Vegetable Butcher

4.3
241 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
As the name implies, Vegetable Butcher combines locally sourced, premium meats and sustainable seafood, with the bounty from North County area farmer’s markets, offering vegan and vegetarian residents and visitors fresh, ethnically diverse cuisine with a playful twist!
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BN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool space, great service, everything we ordered was excellent. Would definitely return and try more.

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r
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun! Great celebration for my sons birthday. Great food and atmosphere!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Focus on flavor and fresh, seasonal.

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M
London
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty and very expensive. Tiny portions better suited to a tapas bar than a traditional restaurant. The service was attentive but it took ages to get our drinks. They only do beer, wine and wine-based cocktails. My friend tried one of these and it was...OK but odd; nothing that she'd have again.

A shared starter, two mains and drinks came to over $80. Considering how small the portions are, I consider that very expensive. Like I mentioned, the food is very good but a poor value for what you get.

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GF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ALWAYS Excellent! VB is my go to for new guests in town, old guests in town, friends, family and ALL of my GF posse. There is just no place better to dine on absolute deliciousness! Enjoy and you are welcome!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our time at Vegetable Butcher! We were out for a ladies night and chatted easily over a glass of wine. The environment is sleek yet casual and not too noisy. Service was gracious and so flexible about necessary dietary restrictions. I even messed up my order for a taco and they fixed it IMMEDIATELY! So wonderful. The shishito frito is to die for and all the other dishes we had were flavorful and dynamic. Would highly recommend for a date night or celebratory function. Thanks Vegetable Butcher!

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! The service is too! Easy to make reservations! I recommend that you do!

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall experience was ok. Service was excellent but food quality was average. Wine by the glass selections limited. Expensive meal for what we got. The Coho salmon was good but the vegetables were barely warm (dried kale and brussle sprouts should be piping hot). Food was delivered from kitchen too quickly and sides tasted as though they had been around a while and not right off the grille/pan. Atmosphere was ok, but very light attendance making it feel like this isn’t the happening place anymore. Definitely a drop from when they first opened and owners were there all the time. Better place for lunch and not dinner.

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GT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Kitchen pushed out our entree and salad before the appetizer. Manager took off the appetizer. Wait staff was not very attentive. Have been here several times and prior experience was great, this one, not so much.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The menu looked so appetizing and inventive but I felt the plates lacked something and the flavors did not mesh well. The ribeye entree was overpowered by the jalapeño butter and chimichurri sauce. The tacos were dry and meh. Cocktails were ok but nothing too special. I had high hopes but the food fell short.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

mahi mahi with salad and chicken and black bean enchilada were both delicious

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AC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Claims to be vegetarian friendly. Choices were minimal. Not impressed with the food or service.

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h
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The house (casa) salad with added grilled chicken was fabulous! We also enjoyed the shishito peppers with fried kale appetizer. The enchilada and red bean bowl dishes were less interesting. It was sadly quiet in a Monday. Nice wine and cocktail options.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was overpriced and lacked flavor. They made a mistake with one order. One meal was a bowl of beans with 1 corn tortilla and part of an avocado for over $15! Very unimpressed and underwhelmed. Will not recommend or return.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant ambiance, interesting and different menu, good food,(spicy black bean soup was delicious), and service was good. Worth checking it out.

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GF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

LOVE this place. They do an excellent job with Gluten Free. Every single morsel is delicious!!
We ate at the bar and our server was a great guy. Good wine and drinks too!
The Chocolate Beet Cake was off the rails, we got a little side of ice cream with it. AMAZING!

My favorite place to take guests!

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Service was average. 1 app was brought out with meals, 2d app was brought out at the end of our meal. That app-queso-was very good though!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third visit, food is getting better! Great service.

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CO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A group of us went to celebrate the birthday of our vegan daughter. Our server was very nice--patient, helpful, attentive. The menu was kind of disappointing. A strange mix of vegetarian mexican food and pricey meat/seafood options. The vegetarian dishes were quite spicy--I find often vegan foods are over spiced like this, as chef's seem to think we need more spice to make up for the lack of meat. The salmon was tasty. The desserts good and we appreciated that there were vegan options.

Overall, the restaurant name is deceptive--I expected more creative and a larger variety of vegetable options. I feel like we could have gone to Bliss and gotten the same quality and more selection--though of course not as nice an ambiance.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting this restaurant. Had the Shishito appetizer and the Casa Salad. Both were good portions and delicious.
The staff was attentive and friendly.
Open concept dining. We ate an early dinner and it was quiet but i can see with a full house how it could be loud.
I will return.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were a party of 4. They only had 4 tables of customers when we walked in. We ordered appetizers and drinks, the appetizers were delicious. Then we ordered our main meals. 2 out of 4 meals came out together. A while later the 3rd meal came out and then a while after that my meal came out. They did compensate me by making a third taco and apologized for my meal taking so long. But, if my party had eaten their meals instead of waiting they would have finished their meals before mine came out. The food here is good but very expensive.

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4
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I guess the main takeaway is don't go on a Monday evening, that must be when they trot out the new waitstaff. We had a normal meal, some restaurant month items (many of which were 86'd according to our "server" ( I use the word here but service is NOT what happened) and it took 2 1/4 hours . with a nearly empty house. Couldn't remember our bar orders. never saw him after the first course--except from a distance. Just hard to recommend, even though the food itself is not bad at all--just don't expect consistent service.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a couple thing, but minor. Food was great chef very interested.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We attended for restaurant month and ate off of the special menu. Quality, well seasoned food expertly prepared and seasoned to really bring out the flavors of each dish. Best to make reservations or eat at the counter/bar. Been here twice, recommended for different dining that is good for everyone.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great, haven't had a bad experience yet. One of my favorite places. I find a new favorite dish every time I go.

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j
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite SLO restaurant. Outstanding, unique food and terrific service. Plus, the price is right.

First time to tamale Tuesday and tried both, delicious!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice now and am surprised everytime how tasty each dish is.

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a
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The cocktails were creative and tasted great. The food was outstanding. I asked our server for recommendations. Will definitely go back. Everything was fresh and flavorful.

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SB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was unique (in a good way) but service was a bit off

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

Kitchen was a little backed up so we waited quite some time for our dinner. 7 people, made reservations ahead of time. They did apologize for the kitchen being behind and brought out some steak skewers to tide us over. The conversation and company really made things okay and when the food did come it was incredible. Totally worth the wait. We'll be back.

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DM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tacos and blt salad. Good wine pairing suggested. We will return!

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NR
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

There were some really tasty items here. And I think that they are playing to a certain (vegetarian/vegan friendly) mindset with their menu, so for that it is a great option relative to other places in town. But other items were pretty mixed, and may have tasted okay, but were not executed quite as well as might have been. Some triumph of concept over the fundamentals of cooking well in certain cases. There is room to improve, and I hope that they keep making steps in that direction! Their wine/beer list was pretty well-chosen to compliment the foods.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was Christmas Eve family dinner. When we arrived the restaurant was closed. We should have been notified. I will never go back to the restaurant or have any kind words to say about it

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm vegan and my husband is vegetarian, so we were thrilled to find a restaurant with inventive options for both of us. The quality of the food was excellent, and our server was very helpful without being a pest.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch with fresh satisfying and healthy options for everyone

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E
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife is a vegan, and is always looking for options on new places and new ideas on cuisine. The Vegetable Butcher had it all. It was a great meal and very delicious. We will be back.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We shared the tempura kale and each had one taco. I had the vegan of the moment and it was all so good. We will be back soon.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meals were amazing! Creative and unusual flavors made for pleasing experience. Amazing value for the superb quality. Service wonderful and very accommodating!

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TV
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan and gluten free options! Friendly knowledgeable wait staff!

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MM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and delicious menu choices. Can’t wait to revisit it!

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