Merit Vegetarian Restaurant

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    ( 32 reviews )
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548 Lawrence Expy , Sunnyvale, California, USA, 94085

Asian Vietnamese vegan restaurant with menu featuring dishes such as pho noodle soup, nuggets and mockmeat dishes, spicy garlic green beans, vermicelli with five-spice tofu, and more. Large space with many tables. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Delivery, Take-out, Catering, Vietnamese

32 Reviews

First Review by melanieg17

Put this place on your Vegan Bucket list!! - Edit

Fresh, delicious, friendly happy staff! I've been to similar restaurants before, but the dishes I had today were especially delicious! Wished I lived in Sunnyvale, I would work here for free!!

Pros: delicious, friendly staff, affordable

Cons: I don't live in California!

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excellent! - Edit

Had the hot pot, amazing.

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GO HERE - Edit

GO HERE! They have some very special dishes.
There are a lot of veg* places with Einstein on the wall, but I always remember Merit for:
-excellent tamarind soup
-Einstein (and other great vegetarians) on their wall

Here is my order for next time and I'm sharing it with you!
I don't personally like fat or nuts, so here's my plan:

Pho is good, with exceptional broth there, but...
Wonton soup is better than Pho IMO due to more veggies (Pho is good and the broth has flavor but just oily with more fried tofu/meat and no veggies).
Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Soup--this is that awesome tamarind tasting soup!
Lotus Salad, no nuts/or nuts on side—get 2 of these and/or try different salad--awesome!
Spring rolls no nuts/or nuts on side.
House Special Rice Clay Pot—really really good!!! This is SO unique, featuring tofu with shredded WoodEar Mushrooms but does have a lot of rice (maybe ask for brown rice, not sure).
Folks love their Thai Ice Tea and some of their cakes too. Also a smiling proud vegan serving team for the win. It's a great place that I will return to again and again.

Pros: Happy Vegan Servers, Special flavorful dishes, Excellent soup and a lot of fresh veggie dishes

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Great food, Nice people - Edit

Somewhat hidden in a strip mall, this was a solid find for this travelor who didn't know the area.

I picked it based upon HappyCow and location.

I had the spring rolls, Thai fried rice, and iced tea. It was great with LARGE portions. Service was fast and friendly. Price was fair for the quality and quantity.

Pros: Food quality , Service

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Great vegan restaurant - Edit

A cute restaurant that serves vegan asian dishes and also has amazing desert. Their prices are fair and customer service is top notch. Their pho, bun hue, coconut noodle soup and chow fun are the yummiest. I ordered the ice cream brownie and found out that the cook had practiced perfecting the recipe for a long time. Glad I tried it!

Pros: All vegan

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Maybe I ordered the wrong things - Edit

But it all tastes off. The orange sauce for the nuggets was more like the white part of an orange. The golden rolls had a weird filling. Just....off.

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Simple but delicious food - Edit

I ordered spicy noodle, which was moderately hot but tasted amazing. My omnivore friend was surprised by taste and smell of mock fish dish - mama claypot. The food tasted great and service was top notch.

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great selection including desserts, great service - Edit

Merit is our go to place for eating out with family. They have pho, lots of veggie protein options, mock seafood, and vegan cake and ice cream.

Modest decor and reasonable prices. Religious angle to their vegan mission. TV usually has something religious on with subtitles.

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Fantastic vegan restaurant - Edit

Great food. Very large variety of dishes, I went there several times, each time tried something different, each time it was great.
The staff is very friendly.

Pros: Very tasty food, Great variety, Very friendly staff

Cons: None

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great flavor! - Edit

This is a great family restaurant! And the food was amazing. full of flavor and great portion sizes. Lots of bang for your buck!

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Excellent food, great service - Edit

Three of us had dinner there last evening (2016-02-14). We were seated quickly, and the food arriving surprisingly fast.

We started with their spring roll and steamed bun appetizers. For mains, we had the tofu and eggplant clay pot, the pineapple sensation, and the crispy chow mein. Everything was very good. Prices are reasonable - main dishes are 10-12 USD.

Pros: Excellent food, Great service, All-vegan

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Good food - Edit

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times and enjoyed it both times.

The staff is super friendly, especially one waiter, who gushes with enthusiasm, which is endearing.

The food choices are huge and the food delicious.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 04, 2015

Pros: Lots of choices, Nice atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Rich menu, kids like the food - Edit

Rich menu, kids like the food

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Fantastic - Edit

Great food, great service, and great vegan quotes on the wall from brilliant people. All vegan, all the time!

Pros: Excellent food, Fast and friendly service, BIG, all vegan menu

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Good food, friendly staff - Edit

I had the Pho - it was wonderful!

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decent enough - Edit

the food is pretty good and the atmosphere is more like a traditional restaurant than the usual vegan cafe, which is a nice change. unfortunately the service sucks and they have they stream the Supreme Mater brainwashing on big screen TVs all over.

Pros: good grub, 100% vegan, lots of parking

Cons: service lags, slightly culty

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Not Quite There - Edit

I've been twice. There is potential, but each time we've been, we've left disappointed. On the bright side, they have great selection. However, the flavor is weak.

My kids are life-long vegetarians, a choice we made out of compassion. So, imagine how horrible we all felt when the veggie chicken they served was molded to look just like a real chicken breast. It was revolting to look at and just a poor choice for a vegetarian restaurant. However, when I complained to the waitress, she just smiled, nodded, and walked away like she could care less. That made us vow to never return.

Pros: All veg

Cons: Too much fake meat, Made to look like meat, Lacks flavor

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Vietnamese Veg and Woo Hoo.. Parking! - Edit

Kind of reminds me of the mass myriad of Vietnamese veg tofu houses we have in San Jose but a bit more Americanized. Regardless enjoyed my lunch and I'm all about anyone making tofu a hundred different ways.

Stopped in for a lunch special. Lemongrass tofu with bell peppers, lemongrass and onion with brown rice. The sauce itself was not indicative of a total lemongrass dish to me as was very brown but regardless, at least know what I am dealing with. Cant' wait to go in and try alot of other of their dishes. Bill with a diet soda was a bit over $10. Good deal:) About the location. Parking is easier to find in this bustling area of lunchtime crowds.

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greasy - Edit

This was an okay Asian vegetarian place. We ordered the mixed vegetables, eggplant with tofu, spring rolls, and sweet potato curry to-go. The food was pretty greasy, but guess that's not unusual for Asian vegetarian restaurants. The spring rolls and the sweet potato curry were both pretty good. The eggplant with tofu was flavorful and I would've liked it more if it wasn't drenched in grease.

Oh, if you order takeout, make sure to ask for rice. We didn't know that none of the dishes came with rice, so had no rice to go with the food.

Cons: greasy

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Beast place for vegan & vegitarians - Edit

Awesome variety of food. I love steamed kale with brown rice here.


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Love this place! - Edit

I am a vegan from NC that is in town a few days a week for business. I have made this restaurant my 'home base' away from home. Every thing on the menu is vegan friendly and tastes really great. The prices are reasonable and the service is great. I wish more restaurants would follow their format.

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GREAT RESTAURANT with VARIETY - Edit

Wow! I must say this restaurant is well worthy. The menu
is quite impressive with so many vegan dishes to choose from.
After eating there many times, I really recommend you
to try out the Noodle, the Vietnamese Crepe, Spicy Lemonade Tofu. They are so yummy!!! This is healthy place to dine
while in Sunnyvale. I recommend it to everyone I know.
After years of eating unhealthy foods, I am switching
to healthy diet.
STRONGLY RECOMMEND!!

Pros: Great Foods, Convenient, Fast Service

Cons: Decent smile from waitress

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great food at a fair price - Edit

I'm never disappointed by anything I've tried here. my favorite is the Spicy Lemongrass Beef.

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My favorite vegetarian restaurant - Edit

I am a huge fan of Vietnamese vegetarian food and this place is one of my favorite. Great vegan pho and clay pot rice dishes. Decor is standard. Has the big flat screen TV that constantly plays the Supreme Master Ching Hai channel which is really not my cup of tea but I love their food so I guess it comes with the territory.

Pros: Great food, Nice staff, Reasonable price

Cons: Supreme Master Ching Hai TV

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Kinda disappointed - Edit

We stopped in because of this website. The food was OK. But we will never go back because they were bordering on rude to us. We think they are racist. It's too bad. I think they like only white customers. Wierd, huh?

Pros: food ok

Cons: rude

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My family's favourite restaurant - Edit

We initially found Merit by chance, since we were on the lookout for something else and got lost. But since that time, this has become a real favourite, even though it is a bit out of the way for us and there are lots of others closer by. The staff are always friendly. The ginger 'fish' with ginger sauce is stunning (though has once or twice been overdone); our little boy loves the 'chicken' drumsticks. The avocado smoothie alone is something to look forward to. Highly recommended.

Pros: excellent food, varied menu, friendly staff

Cons: location

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Fabulous Veg Restaurant - Edit

The food there is exceptional -- especially the Wonton Vegetable Noodle Soup. It has a clear broth that is sublime -- alchemical in nature I think! The food here is delicious and really invigoratingly good for your health. They have TV with a message of spreading vegetarianism and care for animals and peace and love. This makes a lovely atmosphere for enjoying a meal. The staff are friendly and really appear to be interested in the bigger picture of what vegetarianism can mean for our future and our planet.

Pros: Delicious , Healthy, Friendly staff

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