Souley Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 77 reviews )
Contact
510-922-1615
Find

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.

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

Reviews (77)

First Review by michelleg

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Perfect - Edit

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

Pros: vegan

Cons: parking on street

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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).

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

-------------------

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

High Expectations - Edit

The location itself had a hole in the wall vibe. Very casual and low key. Great to hang out with friends and socialize.

I initially read reviews online and Souley Vegan came highly recommended from a lot of the locals. We ordered a few things and I would say the food was okay, unfortunately it did lack the wow factor for me.

The chik'n n waffles was good, it's hard to mess up a waffle and the mock meat for the chik'n did taste closer to country fried steak (based on what I remember) and the color was that of red meat too. It was a good dish though.

I went to veggie grill last week and ordered their mac n cheese and was pleasantly surprised. So perhaps veggie grill raised the bar with vegan mac n cheese, but when ordered at Souley Vegan, I am sad to say it was quite the disappointment.

My initial response was to spit it out in my napkin, however I did stomach it and gave it the benefit of the doubt. The noodles reminded me of soggy dumplings and the cheese sauce tasted like pureed potatoes and veggies. It was funky.

Overall, I think if I were to ever go back, I would stick with a burger and fries. Something basic and simple.

Pros: Decent Size Portions, Unique Options to choose from

Cons: Expensive for the Quality of Food, Horrible Mac n Cheese, Customer Service could have been better

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Good But Not Great - Edit

My husband and I ate dinner at Souley Vegan before attending a concert in Oakland this week. As a vegan, I was excited about dining there after reading all the great reviews. The hostess who greeted us was very sweet and helped us choose what to order. She suggested I try the combo plate so I could sample three different items. She suggested the collard greens, southern fried tofu and mac & cheese. The collard greens were good, but nothing over the top. The fried tofu was uninspired -- just plain tofu that was breaded and deep fried with no sauce or anything to give it flavor. The mac & cheese was horrible. Sorry! I know the other reviewers love it, but I thought it was a tasteless pile of glop. I could not eat it. My husband had the seitan steak burger, which he said was very good. We shared a basket of fried okra which was plentiful, but it came with this tiny ramekin of sauce which was not nearly enough. When I asked for more sauce, I was told that it would cost $1.10 more. Really ?!!!! Lastly, there are many photos on the walls - and when we asked the staff member who delivered our food about the photos, he had no idea who anyone of the people in the photos were -- not even the owner who appeared in most of the photos. Second to last, it was not inexpensive. We also each had a glass of wine and our dinner came to more than $50!

Pros: Friendly staff, Casual and clean

Cons: Tasteless deep fry, Charges for extra sauce, Expensive

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Love This Place!!! - Edit

I've never eaten soul food and this amazing restaurant does a wonderful version of vegan soul foods. Between three of us we got a lil excited and ordered about six dishes! All dishes were quite large and it was a challenge to eat through it all!

The tofu nuggets were probably the tastiest.
And the selection of dessert cakes makes you want to order them all.

If your in the mood for vegan fried comfort come to this place.

Word of warning - gf and soy free options don't exactly exist here....

Pros: 100% Vegan, Friendly Staff/Service

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

soul food heaven - Edit

Stumbled upon this Vegan eatery on our way to Albany. Amazing food! Best Grits I have ever eaten. The Southern Fried Tofu is incredible. So, many great flavors you will question if this could really be vegan food. Traditional eaters will be happy dine here too

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Bay Area destination eatery - Edit

One of my "destination eateries" in the Bay Area, Souley Vegan does vegan deliciously! We usually get the combo platter, when dining in, and to go, because comfort food Souley vegan style, is just that comforting. Mac & cheese, of course, with black eyed peas, rice, collard greens, sweet potatoes... Even the non-vegans in the family have standing Souley Vegan favorites, BarBQ tofu, and the southern fried tofu with a side of Mac & cheese. Desserts, they do these Justice, too. Peach cobbler (which they usually run out of midway thru dinner), carrot cake, red velvet cake... Food is quite rich, so unless you burn calories easily, not an eat-there-every-day place. But hey, it's comforting.
Recently started a Sunday brunch. Service was slower than slow, so this is a work in progress. Can get quite crowded & noisy at dinner. On street parking.

Pros: Vegan comfort food, Excellent tasty food, Great desserts

Cons: Crowded dinner times, Moderate, On street parking

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Fantastic comfort food - Edit

If you've never been to Souley Vegan, I highly recommend you get their everything plate and do the add on to get a few more items. Trust me. The best things, in my opinion, are the bbq tofu, tofu friend chicken, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, spicy lemonade and corn bread (make sure to ask that they heat it up). The greens/beans n rice/okra are all good as well. Hell, it's all good. The atmosphere is casual but cool. They serve booze. Prices are good. Parking can be a little bit of a pain but other than that, I love it.

Pros: great comfort food, really nice staff, good drinks

Cons: parking, area isn's the best

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Wow!!! - Edit

Oh my god that was amazingly delicious. I mean, I knew it was going to be good based on all the other great reviews here on happy cow... but yeash, that was one of the best meals of my life. so so good.

Pros: very very very good food, perfectly reasonable prices, nice atmosphere

Cons: it's 300 miles from where I live :(

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Very delicious, slow service - Edit

The food is good and worth waiting for. You'll definitely wait.

I love Southern comfort foods, and Souley does them very well. Definitely worth waiting.

Pros: All vegan, Delicious

Cons: Slow

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Delish! - Edit

Wandering around Jack London Square and needed a place for dinner. Looked to HappyCow and found Souley Vegan. The pun in the name was reason enough to try it, and we weren't disappointed! The combo plate was great - Southern Fried Tofu was my favorite. My husband had the seitan po'boy that was yummy as well. Vegans and non-vegans all found something they liked. Will definitely return!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Indeed, Vegan Food with Soul - Edit

When I'm in Oakland, I make a point of eating at Souley Vegan at least once and the place never lets me down. First of all, they understand the potential Tofu has and do wonderful things with. Forget the faux meats and try southern fired tofu. Delicious. I also love the sides... great potato salad, great greens and fantastic fries. Good Value.

The decor, music and atmosphere suit the homey soul food being offered, and the people who run the place treat you like family (the rare sort one actually likes).

Pros: Great food, nice fresh take of soul food, Very friendly staff, Good Value

Cons: very casual (not a con for me)

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Food with soul - Edit

Love love this place! During the year that I lived in the Bay area, I ate here more than any other vegan restaurant (and there are luckily plenty to choose from).
#1 pro - great price! Everything is super overpriced in the Bay, and a vegan lunch/dinner can cost an arm and a leg. You get huuuge portions at a fabulous price here.
#2 everything is so delicious! From mash potatoes and gravy, to a huge 'shrimp' sandwich, to their cakes, everything is a must try and everything is awesome!

Pros: Great Price, Delicious filling food, Relaxed vibe

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Best Soul Food On Earth - Edit

No joke. Do it. Bbq tofu, Po-boy. Amaze balls.

Pros: Fast , Delicious, 100% vegan

Cons: Closed Monday's, Not in charge of world government, I'm not married to their head chef.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Sooo Good! - Edit

Really yummy food, I ate the nachos and was feeling very satisfied but not overly full, which was great. I also tried my friends jalapeno poppers with some kind of ranch dressing which was AMAZING. Also had a bite of the 'steak' burger! Very good! I felt really comfortable and at home in the place, its pretty relaxed vibe and delicious food! Would love to go again.

Pros: nice chilled vibe, raspberries in the water!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Link to this page from your site. .
Return to Oakland Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Store Listings
Business Owners, if you see an unfair review, read this.
Why was my review removed? - details / Review guidelines
Reviews are not endorsed by HappyCow - review terms
Has Souley Vegan closed, shut down, moved, or changed? Please use the Update Form.
This page has been viewed 11485 times.

Keep HappyCow Growing Strong!

I would like to support