Vita Cafe

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3023 NE Alberta St (at Alberta District), Portland, Oregon, USA, 97211

Serves meat, vegan options available. American comfort food with some international dishes and full bar. Offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus plus a kids' menu. Variety of tofu scrambles plus nachos, bean chili, vegan mac n cheese, vegan cakes and burgers, seitan fajita, among others. Est. since 1999. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (51)

First Review by tofutodd

Very Good Vegan and Veg Food - Edit

This cafe has excellent Vegan and Vegetarian Options. You cannot go wrong. They do offer some egg and milk/cheese options and always have a vegan equivalent. They do offer one meat burger in case you travel with hardcore carnivores. The cafe is pleasant Portlandic and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Pros: Great Food and Many Choices, Helpful and Friendly Staff and Fun Environment , Reasonably Priced

Cons: One Meat Offering for the Carnivores

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One of my favorite brunch spots - Edit

I go here all the time bringing my vegan and non vegan friends and it's always a crowd pleaser. I would definitely recommend their Mexican corn cakes!

Pros: Great food, Lots of variety

Cons: Seating is not super comfortable

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Bland and not enough sustenance - Edit

I had the veggie wrap and it was about 2/3 full of spinach. And the hummus was more like a dressing than hummus. When I've had hummus sandwiches or wraps, the hummus to veggie portion is usually 50/50 or 40/60. This was 10/90. Bleah!

Cons: Food

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great food - Edit

Stopped in for breakfast. Many vegan options. Food was really good and original. The fake turkey florentine was excellent. Best hollandaise sauce of any vegan restaurant we've been to. Biscuits and gravy were tasty. Staff was efficient. Would definitely go back.

Pros: great hollandaise , clean, many vegan options

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Won't visit again - Edit

I was disappointed with my visit to Vita. I always like to try "house made" veggie burgers because they are usually great. Unfortunately, the vegan patty wasn't delicious. It was dry and crumbly. Also, the server asked me if I wanted a salad, very much sounding like a side salad that came with the burger, but when I got the bill, he charged me for a FULL salad for $6. I was upset he didn't mention it was going to be a full entree menu for $6. With all the great veg places to eat in Portland, I won't eat here again when I'm visiting.

Pros: Mostly veg

Cons: Apparently if you order a burger, it is JUST a bur, Staff needs to disclose when they offer additional

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Awesome breakfast spot - Edit

This is a trendy little place in Portland on Alberta street. When you want some traditional breakfast food that is greasy and not very good for you, this is the spot. Great for when you're craving comfort food. They have a "country fried steak" which is deep fried tempeh covered in almond gravy and served with fried potatoes and it's very good. They also have a good hollandaise sauce on their Florentine. They have lunch items also. The buffalo tofu wrap is probably my favorite on that menu. End your meal with a delicious piece of vegan cheesecake!

Pros: Great comfort/hangover food

Cons: Staff not as friendly, Cleanliness

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Always delicious - Edit

We eat at Vita regularly. They have the best tofu scramble around. I often make a trip for the vegan lasagna with pesto and marinara sauce. Also their vegan nachos are amazing. The severs are also so friendly and efficient. A family favorite!

Pros: price, quality, variety

Cons: can be a long wait on weekends

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Great Vegan options - Edit

We tried the buffalo tofu wrap and vegan sausage sub. They both were great, although I preferred the wrap. The buffalo fried tofu with crisp cold veggies wrapped in a wheat tortilla was awesome. I would have liked the sub to have some greens added to the mix as well.
It'd be pretty rad if they gave you a side salad or fruit with the sandwiches.
Maybe I will come again with a non-veg friend to share a bite, but I came in thinking this was a vegetarian restaurant. I am a little apprehensive eating from a kitchen that also prepares meat and dairy.
They get my support for making solid vegan options. The breakfast menu looked good too.

Pros: vegan options

Cons: unsure of organic ingredients , serves animals

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Better than Caffe Vita - Edit

Don't get confused: Vita Cafe is the one to go to, not Caffe Vita. Worse, they're just a few doors down from each other. WTF?!?

Anyway, VC is excellent. I went there three years ago and then again this week and each time it was a highlight of the trip. The Buffalo Things with the ranch sauce were delicious, as was the vegan Mac and Cheese. The desserts are a particular highlight.

But whatever you do, just don't go to Caffe Vita. Never.

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delicious! I would've given 5 stars if I could've - Edit

Perfect restaurant for vegan options. Delicious and creative food with great and friendly service. I could've eaten there for every meal but unfortunately we discovered the restaurant on our last day for breakfast. Yum!!

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Great Variety - Edit

Vita Cafe has great daily specials. I've tried almost everything on the menu and have not been disappointed yet. Veggie and Vegan options available. Friendly staff, clean.

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The best vegan friendly place in PDX!! - Edit

This is the place to go for comfort food for vegans whether you're a vegan or not. THE BEST PLACE! I can't wait to go back when I visit!

Pros: comfort food, 90% vegan menu, Artistic/Mom and Pop large restaurant

Cons: Street Parking

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Vegan standby. - Edit

The Vita is just one of those places that's always there when you can't think of anywhere better to go. It's fine, decent prices and decent vegan options.

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Crowded on weekends

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breakfast, lunch, and dinner - Edit

Great food great atmosphere. Little surprised when I realized they weren't exclusively vegan. Both us and the kids have enjoyed every meal.

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Amazing Brunch - Edit

I came here with a friend and her family (meat-eaters), and everyone LOVED the food! I had a brunch special with their deliciously smokey tempeh bacon, and we all shared a corn cake, which is basically a pancake made of corn (and is amazing). Overall, great food and options for everyone.

It's also located in an artsy part of town if you want to walk around before or after.

Pros: Very flavorful, Options for non-vegan friends who are tired of alw

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One of my favorites in PDX! - Edit

Vita deserves 5 stars (HC only lets you rate max of 4?). Excellent variety of vegan dishes along side vegetarian and meat eater options. One of my favorite vegan burgers anywhere. Excellent breakfast, and perfect dinner spot with beer, wine and cocktails.

Every time I've been (which is many) the service has been outstanding. The servers are friendly and remember us repeat customers. If the place is busy (which it often is) you're going to wait a bit for your food...any good restaurant has that. If its a bit quieter your food may be on your table before your drinks!

Love this place!

Pros: Excellent food, Outstanding service, Almost everything on the menu vegan

Cons: Very busy weekend mornings, Only one location

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Stellar Vegan Options any time of the day! - Edit

I am amazed at the lack of fabulous reviews for Vita. and Happy Cow, it's kind of dumb only being able to give 4 stars to this place since it's not totally vegan....

We go there regularly - the servers are wonderful (never a bad experience,and always fun) and the food is so good - vegan diner food! Thoroughly recommend: the hot cakes, the Denver scramble, the biscuit, the chilli, the fishwish, the burger, the Caesar salad, the philly steak (seitan is best we've tasted..) I could go on and on. Yeah, I know it's not totally vegan but that makes it even better since you can go there with non vegan friends and family.

Pros: Excellent Food, Great Service, Friendly Servers and atmosphere

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I like this place, but it is not 100% Vegan - Edit

This is the only not 100% vegan restaurant that I am willing to eat there. I eat at Vita cafe for 13 years or so.
1. I like the breakfast and lunch menu
2. For dinner there are not much choices for vegan/GF.
3. It is about time to update the menu!!
4. Need to improve on coffee (ASAP) and hot drinks.
5. Service is below minimal average

If you are really strict Vegan check few times with the server and the kitchen if a dish is vegan and clean from animal products

Updated from previous review on Friday October 24, 2014

Pros: Good food, Have vegan / GF choices , Nice atmosphere

Cons: Service is below minimal average, need to be careful with "Vegan dishes", Need to update the menu

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Lunch at the Vita - Edit

I went to lunch there today. The service was friendly and quick. We didn't have to wait long for the food either. We ordered a vegetarian Reuben sandwich, and a vegetarian BLT. The Reuben was excellent. The BLT was tasty, but there wasn't much to it. Both were good, but slightly spendy for what you get. Better than Papa G's though! They really should offer fries, chips or a salad with the sandwiches for what they are charging. But, the food was tasty.

Pros: Tasty, Friendly, Quick

Cons: Expensive, Stingy on adding sides to sandwiches

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Good food, service needs work - Edit

First off, be careful! There's a 'Caffe Vita' a block down the road from here, and it appears to just sell coffee, so be sure not to wonder in there looking lost, confused, and wondering where the food is, because it's at 'Vita Cafe' instead.

Most things on the menu seemed to be veggie, and we both went for the vegan fish and chips to see how they compared to the ones we've had in Toronto. They compared well - in fact, it may well be the best vegan fish and chips I've had. Convincingly fishy in taste and texture, and well-battered.

My only marginal complain would be that the service felt a bit rushed, despite it not being particularly busy - we were handed the cheque before I'd even finished chewing. So be prepared for that possibility, but the food may be worth it if you're out this way.

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The food is good and the staff is nice. - Edit

We tend to go on Wednesday nights for their specials, but I've gone for brunch on the weekend and I find the service to be consistent.

I really like the staff here, they're always really nice and attentive.

Pros: service, food, Wednesday night specials

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Overrated - Edit

Is good... sometimes! i like their vegan burger and the french toast, when is too crowned the meals are usually not very good.

Cons: not consistent , overrated

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Good reliable food - Edit

While not the best vegan food I've ever had, Vita Cafe is still very good. They always have daily specials, which are always good. They have excellent vegan nachos, and the roasted vegetable lasagna is quite delicious. I have gotten cake for dessert a few different times, and it's not as good as it looks. Skip it and head down the street to a local bakery.

Pros: good food, reliable, usually friendly

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Nothing special - Edit

My vegan husband and I were both disappointed with our visit to this restaurant. The service was great, and the vegan selection is good, but the food was unimpressive. We both ordered a tempeh scramble, and it was just pieces of tempeh and pieces of onions and peppers. It needed more seasoning or something. It was good, but nothing special.

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Pretty good - Edit

We've been here twice, the first time had amazing breakfast. This time we had lunch. Our sandwiches were pretty good, but the mac and cheese was really bad. It didn't really have much flavor at all. I would recomend coming here, just not for the mac :)

Pros: Yummy breakfast

Cons: Mac and cheeze

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We Lov Vita Cafe !! - Edit

I have been eating at Vita Cafe for years. I love the many food options. The waitstaff has been on the no so good side in the past BUT lately I have found it to be very good! My fave food is the biscuits and almond gravy. It is the best vegan gravy in town!! I have taken non-vegans here and they have loved it. The menu offers a large variety of choices.They also have a soup of the day that is always vegan. Also the dessert is wonderful.

Pros: good value , excellent food, Kids eat for 1.00 5-7 pm

Cons: parking , wait time

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Hope I never have to go back - Edit

Being one a few vegans in a group a friends I seem to end up here so everyone can have something to eat . The food is terrible. The wait staff are soo cool they don't see m to have time to even be bothered by questions from paying customers( I felt like I was in a record store with the all the attitude that wait staff had).Vita? Not thanks!
I have declined offers to meet friends there several times in the past few years and I hope to never have to step foot inside this place again.

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