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Gaia's Garden

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International, Vegetarian, Vegan
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1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401-3628
+1 707-544-2491
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: International plant-based buffet, vegan-friendly, gluten-free options. Full...
International plant-based buffet, vegan-friendly, gluten-free options. Full buffet or smaller plate options. Sandwiches to order: portabella burger, banh mi, grilled cheese and spring rolls. Sunday brunch platter available in addition to the buffet. Live music, literary salon and open mic, vocal open mic, art, community events.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Low key delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurant, plenty of yummy options

We stopped here on our way to Safari West (fabulous place btw!), and had a great meal. Everything was fresh, really tasty, with plenty of options for our little group. The staff was very helpful working our way around the menu and very welcoming. I wish this restaurant had a sibbling closer to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
flyingcub
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San Francisco
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San Jose, California
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Well I've been a vegan for 2 years now so I was petty exstatic about eating at my first vegan buffet. However, I was slightly dissapointed. The restuarant itself is cute and big enough for a lunch time rush, but for a buffet, they didn't have a lot of food options. I do a lot of vegan cooking and thought... More 

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San Francisco
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We stopped here on our way to Safari West (fabulous place btw!), and had a great meal. Everything was fresh, really tasty, with plenty of options for our little group. The staff was very helpful working our way around the menu and very welcoming. I wish this restaurant had a sibbling closer to the Bay area!

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Thank flyingcub
Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

We were visiting the area and did a search for vegan restaurants in Santa Rosa and were surprised by the lack of choices. We settled on Gaia's based on trip advisor reviews and went in with an open mind. The atmosphere is simple but clean and the salad bar was acceptable. 6 of the 15 topping "choices" were holders for... More 

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Thank Peter D
Bend, Oregon
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Gaia’s Garden is a plant based casual restaurant that is sure to please anyone, but it will delight the vegetarian/vegan eaters. The outdoor seating is very much a garden atmosphere with lots of greenery and tables along a quiet side street. Inside there are booths and tables with great artwork and on my visit, it was Jazz Jam with talented... More 

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Thank 2Vegans2wheels
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I love this little bistro. The food is always very fresh and well presented. There are more selections available at dinner than lunch, and one of my favorite items, the cheesy potatoes, are only served evenings. I love the pea soup Dahl (crave it, actually) and Meyer lemon tapioca when they have it. The salad dressings are imaginative and delicious,... More 

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Thank Powerful_Katrinka
Sebastopol, California
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A nice, affordable, friendly and comfortable place for lunch or dinner - with vegan options and lots of condiments. The salad bar and vegetarian buffet are always tasty with organic local produce when possible and reliably delicious! Sometimes they have live music by locals and right next door is the best co-op market in Santa Rosa.

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Thank Lovejoy2012
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Gaia's Garden is a buffet style restaurant with various dining options. - Salad bar only, salad and soup bar, blue plate special....All at very reasonable price. The variety of food is good and everything we tried was absolutely delicious. This is definitely one place to return to.

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Thank Sue D
Calistoga, California
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This was my husband's first experience with vegan food and he was pleasantly surprised at how tasty and fresh the buffet was. We were attending a Dining with Author's night (he was a presenter) which we highly recommend. They offer live music nights as well. The wine and beer selection is decent and the staff is friendly and accomodating. The... More 

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Thank LynnBoCA
Detroit, Michigan
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I visited the restaurant twice on my trip, once for dinner, once for lunch. At dinner, there was a musical duo playing that was relaxing and entertaining. The food tends toward the Indian, which is great for me! I might have enjoyed a few more options of main course sauces, but the quality was high and the food was very... More 

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Thank jdetroit13
Petaluma
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This buffet has a broad array of choices, with something for everyone. I am able to bring my non vegetarian friends, and they are always amazed and pleased. Their salad bar has the largest array of condiments I have ever seen (even five vinegars) including a specialty I have never had anywhere else: a diced raw gingerjalapeño combination that I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401-3628
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Santa Rosa
  • Phone Number: +1 707-544-2491

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 15
  • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

International plant-based buffet, vegan-friendly, gluten-free options. Full buffet or smaller plate options. Sandwiches to order: portabella burger, banh mi, grilled cheese and spring rolls. Sunday brunch platter available in addition to the buffet. Live music, literary salon and open mic, vocal open mic, art, community events.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?