Souley Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 90 reviews )
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301 Broadway (at Jack London Square), Oakland, California, USA, 94607

Vegan soul food restaurant with plenty of seating. Weekday happy hour with a full bar. Menu features BBQ tofu, southern fried tofu, mac n cheese, red beans and rice, corn bread, potato salad, gumbo, spaghetti with falafel, and burgers. Fresh baked cakes and cookies made-in-house. Has a booth at Grand Lake Farmers Market on Sat. Holds cooking classes. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:30pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery, Catering, Southern, Soul Food

90 Reviews

First Review by michelleg

Soul food just as I remember it. - Edit

Being from GA, it was good to find a place serving soul food. Brought an omnivore friend with here and she enjoyed what she ordered. The cakes look scrumptuos. Staff and service was also good.

Pros: Good food at an affordable price.

Cons: None so far

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Homecook Meals and Love-Always - Edit

Always love coming in whenever I'm in Oakland. Great food... and why are the people always so nice?
I recommend the vegan Mac 'n' Cheese and of course the BBQ tofu! You won't regret it! They also have sample plates where you get everything and cornbread! Also, a great selection of desserts like... red velvet cake! Come on down!

Pros: Great friendly environment , Tasty Food!, Live music on Thursdays and adult vegan beverages!

Cons: hard to not want to stuff your face!

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Vegan comfort food - Edit

Had the 6" vegan chicken sub and seitan casserole, both phenomenal and filing. Super tasty comfort food, great atmosphere and wonderful service!

Pros: Full flavors, Wholesome, Great service

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Delicious! - Edit

Love this place! I've been here several times and so far love every thing I've tried!

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get the sample platter - Edit

Do yourself a favor and get the sample platter that comes with a little bit of everything. All of their food is amazing. Also recommend their chickn po'boy

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First Visit - Edit

This is hands down the best vegan restaurant I have ever visited. Food is creative, flavorful and good portion size for price. Ambience is Southern Hospitality, vibrant music and service. Can't miss on a trip to Bay Area!

Pros: 100% Vegan

Cons: no cons

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nice food, big portions! - Edit

The portions here are big, maybe share some things! I ordered the southern tofu burger which was nice and the seitan spicy strips (really spicy be warned, and as big as the main portions!). I would definitely come back!

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Very good food :) - Edit

On the 22nd of August I had a great burger and some zucchini crabs for starter, both very nice :) I really recommend to share (not for alone) the crabs and then the burger is great :D There are many more options, but I felt the burgers in this place deserve the most of the attention.

So im going leave 4 points, cause the atmosphere is OK and the service is OK as well, you have to order from the bar. :D

Enjoy, definitely visit!

Pros: quick service, quite expensive

Cons: no table service

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So Good!!! - Edit

Food was very good! Order a little or take some to go because, the food is very rich and will fill you very fast. Must try. My meat eating parents enjoyed it very much and are insisting we go back soon. Black Owned too.

Pros: Great Food (Flavorful), Friendly Staff

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delicious comfort food! - Edit

I am obsessed with the southern fried tofu and the yams. Menu is not health-driven, but so tasty when you want a treat. And always friendly. Try to save room for dessert!

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Comfort food - Edit

Souley Vegan is a place you go when you want fried comfort food. This is not the place if you want a salad. That being said, their crunchy fried tofu burger does come with a side salad.

The main dishes are either burger/sandwich style or plates.
They also offer a wide variety of sides including cornbread, yams, and mac-n-cheese.

Pros: Hearty, filling, Southern comfort food, Nice ambience

Cons: Cakes and pastries aren't great

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Good, but salty - Edit

I was thrilled to see jalapeño pop 'ems on the menu, I have craved them since I went vegan and haven't been able to find them. I was not disappointed! They were perfectly fresh, crunchy, spicy and cheesy. I also ordered a combo plate with country fried tofu, collards, and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately they gave me potato salad by mistake, and it was delivery so I couldn't return it. The tofu was good but the greens were very salty. It made my mouth tingle--not in a good way.

Pros: Delicious jalapeño pop 'ems

Cons: very salty greens

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Not for me! - Edit

Our family group went here for dinner recently because one of our sons had highly recommended the restaurant.. Before we even saw the menu, three things bothered me: one was the very loud music, which meant that conversations had to be carried out by shouting, another was the uncomfortable seating - only the small tables for two had actual chairs; the seating at the larger tables was on backless benches, and the third was that the restaurant was uncomfortably hot - no air conditioning, and not even fans.

I ordered a portobello burger, expecting a nice, big mushroom with condiments on a bun. What I received was a bun containing lots of raw, chopped onion, a few thin pickle slices, a very thin slice of tomato and about six tiny button mushrooms. At least the bun was toasted, and the mushrooms were tasty. The burger came with a green salad, which consisted of many leaves of some not particularly tasty greens and nothing else. (I had requested "no dressing.") We all shared a bowl of sweet potato fries, which were tasty, but soggy. Someone else ordered a biscuit with gravy, and the biscuit was so hard that she couldn't even cut it, let alone chew it. She was given a piece of vegan chocolate cake to compensate. One of our party complained of minor digestive problems after the meal.

Pros: Good location, vegan

Cons: noisy and hot, mediocre food, uncomfortable seats

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Super salty average food - Edit

The food we ordered we could not eat because it was horrifically salty. But even if the removed 9/10 of the salt, the food would be average at best.

Pros: location

Cons: salty, unimaginative

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Great food - Edit

Souley vegan offers great comfort food and has friendly fairly fast service. Also they label gluten free foods.

Pros: Friendly service, Good food, Gluten free food labeled

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Souley Heaven - Edit

One of the very best vegan places i have ever tried.
The Toasty burger and the spicy seitan strips are maybe the best thing i have ever had in any restaurant. Great Beer as welll!

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Dissappointed - Edit

I ordered the seitan steak with greens, potatoes, Mac and cheese, and grits and okra as an app. This was a huge let down. NO FLAVOR and the potatoes were extremely thin. Greens where not good at all they had this odd tomato sauce on them that had the worst taste . Grits and okra ok at very best. No flavor terrible texture I will not be coming back . I give 2 stars because the owner is really sweet.

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Perfect - Edit

Don't miss. I especially enjoyed the tofu bowl.

Pros: vegan

Cons: parking on street

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Amazing - Edit

This was my first experience with American southern food - vegan or otherwise - and it was wonderful. Everything we had was really delicious, especially the cakes! Spicy Mexican chocolate and red velvet, mmmm. The gingerita cocktail was delicious too, although the others we tried weren't as good. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend!

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real southern comfort food - Edit

This is one of my favorite restaurants! The service is awesome, the staff is so warm and inviting, the atmosphere is really nice, and the food is delicious! My personal favorites are the chicken and waffles and any flavor of their cake (they are all so rich and tasty). Most of their options are very heavy but they also have options like their tofu sandwiches if you want something lighter.

Pros: delicious desserts

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Great Food! - Edit

When I visit the bay area, this is a go to place for vegan food. The food is unique and delicious. One of the only vegan soul food places you will find.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Friendly staff

Cons: Not open Sunday evenings and Monday, Location can sometimes be out of the way

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Souley Awesome is More Like It - Edit

Great quality, quantity, and variety. A go-to destination for my vegan people and their vegetarian and/or omnivore friends. To this day, I still haven't experienced anything like it (although Homegrown Smoker in Portland, OR is a close comparison).

Pros: delicious, great price, enough in a serving for leftovers aka breakfast

Cons: a bit off the beaten path

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very disappointed - Edit

Came here for husband's birthday. Food very salty and had to ask over and over and over for one of our meals. Everyone else finished their meals before the last meal came out. Completely disorganized. No single server responsible for a single table yet they ask up front for the tip at the register when you pay in advance. Other than food being salty it was as expected. Very heavy gravy and bread (soul food, as expected).

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Delightful - Edit

Of course, I could not sample everything on the menu, but I discovered this place walking down Broadway to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and I was delighted, I lived around the corner from Sylvia's in Harlem for 8 years, but couldn't eat there, so I was happy to have a chance at vegan Soul Food.

I loved the black-eyed pea fritters (which are actually more like croquettes one finds in southern Europa that I miss so much, except they could use a dipping sauce like in Europa). I also had a wonderful gumbo over grits, and a homemade front porch lemonade with the tang of not being overly sweetened. The salad was OK, but it appears that the side order of salad may be better.

There are so many interesting dishes on the menu, it bears repeated visits. Very nice staff as well.

Pros: Great Black-eyed Pea Fritters!, Expansive and enticing menu., Nice staff and location.

Cons: Fritters could use a dipping sauce., No whole grain bread with the meal., Salads need more style.

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So/So - Edit

I had really high expectations, but was a bit disappointed. I heard such great things so I brought my omni mother and friend in to show them how awesome vegan food is. Well, my mother and I shared the southern fried tofu, mac n cheese, and potato salad. The mac n cheese was ok for me, but she didn't like it all. The tofu had no flavor. The best part was the potato salad, that was good. My friend ordered the Black bean and quinoa burger. She said it was ok, but I think she was being polite since she hardly ate it. I tried it and it was terrible. Really lacking in flavor and super mushy. Very off-putting consistency. I saw other diners enjoying their food, so maybe we ordered wrong. I would be willing to give it another try. The red beans and rice looked good.
We ordered a couple of cupcakes, and they were dry and the frosting was so sweet we had to scrape most of it off. Even too sweet for my mom, and she loves her sugar!!!

Pros: all vegan, very friendly

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Disappointed... - Edit

What happened in the past 6 years??! I was in town during spring break 2016, and I had high hopes for an expanded menu with delicious-looking offerings, only to have my hopes hogtied.

The country fried steak and the buffalo wings (anything with their seitan) have a strange consistency. I do not know if they make their seitan in-house or buy it elsewhere, but they need to go back to the drawing board on that. It is WAY TOO chewy and laboring to process. One bite took 10 minutes to chew! Fix the seitan issue, STAT. My sister got the nachos and said it was extremely salty. She couldn't eat it and ordered something else instead. My sister and Yaya, who are both local, stated that they've actually not been here in a couple of years because everything is too salty for them. I didn't have anything salty, but I don't eat cheese (not even vegan cheese), and by process of elimination, I believe the cheese may be the culprit. The greens are still bland and flavorless, compared to how real, southern greens are supposed to taste. And yes, there are amazing vegan greens out there, but not here.

The potatoes are delicious! I loved the mashed potatoes, the seasoned fries, and the garlic fries with the aioli sauce. Yum! I had a strawberry lemon cake, which was also yummy. They have improved the Southern Fried Tofu dish. It's no longer thick blocks of fried tofu. They are now thinner tofu slices and much more enjoyable. Delicious!

The BBQ tofu, cornbread, potato salad are all ok, good even, but nothing to write home to momma about.

I hope that they improve because they do have the potential for greatness.

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So good you could use them to cater a southern family reunion & they wouldn't know the difference. I got the Everything Platter (but they forgot my fried okra and red beans & rice :( ) & it was SO amazing that I was scraping my plate! Yams, potato salad, BBQ tofu, greens, cornbread, southern fried tofu (JUST like catfish breading!!), & peach cobbler!! The greens were my least fav. EVERYTHING else was beyond amazing! Even when I ate meat, I was more interested in the crusts, breading, & how seasoned they were. Well Souley Vegan apparently felt the same way. She nailed it! And the tartar sauce??!!! OMG!!!! She needs to bottle & mass market that! Then she needs to tour the country & teach vegan soul food cooking classes. I LOVED it!

Updated from previous review on 2010-08-13

Pros: vegan soul food, 100% vegan

Cons: the seitan is too chewy

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My #1 Fave Restaurant ON THE PLANET! - Edit

This is truly my favorite, most loved restaurant in the whole wide world. I worship the food here. I take everyone when I'm in town and even all the vegan-skeptics have raved about the food. I freakin loooooove this place and I've never had anything less than stellar on the menu. Super desserts and creative drinks too. Goooooo!

Pros: Unique, big portions, good vibes

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