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

122 Reviews

First Review by HaplessHeather

keeping me in Seattle - Edit

Wayward is one of a few reasons why I would ever hesitate to move out of Seattle. It's just really nice to have a casual diner-style place to go for Sunday morning breaksfast and a bottomless cup o' joe. Not everything I've tried here has been good. I've had better luck with breakfast and lunch than with their dinner plates. But they have so many different items on the menu (all available all hours) that it's easy to find several items you like and always go back to. I have been going to Wayward since it was in its first grungy little location, and it just keeps improving.

Pros: friendly and casual atmosphere, lots of options, pancakes for dinner - yes!

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Sunday Brunch At It's Best - Edit

My boyfriend and I love coming here for breakfast. It get's very busy on the weekends and there usually is a good 10-20 minute wait. We haven't come for lunch or dinner yet, but their menus for all three meals are served all day. The parking is ample and totally free, which is a welcome change in Seattle. The food is reasonably priced and I've never been disappointed with my decision. We usually end up getting way too much food, but the bloated bellies a happy exchange.

Pros: Delicious Food , Great Little Atmosphere

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bring your snobby meat eating friends - Edit

This place is AMAZING. My carnivorous friends love it here!

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Vegan Dennys - Edit

Unique location, our server was super helpful with the large menu. The food was really good, traditional American food. It was hearty and comforting. Great place for new vegans.

Pros: sooo many options!!, great service

Cons: a bit greasy

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Awesome - Edit

It was busy but totally worth it they have anything that you could be craving. My family loves this place

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so many options - Edit

This restaurant has so many choices on one menu. Typically, I have to go to five different restaurants to find my staples, but they had them all! The wings, “mozzarella” sticks, and pancakes were amazing!
Not a huge fan of the tofu scramble. That isn’t a huge issue with such a large menu!
Staff were lovely!

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Amazeballs! - Edit

I’ve never been somewhere with so many options. They have more menu items than I’ve had an opportunity to try, but so far my favorites are their breakfast. I love their vegan waffle. And the Benedict is amazing.

Pros: so many options

Cons: so many options.... how to decide?

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best vegan breakfast in American! - Edit

Haters will hate, lovers will love.

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Dirty Bird FTW - Edit

My boyfriend and I came here after getting in from our hometown in Austin. We were excited to try the all vegan cafe, since we have a few in Texas we’re fans of. I also have to agree with a previous reviewer that sometimes all vegan places suffer from vegans overhyping it just because it’s all vegan, and that sometimes it can be lack luster. I would say Wayward falls in the middle - not the absolutely best in terms of flavor always being there, but you could do a lot worse.

I’ll also add it’s nice to have a place where you can really “pig” out on foods places normally don’t make vegan - thinks like fried mozzarella, mac n cheese, etc if you want to.

We got the Loaded Mac n Cheese to start and it was really good. For our meals, he got the Dirty Bird and I got the Burger Queen Crunch Wrap. The BQCW was okay- the “burger” they use is very gummy and was slightly disappointing given how many good vegan burger patty options there are now. However, get the Dirty Bird when you go!! Their biscuits are fantastic and whatever the faux meat they use for their “chicken” was not gummy at all, really crispy outside and done super well. I may or may not have eaten his meal instead of mine. 🙃

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I’ve never met a tofu scramble I didn’t like... until now. - Edit

I’m so bummed that we didn’t like this place. The tofu scramble was so gross, I couldn’t even eat it. The sausage tasted like Chinese herbal medicine. Yuck.
I hate giving a vegan restaurant a bad review, so I’ll go back and try lunch or dinner and amend my review if I like it better!
I feel like there are so many menu items... maybe just narrow it down and get really good at a few.

Pros: vegan

Cons: really bad meal, couldn’t even eat it.

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Underwhelmed - Edit

Maybe it’s just because I’m spoiled with delectable vegan goodness everywhere in Portland but this place tasted like what omnivores describe what they *think* vegan food tastes like (which is tasteless cardboard), very disappointing and downright disgraceful. Puts a bad taste in my mouth. I had hoped the food would be delicious because the menu was tempting but I don’t think I’ll come back here.. step it up, Wayward! You’re giving vegans a bad name.

Pros: lots to choose from

Cons: tastes like cardboard

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Mac nasty - Edit

This place is over rated and everything tastes like plastic. I couldn’t even finish my burger. Will not return.

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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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