40 Wall St, Asheville, NC | Directions 2880135.594431 -82.555785
Monday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM Wednesday To Thursday From 01:30 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 10:00 AM To 09:00 PM
Will change your mind about vegetarian and vegan food – Laughing Seed is one of my favorite places in Asheville. The food is healthy and taste fantastic. It is great place to plan a romantic evening.
Everything is lovely here. – As a vegan it was pure bliss to sit down to a menu *full* of options including appetizers, entrees, desserts and smoothies. We visited Asheville for the first time for a three day weekend and we ate there (with meat-eater friends who LOVED it) three times! I read previous posts about mediocre service, but our service was great. Our servers were very friendly and extremely helpful. I cannot remember the name of the guy who we had the first time, but we had Sarah the other two times and she is an absolute doll. Very helpful to me (vegan) and my friend who is on a Gluten Free diet. She even tailored a dessert special for my GF friend. The food is soooo good, I can't even explain it!!
If you were my friend, I'd say you gotta try this place!
Amazingly creative vegetarian food – They have an amazingly creative vegetarian menu, worth trying even if you're not vegetarian. The atmosphere is very nice, not quite informal, but it isn't stuffy/v. formal either. There are so many appetizing dishes on the menu that I want to eat there every time I go to Asheville - actually, I want to go to Asheville just to eat there!
This place did not meet our high expectations. – I've been waiting for years to try Laughing Seed. Friends from Asheville and vegetarian publications have showered it in praise, and when the opportunity to visit Asheville and give it a try arose, I jumped to try it. I was really suprised by the dismissive and rude servers and the deeply mediocre food. My soup, a lavender potato leek soup had a lovely texture, but it was massively oversalted. My entree was a tempeh cuban sandwich, and though it had a decent flavor, the overwhelming number of moist ingredients on the bun undermined the crunchy batter on the tempeh, leaving the sandwich with a mushy texture and a homogeneous mustard flavor. My boyfriend ordered one of the daily specials, a spicy ginger tofu dish. The tofu was delicious, but the vegetables were overcooked mush swimming in a cloyingly sweet, vaguely Asian sauce. Our waitress disappeared for a very, very long time after delivering our food, so when we finally caved and asked a neighboring server for water, we were surprised when she looked and us like we'd just asked her to take her top off and do a bellydance on our tabletop. She snarled at us and when we thanked her for giving us the water, she gave us the most hateful, insincere "thank you" I've ever heard. Laughing Seed left us wishing we'd tried any of the other excellent looking restaurants in downtown Asheville. We certainly didn't stay for dessert.
Vegetarian, or not, excellent dining. – My wife is a vegetarian and I am a omnivore. This place has absolutely amazing food. You will not miss eating meat or seafood here. Located in a really fun part of Asheville (great shopping, dining, people watching), everyone will love it. We held our rehearsal dinner there, and, while some people were skeptical at first, everyone came away telling us how much they loved it. They have sushi, low-country dishes, mexican-style and on-and-on. I can't remember if it's Monday or Tuesdays they're closed. Be sure to call ahead and check.
Wonderful organic vegetarian food at reasonable prices – I ate here while visiting Asheville last year. Though the restaurant was very crowded at the time, my wife and I were seated promptly and our server was friendly and helpful. As a vegetarian, I'm very used to being limited to the 1 or 2 meat free entrees that most restaurants offer. With so many amazing choices, Laughing Seed's menu was almost intimidating to me! Everything sounded so good. Honestly, I forget what my wife and I ordered, but everything was wonderful and reasonably priced. I wish I could eat there more often as I was coveting the dishes that everyone else at the restaurant was eating as well.
If you like vegetables and good food, you will like Laughing Seed.
Lighthearted environs and healthy, worldly vegetarian cooking could turn even the staunchest meat eater. – The Scene
One of Asheville's oldest vegetarian restaurants, this cafe exudes a fresh, lighthearted vibe. Outside, sidewalk tables sit beneath a charming covered patio facing a cobblestone street. Inside, the spacious dining area sports lightly colored wood floors, walls painted in bright shades of purple and blue, and a jungle mural on one side of the room. Servers are friendly and deeply knowledgeable about food preparation.
Dishes on the menu rely heavily on ingredients from local organic growers and range from meat-free comfort foods (sloppy joes, quesadillas) to more creative fare (Thai green curry). Start with warm, cheesy artichoke dip, or lightly-fried Indian-style fritters. Large sandwiches include a grilled Cuban made with black bean spread, tomatoes, caramelized onions, dill pickles, spicy mustard and Gruyere cheese. Dinner entrees range from enchiladas and fajitas to grilled tofu. Wash it all down with an organic carrot juice or fresh fruit smoothie from the juice bar.
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