• Lotus Cafe

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Vietnamese restaurant offering meatstuff but also a vegetarian menu with 20+ items: veggies, tofu, gluten, noodles and soup. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

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8 Reviews

First Review by cookiem


Points +82

17 Apr 2022

Loved the food!

Extensive vegetarian menu, I had the crispy salt and pepper tofu at the suggestion of the server. It came with a small serving of rice and assorted vegetables, which were fresh and crisp and lightly seasoned with oil and salt. Tofu was delicious, portions were large and it was brought out quickly. Would visit again to try out other items on the menu!



Points +1159

24 Aug 2021

Great neighborhood spot

Lots of vegan options, many dishes made with tofu or gluten.


Points +15

12 Apr 2019

Terrible Customer Service

The worst costumer service ever!!!

They have continually given me the wrong food for take out, they won't correct their own mistakes, and they won't give you a refund unless you drive the food back to them. They are rude on the phone and will simply hang up on you over and over again.

It's not worth the trouble to eat here when there are other Vietnamese places nearby.


Points +41

19 Jan 2019

Not great, but will try again

Got the vegetarian pho, which was really bland. Like, raw veggies in hot water. But there’s an extensive vegetarian menu, so I’ll give it a second chance and try something else next time.

Pros: Extensive vegetarian menu


Points +832

06 Nov 2018

Solid Pho

I'm a big fan. It's the best I know of in this part of the DC area. If you think I should be going somewhere else in Montgomery County for pho, then let me know, but this is my favorite that I've tried.

This is a place that you don't need to come from far and wide to visit, but if you live nearby, you should go here often.

The vegetarian section of the menu is large, if you don't want pho.

The service and the ambiance are definitely bare bones. I would say the service is good, but I do understand why someone would characterize it as "disinterested." They may not seem overly excited to see you. I hate *slow* service though, and here they will take your order and bring your food out briskly, so to me, that's what I care about.

Also, you can't beat the price! $7.99 for a large pho.

Pros: Inexpensive, Large selection of veg food

Cons: No frills


Points +18

01 Jul 2018

Meh. Find something better

Not very good at all. And they couldn’t have cared less that I was even there.


Points +24

02 Apr 2016

love it

This place is one of my faves. I have only gotten pho, which is so delicious.

Cons: not a fully veg restaurant


Points +5837

14 Feb 2014

Vietnamese vegan food not in Virginia

Most authentic Vietnamese food is in the Virginia suburbs, so it's nice that this place is in Maryland. It's not the best decor and seems worn on the edges, but the food is hearty.

They have vermicelli, which is a classic dish, and is vegan. If you're looking for imperial or spring rolls, they have them here, too. However, I would focus on the 2 dozen or so veg entree options, instead, as the rolls aren't the tastiest.

I appreciate that this place has some vegetables different from most Vietnamese places - the watercress is delicious, and the shanghai vegetables are tender green veggies with Asian-style mushrooms. Napa cabbage is a great choice, too, if you're opting for pure veggies.

For those who love tofu and gluten, you're in luck- lots of choices like black pepper gluten, classic flavor lemongrass tofu, Buddha's delight (veggies with tofu) and a clay pot style tofu and veggies dish.

Avoid the crepe and egg noodles if you're vegan, but try the half burnt rice noodles, which have been cooked so some parts are blackened. It's good if you like that style, but there's regular rice noodles, too, and pad thai (be sure to specify no egg).

Pros: Veggies like watercress and shanghai, Vegetarian menu

Cons: Decor

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