Sunflower Cafe

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2834 Azalea Place (at Berry Hill area), Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 37204

Quick service vegetarian restaurant where you choose the dishes, and the server plates it for you. Meals are prepared from locally grown produce. Has gluten free, soy free, nut free, and dairy free selections. Est. 2012. ‚ÄčReported July 2017 - all food is vegan with the exception of Udi's gluten-free bread (contains egg whites) or if you choose to add dairy cheese to your meal. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Buffet

40 Reviews

First Review by GoodFoodMan

Delicious and Quick - Edit

I really enjoyed my experience at Sunflower Cafe. I had the vegan/mock crab cake special which was delicious. I also tried their vegan cookie dough and it was so amazing! This place is perfect if you are looking for vegan food that's delicious and quick.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

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great food - Edit

This place is awesome

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Great Vegan Joint - Edit

Except for some bread and optional dairy cheese, everything here is vegan and they have a lot of great options. We stuffed ourselves and and enjoyed everything. We had the Greek Salad with Tofu Feta, Thai Ginger Bowl, Black Bean soup, Caramelized Apples and Jalapeno Corn Bread.

Pros: Nearly 100% Vegan, Great selection, Delish

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One of my Nashville faves - Edit

We enjoy their vegan dishes, unfortunately we don't frequent them as often as we should, due to the Wild Cow being one of our all time favorite restaurants in the nation, located in the same town.

Pros: Delightful dishes

Cons: Great, but not the best in town for vegan dishes.

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delicious meals - Edit

The food is very good, and definitely healthy! Already planning a trip back, the barbecue, crab cake, and potato salad are my favorites.

Pros: good vegan choices, drinks are healthy, plenty of seating

Cons: no sugar free or vegan desserts , parking can be tight

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Good Food, Good service - Edit

Cafeteria line style eatery where you can see them plate your food. LOVE that they have oil free options! Pretty decent sized menu also. Good food, clean place and friendly staff. Really feel like they want you to be there and are actually your friends. If ever in the area again will return!

Pros: good food, good staff, and good amount of options.

Cons: limited inside seating when busy, fair parking , sketchy area of town/hard to find/can't be seen fr

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Nice cafe - Edit

I got the sesame kale, mixed beans, and quinoa bake. My favorite were the mixed beans. The sesame kale was cool but needed a little more seasoning. The quinoa bake was cool also but that needed a little more seasoning as well. Overall I like this place. You stand in line buffet style, order your food then take your tray and sit down to eat. Oh and they have a nice selection of food. The staff is friendly as well.

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Oh My Goodness!! - Edit

Stopped here during a roadtrip...and this place is incredible!! The food is amazing. Everything we tried was better than we anticipated. We loved the Bbq Seitan....and the nachos. We went during Happy Hour...and were able to try a few differwnt things. The setting is comfortable. The people are so nice....it was a wonderful experience!! I just wish it wasn't so far away!!!

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-17

Pros: Great Food, Comfortable atmosphere, Clean bathroom

Cons: None

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So good!!! - Edit

I absolutely loved this place. I'm traveling from out of town so I've only had the veggie burger but the food, atmosphere and staff are all lovely. I definitely recommend everything they have even though I couldn't try it all!

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Pleasantly Surprised and Loved it! - Edit

At first when my partner said he wanted to come here and he said it was vegetarian I wanted to look for an all vegan place so I didn't have to navigate the menu. I just wanted to walk in somewhere and order vegan without double checking.

But after we went to Graze I said yeah let's go for dinner. Well, I was delighted to know that the menu was all vegan! unless you added dairy cheese. And it wasn't like Wild Cow where the option is under every menu item to get cheese.

There was no wait for us and we went through the cafeteria like line. I got the traditional bbq on a bun with potato salad and sesame kale. This sandwich was so good. All the flavors melded together to make one heck of a sandwich. It was cole slaw and and tomato and spinach on it. I added mustard to my potato salad because that's how I like it. I needed that kale side for the greens. All in all this meal was neither too heavy or too light. I definitely recommend. My partner had the thai ginger tofu which wasn't my fave but he loves it. The collard greens were good, too.

Pros: Pretty much all vegan, wholesome, lots of options and good value

Cons: none

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Amazing food - Edit

Great staff, atmosphere and most importantly, food. Passing through Nashville and well worth the stop. I had the traditional BBQ bowl. Fantastic and filling. I will make it a point to stop in next time I am in the area. Mom had the mock crab cakes....shwing!!!!!

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in love - Edit

The staff is so nice and genuinely friendly. It was my first time visiting today. I got the all American burger and potato salad. I loved the food. It tasted so fresh and real. Then I went back for the vegan cookie dough. Oh my gosh. Unreal! Will definitely be back when I come back to Nashville!

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flower power - Edit

We love this place! We stop every time we go through Nashville!

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Decent place to check out. - Edit

Finally made it in after a recommendation from a coworker. Had the burger and hubby (who isn't vegan) got the BBQ tacos. Food was decent but I wasn't blown away. Will probably try something different on my next visit.

Pros: a lot of options and even desserts

Cons: parking is horrible

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Well worth the visit! - Edit

I'm from out of town and stopped in. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. They allowed me to sample as much as I liked and helped me choose an entree. They recommended the veggie burger and I got it in a wrap along with the oatmeal raisin cookie dough. ON POINT! I will most definitely be returning.

Pros: friendly staff, clean environment, options presented well

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One Of The BEST Vegan Restaurants In The World - Edit

I LOVE Sunflower Cafe!! I've visited Nashville 3 times in the past 4 months for a total of 6 days and have eaten here 6 times! I go here now first thing when I get to town and it always makes me happy. Their All-American burger is THE BEST vegan burger I've ever had. And the gluten-free bun was good too, such a rarity. Everything is vegan, and mostly v healthy. The Ginger Thai Tofu is delicious and so are the Sunflower seed rice and sesame kale. Desserts delicious too and a good selection of teas from local High Garden. Staff always friendly and helpful.

Pros: Lots of great food, healthy and delicious. Decent

Cons:

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Pretty Cool Place. - Edit

I stopped by after a recommendation from one of my favorite YouTubers. I had the Vegan BBQ Bowl, and loved it.

Pros: Great Food.

Cons: Didn't have any.

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I LOVE SUNFLOWER CAFE! - Edit

I moved to Nashville for the Chicagoland area about 2 months ago and was so happy to find out that I lived a few blocks away from a cute little veg. restaurant, Sunflower Cafe! I have since been several times, even taking my carnivorous parents there when they visited and they loved it! My dad (a real Midwestern meat and potatoes type of guy) had the vegan crab cake and hummus with pita. He loved it all and, to my surprise, mentioned again how much he liked it a few days later. You can never go wrong with one of their burgers. All of the topping options are flavorful and unique. My favorite sides is the sweet potato casserole, but the collard greens and pad thai come in a tie & close second. Huge portions, so many options, outdoor seating, craft beers, AMAZING HAPPY HOUR DEAL...I could go on and on. I have yet to find a downfall at Sunflower Cafe, and at this point I'd say I never will. LOVE IT!

Pros: So many options!, Super friendly, helpful staff, Outdoor patio seating

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Great spot - Edit

Thoroughly impressed with this restaurant. Food tasted terrific. It has a relaxing patio. And serving the food cafeteria style is a great thing for people who aren't familiar with the food and can look at it before ordering. This was a pleasant surprise while visiting Nashville.

Pros: Cafeteria style

Cons: Pad Thai was delicious, but served cold. Probabl

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Really fresh and great! - Edit

Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 11, 2013
After a few years of coming here, it is still maybe the best vegan place in town. My regular meal is the BBQ on flatbread, with a side of the sweet potatoes. Also, you HAVE TO get the cookie dough parfait. Yes, it is basically just a cup of raw vegan cookie dough, but it is SO GOOD. Perfection.
My husband pretty much always gets the crab cakes with a side of pad thai. Which is kind of a weird combo, but they are both so good!
This place is really close to my house and I'm so glad I found it through this site. My husband and i went for lunch and were blown away! He got the sampler plater where you can try a little bit of everything. His favorites were the raw kale salad, and some kind of slaw that had cabbage and pineapple in it, I can't remember the name. It was great. I had the red lentil and coconut milk soup with a broccoli salad. The food was very fresh and delicious and the people working there were so nice and answered all our questions. That day everything was vegan except for a mozzarella salad so you didn't have to guess if they had animal products in anything. We shared some chocolate crispy rice treat things for dessert that i loved. We we definitely be back. My only complaint is that their hours are so short!
Updated from previous review on Friday January 11, 2013
I'm so happy that Sunflower Cafe extended their hours! We love to go here after we hit up the Nashville Flea Market. My go to favorite is the mock chicken salad wrap and whatever soup they are serving that day, I have never had a bad one! My husband still gets the sampler plate every time. There are almost too many good choices!

Pros: fresh, vegan, delicious

Cons: a little pricey

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Really cool, tasty restaurant - Edit

The "cafeteria" style idea is pretty cool. Never had anything that wasn't tasty. Isn't a place to go if you want some fancy gourmet, complex vegan food but more just some basic, tasty style of food

Pros: Great location, Good variety , Good value

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So good! - Edit

Amazing food and atmosphere. Very friendly staff! Can't wait to go back.

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Amazing - Edit

amazing customer service
amazing food
amazing dinning area
amazing love & kindness

Pros: lots of vegan options!

Cons: coffee creamer no vegan options

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My favorite restaurant - Edit

I work nearby, so I go here often. The staff is so nice, knowledgeable, and patient. The atmosphere is cozy and sweet, and the food is delicious!

Pros: Tons of vegan options

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Pleasant buffet-style cafe - Edit

Trying to decide what to order as we approached the counter was a bit confusing, with several different menus and boards, and no mention of whether various 'veggie' options were actually vegan. However, the people behind the counter were very helpful, and quick to show us what we could have. The food itself was reasonably priced and tasty. Be warned, however, that the barbeque tempeh is hot, at least for our British tastes!

Pros: no waiting for food, cheap, friendly

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so good albeit confusing for this 1st timer - Edit

We walked in with a local friend who was there one time before. There were menus and a buffet like chipotle style bar with staff behind it and a menu board above their heads. We didn't know where to start until the lovely lady behind the bar started to guide us thru the options. Phew!

Super casual clean relaxed decor. Food was really yummy especially as all options were vegan.

We had a bowl of quinoa with tempeh bbq and smoked collard greens and slaw; a daily special baked quinoa bean casserole; a side of sweet potatoes; and a banh mi that was the best dish! We ended with a (too sweet for me) cookie dough pudding and a berries & cream that my two little girls devoured.

If we lived here this would definitely be a local favorite....as we would soon get the hang of it quickly.

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Awesome! - Edit

Amazing food, plenty of vegan options. If you're in the Nashville area, definitely try it out!

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