Vegie Bar

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380 Brunswick St (at Alexandra Parade), Fitzroy, Victoria, VIC 3065

Busy restaurant serving a wide range of food and very typical for Melbourne. Menu has pizza, stir fry, noodles, roast veggies, pasta, vegan desserts, and more. Open kitchen and extra long communal table seating. Go early for dinner, otherwise expect to wait. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:30pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, International, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine

Reviews (67)

First Review by Aloo

Amazing - Edit

Amazing place. Gluten free vegan cheese pizza!! I had the nachos but wish I could stomach both in one sitting!! Absolutely fantastic food and fair price. I loved it.

Pros: Vegan milkshakes, Vegan gluten free cakes, Vegan gluten free pizza

Cons: Noisy but not overly so

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Distinctly average - Edit

Heard great things about Vegie Bar but was suspicious of such an eclectic menu; indeed it turned out that the food was extremely average. I had the Virtuoso vegan pizza (tomato and pesto, vegan cheese, spinach, caramelised onion, pumpkin, and cherry tomatoes) which had it not been for the cheese would have been totally tasteless - the base was thin but tasted of rice crackers, the cherry tomatoes were undercooked, and the pumpkin was unseasoned.
My partner had the Tofu and Quinoa burger which didn't hold together and was quite small, seemingly served on a brown (apparently kamut) roll. The chips were good otherwise overall a fairly small, overpriced and uninspiring dish.
Neither of us felt enthused enough to stay for dessert.

Pros: Bustling and lively, Varied menu

Cons: Not all vegan, Bland, average food, Portions on the small side

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Consistently delicious - Edit

This place has been delicious every time I've been there over the past 14 years... It was scrumptious again last night when I enjoyed a vegan samosa and Penang curry with roti... They have lots of vegan options and I like the atmosphere of the place.

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Great but busy - Edit

Apparently THE veggie place to be in Fitzroy according to the crowds rushing there!
The menu is very appealing and interesting, and the plates were all perfect!
They know their business! And business is so good they have a waiting room!
BOOK!!!

Pros: Excellent food, Large menu

Cons: Too busy, Noisy

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Tasty, Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Food - Edit

Vegie Bar is great. Have been going here for years. Mostly their meals are tasty and healthy. The atmosphere is great. They do nice drinks both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Very much worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Delicious food but very noisy - Edit

I have been there twice. Both time I ordered a vegan pizza. The food is delicious and the staff is friendly but it is always very busy. It was very noisy and hard to have a conversation.

Pros: Excellent food, friendly staff, Nice vibe

Cons: Busy and noisy

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Good food, very noisy place - Edit

I cannot complain about the food at all - all vegan and the Thali I had was absolutely great. Service was quick and friendly as well. The only problem is the place itself - it is a very large room, which gets crowded in the evenings. It is very noisy and hectic in there. I was alone and had to sit at the communal table, which is unfortunately next to the entrance.

Pros: Good vegan food, Good service

Cons: Noisy place

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DELICOUS - Edit

I have been here a few times and I just adore the food and the atmosphere. I would highly recommend their pizzas with vegan cheese, roti wraps and noodles!! I love their generous food sizes and that everything can be made vegan. YUM!

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Probably wouldn't go back - Edit

This place is the essence of those "hip" city places. Fine if you are into that but I didn't like their attitude on a few things. Found the energy pretty arrogant. No you can't take your leftovers with you. No you can't substitute a topping on your pizza for another without paying a charge. I hate that ungenerous attitude. The staff were fine...not their fault...it's the restaurants policy that stinks. The food was only ok in my opinion too...we had a pizza...not much topping.

Pros: good vibe if you like bustling, menu has some interesting choices

Cons: Annoying policies - no substitutions, food was average

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hot pho! - Edit

So you MUST arrive early, or else bring a book will you wait in the bar for a table.
Meals are reasonably priced. I had the pho- crazy spicy and I usually love hot food so be warned. I'll get something different next time, as I could see many other amazing dishes around me. The desserts are delicious but over priced

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Hit and miss - Edit

Vegie Bar is perpetually busy and was a favourite of mine in the past. I was less impressed with a recent meal at Vegie Bar.

Terrible coffee; lukewarm and bitter (which ended up being free). Upon querying the coffee, we were told that their current coffee brand curdled soy milk at higher temperatures, hence the reason for serving it lukewarm...

We ordered burgers on this occasion; the patties themselves were excellent but the gluten free buns were a dry, unappealing let down.

A few simple changes could be implemented to result in a better dining experience.

Pros: Tasty burgers, Location

Cons: Needs more vegan options, Bad coffee

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Overhyped - Edit

Despite all the Vegie Bar love, the two times I've eaten here (several years apart, but the last was just a few weeks ago) I've failed to be overly impressed. It's good, but in my experience, it's just not as good as it's made out to be, especially considering the crowds.

Cons: They charge extra for soy, Can be hard to get a table for dinner

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The best ever vegan pizza of my life - Edit

I could only visit Vegie Bar once during my recent visit to Melbourne - but I don't think I will forget it. They have an extensive menu with many vegan options. I decided to try one of the two vegan pizzas - and it was delicious. I don't remember how it was called but it had pumpkin, spinach, cherry tomatoes and vegan cheese. The combination was amazing. The dessert, chocolate cake, was also very good, but the pizza was really special.
Looking forward to trying other dishes in my next visit to Melbourne.

Pros: Very nice vibe, Super friendly staff, Excellent food

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Amazing!!! - Edit

The food is amazing, the people are amazing, the service is amazing, the vibe is amazing. It's just amazing!!! Go there. Please. Go there.

Pros: Plenty of options, Great Staff, Great Setup

Cons: very crowded and busy cuz it's yum!!!

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one of my favourites in Fitzroy! - Edit

this place is just all round a fantastic option. they're good at handling groups, lots of options for gluten free, nice atmosphere and the prices are very reasonable! the pizzas are phenomenal (definitely recommending the temperoni) and the other not-raw mains are delicious and good value. the vegan desserts are all fantastic, its great how some are under $5. and everyone was happy! we all really enjoyed it and I know that I will definitely be coming back. thanks Veggie Bar!

Pros: great vegan options, well priced, nice atmosphere

Cons: it would be nice if less drinks had honey

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Great food! - Edit

The Vegie Bar has amazing food, it's really great to find places that are totally vegetarian. I got the raw pad Thai, it was delicious and had heaps of flavour too, then another time I had a sharing plate for lunch with a friend and that was amazing too, every time I've been I've had great food. Some nights it does get really busy and you can't book :( so it does get pretty noisy but you have to go there for the food!!

Pros: Caters for all, veg, vegan, GF etc

Cons: Sometimes you have to wait, Usually busy and noisy at night, Can't book

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A little bit uneven since the menu changes - Edit

I've been back to the Vegie bar a few times recently after a long break, because they've changed the menu a bit and I was looking forward to trying a couple of new dishes, namely the Thali and the Phở. The thali turned out to be a bit dominated by lentils and starch (potatoes and rice) with not much else. The first time I came in to have the phở I was distracted by the Sambal Kachang on the specials menu. I ended up ordering that and it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately when I eventually had the phở, it was terrible and its broth was disgusting to the point that my companion thought there must have been a mistake. I was really disappointed. Generally Vegie Bar has a pretty good standard, even if some of their dishes aren't quite my thing, but these were not welcome additions to the menu and the phở was actually just unacceptable.

Pros: Food is sometimes very good

Cons: Unacceptably bad phở

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Great if you're having a big night out - Edit

If you go at dinner, expect to wait 30-45 minutes for a table. There is a bar area out the back where you can have a few while you wait. 3 beers and a g&t later, we were seated. Curries were average. Vegan nachos were the bomb. Best place if you're going out for diner and plenty of drinks :)

Pros: GF, vegan, fructose and raw friendly, Great service by staff, Lively atmosphere

Cons: The wait, Very noisy

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my favourite place - Edit

It's our go-to place for dinner or lunch! I started visiting about 2 years ago and have been at least 50 times and have almost tried everything on the menu (have had my favourites SO MANY TIMES). Mostly greens with tahini is my favourite! And the rice balls! My boyfriend loves the vegan nachos. Never disappointing, always satisfying and good value for money!

Pros: big meals , cheap , delicious

Cons: busy! but that doesn't bother me!

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Always a hit - Edit

I try and go to Vegie Bar whenever I visit Melbourne and it's always satisfying. Visited most recently last Saturday night. Being a Saturday night we had to wait for a table but that was fine and we ended up just eating outside anyway. Staff were great and even though it was packed our food came out quick. My non vegan husband said his Schezwan noodles (from the specials menu) was one of the best dishes he's ever had. I always choose the vegan nachos and they never disappoint.

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50/50 - Edit

Have dined here twice, would perhaps have been there more often but it is very difficult to get into, especially at night.
Thought it was very good the first time, service was great, very professional, attentive and fast and the food was a stand out.

Second time... cold coffee (ended up being free) & the 2 burgers that are on offer. The burger patties were very good, the buns however were gluten free, taste free, enjoyment free, should have been price free. Given a decent/different bread type I would consider these to be the best burgers that I have had in Melbourne.

Pros: Yes

Cons: Yes

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The Vegan's McDonalds - Edit

Yes, Vegie Bar does vegan and yes, they are generous serves, but with so many awesome options in Brunswick, why bother? I've been going (or usually brought in a group) to VB for over eight years. Their staff are nearly always inattentive and don't know the menu. The food is often slapped on the plate with poor attention to flavour and presentation. I often feel like I'm in a large feeding barn when I'm there. If there's nothing else open then it will be adequate, but with Yongs, Transformer, Smith and Daughters etc. so close, I'd give VB a miss.

Pros: generous sizing, wide selection

Cons: inattentive service, poor food quality and presentation

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Crowded for a reason - Edit

Really nice selection of light to heavy dinner options. The soba noodle salad was especially good if your looking for something refreshing.

Cons: Crowded

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10/10 - Edit

Extremely large quantities per serving, and it taste's so great that you always finish it off. Great service, and food prepared quickly.
Very popular, so sometimes there is a couple minutes of waiting but still great over all.

Pros: Great quality food, Diverse range meals to choose from, Large portions

Cons: Noisy, Often have to wait to get a seat

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one of melb's best - Edit

A huge menu and lovely atmosphere. I don't even know what's my favourite dish as everything is so incredibly delicious!

Pros: variety, many gluten free & vegan options

Cons: gets very very busy

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The best Melbourne has!!! - Edit

Every visit to Melbourne requires a visit to Vegie Bar!!

Amazing food (my omni friends were very impressed)!!
Staff were lovely. Ambience is great.

Only problem about this place is when it's busy, you have to wait a long long time to get seated/meals to arrive. But even the long wait time is worth it!

We had pizzas and they were incredible. The raw food menu is really nice & filling too. Desserts are always amazing! Ahh!

Pros: Taste, Value, Service

Cons: Waiting Times

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Awesome vegan-friendly place, great atmosphere - Edit

If you are vegan, you will love this place!
Chances are, that if you are non-vegan, you will love it nevertheless. It is an awesome place.

They have a huge selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, their vegan options are marked, and their food is absolutely delicious.

I was there only once, and I was hard pressed, as there were at least 3 dishes on the menu that I would absolutely have loved to try out. I settled for the Gado Gado, which I had not had for more than 5 years, as it is not often available outside Indonesia (which is a pity). It was fresh and absolutely delicous, and I was happy with my selection.

Starters and desserts were delicious, as well, and my omni colleague was more than happy with his pizza (best he had eaten outside of Europe so far).

We also tried a number of their vegan beer and cider selections, and were equally impressed. (I still checked on www.barnivore.com, as I had not yet encountered a vegan cider before, but of course I was pleasantly surprised and it was legitimately vegan)


If I was living in Melbourne, I would go there every week.

Be prepared to reserve in advance or wait for some time. When we arrived, we had to wait for about 5 minutes to sit down at one of the communal tables (which was fun, as you can easily get to talk to other people), and during the time of our stay, the queue never vanished (but from the looks of it, most people were served quickly).

One of my fevourite places, world-wide!!!

Pros: Awesome food, prices are moderate, Huge vegan selection, Great atmosphere

Cons: Reserve or be prepared for a short wait

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