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Garden Fresh Vegetarian Restaurant

1245 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
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Ranked #40 of 294 restaurants in Mountain View
Cuisines: Chinese, Vegetarian
Most recent review
- May 16, 2014
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77% Recommend
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Santa Clara, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Ok...they have awards for the last 6 years...they have been around for 20...this should be enough... Not a fancy place...but the food makes up for it! Yum! The beef with broccoli is great! Broccoli is al dente and the shiitake mushroom " beef" has a great texture and flavor. It was crisp on the outside. The Kung Pao chicken is... More

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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi's words welcome me, as I enter the restaurant....." Eating flesh is unsuited for our species. The life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork".......I gaze at these words for sometime, also go through the words of other Great Thinkers, who lay importance... More

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Silicon Valley, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great staff, delicious vegetarian food in a funky casual setting. No alcohol served at this location, but wine and beer are served at the Palo Alto Garden Fresh.

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Mountain View, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

I thought this vegan Chinese restaurant had really good food, it was nice to find a place that can prepare tasty and creative vegan dishes. I had the spring rolls, the veggie moo shoo, hot and sour soup and the Singapore style rice noodles. Everything was good but the moo shoo was quite plain I wouldn't order that again. We... More

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134 reviews 134 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

I felt that the food was quite tasteless. In their bid to create vegetarian fish, etc., I think they totally went awry. Also, they hashed up the straight forward vegetarian stuff (like wantons and dumplings being undercooked, soup tasting horrible, etc). I had the spinach wonton soup, the spinach tasted stale. All in all, I wouldnt touch this place with... More

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Palo Alto, California
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523 reviews 523 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Okay, I get it. I had the vegetarian duck and I get it. It's long been my theory that this place has such great reviews because meat-eaters come here and they're surprised at not being totally revolted by the fake meat. Well, I'm a vegetarian and I was absolutely stunned at how real and delicious the fake meat was... It... More

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mountain view, ca
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10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

True, most of the food here revolves around industrial grade Taiwanese pre-made tofu and tvp meat analogs, but they do create fast and simple meals that always hit the spot. Don't expect much creativity or pristine ingredients, it's just a nice place for a quick vegan meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I went with a group of friends and we ordered a few dishes to share. My two favorite dishes were the vegetarian duck and the vegetarian orange chicken. I became vegetarian less than 1 year ago and my experience at this restaurant was great. The textures, flavors, and aspect of these fake meats (made mostly of shiitake mushrooms) really fooled... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I went to this restaurant during a trip in the San Jose area and I really enjoyed the food. One of the best vegan restaurants I have ever ate at! The service was also good and I would recommend anyone to try this place. We had several dishes and each one was very good!

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Mountain View, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

Garden Fresh has been one of my favorite restaurants since the 1990s. I became a little disenchanted with the restaurant when it changed owners in the early 2000s because I felt the quality dropped off some. Since then, I think the quality has improved, although it's been accompanied by higher prices and fewer freebies. For example, back in the old... More

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