Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 45 reviews )

1700 W Sunset Blvd (at Echo Park Ave), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90026

Mostly-vegan restaurant combined with KindKreme raw ice cream bar. Serves daily lunch and dinner plus weekend brunch. On the menu are American comfort food dishes and Mexican plates like tacos and enchiladas. Causal decor Est. 2011 by owners of Millie's restaurant and sold in 2012. NOTE: may use honey and/or serve non-vegan alcoholic drinks - please check. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Mexican

Reviews (45)

First Review by gr8vegan

nice - Edit

Good food, nice decor and atmosphere. Some of the staff could've been friendlier.

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Overrated food and service below par - Edit

I was far from impressed with Sage. Both service and food aren't great.

We called ahead and were advised reservations weren't possible for tables of less than 6 - far enough. When we arrived, we waited for a table and were told they restaurant needed the table back in 45 mins because of a reservation (?!). In fact, every other guest was told the same. Clearly, the restaurant is just wanting to turn the tables as quick as possible. If they want to do that, then fine but be honest about it! This gave us a really negative first impression.

We both found the food offerings really average. Way too greasy and oily. I had the Molé Bowl, which tasted ok but was a bit dull. Didn't taste fresh and flavourful, which is what I had hoped for.

One other thing was the noise from the juicing / ice-cream counter. Some of the equipment they use is ridiculously loud, which marred the experience further.

Overall, Sage is somewhere I'd seek to avoid because it's so average. Makes food for the $ sign and not for the customer.

Cons: no reservations , greasy food, dining room too noisy

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This place is amazingly delicious. Brought my non vegan boyfriend and both of us were in awe. He had the red white and blue pancakes and I had the BLTA - was curious to try a vegan croissant. Both were amazing and we were STUFFED. I also replaced the roasted potatoes with sweet potatoes. DO IT! They are incredible! The weekday breakfast menu is smaller than the weekend one - just FYI.

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Decent brunch - Edit

Brunch is good. Decent selection of Mexican-inspired dishes such as Enchiladas and Huevos Rancheros. My favorite were the sweet version of the sweet potato pancakes. Service is friendly but could be more attentive. Come prepared to serve yourself (particularly coffee and water), literally.

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Absolutley Delicious - Edit

Had the cauliflower steak with mushroom gravy, wasabi mashed potatoes and kale salad. We split the brownie sundae– gluten free and vegan–and also took home a gluten free soft pretzel with "nacho cheese." Everything was delicious (a really well executed meal) and the portions were large.
Also really like the whole farm/farmer decor and outdoor seating. I hope to eat here again when back in southern California.

Pros: Delicious, Healthy, Gluten free/Vegan

Cons: I can't eat here everyday

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favORITE! - Edit

definitely a place I'll be back to because it has great staff, atmosphere, and great quality food. Calming place w wonders happening in your mouth

Pros: environment, FOOOOD, Dessert/ice cream bar!

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Why I Love EP - Edit

Sage is great. Sunny, casual vibe with really delicious food. I get the buffalo cauliflower a lot and the bowls are good too.

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Echo Park loves Vegans - Edit

So another amazing vegan spot in Echo Park. Today I wanted to visit the Time Travel Emporium and this is 1/2 block away. C wants juice and I want a salad PERFECT!!!!

I ordered the fried Avocado salad and C gets the sunrise juice (Not sure this was the name of the juice sorry) but it was very but it was very good. The salad came and they brought us 2 plates perfect so we could share. There was an error, our fried avocado salad arrived with fried cauliflower. I called the server over and he at first tried to tell me the avo was the fried things on top, but we pointed out that it was cauliflower and btw it was cold. He promptly went to the kitchen and brought out the avocado, it was hot and yummy. The salad itself was a little expensive for the size but it was very good. I love spicy but was a little worried about the habanero lime dressing, but it had flavor but no heat?!?! Soon after delivering the Avocado, our server brought over the Buffalo dipping sauce for the cauliflower we received on our salad in order. This I was very happy we did not pay for, it was to vinegary and salty I just tried 1 dip and didn't feel the need to eat more of it. We did enjoy the cauliflower with our salad.

The décor was homey and comfortable, they do kind of squish you in. It would have been nice to not have to squeeze out of my seat and not invade the diner's space at the table next to me. But it was cozy and we were able to chat with the guy at the next table.

Pros: Good menu, Vegan, Homey

Cons: pricey, cramped

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So much comfort food - Edit

Sage's Mac n cheese is the stuff vegan dreams are made of. It's so creamy and comes with broccoli and I ask for a side of their hot sauce to add on top. The spicy Brazilian Burrito is my favorite burrito in all of LA. Get it mole style. I usually go to Sage in Pasadena because it's closer but it's tiny. If you want a legit date spot or to go with a group, go to Echo Park. Two thumbs way up.

Pros: Great food, Good location , So many options

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Delicious! - Edit

Stopped in while in Pasadena last month. We had a vegetarian, a meat eater & myself a vegan. We all enjoyed our food! I had the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit sandwich. They make their own BBQ Jackfruit. It was delicious! I also had a serving of their pumpkin Kind Kreme which was tasty, not quiet pumpkin pie but it did satisfy my longing for pumpkin pie at this time of year. It's a small little café but clean with happy, friendly staff.

Pros: yummy, Kind Kreme , friendly

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complex and satisfying flavors - Edit

I had a ravioli dish with a sauce that clearly contained wine & had been cooked for a long period of time over low heat. As a vegan I don't often get to savor such complex and carefully composed flavors, so eating at Sage was a real treat. I also really enjoyed the complimentary salad that came with the main dish - it was simple but delicious. I ended the meal with an ice cream that included some frozen corn kernels, and which was, surprisingly, delicious. (All their odd ice cream flavors were patiently explained by a very enthusiastic and friendly waiter!) After going all out on this feast, my bill for one person came to be about $70 - not really justifiable except on special occasions.

I went on a weeknight and it was packed, and it was quite difficult to find parking, so I would recommend making a reservation (if you can) and going early.

Pros: food was mind-blowingly amazing, very friendly and knowledgeable staff, superb sauces

Cons: quite expensive, difficult to find parking

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LOVE!!! - Edit

Incredible options... So tasty!

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One of my favorites - Edit

I go here again and again, it's always worth it. I love the burgers and bowls. The appetizers are also super tasty. They let you sample the vegan ice-creams and they renew the selection frequently. The service is always good. They don't serve alcohol but they let you bring your own bottle without additional fees.

Pros: Burgers, bowls, Healthy, Delicious

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Loved everything I tried - Edit

When you find out about its cool "Farm to Table" philosophy the decor starts to make sense with water served in milk bottles, mason jar lights, wood plank tables, and white wash just about everywhere else. With such misleading simplicity, it becomes clear that it is paradox for the complexity of the food and the unique menu selections.
If you go, please try the Quinoa Corn Cakes that have a fan of avocado and spicy cream cheese dressing. Their exploration has a great payoff.
My entree was the Root Vegetable Tacos with a hard shell. Messy, but well worth it.
My friend's Heart of Palm Salad makes you realize that this restaurant strives for dishes that you can't quite find anywhere else and the $$ prices become well worth it. Our neighboring patron notices that we're reviewing the restaurant and lets us try his fried artichokes which were simple and fun "why has no thought of this before?" appetizers as he called them.
Each dish had good to great presentation that invites.
The staff all wears ironic second hand black casual clothes from their own closets giving a more hipster synergy vibe rather than dress code.
I'm looking forward to coming back again and trying some new dishes and a desert from Kind Kreme which is a conjoined vegan ice cream business in the restaurant.

Veg Out,

Veggie Army

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Don't bother if you don't eat onions and garlic - Edit

I dont like leaving bad reviews for vegetarian restaurants. Its a hard business to run, and I appreciate the fact they are there. But, I have to say, I was very dissapointed with Sage. I dont eat onions or garlic, and although I am used to my choices often being restricted at vegetarian venues, in this case there was NOTHING on the menu that I could eat. Really - is it that hard to cook without onions or garlic? No, its not that hard. They could only offer me two dishes - an extremely unimaginative cook - as even in non-veg places, if the cook is creative they can do something nice for me.
They gave me an extremely ordinary kale salad, very boring. The only hot dish they could make for me was a pasta, which came with NO flavouring at all - undercooked pasta with some avocado. On request they bought a tahinii dressing which really didnt do much for it. I asked for protein, which they didnt bring out. Asking again, they brought some plain cooked tofu. Goodness, my children can make a better meal than that. My wife got a mushroom dish which looked awful - their presentation in general is not that great - and was so salty she couldnt eat it. Sorry to say, it was a bad experience. Pull up your game Sage!

Pros: Large extensive menu, Great vegan dessert range

Cons: No catering for onion/garlic free diet, No creativity in offering other options, Poor presentation, & poor responsiveness

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Yummy vegan food - Edit

I always enjoy the plethora of choices at Sage, had the Reuben sandwich and butternut squash soup, both were super tasty. Service was fast and friendly. Prices are moderate, to be expected from vegan places. Cute neighborhood. Like the outdoor patio seating at the culver city location better, but overall same quality and service, will be back

Pros: choices, taste of food, location

Cons: little noisy, lack of patio seating

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Flavorful - Edit

I had read about this place on Happycow, and went there when it first opened and later on as well. Was just here again, and here's my Sage Organic Vegan Bistro review update.

Sage was originally opened another owner before it was sold to the current owners (Sage, KindKreme, Cafe Gratitude). I really like the original menu and food; there was variety.

Since the change, the menu is more American comfort food and Mexican food. Lots of flavor but also more salty.

The space is small, and the vibe is relaxed though when it's busy it feels loud and a bit too tight. Shares the same space as KindKreme, so it's convenient to grab raw vegan ice cream for dessert.

Pros: lots of flavors, vegan ice cream, tasty tacos

Cons: salty, needs better ventilation

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Honey is not vegan, so neither is Sage! - Edit

I patronize only 100% vegan eateries, because I don't want to be around people hurting (eating) animals, I don't want to have to worry or ask about "hidden" ingredients, and I believe in using my limited dining dollars to support brave vegan restaurateurs. I've enjoyed Sage in the past, but now that I know some of their sauces include honey, I'll stay away. I've also read KindKreme's rationale about why they use "humane" honey, but the financial interest of the owners' beekeeping father-in-law makes it suspect. When Sage/KindKreme become 100% vegan, I'll return.

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