Native Foods - Westwood

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 42 reviews )
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1114 Gayley Ave (at Westwood Village), West Los Angeles, California, USA, 90024

Small chain of vegan restaurants originating from Southern California, this one is one of the first outlets, est. since early-2000s. Offers a menu of sandwiches, veggie burgers, bowls, salads, and others. Order at the counter and food is brought to your table. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

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

42 Reviews

First Review by heatherveganmom

liked but will not go back - Edit

For the price my
Husband and I would have preferred Chipotle. We are plant based vegans so we try to avoid oil. We ordered the Buddha and poke bowl. We were both hungry after we finished. Enjoyed the bowls but tasted and felt the excessive oil. They have a lot of fried and fake meat. Not our favorite since we are looking for clean food. I think both our meals would have been better if we had some beans and a bed of greens and I would have ignored the oil for the night.

Cons: too much oil. portions small for price.

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good - Edit

Nice and fast
Fast food
Good food nice people

Pros: nice place

Cons: to fast for people to be nice , soy soy soy

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Excellent Vegan Food - Edit

I love Native Foods, and was bummed when, in LA, they were forced to close their Culver City and Santa Monica locations a few years back. Glad we still have this Native Foods! Great 100% Vegan restaurant, on the moderate price side, but still affordable.

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solid AF! - Edit

This place is awesome! The lavender lemonade alone is worth going, it's soo fresh! The chicken wings are amazing and you'll definitely be happy with any burger you get.

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Effective place! - Edit

Nice staff and fast service.

Food is always good and tasty.

I wish all fast food could be that kind, cruelty free and good !

Pros: food, food

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Thanksgiving - Edit

It was an all you can eat buffet with their Native wellington and all the fixings. I have to say it was an overall pretty good assortment of what to expect for thanksgiving. It was my mom's first time to Native foods. The staff was really patient and helpful with accommodating her allergy concerns.

Pros: good food , helpful staff

Cons: A little expensive

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Best Vegan in LA - Edit

Wow...the food here is amazing. Creative combinations and by far best sweet potatoe fries on the planet (tip...order them crispy with side of chipotle). Favorite is chicken bacon avocado club sandwich. And move their salads, have great Reuben and fabulous desserts.

Pros: Sweet potato fries, Tofu bacon, Vegan desserts

Cons: Only one location

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Good bowls - Edit

Food is good especially since they revamped the menu. I particularly like all the bowls and the tempeh tacos.

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Maybe one of my favourite places in the world - Edit

Great location
Wonderful staff
Extensive menu
Super speedy service
Inexpensively priced
What's stopping you...head there now. I know I would if I could. Every trip to LA this is a pit stop for tasty, down to earth, scrumptious food. I have the fondest memories of eating here over the years. Thank you.

Pros: Excellent range of savoury items , Speedy service , Super pleasant staff

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loved it - Edit

wish we had a place like this close to us in Florida

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Hit or Miss - Edit

Sometimes I love what I get, but other times the food is just ok. Definitely hit or miss, but love that is is an accessible vegan option.

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Absolutely amazing - Edit

Everything about this place is wonderful. The staff greet you warmly and take your order at the counter, then you get to choose from upstairs or downstairs seating, and then eat amazing vegan food! My favorites are the lavender lemonade (sometimes I mix it with the watermelon fresca), Bangkok curry bowl, tortilla salad, and peanut butter parfait (and all of their other desserts!). The chipotle dressing is really good even though I don't usually like chipotle flavor. I always have fun when I go here and I always go whenever I'm in LA.

Pros: Huge selection, Super friendly staff, Great atmosphere

Cons: Only in LA

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Love it - Edit

Absolutely delicious food and a huge vegan menu. One of my favorite restaurants nation-wide.

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OMG OMG OMG - Edit

We came here on our last day in the USA. Unfortunately we only discovered Native Foods (in Santa Monica) the day before. The horror of the wasted opportunities!

Another excellent meal, only this time I wasn't stupid enough to order anything other than the Oklahoma Burger (which I had to steal half of from my wife the previous time).

Did I mention the Oklahoma Burger is the best burger in the world? Chased down with a strawberry parfait it can't be beat.

I also learned that it's better to get the buffalo wings rather than the nuggets for the kids. The wings are bigger and better and only a couple bucks more. I got my son 2 serves, stole a couple and ended up taking the leftover one in a napkin in my backpack. Got home 24 hours and a trans-pacific flight later, found the wing, gave it a sniff and gobbled it down. Vegan food baby!

Pros: Yes they are.

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Perfection at last - Edit

Wow, am I happy when I am in the neighborhood of one of their locations! Been dining at both Westwood and Costa Mesa locations for years, and have never been disappointed. Their food is like a drug, and the staff are awesome. They are the Gold Standard for sure.

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My go to place in West LA area - Edit

My two favorite things here happen to be both moroccan! The moroccan lentil soup on mondays and the moroccan rockin bowl. Absolutely my fave! My friend also liked the split pea soup alot. What I like about them is that they freely give you a sample of the soup before trying. The nachos are always a hit when we have groups too! Love this place.

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Great Food! - Edit

I love the food at Native Foods Westwood. I ate there 4 days a week, for 6 months last year. The only item that I didn't like was the Ruben sandwich. But, everything else has been delicious, especially the Italian Meatball Sub, Italian Meatball Pizza, Chicken Burger, Potato Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, Lemonade, Cupcakes, Strawberry Parfait, Portobello Mushroom and Sausage Burger, and Soul Bowl. There are other items that I also like, but those are the main ones.

I just wish that Native Foods posted nutritional information online; sodium content, fat, calories, etc. This is L.A. after all. Smiles.

Pros: great food, nice workers, large, spacious restaurant

Cons: needs faster service at the register

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nice remodeled location - Edit

I decided to update my review after they remodeled and moved next door. The new space is large, very nice and similiar to the other locations now. We were surprised and pleased by how large the area upstairs is. The order counter is right up front with the desserts to tempt you. There are drink fountains both downstairs and upstairs which is very convenient for refills. My favorites include the chicken wings, Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger, the reuben, the strawberry shortcafe parfait and many more although I like trying all the new specials they have too (like the Dagwood, Chicago au jus and banh mi sandwiches). Overall, Native Foods, regardless of location, offers tasty and filling food. The service is quick and friendly and I always enjoy my visits. The elephant paintings in the restroom made me smile too. Go visit if you never have. They validate parking for an hour as well.

Pros: tasty and filling, quick service, desserts

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Fast food - Edit

This is just fast food, prepared by cooks, not chefs, and most likely not vegan cooks. As a result, the food can be hit and miss. I have been to several Native Foods, and the service is ok but the food has never been hot enough. Also, you don't feel the passion in the cooking. However, the Scorpion burger was delicious and so was the Greek Gyro. Other locations were better than this one.
Heavily processed food so not for every day... I

Pros: All vegan

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Epic epicness - Edit

My first time here and I'm totally impressed by how good everything was. I LOVED the portobella w/sage "sausage" - it was delicious as was their balsamic vinaigrette for the side salad. Filled me perfectly. The only thing I didn't like was their drinks. The watermelon and the lemonade one were both way too sweet for my liking. I'll eat here each time I have to visit the UCLA hospital around the corner. The prices were just right too.

Pros: excellent food, great value, friendly staff

Cons: drink options too sweet, parking

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Great food, but limited seating and parking - Edit

This is another great location of the Native Foods franchise, which is one of the top vegan restaurants I've ever been to.

Unfortunately, this location is pretty small, so there's limited seating, and parking is obnoxiously difficult.

However, once you actually have your food, this place is a dream-come-true. The food is really amazing, and you should definitely go here.

Pros: All-vegan, Super delicious

Cons: Difficult to park/get a table

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Better Than Ever - Edit

I had first read about this place on happycow in the early 2000s. My husband and I been coming to this Native Foods location over the years since 2003, and we have eaten here at least 100 times. We've also brought many out-of-town guests here as well - to everyone's delight. Here's my updated Native Foods review.

This year, Native Foods Westwood moved into an expanded location right next door. I went for lunch just yesterday and was totally impressed. It's in a huge place with plenty of seating both downstairs and upstairs.

Over the years, Native Foods has also changed and modified its menu. The current one has most of the old favorites plus some new ones.

The original founder and chef, Tanya Petrovna, created a truly unique brand and food menu using lots of from-scratch-made food like tempeh and seitan, and various dressings and sauces. Overall, the food is colorful, creative, and tasty. The handholds can get really messy, though.

Some items I like:
- Ranch chicken burger
- Twister wrap (wheat tortilla wrap with crispy veg chicken, creamy chipotle dressing, diced red bell peppers & onion, lettuce)
- Native fries
- Poncho's quesadilla (grilled veggies with melted non-soy vegan cheese and vegan sour cream grilled between a wheat tortilla then topped with lettuce & diced red bell peppers, EXCELLENT)

Highly recommended when in the West Los Angeles / UCLA / Westwood area.

Pros: tasty, creative, quick and friendly

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Great Food, Great Restaurant! - Edit

I love Native Foods, and since it is nearby, this is the location I most often go to. By the way, I hear they are massively expanding this location yet again! The food is really great and good quality. I often end up with my favorites, such as the Rockin Moroccan with Chikn. Have gotten the Soul Bowl too which is also very good. Husband often gets the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger which he likes. I look forward to trying more things here! This is a well run chain with perks like a members rewards card (where you can earn things like free drinks and meals), daily specials, and other promotions and events. I think it is a place you can bring omnivore friends who will easily find something they like - and Native Foods marks on their menu which things are recommended for first timers, so that could be helpful too.

Pros: Great Food, Well Run Chain, Friendly Staff

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I LOVE this place! - Edit

I had the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger, and because it was the Special, my side of sweet potato fries was FREE. The food was quite good and so filling that I didn't eat for the rest of the day.

The Westwood location is a bit weird in that the ordering and eating segments of the restaurant are completely separated by a wall, so you effectively have to go next door to eat. Not really a big deal, but kind of unusual.

I do wish we had locations up here in the SF Bay Area.

Pros: All Vegan Menu items, Good Food

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awesome vegan cuisine - Edit

Love this restaurant. I tried many different dishes and they are all delicious. Love their desserts too!

Pros: vegan, location, desserts

Cons: parking

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Bacon Cheeseburger! - Edit

Native foods is pretty great. I will say that I went to the Culver City location a few days earlier and found that they are much different aesthetically. It's not a bad difference, I just wasn't expecting it. OK so aesthetics aside, the bacon cheeseburger is a THE BEST! I absolutely loved it. I felt sorry for my bf though because he ordered the scorpion burger (made with tempeh) and it was horrible. That said, get the bacon cheeseburger and avoid anything with tempeh as the main veggie meat.

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the best veg food in westwood! - Edit

We love love love love Native Foods and are there at least once a week after work for the comfort-food bacon cheeseburger, the killer (yet kill-free) reuben, the awesome chicken run ranch sandwich, or one of many creative protein-filled salads. We simply couldn't live without Tanya's amazing creations!

Pros: terrific grub, creative concoctions, awesome staff

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