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“Garden-meets-Table Healthy & Delicious” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Laughing Seed Cafe

Laughing Seed Cafe
40 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801-2710
828-252-3445
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Ranked #31 of 644 Restaurants in Asheville
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Asheville, North Carolina
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Garden-meets-Table Healthy & Delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The atmosphere is typical Asheville West-end, eclectic, homey and comfortable. anything BUT pretentious. Service is excellent, they really care about the restaurant, the food, and their customers, not in that order. Enjoy strolling outside through their garden where most if not all their produce is grown for your food. Then enjoy a wide variety fare of delicious food that is priced very reasonably and is what I consider mostly "Healthy-fare".

Visitors new to Asheville should eat here for the taste, experience and to get a feel for what they fondly call the "West End".

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Asheville, North Carolina
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159 reviews 159 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Between Average and Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

This was the first restaurant I visited on my initial visit to AVL 21 years ago, and it's mostly aged well. I do think that it does not live up to its reputation, though. I went back today after a couple year absence and had a Reuben. Table service was perfectly fine although the kitchen was rather slow in performance given the number of tables filled. The sandwich ($10, about average these days in town) was OK, although not the best veg Reuben I've had, as the Thousand Island dressing was weak in flavor and the Caramelized onions overpowered the kraut. Overall, Laughing Seed is where you bring your finicky friends who want both vegan and gluten free.

Visited August 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“A vegetarian's dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Other than the long wait for our food -- let me get that out of the way first; it was a busy lunch hour -- this place is great! (Maybe the answer is to go at less crowded times.) Generous servings of wonderfully complementary flavors across a huge variety of vegetarian meals. The sandwiches are delicious as are all of the entrees that we tried. Creative use of nonalcoholic drinks made for a refreshing summer casual experience. I'll return again, and probably again, as there are so many items to sample!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Asheville, North Carolina
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I love the food here, they are a bit pricey but healthy and tasty! Definitely try the lentil sloppy joe, so good! and their kale smoothies are awesome as well!

Visited April 2014
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Carnivores: don't be afraid to try this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Even if you are not vegetarian or vegan - you will love this restaurant! I had my trepidations at first; fearing I'd have some weird and tasteless meal, but decided to give it a try and trust me, if I had had the time I would have eaten there again and again. The food was outstanding. I had the BEST Taco Salad of my life there - and I have eaten a LOT of Taco Salads! You would never know you were not eating meat. The flavors and creativity in their recipes is amazing. The waitress was very helpful in explaining the preparations and seasonings as well. The reuben sandwich and black bean soup were tasty too. The menu offers many choices. They offer inside and outdoor dining, the trendy decor is very easy on the eye and ecology oriented. Great place!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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