Native Foods - Costa Mesa

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    ( 70 reviews )
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2937 Bristol St (at The Camp in Orange County), Costa Mesa, California, USA, 92626

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. Casual setting in a unique, yurt-like space with inside and patio seating. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Fusion

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First Review by juliotnunes

great place! - Edit

Nice place, great food, AMAZING DESSERTS!!! Will definitely come again soon!!!

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Just love it - Edit

whenever i come to the USA, especially to Chicago, Whashington and now also LA, I visit one of the stores.
I just love the food there, and the lemonades.

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excellent food and amazing service all over the country! - Edit

I have visited several of these locations in Chicago and the LA area, all with the same beautiful healthy consistency - definitely a must do for vegans everywhere :)

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Quick, Healthy, Affordable - Edit

It's hard to go wrong at Native Foods. I've memorized their menu; I've been there so many times over the years. Portions are filling and prices are reasonable. This is a great fast-casual spot, and they actually have healthy options that taste amazing. My favorites (with sauces on the side): BBQ Chicken Salad, Chili, Soul Bowl, and the Twister Wrap. Desserts are terrific as well. The oatmeal cookie pie! So good! Seasonal cupcakes and the peanut butter parfait are also crave-worthy.

If you live nearby, take advantage of the loyalty program. I've received several free meals from this. Also, Wednesdays are buy one entree, get one free!

Pros: Quick, Dependable, Healthy

Cons: Tough Parking

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AMAZING vegan Mexican food - Edit

First of all, this location is great. It's in a place called The Camp. The whole place is super green and sustainable and super cute, I just loved the vibe. I've heard parking can be tough, but we went around 11:30 and there were a bunch of spots.

I ordered the Baja Tacos with a side of regular fries and my mom ordered the native chicken, bacon, and avo club with sweet potato fries. We also got an order of guac, chips, and salsa to start. The guac, chips, and salsa were very good. We both liked our fries. But the meals were the best part. My mom is an omnivore that eats regular chicken and bacon on a daily basis so the fact that she loved this meal is saying a lot.

Let me get to the tacos. I was hesitant to get these because the few times that I've tried tempeh I was not a fan. However, I am SO GLAD I gave these a shot. The flavoring and texture was absolutely amazing. The sauce was phenomenal. Overall they were just amazing. I already want to go back.

They also have boxed water which is my favorite and eco friendly so that's a plus.

Pros: Amazing food, Friendly staff, Nice vibe

Cons: NONE

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my fav vegan restaurant - Edit

I've only been vegan for a year and I don't get out too much I've tried maybe 10 different vegan restaurants and this one is my favorite one!


There was one entree I wasn't too fond of and that was their fish tacos, everything else I've tried has been really good.

Pros: good prices, you can place your order online , they actually have a children's menu!

Cons: parking can be difficult

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Yummy Food - Edit

Yummy food, good prices, the only problem will be parking but everything else is good.

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Vegan fast-casual chain: it's hard to complain - Edit

The food is very flavorful at Native Foods, which is helped by the world-class sauces. Ranch, chipotle, etc are often hard to come by for vegans, but these are the real deal.

Get yourself a reuben here and thank me later.

Between the two major vegan fast-casual chain restaurants, this one is the winner.

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Great Casual Place to Eat - Edit

This place is AWESOME! The menu is HUGE with alot of varieties of food! My favorite is the Oklahoma "Bacon" Cheeseburger! You guys have to try it! Omnivores will love this place as well!

Also good service, and friendly staff!

Pros: Delicious mock meat dishes

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Great vegan good! - Edit

If you can find parking, this is a great chain restaurant. The hot chai is a must!! Sometimes, the food is better than other times, not always consistently great but mostly always enjoyable.

Pros: all vegan, hot chai, lavender lemonade

Cons: finding parking

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Nice Native Foods Outlet - Edit

I think the yurt set up is pretty cool ( I find the supposed 'alternative culture' of The Lab and Camp is a little underwhelming). Great all vegan food options that most meat heads would probably be okay with. Menu seems a slightly shorter than other NF places I've bee too but not an issue- guess they have less food prep space here and the options are more than enough (I often get 'analysis paralysis' in places with more than one vegan option...)

Pros: It's in a YURT!, Serves beer

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Not my favorite Native Foods - Edit

Unfortunately this place was a bit of a disappointment, I've been to several Native Foods and this one is my least favorite. The atmosphere is great and it's set in a really cool area but the food left a lot to be desired. Not very flavorful and not very fresh.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: Unimpressive food

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It's just okay... - Edit

I love that this place is vegan and I hate to say anything negative about any plant-based restaurant,but I'm never really overwhelmed with the quality or flavor of the food. It's good, but not great. I don't go out of my way to go here. They have a good variety of foods but nothing that is memorable enough to make me want to return.

Pros: all vegan, good variety of foods, friendly staff

Cons: nothing really memorable about the menu

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Not what it used to be - Edit

This place has just gone down hill since Chef Tanya stepped down. The food is all processed and heavy, lots of faux meats used. Service isn't the greatest either. Native foods has lost touch with its roots, so sad...

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I would like foods that use no refined oil. - Edit

Please make foods that have no refined oil used in their preparation. Please use whole grains and no sugar.

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Nice place, nice location - Edit

Had a good lunch of portobello mushroom burger, salad and sweet potato fries. Friendly place, good food.

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Great Place - Edit

They have various types of food from gyro to thai elements to "meatball" sandwiches. They also have great desserts. I take my non-vegan friends here, and they really enjoy it. I highly recommend this place!

Pros: Excellent food/Big portions, Nice Vibe/Great outside seating, Friendly Staff

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Tasty Food, Good Service ... but the parking! - Edit

The food at Native Foods tastes great! I've eaten there on and off for several years, and the flavors are wonderful. Except for the salads and bowls, I'm not too sure that they are healthy - but then, they aren't claiming that they are - just good, and vegan.

They've made some changes over the years - one positive one is that gluten-free items are now listed directly on their menu (you used to have to ask for a separate menu). You order at the counter, and they bring your food to you - which I don't like because I don't really like standing in line, and if I want something else, I don't want to have to go back in line, plus I never know how much to tip. Regardless, that is the routine here.

The parking used to be great, but then something happened about a year ago and now the lot is almost always full. Street parking isn't an option, so two of the last three times I've tried to eat at this shopping center, I've decided to go someplace else because of the parking.

Back to the food - most of the food here is focused on fake meats, which are in the sandwiches, salads, and bowls. They are great, but that seems to be the focus. I used to get the sandwiches a lot, but then it hit me that eating bread with tempeh isn't really very healthy - so now I get the salads or bowls - and they are great.

I just wish they could do something about that parking!

Pros: Good tasting food, Large variety

Cons: Parking, Counter service, Parking

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best mock meat dishes - Edit

I don't eat the fake meat and dairy alternatives. They just are not any good and I love fruits and veggies. Ran into this place and tried the Soul Bowl. Wow, the fake chicken was excellent. My wife got the portobello and sausage burger. It too was amazing. So much flavor. I certainly wish I lives near one of these stores.

Pros: flavor, price, service

Cons: not at my house

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Long Lines... No parking... GREAT SERVICE & FOOD! - Edit

I work about 7-10 mins from this location... I usually head to The Camp (name of the outdoor mall) around 12 for lunch. It takes me sometimes 15 mins to find a parking spot and usually is farther from Native Foods. Lines to order food usually go out the door. They have 2 people taking orders during the lunch rush. It is very difficult to find a place to sit inside at a booth. There is outdoor patio seating but fills up very fast. The good thing about The Camp is they have outside seating all over the place and the restaurants there are good about trying to track you down. I don't like eating outside when it's hot so I have to wait around usually mins before my food comes out of the kitchen. The staff are "annoyingly" always asking if they can bring you something or refill your drink, sometimes ask if they can get you dessert. First of all i usually have my face stuffed with food when they come by or I am so close to the drink station i can get my own refill. Still though it's great customer service. The staff is all very nice. Always greeting you, always saying thanks for stopping by. The staff is very patient when ordering and seem to know their stuff about the menu. I highly recommend visting this location just NOT during the lunch rush.

Pros: Great Service, Great Food, Knowledgeable Staff

Cons: No Parking, Long Lines, No place to sit

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A great vegan restaurant - Edit

Despite being in an unpleasant surrounding area, this Native Foods makes up for it. Great food, as are all the Native Foods restaurants. The building is inside The Camp and is a cute area which was cool.

We've been there almost weekly, and highly recommend it. Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburgers with Native Fries are amazeballs. This chain is definitely one of the most redeeming features of Orange County!

Pros: 100% vegan, socially conscious, freakin' delicious!

Cons: in Southern California

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One of the best Native Foods - Edit

This Native Foods is located in an eco friendly mall and fits right in. The food is great and very tasty and the service friendly and fast.
We had the special of the day and were not disappointed.

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unfortunately gone the bigger-means-better route - Edit

i've been eating at native foods for years, since the days of only having the palm springs locations. they were great, being a vegan restaurant at a time when there were a lot fewer of them than there are today. though since then, i've decided it's just not a good experience eating there anymore.

over that time i've seen the sides disappear and the prices rise - though this is pretty consistent other places as well. and i've had experiences of servers (palm springs is table service) forgetting to place our order and then offering not even an apology, just gruffly putting a dessert list in front of us and telling us to pick something - which might also be an isolated incident. but the worst part of it all is with their expansion has come douchey manager types offering to 'buy me a new watermelon tea' and just the upselling in general. they're clearly going the bigger-means-better route, but it's just created a nasty businesslike atmosphere. something that i tend to like about vegan restaurants and that i liked about native foods is just not there anymore. didn't think i'd miss the days of stoned kids taking my order here, but i'd welcome them back in a second over staff running around and hurriedly trying to ring me up too.

overall, the food tastes great - though tends to be a lot of starchy not-exactly-healthy fare - and i think it's great that vegan places can attract non-vegans and flourish in the first place, though because of how this place has declined and become pretty growth-oriented, i would recommend looking into other nearby places that are still small businesses and not onboard with the fast-paced high-efficiency upselling marketplace vibe.

Pros: food tastes great, good locations

Cons: too many douchey upselling experiences, high efficiency has replaced quality

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Great food, great people! - Edit

I've been eating at Native Foods restaurants for several years now. The one thing which comes to my mind more then even their delicious food I've been indulging myself are the people who are working there. Their stuff is engaging and delightful. Happy People, happy Food! :)
My favorite one is the their Costa Mesa location!

Cheers!
VEGAN ATHLETE PERFORMANCE

Pros: FOOD, STAFF, ATMOSPHERE

Cons: PARKING, PARKING, PARKING

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Best of all Native Foods locations, so delicious! - Edit

I would rank this as the 2nd-best vegan restaurant I've ever been to, after Foodswings in NYC. This place is delicious, fresh, friendly, has tons of options (and all of them are great!).

The layout, seating, decorations and whatnot are also really cool.

There aren't enough good things to say about this spot, so just go here.

Pros: All-vegan, Plenty of parking, GREAT food

Cons: None

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Good Food, Unfriendly Staff - Edit

The food was great here but the atmosphere and staff made me feel very uncomfortable. I might come back here if I'm ever in the area again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here.

Pros: Vegan, Good Food

Cons: Staff, Too Far

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Great Space and Food - Edit

I had read about this place on happycow, and here's my Native Foods - Costa Mesa review.

Native Foods rocks. There are currently a handful of locations in southern California.

My husband and I have eaten just about every thing on the menu. While we don't like every dish (we have some favorites), we are impressed with the originality and the creativity behind the food and the whole Native Foods concept. It's all vegan and organic.

This particular space is architecturally unique. The restaurant is housed in a space shaped like a large yurt (round). A round counter in the middle of the room is surrounded by booths all around the edge. There is also a nice little patio space outside.

Kudos to Tanya Petrovna, the lovely creator, chef, and woman-in-chief. She holds the recipe for the best tempeh, seitan, tofu, and pizza. Recommended when in the area.

Pros: yummy, like fast food but better, organic

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