Sanctuary Vegan Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 32 reviews )
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151 N Seven Oaks Dr , Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 37922

Vegan cafe offering salads, burgers, sandwiches, and Sunday brunch. The interior is made to resemble a barn. Owner plans to fund and start an animal sanctuary with the funds from the restaurant. Pizza available by pre-order 4pm to 7pm on Tue. Open Wed-Sat 11:30am-8:00pm, Sun 10:00am-2:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Take-out

32 Reviews

First Review by BoomersBuddy

Delicious!!!! - Edit

Vegan food is amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for delicious, southern vegan food!

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Such an amazing vegan place with delicious food! - Edit

We passed through Knoxville twice and both times ate here and ordered an extra meal to go. Really delicious food! So happy to have found this place. ❤️

Pros: Lots of delicious options to choose from

Cons: I wish I lived closer to this place

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Definitely Comfort Food - Edit

So happy a 100% Vegan restaurant is now in Knoxville!! And for a great cause! Hopefully this will be a starting point for more vegan restaurants, especially in the UT community. Burgers, fries, cauliflower wings with ranch dressings, and cupcakes are great. So good, we went back for brunch and had the biscuit/gravy, french toast, scrambled tofu - all great too. Plan to go back often!

Pros: Familiar food, Beautiful environment, Inclusive restroom

Cons: Sometimes full capacity (good problem!), Confusing name (outside sign says "Vegan Cafe")

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best vegan brunch in Knox - Edit

Thank you Sanctuary, for taking a risk & opening in a city that isn’t known for being very “vegan friendly.” We’ve needed you!! This restaurant is wonderful every day of the week but their Sunday Brunch is especially unforgettable. You’ll love it.

Pros: value , service, quality

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Great Offering vegan comfort - Edit

Lots of good creative choices. I had a roasted beet Ruben sandwich that was awesome (I miss Ruben sandwiches). Never thought we could get a Philly “cheese steak” sandwich, but it was great plant- based option.

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Love this place! - Edit

I’ve been meaning to check out Sanctuary since moving to East TN this past summer. After hearing so many rave reviews on FB, Yelp and IG, I decided I had to go this week. I’m so glad I did! As soon as we entered, we greeted very warmly by the owner. She was very nice and helpful while I looked over the menu. We decided to try the small plate nachos, chili cheese crumble potato skins, the “chicken” fried seitan, and the Philly cheesesteak. We figured we could try a little of each and then have some leftovers for tomorrow. Everything was so delicious that we finished every bite there! The nachos were incredible! The chips were obviously homemade and perfectly crispy. It had just the right amount of toppings which included sour creamy, a delicious cheese sauce, jalapeños, salsa, olives, guacamole and chili crumbles. I’m definitely going to try taco salad next time since I loved the nachos so much! The potato skins were delicious and I wanted to pour that amazing ranch dressing on everything!! The chicken seitan was crispy and yummy with perfectly seasoned broccoli and fluffy mashed potatoes. The gravy was hearty and very flavorful. The Philly cheesesteak was also very good! Comfort food at his best! And the fries were perfection! Real potatoes with just the right amount of seasoning. Throughout our meal the lovely owner continued to check on us which was very nice. She is clearly passionate about her food. I loved this place and will definitely be back!

Pros: 100% vegan , great food, nice staff

Cons: none

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First Time Experience - Edit

Today was our first time visiting this restaurant. We only come to Knoxville for the holidays to visit family. Since we are vegetarian/vegan, we always use our app to find any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in the area. Since it was right before closing, we just wanted to order something small. We had the buffalo cauliflower wings, a veggie dog, mac n cheese, and a lemon cupcake. The Buffalo Wings were the best we have ever had! It almost made us forget we were not eating chicken. The veggie dog was also very delicious. I did not like the mac n’ cheese. The taste just wasn’t what I am used to with vegan macaroni and cheeze. The cupcake had a nice taste and I liked that it wasn’t sugary tasting. The service was super fast and the person taking our order was very nice and kind. We got our order to go, but next time we are in Knoxville, we will definitely dine in so we can sample several more items.

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another great visit! Try the bacon cheeseburger! - Edit

This is such a great little gem! We had amazing cauliflower buffalo wings today and the best seitan bacon cheeseburgers! The customer service is awesome and you feel an atmosphere of love for all. Definitely a must if you are near Knoxville.

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Awesomesauce - Edit

On a scale from 1 to 5, I'd give them a 6! 😍😍😍

Pros: Vegan, Delicious , Economical

Cons: I live too far away to eat here everyday....

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awesome food and friendly atmosphere! - Edit

Huge menu full of vegan delights. Whether you feel like eating healthy or crummy or somewhere in between, Sanctuary has got everything. Loved the faux Philly cheesesteak. Wish I could have prolonged my stay in Knoxville so I could return and sample something else on the menu.

My only problem was getting there. It's in a strip mall right next to a movie theater. My GPS steered me to the wrong side of the street, so I was afraid I wouldn't find it there for a minute.

Pros: 100% vegan, tons of options, helpful staff

Cons: location--a little hard to find

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excellent - Edit

The food and atmosphere along with a very friendly staff made this a very memorable experience.

Pros: great food, great staff, awesome vibes

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the best - Edit

100% good vegan food just so amazing

Pros: this place was truly amazing the food was just so

Cons: none

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The Sanctuary never disappoints- always delicious! - Edit

Every time I have dinner at The Sanctuary Vegan Cafe I leave happy! Last night my only challenge was deciding what to order! The menu is so tempting - burgers, salads, burritos, sandwiches, wings! All amazing. Must try some of Leslie's homemade sweets!!

Pros: Wide selection of high quality vegan meals, Friendly Staff & Casual vibe , Great service

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Sanctuary Vegan Cafe - Edit

Great all Vegan restaurant. The owner is very nice and walks around the restaurant talking to the customers. Great environment. Their lentil burger and fries is the best thing on the menu.

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knoxville's first vegan restraunt - Edit

The food is so good. I've been going since they first opened and they have worked out the kinks for sure. We try to go at least once a month. A must is the buffalo tofu fingers!

Pros: all vegan

Cons: it is a little pricey but it's quality ingredients

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Scrumptious! - Edit

I stopped in on my return trip from backpacking in the Smokies. The food was fantastic and the staff were very friendly!

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All-around amazing! - Edit

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and also gender-inclusive bathrooms!

Pros: Yummy food, great service, plenty of options

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Yummy for my tummy! - Edit

I won a bet so my friend had to treat me to lunch. I picked Sanctuary Cafe and I ordered lots. We shared a hummus/veg plate. It was great. My friend and I both ordered burgers. I ordered a Southwestern Black Bean burger w/Guacamole and jalapeños.

My favorite of all the food we ordered was a small plate of cauliflower prepared buffalo wings style! It was so yummy.

Pros: service was great

Cons: temperature of sides could have been warmer

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Delicious! - Edit

Warm, inviting, yet, casual atmosphere. I have enjoyed everything I've eaten here. The food is excellent quality and made to order. The owner and staff are friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have a positive dining experience.

Pros: Excellent food quality , Warm atmosphere , Positive, friendly staff

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Amazing! - Edit

I got a southwest burger and fries. It was really good. My husband had a Philly cheese steak and he liked it. I love that the owner is trying to make an animal sanctuary and also that all of the food is 100% plant based.

Pros: The entire menu is plant based. There is not a sin

Cons: Nothing.

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best Philly cheesesteak ever - Edit

A very welcoming place, Great food.
I even bought a small handmade painting with an amazing piece of art and a strong vegan massage

Pros: vegan cafe that is dedicated for animals

Cons: none

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Just say yes to vegan burgers - Edit

Really liked this place! The filly cheese steak was excellent, as were the falafels! I want to try everything on the menu!

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Epic! - Edit

This food was amazing. Can you say philly cheese steak?! Omg so good. I tried a few things off the menu. My favorite was the Philly cheese steak followed by the cauliflower wings. They have expanded their menu and added a value menu which was a great way to try a few items. Will be going back! Great service. Great food

Pros: everything

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Organic Vegan Is Good - Edit

but unfortunately the vision doesn't meet the reality. Probably because the food is as organic as possible, it is expensive for what you get. I was so so so excited to see a vegan restaurant finally come back to Knoxville. I am not a local, but I visit every 3-4 months and prefer to support a vegan place. I have gotten spoiled where I live not having to ask all the time "is it cooked with..." and "does it contain...?"

Unfortunately, our dining experience wasn't that great. The owner was super nice, but seemed frazzled. The girl at the cash register was so uninterested in anything going on around, glued to her phone and texting, it felt like you were interrupting her to pay the bill. The food portions were very small, the portobello sandwich practically flat, and more bun than mushroom. The sloppy joe lentil balls tasted overdone to me, and the "cheese" sauce was made from nutritional yeast, which wasn't made clear from the menu (or at least I didn't see it, that could have been my error). I like nutritional yeast, but not as a cheese substitute - never have. So that was a bit of a shock and disappointment, as was the lack of tomato sauce on the sloppy joe. The food was not presented well, and on disposable plates. There just wasn't enough for the cost.

While I wrote a review of Three Rivers Market, I essentially trashed them, but that is not the intent of this review. I see this place currently has 5 stars, and I wish I could leave that kind of review, but it would be dishonest.That was not my experience, though I really really wish it were. I hope that the cafe owners will read this and perhaps reconsider sometng or other - cost, taste, presentation, atmosphere (and actually the place is cutely dine up to looklike the inside of a barn, I did really like the casual ambience, except for the TV), and make some changes. Every town needs a vegan cafe or restaurant, but they need one that will not only be a nice place for vegans to go to,but a place vegans can take their non-vegan people and show them how delicious it can be to be vegan. Right now, unfortunately, this cafe doesn't seem to meet that mark. I do hope it changes!

Edit: I would have been willing to try this again after reading the other reviews, but they don't have Sunday hours, unfortunately.



Updated from previous review on 2017-04-02

Pros: Ambience is cute and comfortable , All Vegan

Cons: Food is expensive , Unfriendly staff except for owner, TV playing during meals

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Delicious Vegan Food! - Edit

This is the only all-vegan restaurant in the area and I was so excited to try it out. Everything is organic too. There are so many options here to try. I got the famous lentil meatloaf and my meat-eating hubby got the seitan cheeseburger. The food did not disappoint! It was so delicious! Great, friendly staff too. There is something for everyone. The cauliflower small plate was so good and the sauces were yummy. Only wish they had desserts every day and not occasionally.

Pros: excellent variety, all vegan, organic

Cons: need more gluten-free options , need dessert menu

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yay all vegan! - Edit

I'm so so happy to have an exclusively vegan restaurant in knoxville. It's delicious and wonderful.

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incredible - Edit

Amazing food atmosphere and staff. Prices and portions are fair and the food is awesome.

Pros: tofu fingers, nachos, meatloaf

Cons: mac and cheese isn't up to par

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