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Mother's Cafe & Garden

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Hancock, Austin
  • Joanna B.
    "The spinach salad with cashew tamari dressing is a must try!"(4 Tips)
    Peter E.
    "I highly recommend the Bueno Burger, full of vegetarian goodness."(3 Tips)
    Steve F.
    "You can't go wrong with the BBQ Tofu."(3 Tips)
    Germaine W.
    "Be sure to try a vegan dessert while you're there!"(17 Tips)
91 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • burgers
  • enchiladas
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 11, 2014
    A welcoming vegetarian refuge since 1979, the meatless menu presents a mix of Southern and Tex-Mex soups, salads, enchiladas, and heartier fare. The cashew tamari salad dressing is rightfully adored.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsJune 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Good veggie and vegan options! Classic Austin vibe. Nothing will be spicy though if you like that. Be sure to try a vegan dessert while you're there!
  • Diane C.
    Diane ConwayNovember 28, 2014
    DeeLish! I luv how brown rice is served & the honesty of the server when offering sugg. He cld have steered me towards the more expensive meals but didn't!! He steered me towards healthy & delicious!
  • Bethany A.
    Bethany AndreeSeptember 6, 2013
    Get a bottle of wine. The list is really limited but the quality is great for the price! Only a few dollars more than what you'd pay at Whole Foods. Makes a casual night out a little more special.
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsApril 29, 2015
    Great about tailoring dishes to your unique dietary wishes-- bring your carnivorous friends for the mushroom stroganoff-- "meaty" without the meat, and you'll all be happy with the results.
  • Eunyoung M.
    Eunyoung MoonSeptember 8, 2014
    This is the heaven for vegetarians :) The dishes are heavenly yum-tastic; In addition, this place seems kid-friendly♥ and perhaps good for famaily gathering with a cozy atmosphere;
  • Stef S.
    Stef SchraderMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone raves about the cashew tamari dressing, but I like the lemon-basil better. One of my favorite salad dressings of all time!
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 30, 2012
    Doesn't matter if you're a vegan or vegetarian or a carnivore, this meat-free restaurant has the most delicious food in the world. It's ALL about their quiche and chile relleno!
  • Pamela B.
    Pamela BennettSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    On Tuesdays their vegan soup is tomato artichoke bisque...perfection! Get the soup/salad with cashew tamari & you have a tasty lunch for under $10.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The vegan ice cream is the best vegan food in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Tanya V.
    Tanya VernonOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hadn't been to my favorite veggie restaurant in a long time, stopped in for lunch. Walked in, sat the bar for 10 mins, watched the staff walking back & forth, no one said a word to me. Walked out.
  • Hadrian S.
    Hadrian SmithOctober 2, 2014
    The Saturday and Sunday brunch is a must do. .. we go here everytime coming to Austin which is very often:-)
  • Josh A.
    Josh ASeptember 10, 2014
    Good vegetarian fare. Smoothies and desserts are yummy too. Cashew dressing on your salad is a must.
  • Christopher R.
    The artichoke enchiladas with vegan cheese are sinfully creamy, a feat indeed for vegan food. I find myself craving them!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewNovember 15, 2010
    One of these tips says something about filming a movie around here and let me tell you it's much harder than you think, you gotta get a camera and a crew and a budget and ugh. So much work.
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 23, 2012
    Being a vegetarian in Austin is nearly a sin with all the great BBQ in town, but if you are this is the place you want to be. BBQ tofu anyone?
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReineyMay 20, 2013
    Nice environment. Our waitress has such a pleasant voice. She's a musician she said. Food comes out always hot & fresh.
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MelgarejoJune 16, 2010
    This and the other fine establishments in the Hyde Park area in this little intersection of Austin are an amazing collection of eateries and hangouts. You could almost film a movie here!
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    One of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Austin. Try the veggie burger and any of their desserts!
  • Lisa M.
    BEST VEGGIE BURGER / not just austin, maybe earth / i ate the whole thing
  • John H.
    John HumeFebruary 23
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't have it often, but the West African Potato Soup is great (and a bit spicy).
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Even omnivores will want to eat their way through the whole creative salad menu. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Mia M.
    Mia MooreJune 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously one of the best vegetarian/vegan places in Austin. Now serving Sweet Ritual vegan ice cream!
  • Cale C.
    Cale CorbettDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Come by on Thursday nights to enjoy Doc and his Irish harps. You won't regret it.
  • Jennielle S.
    Jennielle StrotherApril 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Nicest staff you'll find in Austin and there are a lot of nice folks in Austin!
  • Sam T.
    Sam TownsMay 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be afraid... The vegan cheese is amazing! Especially in the enchiladas.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PoseyDecember 22, 2011
    By far the best veggie burger I've ever had!! Try it with guac and cheese too:)
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrantleyFebruary 1, 2015
    My favorite vegetarian restaurant! Try the mushroom stroganoff.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 5, 2011
    Wine glasses are all under $5, meaning you've got some change left over to take home a bottle of that delicious cashew-tamari dressing.
  • John H.
    John HumeAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Service can be slow, but I'm addicted to the spinach & mushroom enchiladas.
  • Joanna B.
    Joanna BlackwellOctober 27, 2013
    The spinach salad with cashew tamari dressing is a must try!
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DaveyMarch 2, 2011
    Literally in the process of scraping my cashew tamari dressing off my plate. And the side salads are huge!
  • Michael @.
    Best veggie burger in the world. Seriously. Salads are amazing. The BBQ Tofu is the only thing on the menu that is bad.
  • Kate
    KateSeptember 6, 2015
    The avocado sandwich with vegan cheese and tempeh 😋
  • Peter E.
    Peter EvansMarch 22, 2012
    I highly recommend the Bueno Burger, full of vegetarian goodness.
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FigueroaMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Garden patch salad with cashew tamari and spicy tempeh enchiladas with Daiya vegan cheeze = yummmmm
  • Mary G.
    Mary GarzaApril 21, 2014
    Bueno burger is so good!! In house made Patties!
  • Megan S.
    Their lemon vinaigrette is delicious!
  • Brent D.
    Brent DianaMarch 18, 2011
    Brunch tip: Order the migas with a side of cashew tamari. Deliciousness incarnate!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReineyOctober 11, 2013
    Nice meal in my favorite neighborhood.
  • Andie N.
    Andie NelsonOctober 26, 2010
    Cashew Tamari dressing. I want to put it on everything. And you can score it buy the bottle to get your fix at home.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMay 17, 2015
    The peasants meal unreal levels of good
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiJune 30, 2015
    Southwestern stuffed pepper is righteous!
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BakerJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They now have vegan ice cream...just ask!
  • Shaun C.
    Shaun CassellsAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vegitarian food. I really enjoyed the Vegan Burger Read more
  • Pablo M.
    Pablo MorlaAugust 28, 2011
    This is the place to be for live music in Austin! Keep the city weird, people.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 14, 2014
    There are few restaurants who have a more creative or diverse salad menu. You'll not be disappointed.
  • Adnan R.
    Adnan RataniJanuary 13, 2015
    Almond mocha torte. Best thing ever
  • Greg O.
    Greg OdumApril 22, 2013
    Arguably my favorite veggie place in Austin
  • Lillian
    LillianJuly 16
    If this is considered the best veggie burger in Austin you may as well just eat meat. It was dry and flavorless. Skip it.
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