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Ipanema Cafe

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917 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220-4109
+1 804-213-0170
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2015

That's right ... whether you're a vegetarian, gluten intolerant, or not this is the best place for lunch. You see, the owner uses local, fresh, healthy, organic food cooked and made simply and with perfection. The go-to sandwich is Smoked Gouda with caramelized onions. All sandwiches come with hand cut sweet potato fries (not those processed ones layered with sugar!)... More 

1 Thank B Il'Cibo B
Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great place for groups with a mix of vegan, vegetarian and omnivores. Nice variety of sandwiches and salads, and entrees, great desserts both vegan and non-vegan.

Thank Czechingin
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015

My wife is Vegan so we are always looking for Vegans restaurants when we travel. This turned out to be a real gem. The food was fantastic. I am not Vegan myself but the tofu diner was something I would definitely have again. And the Vegan deserts were really good. I had the blueberry pie, fabulous. And they had a... More 

1 Thank gvsnj
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2015

I always order the eggplant panini with sweet potato fries and salad. You can't go wrong here. If you have a sweet tooth, the desserts are always amazing.

Thank EmiW37
Shenandoah Valley VA
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Large helpings of substantial foods. Nobody will leave hungry. However, I was hoping for somewhat more refined cooking and imaginative recipes. Vegan cooking at its best is spectacular. This basement restaurant is best suited for a college crowd and not a diner with a sophisticated palette.

Thank Dashmaster
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

It is like finding gold! Healthy food while you are traveling. The food was outstanding! It was gourmet, they could fool anyone that it is vegan. Excellent quality and freshness. The college town atmosphere was relaxing and casual. We ate outside, inside had a rustic quality. I have cooked vegan style for five years and their menu was creative and... More 

Thank Nandoodle
Mooresville, North Carolina
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278 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2015

TripAdvisor needs a new rating! I can't give this place just an average, but very good is a bit generous. We didn't like the fact that the menu isn't printed, & their isn't a kid's menu. My food was very good, but my wife's entree was spicy when they said it wasn't. We asked what they could remake the quickest,... More 

1 Thank saibot
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Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We arrived shortly before 5 so we ordered from the lunch menu. The tempeh sandwiches were tasty and included small side orders of sweet potato fries and salad that rounded out the meal. Good beer and a fantastic vegan coconut crème brûlée for dessert. The service was prompt and friendly. I look forward to going there again when I'm in... More 

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New York
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2015

This place is in a basement and the atmosphere is bar like. Choices are on a chalk board at the front entrance. We had the tofu sandwhich which was served on a white bun with salad, and sweet potato fries. If you are new to vegetarian food and you would rather have a burgher, you really should try this. It... More 

Thank doctorromo
Charleston, South Carolina
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Great place in the heart of downtown Richmond in the VCU quarter. Active, friendly service and great veg/vegan food capped off with some great craft beers choices! A+++

Thank ErnestEga

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 917 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220-4109
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-213-0170

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Richmond, Virginia
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?