• Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

3808 SW 8th St, Coral Gables, Florida, USA, 33134

Formerly La Vie En Raw Cafe and re-opened Dec 2013 by one of the 2 remaining partners as a vegan organic cafe offering both raw food as well cooked food. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-7:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out

Reviews (13)

First Review by Vegan Vagabond

Amazing, Raw and Tasty - Edit

It's probably one of the best places for raw, unprocessed truly healthy vegan food in Miami.
Everything on the menu is amazing: the pizza, lasagna, ravioli, bruschetta and those empanadas

Pros: raw, healthy, delicious beyond belief , the best vegan empanadas in Miami I've had so far

Cons: could have more variety on the menu

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not great but happy cow won't do 1 star - Edit

Taste was OK to good. Portion was WAY TO SMALL. Price was to high. Skip it.

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pleasantly surprised - Edit

The location is easy to miss if you haven't been there. The inside is okay, nothing special. The owner was friendly, welcoming, and the service was fine. It was late and I was the only one there. The owner hand made the lasagna and recommended a cinnamon roll for dessert when I asked for her input. Both were delicious and fresh. If in the area I would go back.

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Good, it could be better - Edit

The owner is very welcoming, however the place seems not very clean... The service is slow. The food? Good, you can clearly see that it's healthy and homemade, very positive aspects especially in the Usa! The vegan cheese is very good. The burger is not a burger, but a toast, not very yummy (a little bit sad). The cheesecake is good. The macaroon was bad, maybe because not very fresh. So, some things are very good, others just make you regret of your choice. I hope this place will improve. It needs a better service and more attention in preparing the recipes.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday December 01, 2015

Pros: vegan cheese, parking , very nice owner

Cons: some bad recipes , slow service

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All Gluten Free, Soy Free and Drama Free - Edit

The food is absolutely amazing. Everything is gluten and soy free. They make a delicious lasagna... all from scratch. It's just two ladies: Sabina and Grace, who are so pleasant and friendly. I could eat here everyday if I could.

Pros: finger-licking good food, great value, friendly vibe

Cons: a bit far out

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Awful! Turn away while you can! - Edit

We went to "Veganaroma" today with high hopes and looking forward to a wide range of dishes and desserts. First thing we found alarming but decided to overlook was the fact that the floor and tables were dirty and the place empty which is usually a bad sign. When we ordered a few small snacks along with smoothies the second disappointment came, i.e. the main desserts we came for weren't available and the smoothies weren't smooth at all but rather chunky and the nuts in the liquid weren't crushed because, as was later revealed by the owner who served us, she refused to use the Vitamix which was in the kitchen and clearly visible for us. As is commonly known, the Vitamix is one of the best high speed blenders and always used in raw food cuisine or at least in professional surroundings that serve smoothies. However upon asking her to use that device instead of the mediocre non-high speed blender they had in the kitchen, she first came up with an excuse claiming that the container was only for nuts and dry foods and that she generally doesn't like to use it. Being long time vegans and raw foodies who use the Vitamix on a daily basis we insisted that she was wrong and the shown container was for liquids. She then simply snapped and said she didn't like to use it because of the noise it made. She even said to one of her employees "they only like the Vitamix" laughing. Are you serious? You're running a restaurant and refuse to meet your guests' wishes by making a smoothie smooth using the right device and being rude? On top of that she made fun of our friend's English because he is no native speaker. Excuse us, we're tourists and the world doesn't revolve around English which requires everyone to be at a native level.
All in all a bad experience and I would certainly discourage anyone from going - food, cleanliness and attitude were awful. Save yourself the trip and money and go somewhere else!

P.S. I'm sure one or several of those raving reviews praising the owner and the restaurant will appear shortly after this one. Coincidence? I think not ;)

Pros: The juice was alright

Cons: Dirty, shitty attitude, overpriced bad quality food

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Vegan & raw food with an Italian twist - Edit

This place is a charming place to stop and eat. Sabina, the owner, puts in countless hours to sustaining the restaurant and making sure the food is incredible. Just about everything on the menu is really delicious. The raw lasagna, the eggplant parmesiana (vegan non-soy mozarella surprisingly delicious!), the pizza, ravioli all fantastic. And do not forget to try the raw cinnamon/cacao/red velvet rolls! You can tell that there is love put into the food.

Unfortunately, it's hard to keep vegan and especially raw restaurants up these days. I have been to Veganaroma at least 6 or 7 times in the past 6 months and not once have I had a less than fantastic experience, and I have eaten at some excellent raw and vegan restaurants, e.g. some of the ones in New York City.

Check out Veganaroma, get to know Sabina (she is wonderful), and if you like this place, recommend it to friends!

Pros: intimate, raw cinnamon rolls!, warm-hearted owner

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caring and welcoming owners, excellent food - Edit

I come to veganaroma whenever I can. The ambience does leave a lot to be desired, but don't let that fool you. The food is always as fresh as possible and prepared with great wisdom and care. The head chef and owner has her heart in the right place. You can tell that she creates amazing dishes with love, integrity, and an understanding of what is actually healthy. Plus the flavors are amazing. It's traditional Italian passion for food and flavor mixed with some worldly influence (like curries for example) all done with a vision for offering cuisine that encourages love, health, and healing. If you want to really show support for small businesses who care, and have a great experience at the same time, go to veganaroma. Lastly, if you don't like anything, don't write a bad review, just tell the owner and she will make you something perfect for you.

Pros: food is fresh, all gluten free, all organic and healthy

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Major Improvements Needed - Edit

I ate at La Vie En Raw last year and was significantly unimpressed with the food. However, I purchased a groupon (they run groupons often) so I figured I'd try it out again now that it's been rebranded. Unfortunately it did not get any better. The food was bland. My order was made incorrect so I didn't really eat it and their response was to give me half off. Vegan food has come a long way and this place has some serious catching up to do.

Pros: Organic, Vegan

Cons: Unfriendly service, Bland Food

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Small But Great Restaurant - Edit

The restaurant is slightly tough to find but once you walk in the feel is quite relaxing. It's very small with only a few tables and and a waiting place at the bar if the tables are taken. It's a little under staffed but they appreciate people's patience. Even though the place is small and under staffed the people are very nice and informative. It's a small price to pay for the quality of food they provide you too. The menu IS marked for some raw foods the other unmarked options are obviously either raw or not. Clearly, some people just don't know the difference but if asked the management will inform you. I have a nut allergy and they new right off the top of their head which foods and desserts I couldn't have but always found an alternative. Great experience.

Pros: Informative, Vegan, Nut Free Options

Cons: Small, Under Staffed

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not impressed - Edit

This was our third vegan restaurant to visit while in Miami and truthfully, wish I would have gone back to one of the other two than having this experience.
The menu was hard to decipher what was raw and what was cooked. The kitchen isn't really a kitchen at all, but some hot pots and plates behind the "bar" area.
The soup we ordered came out flavorless and was basically some al dente veggies in hot water. No seasonings AT ALL. The ravioli, which we THOUGHT was going to be cooked, was raw. It was tasty, but portion size was small.
The stuffed mushrooms were small and pricey for the few we got. My main course was a "stew" that again, was more al dente veggies in a broth...nothing even CLOSE to a stew. And again, VERY flavorless.
The location is decent, parking is difficult to find...the best part of the meal was the complimentary chocolate macaroons. That was the ONLY saving grace for the entire meal. Sad to say, you're better off skipping this place and finding one of the other places. Sorry.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Small portion size, Flavorless food

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Charming Atmosphere, Freshly Prepared Food - Edit

We were visiting Miami for a few days and decided to check out Vegan Aroma. We had a lovely time! It's a small restaurant run with a very personal touch. Our food was prepared fresh after we ordered, it was very tasty, and it was a good value.

In addition, the people are delightful - incredibly warm and welcoming. In fact, because of the wonderful conversation, we found out about a fantastic vegan-friendly farmer's market in Miami, as well.

We recommend this place. If you're looking for super efficient service and a fancy restaurant atmosphere, this may not be your best bet. But if you want tasty food, a warmly eclectic atmosphere, and a memorable experience, check out Vegan Aroma!

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Hopefully it was just a bad night - Edit

My wife and I took a vegan curious friend to dinner here recently. We were very hopeful, as it is very close to where my wife and her friend are living. This place is very small. It appears that they can only make one set of orders at a time. So, with the experience we had, several groups showed up at the same time and it took a very long time for us to get served, as they made the food for the tables that ordered before us. About half of the things we tried to order off of the menu were not available that night, which they blamed on the holiday (Christmas/NYE). We ordered soups, pizza, a curry dish, lasagna, and another dish that I can't remember. Half of the things are raw, although it doesn't really say this on the menu. We could not tell which things were raw and which were cooked by looking at the menu. The soups were a flavorless bowl of mixed vegetables thrown into hot water. The vegetables were fresh and crispy, but it was like they literally took raw vegetables and put them in boiling water and immediately served them. I liked the vegetables, but there should be some type of broth other than just hot water, IMO. The pizza was good. I think it was Hawaiian pizza. It was raw, which was not indicated on the menu, but it was the best item we had. My wife got the curry vegetables and could not eat it. It was very bland curry sauce on vegetables and served on brown rice. This was a cooked dish. I ate the rest of it. It was good to me. No salt, very bland, but the vegetables were fresh, the rice was good and it tasted healthy. My lasagna was raw (no indication on the menu). It was blah, but I have to admit, I generally am not into raw. Our friend's dish was ok. She ate it, but it was clear that she wasn't impressed. We ended with raw coconut macaroons. They were just ok. My wife made me promise that I will never bring her to this place again, but I may attempt it one more time. South Florida is a vegan desert. This place is right on the edge of Little Havana, in a very meat centric area, and they are 100% vegan. I would love to support them. Perhaps other will give them a try and have a much better experience.

Pros: 100% vegan, Fresh

Cons: Slow service

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brennanbroome 29 Jan 2014 - I have been to Veganaroma quite a few times as I live just around the corner.

The menu online, as well as the printed ones in the restaurant are clearly marked that the pasta dishes are "raw and served cold" and that "all toppings are raw" on the pizzas, so you must have just missed it there.

Veganaroma is a much needed establishment in an area lacking focus on fresh and healthy food options. It is 100% vegan AND 100% organic, so it needs all the support it can get. I suggest giving it another try!  

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