Phoenix Garden

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7103 Brook Rd, Richmond, Virginia, USA, 23227

Vietnamese noodle house where all food is vegan; the only non-vegan item offered is honey for drinks. The pho is house made without added MSG. Desserts include a traditional corn and sweet rice with coconut cream topping and vegan funnel cakes. Confirmed open, June 2016. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese

Reviews (27)

First Review by smylly

beautiful food - Edit

Food was delicious! I like to take pics and leave them here for other people. Very nice cozy restaurant with good service and friendly staff. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Fantastic food - Edit

I'd love to share photos with you all, but we dove into our plates so fast, I missed the photo opp! We had Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, the Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwich, and Pan-fried Noodles. Everything was delicious, and I look forward to visiting Richmond again and trying more of their vegan offerings.

Pros: very flavorful, generous portions, lots of options!

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Great food! - Edit

The food was terrific. I ordered the Banh Mi sandwich- delicious. It came with a side of coleslaw which was not what I expected but was very tasty. The place is no frills and the food came out pretty quickly.

Pros: Everything is vegan.

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Super Friendly Staff...but.... - Edit

We were super excited that there was a mostly vegan restaurant in Richmond while we visited the area. The staff is super nice and were very pleasant to be around.

I'm not sure if it was just what we ordered, but it did leave a lot to be desired. The dishes we got were loaded with onions and beansprouts. And when I say loaded, I'm not joking. Let me also preface by saying that my husband and I love all fruits and vegetables (my husband even likes durian fruit), so it isn't like we are picky eaters. My dish had vegetable in the name (mixed vegetable and brown rice), but there were sparse pieces of broccoli and it was mainly onions and beansprouts. Now, I like both of those foods, but not a dish of mainly that. In addition, the onions were not fully cooked so they were pretty strong. Again, we both like raw (or partially cooked) onions, but imagine eating a half of a cup in each dish of it. If they were cooked all of the way, then it wouldn't have been such a big deal. When onions aren't cooked that much though, it almost starts to burn the tongue a bit. We also ordered the Happy Family but there were barely any vegan meats in that, just mainly onions and beansprouts. Our brown fried rice and marinated tofu (which has tofu in the name) only had about 3-4 small pieces of tofu. And again, loaded with beansprouts (by this point we said no onions because we couldn't handle any more of them). The sauces for all of the dishes were really nice, but it really lacked in the vegan meat/tofu department. In addition, I was really looking for some veggies other than onions and beansprouts.

Lastly, there was no music playing or anything, so throughout the whole meal we heard a little girl (I think the owner's daughter...definitely not a customer) coughing.

Pros: Super nice staff, Nice flavor in the sauce, Plenty of parking

Cons: Lacking in protein & variety of veggie department, Expensive for what was given, No music or other soothing ambiance

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Yes; Amazing! - Edit

What a great place!! Impeccable service and delectable dishes. We had the Fresh Rolls, Pho, Brown Rice with Vegetables, and the Yin & Yang (red bean sesame balls with coconut cream and chocolate sauces). We loved everything. It was fresh, flavorful, comforting, and delicious. It was a perfect respite after a hard travel day.I will suggest that anyone who's typically queasy about mock meats might avoid the mock chicken. I liked it. But you may not.

Pros: Incredible vegan Pho, Out of this world desserts, Joyful, generous service

Cons: None for me

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MUST TRY! - Edit

This place is so amazing. The service is excellent, the people are so kind and friendly, and the food is AMAZING. Definitely some of the best vegan food I've had yet. I ordered Pho with extra noodles (only a dollar extra) and got a whopping portion. My boyfriend, who is not vegan, ordered the Happy Family entree and loved it! We also got an order of the sweet rice/ corn dessert and it was delicious.

Pros: Excellent service, Delicious vegan options, Large portions

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AMAZING - Edit

Ate here twice on our vactaion to Kings Dominion. Couldn't get enough. Even my VERY picky son loved it. The combination platter is great for kids (and adults) Don't normally care for desserts but as a treat we got the funnel cake and almost wanted to cry it was so good. Can't wait to stop by again soon.

Pros: Very friendly staff, good portions, amazingly tasty

Cons: none

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Love this place - Edit

Everything on the menu is Vegan; however, they do bring you honey when you order hot tea. I love everything they have especially the pho and banh mi. They are out of this world. I also love the fact that they have funnel cake and you guessed it, it's VEGAN! I love the owners, they are such sweet people. They make you feel like you're home with family when you are there.

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love this place!! - Edit

The owner is an extremely nice woman who is both vegan and from Vietnam so you know the food is legit. The only non vegan thing is she'll offer honey with your tea. When I say nice I mean she usually offers me and sister who go there complimentary tea or some free dessert.

Everything on the menu is good, I know because I've had everything on the menu. The pho is classic but a lot of other simpler dishes are great too. The desserts are wow. The ying and yang sesame red bean balls are my favorite by and large. It's calm and quiet and right off brook road.

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Veg Vietnamese Heaven - Edit

I heart Vietnamese food, but boy is it a challenge to find legitimately cooked Vietnamese food that is vegan! The entire restaurant is vegetarian, and the menu boasts that actually ALL of the food is vegan - just ask if you're not sure, but, it seems legit!

The vegetables are fresh and crisp, complementing the noodles, rice and sauces nicely. Nothing here is heavy. I felt like I could eat 3 entire entrees. While the most happy item of them all for a veg*n to order is the pho, since you needn't ask about the broth, don't just go for the pho!

My fav is usually the non-fake meat items. The summer roll is decent, but the best items are the pan-fried rice noodles and mixed vegetable entree. So simple, but so good. The sesame red bean balls are also legit.

You can't go wrong here. The portions are generous, and the food is tasty. My only gripe is more vegetable diehes needed, like papaya salad and sautéed greens.

Pros: All vegan, Pan-fried noodles, Pho for vegans

Cons: Location requires car, Too many good items to order

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What a find! - Edit

Great stop on a road trip, just off 95. Friendly service, interesting and delicious food. We had the pan fried noodles, the brown fried rice with vegan beef, and two orders of summer rolls. The noodles were particularly delicious, with a nice browned edge to them here and there. We'll be back!

Pros: Location, Quick and delicious

Cons: Ambiance

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Great find! - Edit

We live an hour from Richmond and have been going to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden regularly for a few years but just realized recently this place was right around the corner. It was a tad pricey for us but all the food was awesome so it was worth it. I had the Bahn Mi, my wife had the mixed vegetables with brown rice and the kids had fried rice with tofu. And the kids also really enjoyed the chocolate fried banana for dessert. Everything was fabulous and the owners were very nice. We'll definitely be back!

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I95 road trip - great vegan food. - Edit

Wow! Heading north on the I95, couldn't face subway for dinner again, and found this place just 2 mins off the highway. Delicious, vegan, healthy food. Better veg-asian than anything we've had in DC. Friendly owner and reasonable prices. What a find.

Pros: Many kid friendly options., Quick service, Easy parking

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100% vegan delicious Vietnamese food - Edit

Really yummy family run vegan Vietnamese restaurant. My husband and I had the lunch special that what a delicious Pho for 8$! I would definitively recommend that place to everybody. The whole menu looks good.

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Vegan in Richmond - Edit

Last night I had an amazing vegan meal at Phoenix Garden. It was a bit slow so I also had an opportunity to share with the owners. If you are in the area do yourself a big, healthy favor and visit with them. Phoenix has so many delicious offerings on the menu. I am looking forward to my next visit to the Richmond area.

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Perfect in every way - Edit

Loved this place, and found it thanks to all your great reviews. Had the sautéed eggplant, Pho, spring rolls, Banh Mi, and Vietnamese beer. The service was amazing, and even helped navigate a nut allergy with ease. The owners were very friendly, and even asked us why we weren't finishing all of our food. The portions are big and we ordered a lot! So we ate it all, sort of like eating with my grandmother. Lovely! All ingredients were fresh, fresh, fresh.

Cons: A little salty

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Adorable and delicious! - Edit

The owners were the sweetest, nicest people I've met in a long time. They seemed to truly care about each customer and valued their business.
The food was delicious, and I'd recommend it to everyone who lives in or visits Richmond!

Pros: Friendly Staff, Large Portions, Delicious Food

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Love this place! - Edit

If you're vegan, vegetarian, or even a carnivore, this place is awesome! All menu items are vegan but my meat eating relatives were also very impressed! We loved the couple that runs the place... they were incredibly generous. It was my siblings' birthday when we went and they gave us complimentary treats for them! They are so sweet there and the food is to die for! I got the veg pho and the summer rolls and I was in HEAVEN :) If you live in Richmond or just passing through, this is a great place to eat. Please check this place out! You won't regret it.

Pros: great food, very nice service, located right in Lakeside

Cons: menu was a little limited, but delicious

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I adore this place! - Edit

This place excels both in terms of amazing service and excellent food. I adore the couple who runs it--they are so friendly, gracious and attentive. The food was truly delicious. I loved the cabbage salad and Banh Mi so much, and the pho was excellent. We had the yin and yang dessert as well. Everything was super fresh, high quality, delectable, and served with a smile. We will definitely go back to this place anytime we pass through Richmond. It's also really easy to find and close to 95, so it's great for people passing through.

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The best Vegan Restaurant in Virginia - Edit

Some of the most delicious vegan food in the entire VA area. The restaurant carries a very diverse selection of unique vegan dishes and every meal is prepared with fresh ingredients and great perplexity. The service is undeniably hospitable and the homey atmosphere is welcoming and charming. I recommend this restaurant highly, whether you're vegan or not. It's one of Richmond's most appetizing gems.

Pros: Incredible dishes, Hospitable service, homey atmosphere

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Will Travel for Vegan Food - Edit

I drove 20 minutes to check this place out. The restaurant caters to weddings and other celebrations. At first glance it seems like a normal restaurant, but you walk in, and it is very nicely decorated for celebrations. It felt weird sitting down at a table, but that feeling was quickly taken away. The owners of this business are awesome. The food was fresh, hot, and so pleasing to a vegan. They brought hot finger appetizers to the kids. It was perfect. The Vegetarian Pho made my day, I took half of it home for dinner. The menu was extremely affordable. Really good food, and really warm atmosphere. Oh, and vegan funnel cake. Gotta get that next time when I am not so full!!!

Pros: tasty food, friendly staff, VEGAN

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julesy bear 03 Mar 2013 - We saw your sticker on their door! We loved it too :)  


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I love this restaurant! - Edit

I discovered this amazing restaurant when I was browsing for new vegan-friendly locations. My fiancee and I have visited for lunch twice in the past week! I can already say it's become a favorite.

The pho broth is absolutely phenomenal. As others have stated, it's 100% vegan and MSG-free and easily twice as flavorful. I've had my fair share of vegan meats - and the ones included in the pho truly stand out, both in texture and taste. I actually appreciated the smaller serving size. In past experiences at other restaurants, I've been overwhelmed by the amount served - largely consisting of too many rice noodles that end up swollen with liquid.

The Vietnamese Sandwich is generally served with orange slices on the side, but when we visited they were out - and we received two complimentary desserts in place of the oranges. The couple that owns the restaurant is incredibly friendly! Great food and great service make this the perfect location for me!

My only worry is that some may have a hard time finding the restaurant, because it is a little out of the way.

Pros: Amazing Vegan Food, Fantastic Service, Perfect Portion Size

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Love it! - Edit

I was having a really hard time finding vegan food in Richmond (the fast food capital of the US). We found this on Happy Cow. As we approached the restaurant, I was a little scared because it's a little "crappy" looking from the outside, and when we went in it look closed (there was nobody in there). However, once we were seated, and ordered, I was so happy. The staff was wonderful (I believe the chef's husband was our server). The food was even better. I had the rice stick noodle plate, and it was delicious. Others at my table had the vegetarian Pho (they said the vegetable broth was cooked for 6 hours, and they don't use msg), and the sandwich ( i can't remember what it's called). Everything was delicious, and some of my meat eating guests said they couldn't even tell they weren't eating meat. I'm so happy I found this, and if you are in Richmond you should definitely check it out. P.S., there was a really cute 5 year old girl that announced each customer that entered the restaurant :-)

Pros: vegan, great food, friendly staff

Cons: outside appearance

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Delicious food! - Edit

I love this place because it's family owned, the service is great, and the restaurant is clean. The husband waits tables and the wife cooks. They're very sweet and friendly.
I've had the pho, the sandwich, corn fritters, drum sticks and the appetizer patter. It was all delicious! We also got the funnel cake which is good if you're looking for a really greasy and sugary dessert. Their other desserts are more traditional Asian desserts which I am not a fan of. Bring on the chocolate cake!
The lemonade was supposed to be homemade but it was way too sweet and tasted like a mix.

It's also all vegan.
Updated from previous review on Saturday March 24, 2012

Pros: Great food, Great service, Clean

Cons: the homemade lemonade is not homemade, The food could be less greasy, too many mariscino cherries

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Yummy unique food - Edit

Never had veg/an Vietamese before and was so happy we stopped while traveling through Richmond (thanks Happy Cow App). The food was great. Had the special which was veggie meat skewers with veggies and a side of brown rice and marinated tofu. Also, the Pho was great - not too sweet at all. The spring role appetizer was perfect as was the rice, black eyed pea and coconut milk desert. Wish they were in our area. If this is what good veg Vietnamese is about, I don't need to eat Chinese anymore.

Pros: great food, nice owners, easy parking

Cons: shabby, out of the way

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Limited Menu but Perfect - Edit

The Pho was fantastic not a fan of mock meats but this was tasty. Would recommend this highly. Also tried the spring rolls those were perfect with the hot sauce they brought out. Sampled a mock chickn nugget and the Happy Family on the menu. For desert they recommend the Funnel cake. The owners say everything there is Vegan so that is big plus for me. Menu is limited only a couple things on it.
For two people expect to spend around $35

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Price, limited menu

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A New Vegan Option! - Edit

Tasty homemade broth in the vegetable pho makes for a fresh and comforting soup. The fried brown rice is also tasty with fresh broccoli and mushrooms. The corn and sweet rice with coconut cream topping (a traditional Vietnamese dessert) is definitely worth a try. Phoenix Garden is a really nice addition to the vegetarian scene in Richmond!

Pros: food is fresh and healty, service is warm and inviting, only vegetarian pho in Richmond

Cons: hope they do ok with their location, doesn't look like much from outside, need announcement bell on door

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