Laughing Seed Cafe

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$30 and under
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Vegetarian

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Laughing Seed Cafe is located in Asheville, North Carolina and provides a vegetarian menu with an international flair. The food at Laughing Seed Cafe is organic, local and farm-to-table in order to ensure the freshest and healthiest food comes out of the kitchen. The dining area is bright and vibrant and includes an outdoor patio to enjoy your meal in the open air.
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EM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting. Everyone was friendly. Arrived a few minutes early of reservation. Seated right away. Service spot on and timely. Appetizer to main meal timed well. Delicious meal as we tried 5 different items. Recommend highly.

JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan and vegetarian food! Cocktails were yummy too. Maybe a tad pricey, but I think it’s worth it!

SJ
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! So nice to have such an appetizing selection. Can’t wait to return for another meal.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved! It was my Mom’s first tempeh experience and she said the Reuben was one of the best she has had.

Only comments:
would recommend the windows be washed as it was difficult to see out onto street and all there was to see out there!

Did take a bit to flag down server to ask for something after plates were served.

Would def go back again!

DK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for a birthday celebration and enjoyed a great selection of locally sourced, vegan options.We loved the atmosphere, the food, and the portion size. What a great spot in Downtown Asheville. We'll definitely be back!

PS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always make a point to eat here when I come to Asheville. Great food! Great service. Love the kombucha on tap, the cookies too.

PR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I am a vegetarian , but all the dishes I ordered had a replicated flavor of meat in them. I did not enjoy the taste, sorry about that.

SG
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was mostly great except the coffee was lukewarm and two of the four brunch meals were not very hot either.

O
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for vegan and vegetarian meals offering a variety of choices on the menu. Quiet atmosphere as the crowds ebbed and flowed throughout the night.

RG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place! Friendly staff, great food, great location

GG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only one word comes to mind to describe our experience: PHENOMENAL! We have eaten at many places, in many locales, but Laughing Seed quickly made it up to one of our top, favorite restaurants.

KT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Reading other reviews, we were expecting really warm and welcoming service. Our server was polite and civil, but certainly no warmth or real friendliness to the service. Our jalapeño fries were absolutely delicious and our entrees were quite tasty. We shared a slice of carrot cake for dessert and it was so incredibly dry that it crumbled as soon as a fork was taken to it. It tasted as though it had been sitting around and had become quite stale. Considering we paid over $100 for 3 people, we were disappointed in this restaurant and will not be returning if we visit Asheville again.

WV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place- the specialty cocktails were amazing and our food was fresh and flavorful!! I am neither a vegan nor a vegetarian but went with my daughter, who is vegan, and loved everything we ate!!! Delicious

JK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my shepherds pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Side salad dressing was excellent.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very flavorful. Wife and I enjoyed our dishes. Daughter was disappointed that the pizza was made with wheat pita.

OT
Central Texas
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegetarian prep with outstanding flavors, presentation, many interesting selections, and unique spin. The birthday girl loved it! The meat-eater loved it, and the tofu with thai green curry plate tasted like southern fried chicken, lol. We wish this family-owned concept could be replicated with same authenticity and finesse elsewhere!

CG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Asheville for the weekend to explore as well as see a concert. Dinner on Sunday was SO good that we returned on Monday for another delicious meal at lunchtime.

I hailed the manager to let him know how absolutely awesome our meals were. Should we find ourselves in Asheville again, Laughing Seed is a must repeat!!!

Christie Murphy

d
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent variety of vegetarian dishes. Tasty and interesting!

j
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laughing Seed has been one of my favorites for years! My husband is gluten-free and dairy free, and there’s always plenty of choices for him here at this restaurant.

L
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Asheville!

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WW
Charlotte
65 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegetarian restaurant. I really enjoyed the cauliflower tacos. My wife, who is not a vegetarian, enjoyed the “burger”.

EC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding healthy food selections. Top rate service. Sat outside in a beautiful evening. Everything was just superb! Highly recommend.

j
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. It was creative and well spiced. I would definitely go back.

CK
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and atmosphere. We had the risotto, buffalo cauliflower tacos and a Pimento cheese sandwich with tempeh bacon. Everything was tasty and we will definitely be going back.

MT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I you are vegan or vegetarian, this is the place to go in Asheville, NC

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved all of the dairy free and gluten free options! Everything was delicious.

AN
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Great patio for very enjoyable dinner.

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salads. And the carrot cake is worth every calorie!!

AS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Good food but wait staff was overwhelmed and we asked for outside seating and there were 3 open tables but were told they were reserved; we also had reservations ...the open tables remained open . The kitchen got an order mixed up but then comped for it. I think it was an off night. I would go again

GC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. My daughter is newly a vegetarian,so we took her and some teen friends to the Laughing Seed for her birthday dinner. Everyone was pleased! The veggie chorizo was delicious in the tostado and enchilada. The drinks and fresh juices mixes were very tasty. Service was excellent. We will come back for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The food was absolutely incredible with great vegan options!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jalapeño fries made it all worth while!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! The menu is full of multi cultural offerings with a vegetarian twist. Our dishes were very flavorful with complex notes that became more apparent with each bite! The staff is warm, knowledgeable and eager to make your visit memorable.
A must in Asheville!

k
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

i'm not sure I'd recommend laughing seed, even though i eat here a lot. too many items are based on "fake meat" and it's really expensive. I know organic veggies cost more, but still, this much? I ordered a bowl of soup, and the bowl was half full at best. seemed like the same amount as in a cup, but its just in a bowl. some days service is good, other days it's poor. yesterday, our server seemed really apathetic about the quality of her service. maybe she'd had a bad day, or felt poorly. I understand that. but she would walk through the patio and obviously not check on her tables. Her lack of eye contact was noticeable. I ordered herbal iced tea and it too a long time to get it and I wasn't sure if i would get it. then i waited a long time for the waitress to notice me and gave her the "more tea please" gesture. So, for $3, I get 1.5 glasses of ice tea.

DT
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In hindsight we should have eaten outside, for a much more informal vibe. But food taste presentation and innovation all great.

V
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely and delicious meal here. We can see why Laughing Seed is the number one vegetarian restaurant in Asheville, and possibly, in North Carolina!

BM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great but waitress had the personality of a seed and it was not laughing.

OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable as always food value, portion size,

PT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned after a number of years and found the food to be just as good as we remembered!

DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I used open table to book reservation online for 3 at 815pm at 735pm I submitted my request.

when we got there the hostess said we did not have a reservation because we did it on too short of notice (why did web site allow it???). It was a busy night but she sat us to wait and forgot us and seated multiple parties before us. I had be assertive after 30 minutes to get a table knowing the L. SSeed was closing at 9pm . The waitress was helpful but then the menu choice was complicated by a long list of items no longer available in the kitchen. FOOD was okay and waitress very accomodating with the information.

but why accept a booking when it is too late??