Âu Lạc Plant-Based Food & Drink

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Our menu began with traditional Vietnamese cuisine and has grown to include more dishes and flavors to accommodate every diet. Everything is completely plant-based and vegan, and we have many gluten-free options.

At Âu Lạc, our dishes and menu are always evolving as we find new inspiration and new ingredients. We search near and far to find our ingredients, specifically sourcing each one, so we can bring you the best in quality and flavor. We use organic produce and only natural ingredients, and we purify our water by reverse osmosis for better hydration and taste. Be advised that the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. To request a wheelchair table please place a special request with your reservation.
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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful, amazing amazing food and great service and the restaurant is super pretty.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this restaurant because of all the positive ratings....thankfully I did! The restaurant is clean and spacious, to start. Our server, Michael, was SO kind and helpful. He told us what his favorite dishes were and or course we ordered them ALL! Every dish was incredibly flavorful and the presentation of the dishes was beautiful. My mom couldn't believe it was completely plant based...honestly neither could I. I'll definitely be back many times and plan to send my friends.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let the staff know we had theater tickets and they helped us avoid items that take longer to prepare.

We had egg rolls, eggplant vermicelli and a raw lasagna. The egg roll and eggplant get 5 stars, the raw lasagna was meh so a 3.(some of the layers were tasty others only soso)

SW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing, the atmosphere is pleasant and the service is fantastic. The only thing that could make Au Lac better is a liquor license because a glass of wine with dinner would be great. However, the elixirs are delicious and there's a wine bar across the street so it all balances out.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed Au Lac in Orange County for years and we were so please to find another next to the Music Center!

It was fresh and flavorful and we felt great after eating. This will be our go-to place each time we come to the opera or symphony.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ambience is calm and serene with high ceilings and the lighting complements the mood.

The food was great and we enjoyed this evening with visiting family.

Good choice for downtown Los Angeles, especially if you have a vegetarian person amongst you.

AL
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been enjoying Au Lac for several years, but this time I brought friends, vegan and non vegan. The non vegan says, he'll be back for the Garlic/Basil Noodles. Everything was delicious. I miss the full bar, and I missed Mai.

AK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious! No qualifier need (IOW, don't need to say "delicious vegan food" -- it's just delicious food).
Highly recommend. Must try the "shrimp."

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Michael was a great server as well. Definitely recommend.

d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We come to Au Lac every other time we frequent the Ahmanson for theater. Always good food with fantastic service. They do tend to "hide" the heat of various dishes and have been caught be less than fully descriptive menu listings. Had a "pork loin" that had sauteed onions on it that were sauteed with jalapenos but the menu didn't say that. Certain other dishes that we decribed by staff as "not spicy" left my lips and tongue burning (although I must note that I'm a spicy light weight) They also list "espresso" on the menu but don't actually have it. Just Illy coffee and no decaf.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late due to traffic and told the waitress we had to rush. She suggested which foods could be made more quickly, and we loved everything and got out in time for the theater.

MM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite upscale vegan places in L.A. The food is truly delicious and beautifully prepared and presented. And the spacious dining area allows for quiet and privacy.

KG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy = Au Lac.
This was a real treat! I went with my family of carnivores- me (a vegan) plus 6 others. If it was not my birthday there is no way that I would of convinced them to come to a plant based restaurant with me. I was completely excited to be there and wanted to go in a large group so that between us all we would get to sample and try a large portion of the menu, however I remained nervous the restaurant would not survive the skeptical views of my family.
Our waitress was so kind and patient and answered numerous questions about the menu for all of us. We started with the salt n pepper yam shrimp, friend fries, eggrolls, and crimini pesto mushrooms. Each one of these items were delicious and immediately won over my family. By the time our dinner entrees were served everyone at the table had relaxed and were happy we had come to try something new.
Deserts were also amazing! Definitely will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people. I always feel at home here. I'm coming back to try everything. The waiters are top notch and the food when you dine in is exemplary. The Flax chips for a to-go was not the best due to portion size. But I bought all sorts of dishes that day so it wasn't a disappointment.

HJ
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great vegan find in DTLA! We enjoyed three dishes.
(1) Octopus: Seriously addictive. This one dish will drag me back to the restaurant in the near future
(2) Phở: tasty but not very original
(3) Choconut X-tasy: scrumptious dessert. Satisfying way to end the meal

D
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time trying vegetarian. Was nicely surprised by the flavor. Will definitely try again.

DR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go here after the theater either the Ahmanson or the Mark Taper and it’s a wonderful restaurant. The ambience is great and the food is healthy and delicious. And no animals have to die in order to eat it.

MS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They’ve lost their liquor license more than a year ago so we did miss their refreshing cocktails, however the food was as delicious as ever. We like the octopus and the yam shrimp the best. The garlic noodles are also delicious.

PT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. Average service. Waitress acknowledged that we were pre-Theatre diners as we sat but we had numerous spans of time when no one was evident. These enclosed booths seem nice but you cannot see if get the attention of any staff and they don’t come by neatly often enough. And they forgot to follow through with requests.

I
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant and friendly host, very sweet waitress. Food was good, a little on the salty side. I wish there were more beverage selection. The hot tea we ordered was very weak, watery and lukewarm, we hardly tasted the tea. The bathroom was well appointed and clean, but smelled strongly or sewer. Maybe they had some issues with the plumbing. A little in the $$ side, but I am glad we went there.

SZ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I'd recommend small parties of 2 or less. It seems like the staff can't handle large parties. Our food came about and hour after we ordered. When we received our food many of our dishes were cold. Lastly, and the most entertaining events of the night, a dish was delivered to our table and briskly removed/taken by another staff member to take to another table.

I enjoyed the food but I'm definitely not bringing my staff back, maybe just one or at max two friends.

r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I go out of my way to find adventurous innovative vegan food; au lac is amongst the best I have ever found. Superlative food and service.

AQ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Service is horrible. Nobody pays attention. Taking a very long time for everything.

O
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It is what it "is" for the Vegan with pleasant surroundings and staff.

J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was some of the best vegetarian fare I have had. Though dishes were posing in some instances as meat dishes, the food was presented in an appetizing way that avoided feeling false or synthetic.

DL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and beautifully presented. Shrimp is amazing!

SS
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have eaten at Au Lac 2 or 3 times before a show at The Music Center. All meals have been delicious. The lack of bar drinks is a little bit of a detriment to enjoying the meal, as we enjoy a cocktail for an evening out at the theater. But, otherwise, always very good.

s
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for dining before performances at the Music Center; an easy walk across the street. Food is fresh, delicious and well-presented. Service is exceptional, especially for those of us looking for advice and guidance from knowledgeable and friend staff. I went a second time because I was so happy with my first experience. I see many more visits in my future.

BB
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. It was amazing. I’m a meat eater and I’d eat here again. We tried a variety of things. The banh mi was so good. The shrimp tasted like shrimp! The fish was different the texture wasn’t fish, but the flavor was good none the less.

I’d eat here again gladly.

IF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was disastrous. We ordered food at 6:15 and our main order only came out at 7. We had to rush and finish before our show


Food was okay. The “bbq roll” ended up being a roll with a traditional Thai peanut sauce.

j
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable, and our server Michael was so nice and gave us amazing recommendations

CK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Au Lac is the best. We often come before a show at the Dorothy Chandler or Ahmanson and they are beyond accomodating. The food is excellent and we always look forward to coming back.

RT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Fresh and delicious. Will definitely come back.
Already brought a vegetarian friend who loved it

N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so impressed with the food and service. I'll definitely be back!

A
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the BEST restaurants in Los Angeles. We had a great birthday dinner, the six of us, for myself and my friends. The service was pristine, family style is best at this restaurant. If you're vegan and/or gluten free, it doesn't get any better than this place. Get the friend fries, the octopus, the paella, the ginger noodles, curried rice, OMG it's all so so good! Thank you Au Lac!

EV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Took a non-vegan here for the first time and he said it was the best plant-based food he'd ever had! Never disappointed at Au Lac!

l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I was impressed with the food quality. I had the "pork chop" and my son had the "chicken" parm. Both were excellent in taste and presentation. My only complaint was the service was really slow and we ended up late for the show we were going to. It was a Saturday night but the place wasn't really that busy. Since this restaurant is in the theater district, I think it's important to make sure customers are served in a reasonable amount of time and that the check comes as soon as requested.

MW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & staff!!!

DR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful as always but I have a problem with OpenTable they did not have our reservation

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