Wayward Vegan Cafe

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801 NE 65th St Ste C, Seattle, Washington, USA, 98115

In Jan 2015 this vegan-owned diner relocated from 5253 University Way NE into this larger space. Now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day long featuring an extensive selection of American comfort foods plus weekly specials. Has a gluten-free menu as well a kids menu. Not to be confused with Wayward Coffeehouse on Roosevelt Way. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out

102 Reviews

First Review by HaplessHeather

If you don't like this place you don't like food - Edit

The single best vegan comfort food on planet earth.

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Quality Greasy Spoon Diner with Touch of Kale - Edit

I dined at Wayward when it occupied a distinctively goth-punk storefront on the Ave. Having graduated to a two-story, comfortable corner location near I-5, it enjoys greater visibility but has kept true to its mission. I particularly like the Warlock with a side of the consistently most beautiful and tasty steamed kale I have ever eaten. My only criticism is that my last time there, I ordered a meal to go only to be refused the right to sit at the counter when I changed my mind and asked if I could eat one of the dishes there. I even agreed to purchase a drink and consume the beverage on-site but was still told that I could not eat the to-go order.

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AMAZEBALLS - Edit

Im so grateful to call this place my normal eating place! The food is unbelievable! It tastes like home😍❤️

Pros: has a selection of dessert, breakfast all day!, the food and wait staff have such a wholesome vibe

Cons: None eat here

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Top notch Vegan cheat meal spot - Edit

Burgers? Check
Biscuits and gravy? Check
All vegan? Check
The menu is extensive arrived for dinner and ordered the lost scramble that contained beautiful veggies soft tofu and curry oh the curry also some steamed greens with sesame seed and I substituted for one of their well-known biscuits. It came with some jam our amazing friendly sincerely sweet server recommended. I was shaking my head in amazement and the taste of this dish. Mom ordered Mac cheese and bacon burger with fries. I tried some and although it's not something I'd ever ordered it tasted great and she loved it. The love of my life ordered the dirty bird Crisp faux chicken over biscuits with an agave spice syrup and this was a wow for us as well! Coke Zero on tap is free refills the restaurant has a casual eclectic vibe and the service was flawless and they supported my 2 year old and even brought him toys to play with! For dessert we had a slice of jodees vegan pumpkin cheesecake

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Great restaurant - Edit

The best vegan omelets I've come across!

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Sad - Edit

I tried to give a 1 star but it would only let me do a 2 for whatever reason. We travel all over for vegan food save your money and go to pizza pi. It was created by the same people and is amazing. We had the California crunch wrap and potato pancakes that we had a few bits of and couldn’t dream of eating the rest. This made me sad

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great diner food - Edit

casual place, great food, not too pricey. The desserts are particularly good, the cooks are also good at using cheese and potatoes. Some of the sandwiches have mediocre bread that makes them worth avoiding, but most of the menu is good.

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Great Vegan Brunch - Edit

Fantastic spot for a classic brunch, options galore, everything you'd expect from a diner and more. Would definitely add this to your Seattle vegan bucket list!

Pros: Nice staff, Big portions , Great food

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Amazing Place - Edit

World class vegan comfort food. The menu is huge and tantalising - we had a Lumberjack (sausage, scramble, tempeh, mini pancakes, hash) and blueberry pancakes. Honestly amazing, great service, great coffee... just go!

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American Diner with bigger menu better quality and 100% vegan - Edit

All vegan american diner food greasy and amazing. I've gotten thet biscuit mountain and the club sandwich each 3 times becauset they're so good I didn't want to get anything else. Finally I tried the philly cheesesteak and chicken waffles. philly was amazing the chiggen was bland but still fine. Also the cinnamon rolls are amazing. Only problem with this place is that there are so many options and they all sound amazing so you have to go several times!

Pros: Huge menu all vegan, gluten-free available

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vegan diner - Edit

It was great to see whole menu vegan. Staff were friendly. They don't do real coffee just American diner coffee. Portions large. We enjoyed our breakfasts, it was diner-type food if that makes sense though. Pancakes very fluffy and nice and they use a nice vegan cream. Too full for lunch afterwards!

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overrated - Edit

The tofu scramble tasted like curry tofu. The tempeh bacon was barely seasoned and my greens were inedible (they were hard and oily).
Just another mediocre vegan diner.

Pros: vegan, gluten free menu

Cons: bland, over priced

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not healthy, but sooo delicious - Edit

I love indulging in Wayward Vegan Cafe when I am in Seattle. Diner food made vegan with all day breakfast. I usually opt for biscuits and gravy. They're super filling just as comfort food should be. I've also gotten the crunch wrap which brought me right back to my taco bell days. Don't come here to eat healthy. This is diner comfort food through and through.

Pros: excellent food, good value

Cons: vegan "junk" food

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Huge Menu - Edit

It takes a long time to decide what to have because the menu is huge. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner options, but all of these are available all day, anyway. The food is delicious with some very imaginative egg and meat replacements to replicate traditional American comfort food, including steak, fried chicken and omelettes. The staff are very friendly and engaging with the customers.

Pros: Huge menu, Imaginative meat/egg alternatives, Good service

Cons: Coffee served was cold and replaced by lukewarm

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Great Diner - Edit

I love that they have a decent sized menu with a decent amount of breakfast options. It used to be bigger but I can understand that it would be tough to have that many different items to cook, but it's still an adequate amount now.

Pros: Vegan Breakfast!, They have an upstairs

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Perfect Hangover Fare - Edit

Awesome breakfasts. Decadent crunch wraps. Perfectly spiced bloody marys. Not the most health-conscious meal you'll have that week but sometimes you just need gravy or fried things (or both).

Pros: Solid menu, Friendly service

Cons: Dining room cleanliness not the greatest

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HOLY GUACAMOLE - Edit

Oh my goodness I have been waiting FOREVER to try Wayward. A quick trip to Seattle this week created the opportunity. I brought my Omni mom and she enjoyed the California Dreamin' Crunchwrap with fries while I indulged in the fettuccini alfredo. It was worth the wait. The cashew cream sauce was so flavorful and creamy and the "chicken" had the most incredible flavor and texture! I could even taste the Parmesan cheese on the garlic bread. SO yummy and filling. I snagged a fry off mom's plate and holy moly was it good. Can't wait to come back and try more things off the menu!!

Pros: YUM, ALL VEGAN

Cons: Tad pricey, We were sat in a little cramped corner

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Bring your non vegan friends - Edit

This place has a huge selection of vegan options. Every non-vegan friend or family member i have brought here has said "this is vegan?" with that said, for a vegan accustomed to fresh produce and and a light touch, this restaurant is a vegan "comfort food haven." Another way to put that is gut-bomb heaven. A lot of the food is what you would expect from the usual breakfast diner + vegan flair. Totally worth the meal...just keep the eyes smaller than the stomach.

Pros: Vegan choices, Great Service, Nice location

Cons: Limited "fresh" option

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my favorite restaurant in Seattle - Edit

Our go-to place almost anytime we go out! We've sampled a majority of the menu items, I've enjoyed everything but my most favorite things are the MOZZARELLA WEDGES! Like seriously so good, you must try them! Another favorite is the country fried seitan breakfast. It's one of the best things I've ever had, the hashbrowns are bomb and so is the tofu scramble. And of course the seitan was sooooo good, with lots of gravy!! Nothing better! My husband loves the chick'n parm sandwich and the Chico vegan melt. I also love the spirit burger, the fettuccini alfredo, the chiggen wrap... so much more, everything we've had has been great. The service is usually great, even when they're busy. We waited 25 minutes to get a seat on President's Day and it was well worth it! Prices are very good, too, we can eat there for around $30 for 2 people, including an appetizer and tip.

Pros: all vegan , friendly staff , good prices

Cons: wish they opened earlier!

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Amazing diner vegan food - Edit

really cool vegan diner with an amazing selection for brunch and breakfast. Came here on a weekend trip - had the buffalo wings and omelette with tempeh which were both very good. The buffalo wings were amazing - and made with tofu for those that don't like the faux meat texture (it was kind of like the bean curd texture). Good service and friendly staff.

Pros: variety of selection for breakfast food (almost to, tasty!

Cons: not healthy :( but you wouldn't really come he

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mock meat lover's heaven - Edit

So many options on the menu! Wayward has delicious food. I tried the ex-benedict which includes an egg-like patty, vegan faux meat of some sauce (I think ham?) and hollandaise sauce with a side of hashed browns. The sauce really made the meal! Delicious.

Pros: good variety of menu options, delicious, quick service

Cons: busy, may have to wait to be seated

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Absolutely my favorite spot in Seattle - Edit

I have been going to wayward for around 14 years or so and this place became my favorite vegan restaurant after the ownership change (to the current owners). Over the years and through the location changes, it has only gotten better an better. Whenever I am in town, though I frequent most of the other vegan spots in town as well, Wayward is always #1 on my list.

Pros: diverse menu with options for sensitivities, fair prices, absolutely delicious

Cons: only in Seattle

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So many delicious choices - Edit

There's so many wonderful things to try it seems unfair to have to choose a few. Definitely bring a buddy and half everything!(:

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chrisgo 13 Nov 2016 - I couldn't agree more! What a great find this is. ❤️❤️❤️  


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Excellent breakfast! - Edit

This place is AWESOME. Big menu, lots of options and everything is served all day. We had the Tempeh Tantrum and the Country Bumpkin. All delicious. Their tofu scramble was quite possibly the best I'd ever had. Portions were generous too. We would've loved to have dessert as well, but didn't due to time constraints. Well, next time for sure!

Pros: Great food, Good value, Extensive menu

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eat here! - Edit

We loved this place! Big menu full of too many choices! Good kid options, and breakfast served anytime. The carrot cake was the highlight- the best one I have ever had. I wish I lived closer to frequent this place!

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Great - Edit

What a great place to eat. Many options and very great service. We had the Avocado Omelet which was outstanding. Wish they were closer to home.

Pros: Great selection of food, Great Service

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A new favorite - Edit

Whenever we find ourselves in Seattle, we try to hit at least one or two new vegetarian places from the many available options. Wayward has just become a new favorite! We got there just as it was opening on a Saturday morning, and within half an hour the place was packed. Their menu is huge. I ordered the chicken fried steak, a tofu scramble, and a short stack of banana pancakes. The steak was a little oily but very tasty. The tofu scramble was just plain awesome -- incredibly flavorful. The pancakes were enormous, and I was pleased that they were made with whole wheat flour; my only minor complaint was that they were slightly undercooked on the inside while slightly overcooked on the outside. The staff were pleasant and helpful, and the prices were reasonable. We left completely stuffed and satisfied, and we'll definitely be back the next time we're in town.

Pros: Delicious food, Huge menu, Open daily

Cons: Not health food (if that's what you're looking for

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