Asian bistro serving Vietnamese vegan dishes including banh mi sandwiches, pho, vermicelli noodles, and various dishes with tofu and faux meats. Has Thai ice tea and vegan desserts. This branch became all vegan in 2018. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm.

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60 Reviews

First Review by FrayDoh


Points +63

12 Nov 2023

Restaurant Permanently Closed

Due to landlord selling complex and plans to build apartments Purple Mint had to close 🥺


12 Nov 2023


03 Dec 2023

Have they located a new site yet? I know they were looking.



Points +928

14 Oct 2023

We Will Miss this Place!!! 😭Great Dishes

I will be sorry to see this restaurant go away. It was one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego, County. Let's hope that they reopen somewhere near.

I love this restaurant and hope they are around for years. So far, I've had the lemongrass chicken and had the filet mignon steak and the another chicken dish a couple of years ago. Today, I had the Bun Bo Hue. My favorite is the Kung Pao Chicken. The food is good and my wife thinks so too. That means it is great tasting.

We haven't been back here in a very long time because the Kung Pao Chick'n, my favorite, had a very bad texture. Today, 2/25/2023, we decided to return, and it turns out they went back to the old recipe, and it was good.

Updated from previous review on 2023-10-14

Pros: The taste is outstanding

Cons: If it's leaving


Points +386

30 Sep 2023

Great spot for a quick sit down lunch

I am grateful to have many choices around my office. The PurpleMint is great for take away or a quick sit down meal.

I usually order for take away but feel like eating in. It’s a bit rush to get back to work on time but their service was timely. So I only need to watch my own time spend here.

I love lemon grass so I ordered the lemon grass with tofu and a side of white rice. It was so delicious I finish the whole plate.

Definite would visit more often.

Side note: watch out for deep fried “chicken”, my last take away the little fried nuggets in the dish was too hard to chew.


Points +328

12 Sep 2023

new favorite thai place

soooo yum!! everything i’ve tried on the menu has been amazing. if you’re looking for some good thai food, this is the place to go!


Points +1665

03 Jul 2023

Had a great lunch

Got the shrimp spring rolls appetizer, and the Kung Pao chicken entree. Both were tasty. Friendly staff, and a fully vegan menu gets 5 star treatment from me!


Points +62

13 Mar 2023

Yummy yummy faux ducky in my tummy

Purple mint has great thai tea, but most of all their food is great. I loved their dishes that incorporate ‘duck.’ I have no idea what it is but it tastes so dang good. Ambience is cute too!


Points +83

25 Feb 2023


Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Extensive menu. Food was tasty, fresh, well presented, and arrived in a timely manner. Fairly priced


Points +5648

25 Feb 2023

Great Drinks & Entrees

The Purple Mint was a fun Friday night dinner. The service was fast, the staff was friendly, and the portions were generous. The drinks were great and served in cute glasses. The entrees were tasty. I liked how my orange chicken had fresh oranges.

Updated from previous review on 2023-02-25


26 Feb 2023


Points +72

30 Dec 2022

Amazing food

What a wonderful restaurant in San Diego! Delicious food, great atmosphere, kind staff. And clean! One of our favorites!

Pros: Delicious food, Kind staff, Clean


Points +506

15 Dec 2022

Rivals the Bay Area’s Vietnamese

As good a vegan Vietnamese meal as I’ve had anywhere. We had a beef banh mi (excellent) and the unique black noodles (fun). I love seeing unusual things on the menu, and this place has quite a few.


Points +3863

16 Nov 2022

Epic Vietnamese!

Wow! Take me to the PurpleMint any day because the Vietnamese vegan food here rivals that of San Jose, and I've had my fair share at this point. Delicious quality, stellar flavors, and a fantastic ambiance is how I would sum up this lovely spot.

My friend and I ordered their Crispy Rolls (fried egg rolls with veggies, taro, vermicelli), the Braised Duck Noodles Soup, and their Kung Pao Chicken. The crispy rolls were fantastic - deep fried to perfection and complimented with a vegan sweet and sour sauce. The duck noodles were A++. It had a burst of umami flavor in the broth, wonderful firm rice noodles, with a mock duck on the side that's one of the best texture-wise to other mock duck meats. Finally, the Kung Pao had great chili flavors, seasoning, and nicely fried soy protein with wonderful texture. Everything was magical on the table and left us wanting more.

Pro tip - I loved being able to add a medley of vegetables to any dish for $3. It really kicked up our Kung Pao Chicken to have a mix of zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, carrots, and more to amp up the quality and variety of nutrients in the dish.

Aside from the food, the atmosphere was spot on. We loved their outdoor, covered patio - very comfortable outdoor seats and plenty of breathing room. The interior is also lined with greenery and there's even a mini pond inside that you walk over upon entering.

Hands down would absolutely recommend anyone checking out PurpleMint. I would love to come back here someday for more of their awesome offerings.

Pros: Wonderful indoor ambiance, Quality Vietnamese options


Points +143

11 Nov 2022

So many options!

I couldn’t decide! I’ve been here twice now and everything I’ve gotten has been amazing. The shrimp spring rolls are possibly my favorite. They’ve been out of the walnut shrimp each time but that must mean it’s good!


Points +337

04 Nov 2022

Good service

Nice service. Yummy food


Points +52

27 Sep 2022

Delicious and Fresh

My girlfriend and I have eaten here twice so far. Both times all of our food (and drinks!) have been amazing. Everything simply tastes, for lack of a better word, ‘healthy’. The presentation is great and the restaurant itself has a unique atmosphere. There’s also a vegan donut place right next door

Pros: 100% vegan menu, Fresh food, Great presentation


Points +116

09 Sep 2022

Try the Orange Chicken

Over the years, this place has always been one of our favs. The Orange Chicken is so good - and I love taking the Buddha’s Delight juice with that. The eggplant dish is also super delicious.

Lately, they have been stretching their own sauces a bit though. I hope they go back to making them the way they used to be.

Pros: Orange Chicken, Eggplant Rice

Cons: Sauces ceased to being good


Points +24

09 Aug 2022

Great vegan food

Has all my favorite dishes vegan. Had the “shrimp “ spring rolls and bánh mì sandwich with lemongrass “chicken” sandwich with iced coffee with sweetened condensed almond milk for the dessert. This place would be perfect if it had actual desserts. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Vegan, Had all my favorite dishes, Atmosphere and people very welcoming

Cons: No dessert


Points +11

Mostly Veg
03 Jul 2022

Drinks & Spring Rolls are great!

I really enjoyed having lunch here twice before. Each time, I tried different drinks, and felt refreshed and enjoyed the food.

Pros: The drink options are yummy, Spring rolls have so much flavor & great sauce

Cons: Restroom may be out of order or smelling BAD.


Points +250

01 Jul 2022

Grantville Gem

Enjoyed the fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce and the mushrooms and onions in brown sauce. Comes with a large serving of brown (or white rice). Stop in whenever I’m on this side of town.

Pros: Easy to park, Friendly service , Nice ambiance


Points +89

18 Jun 2022

Delicious every time

Food is excellent with large portions. Fast service. Lots of menu items to choose from.

Updated from previous review on 2022-06-18

Pros: Completely vegan, Large portions, Nice decor


Points +95

16 Jun 2022

The Purple Mint

We stopped in to Purple Mint and absolutely loved the decor and vibe. They were playing nice tunes and have a nice mixture of real and fake plants to amplify the atmosphere.

We started with a Thai tea and then ordered Yam and Sweet Potato Curry and Ma Po Tofu. My curry had such great flavor - I just wish I’d have gotten the baguette instead of rice as my side. Both sides of rice seemed like they had been sitting out for awhile. The Ma Po Tofu was very so-so. I’d rate a 3.5 if I could.

If you’re vegan (or not) there’s something on the menu for you (and a few doors down there’s a sweet treat for you as well (donuts, vegan and non vegan!)

Pros: Amazing vibe


Points +22

14 Jun 2022

My favorite place in San Diego

My favorite vegan plane in San Diego. My personal favorite dishes is the filet mignon and the lemongrass beef. I think the place is super cute


Points +32

08 May 2022

Excellent completely Vegan

Alot of variety to choose from.

Pros: Totally vegan


Points +614

19 Feb 2022

Best Green Papaya Salad EVER!!!

An unexpected lil’ gem for the strip mall where it is located! Great service and menu. I recommend the green papaya salad.


Points +16

21 Dec 2021

Yummy Viet food!!

This is a great vegan option in Del Cerro, with quick take out options and great atmosphere for dine in. The avocado egg rolls are great for any vegans craving the ones sold at cheesecake factory that are no vegan.


Points +356

08 Dec 2021


Do not understand the good reviews on this place. I love to support full vegan places but I’d rate this a 1 star if I could. I never ever complain about subpar food and this is the first restaurant I actually stood up and left. The food was actually cold when we got it, the food wasn’t authentic (they literally had those packs of mixed freezer veggies like green beans and corn IN MAPO TOFU) and all around gross. The only plus is that they were very nice to us.

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-01

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Cold food, Not authentic at all


Points +2384

03 Oct 2021

Aesthetically pleasing interior, satisfying food

Hue Style Spicy Noodle Soup is a plentiful meal with plenty of ingredients--the shiitake mushrooms are my favorite part. However, it is also prepared with a liberal amount of oil. The restaurant has nice aesthetics and the service is very attentive.


Points +26

23 Sep 2021

Great for the price

The food was good, some things could've been better (they used frozen mixed vegetables in the fried rice) but for the price & the huge portions it was definitely worth it. They only have almond milk for their teas, I would've preferred an alternative option since I try to avoid almonds, but this is just a personal preference & the tea tasted delicious. I would eat here again. Also they have a dog friendly patio which my corgi appreciates.

Updated from previous review on 2021-09-23

Pros: 100% vegan, Price/Portions, Dog friendly patio

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