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Nature's Grill - Ventura

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 11 reviews )
Contact 805-643-7855

566 E Main St (at downtown), Ventura, California, USA, 93001

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual American fare restaurant. Order at the counter, and food is brought to your table. The menu is vegetarian friendly with salads, veggie burgers, wraps, black bean and rice burrito, various main entrees. Vegans can ask for soy cheese and vegan mayonaise substitute. Also offers fresh pressed juices, smoothies, organic coffee and tea. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Non-veg

Reviews (11)

First Review by Chandra

they have vegan soup :) - Edit

Their dressings are clearly marked, only 1 was vegan but it's all good :] I got the shroom sandwich. Subbed vegan mayo and took out the sauce that wasn't vegan. The spicy black bean soup was good! This place is yummy and super duper healthy.

Pros: vegan options, the cashier knew what changes needed to be made to

Cons: meat, of course

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Simple American California fare - Edit

I had read about this place on happycow, and here's my Nature's Grill review.

Was here on a Friday during lunchtime, in February 2012, and the restaurant was quite busy. Seems like a popular place with the locals. The menu is very vegetarian and vegan friendly. Some of the vegetarian items can be made vegan by requesting substitutes (soy cheese, vegan mayonaise).

My husband and I share a soup & 1/2 sandwich combo and ask for vegan mayonaise on the bread, which they offered at no extra charge. We also got the tempeh tacos. Both plates were served with a side of blue tortilla chips and salsa.

Overall, the food was good enough, not fancy, but tasted healthy and clean - simple American California fare.

Nature's Grill has a string of locations up and down California. See their website info.

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Overall, worth it! - Edit

My hubby and I go here all the time. It's true that most of the workers are rude, and their tempeh tacos suck, but most of the items on the menu are great! Yes, the items are not all made for vegans, but all you have to do is order it without cheese, or sour cream or whatever.
They give you alot of food for your money, and I think most of it tastes great! I hate it when people judge a restaurant solely on one or even two dishes when there's so much to chose from.
I think it's totally worth it!

Pros: Great Veg choices, alot of food for your buck

Cons: bad customer service, not a formal restaurant

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It's not the best - Edit

I have been to this restaurant quite a bit of times, I usually have to eat alone though because my family and boyfriend think the food is gross and bland. It's kind of pricey, it cost me $15 for a hot dog , smoothie and a cookie. But servings are pretty big. My favourites are the hot dogs, the smoothies, cookies, soy ice cream. I would recommend it but don't get the tempeh tacos!

Pros: Lot's of Vegan Options, friendly staff

Cons: Tacos are Bland, omnivours don't like it

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bland - Edit

I stopped by to pick up some food to go and the menu does have a separate vegetarian section, but it is more veggie than vegan. It's an order at the counter place and I ordered the tempeh tacos without cheese plus the beans and rice for an extra buck. I asked about the shakes which said soy ice cream was available, but they were out of it, so no shake for me. :-( After I got back to my hotel room to eat, the soft taco tortillas were pretty soaked through and fell apart. It would have helped if they had double wrapped each one. The tempeh was pretty bland and it seemed the sauce was just added on at the end rather than marinated in it. The rice and beans side just added to the blandness. Overall, it was okay, but I probably wouldn't go back.

Pros: quick service

Cons: bland, more veggie than vegan friendly

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Fills the gap reasonably cheaply - Edit

This was our second visit here and it does offer a reasonable range of vegan food that is tasty and cheap. However, they don't seem to label items vegan so you end up having to ask and the staff are do go and ask but you feel that you are putting them out a bit as they are not the happiest band of people for some reason. None of their cakes were vegan apart from the cookies but they do offer one soy ice cream. For cheapness and convenience it is a good place to eat but it could be improved with happier staff and a better labelled menu.

Pros: Reasonably priced, Centrally located, Nice interior

Cons: Vegan items not labelled, Staff a bit unhappy

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Good stuff - Edit

We were there on March 14, first time. For my better half, bland is good (or if you will, simple) and that is precisely why we tried it out. She loved the food, I thought it was great too. We will drive the 50 miles one way to eat there again. Fun, quirky, friendly, and able to sit with our pooch outside and enjoy the ambient activity.

Pros: Healthy menu, Nice people, Reasonable prices

Cons: Not too close to where we live

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It's only okay - Edit

My wife and I ate here recently - she is vegan and gluten-free. That limits her choices anywhere, but they had a few options for her. She had vegan tacos that were incredibly bland. She gave up on them after a few bites, and I tried them and it was like eating really old boiled veggies wrapped in a corn tortilla.

My meal wasn't as bad - I had a falafel sandwich - it had way too much sauce on it, so was soggy, but the flavor was fine.

We also ordered a side of chips and guacamole. But, when they brought our order, they didn't bring them. The server seemed annoyed at our asking about them, apparently we weren't charged, so I said that I'd be happy to pay, and she took my money and brought the food. The server's attitude was a disappointment on top of the rather average food.

Pros: several vegetarian items, fairly fast service

Cons: average tasting food

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Great Salads - Edit

This is one of my favorite places for salads. My top pick is the taco salad which I order without sour cream. Their tahini dressing is amazing. This place also serves chicken and fish, so is a good place to eat out with my carnivore husband and friends.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, good value

Cons: noisy, crowded

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I wish there was one near me. - Edit

I thought this place was great. I wish I had been able to try more of the food items than I was able to. The food tasted very wholesome and the blueberry vegan shake was to die for. This restaurant is not entirely vegetarian let alone vegan, but there are plenty of options for vegans. It is a good size restaurant. You order at the counter, get your table ware, sit down and they bring the food to you or order and take out. Seems to be quite a popular place. The price was reasonable and the employee's helpful and friendly. The one complaint I have is the hummus was not to my liking. Other than that great food.

Pros: reasonable, wholesome, friendly

Cons: not all vegetarian/vegan

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A nice falafel - Edit

This is a good place to grab a veggie burger or falafel. It is reasonably priced. I think that it unfairly is located too close to Mary's Secret Garden for fabulous taste ratings, but it is in the heart of downtown Ventura and is one of those order at the counter places. You can grab a cheap veggie lunch and throw a tip in the jar.

Pros: Good Value, Quick

Cons: Can be crowded and noisey

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