Sage Vegan Bistro - Pasadena

4.5
156 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
We are organic, sustainable, plant-based food without the pretense. We are the place where you can bring your date at night and your momma in the morning.
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CS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and nice service!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far easier to get a table at this location vs echo park.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Customer service was very poor. I worked in the restaurant industry for many years & have an idea of what “good” service is & it was nothing close of that. The younger adults working the front & even serving lack respect & seem to do whatever they please.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It's food is very healthy and it's taste is delicious.

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IH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A real treat was Sage Vegan Bistro suggested by my good foodie friend. An all vegan menu with a diverse selection of flavors and cuisines, the restaurant has locations in Pasadena, Culver City and Echo Park. Pictured is: Jackfruit Stuffed Avocados, Mediterranean Salad, Mole Bowl, Mac n Cheese Pizza, BBQ Pizza, Pasta Pesto and Greens Bowl, Cauliflower ‘Wings’ and the Brownie Sundae for dessert (served with chocolate, strawberry and coconut ice cream). To drink, I had a mock tail with essential oil, my friends had margaritas and a beer. There was so much more on the menu that we were dreaming to try! Previously, I’ve been to the location in Echo Park which has a happening atmosphere for smaller groups but the Pasadena location was more suited for a communal familial vibe, perfect for my friends on a Friday night! 🌱🥑🌮🥙🍕

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Thought the good was awesome!

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fact we were able to bring our dog. Food was fresh and tasty

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CS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service is horrible. Waiter was literally throwing dishes on the table and not being friendly. Seemed overwhelmed overworked rushed
Expensive but somewhat tasty.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This was a chance for the restaurant to shine. Instead they made us wait for quiet a while for our first course then proceeded to dump all of our food in the table at once. It didn’t really matter that much because most if it was poorly conceived and exacuted. Would never go back for the place is run like a playground without any obvious experienced supervision. I eat mostly vegan but if this is what I should expect from a small chain I would prefer to eat at home.

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P
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sage is fantastic, the brownies Sunday is the perfect end to a wonderful meal!

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EK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Berlin was our server. She's the morning supervisor. She greeted us, got us a table, and then helped us figure out some new things to try. Every single question we had; she had an answer for. She was able to walk me through better options or configurations of dishes that accommodated my gluten free need. I was able to get the gf bagel instead of having the tofu scramble put into a wrap. They laid out everything beautifully in a bowl and then added a nice bagel on the side with the rice and beans. I loved it! We spent 3-1/2 hours sitting and talking. The servers never once made us feel like we needed to move on. Everyone kept refilling our waters and checking on us. It was another fabulous experience.

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ate at Sage this weekend and absolutely loved it. We ordered the loaded nachos, goatless Greek salad, and eggplant artichoke parmesan pizza. All of the food was very flavorful and came in pretty large servings. Our server Val was extremely helpful as well. I will definitely be coming back to Sage!

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EK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve only had breakfast one time here. And my sweet potato pancakes were sensational! This was my first time having dinner here. The atmosphere invites you into a place of relaxation and connecting. The food was exceptional! Our server was fabulous! I am allergic to garlic and cannot tolerate spicy foods. Our server was amazing in helping navigate the menu so I could try just the right entrée! I ended up ordering the baked mac & cheese… Which was phenomenal! I also altered the tuna wrap to make it taco style so that I was able to thoroughly enjoy it. I cannot wait to come and try something else and get dessert next time!

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RT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, everything was excellent. Beautiful atmosphere, great service and amazing food. I will definitely be returning soon.

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AK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oops!!! The lion ventured into the grazers' den … What an unlikely scenario, but turns out, it was not a bad experience for me, the carnivore, to get lost in this vegan/vegetarian place.

The inviting inside is cozy and makes you want to sit down immediately. Only negative about that was the cold from the opening door … The service (after a delay) was prompt but appeared disengaged.

There was the option of the dineL.A. fixed dinner menu for 29$. However, I chose to go a la carte. The food was very creative, beautifully presented, fresh, and offered a full and round flavor. Eliote (grilled corn with garlic, chili, parmesan and cilantro), Jackfruit-Stuffed Avocado, a Goatless Greek Salad, a Miso Rainbow Bowl, a Cali Avocado Burger, and a Caprese Flatbread made a wonderful combination of items and offered plenty of delicious food, such that amazingly enough there was no need for meat !!!

What I found way to ve(g)ligious was the drinks. Okay there are several exotic beers which I skipped due to call duty. The choice of non-alcoholic drinks is pathetic!! Kombucha – yikes ... I always thought that a coke or sprite are also plant-based …???

(Originally posted by me on yelp)

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sage is excellent. The food is always really good. I think it’s a little too expensive compared to similar restaurants but we go there often anyway. On our most recent visit the service was very friendly but a little slow and we found ourselves waiting for fifteen minutes trying to get the check.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pasadena location is a wonderful environment. We came on a cold night. Inside was too warm. Food was great and the service as well. I will try the Echo Park location next.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful setting and friendly servers. We weren't totally satisfied with the food.

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K
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Sage was a great find! There were 3 adults and a 5-yr-old and everything was delicious! it was loud but it was a Saturday evening!

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FL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious, and they were able to accommodate our party's varying dietary concerns with no problem. Our waiter on New Year's Eve was wonderful, although in general I find the service to be lackluster. Hostess in particular was not very welcoming or festive for a special night. Nice atmosphere (although we had a very loud baby in the room while we ate, that wasn't the restaurant's fault). Great option for vegans & vegetarians in Pasadena.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great food. Don’t bother with the chocolate brownie though!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting up with old friends

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AV
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

It was so loud i couldn't hear one word anybody said even shouting at each other.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Can’t believe that my partner and I haven’t been here yet!! Amazing for folks interested in plant based comfort foods (“hot wings” were AMAZING!)

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DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance of Sage! The food is beautifully presented and tastes even better. Good menu with great variety. We especially enjoyed the music when we were there!

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VQ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant with a creative, delicious menu. Will definitely return, it's such a lovely place (and the servers were wonderful too).

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GD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family adores the menu and ambiance at Sage. For the meat eaters, the menu offers well flavored and creative options that well satisfy. This place is a crowd pleasing fave. We always receive great customer support too.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my girlfriend out for her birthday and we were VERY impressed with this restaurant. Though we are not strictly vegan, we were intrigued and decided to give Sage a try. Their cauliflower 'wings' and nachos were exactly what we were craving and I would go back again for those alone. Sadly, their Brussels sprouts weren't anything special and my girlfriend would have preferred them to be cooked longer as they were still somewhat crunchy.

She had the butternut squash ravioli and I had the eggplant arrabiata. Her ravioli was to die for, perfect in every way. I kept picking at the kale on her plate just because the pesto was that good. The eggplant was also very good and mild, which was slightly disappointing for arrabiata but not bad. The ravioli was a much better dish though and I would highly recommend that.

We had two servers who switched halfway, and when they were informed that the birthday girl was at the table they accommodated with gusto (and ice cream) . Overall we were impressed and would go back again in a heartbeat.

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j
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Not inexpensive bordering on over-priced

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My reservation was for 1030am. I quickly ordered my meal. At 1115am, after my waiter checked on my meal twice, he came back to say that the kitchen was no longer making breakfast. Would I like something else. When I pointed out that I ordered nearly 45min ago I was told the kitchen stops cooking brea

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EF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

While the food here is pretty good, the experience of the dining room was not. A door to the patio seating area was continually left ajar, resulting in constant blasts of cold air through the restaurant. When we asked to be reseated due to the cold, we were moved even more directly into the path of the breeze. Ironically, the refrigeration system was also broken, meaning that no beers were available from the menu, leaving an alternative of a sober meal or a cocktail at double the cost. Seems there are some kinks to be worked out at this location.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing plant based cuisine. Great flavors, great service, fun cocktails

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! I will definitely be returning! Highly recommend!

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SC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Always great vegan food, can’t get enough
Lunch, dinner or even just a great desert this is one of my favorites

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HH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was expecting a nice dinner with pretty good food. What I got was an AMAZING dinner with fantastic food. The service was top notch. The menu selection was remarkable; there was something to appeal no matter what you might be in the mood for. I would recommend Sage to all but the most narrow minded meat eaters.

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TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love Sage. I was disappointed the brunch menu is very limited. Plus they were out of many of the choices we wanted.
I'd recommend dinner.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We made and got email confirmation of our reservation at 5:45. When we showed up at 5:45 we were told it had been changed to 5:00....what! We did not do that as our conference ended at 5 pm. They said they would check what was available for us. Then preceded to usher us to a cramped small table with a nice comfortable booth sitting empty. We asked to move to it and were told it was reserved for a party a 6:30. They told us if another booth opened up they would move us to it. Needless to say the “reservation” never showed up and the booth remained empty the whole time. Even when other booths came available no one made good on the promise to relocate us. The food was OK. My eggplant was burned and was replaced. My wife had that butternut squash ravioli and it had way to much oil for. They comped our cauliflower wing which were really good. I recommend those. The waiter we had was really nice. To bad he did not run the whole place!

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food options were great. The Buffalo califlower was excellent. Friendly staff and great ambiance and overall vibe. Tables were a little too close to other patrons though so it made you feel like you were eavesdropping on others conversations. Other than that - excellent!

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit too loud and too warm inside.
Fun place to meet new people

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VW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so good! Everything couldn’t be better! Amazing service, ambience and the food! Unique and fun beverages too. Great location. We will be back!

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