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Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 29 reviews )
Contact 803-253-7889

2338 Main St, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 29203

Serving Caribbean influenced soul food in a colorful African art atmosphere. Sample menu items might include tempeh reuben sandwich, curried potatoes, marinated eggplant, teriyaki mushroom, and raisin-sweet potato. Offers a combo meal platter. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-5:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Caribbean, Soul Food

Reviews (29)

First Review by cshaw11

Delicious vegan soul food - Edit

Bright, clean, space with counter ordering, table delivery, lots of ankh crosses. I selected a protein and 2 sides: BBQ "spareribs," mac and "cheese," and cooked purple cabbage. Everything was tasty and filling, and nicely seasoned brown rice with the BBQ made a bonus 3rd side. Here, soul food seems an ideal match with veganism. Lamb's Bread offers yummy takes on collards, cabbage, peas and beans, and potato curries that have long been vegan, and they round out the concept with vegan versions of "chicken" and "spareribs."

Pros: Variety of flavors, Good value, Delicious

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delicious home cooking - Edit

We ordered 2 large meals and a plate of sides for our family of four adults to share and it was plenty! The protein was "spare ribs" which was really just May Wah citrus ribs (or similar) but hey, they're good! We chose a bunch of sides: red cabbage, collards, curry potatoes, black eyed peas, and Mac n cheese. All were delicious; we especially loved the potatoes. The meal comes with seasoned brown rice, which was fantastic. We splurged and each had a fresh squeezed limeade and that was a good move. Both the pineapple-ginger limeade and the strawberry limeade were awesome! Cupcakes were priced a little steep at $5 each so we passed and opted for a pack of sugar cookies at 5/$4, and it was the perfect end to our delicious meal. The service was fast and friendly. I'd definitely go back next time we're in the area.

Pros: fast & friendly service

Cons: a little expensive

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Wow! - Edit

Had the bbq protein with Mac & Cheese and purple cabbage and ate it too fast!! Really great food and good prices! Don't forget to take a cup cake home - mine was huge and strawberry! I we had this place up North where I'm from!!

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vegan soul food - Edit

I ordered the protein of the day, which was BBQ spare ribs, with mac n cheese and collards on the side. The spare ribs were served over rice and were absolutely delicious- the texture was amazing. The collards were very good and the mac m cheese was amazing, very flavorful and a little nutty. I also had some of their fresh pressed juice in the strawberry limeade flavor, and it was amazing. The woman at the counter was very friendly and helpful. The vibe was very laid back and chill. I will definitely be eating here again.

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Good Experience - Edit

I stopped at this place on our way to FL because it popped up on happycow. I had the kungpao chicken with rice and side of mac n cheese and curried potatoes. The potatoes were delicious and the chicken and rice weren't too bad either. I had read raves about the mac and cheese but didn't find them that great or cheesy. I have had better vegan mac and cheese. Overall, the ladies were very nice and it was a nice new vegan spot to try.

Pros: Customer Service, Price

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You've Really Got To Go Here - Edit

So I'm vegan.....but you absolutely do not have to be to check this gem out! It is fabulous! A little bit pricey but a lot of food and the taste of it all makes those few extra bucks all worth it! I have the "chicken" salad sandwich-delicious, the Reuben-was actually just ok but not bad, all the daily "meat" specials (ie: spare ribs, mandarin chicken, etc.)-all delicious. GET THE MAC AND CHEESE! Also, the sides are phenomenal too. I've had the coconut curried chickpeas, purple cabbage, black eyed peas, collards....all to die for.

Just go; you'll thank me later!

Pros: Absolutely delicious

Cons: Few bucks extra per plate than I'd like

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Delicious, different - a vegan haven in Columbia. - Edit

I was surprised to find that there is a vegan restaurant in Columbia, but I was eager to give it a try. I was lucky to come in on their first day open after a new owner/operator took charge. Their menu changes daily, so you can't count on being able to order the same thing twice in a row. You order at the counter before picking a place to sit.

I ordered the BBQ nuggets with sides of brown rice, kale salad, and roasted potatoes. The BBQ nuggets were a store-bought frozen brand (I don't know what kind), but they were well-prepared, crunchy and delicious, topped with a savory, tangy BBQ sauce and roasted slices of onion and red and green bell peppers. It was my favorite part of the meal. I only wish there had been more of it on my plate!

The kale salad (which I'd expected to be raw) was cooked, so it was more like collard greens than a salad. I'm not a fan of cooked greens, so I didn't care for it.

The roasted potatoes were nicely cooked, just a wee bit crunchy on the outside (they were a bit like fries, only in chunks).

The portion size was generous, which pleased me - nothing is worse than sparing portions at $10+. The price wasn't bad.

The décor is African-inspired and feels a bit overwhelming and dark. The staff is very friendly and attentive.

All in all, I enjoyed eating here and look forward to coming back and trying other dishes.

EDIT: 1 August 2014

I've since tried several other entrees and their mac 'n cheeze, all of which have been wonderful.

They've added teas to the menu, as well as lemon- or limeade options.

The decor is still African-themed, but it has been toned down and the walls have been painted to brighten the space - it feels much lighter and brighter!

Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe continues to learn and grow, and I've no doubt they will become a landmark restaurant in Columbia.

Pros: Generous portions, Very friendly, attentive staff, Brighter, simplified decor

Cons: None! They've made some great changes

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Delicious, fast, friendly - Edit

We had a two plates full of side dishes- purple cabbage, collard greens, ochra, yams, Mac and "cheese", potatoes, lentils, and brown rice. All were delicious, comforting and healthful. I would gladly eat here again.

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fantastic! - Edit

We have been to vegan restaurants all over the world and this is one of the best. They made special food not on the menu for the kids, which they enjoyed, although maybe not as much as the adults enjoyed their meals. Fantastic food and super friendly. Highly recommended.

Pros: unique food, friendly people

Cons: none

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a favorite! - Edit

i've eaten at lamb's bread multiple times over the past few years and have never been disappointed. the food has always been on point, and the staff has been welcoming & friendly.

if you're in the area, give this place your support.

Pros: food, staff, price

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Go 4 the funky African ambiance; food is tasty 2 - Edit

Large plate with 1 protein and 3 sides was plenty for two. Mock sausage was spicy but good. All sides very fresh and good. We had purple cabbage, butternut squash, curry potatoes. Sorrel drink was different and very good. Decor is all African art, masks. Incense burning in man room and bathrooms was at first a bit strong but you get used to it. Cozy.

Pros: Fresh, tasty food, Near 77: easy access, Good value

Cons: Decor could be overwhelming for some, Incense could be verwhelming for some

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Breath of Fresh Air - Edit

On my way to Barnwell, SC, I was nervous about finding a place for great vegan food. Luckily, the Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe was on the way in Columbia, and I was able to enjoy delicious vegan food and excellent service.

I highly recommend the purple cabbage, but my friend and I both loved everything we ordered and we were thrilled with the decor and the friendliness of the staff.

If I'm ever in the area again, I will definitely come back!

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: None

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Why didn't I go sooner? - Edit

Had the tempeh reuben sandwich and the teriyaki shitake mushroom dinner with rutabagas and curried potatoes....amazing!! And the owner is adorable, as is his daughter(?)...very clean, very friendly, and very yummy!!

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Vegalaxy-funka-delicious-mazing omigodbest-I-ever8 - Edit

Imagine if Sun Ra had been a cook and opened a restaurant with decor cherry-picked from the West African Anthropological Collection in George Clinton's Funkchamber on the P-Mothership. OK? Can U dig it? Masks? Mute carvings. A giant wooded Boa. Elephants. In Brass. In Ebony. In Cowry...Shazaam you are inside Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe! Now meet the cook/owner/vegan-of-45 years Khuru. He's an elegant Afro-American man (and I suspect - a Venusian shaman, too -feathers and all)...and above ALL a Benevolent Culinary Djinn.

But I digress, I digress...I doubt - SERIOUSLY - there is a finer Vegan restaurant in the USA. I ordered the one protein, w/three vegey sides $12.49 Plate. My wife ordered the smaller plate, w/two veg sides. Mistake! Too much food!!! We had to take home 2/3rds...or forever be labelled gluttons in our own Pilgrim's Progress.

We partook of the best EVER pinto beans, eggplant marinara, biotic rice, raisin-sweet potato, yellow squash and onion. All seasoned subtly to perfection. The mock meatballs could swing a Tony Soprano to the V-side. My wife and I shared the Sorrel drink, which was ginger, hibiscus, magic,and moonbeans...an elixir like like like the smiling teardrops from Marilyn's eyes when Joe DiMaggio got down on one knee & proposed. Dee-D D-Dum, D-D, dah dah...Oh Mrs. Robinson!

Even the plates were unique...mine was blue and gold, square and mosaic-a-delic. Hers was round and floral and swirling.

Restaurants like this are usually found only on the Astral Plane. Get yourself to Columbia, SC before the Cosmic Force Lines shimmer or shake or xsplode and this Delisha-catesen vanishes like a Fata Morgana.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday October 19, 2011

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My favorite place ever! - Edit

I try to make the hour plus drive to Columbia to visit this place as often as I can. I love everything, can't even name a favorite dish. Also the staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is so relaxing and welcoming. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: amazing food, amazing staff, amazing atmosphere

Cons: parking lot seems small

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My Favorite Vegan Resteraunt - Edit

Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe is my favorite vegan restaurant. I am regularly in Columbia for business and stop in to eat at Lamb's Bread every time. Sometimes (depending on my travel schedule), I will pick up several to go meals to bring back home to my wife and children who are several hours away from Columbia! Not only is the food and staff great, but I find myself inspired to cook foods new and creative ways after eating at Lamb's Bread.

Pros: delicious food, great staff, an every changing menu

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Awesome! - Edit

My husband & I ate here for a late lunch/early dinner & it was great. The building isn't in great shape, but it's nicely decorated and clean.
The woman working at the counter was amazing and very nice. She explained the menu to us & gave us recommendations.
The food only took 5-10 minutes (we were the only ones there, but still). I ordered the bean curd stew which was very tasty and had a great texture. My husband got the pepper steak strips, which were even better! Very spicy and flavorful. We enjoyed our sides too, which were home fries (perfectly cooked), lima beans, and rutabaga.
The food was great and the service couldn't have been better. We're told the menu changes daily, so we'll definitely be back.

Pros: reasonably priced, friendly service, excellent food

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Great experience! - Edit

I recently stopped by Lamb's Bread Cafe on my way through Columbia. Since it was on the way I figured I had to check out the only Vegetarian restaurant Columbia offers.

Lamb's Bread offers an afro-carribean style of interior, complete with drums and wooden figures all over the place with the kitchen hidden from sight, and a small counter visible in the back.

The lady I spoke with (apparently the owners daughter) was incredibly nice, and I enjoyed speaking with her.

I had previously ate, so I unfortunately was not incredibly hungry and did not order one of the larger dinner plates. Instead I went with the mock chicken sandwich which was a pretty standard setup: patty, lettuce, tomato, veganaise, toasted bread. It was fantastic. As I spoke with the lady I discovered that they brought the patty in from another source. Regardless it was still one of the best mock chicken patties I had ever tried. The meal also came with a sweet potato souffle which had apple, raisins, and coconut. It too was absolutely fantastic.

I don't go to Columbia often, but when I return I will definitely be coming back. And if you pass through Columbia, SC you should help out the biz by stopping in.

I am giving Lambs Bread 4 stars. It is worth the full 5, but I have to reserve that for the restaurants like The Laughing Seed in Asheville, NC that have gone above and beyond on food, environment, location, etc. However, don't let that dissuade you!

Pros: Staff, Food, Proximity to I-26

Cons: I think the A/C was broken/wasn't on :/ , ...nor were the ceiling fans on.

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Amazing - Edit

We went in April or May 2010. The decor was fabulous, the staff was super friendly, and the food was out of this world. We enjoyed lasagna and strawberry-chocolate cake. The carrot-ginger juice was amazing and so was the natural orange soda. This is a memorable place to dine with very distinctive food. We live 2 hours away and want to drive back just for the food!

Pros: Food, Staff, Decor

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Healthy southern goodness - Edit

I was visiting Columbia with my father, Eugene Platt to deliver his petition signatures for his State House 115 race and as a reward for helping was allowed to choose a place he would treat us and 3 other supporters to. So I brought these four carnivores here with me and all were very impressed and satisfied. As a vegan from San Francisco I've been to a lot of outstanding restaurants and so I can't say it was one of the best I've been to, but certainly the best I've been to in Columbia and one of the best in SC.
The decor is set up like an African museum and very cool. The owner and staff were very friendly and helpful and service was very quick as the food was prepared already. Organic sodas and smoothies were available, disappointingly they were served in styrafoam cups.
I left feeling satisfied and healthy and would like to try it again as their menu changes often.

Pros: Cheap, Fast, Friendly service

Cons: Styrafoam

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Lambs Bread Review - Edit

I was driving through Columbia, SC and had seen some reviews about this place on other sites, so I thought I would give it a try. As far as I know its the only vegan restaurant in Columbia and I thought it was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and the food was great. The decor inside is very unique, but I liked it. They also serve big portions and I thought it was well priced.

Pros: vegan, tasty food, good value

Cons: limited options

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