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2965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5919
+1 619-550-1818
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fountain Valley, California
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is very little parking in the neighborhood, the parking lot holds about five cars, but there is a drive-through that seems pretty busy. The food is kind of what you would expect - sandwiches, wraps, fries - but vegan, and they have gluten-free options. It's good for fast food, but it's not something special. They have a patio area... More 

Thank GeorgeReis
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

I know I'm not the first to say this but I was incredibly disappointed in how misleading this restaurant was. Everyone was nice and the food tasted good. Our 9 year old, however, was expecting an all beef patty on his burger. The menu even says beef patty.. And he did not enjoy the beef substitute. We had to go... More 

Thank Samantha M
Coral Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Traveling through San Diego with family members who are vegan, we were "forced" toto eat vegan food. After a wonderful lunch at Evolution, you can demand that I eat that food any day of the week! Friendly service, reasonable pricing and delicious vegan fare! We could not decide which we liked better, although the "fish" tacos and "chicken" Caesar were... More 

Thank Melissabk59
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

First time here. Hubs had the mushroom Swiss burger which was seriously to die for! Sooo good. The "cheese" was creamy and delicious. I had the carne burrito. Really good flavors and spice. I didn't much car for the French fries that were inside it so I picked those out. Much better that way. My 5 year old had the... More 

Thank Wonderlustlawyer
san Diego
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90 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

I love this place. This is a really good vegan place! It's convenient, and tasty! I love the buffalo chicken tenders. I also am alway pleased with the smoothies! They are always fresh and tasty.

Thank Danielle C
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

My family often says I've never met a meat I didn't like. For the sake of efficiency and family unity, I went with my teen to Evolution while on a college trip to San Diego. My spouse went for the mushroom swiss tempeh burger, my child downed the black bean burger, and I had the Baja fish street tacos. The... More 

Thank Aletta S
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Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

It's difficult to find a good restaurant when you travel. ..this place was outstanding delicious food all vegan...how did they get that chicken substitute to taste like chicken and the fish tacos wow...but it wasn't fish

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San Diego, California
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297 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

This place looks like it was built into an old gas station. The seating is 99% outside and the service is slow- but that's a good thing. They make everything to order and it's worth the wait. For my dollar Evolution is the best vegetarian sandwich (and other goodies) place in San Diego.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

So you only have a short time to get something to eat. A drive-thru would be great but traditional fast food is not your style as a vegan. We'll have no fear Evolution Fast Food is here to save the day & yes they have a drive-thru. They have cooked as well as fresh/live options for food drink & dessert.... More 

Thank tweetye21
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Positives Lovely food Great service Great smoothies/juices Fresh Nice courtyard Negatives Small A little pricey ( quality costs) No thrills grotty looking shack

Thank Graham S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5919
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-550-1818

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?