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

110 Reviews

First Review by HaplessHeather

so freaking good - Edit

Do yourself a favor and get the French toast sticks (on the appetizer section of menu). The Mac daddy burger is delicious, big portion. Wish they had milkshakes cause nothing’s better than fresh fries and burger with a milkshake. Other than that, all the food I’ve had there is supreme. I bring all my non vegan friends here and they love it too

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So many options! :) yum! - Edit

The menu is huge with breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert items. Many are heavy and greasy, but there are also light & healthy options. The pancakes are so great, & the French ticklers, so is the chick’n & waffles, and I love Biscuit Mountain. The burgers are so yummy, I love the Sweet Dream burger & the Wayward burger. If you love fake meat & cheese then you will love it here. They have two types of gravy, lots of sandwiches and entrees, salads, and lots of breakfast & brunch foods! Tofu scramble and home fries are yummy! You can ask for chocolate almond milk for your coffee! Score!
The portions are a good size and decent prices. It gets busy on weekends so you may have to wait a bit to be seated. This food is like traditional American food but you leave feeling good, instead of feeling like your heart will stop from the sludgy animal fat & animal protein.
-The Bloody Mary is so awful, all my friends agreed, so don’t bother, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Pros: huge menu-many choices, all vegan, good service

Cons: bad Bloody Mary cocktail

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Amazing Fast Friendly and delicious - Edit

Great serve, very busy for good reason the food is great and the Rachel's Ginger beer Moscow Mule was the perfect addition to my pacific Phil. Avocado and ranch and the chicken was so tender and yummy! Definitely coming back!

Pros: fast, tasty , friendly

Cons: none

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Reason to fly to Seattle - Edit

Gets better each time (amazing vegan breakfast - biscuits & gravy, tofu scramble, french toast).

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All vegan menu. Average+ food. Average service. - Edit

Obviously this place gets an extra star from me for a big all vegan menu. Whether I like it or not, I do get very excited when I get to pick from a huge menu! But the food was just okay. I tried the appetizer sampler. The funny thing about the drumsticks was that I had just bought a pack of drumsticks from vegan haven store that I think were exactly what was served here. I also had the alfredo pasta which was good. The garlic bread was also pretty good. For the service, I was a little disappointed by something that happened. The server dropped a celery stick from our plate on the floor which is fine. She picked it up and just took it away. Its not a big deal but I would have liked a simple "would you like some extra celery" to replace the stick. Now, I dont care about a stick of celery but it just showed careless attitude which bothered me a little.

Pros: All vegan menu

Cons: Average food

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Mini Mistakes - Edit

This is a small, but cute and eclectic space with clean bathrooms. It is family owned and all vegan. I order the "Dirty Bird" and a tea. My waiter was really nice. A couple of mistakes...there was a pice of hair in my tea cup...I think this can happen, even with precautions, but I would have hoped that for the inconvenience that they would have taken it off my bill...the manager is the one that should have made that call. After I paid my bill I received the wrong a out of change...about $4 short, again, this was an opportunity for the manager to earn a customer.
I decided to give them another chance and ordered the "Chicken & Waffles" and asked for butter and syrup. They forgot the butter. Though these are small mistakes, I know I would be frustrated if I returned for more mini/many mistakes.

Pros: Friendly Wait Staff, Clean Bathroom, Good Biscuits

Cons: Too Many Mistakes, No Parking, Small Facility

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Idc what you know..this is great - Edit

just great options that all taste good!!!

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Extremely underwhelming - Edit

I guess my review is probably gonna upset some people but this place just really wasn't good. Sometimes I feel like all-vegan restaurants' reviews suffer from "overexcited vegans syndrome" wherein we undeservedly rate a place high marks because it's so unusual and gratifying to see an entire menu of vegan food before us. I definitely get that sense with this eatery.

I had some serious complaints about Wayward Vegan Cafe though.

-Daiya cheese used in everything. I'm so not impressed by places just swapping out dairy cheese for Daiya. It tastes processed and bad, and in 2017, places should be able to use a better homemade alternative.

-The service was terrible. We were one of only three seated tables in the place and waited 30 minutes just to place our order, while our waiter was cleaning the windows. Then the appetizer and entrees came out at exactly the same time.

-They don't even know how to cook or clean vegetables properly. Side of kale arrived overcooked to mushiness, yet also inedible due to huge thick stems left on the leaves.

-Dishes are not thoughtfully constructed. Tater tot burrito desperately needed freshness or acidity to balance the tater tots and creamy sauce. Alfredo needed a touch of lemon. Chickun club sandwich was chewy on creamy on rich. I get that this is a comfort food place, but that doesn't mean we should sacrifice sound cooking principles.

-Tater tots were clearly frozen and reheated. French fries were soggy. If you're going to base your menu around items like this, prepare them correctly.

All told, I didn't eat anything that I would be excited to go back and eat again, and I had to wait a very long time for no reason, so I'm giving this place the lowest possible rating, which is 2 stars because it's an all-vegan joint.

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Food is not fresh or homemade, Food is not tasty or balanced in flavors, Service is not good

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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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