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Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

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1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612-3207
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10:00 am - 8:00 am
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Good Food, Reasonable Prices

I describe myself as a "crypto-vegetarian," as the only meat I eat is poultry. But I tend to eat vegetarian most of the time, and I'm always pleased to go to the Golden Lotus. I recently introduced a friend from SF to the restaurant. I ordered one of my favorite dishes--the fresh spring rolls... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
Judith D
Berkeley, California
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  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I describe myself as a "crypto-vegetarian," as the only meat I eat is poultry. But I tend to eat vegetarian most of the time, and I'm always pleased to go to the Golden Lotus. I recently introduced a friend from SF to the restaurant. I ordered one of my favorite dishes--the fresh spring rolls. Along with it, I had the... More 

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Alamo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I went to Golden Lotus with a group of friends we order 1 item each and shared. What I noticed on the menu is that nothing seems to be Organic produce, it never mentions that they are using Organic, guess the price reflects that, plus the majority of items have Soy Tofu, from stir fried to deep fried tofu everything,... More 

Thank coodhi
Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

You cannot go wrong with any of the dishes - all are executed to perfection, fresh, wholesome ingredients, dessert should not be overlooked.

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Bir, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We have enjoyed hundreds of meals at Golden Lotus since 2001, and it continues to please. The menu is diverse enough to have something for almost everyone, including some of the best faux-meat specials one can find as well as plenty of dishes with fresh, steamed, or stir-fried veggies. Brown rice is available. Most of our favorites are listed under... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

This spot is so special. I always stop at least once when in Oakland. You order your meal AS IF it were fish, chicken or beef ( it isn't) and the dish arrives with the texture of your desire and fabulous flavor. Fresh fresh fresh veggies and lots a beautiful greens. They've added a scrumptious kale drink to the menu.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Great Asian vegan place in Oakland, extensive menu with lots of fake meat courses as well as healthy salads and gently cooked vegetable dishes. Reasonable prices, generous portions & quick service. Can't recommend this place enough!

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Bay Area, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Golden Lotus is a vegetarian restaurant, but one doesn't have to be vegetarian to enjoy it. I am a vegetarian, but every omnivore/carnivore I've brought to Golden Lotus has fallen in love (or respect) with it. In a word, it's quality, flavor, and execution in one. Golden Lotus is principally a vegetarian version of a Vietnamese restaurant, though it does... More 

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Orlando, FL, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

While in Oakland for a teachers' conference at the nearby convention center (2 or 3 blocks away only), I stumbled upon this place. Wow, WHAT A FIND! The food is Chinese/Vietnamese vegetarian, including the fake meat (made of gluten, I think). Excellent, excellent, excellent! I had the claypot with eggplant, yum! My friend, who is one of the pickiest eaters... More 

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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

Everything tastes the same, regardless if curry or otherwise. Pricey when you consider all you get is tofu, $90 including tip, for 4 dishes, soup and potstickers. Potstickers were awful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

that's some tasty veggie!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612-3207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-893-0383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Large groups


Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?