PuraVegan

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307 Belt Ave (at DeBaliviere neighborhood), St Louis, Missouri, USA, 63112

Saint Louis vegan cafe and juice bar. Offers many raw food dishes as well some cooked food. Has waffles, raw cakes, baked cookies, acai, juices, smoothies and grab-n-go items. Items containing gluten are labelled, and many gluten-free dishes or options are available. Bakery cake/dessert items are always gluten-free. Free lot parking. Also offers yoga and healthy cooking classes, cleanses, and health coaching - see website for schedule. Est. 2011 and under current ownership since 2012. Open Mon 7:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Fri 7:00am-7:00pm, Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering

Reviews (29)

First Review by soulestiallife

Our first vegan meal - Edit

It was our first vegan eating experience. The cafe was easy to find, parking was easy, the staff was friendly, and the food was amazing. We drove 17 miles, because there are no vegan restaurants around us. It was worth it, and we will be going back!

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Great Smoothies - Edit

I had breakfast at PuraVegan for the first time and thought that everything was great! Had a delicious berry smoothie that I will definitely be going back for.

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gorgeous place! - Edit

i had a wonderful late lunch here on a sunny afternoon!
i had the cold chai which was rich in flavour and very delicious. for food i chose the raw summer bowl - zucchini spaghetti with sprouts, mint, pineapple(!!), peppers and black sesame. it not only looked wonderful, it also tasted amazing! the dressing - even though a little too much, i'd say - was very nice, too!
atmosphere is very relaxed, the place wasn't too busy (maybe because of the time) and i just enjoyed sitting there for a while, resting my legs.
salad was 10 dollars after tax so not too bad. especially as it was a huge portion!
would visit anytime again! the menu sounds wonderful and there's breakfast all day long!!

Pros: choices & taste, atmosphere, location (not too far from forest park)

Cons: smoothies are a little pricey

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OK... - Edit

This is not my favorite vegan place to eat in St. Louis, but I'm happy that they're here as an option for local veg*ns. I tried a raw dessert from them a while back (I believe it was a cheesecake) and it was good. I recently returned and tried the Not Yo Mama's BLT sandwich. This vegan BLT came with tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a homemade spicy mayo, all on waffle bread. The concept of using waffle as a bun is weird, but hey, whatever works. (Their current online photo of this shows avocado, but be advised that it's an extra $1 if you want the avocado.) For $6 it was a very small portion. Luckily, I didn't come for a full meal; I only wanted to sample, so I split this with a friend and it was literally gone in two bites. The flavor of the tempeh and the spicy mayo were delicious. Personally, I'm not a fan of the waffle bread though. It came with 2 orange wedges.

It was very quiet and clean in the cafe. They offer lots of raw options, but have cooked options as well. Yoga sessions and various classes are offered. Check their website for the monthly calendar.

Pros: clean eating

Cons: over-priced

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PuraVegan is the best! - Edit

I LOVE PuraVegan! I always visit when I'm in Saint Louis. They have the most delicious dishes and they're always so fresh. I wish they had one where I live! I highly recommend the chili and waffle cornbread. They also have a mini market where you can buy chapsticks or supplements (I got some ayurvedic tea that saved me from a cold once) and a yoga studio attached. You don't want to miss this place!

Pros: Fresh, Delicious, THE BEST

Cons: None

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St. Louis needs more places like this! - Edit

PuraVegan has some of the best vegan options in STL! Great place to grab a bite to eat or a smoothie. And they have lots of great oil-free options as well!

Pros: Healthy and delicious, oil-free options, friendly staff

Cons: can be a bit intimidating for first non-vegans

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Friendly Vegan Cafe! - Edit

I was looking for a place in the Central West End to grab a quick bite after my shift at Children's Hospital, and I'm so glad I found PuraVegan! The food is good, the staff is very friendly, and the quaint sidewalk cafe atmosphere makes it truly enjoyable. They have smoothies of all kinds, and for lunch a selection of vegan delights sure to leave you satisfied. My first time in I tried the mac and cheese, which was very good, my next visit I tried the BLT made with tempeh, and it was fantastic! For a quick vegan snack or lunch in the CEE, make sure you stop by and try their awesome menu! They also have Yoga, but I haven't tried that...yet! Lol

Pros: nice atmosphere, friendly staff, vegan menu

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Acai bowl heaven - Edit

I used to love down the street from Pura Vegan and I had serious Acai bowl withdrawals once we moved. Everything I've tried off of their menu is delicious and they make it with so much love!

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The REAL DEAL!! - Edit

This little restaurant is the absolute best! The food is amazing, the energy is amazing, and everyone is super nice! May be making more trips to STL just to eat here! Completely gluten free and Vegan I thought places like existed only in my head :) Thanks PuraVegan for being so AWESOME!!

Pros: Great Food, Excellent Energy, Huge Portions

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Wonderful!!! - Edit

Everything about my experience with PuraVegan has been wonderful! I began with a 5 Day Level One Cleanse and couldn't believe how amazing I felt. Monica took the time to answer any questions I had and to offer her support throughout the five days. It was so easy and everything tasted divine! I have continued with daily juices and raw meals. Change your life through good nutrition and let the staff at PuraVegan help you along your journey.

Pros: Delicious Food, Easy to Transport Meals and Drinks, Welcoming and Knowledgable Staff

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Fantastic Everything!!! - Edit

I live in Pittsburgh and whenever I am in St. Louis I HAVE to go to PuraVegan Cafe. I am VEGAN but love to eat RAW when it is available. PuraVegan has great choices and I have found everything to be quite delicious. I have tried something different each time I have gone and have never been disappointed. The staff is very friendly and have great suggestions if you have never eaten RAW. I love it and will definitely be dropping in again when I am back in the fall. It is a small business and I love to support them.

Pros: Great RAW food, Quaint environment, Lots of choices.

Cons: None

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Great Food, Friendly Staff! - Edit

The food is super tasty, and obviously very healthy! I've had the quesadilla, lemon cookie and chocolate peanut butter pie, and they were all awesome—especially the pie. It is seriously to die for! The staff was great also. They all seemed genuinely kind and nice. They were very friendly and helpful and made the experience even more enjoyable!

Pros: friendly staff, healthy, delicious

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Would Definitely Go Back! - Edit

I loved this place while staying in St. Louis. I got the kale wrap, carrot cake smoothie, and lemon cookie for dessert while my mother got the veggie burger (by far my favorite thing), chili, and a cheesecake. We both loved it all and it took me forever to talk my mother into going because she isn't even vegan. Win for me :). But not a single item we had disappointed. It's mostly raw vegan which made everything all the better. Only bad thing was limited parking and seating.

Pros: Fantastic Food, Reasonable Sizes, Mostly Raw Vegan

Cons: Limited Parking And Seating, Limited Hours

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Great Raw Food - Edit

The food is excellent and creative. It is on the pricey side, which is somewhat understandable due to the time it takes to prepare raw food (I don't mean salads and fruit cups - I mean pizzas with dehydrated whole grain crusts, etc., which are well worth trying). Aside from being relatively expensive compared to other options, the ambiance and service aren't quite up to the price point. Both are a bit informal. However, the food is great and super healthy, and I recommend trying it!

Pros: Excellent, creative food

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great!! - Edit

Super friendly, so happy I found this place. Great raw options and the flavors are great!!! try the pad thai and the rawfredo! Great smoothies too!

Pros: Friendly, Flavorful, Great Raw Food

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Fantastic Waffles - Edit

We flew into the St Louis airport and found Puravegan on the HappyCow app and headed straight over there. We took some of the pre-made food with us for our road trip but not before having a great breakfast!

Pros: great food, friendly staff, nice clean atmosphere

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An excellent choice... - Edit

My wife and I cruise year round on our boat. We're usually on the east coast, Bahamas, Keys, or New England but this year we've been on the Great Lakes and are now coming down the major rivers. We're vegan onboard and try out Vegan restaurants all along our journeys.

The Mississippi River brought us to St Louis so we tried PuraVegan. It was fantastic. They have a great selection of interesting vegan dishes made to perfection. We tried a few things and all were great. The zucchini noodles were quite nice and perfectly prepared. Everything was exceedingly fresh and high quality.

All in all, it's a first class place and one of the best we've seen anywhere. It was definitely PuraJoy to be at PuraVegan.

Pros: Interesting dishes, Exceptional quality, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Medium to higher priced (but fair)

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Worth the trip just for the mousse! - Edit

PuraVegan is a little of the way for me, but I had a craving for their mousse today after work so I braved rush hour traffic even though the kitchen closes at 4:00. Not to worry -- they try to keep a good sampling of tasty raw foods in the cooler, and luck was with me! Three people in my family, and three servings of mousse left. I'd forgotten how spectacularly good the desserts are at PuraVegan! They can turn tofu (not "officially" raw, the server reminded me), bananas, and peanut butter into pure ambrosia. Never underestimate the power of the vegan chefs at PuraVegan!

Pros: Great food, open til 7:00 pm, Clean, comfortable atmosphere, Smart, friendly staff

Cons: Kitchen closes at 4:00, Shopping area is really limited

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Great Raw/vegan food - Edit

Nice find on Happy Cow. Very nice place in a neat little neighborhood. Very good raw 'burgers' and salads and black bean soup with gluten free cornbread was really good. Smoothies good too. Nice to have some seats out on the sidewalk. Would visit again if in area.

Pros: Good, good raw and vegan offerings, Nice selection of smoothies, a little bit of outdoor seating

Cons: a bit pricey

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good time! - Edit

great raw vegan food. neat place.

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Filling and Delicious! - Edit

This is probably my favorite restaurant in St. Louis. I absolutely love "noodle" dishes made from zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, etc. and they do them to perfection! If you are interested in what type of things one eats on a raw diet, this is a great place to start. Everything is fresh, vibrant, and the portion sizes are legit! I take all my college friends here, and no one has complained yet! They also offer donation yoga and food classes.

Pros: Large portions, Comforting atmosphere, Kombucha!

Cons: Somewhat pricey, Limited hours

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Food was great! - Edit

Portions were large, flavor was great. The banana-tahini ice cream was yummy.BBQ Cheddar pizza was good. Also had Pad Thai. It was good but maybe a little too much cilantro. I will definitely be going back next time I am in St. Louis.

Pros: Fresh food, great atmosphere, large entrees

Cons: limited hours, a little pricey

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Love it! - Edit

This restaurant is amazing. Everything is fresh and delicious - I have yet to try something that I haven't loved. Keep in mind that this is a mostly Raw restaurant, so your expectations should reflect that accordingly. A few of my favorites are the Rawfredo, the Pad Thai, the Sweet Potato Pasta - and, of course, the Cobbler for dessert!

People who complain about the wait need to remember that all of the food is made fresh to order! Raw food takes time, but more importantly, it is done fresh at the time your order it. Adjust your expectations, open your mind and delight your taste buds! :-)

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, classes available

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incredible - Edit

If you have any doubts about raw food, you need to try Purevegan. Between the 3 of us we tried 3 entrees, 2 salads, a soup and 3 desserts. They were all awesome, great flavors and filling.

Pros: variety, flavor, portions

Cons: a glass of wine would have been nice

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Really great food & classes too! - Edit

I was traveling through St Louis and went there based on Happy Cow's ratings. The downside is that they're closed on Mondays, which was the only day I was in town. The upside is that they are closed on Monday in order to offer raw food classes!

Monica was nice enough to let me crash one of her classes. The food was delicious! It was a four-course meal, made with instruction & some class participation (this was the intro to raw, so I don't know if there's more hands-on in the advanced class.

We enjoyed a ginger carrot soup, spiral-cut zukes with marinara (my favorite the dishes!), a non-rice "fried rice", and a cacao desert ball thingie.

Not only was the food good, but she goes over basic ingredents of raw meals & a lot of suggestions on where to get those ingrediants, as well as how to handle them. There was a list of a ton of other, more advanced, classes, if any one actually lives in the area.

Oh, and did I mention the nice people? The whole class was really pleasant & welcoming. Monica let me join an already full class less than two hours before it started! And she directed me to some other local places ihould try out next tme I visit.

For any one travelling, I will warn you that my GPS seemed to take me on a tour through post-apocalyptic St Louis before getting me to the really nice neighborhood where PuraVegan is located.

The two-hour class was very reasonably priced & the menu I saw seemed pretty reasonable for raw veggies.

Pros: Raw food, Delicious, Reasonably priced for RAW vegan

Cons: The GPS is confused when finding it, Closed on Sunday & Monday for classes

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Love PuraVegan - Edit

I love this restaurant and am so happy to have a raw vegan establishment in St. Louis. The food is very flavorful, has an excellent presentation, and the service is great. I have tried the bbq cheddar pizza, the nut-free burger, a mango cheesecake, and the banana tahini ice cream. Plus, I attended a latin inspired cooking class there where the owner, Monica, prepared tacos and chia pudding that was super tasty. The class was very enjoyable, and I plan to eventually take another one.
The food is expensive, so it will only be an occasional treat for me, but I can't fault PuraVegan for this. Raw food is expensive to make, and has extensive preparation involved.
I highly suggest try this place out. Try the food, take a cooking class, or a yoga class (I haven't done this yet, but would like to). Support a raw vegan restaurant in STL!

Pros: Excellent, healthy food, Nice location, Great cooking demonstrations/classes

Cons: Pricey, Not open for lunch during the week

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PuraVegan - Edit

Great food and friendly staff. Cozy restaurant. My only complaint is that they are often late opening. I really like the tomato-spinach and mushroom soup. I would recommend giving this place a try. I'm new in the area and was happy to find PuraVegan.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, good value

Cons: often open late

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saintlouisvegan 26 Mar 2012 - They now open at 4pm instead of 5pm :)  


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