CLOSED: Viva Las Vegans

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )



27, rue Saint-James, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 33000

Vegetarian restaurant in the center of Bordeaux. Confirmed open March 2013. REPORTED SHUT SEPT 2013.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Western

5 Reviews

First Review by Kellygwinn

Good Lunch - Edit

In late March 2013, we had the lunch plate, which was a burrito that day. It was good, no question, though not special either. The portion was small-medium. I think the lunch special costs 9 Euros. The only funny thing was when I asked [in French] if she had any hot sauce [Mexican food goes well spicy, right?], she replied simply "Non." I agree with the previous comment that in a small place like this, they usually cook a certain amount for lunch and can sometimes be sold out of it by 13:00 or 13:30.
Updated from previous review on Sunday May 05, 2013

Pros: On a beautiful, old pedestrian street, vegetarian [not common in France!]

Cons: Good food but not memorable, portions a little on the small side, staff not overly helpful

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Great lunch spot - Edit

This little cafe was perfect for lunch. It's located in a great pedestrian area and the food was good. It's an order at the counter and we'll bring the food to you kind of place. The plate of the day is always vegan and there were also several sandwiches and a soup. Oh, and a great dessert! The decor of the place is nothing fancy, you sort of feel like you are eating in someone's apartment. But if you are hungry and want homemade food, this is the place for you.

Pros: Great area, Several vegan selections

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"We are full." Really? - Edit

Being in Bordeaux for a conference, I decided to invite two colleagues to go to Viva las Vegans. Once we showed up, people were talking to us in French. Granted, we were looking a bit lost in there, but eventually someone realised to talk to us in English. However, the only thing he/she said was "we are full". This was kinda strange, since there were plenty of free seats. So, summing up, the staff was very unfriendly and we left without eating anything there. Please, guys, don't you want to sell food? So learn a few phrases of English and try to welcome tourists/foreigners as well.
If you speak French, try Viva Las Vegans. It's still open and maybe you will find some free seats. If not, try a sandwich at Le Chouquet's around the corner: that's where we ate.

Pros: still open

Cons: unfriendly staff, only French spoken

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Daria Sobowiec 24 Oct 2012 -
I really do not understand people who write a bad comment on a restaurant they've never visited? If you travel to France, it is NORMAL that people talk to you in french, doesn't it? So a polit person will try to learn at least couple of words in french instead of taking the attitude of english-speakers self-importance. Moreover, the restaurant can sometimes sell everything they cooked before you are coming and have some free seats.  

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wildfang 12 May 2013 - Only French spoken at a restaurant in France?? I am shocked.
Why do you travel around at all if you're not willing to adapt a bit?  

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Best in Bordeaux - Edit

Granted, every place we tried was closed earlier than stated, but we enjoyed the friendliness and food at Viva Las Vegans. Hot dogs were good. Sandwich was decent, above average. Worth an eat. Was only open 11:30am to 6:00pm while we were there a few days ago.

Pros: Good Food, Friendly Staff, Good Prices

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Vegan restaurant in central Bordeaux - Edit

More like a cafe than a restaurant, Viva las Vegans has a decent menu that offers vegan sandwiches, vegan quiches, salads, vegan cheese cake and other desserts as well as a plat du jour. The cook uses lots of veggies and soy product in her dishes. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of options left on the menu because the hostess, who is also the cook and waitress, explained she only prepares a certain amount for lunch and serves what's leftover for dinner. We ended up trying the vegan quiches that came with a simple salad and they were pretty tasty. I also tried the cucumber gazpacho but it wasn't so great. The portions were kind of small but if you are looking for vegan food in Bordeaux, they have several options. There are some tables outside and an attractive dining room on the inside. She also offers carry out food. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and the waitress was very friendly and explained a lot. I would definitely recommend getting there for lunch when all the dishes will be available.

Pros: friendly staff, clean, healthy food

Cons: limited options, smallish portions

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