Souley Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 97 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

97 Reviews

First Review by michelleg

So good! - Edit

Comfort food. This place has the best of everything. Biscuits and gravy to Mac and cheese you will be full when you leave. Be sure to take a dessert to go, their red velvet cake is the best.

Pros: Lots of options and sides, Reasonable prices

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one of my favorite vegan spots - Edit

I frequent Souley Vegan. I absolutely love the local character, southern soul food served healthy. I’ve tried multiple things from the menu and everything is tasty. Zero complaints. You won’t find a grass sandwich here, this is for people who like flavor!

Pros: great food, great prices , great atmosphere and location

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Mac and Cheese! - Edit

The best vegan Mac and Cheese I have ever had!
It is kinda what I judge vegan places on, it’s such a big deal to me. Theirs is the absolute best!

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Perfect - Edit

Don't miss! This place is always full and the food is consistently delocious, service always fast and friendly. I especially enjoy the tofu bowl and the seitan steak, I almost always get these.

Pros: vegan

Cons: parking on street

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good food great service - Edit

all the staff are very friendly and attentive. the food is good but not incredible. I was really excited about the cake but it wasn't too great.

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Great Soul Food! Study the menu. - Edit

I ordered their Seiten Spicy Strips and their Zucchini "Crab" Cakes. Service was excellent and although these were both appetizers I couldn't finish everything and brought home half the Strips as leftovers.

The Crab Cakes were awesome, at least if you like the light, fluffy, French style of crab cakes. The flavor was not really "crabby" but the texture was perfect. The cakes were held together perfectly and broke apart just like real crab cakes do. Along with the sauce it totally hit the spot for me. Now I still miss the real meaty New England style crab cakes, but I can't imagine a vegan version of that anyway.

The Spicy Strips tasted exactly like spicy boneless chicken wings but the texture left a bit to be desired. Maybe I'm just not a seiten person.

Folks should be aware, like many other soul food restaurants, it is mostly self-serve. There is a line to order and pay when you first walk in. If you want to eat in the restaurant you pick any table and get your own water. The menu requires a bit of studying the first time, there are no pictures and one needs to figure out if they're trying to emulate meat dishes for each item. There's no separate line for questions and they are very nice and informative when one is ordering, so the line can sometimes move slowly.

I will definitely return for the crab cakes and try other items on the menu.

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food that makes you wish you lived in Oakland. - Edit

Y’ALL!!! Get a load of this #BlackGirlMagic right here. Im in Oakland for weekend, to see my #Raiders play, and had no idea what I was going to eat. What I have learned in last 5 months of my veganism is that sometimes it’s going to be hard to find food..but THANK YOU Happy Cow! I found #SouleyVegan and I was off. Imagine how much happier I was when I found out it was black owned. Excuse me, black WOMAN owned. I got the combo plate: bbq tofu, mac n cheese and collard greens. I also ordered the zucchini crab cakes, red velvet cake and 2 drinks; cayenne lemonade and strawberry ginger. I can’t tell y’all how many time I said mmmmmh mmmmmh mmmmmh after every bite. The zucchini crab cakes were so good I ate 2/3 before I realized I didn’t use the sauce lol. If you’re ever in Oakland, do yourself a favor and stop by. Im stuffed!! Very friendly.

Pros: you get handed a menu in line and pay before. , cards accepted. friendly. owners nice.

Cons: n/a

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Soul Food in a Funky Place - Edit

Made a special stop to try this place on the way to San Francisco. Great southern soul food done right. Food was delicious! The bathroom is a bit dirty and smells like a train station, but the food almost completely makes up for it. I had the Seitan "Steak" Sandwich and it was delicious. The Mac and Cheese is a Nooch sauce that is borderline too strong, but still good. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

Pros: 100% Vegan, Family Owned feeling, Nice staff

Cons: A little pricey, Nasty Bathroom

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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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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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