• Marlene's Market and Deli

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Large natural foods store. Has a vegetarian-friendly deli cafe (Serves meat, vegan options available.). Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-8:00pm, Sat 9:00am-7:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

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13 Reviews

First Review by iwoof4u


Points +32

19 Oct 2022

Love Marlene's

I love Marlenes and frequent here weekly. Love their made to order vegan sandwiches and vegan gluten free soups of the day. Best Tofu options, vegan proteins and cheeses, bread options. Occasional vegan cooking classes too.

Pros: Pre-made vegan sandwiches and goodies, Delicious vegan soups and sandwiches at deli, Specialty items

Cons: Smaller store in Tacoma, bigger store in Fed Way



Points +1310

11 Jul 2022

Vegan Goods

Marlene’s can be a bit pricey but they have a lot of specialty natural food items (e.g. carob powder, date syrup, liquid lecithin) and other vegan products (e.g. cheeses, meats, sauces, jerkies, chips, dips). What makes Marlene’s so great is it’s bakery/deli. They have a great salad bar with a couple of vegan dressings, including a vegan Caesar, and almost always some sort of baked tofu as a protein option in addition to the standard chickpeas and nuts/seeds. The deli can also make a variety of vegan sandwiches to order, including falafel, grilled cheese, and blackened tofu. They usually have at least one prepared vegan soup as well. Common vegan baked goods include pumpkin bread (without or without chocolate chips!), raspberry oat bars, and chocolate cake. There is also a small refrigerator designated for prepared sandwiches from Hillside Quickie if you don’t want to wait for a sandwich to be made!


Points +222

17 Nov 2020

Favorite grocery store in Tacoma

Tons of vegan options. Custom sandwiches are loaded with toppings and reasonably priced. Friendly staff.


Points +136

16 Sep 2020

Lots of Vegan

This is where I learned about vegan. Many resources and sometimes classes. The staff is very helpful. There is also B12 shots I have seen given there. Even has vegan supplements.


Points +40

09 Dec 2019

Great independent grocery

Great place for a vegan lunch!

Pros: All veggies are organic, Great deli to get a vegan soup and sandwich, Lots of bulk items to reduce packaging


Points +42

09 Jul 2019

Life saver

Marlene's has been the best while visiting Tacoma from St. Louis. I was so happy to stop by and find something healthy and delicious to eat. I ordered the veggie and rice with tahini dressing and an amazing green smoothie. I love this place so much. It had many plant based items I couldn't find else where. And it's a wonderful alternative to Whole Foods, especially when the one closest is so picked over.

Pros: Bomb smoothies and juices, Delicious veggie and rice bowl

Cons: A little expensive, Needs more plant based options at the deli


Points +107

03 Jul 2018

Many specialty items

Marlene’s is a small market and very expensive, but you will find lots of specialty items here! They have stuff you can’t even find at Whole Foods but it will cost you. The food is really good though! You have to pay for quality.

Pros: High quality stuff, All those hard to find items!, Produce is super flavorful

Cons: EXPENSIVE, Be sure to check the hours before you go!


Points +193

22 Mar 2018

I stop almost every time I cross the bridge!

I love everything about this store, only wish it were even closer to me! Lots of vegan cheeses available here. Fantastic deli too!!


Points +226

09 Jan 2018

not favored

It's just an expensive Whole Foods with strange managers that watch you from the soap section

Pros: they make sandwiches, good smoothies

Cons: strange vibes


Points +59

09 Mar 2017

Better and cheaper than whole foods!!!

A staple of Tacoma!!! Salad bar, juice bar, fresh pastries. Besides the excellent produce, staple "fridge," supplements, pet foods, beer, wine, and everything else you want from a medium sized health food store!

Pros: great staff


Points +60

12 Mar 2016

Great local health food store

Lots of awesome stuff here. They sell a lot of specialty vegan items. Their juice bar and salad bars are great. They always have a vegan soup, and other vegan option at the cafe, and they serve quickie too sandwiches!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Juice bar, salad bar

Cons: expensive


Points +27

Mostly Veg
10 Sep 2015

Great Place

This market offers tons of wonderful selections of Organic foods.

Pros: Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian!


Points +75

31 Dec 2009

Great Organic grocery & deli

This is our main place for grocery shopping (38th st) location. Wish the store were larger!

Pros: organic, local

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