

Pros: Pro Vegan!, Charming and Homey, Delicious Food

Cons: Small, Live Entertainment nice but in your face, not much parking

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Wow - Edit

Had dinner there this evening.

Words cannot express how much we loved this place. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was just delightful. We did not have reservations (though I would recommend them -- it's a small place and they were doing a business), but the owner(?) was gracious and welcoming and found a table for us with a very reasonable wait.

My family and I had two pizzas, soup, salads, a calzone, and desert, all of which were just delicious. The kombucha is inventive and really good too. The restaurant is vegetarian, but extremely vegan (and also gluten-free) friendly.

Atmosphere deserves note as well. Everyone working there was personable and seemed genuinely happy to be there and happy to have us. Friendly but not at all overbearing. Live music was pitch perfect as well.

Pros: Good menu selections, Food was prepared perfectly, Great atmosphere

Cons: We live on the east coast.

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half the menu uses cheese but the vegan options are nice! - Edit

I was skeptical at first, seeing that most of the menu uses cow cheese and the vegan versions are just X minus cheese, but everything we had was great! Soup, seitan BBQ, tamale pie, chocolate brownie and watermelon juice float. I also enjoyed the live music :) Great little place. Does look like it could get full easily, and parking isn't always easy to find

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A Vegan's Delight - Edit

We were visiting the Monterey area and found this gem online. Everything about Julia's was fantastic from the ambiance to the service and especially the food.

We were so please for dinner that we made a reservation for the next evening before we left. We sampled the curry, pizza and tamale pie. All were excellent.

I will definitely be back next time I am in the area.

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You will love the wild mushrooms. - Edit

Always the freshest of local ingredients. Expertly combined for unique flavors and tastes. The food is amazing! Atmosphere is festive and comfortable with a live guitar player every night. It's a relaxing and cozy place, but not at all too tight. The music is a pleasant background to enjoying the meal. The owner has a genuine passion for giving his diners an exceptional experience. The locally harvested wild mushrooms are a rare treat. It's the best of Pacific Grove.

Pros: The best of fresh local ingredients., Wonderful unique dishes and flavor combinations., Relaxing live music every night.

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Lovely - Edit

Reservations recommended for this place. It's small but very good! We had vegan BBQ pizza, one of their veggie salads, and a vegan brownie. All filling and delicious. A slightly more upscale restaurant with affordable dishes that are still going to leave you full!

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Impressive! - Edit

This quint, 8 seat restaurant is adorable. The tables are made of solid slab wood and so is the flooring.

The presentation of the food is probably the best I have ever seen. The taste of the food was delicious.

On Wednesday nights, it has live music with a gentleman with his Mandalay. The music made the small restaurant more like an Irish pub and it was way too loud.

One thing is clear, make a reservation. People came in and had to wait 30 minutes for a table.

Pros: Lovely Visuals, Taste of Food

Cons: Loud music, A little pricey

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Nothing special. Some vegan options. - Edit

We stopped there for lunch on our trip to Monterey.
The place is newly renovated and the interior is cozy and welcoming.
Vegan options are not clearly marked but the menu is simple and our server was helpful.
We ordered Julia's pizza the vegan version without cheese, antichoke entrée with vegan aioli and mushroom burger. The antichoke was outstanding, but the rest of the meal could have been better, nothing special. The price is reasonable for the pizza but the burgers were expensive for the quality.
The food was fresh and made on the spot.
I would go back given the limited vegan options in the area, but probably not if this place was in San Francisco where there are more vegan restaurants to choose from.

Pros: Lots of parking, Cozy, friendly atmosphere

Cons: Uses products of animal exploitation: eggs and mil

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Great dinner despite pet peeves - Edit

My partner and I came in on a Friday evening without a reservation and were seated right away. We shared the yellow coconut curry and the tamarind bowls, both with a soup and a simple salad added for another $5 or so. Everything was tasty and came in large portions. We also got a slice of apple spice cake to round out our meal.

I just wish the menu had more variety. It's basically just soups & salads, burgers, rice bowls, and pizza. That could just be me, but I try to avoid ordering salads when dining out, am not a fan of veggie burgers or pizza in general, and find grain bowls a bit tedious. Another pet peeve of mine is poor ventilation. It's probably because of the small, closed dining space, it could've used some fresh air inside.

All that being said, I'd still recommend this place. We enjoyed the food a lot and the value was right.

Pros: delicious food, big portions

Cons: poor ventilation, lack of variety

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Beautiful little restaurant - Edit

The entire menu sounded absolutely delicious, it was so hard to choose! I ordered the Roasted Garlic Vegetable Entree to-go. The sautéed greens were absolutely amazing. When I picked it up, I was very pleased with the interior of the restaurant. It was rustic and minimalist. Didn't feel crowded despite its smaller size. I definitely recommend!

Pros: Clean, welcoming interior, Lots of menu options , Option to order carry-out

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Great little spot! - Edit

I got take our here on a Friday because I wanted delicious food to eat by the fire in my hotel room. I picked it up about 830 pm, it was dead inside (literally no patrons), but warm and cozy. The two people working were really nice. I'm got the mushroom ravioli and it was delicious! Would definitely go back!

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Wow :) - Edit

Wow, das Essen war super lecker. Wir waren sonntags dort und es gab ein fixes Menü. Die Portionen waren riesig und wir hatten Mühe alles aufzuessen. :) Lecker lecker lecker!

Pros: Preis-Leistungsverhältnis, freundliches Personal

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Pleasant and intimate - Edit

Julia's is an intimate vegetarian restaurant with a wide selection. Vegans will have plentiful choices. The dining room is pleasant, with some rustic tables. There is live music on Thursday nights, which I didn't stay for. I had the dinner deal - an entree (saag - an interesting mixture), soup (red lentil) and house salad. I also had the vegan spice cake. The food was very good, service was fine.

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Great food and lovely staff - Edit

On sundays Julia's offers a fixed menu. We got vegan sushi and it looked and tasted great! Starters and dessert were very good as well. Staff were great as well!

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Very Good - Edit

I really enjoyed this restaurant. The place is very small, reservations recommended, but the menu is rather large for such a small place. It is mostly vegan, with only the pizzas having dairy cheese and a couple of items containing dairy by request. The place is not cheap, but reasonable and the food is fresh and largely unprocessed. This is a must visit for this area, given there are so few options, but I would recommend this place even if it were in Chicago, NYC, or San Francisco.

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Generous portions of very tasty food - Edit

I had a Caesar-inspired salad and roast vegetables with garlic sauce. Both were perfectly prepared and seasoned. The seasoning was a very nice surprise as I am used to many vegetarian restaurants serving rather bland food.

The prices are good, the portions generous and the staff are extremely friendly. What more could one want...
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 22, 2015

Updated from previous review on Saturday August 22, 2015

Pros: great seasoning, friendly staff, generous portions

Cons: may run out of tables at rush times

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Delectable - Edit

Fresh ingredients. Incredibly vegan friendly. Artisanal. Cozy. Warm and welcoming staff.

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slow food / great food - Edit

Great service, nice little place for dinning, no rush, great service, and overall: marvelous food. I tried fetuccini and the soup of the day, both wonderful.

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Homey restaurant with excellent food - Edit

The chef is amazing here. He creates so many delicious dishes.

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Great vegan food - Edit

We went on a Sunday for the family style menu. There were many courses including desert and everything was fabulous. There was a lot of food, even the omni----s were satisfied. It's listed as vegetarian but everything was vegan. It's $18 now and we'll worth it. I wish I lived closer.

Pros: Vegan, Large portions, Yummy

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Colorful, charming little place, dinner only - Edit

I neglected to read that they aren't open for lunch & I was leaving the area thus didnt get to eat here, but the owner was there prepping & he was VERY nice & the place was adorable & the menu for the day looked divine, I was so sad to not get to eat there. Next time I am in northern CA I will make a point of having dinner there.

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Satisfied! - Edit

They have a fixed price option where you can get soup/salad/entree/dessert for $22 or $20 if you chose between soup and salad. I ordered the full course last night and was at first underwhelmed by the soup. It was coconut/curry/mango/lentil which sounded great but really didn't have much coconut or curry flavor. Then I smelled something wonderful coming from the kitchen and they brought me out my bread which was in reality a whole pizza without the toppings - 1/2 was whole wheat and the other white - and it was topped in olive oil and garlic which accounted for the great smells!. Salad was nice but then they brought the entree which was a vegan ravioli with lots of fresh veggies and wild mushrooms (morels, etc.) It was delicious and huge. For dessert I chose a ginger/carrot cake covered with cherry soy ice cream, a chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries! Needless to say I left with a fully belly and a smile on my face. Rob, the waiter, was great, very friendly and more than willing to share info about the area.

The place has a simple, attractive ambiance and is in an old strip mall with some other interesting shops and right next to a Trader Joes.

I can definitely see this place being a weekend regular as that's when it's open and if I ate there more than that I'd get too fat!

Pros: generous portions, friendly, unpretentious, great food

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Amazing Veg Food - Edit

I have traveled to many countries all over the world. I have been vegetarian for the last 15 years and so we always seek veg restaurants. Julia's IS THE BEST...! GREAT AND AMAZING VEGETARIAN FOOD. GO THERE FOR THE FOOD.... NOT the ambiance or service (which is just okay)

Pros: amazing creative delicious food, organic & fresh ingredients, even their pizza is amazing

Cons: service is so so, ambiance is so so

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