Native Foods - Boulder

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1675 29th St Mall Ste 1272, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 80301

Small chain of vegan restaurants originating from Southern California. Offers a menu of sandwiches, veggie burgers, bowls, salads, and others. Order at the counter and food is brought to your table. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Fusion

46 Reviews

First Review by lisamoshop

Big Menu - Edit

I was so excited walking in to a restaurant and having more than one or two choices. Some of the best vegan food around. Sad that the one in downtown Denver close. Glad to see this one is still open. If I'm ever back in the area, I will be going back to this little gem.

Pros: 100% Vegan

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fresh delicious dinner - Edit

I live native foods it's the best vegan restaurant chain ever in all of time on Tuesday the young old server very. Nice amazing service and many placeto wait and sit. There's a painting of a pig with silver wings and helmet adorable being catapulted upwards next to a smaller painting of a crunchy nugget of vegetables. The piggy hungrily of coarse towards the food. A third painting Is beyond words ...It's an amazing choice a peaceful diet thank you for such a convenient place to be welcomed to

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Hits the spot - Edit

All vegan menu with lots of seasonal and new items regularly. It's pretty delicious and loads of flavor. Highly recommend. Even omnis would enjoy this place.

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another great meal - Edit

Had the steak sandwich and buffalo wings. Great taste and portions. Music was a bit weird but all in all a great lunch.

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LOVE!!!! - Edit

2nd time coming here and this place is amazing! Perfect for people transitioning to veganism or anyone 'cause the mock meats taste legit! The nachos are bomb! The chipotle sauce they use is drinkable! I got the twister wrap....it was too spicy for me so I dunked it in the nacho chipotle sauce to tone it down and it was really good! My husband got got the Ruben sandwhich and we loved it...it's a bit greasy but really good! Their mac and cheese is the best vegan mac we've ever tried. They aim to please and have been super nice both times we've been here! The food comes out quickly after you order, too! Highly recommend!!!!

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Very good!!! - Edit

I only try two dishes, both were with Portobello, both were good. The service was wonderful and fast. Will probably come back there to try more of their food.

Pros: All vegan, different kinds of food

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Yum! - Edit

I tried the Seitan steak sandwich with potato salad and it was absolutely delicious! They also had Watermelon Fresca as a fountain drink and that was refreshing and tasty. I'm glad I found this place!

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Mediocre at best - Edit

If this was the only vegetarian restaurant in the world, I'd be excited that it existed. But with so many better options, why eat fried greasy food without a lot of flavor? Don't get me wrong, I love fried greasy food. But there is better food out there. The mac and cheese, for example, was soggy and flavorless. We didn't even eat more than one bite each.

Not cheap for what you get. I only went once so if you go take menu recommendations from other reviewers. Maybe some things (or some days, or some locations) are better than others.

Pros: If there's no other veggie food around, there's th

Cons: Expensive for what you get , Greasy, soggy, flavorless, They had a great-looking recipe on the wall...for

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Boulder's best vegan casual restaurant - Edit

Oh my gosh, I love Native foods!! The best part about this restaurant is that it's all vegan and you can order anything without worrying about what's in it.

There are healthy options here like the macro bowl, steamed kale, salads and grilled veggies and quinoa - -but there are tons of comfort foods on tap to keep everyone (including omnivorous patrons) happy.

The Reuben sandwich, Oklahoma bacon burger and the chicken run ranch burger, meatball sub, Thai meatball bowl, taco salad and avocado crunch wrap are some of the standouts on the regular menu and they have "seasonal" items and sandwiches as well. Right now they have brussels sprouts tossed in sweet Thai chili that are sooo freakin good I wish I could mainline them.

Side dishes come with some menu sandwich items and can be added on for 99 cents on others. (standard sides are french fries, potato salad, steamed kale and side salad) while premium sides can be added for just a little more (or purchased separately for 2.99 as of this writing) -- lemongrass broccoli, grilled veggies, super-slaw, mac and cheese, and sweet potato fries

All the french fries and sides are delicious but especially noteworthy is the new mac and cheese side (made with a vegetable based cashew sauce that is still delicious and creamy/cheesy) -- soo good!

Desserts are variable in quality (e.g. the oatmeal cookie is basically two giant oatmeal cookies with a giant slab of frosting in between) .. but sometimes the seasonal desserts or specials are really good.

For beverages there is lavender lemonade, watermelon fresca and teas are on tap instead of soda. (Coffee, tea, and beers are also available)

Pros: all vegan , yummy side dishes, great quality

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Delicious - Edit

Everything is fresh and delicious.
Especially a fan of their Italian sub!

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The worst of all of the Native Foods I've been to - Edit

I am from CA. Come here to visit and checked it out. I LOVE Native Foods. The employees here are very nice and friendly, but the food is TERRIBLE. Chili had no beans and tastes like pure tomato sauce. Chicken Run Ranch Burger was dry and had no flavor. I would never come back here. If you've never eaten here before maybe you would think it was good, but if you've been to other NF elsewhere you will be disappointed. Sorry

Pros: great customer service

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Yum! - Edit

Stopped here during a trip to Boulder - I know it's a chain but Iowa doesn't have any! I was really pleased with my food and so was my husband. We even got a free dessert since it was our first time there! Hopefully they'll make their way to Iowa because I would totally eat here all the time.

Pros: Tasty, Clean, Affordable

Cons: None

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Well... pretty good - Edit

I ate here five times in two weeks due to obligations nearby, and I really want to like this place more, and rate it higher.

They are all vegan, super friendly, and have some fun options. Unfortunately they kind of go the way of the $10 small portion sandwich which is somewhat under-flavored.

I had several different sandwiches and the side wings, and all were tasty enough, though most required salt or hot sauce. All of the flavors were fine, just a little muted. I don't need an all-you-can-eat portion, but the portion sizes didn't fill me up a single time.

If this was the only vegan option in town, I'd likely rate it higher, and keep going back. But until they make the food a little more dynamic and the portions slightly larger, it won't be a go-to when I return to Boulder (or the other four states where Native Foods has outposts.)

Pros: All vegan, Fun, interesting options, very friendly

Cons: Not super flavorful, Small-ish portions

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! - Edit

My flexitarian parents loved the food here. It is fast food though, so not the healthiest vegan food but still vegan and very delicious !

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Hard to choose from so many options. all worth the drive - Edit

We had a great meal at Native Foods in Boulder! There were so many great options that we ordered extra to eat in our RV the next night as well. Everything was delicious! We bought their cook book as well and have used it frequently. The bad news is we can’t make the food as good as them. The good news is that Native Foods has moved east and there is chance we will get there again soon. In our “Restaurant War” competition Native Foods just missed the podium.

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(EDITED 7/2016) - They've changed, and gotten worse - Edit

ORIGINAL POST
Fast, convenient, inexpensive, and vegan. How could you go wrong? I've liked everything I've ever had here, and I've been here many times. They have a good rewards program - $10 off for every $200 you spend.

Some of their dishes can be a bit heavier/too oily compared to what I'm used to with vegan food, especially because most have fake cheese or meat. In fact, we didn't go here for the first year we live in Boulder because we didn't realize it was vegan. We had seen the menu outside and everything seemed to have chicken in it. Their bowls are more of the lighter, fresher vegan I prefer with kale, grains, and veggies, and they are fantastic!

EDITED 7/16
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My wife and I have stopped going here. They're gone almost completely to mock meats and vegan junk foods. Everything is too oily and heavy now. They send us a BOGO coupon every Wednesday yet we've never used them. Not even worth going anymore, even if one of our meals is free. I think they only deserve 1-star but I can't give that since Happy Cow won't allow it for a completely vegan restaurant.


Updated from previous review on 2016-07-22

Pros: Inexpensive, Fast

Cons: Oily, Heavy, No fresh veggie options, all based on fake meats

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fantastic - Edit

I probably had the best vegan meal ever here! I had the chicken club and it was amazing. The nachos are to die for. I will be back!

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Fast food option - Edit

This is a nice fast food option for vegans and vegetarians. The line ends up being a lot like Chipotle's, which is long but that's fine with me. The food is good, I got a bowl both times I went. I will say that the tofu was horribly seasoned and I barely touched it. The rest of the bowl was awesome though. I also think there needs to be more variety to what a person ordering Gluten Free can order, but that's unfortunately the case at most restaurants.

Pros: Quick, Healthy Faster Food

Cons: Tofu Unseasoned , Variety of GF Options

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perfect quick healthy tasty conscious food - Edit

A five for fast slow food. A four for overall vegan across America. Right on. We were in San Diego last month at a Native Foods there and it was the perfect fast slow casual our family needed. They hit it out of the ballpark. My two girls and husband devoured it all. Including the peanut butter parfait and cookie sandwich desserts and awesome drinks!

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Never Again - Would rate zero if possible - Edit

I originally rated them as mediocre but now they are terrible. The food always sounds promising but lacks flavor, the quantity of food for the costs is poor and the menu is heavy on mock meats. Even my teen son didn't like it when we went recently to participate in a fundraiser and to give NF one last chance. We both were unimpressed and left with stomach aches as the food sat like rocks for hours. The food there is so processed it's minimally flavored junk food. We will not be going back again as we prefer real food with a pleasant taste.
Updated from previous review on Saturday July 11, 2015

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Over processed Junk Food, Low quantity of food vs cost

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why is this place so recommended? - Edit

fast-food style, nothing was great, would eat here if there was no where else to go.

Pros: friendly and helpful staff, desserts

Cons: food was bland, not good, pricey for fast food, school cafeteria taste

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THE place for vegans in Boulder - Edit

Before Thrive came along, this was the only all-vegan restaurant in Boulder. I've never had something I didn't enjoy here! Amazing chef, and they often have cooking classes and community events! Wonderful, kind and fast service, amazing food. Even your meat-eating friends are sure to love this place!

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A winning formula - Edit

We've eaten at the original Native Foods in California, and we're happy to have them in Boulder and Denver now and the Boulder location did not disappoint. The food was very well prepared on all three of our visits.

With a diverse and inventive menu of healthful items using some organic ingredients, very warm and attentive staff, a relaxed and spacious environment, and reasonable prices considering the quality of the food, we find Native Foods to be one of the most recommendable restaurants in the Boulder and Denver areas.

A few specifics:
• Twister wrap is tasty and filling.
• Butternut pesto polenta bites are a great appetizer or light meal.
• Sweet potato fries and regular "seasoned fries" are surprisingly scrumptious, with perfect texture.
• The desserts are divine.

Service was friendly and helpful. Even though it's a counter-service establishment, they do look after their guests quite well.

They also have a frequent diner card that gives you free stuff after a certain amount of purchases.

There's ample free parking in the lot.

The only thing that would make it better is even more organic and local ingredients.

We'll be back!

Enjoy :-)

Updated from previous review on Tuesday February 03, 2015

Pros: delicious, varied menu, all vegan!

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Native Foods is always great! - Edit

We've been to Native Foods in California and DC and are always pleased. Old fans should know it's not the original owner, but it's still great. They also have all vegan beers and wines.

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Vegan Dining at its Finest! - Edit

Happened to find this on the mobile Happy Cow app while traveling to Estes Park CO. Just reading the menu options had us anxious and excited, and we were not disappointed. They call this chain "fast food vegan". Everything is made from scratch, from their tempeh to "chicken". It was delicious. So much so, we ordered our dinner to take back to our cabin. I had no idea this place existed but now that I do, I will travel 3 hours to eat there again!!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Extensive choices

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Great lunch spot - Edit

I go here for lunch when I crave a filling portion size and protein. Everything I've had so far was really good, and the price is right. I think the portobello sausage burger and scorpion burger would satisfy even meat-eaters. For a healthier option you can have steamed kale with sour kraut and tempeh. It's not a fancy dine-out type of place; it has more of a chain fast-food-ish feel to it, but a has very tasty food.

Pros: Filling portions, Very tasty, Good value

Cons: Chain restaurant feel

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They Probably Have What You Want - Edit

I am a vegan who misses meat and cheese sometimes and am thrilled to have the taste and texture of wings, chili, nacho cheese, Italian meats, chicken and the like. They do an amazing job, have lots of super healthy meals featuring vegetables and their desserts are quite tasty. I go to Native in Boulder every year on my birthday.

Pros: wine and beer too!, always very friendly, meat eating in-laws even like the food

Cons: a little casual?

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