The Vine Cafe and Market

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

3171 S Grand Blvd, St Louis, Missouri, USA, 63118

Serves meat, vegan options available. Small Lebanese grocery store with an attached restaurant where you could get a falafel sandwich, tabbouleh, and other veg-suitable salads, labeled.

Categories: Mediterranean, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by XVeganSxeX

I love the vine! - Edit

The Vine is my go-to restaurant when I’m eating out! Its perfect for groups with non-veg folks. I share the appetizer combo and an extra order if falafel with my s/o and its amazing!

Pros: Extremely affordable , Vegan options, Environment

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Yummy, cheap, awesome. - Edit

Me and my date first went into this other restaurant next door (treehouse) and I just wasn't feelin' it at that place, on top of it being pretty expensive. So when we left I saw hookah and falafel on the sign for this place so I was sold. Pretty sure I had the baked eggplant and it was AHmazing, my date loved his choice of food too (both vegan options). I had to pack mine up because it was such a big portion! It was a perfect sunny day so we had hookah with our food, which gave a fun ambiance. We had no issues other than not getting the correct hookah flavor and it being kinda nasty (tasted unclean), but thats not a food complaint so it's kinda irrelevant for the majority but keep in mind when getting that option. There were lots of families this day and they were pretty busy and we still got served promptly and kindly, no complaints! There were more vegan options here than compared to other places and I'll definitely be coming back here again soon.

Pros: Yummm, Cheap , Great Ambience

Cons: None with food and service!, Hookah was Bleh

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Great family place - Edit

This is a great family place, and you'll see many middle eastern families eating here. The reason it's great for my family is the price - we can have falafel night for $20! You just can't beat that for a family of four. The food is very good and the staff is cheerful. What more could we want? For the record, i tried to give 5 stars, but Happy Cow limits non-vegetarian restaurants to 4 stars max. OK, I understand.

Pros: affordable, falafel is always a good thing, friendly staff

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falafel! - Edit

Take out orders regularly missing essentials, like sauce, or all the food, or sides, or extras you paid for. Dont bother. Better places on South Grand.

Their falafel dinner is good. Decent portion size (although the falafel dinner went from 10pc to 9pc) everything I've had there is good: Fries, lentil soup, hummus, sandwiches.

Never really impressed with the staff and I always double check my order, I've had to drive back for missing pita. I'd like to blame it on the fact that they're always doing brisk business...but I don't think that's it. I've been ignored, treated curtly, and i went around and around with a staff that said i should have a yogurt salad, in response to me looking for a vegan substitute for the soup they were out of.
Updated from previous review on Saturday January 24, 2015

Updated from previous review on Friday March 18, 2016

Cons: indifferent staff, Orders regularly missing essentials

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Wow wow wow! - Edit

Yes, three wows! I'm stopped in St. Louis this evening on my way across the country and a friend took me to dinner here. On the drive over he mentioned how much he loves the food and that he's never had anything here he hasn't loved. He's omni, so I wasn't sure if the same would prove true for me.

Oh boy, did it ever! We both started with the lentil soup and it was a flavor explosion in my mouth. So perfectly balanced and complex it made me wish my lentil soups were even half as good.

He got a pot of coffee with cardamon and was so excited by the flavor, I had to try, despite the fact that I don't really do caffeine. It was served in a beautiful pot with two dainty cups and it only took a small sip to realize what he was in love with. It was thick, strong, and flavorful. If I was a regular coffee lover, I would have ordered one for myself.

I wasn't so sure about my dinner choices. The menu is very clearly marked with vegan selections and I wasn't super-excited by the basic descriptions. With our server's hearty recommendation of the mixed vegetable plate, I ordered that and was more than pleasantly surprised. It was so incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. It was a combination of cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, and peppers over a wonderfully spiced rice served with some pickled vegetables. My only caution is that it was served with a tahini sauce which appeared too light in color to be vegan. I asked the server and she immediately apologized, saying that there is yogurt in it. The meal was incredibly delicious without it.

We also split grape leaves which were perfectly done and had a pot of mint tea after dinner. The service was excellent - attentive and friendly and we felt extremely welcome.

If I lived in St. Louis this would definitely be a place I frequented often!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 20, 2013

Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 20, 2013

Pros: Delicious food, Clearly marked vegan options, Friendly service

Cons: Served dairy with vegan meal

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Amazing authentic middle eastern food - Edit

It is rare to find such delicious food as you find here. There is a lot of value in the amazing food they make here. We thought that the appetizers would only be small portions so I ordered several. In the end I could not eat everything but what I managed to eat was amazing. Everything from the dolmades, hummus, falafel and pita bread we had were superb. I really appreciate that they clearly mark vegan items on the menu and there is plenty to choose from. Probably one of my favourite eating places with vegan options and everything was inexpensive! So don't miss out on trying this cafe if you are in the neightbourhood. Amazing value and incredible food.

Pros: Food, Selection, Inexpensive

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My favorite! - Edit

Best falafel sandwich I've ever had. They even have a sign on the door that says I LOVE VEGANS. Fresh baked bread, hummus, cardamom teas, and French fries! Amazing place.

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