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AimeeB
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Creative menu. Good food. Early pre show dinner hour so restaurant was pretty quiet

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian food that even non-vegetarian loves it!

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Dave
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big thumbs up to the Impossible Burgers and interesting seasonal cocktails. Might have to go vegetarian. Love this place and its sister restaurants. Thanks.

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NYCEatsandtheatre
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Quiet enough to talk, but still fun. Delicious and creative vegan food. Had a lovely server, Lily, who was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing.

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vipMitchellD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Melvin was our great waiter. He treated my ten year old son and elderly mother with great patience. Everything about this restaurant is great!

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PeggyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My food was very mediocre and quite expensive. We ordered peach pie that tasted like apple pie.
My friends were satisfied with their meal so perhaps it was what I ordered that did not satisfy.

I had quesadillas which were very tough and I really don't know what they were filled with.

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GeorgeN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasure for a vegetarian to have so many great choices! We will have to come back to try more of the selections. Delicious and innovative!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the candle brand! Had a great birthday dinner with a group of friends and all were satisfied!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall2food5service3ambience4

They started cleaning our table before we were done. Not just clearing but CLEANING with some sort of chemical rag. I love this place and will continue to...but they can wait until we are done. It wasn’t busy.

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lauriew
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my go to oasis . Healthy delicious food in quiet and charming venue .
Friendly staff and great happy hour and comfortable and spacious bar area as well .

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darrylp
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Definitely worth checking out. Absolutely so if vegan or should you reside on the Upper West Side. I have a daughter who is a very picky eater and Candle lit her up.

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vipLauraG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, atmosphere, and service were all impeccable!

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GwenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was interesting and great tasting. My second time there and I'll definitely return! The eggplant parmesan is delicious.

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chelseap
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new Impossible burger in particular but this place is always lovely and tasty.

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AlvinS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Hostess was terrible. I arrived, gave my name and was seated. I was waiting for a friend to join me. 25 minutes passed and I was still waiting for my friend to join me, only to find out when I called him to see where he was, that he had been seated at another table about 2 minutes after I had arrived. Inexcusable. No apology. The hostess even had an attituxde when I questioned her as to why this had happened-- we had both given her my name, which was how the reservation was made. Also charged $2.00 for bread--actually it was 2 slices of toast. Really classless. Notwithstanding the above, food was excellent. Fire the hostess.

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Slavia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

this menu was impressive and creative, but the actual cooking was not delicious in any way. My son did not like the rissotto, the sauce was overbearing and the risotto itself was too hard. I liked the polenta, but it was not anything i could not have assembled at home. Neither one of us exclaimed "yum" at all

The service was very good.

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JudeT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Candle Cafe West is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC because the food is not only vegan and environmentally-responsible it is creative and out-of-this-world delicious. It is consistently outstanding in terms of great food and the service always excellent.

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JulieB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a main stream vegetarian option with a menu both vegetarians and non will love!

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BethL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Food had a beautiful presentation.
No taste and like warm. Too expensive for what it was.
If you’re a vegan, it might work better

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YosiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a wonderful evening! The raw lasagna was really great

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SydD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Vegan eggplant Parmesan was absolutely amazing! Definitely try it! Great place and I want to try the other candle locations as well.

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vipLynnStein
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The peach pie on the desert menu was a disappointment .
I has has very little taste, the top crust felt like cereal.
Way over priced at $14.

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vipNeighbor
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My fave vegan place. Never had a bad meal there – and have been there many, many times! My all-time fave dish – spaghetti with wheatballs. We come with family and share appetizers. Good choice of wines and interesting cocktails.

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foodstyledebutinc1
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried the impossible burger this time, and it tasted like a hearty charbroiled patty with smooth cheddar cheese. If you don’t want to be reminded of your meat eating days, I suggest you stay away. It was so filling and delicious. The peach pie was good, but not worth $14 for the slice.

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Craig
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my anniversary. I told them in the open table reservation and when the waitress came over she wished us a happy anniversary. Before she brought the check she also brought us two glasses of champagne. In addition to the food and service being excellent this extra touch made our day extra special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Not just delicious vegan food, delicious food. Period.

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Lovely
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience5

PROS: Food was awesome as usual, presentation gorgeous, value for price good for NYC, and the ambiance was warm and inviting.

CONS: We felt unfairly pushed by the server to either move or order more. Considering the restaurant was 1/3 empty, there was really no need to be so pushy.

Also, just a note: I had the impossible burger at Candle Cafe West for dinner that night, and it was not as "wow" as people on social media seem to rave. It was kind of mushy. In the past, I have had Candle Cafe's own in house-made veggie burger and to be frank, I think their burger is way more delicious and meaty than the Impossible Burger.

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vipCewi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, clean and creative cuisine; great service, too!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food wad delicious the vegs were done just right the waiter was very prompt he waited just the right amount of time after we finished our main course before showing us the desert menu... he enjoyed that we were enjoying our meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Seitan Picatta, which is always delicious! My date had one of the specials (Scallopini) which really should be out on the everyday menu. It was great!!

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BarbaraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite vegan restaurants that I’ve been coming to for years. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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AngelaS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Market Platter with basmati rice, black beans, potato fries and caramelized onions. You can choose 4 sides to make the platter. My platter was delicious. The service was outstanding. My friend was cold at the table we were sitting at and Lily our server got another table for us. She made our dinner experience very cozy. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous!

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loov2dine
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good menu choices at this UWS vegan restaurant. Really good and attentive service- gluten free options. Loved everything I ordered- innovative items, high quality ingredients and great presentation. Was really full when I left- that is a good thing- some places have teeny portions, these were good sized but not supersized-- can't wait to return. Menu keeps changing- that makes it fun-

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My vegetarian 10 year old was thrilled with the kids menu.

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westwardgo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the original Candle Cafe near Hunter College, so was delighted when another popped up on the west side. This one is a bit more up-scale, but is still casual. Delicious, healthy menu, creative preparation, friendly staff, amazing deserts, a great place to get together with friends, and even the non vegan-ites will love it.

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This delightful restaurant offers creative and delicious vegan fare. I always try to have a meal there when I visit New York.

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rpr59
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food here is always very good. The menu items also vary from visit to visit a bit though most of the menu stays the same. There is very good variety. I like going out to a restaurant and eating food that I do not know how to make at home. I will definitely return.

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BeingIsabella
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the servers were extremely accommodating and made sure that my friend and I were satisfied. They were able to change something to our desires and needs and offered to switch it if we didn’t enjoy it. The cafe was quiet making it easy to participate in conversation and have a quiet and mindful meal. The food was creative and has many great options for non vegetarians and vegans who are looking for non-meat options! Would gladly go back and recommend to anyone!

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MarilynP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I was not impressed by the menu options. The avocado soup was like watered down chunky guacamole. The seitan was bland and tough. The vegetables were fresh and the wine was very nice.

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Candle Cafe West is rated 4.5 stars by 1331 OpenTable diners.