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The Laughing Seed Cafe is Asheville's original downtown international vegetarian restaurant. We've provided the finest organic, local, and farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine with an international flair for twenty years and counting.
$5 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
International, Contemporary, Healthy
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thursday, November 11, 2021 was my fourth visit to Laughing Seed. Previous visits were memorable. This one was forgettable! Skip the Seed Bean Burger if you’re plant based. My expectation of a delicious bean burger lathered with their sauce on a locally baked whole grain...bun with lots of lettuce, onion and tomato was dashed. It was a white flour bun, a nondescript tasting burger with a sprig of romaine, et. al. And 15 BUCKS! Save the coin and order something else. I felt ripped off.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent romantic dinner here. I had a great broth bowl while my wife opted for a tasty salad. Additionally, my coffee was fresh-brewed and tasted delicious. This was the second time we have ate at Laughing Seed and it...won’t be the last. Both times have been excellent. Although the broth bowl was excellent, I would highly recommend the risotto (which I got last time) as it was quite possibly the best risotto I have ever had.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a charming place to have lunch in Asheville. The food items are a bit of a mixed bag, while vegetarian friendly (which I loved!) several of the items, including the pizzas, were underwhelming. Don't even bother ordering the fresh juice, it might be...one of the worst I've ever had. The cafe does have a nice ambiance, the staff are polite, and it's well located in the heart of downtown Asheville. If the food quality is a priority though, I'd suggest going elsewhere.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021 via mobile

Laughing Seed offers many choices for vegetarians with some things acceptable even for meat-eaters though there are no meats or fish on the menu. Salads are outstanding wit really fresh and flavorful ingredients. Service was good.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 15, 2021 via mobile

The vegan menu was extremely impressive. The dinner entrees coffee and desert were all memorable. Will absolutely go back again.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 12, 2021

Even for those who are not vegetarian, we highly recommend this restaurant, it is one of our favorites in Asheville! Delicious, healthy choices, in a great location with a nice terrace in front.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed October 11, 2021 via mobile

The number of choices of vegetarian options is awesome. The meals I ordered & split were sooo good - the Tostada Ensalada & Avocado BLT. The waiter was wonderful & sitting outside was a nice setting. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 2, 2021 via mobile

Wonderful place, the vegan food is amazing so many different tastes and flavors. Lots of choices. Great atmosphere. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was it did take a long time for 2 sandwiches to come out. But food was worth the Waite

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

My friend and I were staying in Asheville and ate here two times. I am vegan but she is not and she was very very happy with it also. We had the Laughing Seed Salad both times and added first the tofu and last time...the fermented temphi (sp). The waitress talked me into it and I was SO happy that she did. I found out that I like it better than the tofu! Clean, friendly, and great food! I highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 16, 2021

Extremely disappointed with the service. I wanted to order dessert and was told I needed to order from the bartender. I went to the bar, the bartender was annoyed when I ordered. I complained and guess what? They ran out of dessert. Very unprofessional.

Date of visit: August 2021
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June 15, 2020|
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Response from Kristin D | Reviewed this property |
It is one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants. I do not know how the covid problems are affecting Laughing Seed, but I am very much hoping to get back there next Spring 2021.
January 10, 2020|
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Response from James M | Reviewed this property |
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laughing Seed Cafe

Yes, Laughing Seed Cafe offers takeout services.

Laughing Seed Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5