SunCafe

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10820 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California, USA, 91604

Vegan and raw food restaurant offering a menu of fusion and comfort vegan cuisine. Features raw food dishes lettuce tacos and pizza to cooked vegan meals like white truffle fettucine and the Sun burger. Enjoy a selection of rich smoothies, cupcakes, and raw pies. Sunday brunch til 3pm. Originally est. 2009 as SunPower Natural Cafe and moved into this larger space in 2014. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-9:00pm. Last order 1 hour before close.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering, Fusion

Reviews (59)

First Review by Hugo

Vegan Breakfast - Edit

Hi! We stopped for breakfast on our way leaving out of town (visiting for the weekend/Universal Studios). My husband ordered a smoothie and it was okay. He didn't love it. Our two boys and myself all ordered the waffles with fruit topping. The waffles were hard. If they had been fluffy they would have tasted great I think. There was very little fresh fruit. The service was okay nothing spectacular. I wouldn't describe it as being excellent customer service at all. We spend about $80 on breakfast for 1 smoothie and 3 waffle plates (1 waffle each with a few pieces of fruit). I would like to try some of their other entrees that they serve for lunch/dinner but this location will not be our first choice for going to a vegan restaurant.

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favourite in LA (so far) - Edit

Been to most of the notable places in LA to eat for vegans but kept coming back to this one, in fact so many times one of the waitresses joked if we was trying to move in! But best place for me, great menu & the food is so good but you always feel great after eating it, never feels unhealthy or junky, even though it tastes so good. Go!

Pros: great food, great wine , nice staff

Cons: lil bit expensive but that's just America

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6 Stars - Edit

Awesome gluten free options.

Food is super tasty, with a great atmosphere!

Highly recommended.

Pros: Unique Fusion Recipes

Cons: None

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Perfection! - Edit

Best of all worlds...outdoor cafe tables, small lounge area, and indoor eating available. Excellent staff. All vegan and delicious.

Cons: Limited parking...it's LA.

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love - Edit

Food was great a nice variety of choices and great service

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amazing food - Edit

The food is amazing. Everything we have had was good! BBQ cauliflower, nachos, tacos it was all so flavorful! The service was so friendly and warm on the occasions we went. However most recently our server went from having just 4 tables to mange at the beginning of our meal, to at least 6 on all sides of the restaurant (inside and outside) this is way too much to ask of someone. And because of it we were neglected in this shuffle we, among other things weren't able to get more water, our exiting service was unsatisfactory it took us more than 20 mins to ask for and pay for our check. We noticed the server had so many tables because we were watching him work the entire restaurant while we anxiously waited to be able to leave. Finally the hostess brought our check over, but it had an error, they fixed it but it was just another bump on the road. I hope if we decide to go back the service will be more balanced.

Pros: delicious food , good raw options

Cons: slow service

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GREAT food - Edit

A restaurant, not a cafe as the name suggests.
We ordered quesidilla, a toasted sandwich and a milkshake. The shake was meant to be coffee, tasted more like chocolate but that's fine with me. Friends ate a burger and mac n cheese, looked really good. The restaurant also serves beer and wine.
Service was very attentive and friendly. Portions were bang on (although I got a box on account of the milkshake, which was 20oz).
There was a sharp intake of breath when the bill came ($140 for 4 people) which prevents this being 5 stars.

Pros: Quality food, very tasty, Excellent service

Cons: $$

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great vegan food options and atmosphere - Edit

I've only been once, a friend that lives in North Hollywood took me and we had a very nice time. We sat in the lounge area outside because she brought her dog with her. I loved the food and the gluten free options, the service was good. I had Moroccan lentil stew and gluten free pizza :)
I would totally come back if I'm ever back in California.

Pros: great vegan food, gluten free options, nice atmosphere

Cons: Not too cheap

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Awesome place... - Edit

I like to go on the weekends for their "vegan" omelet. It comes with finger potatoes or mixed greens, I recommend spending an extra dollar and getting their Caesar salad instead. If the omelette isn't covered with avocado make sure they check for ripe ones in the kitchen, usually it comes with avocado on top. Addendum: They now serve mashed potatoes and gravy as a side as well (with the vegan omelet). It's okay, but the gravy isn't as good as Real Food Daily's.

I haven't checked out their other recipes yet...but plan to. YUMMY!

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-29

Pros: organic, great wait staff

Cons: Pricey, but worth it

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RawDiculous - Edit

Wow this place is so pleasant. I am sitting on peaceful outdoor deck under a tree. Service always the best, food is creative and love all their raw options even though some are cooked. Before leaving a must is their yummy cupcakes. One of the best in LA for sure.

Pros: Organic, Amazing service, Great ambience

Cons: Can hear cars

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Take out was fantastic - Edit

We ordered the food online so I cannot really write a review of the place itself. However I can tell you the food was amazing! We got the quinoa salad, the BLT burger and the Cookie Dough for dessert. I'm still amazed at what they can do with dessert! Delivery time as also not too long if you keep in mind that the driver had to come down to Hollywood on Cahuenga. We are definitely planning to go there in person the next time to check the vibe.

Pros: Delicious food, Fast delivery

Cons: A bit pricy

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Fun to eat here, but a little bit style over substance - Edit

I liked the ambience here, and am especially glad I went for brunch, so I could enjoy the sunshine out in front of the restaurant. The place is a little hidden away in its own cove which made for a nice meal.

The food was good, but I expected more of it for how expensive the meal was. I wasn't full by the time I left. Next time I visit, I might do so with the family and order a variety of dishes to share.

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Good pizza - Edit

I visited Sun Cafe for dinner. Food was delicious: A tasty curry with black rice and a daily special: fig and smoked tempeh pizza. I liked both and the crust of the pizza was very tasty. I enjoyed very much the food. What I didn't like was that my table was close to the bathroom. The bathroom was clogged and as people got in and out of the bathroom a funny smell went all over the restaurant. The managers should definitely avoid this type of situations from happening. I would love to give SunCafe the extra star next time that I visit.

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Special place - Edit

I've only been here once, but I would go back in a heartbeat! The food was awesome, especially the Caesar salad.

Pros: Nice raw selection, Great atmosphere, Creative food

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stunning! amazing raw and cooked, my fav vegan cafe in LA! - Edit

Stunning food! Yes it's a little on the pricey side but a perfect place to take your date or have a lunch meeting with someone you care about. I adore the Shamrock milkshake which is creamy thick and rich and delicious have it as a dessert! Also the wrong nachos are to die for and definitely leave you feeling full.
The staff is always super friendly especially for LA standards in the homey comfortable feel makes it worth the price. I normally order a meal with coffee and some dessert and end up spending about $45 for myself, but I stay for three hours or more and relax getting free refills of water and just getting great service no matter what. I suggest that you come eat some good food and stay for a while there's also deals for the lunch menu and during the happy hour which I think you can spend under 20 and get a full meal. It's deathly not for the cheap but for flavor, atmosphere and relaxation for a vegan or vegetarian this place tops it all! You have to try it at least try some of the desserts and the drinks it's comparable to Café gratitude but much less busy and a little more laid-back in that has couches and outdoor seating: there's a cool atmosphere but never any hipsters which I absolutely adore and it's in a great little pocket off of North Hollywood 101 coming in from Hollywood so it's a great place to fine. Go here tell him Joy sent you!

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Pricy - Edit

Dropped by on my way thru and grabbed a quesadilla and iced tea to go .. nice dog friendly patio with water bowls that my dog sincerely appreciated. Lady at to-go counter initially didn't seem happy to be there, but she cheered up somewhat and managed a smile or two. Seemed like I waited a realllllly long time for my order .. almost 25 mins .. considering it was 2:30p on Wed. and there were only a couple tables with people eating. So if you're in a hurry, be sure to call it in first. And bring extra quarters if you park at the meters.

The quesadilla was very tasty, but crazy spicy hot .. I was surprised it didn't come with some sort of warning, lol. I even pulled off the jalepenos at one point so I could get thru it, it seemed there was some very spicy red oil involved. I added avocados and got the rice tortilla which was very yummy. But even still, I walked out of there with a standard sized quesadilla a la carte, and a 16oz ice tea for $25. Ouch.

Pros: Tasty and vegan

Cons: Pricy and long wait

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Excellent food in beautiful setting - Edit

My main complaint is it's so hard to get to from Santa Monica! Located in Studio City, there's a large selection of outside seating as well as on the inside, which feels like it could be your own personal dining room. So warm and cutely decorated! The food is fantastic - the type of place you'd take a friend who eats meat and always complains about vegetarian spots. The menu is a good mix between raw and cooked, giving everyone options. Why the four stars and not five? Service can be very slow, and at times, it feels they're not paying much attention. Friendly enough when they do come over though. The food is really standout and great portion sizes! We shared:

- Mint shamrock smoothie - One of the great things about this place is when you order a smoothie, you can choose to have them split it between two glasses for you and your dining partner. The serving is then about the size of a smallish water cup and more than enough - very satisfying! You feel you're drinking a fantastic mint milkshake, and yet this is made of mint, spinach, bananas, cacao, cashews and agave!

- BBQ cauliflower - This was awesome! Heavy on the BBQ sauce but not fried! For those who usually eat meat and love wings, you'd likely really enjoy this dish. For vegetarians, it's just a great dish packed with zesty flavor. The pickle was a nice contrast to the smokey-sweet BBQ.

- Shaved brussel sprouts with garlic sauce (special) - Great garlicky flavor without being overwhelming! Almost tasted like something you'd get at a Chinese restaurant without being so oily. Nice ratio of sauce to vegetable. My fiancé felt this was a bit too salad-feeling, but did note he prefers whole brussel sprouts, as opposed to shaved ones.

- Butternut squash pizza (special) - It was already a few weeks ago that we came here, and I'm struggling to remember all of the toppings on this pizza. Suffice it to say it was packed with toppings - including a healthy serving of butternut squash, which was nicely sauteed on top. BBQ flavors here as well, I guess we were feeling the BBQ when ordering that night! We had the cooked crust, not raw.

- Raw cookie dough cheesecake - We were pretty stuffed, but knowing it can sometimes be hard to make our way over here due to traffic, I couldn't pass up on their fantastic dessert! I don't know that I'd say this tastes like cookie dough, but it certainly has a great sweet and slightly chocolatey flavor. The crust is definitely homemade as well and a yummy graham cracker one.

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so good! - Edit

It's great and not that crowded. Please go eat there, wouldn't want to see it shut down.

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great place - Edit

Very helpful staff. Good food. Pleasant atmosphere.

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Good All Vegan Reasonably Priced - Edit

I liked the atmosphere and the prices weren't over the top. I tried the Sunday Brunch with Sun Florentine, coffee and a mimosa. My mild disappointment was in the hollandaise sauce, which was brighter yellow than pictured, and therefore unsurprisingly tasted too strong of mustard. I don't know if it was an off day, or they need to try a different egg substitute or "creamy" ingredient. I will definitely go back but try a different main course. Food is otherwise good.

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Such a score! - Edit

SunCafe was an all around great experience. Friendly staff, cozy atmosphere and delicious food. Haven't had as good high end vegan in a long time. Equal to NYC's Blossom or Candle 79. Prices were reasonable for such high quality. And kombucha on tap! A must do when in the area.

Pros: Organic, Ambience, Kombucha on tap

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Ambiance 100% - Edit

The character of this place is top notch. food taste very good. i had the mac and cheese

Pros: Drinks

Cons: parking (unnecessary valet)

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incredible! - Edit

Love everything on the menu. Exquisite!

Cons: brunch should be available everyday

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Excellent Family Dinner - Edit

Went out for dinner with a large group. We got the Mad Hatter table (middle of the restaurant, mixed chair choices). The sommelier helped us pick for the table and we had several lovely wines paired mostly with the weekly specials.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Price

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Very nice place w/ outdoor & indoor seating. - Edit

Went here on Saturday 6/13/15. Had the tacos which were a very nice surprise. 3 tacos of grilled zucchini slices, shredded purple cabbage, spot of tomato salsa & a squirt of mild sauce. Also had a small raw cinnamon "bun" in a rolled up slice with a cashew dipping sauce. Excellent--very rich.

Pros: Inside/outside seating; friendly staff., Creative menu; something for everybody., Valet parking if needed.

Cons: A little pricy, but it's Studio City.

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Suncafe, our brunch - Edit

Our second time at Suncafe and we had a nice brunch here.

We started with the soup and salad combo, the raw mushroom soup was so good, we got 2 more regular size servings through out the day. The soup is a great value for $7.

We also had the sun bruschetta, raw sun nachos, the fiesta burger, and pesto with crackers. The soup was definitely the best dish we had today.
I posted a video on the food at Suncafe, watchi it here
http://rawismyreligion.com/suncafe-organic-cuisine


Updated from previous review on Monday June 08, 2015

Pros: organic, completely vegan, delicious everyday food

Cons: attitude of the employes, were out of many raw componets, confusing menu

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They overcharged my credit card $15.00 - Edit

Lunch for two, including wine and tip, was $75.86. My credit card was charged $90.86. I am disappointed.

I contacted the credit card and they gave me back my $15. I called the restaurant, the manager checked and got back to me. She apologized. She offered me a free entree if I come when she works and talk to her.

Updated from previous review on Friday November 28, 2014

The chances of me coming over months later, looking for a specific employee who works regular business hours is zero. There are better ways to compensate a wronged customer!

Cons: Over charged credit card

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