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.

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

33 Reviews

First Review by smylly

10/10 - Edit

Wow. The food here was so delicious and my mother and (super non-vegan) sister loveddd it. The staff was incredibly nice. I mean probably the best waiter I've ever had. I got the steamed buns, happy family, house-made kombucha, and funnel cake. I would highly recommend all of these!! Also, the funnel cake was the best my family and I have ever had. Do not miss this place!

Pros: friendly staff, delicious food, funnel cake

Cons: none

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:) - Edit

Very clean and large space, easy thorough menu. Staff extremely friendly. Great bathrooms.

I had the lunch special pho. Unfortunately may have been the worst pho I have had. I could not finish it it had a strong weird taste and too many mock meats.

I am not a stranger to pho so was a little disappointed. However I would love to return and try a different dish. Maybe that one just wasn't for me.

Pros: friendly, clean, fun menu

Cons: bad pho

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What The Pho! - Edit

Seriously, just go here, order the kombucha and the Pho. They have a lunch time special for the Pho. Everything was delicious and I left so satisfied. My husband is not vegan and got the same meal as I did. We live in NC but the next trip we make north we will stop here again.

Pros: delicious , vegan, friendly

Cons: more people need to know about this place!

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Ties for favorite in RVA - Edit

I LOVE this place. The atmosphere is pretty rustic, but the people are so awesome and the food is fantastic!!!! Everything on the menu is prepared with love and care. And vegan funnel cake!!

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Nice Pho - Edit

The pho here is nice. If you are unfamiliar with pho, or had problems getting a vegan version, this would be a great introduction to this wonderful dish. If you are a pho-lover that is familiar with this dish, you won't be blown away (it's not bad, it's just not amazing).
The restaurant itself has outdated decor, and a strong frying smell. It has a "hole-in-the-wall" sort of vibe, so a great place for a take-out or for a not too picky sit down, but definitely not a place for a date or a family dinner.

Pros: Nice pho, Lots of vegan options, lots of meat-substitutes, Nice service

Cons: The food won't blow you away, Decor is outdated. Hole-in-the-wall sort of feel

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outstanding Food - Edit

Visiting Richmond from Dallas area and decided to try this restaurant and was not disappointed. Started with Veg. Spring Rolls, not made on premise that's for sure and not as good as I expected. Then came the PHO entree, which was outstanding, even better than expected. In fact, it was as good as the meat alternative. Soup was delicious, the tofu was light and flavorful, the vegan meat was so good one might mistake it for the real thing; exture and taste was incredible. This is truly exceptional, for dessert I chose corn and sticky rice; it too was exceptionally good and decadently delicious.

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Saved my weekend!! - Edit

I was in the area for a Home & Garden show and was eating too much fast food. This place was so good and made me feel so much better. When you get the soup you can even buy a extra helping of noodles.

Pros: Lots of good options.

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AMAZING - Family-owned PURE VEGAN - Edit

We had the funnel cake, Pho, and Family Feast. Incredible. They have asian beers and the NICEST PEOPLE.

Pros: family & food

Cons: NONE

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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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