GreenFare Organic Cafe
GreenFare was recently awarded the eatREAL.org Platinum certification for excellence in Epicurean, Agriculture, Leadership, and Sustainability categories. We are the only restaurant in Virginia and 1 of 5 in the U.S. to be certified at this highest level.
My husband and I came for a date night and found a new go-to place. Though we aren’t vegans, we very easily found plenty of delicious options. GreenFare offers classes on the plant-based lifestyle and cooking. We think we will be back to try one in the near future!
Educational, Information, Friendly. While you transition your taste buds to non-processed and natural foods, be sure to utilize the salt and pepper condiments that are available to you. They cook without salt -- but assume you will season the food to your taste and health needs. Owner was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is almost like a classroom -- that also serves food. I feel healthier for coming here, and so happy to have a venue that will help me on a healthier food path. It's also amazing that this is an entirely Organic restaurant. We will be back. (the dessert - peanut butter bomb - was crazy delicious!)
I think if you are a vegan, then you would probably enjoy GreenFare. We are not, just wanted to try something different and the food tasted a bit radical from what we're used to. We love vegetables but veggies without salt, or any of the spices we're used to, was very different and it would take getting used to . but the servers were very nice and helpful. The place looks very quiet though for a Friday evening, so hope they do ok business wise.
Great food for those of us who are health-conscious and aware of our impact on the environment. Surprised that they don't offer gluten-free options for bread or pasta.
Food and service was fantastic! Definitely in line with those living and seeking a healthy lifestyle!
The food was good and the service was fine. There was only one person working the front and a number of people came in to pick up orders so service was a little slow but fine. The server was apologetic and was very pleasant.
We will eat there again.
Always excellent food with good portions at a reasonable price. I love eating here and introducing the restaurant to friends!
It is the go-to place for plant-based food in the DMV. My wife and I are on somewhat restricted diets and were able to find lots of delicious choices. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The tamale pie and lasagne were outstanding, and the key lime pie (made with only date sugar) was to die for.
Exceptional food and dining experience. Plan to take your time during your visit. Food can take a while to prepare and, of course, take your time to savor it.
Excellent spot for healthy vegan meals. The ingredients are all organic and high quality. The meals are creative and delicious. This place also has its ethics in order. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Great healthy food and our server was so wonderful!!
Went for my BFs Birthday. Food was amazing, service was great and the candle on the desert was a nice touch.
GreenFare was the tastiest vegan dining experience I’ve ever had, and I loved that I came away guilt free even with appetizers and dessert! Also, they pay all of their staff (who were friendly and knowledgeable) a living wage. Ethical food is important to me, and the dining experience was five star! I’ll be back.
Great place, but so far for us to travel. Wish there was one closer. Please open one in Columbia, Maryland.
Healthy yes, service yes
Price, absolutely ridiculous
Wonderful inviting place for a Mother’s Day meal. The patrons explain the menu carefully at each step. It was delicious and healthy and fun
Went for lunch. The food was good but I thought it was expensive. $16 for an entree. One menu.
I’ve been to many vegan restaurants before and I knew that GreenFare will be a different experience due to not adding salt or oil in cooking and no processed foods. However, that doesn’t excuse the lack of seasoning and texture in the food. I ordered the risotto and felt like I was eating bland mush. The potatoe and kale and Alfredo was better but still lacked flavor. The ginger bowl was ok. The best thing we had was the sweet potato lasagna. The mission of the restaurant is great and the service was good but being an organic vegan spot doesn’t mean lack of flavor and textures. The menu needs some help but the restaurant has a lot of potential.
Always love it here
GreenFare is an excellent choice for Vegans/Vegetarians, actually there are not many restaurants in this area that are Vegan only. Portion sizes are large (enough for two people) and there are Gluten Free options. The atmosphere is casual and the service was excellent and friendly.
Outstanding meals. Forget the fact that it is vegan, just enjoy!
I've tried many dishes and haven't had one yet that I haven't liked...or loved!
Always a GREAT place. Gwynn and her team do plant based right!!!! They host many events as well. Give them a try... you will go back.
The food is excellent with great service.
Love this restaurant! Amazing combination of healthy (no added oils, salt or sugar) AND delicious plant based food. Things are labeled for allergies which is helpful as well. Great desserts too! Informal atmosphere that can be both casual or nice for a special occasion or date night (I’ve done all of the above there). Friendly and knowledgeable service also!
Amazing food, great choices and great service too-
Healthy food can taste good when it is prepared well and when done creatively. This restaurant focuses on being "only one of 6 certified organic in the country", not on taste. Add to it that the place was downright cold - I had to eat my lunch without taking the winter coat off. The waitress was wearing her down puffer as well. All in all, not a great experience. They told me that you should eat this stuff for 3 weeks to completely re-train your taste buds and start craving it. To me, it is not about not eating animal proteins, it is about the taste - having salt, pepper and hot sauce on the table so customers can make their food more palatable themselves is not really a solution - more of a deonstration of a problem. Any good restaurant would not have that on the table, so you can experience the food the way chef designed it. Here it is: put more salt on it, maybe it will seem better.
This was our first visit to GreenFare, the food was delicious, the staff was friendly. I drive over an hour to try the food and it was well worth the visit. There aren’t enough restaurants that serve true whole food plant based options. My only complaint would be the additional add on’s to the meal for $3 each dish, I thought there would have been more mushrooms in my dish and tofu for my husbands.
Quaint, clean dining area, featuring a delicious assortment of appetizers that is no processed sugars, no added salt and no oil. Personable and prompt service, too. We'll be returning for lunch soon!
If you are a Nutritarian (like we are) or anyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle, this restaurant will show you that you don't have to limit the taste of food in your life. There is no better restaurant for healthy eating in the Washington DC area. Other vegan restaurants do not hesitate to add salt, sugar or oil to the food. The food here is outstanding.
Nice desserts! Overall a bit pricey and slow service, but very tasty. No other choices like it around!
The staff was excellent. Friendly, helpful and interested in helping us enjoy our meal. Presentation was fine- they obviously put work into plating and that was appreciated. However, the food was just not good at all and I usually will try to finish all my food or take things home to "fix" at home. There was a lot of fixing needed for everything I ordered. I'm vegan and cook with organic produce The mushroom risotto- inedible even with hot sauce; the bean loaf with fall veggies- edible but not very flavorful but probably better than the others; the last dish I don't recall what it was called (might have been the lasagna) but it wasn't good either. Red bean lava cake was decent but the carrot cake was not that good either.
Again, really loved the people and the concept but execution lacked enough for me to want to eat there again
I loved the warm and peaceful atmosphere within the cafe. I enjoyed the lasagna and it was so rich in flavor. I am no experimenting with vegan recipes at home!
I adored this place. My son and I were in Herndon for a Science Olympiad. The owner was there, engaged, and passionate about what they do, and they do it extremely well. We are not vegan, but we had the vegan lasagna and fettucini options and were delighted. The desserts were phenomenal. W e shall return.
My favorite and only one Vegan Restaurant. I can't image another place like this. It is probably the only one. No salt added not fat and wholefood, Oh My God It's what I do every day at home; then being at Greenfare Cafe is like being at home.
A very nice restaurant with a quiet atmosphere. I would definitely visit this restaurant again. The food selection was great also.
Nice atmosphere. The menu is derived from local, seasonal vegan food made out of whole unprocessed plant foods. No added oil. No added sugar. Fresh and refreshing.
Good concept, well executed.
When I go to vegan places as a non-vegan I get tired of faux dishes that don’t come close. GreenFare doesn’t provide pretend anything, it provides vegan dishes that are made to order and, from my experience, delightful. We had the Thai quinoa & the black bean, sweet potato enchilada, both were excellent.
Will definitely visit again.
Wonderful vegan food. Healthy, delicious and generous portions. Loved our Lunch experience
This is a weekly mainstay for us. They are the epitome of a vegan restaurant. Their dishes are cooked to order, so the wait may be slightly longer, but well worth it. If you want true, delicious vegan, this is your place.