VO2 Vegan Cafe

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1001 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 02138

Vegan cafe at the front of O2 Yoga Studio's Cambridge location since 2013. Specializes cruelty-free casual fare from sandwiches and soups to pastries and smoothies. Also in the space is a retail store selling US-made products plus a wellness center offering massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. Take Red line to Harvard or Central T stop. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Take-out

30 Reviews

First Review by lemonswirl

absolutely amazing - Edit

This place was incredible! I am in front out of the area and it was totally worth the drive and traffic on 90. Had the loaded nachos and the tofurky melt to go. Both were incredibly tasty and just fantastic! Wish there was one in Philly! Great atmosphere and great staff! 👍🏼👍🏼

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VO2 has a special place in my heart! 💓 - Edit

Now that I'm no longer working here, I can leave a (relatively!) unbiased review. Supremely delicious comfort food in a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere. It's hard to articulate just how much I admire and respect my former co-workers. Everyone is kind, friendly, hard working, and committed. Stephanie was a total pleasure to work for, and Mimi and Stephen (the owners) are the real deal in terms of animal rights and vegan advocacy. They started O2 because they believe in ahimsa and the healing power of yoga, not to make loads of money like some so-called "green" businesses. VO2 is a very special place!

Pros: tasty filling sandwiches and soups, really good coffee/cold brew, iced teas, smoothies, friendly and helpful staff

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Vegan in Cambridge - Edit

Stopped by for a quick bite. I had the seitan slam, which had really nice seitan, dressing, and slaw. The sandwich was on the small side, so I was still a big hungry afterward, but it was well made.

I'll definitely stop in to try their other offerings if I'm in the area.

Pros: Nice options

Cons: Small sandwich

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excellent!!! - Edit

Had the pesto panini, "club", strawberry cream cheese on a bagel, green monstah smoothie and the BLONDIE. Food was great, staff was friendly and food was made quick in front of us. Everything came w a little side of tortilla chips and their homemade nacho cheese... SO good!

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Great lunch spot - Edit

Great vegan cafe at the front of a yoga studio. Very tasty hot and cold sandwhiches, lots of nachos, soups and also a fair selection of cakes and vegan chocolates. Smoothies too if you're looking for something healthier! Great spot for lunch :).

Pros: Fully vegan, Very tasty!, Free wifi

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super friendly - Edit

first, that chocolate smoothie alone is worth the trip there. the staff is super friendly and ive liked everything ive ordered there. the breakfast burrito is probably my favorite and im a sucker for the nachos cause their house cheese is great too.

Pros: friendly, lots of sandwich options, healthy and conscious food

Cons: not the place if youre in a rush

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My favorite in Cambridge. - Edit

Any time of the day, i found my experience here awesome. Staff where kind, informative, and the food was awesome.

Pros: great value. great people. great food.

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My go to place - Edit

I LOVE Vo2! Besides some of the tastiest vegan brunch foods in Cambridge (7 days a week!) the people are simply the best. Mimi is a goddess. I try to eat here at least once a week!

Pros: Amazing food!, Super nice people!, Did I mention the amazing food?

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Pleasantly surprised - Edit

Came here for the first time today and was very happy with how good the food was compared to how inexpensive it was. Smoothies were expensive for the size but my loaded nachos were amazing. Would definitely come back.

Pros: Cute environment, Good food, Inexpensive

Cons: Expensive drinks, Not a lot of seating

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I luv this place! - Edit

I'm not a regular but when I have time and I'm passing by I grab a snack, even two. Everything's awesome! The place the staff the food. I would recommend this place as a healthy fast-food, well, at least this is it for me Ha! Ha!, but you could defenetlly spend some time there, there's a nice environment and you will feel confortable.

Pros: Satisfying Prices, Delicious!

Cons: None from my point of view

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Took a class and a bite! - Edit

It's a very chill environment right when you walk in. I took a yoga class which was very relaxing, and afterwards I looked at their cafe menu. All the smoothies looked tasty, I got the "Green Monstah" which was very refreshing and I could taste the ginger and apple very well. I also had a "Chuna Sandwich" which was very good. The chuna had pickles which aren't my favorite but to each his own. Overall, it was very enjoyable and I'd come back to try their famous sandwich or their breakfast burrito. :)

Pros: relaxed mood, friendly, tasty

Cons: little bit of a wait

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A funky little sandwich smoothie restaurant - Edit

A funky little sandwich smoothie restaurant. The kids like sitting on stools at the counter. We headed there after running the pre-marathon 5km as a family. The smoothies were great recovery drinks and we enjoyed the Panini style sandwiches as well. We took some baked goods to go including our favourite, vegan donuts. Maybe not the best idea before whale watching but they were delicious!

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yummy donuts! - Edit

I stopped by here to try their vegan donuts and cupcakes a little while ago. Cupcakes were a little dry but donuts were awesome and had a cool tie dye design on them! They also had many vegan products that I loved to look through.

Pros: Cheap, Yummy , Awesome Environment/Great for Breakfast

Cons: Not lots of parking , Cupcakes were a bit dry but they may have been lef

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Super - Edit

Has a great brunch here with satisfying food and friendly service. Lots to choose from and very healthy!

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Great for Breakfast and Lunch - Edit

VO2 is perfect spot for a quick breakfast or lunch. The sandwiches are tasty and the staff is always friendly and helpful. The portions are not that big but the prices reflect that.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

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My favorite breakfast - Edit

in the world. And I travel a lot. But every time I'm in Boston I take a trip to this nice place. I'm especially addicted to the Hyper Monkey Smoothie and the Banh Mimi Sandwich, but all the other things I tried so far were really yummy too.

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good! - Edit

I came here once and had a sweet dessert...nice place good food!

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Nice juice bar with food - Edit

Nice little place for lunch or breakfast. Juices and smoothies were very good and reasonably priced. Limited food menu, mostly sandwiches, nice looking pastries; but I usually avoid wheat. Great for snacks after yoga class, but not dinner. Pleasant atmosphere, lots of regular people/ staff.

Pros: juices and smoothies, snack bar atmosphere

Cons: lots of wheat dishes

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Good veggie burger, disappointing chuna melt - Edit

I was really excited to go here, as it is the only completely vegan restaurant in Cambridge as far as I go. There are soups, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, or there is the option of eating a sandwich as a salad, if you do not want to eat any bread. The veggie burger is really good but the Chuna Melt as a salad was very disappointing. I wanted to go for a healthy option, but the salad was really lacking flavor. The staff is incredibly nice but I did have to order at the counter and there weren't any knives. So I can definitely recommend the veggie burger for a quick bite, but it's not a great place for a healthy dinner or to really dine out. The prices were very reasonable.

Pros: great veggie burger, entirely vegan, friendly staff

Cons: no service at the table, no knives, chuna melt

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Good food and friendly service - Edit

It's nothing earth-shattering, but the food here is good, fresh, and filling, and the service is friendly. It's a nice stop-in, if you're in the area.

Pros: No meat, Friendly

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Good smoothies - Edit

Hyper Monkey is a great smoothie! Service is slow and menu has too many "fake meats," nothing really "healthy" on there but it all tastes really good!

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I love this place - Edit

This is a great coffee shop where you can buy all sorts of goodies like vegan jerky, ethical chocolate, etc.

You even get to choose between coconut creamer, soy milk and almond milk for your coffee.

I highly recommend the tofu breakfast sandwich.

Pros: Friendly staff, Large windows, Great food

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Excellent food and service - Edit

Finally made it in here during their business hours. It is in the front of a yoga studio so they are focused on the breakfast/lunch crowd of yoga people and presumably nearby businesses.

Had a great (vegan) cream of broccoli soup and also a salad. Both were delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

They are only open for dinner on Fri/Sat, which is when I went, but they may be expanding their hours on other days to stay open until 6p not just 4p.

Pros: Great food, Helpful staff

Cons: not open late on weekdays

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got breakfast - Edit

I was pretty excited on a Sunday morning while staying in Cambridge to walk over to 02 Vegan for a breakfast sandwich given the high ratings it has received on Happy Cow. I was equally disappointed with my experience. The breakfast sandwich consisted of over cooked tofu on a bagel (they did not have French Bread) with veganaise which I requested to have omitted. Upon leaving, I politely took my dishes to the counter where I was curtly schooled that I did it wrong. There was a bussing station where I was to take my dirty dishes. When asked how my meal was, I told the truth (tofu over cooked and I asked for no veganaise). The staff person said "oh yes the tofu was over cooked, we have to make a new batch!" I was dumbfounded at that point. The staff knew that the product was substandard but served it anyways. In addition, this small cafe allows for voices to carry, a fact that the staff appeared unaware of as they loudly discussed. art, history and the finer points of veganism (eg. is it ok for hunters to kill their own food etc). I should have turned around and left when upon my arrival into the cafe the staff person announced 'at' me "This is a vegan cafe. Everything is vegan". I responded with a friendly "Oh that's good 'cus that's why I'm here!". The place is after all called 02 Vegan and the word vegan is splashed everywhere inside the cafe.

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KelvinKillmon 05 Aug 2014 - We are sorry you did not have a positive experience during your visit. After your order was prepared, it came to our attention that one of our new employee trainees had overcooked the tofu that morning, and we took steps to rectify the situation. If you would like to come back we would be happy to prepare something else for you free of charge.

As for our use of the word 'Vegan', we are in an area of Cambridge which receives very heavy foot traffic, and people often come in requesting Lattes, Ham and Chicken Sandwiches. We try to be clear to avoid confusion. Our cafe is small, and we do employ a diverse group of people (not all of whom are vegan themselves). I am sorry if you were offended by their discussion of art, history and food ethics. Unfortunately there is no way for us to soundproof our open kitchen; the cafe was designed so that our customers could view the preparation of their food and feel more involved in the process.  


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very good and cute - Edit

I enjoyed the tofu breakfast sandwich very much! would go again and try other stuff. did not make it for lunch.

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Have the Spicey Monkey Smoothie - Edit

Seriously, just do it. Or the Seitan Slam. I'm sure everything else is delicious, but I can't get myself to try other things.

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A Must Visit! - Edit

Great food, great people, all vegan cafe heaven in Cambridge! I ate there every day I was in town. So great to have vegan cream cheese and vegan breakfast sandwiches in the morning and other hearty sandwiches for lunch. Wonderful and friendly service in this oasis with great vibes!! Loved it! If you are in Cambridge it is a must.

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