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The Red Lentil

  • Vegetarian
    ( 22 reviews )
Contact 617-972-9188
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600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02472

Providing globally inspired vegetarian foods since 2009. Offers seasonal menus with daily specials and brunch on Sunday. Makes fresh juices, and desserts are baked in-house.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Pizza, International, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery, Catering

Reviews (22)

First Review by az3

BEST veggie option in the Boston area! - Edit

Red Lentil does an incredible job with vegan/vegetarian food and flavor. They offer such a delicious menu of salad, soups, savory entrees and of course, desserts. They do a wonderful 5 course meal paired with wine tasting on Thanksgiving that will blow your mind. Relaxed atmosphere and good prices. My #1 favorite place to eat in the Boston area hands down.


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delicious as always! - Edit

We discovered this vegan restaurant with our family on our last night visiting boston, but we drove back again (hour and a half!) to celebrate a special occasion, it's worth it! Everything is delicious.

In our combined visits, people in our party have gotten polenta with amazing mushrooms, chimichurri seitan steak with potatoes, gobi manchurian appetizer, nachos, kale salad, beet latkes (these were a little soggy, but tasted great anyway), jerk tempeh, millet loaf, smoothies, and pnut butter cheesecake.

Small dining room, so call ahead for large parties or come early or you'll be squished in the tiny entrance area for an unknown time. Service is fantastic, friendly, and very accommodating.

my favorite vegan restaurant!!

Pros: menu, service, variety

Cons: small space, cramped entrance, no reservations for small parties


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Good, but room for improvement. - Edit

The appetizers were definitely the highlight of the meal. We got the Eggplant Caponata, the Sesame Encrusted Seitan and the Beet Potato Latkes. They were all delicious and full of flavor.

For my main dish I got the Jamaican Jerk Tempeh. I liked the flavor, but I would have preferred it if it had less tempeh with the same amount of vegetables.

For dessert we tried the carrot cake, which was a bit disappointing. It tasted good (as does anything with sugar), but the icing was too hard and the cake felt like it was recently frozen.

Overall I thought the food was good, the appetizers were great. Especially the beet potato latkes.

Pros: Good food with interesting flavors., Mostly vegan, and menu is well marked.

Cons: Slightly overpriced, Oversized entrees


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Good food - Edit

Red Lentil is one of my favorite places for dinner. It's nice enough to go on a dates, or after work. There are very few "nicer" vegan places in the Boston area (True Bistro and Walnut Grille are pretty much it).

It's a small dining area, and you will be seated pretty close to the people next to you. It's nice and the waiters are attentive. The food is good. My omnivore friends enjoyed their meals. My favorite is the Pistachio & Coconut Herb-Encrusted Tofu with Corn Cake!

Pros: Food

Cons: Small


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Great brunch - Edit

I had the vegan omelet special, which was just scrambled tofu actually, no omelet per say, but it was very tasty with a delicious mix of regular, blue and sweet potatoes. The place is nice but a crowder for brunch, and the staff is very helpful and friendly.

Pros: Many dishes can be prepared vegan, Friendly staff, Kid-Friendly

Cons: Had to wait to sit


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Very Tasty Food - Edit

I have been happy with all the meals I have had at this great Vegetarian restaurant. Even stuff I thought I may not like I ended up loving. Very tasty and it proves vegetarian food has variety and doesn't have to be boring. Must try their desserts next time.

Pros: Friendly-Staff, Fun location, Delicious food


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Get the Gobi Manchurian - Edit

Here's a fun game:
Go to Red Lentil and order the Gobi Manchurian. Then sometime later go back to Red Lentil and try to *not* order the Gobi Manchurian. You won't be able to.

Pros: taste, menu variety, takeout

Cons: too popular == too crowded

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Great Food - Edit

We went there on a Sunday night for dinner and had a wonderful time. The food was all very well presented, tasted great, and had lots of options, even for a vegan gluten free family. We were very impressed. Having recently moved to Boston from LA, we've been missing upscale vegan dining. While the Red Lentil atmosphere is fairly casual, the food was a couple notches higher.

Pros: tasty, presentation

Cons: small seating area


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Wonderful food & service! - Edit

We heard about this place from a very picky friend.
We weren't disappointed!
Our waitperson was attentive tho all tables were occupied.
The food was well prepared and nicely flavored. Both the carrot cake and the apple & pear crisp were perfect.
We will be back!


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disappointed - Edit

It's rare I feel compelled to write a review, and it saddens me I have to write a poor one. The food was really oily. We ordered 5 dishes and didn't care for any of them (daily special entree, daily salad, grilled tofu, seitan sesame, rice dish, side of miso-ginger dressing that didn't taste like ginger or miso?). Even my husband who generally likes anything was really disappointed. We didn't eat most of the food we ordered and left hungry. I really can't get over how all the food was swimming and dripping in oil. The waitress was nice and but she was also working the entire restaurant AND being the hostess, which means she never came by to see how our food was and after our initial order, we never saw her again until she dropped the check off on her way to seating someone else.


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A definite \ - Edit

My husband and I took our omni daughter here while visiting her in Boston. We and she thoroughly enjoyed our meals which included an appetizer with unusual spring rolls. The very hearty serving of shepard's pie was sublime, and the pizza hit the spot with omnigirl. Only wish we had room for dessert! Obviously a popular place as many people came in for takeout.

Pros: varied menu, great food, good service

Cons: noisy


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Gourmet but still filling - Edit

I've been here a few times on trips back to Boston and have always been pleased. For an appetizer, try the Gobi Manchurian - out of this world. The baby spinach salad is also amazing, as is the shepherd's pie and most of the desserts. Every time I've been here has been with family and someone has picked up the check, which is nice because price would definitely be a deterrent if I were to come here with other broke 20-somethings. Even so, I think I'd have to splurge once in a while though.

Pros: Entire menu vegan/can be made vegan, Gourmet food, Filling portions

Cons: Price


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Simply delicious - Edit

Had dinner here on a weekday evening, no wait line, but it was fairly busy and customers kept coming in. I found the menu interesting and diverse; I really liked the fact that they use a lot of whole ingredients in their dishes instead of all that TVP/TSP fake stuff as do some other restaurants as if they couldn't cook without meat. Also, everything was clearly marked as gluten-free, vegan, or nut-free for those who have allergies. Many of the vegetarian items may be veganized too.

For appetizer my partner and I shared the eggplant caponata with crostini, scrumptious! For entrees we got the black lentil stuffed rice crepes off of the daily special and the pistachio crusted tofu with corn cakes. Both were very good. Then we got a piece of carrot cake to round off our meal. It was satiating, just the right amount of sweetness and frosting; that said I thought it would have been even better if it was spiced up a bit more.

Service was swift, our waitress very friendly and knowledgeable. If I had to nitpick I'd say the decor could use some touch-up. Not that it was dumpy or anything, was just rather dull for such good food that they serve; but this alone will definitely not be able to deter me from coming back.

Pros: great food, friendly staff, diverse menu

Cons: decor


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very good - Edit

I ate here for lunch with two friends, and as the we heard the server exclaim to the owner/chef after the meal, we "ate 4 appetizers, 3 meals, and 2 desserts, and finished it all!". She spoke the truth- we ate all the food that was brought out.

For starters we had the beet latkes (not my favorite but my friends loved them), the sesame seitan (very good), the cauliflower appetizer upon the server's recommendation (very good, especially when cooled a bit), and the crostini with various toppings (delicious).

For the meal we had the ceasar salad, the tempeh reuben, & portobello sandwich. You can choose sweet potato fries or salad with sandwiches, and because the sandwiches, fries & salad were all so delicious, I would opt for one of those the next time rather than the ceasar.

For dessert we shared the cheesecake & the carrot cake- the carrot cake was, as the server predicted it may be, the best carrot cake I had ever had.

We were there on a Monday around 1:00, and the restaurant was completely full. We waited 5-10 minutes for a table, and the service was as fast as it could have been given the occupancy. The servers were very friendly & helpful. As we were leaving we were already planning our next outing to the Red Lentil.

Pros: very good food, knowledgeable, friendly staff, varied menu


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Strangely different - Edit

We arrived in the afternoon and saw they had a brunch menu available. We waited about 15 minutes. A server came over and told us that it would be about 10 minutes. There were 2 small groups of guests waiting to be seated and another employee came over about 5 minutes later asking how long we had been waiting, took our names, and told us approximately how long our wait would be. This just seemed strange. While waiting, I went to happycow.com and read the review about how the rug in front was dirty while I was sitting in front of the same dirty rug. We got our table and our menus, ordered our beverages, then a few minutes later our meals. I ordered the Banana Wanna Date? smoothie: banana, dates, and homemade cashew milk. Yum! For entrees, we had the huevos rancheros, grande nachos, and the tempeh reuben. Portion sizes are big and the food is good, but served in a slightly strange way. Here's why. The huevos rancheros was a plate of black beans, corn tortillas, avocados, eggs, and salad. No refried beans and no connection to the items on the plate. All of the items were there on the plate, but not as expected, and the expected salsa that usually unifies the dish was not there at all. The nachos are served on an unusually small plate and doused with sour cream. The good thing was the fresh jalapeños and the really good guacamole, but they easily could have put the nachos on the bigger plate and the huevos rancheros on this small plate. The last entree was the tempeh reuben with grilled onions, organic sauerkraut, and thick, crusty, toasted bread. This was really good and quite filling. My only suggestion would be for them to marinate the tempeh before cooking, but other than that, this was great. No one checked back on us or offered to refill beverages until we were completely finished with our meal. They have a strange set up with employees here. Seems like anyone can take the order and bring out the meal so no one seems truly responsible for service. The server who took the order did a good job although I suspect she could only do so much within this system. Looks like there are two cooks, possibly 3, two servers, and a busboy working this small restaurant. At times they were all standing around near the register. This restaurant could really do well with some fine tuning and a good scrubbing (windows, walls, floors). The food is good, but they can try harder. I will go back and I hope by then they are getting the hang of running this restaurant.

Pros: Parking, Vegan menu, Some of the service

Cons: Some of the service, Restaurant needs a good cleaning


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excellent veg food - Edit

The menu contains a good variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The staff is helpful and very welcoming. This is a great addition to this area!

Pros: good selection, take out available, friendly atmosphere


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Red Lentil - a great addition to Boston - Edit

Four of us enjoyed a very good dinner at The Red Lentil. Really liked the cauliflower appetizer. Also like the portabello mushrooms strips. I had a mustard tempeh with which had just the right amount of tanginess. Portions are very generous and everything is presented in an attractive way. My only complaint was that the waitress didn't have timing down quite right. She asked us is we were ready to order about 2 seconds after we sat down. She later served us our main dishes before we had completed our appetizers. They take reservations on weekends which is a good idea as they have had long lines.

Pros: interesting menu options, large portions

Cons: service was a little rushed


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Great find on a visit to the Boston area - Edit

This was a very pleasant surprise during a recent business visit. This was not too far from Waltham. The vegetarian choices are great. I have tried the Millet Loaf and Nirvana Delight and they were both very good. The vegan Chocolate Cake was simply incredible. They were willing to make small changes to accommodate my dislike of bananas (in the smoothie)! The prices are a bit high but well worth it for a special treat.

Pros: great taste, friendly service


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