Tao Natural Foods Organic Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

2200 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 55405

Serves meat, vegan options available. A selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes including sandwiches, breakfast items, and macrobiotic. Has smoothies and vegetable juices, soups, and gluten-free. Formerly Tao Natural Foods and Books. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Juice bar, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by condekedar

Gross 11 dollar salad - Edit

considering this was a cafeteria style restaurant (order at a counter, self serve water and coffee) I couldn't believe what they were charging. They were rude and especially so when I returned my dish because they put cheese on it. I must have said vegan 5 times to make sure. There was no apology and the cook started slamming things once he was told to remake my salad. What a waste of money and time. 34 dollars to be exact. The warm greens salad I had was so gross too.

Pros: NONE!

Cons: Expensive, Rude staff and dirty tables.

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1 time visit Review. Bad Service, Vegan UNfriendly - Edit

Gave one try, found service to be condescending and impossible regarding vegan substitutions. Rather than removing egg & dairy from 1 dish, server pushed a replacement, supposedly vegan dish that ultimately contained yogurt sauce. He decided that the 1st dish was unacceptable w/o dairy & egg. Server seemed to have a demeaning attitude toward vegan food choices.

Pros: Vegetarian breakfast sandwich very good.

Cons: Not vegan friendly at all., Wouldn't accomodate substitution., Dismissive server.

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vegan options - Edit

I first went a few months ago. A couple of the items on the menu were no longer there, but they hadn't been removed. kind of annoying. The food was good, and I plan on going again soon. I enjoyed my smoothie and sandwich.

The grocery has a large selection of tea and unique spices some of which are quite pricey compared to others.

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A Wide Variety - Edit

Many good choices for everyone, including Vegans. Soup, salad and sandwich was very good. You can sit at the counter and watch them prepare the food right in front of you.

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Mostly recommended. - Edit

Almost everything is vegetarian and can be made vegan, is very fresh, and tastes great. I highly recommend their "Doozie" salad and anything with guacamole or hummus.

As other reviewers have mentioned, they recently raised their prices and it's now pretty expensive for the amount of food you actually get. The juices and smoothies are especially pricey.

Pros: Tasty, healthy food, Friendly staff prepares food to order, Unique, neighborhood atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, Portions sometimes on the small side

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Good fresh food - Edit

With vintage diner seating in the entrance Tao has a retro feel to it. The restaurant has a store at the back, selling all things natural from soaps to vitamins and everything in between. The cafe is quite pricey with entrées starting at $10. It serves an interesting choice of health juices and smoothies, or you can just make up your own. Their veggie burger is delicious, made with whole wheat bread and garnished with alfalfa sprouts and vegan mayonnaise. The vegan pie they serve daily is also a treat. The staff is happy to modify dairy dishes to make them vegan.

Pros: Fresh food prepared in front of you

Cons: A little expensive

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Expensive, but tasty - Edit

Tao is a wonderful, cozy little corner joint with the feel of an old-time diner. The staff is on a first-name basis with most of the customers and the food is amply vegan. The wait for the food can be long, but that's only because each dish is lovingly prepared and hand-made; no short-cuts here. Try their delicious multigrain waffle or their simple, macrobiotic rice plates (which pack more of a kick than you might guess). The food is extremely healthy, fresh and nicely prepared. They also feature at least one or two innovative vegan desserts. Tao also has a large selection of health food and body-care items, as well as a small book section, in case you need more than just food.

UPDATE: Tao, while still tasty and good, has increased its prices considerably, as well as reducing its portion sizes. So, you pay more, but get less food. I still love the food here---and they just added delicious vegan milkshakes (12 oz. for $7??)---but I'll be cutting back now that they're so expensive!

Pros: Fresh, Healthy/Tasty, Atmosphere

Cons: Not 100% vegetarian, Long wait for food, Expensive

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