Seed

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1330 Prytania St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 70130

Vegan cafe est. 2014 making sandwiches, gumbo, New Orleans style entrees, salads, juices, smoothies, and more. Offers a brunch menu. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion

87 Reviews

First Review by vegbaker

Taste buds were alive! - Edit

Spending holiday in New Orleans and of course I thought I'd have a hard time finding Vegan options. We walked two miles and it was TOTALLY worth it. My boyfriend ISNT vegan and after every bite he would let out a"damn this is good" "mmmhhmm". We got the nachos, southern fried Po boy, and the chocolate mousse.

Pros: Great service, Clean and straight forward menu, tons of options

Cons: Very few signature Cajun cuisine options

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AMAZING - Edit

So I'm on holiday in New Orleans and I was looking to take a bunch of non-vegetarian friends to a vegan restaurant. I read some bad review about this place but they simple aren't true! IT WAS THE BEST FOOD IVE EVER EATEN AND MY FRIENDS SAID SO TOO!
I can not recommend enough, it's so worth a visit. The service was great and they kept the restaurant open late for us!

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meh - Edit

Came from out of town and was really excited to try this place - have heard good things. While the food was really good, the service and the wait are why this review has 3 stars.

Food wise, we had the artichoke cakes which were fantastic. Then we got the southern fried po boy, which was also really good. It came with the "side of the day" which was luke warm quinoa - it wasn't bad but it wasn't anything to write home about. Finally I got the vegan beignets which again were good but not great. They almost seemed not fried enough - not crispy on the outside like a traditional beignet.

We waited for well over an hour and the server didn't do anything about it even after we spoke with her and after other tables we're served before us when they ordered after us. It was strange.

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Good-if-overpriced food, awful service - Edit

As a vegan visiting New Orleans, I assumed I'd wind up eating here multiple times- that was the case. While the food was pretty good (though brunch was way better than dinner), I can't in good conscience recommend going. If you're going to eat at Seed, get it delivered by Uber Eats or Waitr- don't bother going in. The service was among the worst I've ever experienced.

We went, without reservations, on Sunday night. We were told there would be a 20-minute wait- fine. But when we reach 45 minutes, there are numerous empty tables, and parties also without reservations are being seated before us, that's problematic.

We ordered a mix of dishes- the southern-fried tofu po'boy, nachos, nuggets, artichoke cakes, and a few more. The po'boy was dry and tasteless; the nachos were soggy. The main problem: it took over 90 minutes to get our food with nary a word of concern or apology from the waitress. We told her we'd be happy to get the food as it was ready. Having been seated at 8 pm, we didn't get our first dish - the nachos - until 9:36 pm, when the waitress told us that they were all that were ready. She also deftly avoided our table the entire time between dropping off our drinks around 30 minutes after ordering them and then the food an hour later. Total lack of service.

We saw other parties who ordered the same things (we were so hungry that we stared at every single dish to be brought past our table) got their po'boys and nachos and nuggets way before us. We thought about asking to get the dishes wrapped up to go, but that would probably take another hour.

She didn't even blink when we asked for a discount at the end of the meal, saying that she'd been giving out free desserts and drinks all night because of the awful service. All she said was that the manager was out of town, as if that excuses a 90-minute wait for food. All three of us at the table have worked in the service industry and know that slow food is rarely, if ever, the fault of the waitstaff- however, it's just as crappy to completely ignore your table in the meantime and not offer any explanation.

Therefore: good vegan food, but get it delivered.

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nice place. it very small portions - Edit

Good vibe to this place and the staff is very friendly. The problem I had is for the prices they charge the portions are quite small. I shouldn't be hungry after spending $25. The food was good not great. I love to support vegan restaurants but this place needs to fix the portion size or develop a reputation of being expensive with little food.

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3 times in 6 days! - Edit

My b/f and I ate here 3 times in a 6 day trip to the area. Food is amazing. Great staff.

Pros: great food, good menu

Cons: outside french quarter

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delicious - Edit

Nice wait staff, flavorful food, beautifully presented.

Very clean restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! - Edit

Holly cow this place is amazing! Best beignets and po-boys ever!!! If you're vegan and want great creole food, this is definitely the place to go! Super nice staff, cool atmosphere, amazing food, prices weren't too high! 10/10 would recommend!!!

Pros: great creole food, great service, great location in historic garden district

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Vegan Poboy - Edit

Had food delivered to my nearby hotel. Within one hour I got the fried tofu poboy. It was delicious.

Pros: Fresh food.

Cons: Would have liked smaller pieces of the fried tofu

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amazing - Edit

The artichoke cakes were phenomenal. Better than crab cakes!!

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good, not overwhelming - Edit

i wanted to love that place as i met one of the chefs and was invited to come.
the starter (deep fried tofu with barbecue sauce) was delicious! seriously! could have had that as a main and not be bored.
then i had the coconut burger. the patty, again, was amazing! but the burger had 2 slices of tomato and some lettuce. that's it. the bun was ok, but not special. i didn't really like the sauce it came with, but fortunately some leftover of the barbecue sauce from the starter. without it, the burger would have been insanely dry. the salad that came along isn't worth mentioning.
i'd much rather prefer seeing the coconut patty turned into something more exciting. maybe part of a salad or served with veggies/potatoes/fries.
my friends had tasteless spaghetti pomodoro (with great eggplant, came minutes after the other food though , therefore not well timed) and a raw pad thai that was also without much flavour (i've never seen anyone put that much hot sauce on a dish!) :(
both burger and pad thai were tiny! without a starter i would have left starving.

it's sad cause the place is lovely, the service alright even though not very attentive (not once were we asked if everything was ok during eating, only afterwards) and parts of the dishes actually very nice and innovative.
there's potential, but that's that. i don't really get the hype.

Pros: huge menu, fast , some really nice bits within the dishes

Cons: not much taste, tiny portions

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So great! - Edit

Great food! So nice to find a vegan restaurant with the New Orleans comfort. And those beignets are to die for!!!

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Good Vegan food in NOLA - Edit

so happy we found this place after some truly awful meals around NOLA. Maybe the least vegan friendly city I have encountered so far. However this place is a great spot. On the way into the garden district with loads of amazing options for breakfast, brunch or lunch. We had vegan chili cheese fries which we were soooo excited about...they were tasty. Also had the club sandwich . They also do some more traditional Cajun/creole style food in a vegan way e.g. Gumbo. Friendly service, modern dining environment and a WHOLE menu of choice! Any vegan in NOLA should visit this place!

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Excellent food, service...... ok. - Edit

It's always great to have a menu where everything is vegan! (What a luxury it is to be "torn" over multiple choices!) Their menu is rather extensive, with options ranging from healthy to somewhat indulgent. It was a nice surprise to discover they also have a bar! I chose the nachos with grilled seitan for my lunch/dinner and a vodka cocktail with mint and berries, the name currently eludes me. Both were excellent and arrived to the table quickly! I also took an order of begniets to go. They were ok but I take the blame for that as I waited too long to eat them....

Service was a little odd and that's my only "gripe". Despite slow business, the server did not check back at all nor was I thanked for coming in (or even a simple "bye!"). In fact, it felt borderline unwelcoming. I don't expect a chatty server in the least but basic points of service requires little effort on the part of the server and goes a long way. Despite this, the server was otherwise competent, communicating the specials and quick with the check.

The location is also off the beaten tourist path. I did walk from the French Quarter but some patrons may prefer to take some kind of public transportation.

Overall, a great place to check out!!

(Also, there is a cute vegan gift shop next door!)

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-14

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Great find! - Edit

I haven't been to NOLA in probably 20 years, and certainly didn't expect to find a vegan place like this. Simple, New Orlando style dishes, all vegan. Super friendly staff.

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Nice little place - Edit

I was in New Orleans for a conference at the conference center. From checking menus at nearby places I found that New Orleans isn't particularly vegetarian friendly. I was excited to find a place that had cajun inspired vegan cuisine just a block from my hotel.

First impressions was that I loved the decorations in the place. There was cool, bright artwork of animals all over that I enjoyed looking at as I was dining alone. I ordered the eggplant po'boy. The taste of the sandwich was very good but I was a little disappointed there was not more on it. There were two fairly thin slices of eggplant but they tasted really good, as did the rest of the toppings. I saw other people who ordered the tofu po'boy and I would probably try that if I went back, although I was also tempted to try the barbecued seitan sandwich. I also ordered beignets and I was not impressed and they were kind of expensive, so I wouldn't do that again. Overall I really liked the place and will absolutely want to go back if I am in New Orleans again.

Pros: Great flavors., Nice theme and atmosphere., A chance to try cajun food for vegetarians.

Cons: Small portions for price., Beignets were not great., Lighting in the restaurant was dark.

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So good, so kind - Edit

We literally rooled into NOLA directly here from a 19 road trip. The staff is so nice! Oh and the food is totally out of bounds too.

Cons: Small portions

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Amazing - Edit

Aesthetic is chill, poboy was delicious and filling, and getting beignets to go. Highly recommend checking it out.

Pros: varied menu, aesthetic, vibes

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Overrated - Edit

I wasn't impressed by Seed, which was disappointing because so many people recommended it. The service was really bad and the food was so-so. I really enjoyed the atmosphere- they have quotes painted on wood hanging up around the restaurant. I had the avocado club sandwich, which wasn't worth the price.

Pros: Cute interior, Fresh ingredients

Cons: Bad value

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just amazing - Edit

If you're into fried food but aren't into unhealthy food - this is it.

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highly recommended - Edit

Amazing food, try the gumbo, artichoke cakes and deep fried southern tofu.
Amazing!

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It's lit fam - Edit

This place is lit af. 100% vegan joint. It was so hard to make a choice. I'm just not used to everything being an option! I had the seitan bbq sandwich and the vegan mac. It was awesome. I tried a bit of the nachos and the eggplant poboy. They were also dope. Definitely check this place out. The staff were super nice.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: so many options, it's hard to choose (not real

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Southern Comfort - Edit

This is absolutely the best vegan menu in the beautiful city of New Orleans. The regional options are so wonderful for those of us who walk past 99% of the city’s culinary offerings with loathing and longing to taste something of the authentic traditional cuisine. Seed is super healthy, but without compromising the gluttonous joy of hangover brunch and nutrient packed cocktails. I am grateful they reopened in time for our visit. Speaking of visiting, they have some of the best, consistent hours in the city. 7 days a week from 11-10 (10-10 on weekends) is practically unheard of. They are also super easy to get to from the Charles Ave Street Car (hop off at Erato, walk one block). Otherwise it’s a pleasant enough half hour stroll from the Quarter. The windows are somewhat dark from the outside, so don’t be put off if they look closed. Once you go in, the space is bright and airy. The servers are cool and convivial, attentive and relaxed - which is a fine balance for sure.

We ate here twice on our visit, once for brunch and once for a late lunch. The Seed breakfast and a bloody mary were just what the vegan doctor ordered after a late night. I am always on the lookout for vegan bloody marys, however the Seed mix they use was a little bland - a lot of cucumber and not very much spice. It still did the trick, just not quite what I had expected. The tofu scramble was a pretty mushy consistency too, but the flavor was great. Along with the seitan bacon and a side of spicy potato hash, it was a very complementary savory brunch. The lunch we had a couple days later was perfect in every way. The gumbo with spicy seitan prompted my wife to confide that I had not been making gumbo at home the way it was supposed to be, and I realized with my first bite just how uninformed my palate was before. This was slow cooked vegan creole perfection. For such a simple looking dish, it had a rich and hearty base and complex spice and character. It’s the kind of dish that prompts people to unexpectedly exclaim Mercy be! or some other such nonsense. The southern fried tofu po'boy was equally delectable. With a light chickpea breading, the tofu chunks were delicious. Again, such a simple looking sandwich with lettuce and tomato, but it was out of this world. Unfortunately due to all the amazing bread and so much tofu (not complaining) we were too full to try the beignets. I just hope they are still going strong so we can try them when we return!

Updated from previous review on 2015-10-01

Pros: best vegan option in New Orleans, healthy and indulgent, great hours

Cons: odd bloody mary

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Awesome NOLA Comfort Food - Edit

I had the tofu po'boy, the gumbo and the beignets. All of it was delicious!

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great food. nice music. friendly staff. - Edit

Very helpful staff, great menu selections, and affordable prices. Very happy with this place. Check it out.

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yay! - Edit

Extremely delicious. Totally vegan totally Amazing

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So delicious! - Edit

The best po boy in New Orleans!!

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