Lotus Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 35 reviews )

13872 Metrotech Dr (at Sully Place Shopping Center), Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 20151

Casual vegetarian restaurant serving mostly Asian vegan food with also veggie burgers and sandwiches. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Western, Take-out

35 Reviews

First Review by dalgal

love this place! - Edit

Very friendly staff and yummy food! I'm happy to have found a decent restaurant near me that has soooo many vegan options!

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Love the dumplings - Edit

When we first visited here we loved the wholewheat dumplings and almost always got them.

Everything else was great and we enjoyed.
The only problems we had were that the ginger tea was served in styrofoam cups instead of glass or porcelain.
Anytime we got there late we felt pressured to leave even though it wasn't closing time. Make sure not to stay after 8:30 pm if you can.

Pros: Quick preparation, Delicious food

Cons: Rush to leave

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We love it - Edit

People are so nice. Good food of goodness. Fair prices and portions.

Cons: Need more of them

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Very delicious but watch out for nut allergies - Edit

They have very reasonable prices and their food tastes amazing. One thing I didn’t like was the fact that there was only 1 waiter for the entire restaurant so it took forever to get water refills and to get the check. I also wish their menu was more specific as to which items have nuts in them, because when I ordered the lotus burger I specifically asked the waiter if it contained nuts and he said “no, there are no nuts in the burger.” I don’t really believe this, however, because when I got my burger it came with a side salad with dressing on the side, which definitely contained nuts. Luckily I had the person I was with taste test the dressing first, where they confirmed that there was definitely nuts (probably peanut butter) in the dressing. Please pay attention if you have a nut allergy— you will have to be pretty careful here. Overall I would recommend this place, just watch out for nut allergies.

Pros: Reasonable prices, good food, Menu shows which items contain dairy

Cons: Only one waiter, Menu doesn’t show which items have nuts in them

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no recommendation from us ! - Edit

The food was boring, plain not much flavor... portions are small... never again...

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great place!! - Edit

Really caters to vegans and vegetarians. Fab food varieties. Even my meat eating friends like this place.

Pros: lots of choices! , good for everyone

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Love this place. - Edit

I try to eat here at least once a week. Everything is good once you know ro order it cooked the way you like. The orange eggplant its heavenly. I wish they had a portabella burger though. The wait staff is great. Kudos Andy! My favorite waiter!

Pros: Great food

Cons: Wait staff can sometimes appear unfriendly.

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Friendly and tasty - Edit

Lotus Vegetarian is a good option for a meal or snack on the way to/from Dulles. The menu is extensive enough that most people should find something appealing. Almost everything is reportedly vegan, except for a few items, which they can point out to you.

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Great vegetarian meals - Edit

I'm a big fan of Lotus. The veggie casserole is packed with so many delicious vegetables and tofu. Very affordable.

Pros: vegan options aplenty , affordable , friendly

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Found While Traveling - Edit

Attending a family function in the DC area staying in Chantilly, VA we were looking for place to get something to eat. This was our first trip since changing our lifestyle. We found Lotus Vegetarian near where we were staying and tried it out. An excellent meal. A Family Atmosphere. Very generous servings - brought leftovers back to our room for two more meals.

Pros: Easy to find, Family friendly, Generous servigs

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Great selection, good service, and tasty - Edit

Went for lunch today. Many choices on the menu! We had all three sushi selections plus the lettuce wraps and faux prawns. Food came out in a reasonable time. All of it was fresh and tasty. They don't put chopsticks on the tables so we had to ask for them - not a big deal. Coffee was served in a styrofoam cup which the waitress only reluctantly refilled so that's a negative for me. We will definitely return. But will order tea.

Pros: selection, taste, value

Cons: styrofoam usage

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Great quick vegan meals! - Edit

I live nearby, and this is one of my go to places to get take out. Most of the menu is some blend of Chinese/Thai, but they have a bunch of other sandwiches/burgers, salads, etc. Only a few things on their menu aren't vegan, and anything that isn't vegan states so explicitly. Most of their menu can also be made gluten free upon request. Their turn around after placing an order is really fast. Always within 15 minutes and mostly within 10 in my experience. However, table service can be inconsistent.

Some of my favorites are the crispy orange eggplant, lotus organic tofu, and kung pao asparagus. The only thing about some of their dishes that strikes me as sub-optimal is that a lot of their dishes involving fried tofu have too much breading.

Pros: Good food, Cheap, Fast

Cons: Inconsistent table service

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Fantastic! - Edit

Almost everything on the menu is vegan. There are a few smoothies that have dairy as well as wontons on the appetizer list. My favorite dishes include General Tso's, sauteed udon noodles, summer rolls, pan-fried dumplings, miso soup, watercress wonton soup. the avocado sushi roll, orange veg chicken burger, and the vege-chicken with cashews. You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Yummy food every time , Affordable, Portions: good bang for your buck

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Typical Veg Chinese food - Edit

This restaurant is like every other veg/an chinese restaurant I've been too. Lots of yummy, deep fried, sauce covered, a little too sweet, soy meat & veggies.

I really like that they have brown rice here, since most of the veg chinese places ive been to have white rice & if you want brown, it costs extra. Not here, which is nice.

The sweet & sour and orange chicken/eggplant/whatever is VERY sweet, but that's to be expected.

The lotus spicy is a GIANT pile of various sliced/shredded soy meats and is not spicy, but I'm addicted to the spice & have a very high bar for whats spicy ;)

The fried dumplings are super good, tho the sauce is a little hoisin/BBQ like.

The sandwiches/burgers are very chinese inspired, the orange chicken one is weird, but surprisingly good.

I've had alot of things here, I'd have to say i like the things that have breaded/fried protein in them, since they are crunchy and chewy and delicious. The sauteed soy meats are ok, but I really like the crunch of the breaded stuff.

Oh and the lunch special is the jam. Its a good way to try different things on the cheap, and its awesome to pick up if you have a flight out of Dulles and need something to eat on the plane. :)

Pros: variety, brown rice, food for the airplane

Cons: kinda sweet, generic veg chinese

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Decent for what it is - Edit

We visited Lotus a couple of years ago and weren't impressed, but unless a restaurant is terrible, I always give it a second chance. After all, I could have just ordered the one bad dish on the menu. Well, I will not be giving Lotus a third chance. Here's a recap of my experience:

1.) The server was rude and made me feel unwelcome. I needed a moment to look over the menu before ordering, and she didn't like that.

2.) The menu is primarily TVP/soy, which isn't bad for everyone, but aside from the salads, someone gluten-free wouldn't have many options.

3.) I started with the veg chicken nuggets. They were... well... veg chicken nuggets, served with ketchup. Nothing fancy, but they aren't intended to be.

4.) I also got the avocado sushi roll. It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't as good as the sushi from pretty much any other sushi place. But this ISN'T a sushi place, so I didn't expect it to be excellent. I think what bothered me was that it used brown rice, and their brown rice tastes like cardboard.

4.) My entree was the General Tso's chik'n dish, which is served as fried soy balls covered in sauce and garnished with a little bit of undercooked broccoli. It was fine-- something I'd expect from a little Chinese takeout joint. The brown rice was unpleasant and the broccoli was undercooked, so I just ate the soy balls. Some veggies would've been nice.

5.) My husband ordered the Manchurian Palate. It was soy balls, some peppers, and a side of brown rice. The flavor was very basilly (and basil is listed as an ingredient), so if you love basil, you may love this. But if you only think basil is okay, then you might find this dish kind of perfumey tasting.

Overall, if you're looking for a place that serves cheap Chinese-style food (at a not-so-cheap price), go here. If you want to have a nice dinner out with your spouse, you're going to have to get closer to D.C.

Pros: vegan, many options

Cons: relies on TVP and soy, rude waitstaff

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Lotus Vegetarian - Edit

neat little restaurant with friendly service. nice salads, sizzling "beef" with whole wheat noddles, steamed dumplings, "beef" with snow peas are a favorites.

Pros: healthy, tasty, moderately priced

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0:15 from Dulles and worth it! - Edit

Staying near Dulles Airport for work, I was hungry for some good non-mall, non-hotel food. So, thanks to Happy Cow, I found and made the 15 minute drive to Lotus Vegetarian. Well worth it!

Super quick service. If anything, it was too quick given that I was eating alone and was in no rush. Had the vegetarian wonton soup...yum! Also, ordered General Tso's Special, with soy nuggets, broccoli, chili sauce on brown rice. Double yum.

All this for less than $20, including tax and tip. Go for it!

Pros: Speedy service, Yummy food, Good value

Cons: Tough to find

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Good vegan food - Edit

Great choices if you are lie me and are vegan. The only caution is when you go try not to be there near closing, the owner or managers he gets testy and really tries to push you out.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Service, Too much tvp & tofu

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Awesome veg food! - Edit

I used to work close to this place, so when it opened, it became a regular lunch stop. Many of my non-veg coworkers come here regularly as we'll. the food is very good and mostly organic. They also have great smoothies!

My favorite meal here is the whole wheat dumplings, the pumpkin chowder, and the veggie club sandwich. Yum!

Pros: great food

Cons: a tad bit pricey

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Great vegan food! - Edit

We LOVE Lotus and have been there too many times to count! The vegan dumplings, pan-fried or steamed, are amazing and seem to be our starter most of the time. I also like their sushi rolls, with nice tender nori and brown rice. All the soups are great but my absolute favorite is the pumpkin chowder. It has great flavor with a nice creamy consistency without using dairy.

All the entrees I have had have been delicious, but I especially enjoy the lettuce wraps and the tempeh sandwich. You really cannot go wrong here and the staff is very friendly and eager to explain the menu if you have questions.

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Gem - Edit

Really like this place! Has a large variety of vegan options and menu is very clear on what contains milk or is spicy! Service has gone downhill a bit in the past few months though.

Pros: Good Value, Excellent food, Healthy

Cons: Staff needs improvement

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Excellent! - Edit

One of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in the D.C. area. The fake meat dishes please most non-vegetarians too.

Pros: great food, inexpensive

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Great local place - Edit

I live about 5 miles away from Lotus, and go there or get take out from there probably 2-3 times a month. I'm so happy to have a mostly vegan (a FEW clearly marked dishes have dairy/eggs) place so close! It's mostly Asian type of food - my favorite dish is the Lotus Spicy with tofu and soy protein with a bunch of veggies and spicy brown sauce, with brown rice. I will say that they changed the soy protein and I liked the old one better, but it's still pretty good. My son likes the chik'n nuggets and edamame, and even my tofu-hating omni husband has found some things he likes there. I wouldn't say it's high vegan cuisine, but it's pretty good for everyday.

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Best vegan option in Northern VA - Edit

I used to go to Lotus twice a week when I worked in Herndon--just a few miles away. Now I go when I'm in the area.

Almost every time I go, I get miso soup, iced ginger honey crystal (I know, not technically vegan, but I don't do it often anymore), vegetable spring rolls, and orange eggplant with brown rice. Sometimes, I get the Lotus Spicy or General Tso's Surprise. All of the options are excellent and my non-vegan friends love it too.

Pros: delicious, affordable, variety

Cons: a little slow, could have better service

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incredible food! - Edit

I was very impressed with how well the food was prepared here. wide menu selection and clearly marked menu.

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Strip Mall Vegan in Chantilly, Va. Excellent - Edit

See the full review and pics at Marty's Flying Vegan Review

Sometimes we fly people somewhere, wait a bit, (or a lot), and fly back. I had about 90 minutes from driving out of the parking lot in a borrowed crew car at IAD, (Dulles Airport), to starting the airplane again. Dulles used to have a place called Hard Times Cafe in, if I remember, Reston, which wasn't too terrible a drive and served a vegetarian chili on top of spaghetti but it's since closed. Now I still don't have a place to eat a vegan meal and satisfy my carnivore coworkers but I was on my own today!!

Happy Cow. Usually it's a complicated analysis, what do I want to eat, what else is there on the menu, yadda yadda, but today it was exclusively a proximity search. 15 minutes away was Lotus Vegetarian. Never been there. Uncharted territory. Never know what you'll find.

As I turned into the street leading to the entrances to several shopping plazas my head was on a swivel looking for this place, annoying the following drivers behind me. Hey, I'm from NY. Do you think that bothers me? I shouldn't have worried. There were several white signs with prominent green letters, the kind you put in your lawn that say, "Vote for Moe!" and it was an easy find.

It was a bright, modern place with booths along the walls and tables in the middle. They have a counter in the rear in front of the open kitchen. I wasn't sure whether it was a cafeteria style order and then sit but they did have table service.

Congratulate me. I didn't order a fried appetizer. I got the steamed dumplings, (which were house made), the General's Tso's Surprise, (the most popular dish), and the Lotus Organic Tofu.

Whole Wheat Steamed or Pan-Fried Dumplings (6)
Filled with minced soy protein, cabbage, zucchini, organic carrots, string beans, shiitake mushrooms and ben thread noodles.

Lotus Organic Tofu
Organic tofu simmered with lotus roots, king oyster mushrooms, sugar peas, red bell peppers, Thai basil and ginger in brown sauce.

General Tso's Surprise
Chunks of soy protein fried till crispy tossed with hot chili sauce. Garnished with steamed broccoli.

I walked over to the kitchen and found out that the proteins all come from California. I wasn't surprised in Provo when I learned that was the source but outside of DC I would have though May Wah on Hester St would have had that market wrapped up. Anyway, I asked to see the diff...

Pros: great food, clean, friendly

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Great place! - Edit

Lotus is just as good, if not slightly better, than Sunflower in Vienna, though not nearly as widely known. This place is really underrated. The food is excellent, with most options being vegan and only a few being vegetarian with milk and/or eggs. I haven't gone wrong on the menu yet. They can also serve very quickly if you are in a hurry. One of my favorite restaurants.

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