Open-air garden cafe in the South Bay. Menu features healthy salads, sandwiches, entrees, Mexican specialties, and herbal tea; desserts available (ask). Open Tue-Sat 11:00am-4:00pm, Tue-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-4:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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46 Reviews

First Review by jcpenick


Points +3323

14 Jun 2023

Solid food…

I enjoy coming here because I know the food is solidly good. I often get the Green Temple Bowl which is a build your own bowl option. I got the brown rice, broccoli, corn and organic tempeh covered in their creamy tofu sauce which I would highly recommend. This place is vegetarian and does have dairy in some of their dishes, so be weary. This place also has a variety of juices. I had the carrot, orange and ginger offering which was quite refreshing.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Nice service.

Cons: Parking near the restaurant can be difficult



Points +29

05 Mar 2023

Great ingredients and ambiance, but under-seasoned

Had lunch with a large group and definitely enjoyed the meal overall. The outdoor dining patio has a great ambiance. Unfortunately we were a bit cold, as the heat lamps didn't seem to be working that day. Everything we ordered was fresh and nicely prepared. We eat dairy, and there were several dishes where you could choose between dairy and vegan cheeses, which was a nice touch. Our main critique was that the dishes were generally under-seasoned, but we fixed it with some salt and hot sauce. Service was very friendly but a bit on the slow side. Overall, recommended.

Updated from previous review on 2023-02-25


Points +76

28 Jan 2023


My omnivore husband took me here for a late lunch. He had the vegetarian lasagna and I had the vegan burger. They were both very tasty. The atmosphere of the outdoor patio was delightful too.


Points +371

21 Dec 2022

Pleasant experience

First off, I really enjoyed the ambience of this place. It was a very pleasant place to eat. Also, the service was great!

For my main dish, I got the pasta with tofu sauce and collard greens, made vegan. It was super warm and comforting and I really enjoyed it 😋 I was a bit worried because I've been having stomach pain lately but somehow the food did not irritate my stomach at all! I was very pleasantly surprised. For dessert, I got the chocolate macademia pie. Honestly, it was kind of mid, but it was presented nicely.

Overall, I really enjoyed my lunch here and you should def check out the Green Temple if you're in the area!

Pros: Relaxing ambience, Great options , Yummy food


Points +32

30 Sep 2022

Wonderful restaurant

Great menu options and all outdoor seating


Points +2629

08 May 2022

Classic and Unique

Green temple is one of the first veggie restaurants in the South Bay. Their tofu sauce is legendary. The ambiance of their courtyard garden is one of my favorites. I always seem to get the 4 bowl because you can mix whatever ingredients from the list w/ tofu sauce. Everything is so delicious. 👍🏼


Points +16

23 Apr 2022

My wife and my favorite restaurant. We eat here all the time and love it.

My wife and my favorite restaurant. We eat here all the time and love it.

Pros: Friendly, Great healthy food


Points +13

19 Dec 2021

Food !

My go to closest to home cooking Vegi food !

Pros: Tasty , filling , homie , , Conscious , happy , healthy, By the beach !

Cons: Not home


Points +99

11 Oct 2021

Great find!

The food and service were just awesome. We had a tofu steamer but with tempeh and a broccoli and pine nut bake (not vegan). Absolutely delicious! We got a macadamia, cashew and chocolate cake slice to go.


Points +140

03 Oct 2021


I don't like being critical of vegan/vegetarian restaurants, but alas, here we are. We ordered the pita wrap, quesadilla, and burger. I wasn't mad at any of the dishes, but I didn't think they were particularly tasty, either. I could tell that they used good ingredients, but the flavors were lacking. It's a shame, really, because the potential is definitely there. It tastes like what people would think health foods would taste like.


Points +183

09 Jul 2021

My "go to" place in Redondo Beach

When the weather is good (often) there is no better place to have an outdoor meal in the South Bay. I have been a regular here for over a decade and have never had a bad meal. The food is fresh and organic. We see the owner at the local farmers market on a regular basis and she only buys the best local organic produce. The menu is 100% vegetarian with about 40% vegan or can be made vegan. GF options are well labeled.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-02

Pros: Food, Service, Location

Cons: I wish that more of the menu was vegan, Limited indoor seating


Points +46

15 Feb 2021

Sort of bland

I've given this place 2 tries and both times I felt like the food was sort of bland. In my opinion the food doesn't give non-veggie people a good representation of how amazing and flavorful vegan and vegetarian food can be. Both times I've gotten dishes with tempeh in them and I feel like they don't know how to cook tempeh well. The tempeh was cut into large chunks and had spices on it that didn't compliment the dish and quite frankly the spices were super muted and bland. While I hate being so critical of a vegetarian restaurant I just feel like they do not know how to spice their food. Spices are SO important in plant based foods!

Pros: location

Cons: Bland, Tempeh not cooked well, Unusual spices that don't compliment the dish


Points +12462

19 Aug 2019

Wholesome, Delicious Food in a Lovely Atmosphere

I have been eating at this restaurant for many years. I recommend the outdoor seating area which has a lovely rustic and peaceful vibe.

I ordered the Tostaditos, or tostada's vegan-style, an enchilada and steamed green veggies with a nice tofu cream sauce.

The dishes here are minimally processed and are quite tasty.

The only recommendation I have if this place is to finally convert their entire menu to vegan.
They seem to have the same menu as they had 20 years ago.


Points +46

30 Mar 2019

Options galore and very well labeled.

Lots of delicious options, well labeled and tell you if they can make something vegan on the menu. They even have tasty vegan dessert options!

Pros: Dessert options , Large portions but have smaller portion options , Variety of cuisine


Points +123

02 Jan 2019

Reliably amazing!

Have never been disappointed-great in warm and cold weAther alike. Savory sauce always incredible, fresh salads and soups. Specials are always a treat. Large serving sizes.

Pros: Variety of vegan options and specials, Knowledgeable staff, Friendly


Points +32

21 Nov 2018

Is this the only vegetarian/vegan in Southbay?

We ordered four different plates for the table. It all tasted the same: Very bland. Also, everything that came out was lukewarm. We sent the enchiladas back to be warmed and they were microwaves warm and quickly returned. Won’t be returning with so many flavourful options available elsewhere. 2 stars for very bland food - we also let the server know of these issues politely and they didn’t seem to care.

Pros: Lots of vegan/vegetarian options, Open air concept in the courtyard is cool



Points +60

21 Jul 2018


this is my favorite veg restaurant in the south bay. they have soo many yummy foods. vegans need to try the Savory Gold and Cornadilla with vegan cheese!!!

Pros: lots of vegan options, cute , friendly staff


Points +46

21 Jun 2018

Best vegetarian food in the Southbay

Been going here for years, lots to choose from on the menu. Sunday breakfast is always delicious.

Pros: Great variety of Vegan options, Lots of vegetarian options, Dragon shots are super tasty


Points +18

01 Mar 2018

Best Restaurant Ever!

Super chill vibe, delicious food, right by the beach, and my all time favorite place to eat.

Pros: lots of vegan options, total Zen zone, decent pric


Points +66

11 Feb 2018

Food is ok pet policy is not

The food here is decent. Unfortunately, they are not pet friendly in their outdoor seating area. Feels a bit peculiar for a vegan spot.

Pros: it’s Vegan

Cons: mediocre food , attitude of management , pet policy


Points +97

24 Oct 2017

Delicious food, Great staff

Lovely meal here. We had the eggplant lasagne (a vegan special which should really be a regular thing as it was fab) and the enchiladas. Lovely food. Healthy. Well thought out. Extremely friendly waiting staff who couldn't do enough for us. Gorgeous seating in the open air courtyard. Good for a romantic evening.
Not entirely vegan however so check the menu and ask for daiya cheese.


Points +168

25 Aug 2017

This was very good but some things were not great.

The place is amazing it is a big zen temple. It is beautiful in so many ways. The food was a little bland but the Tempe sauce was amazing !!! The service was not great it is very small so you no and it's hard to find but a great location.


Points +11

Mostly Veg
21 Jul 2017

Definitely the "Best Eats" in the Riviera Village

I've only lived in RB since 2000 and been eating at TGT since 2003. I used to love talking to the owners and even got two recipes for what I believe are the two best items on their menu, the tofu dressing and peanut butter pie! I can't get enough of both :-) Just miss the owners not being there so I don't go as often as I used to, but when I do, I usually order the walnut loaf with house salad and extra tofu dressing. If I need a boost, I'll treat myself to an elixir as well. You must eat there if you are in RB or you'll be missing out on what I believe is the best restaurant in the Riviera Village.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-21

Pros: Great Food, Great Ambiance and Decor

Cons: Miss the owners, they know their food., New staff not as food knowledgeable., New staff not as friendly and attentive.


Points +112

19 Jun 2017

tasty and healthy

Some dishes are better than others. The peanut butter pie is one of the best vegan dessert's I've ever tried.


Points +274

19 Aug 2016

great setting

Island holiday setting. Nice servers. Home style cooking. Nice experience.


Points +332

31 Jul 2016

Best in Redondo Beach

Vegan food in this restaurant is outstanding. Everything I have tried here from the soup to the strawberry pie have been delicious. Ingredients are fresh and everything has been perfectly cooked and seasoned. The bread is baked in-house and juices are freshly squeezed. Service is very friendly. The environment is incredibly relaxing.

Pros: Delicious food , Customer service , Location


Points +100

05 Jan 2016

yummy and nice atmosphere

This is such a great place for lunch or dinner. The garden and beautiful and tranquil. I love the veggies with tofu sauce. My only complaint is that their soy cheese is not vegan!

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