CLOSED: Wild Rice Vegan Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 10 reviews )



71 Elm St, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02472

Vegan restaurant est. Dec 2015 featuring world cuisine. Offers dishes comprising grains, lentils, an array of spices, and fresh produce. Sunday vegan buffet offered til 3pm. New temporary opening hours March 2017, closed for dinner until further notice. See Facebook and website for updates. Confirmed closed, Jun 2017.

Categories: Vegan, International, Organic, Buffet, Fusion

10 Reviews

First Review by alexbaldi

Charming Little Cafe - Edit

I love that this cafe uses a variety of flavor profiles. Today I had the Street Food Wrap, and it was the perfect combination of light and filling.

Pros: Vegan, Great food

Cons: Na

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cute place - Edit

great service! i like supporting the business, its just really expensive for some of the items. but waffles!!

Pros: good food, great service, breakfast

Cons: expensive, no parking

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Friendly yummy vegan goodness - Edit

I like this place allot. The staff are super nice and the menue is loaded with goodies. I ordered the crab cakes. They are fierce with flavor and spice super good!!

The parking is akward...if your going to park in the mall parking lot better to park where all the other cars are and walk instead of out front. Apparently the mall cops are stingy or something, so I'm told.

Overall great place worth checking out!!

Pros: All vegan menue yay!! , Friendly staff , Food rocks

Cons: Parking is strange

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the best avocado toast I've ever had - Edit

dude please go to this place. you won't regret it. the staff is sooooo friendly and the avocado toast is to die for. my dad ordered the farmer's salad and was blown away by the dressing. we both got a cup of Golden Green tea which is also to die for. I'll be back!!

Pros: avocado toast , tea

Cons: parking

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Yummy breakfast and lunch place - Edit

I stopped in for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon and had the enchilada. It was very very good. It was plenty of food; I saw another reviewer said the portions were small but at least for this one dish it was a full meal.

Then I took a smoothie to go.

It wasn't too crowded so I didn't have service problems, and the staff person out front was very nice and helpful.

The menu looks fabulous and I hope to be able to try everything at some point. Problem is, it's breakfast and lunch and I don't live or work near there, so weekends are my only option. Still, I will make a point of getting there. They are considering dinner as well, which would be great.

Parking is an issue. I parked in the Target lot across the street, but felt nervous because technically I could be towed for parking there and then not shopping in the mall. But in practice it's probably not a big deal.

I'm glad this area, near a major shopping mall, finally has a rock solid vegan joint.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Pleasant decor

Cons: Parking

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Unique & Tasty! - Edit

Wild Rice has a unique & diverse menu with very little crossover with other local vegan or vegetarian places. and the food is great!
They have options like hash-brown waffles, avocado toast, savory pancakes & guilt-free omelet (made with chickpea flour), the latter 2 Indian influenced. There are plenty of gluten-free options, but also some dishes with regular bread.
I think this is my favorite brunch place in Boston.
On the downside, the service is erratic (2 of my 4 visits had good service, the other 2 not so much). & parking is difficult (either you park in Target's lot or some other street - no parking at/near the restaurant). Portion size is a little small so if you're really hungry you may want to get 2 things. -- That said, they just started (soft opening until this weekend), so I expect they will get better & hope to update this review to 5 stars later.
Pankaj, the owner, is great & this place is definitely worth checking out. just bring your patience.

Pros: Diverse & plentiful vegan options, TASTY!

Cons: No close parking, erratic service, Breakfast - lunch only

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Delish! - Edit

We were in Watertown this morning and stopped by Wild Rice for lunch. What a great place!

We had the street food roll and the tempeh crab cakes. The roll was like a souped up falafel wrap. It had falafel, vegan raita, and delicious massaged kale. It also came with homemade chips. The chips weren't deep-fried and crispy like your typical potato chip; rather, they seemed to be pan-fried, and the result was something that was like a mix between potato chips and home fries. I really liked them.

The tempeh crab cakes were served on a bed of Israeli couscous with two chutneys. The dish had a lot of great flavors and textures.

In addition to the great food, the environment was also nice. It was pleasant to eat a well-made meal in a relaxed cafe atmosphere.

Updated from previous review on Saturday January 16, 2016

We liked our lunch so much yesterday that we decided to come back early today for breakfast. We ordered the crepes suzette and the hash brown waffles. The crepes were on the thicker side, but they were still very good. The cointreau came through well to give the sauce a bit of complexity, and the whole wheat base was also a nice touch.

The hash brown waffles were absolutely splendid. It sounded like a weird concept, but we took a chance. We certainly didn't regret it. The waffle shape gave it great crunch and texture, the potatoes, thyme, and caramelized onions combined really well, and the vegan cream topping brought it all together. It was really a magnificent dish.

Pros: Tasty food, Relaxed atmosphere, Good price

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Good! - Edit

I went for brunch and the food was very flavorful. Definitely recommend the omelet. The vibe of the restaurant was very casual and relaxed.

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GO HERE - Edit

Great place! We tried tofu chili dish, vegan omelette, and lentil wrap. They were all very good. The omelette was so good I will definitely go back to get another one when I can. Atmosphere very casual, love it.

Pros: casual, friendly, nice decor

Cons: none

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nice new option in Watertown! - Edit

Nice quick serve restaurant good for breakfast or lunch after shopping at the Watertown/Arsenal mall. I got the street food roll and it was very good!

Pros: quick service, good food

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