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Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens

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558 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Formerly Origins Cafe)
607-437-2862
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 8
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  • 2
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  • 1
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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
    5 of 5 stars
You'll think you're in SoCal!

This place is certainly unique and after visiting Carefree Gardens and having a late lunch at the cafe, I understand why it has such a high rating. You'll dine among hundreds of plants, have tasty and creatively prepared food at reasonable prices, and enjoy terrific, friendly, and polite service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This place is certainly unique and after visiting Carefree Gardens and having a late lunch at the cafe, I understand why it has such a high rating. You'll dine among hundreds of plants, have tasty and creatively prepared food at reasonable prices, and enjoy terrific, friendly, and polite service. As we dined, we both agreed that Origins Cafe reminded us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Dana and Kristin provide wonderful healthy food in a lovely garden setting. The food is from local, sustainable farms and organic when possible. They just keep getting better every visit.

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Cherry Valley, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

The setting of this cafe is the very best part of it. Being in Carefree Gardens reminds me of being in Mexico. The plants are very lush and beautiful. The food is vegetarian - health food oriented. The service can be spotty and slow.

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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

nice setting in part of the green house, this is a family that is dedicated to community. thier weekly dinners on Wendsday is a donation request 3 courses, byob, live performance also from local artists

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Cooperstown, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This used to be a local secret! But more & more word if it's unique & excellent cuisine has spread. The food is amazing, entertainment is wonderful & the atmosphere (a gorgeous greenhouse) is sooo welcoming. Combine all this with the lively & lovely sister team who create these feasts using local ingredients - you cannot go wrong with a... More 

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Northport, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I would have loved to try this place when we were up in Cooperstown for a long weekend, but they close at 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays (and our schedule didn't allow us to eat before 5), which seems a bit odd. So my review is for their weird hours (open for dinner on Wednesdays, but not on weekends... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Origins Cafe always delivers on taste, service and overall great atmosphere. We try to frequent the Cafe as often as possible during their season. The food is always fresh, healthy and delicious. The staff is friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is relaxing.

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Enfield, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had reservations for the 7PM Harvest Dinner held on Wednesday nights thru the Summer and Fall. What an amazing experience! The greenhouse setting is out of the ordinary, with a fountain, greenery, flowering plants, and live jazz music (great musicians in the SRMT Quartet, plus female vocalist). The place was filled to the gills, and had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We tried eating here twice before and it was closed to cater other events. Having eaten at some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the world, I would say that the food at Origins Cafe is a welcome oasis for the culinary desert known as Cooperstown. The outside greenhouse replete with exotic fruit trees is wonderful. The Spanokopita with mixed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

When you visit Cooperstown, drive slightly out of the village past the Clark Sports Center to Carefree Gardens on Beaver Meadow Road where the family runs not only a superb greenhouse nursery, but they with two wonderful daughters and friends offer some of the best healthy, delicious, and nutritious food anywhere. The best thing is eating in the lovely solarium... More 

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Additional Information about Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens

Address: 558 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Formerly Origins Cafe)
Phone Number: 607-437-2862
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Cooperstown
Average Prices: USD 7 - 11
Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian, Healthy

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 558 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Formerly Origins Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Cooperstown
  • Phone Number: 607-437-2862

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 11
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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