Lokal Vegan Bistro

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 55 reviews )
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ul. Krucza 23/31, Śródmieście, Warsaw, Poland, 00-525

Vegan restaurant, opened April 2015, offering Polish traditional dishes and eclectic cuisine. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, French, Polish

55 Reviews

First Review by Vera Peres

fantastic location - Edit

The Lokal Vegan Bistro is based in a less busy more alternative part of the modern centre of Warsaw. It is run by young and absolutely friendly people. The menu changes regularly. If you miss the chance to try traditional Polish food because it is too meat-heavy, don't miss this bistro.
The portions are very big, absolutely no chance to try the desserts, what a mess.

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Rough, ready and a bit stale. - Edit

As the title suggests, this place was a bit unkempt compared to others Warsaw has on offer. The staff were friendly enough but food they were able to serve (they had run out of a few items on the menu) was bland and god knows who suggested that vegan tartare was a good idea. This was a starter that came straight from the fridge, ready made with some weird solidified cream drizzled over it. It was so disgustingly close to raw mince, I was shocked that it didn't come with a warning.

This might be the point in which we can look past just being thankful that vegan restaurants exist and demand some quality control. I felt this place was more about simplicity than atmosphere, which unfortunately might explain why it was far emptier than a lot of the other restaurants we saw in the area. There was better food on offer in every other vegan restaurant we tried in Warsaw.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Bland menu, Not the best atmosphere

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amazing traditional Polish food - Edit

Healthy vegan versions of the good old grannie’s dinners - never thought I’d find these tastes anywhere!

Pros: great traditional Polish tastes, the best desert

Cons: not enough seatings for the people being served

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Awesome! - Edit

Absolutely amazing. Had schabowy with potatoes and veggies: huge portion and great taste. Very nice service and reasonable prices.

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dinner classics for vegans - Edit

all-vegan, located in city center. gets really busy in the afternoon but worth the waiting for a table. the menu is short, apart for polish classic meals adapted for vegans there are few seasonal options inspired with different cuisines from all over the globe. simple, tasty, always fresh food.

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Fab! - Edit

Really interesting concept, cool restaurant and very forward thinking.

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very good food - Edit

i tried 3 dishes i was amazing other was really good and the last nothing special, to be honest i was expecting more
i went with high expectations

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Once is enough - Edit

I appreciate the concept (typical Polish dishes made vegan), but I didn't enjoy the food. It was worth trying once, but I don't think I'll come back.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-08

Pros: Interesting bistro concept

Cons: Not that tasty

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must see! - Edit

Polish working class cuisine at its best!

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Nie polecam - Edit

Trudno mówić o jedzeniu, gdy łamane są podstawowe prawa pracownicze. Moje doświadczenie z tym miejscem to brak umowy przez ponad pół roku podczas mojej pracy tam (mimo wielokrotnych próśb), brak respektowania jakichkolwiek zasad bhp, niesprawiedliwe i nierówne traktowanie osób pracujących przez właścicieli, po skrajne sytuacje typu golenie włosów w pomieszczeniu do zmywania. Powyższe tematy to tylko kropla w morzu. Nie polecam tego miejsca osobom, dla których ważne są warunki panujące nie tylko od frontu, ale również od wewnątrz firmy.

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awesome - Edit

This is the place you don't want to miss when you're in Warsaw. They have typical polish as well as typical western dishes (mac and cheese). It's a really nice place for any time of the

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Polish food - Edit

If you are willing to try some Polish traditional food, this place is for you. Their weekly menu inlcudes a high variety of traditional Polish dishes adapted to the vegan diet: mostly faux meats but they are very different from the ones you can find in an Asian restuarant. The food is supreme, and so the restaurant is very popular so you can find it very crowded. Nevertheless it is worth to wait your turn.


Updated from previous review on 2017-10-07

Pros: Polish traditional food

Cons: small and crowdy

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busy but tasty - Edit

Arrived at peak time and was quite busy however the food came out really quick and was really nice. Recommend the cauliflower patty. The takeaway sausage is quite messy. Lots of seating inside and outside. Little expensive but worth a visit.

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:) - Edit

big, cheap and tasty dishes, nice people and nice place!

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Good food - Edit

At the moment they are serving a delicious satay dish that is worth trying: it's well marinated and has the structure of tender meat. The dessert they served (yoghurt with fruits), however, tasted good but was nothing special.


Updated from previous review on 2017-08-23

Pros: delicious dishes, nice interior

Cons: some dishes are less special

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Oh Lord - Edit

Just go there and order everything.

OK, you can start with the cult schabowy (famous Polish schnitzel) and a dessert. You will thank me later.



Pros: Delicious, Fair prices, Free water

Cons: Sometimes they're out of a dish

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Одно из самых популярных веган заведений Варшавы - Edit

Главное блюдо здесь schabowy (отбивная), если вы первый раз в локале, берите без раздумий именно его. Не прогадаете! К сожалению место очень популярное, поэтому не всегда есть свободные столики...

Cons: Недорого

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Good Food - Edit


The service was good and the restaurant was nice and peaceful. I enjoyed the food.

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Do the lokal-motion - Edit

Lokal was just opposite our hotel so we visited twice during our stay. On our first visit we ordered the seitan roulade with roast potatoes and braised red cabbage and the sesame tofu skewers with salad and satay sauce, both of which were absolutely superb and so cheap. Lokal has an English menu by the way. The seitan dish was by far the best meal I had in Warsaw, it was that good. On our second visit we ordered the schabowy, which is a menu staple and the meatball sub. The schabowy (schnitzel) was a 5/5 and came with boiled potatoes, salad, mayo and dill. I would highly recommend. The meatball sub came with a nice fresh bun with crushed nuts, salad and coriander on top and was very delicious indeed. For me Lokal is a must visit with very friendly staff and a nice chilled out cool vibe. It is very popular though (but in a good way...) so can become very busy and cramped.

Pros: Delicious food, Cool vibe, Cheap

Cons: Can be a bit cramped when busy

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Try schnitzel and experiment only if you're ready... - Edit

I know LVB for a long time but it's still hard for me to rate this place. First of all, there is only one main course which is not replaced once for few weeks and its cult schnitzel. Yes, it's very good and perfectly similar to meat equivalent which is legendary in Polish homes. The rest of the menu varies about two times a month. There could be pastas, soups, burgers, shwarmas, hot dogs. The problem is, that the quality is a mixed bag. Some of the main dishes should be starters, and some of them can be so bad that i feel they're barely eatable. BUT sometimes they serve something extremely good, like for example shwarma (from what I've heard). Why I can only assume it's so good? Because of the soldouts. Yes, I have been in different open hours at Lokal Vegan Bistro four times to try shwarma without luck. It was always soldout. The staff is sometimes very cool, sometimes grim. In last couple of weeks I just order there schnitzel - it's quite cheap and easy to love. Also, water is free, which is far away from being a standard in Poland.

Pros: Prices., Schnitzel.

Cons: Soldouts., Extremes in quality., Staff could be better.

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Not impressed with the taste - Edit

After reading the reviews on HC I came on a mission to try the Schabowy (I got the gluten free option), and I was very disappointed with its bland taste. I decided to just eat the potatoes that come with it but those were also pretty tasteless. Thinking it could be because I normally don't enjoy mocked meats I asked for the breaded mushroom "wings", which were dry an overcooked.
Still with faith left I had the dessert which was an improvement but very average.
I would recommend you try other local food vegan places if this one also lets you down. Personally I really enjoyed Vegemiasto :) That said Lokal has a great service and it is obviously popular so it might be just me.

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Sushi made great - Edit

Superb sushi choices. Fantastic starters. This is the place to go if you have a sushi craving:) I would compare it to Wrocław The Root. Same beatroot rice, but way bigger choice in meals.

Pros: wide menu, really sushi like food, nice service

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Another great vegan place in Warsaw - Edit

If you're a vegan, Lokal is a must-visit. You can try plant-based versions of the most "polish" dishes. Prices are low, and the location is fantastic. The only con is that the place tends to be quite crowded. However, (from my experience) you won't wait longer than 5-10 minutes for a free table :)

Pros: Friendly staff, Low prices, Good location

Cons: crowded

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Bardzo fajne miejsce! - Edit

W pełni wegańśka restauracja, z dużą liczbą dań gluten free

Pros: dużo dań gluten free

Cons: często brakuje potraw po południu

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Local and Vegan - Edit

What kind of crazy city is this? You step out of the hotel and are faced with a vegan place, namely this one and at least least 10 more within 5-10 minutes walking distance. I've been away 3 years and this happens. It's a pleasure to be back, as Scottish crooner Jim Kerr from Simple Minds still says at all of their gigs. And why not. You can't knock them. I had a quick stop off for some wifi action and possibly the best Thai soup I have ever had in my life. It was tomato and coconut milk but made in the Polish style with lots of chunky vegetables and noodles for only 14 PLN. I absolutely loved it. Big portions too which is exactly the way I like things. Sometimes it's about the quantity for me but here we have the quality too. Unfortunately I probably won't be back but that's only because I have dozens of other vegan places to squeeze in. The adventure continues.

Pros: friendly, great food, great prices

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Lokal Love - Edit

Great food. The two of us had a Hungarian goulash, the snitchel, and some street food "pizza". All were excellent, and, of course, 100% vegan! Menu was in Polish but staff was happy to help us navigate the menu in English. Great vegan find in Warsaw!

Pros: All vegan, Helpful staff, Tasty food

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The best vegan place in a city - Edit

Great traditional Polish food in a vegan way. Portions are big, prices are Small like for Warsaw. Staff is super friendly. For me the jest vegan place on Warsaw.

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