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Mother's Cafe & Garden

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Hancock, Austin
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  • The experts at Eater and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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    • Austin Chronicle
  • 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)
    Jason D.
    "The vegan sloppy Joe sandwich is delicious."(18 Tips)
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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.
  • 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.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsJune 19, 2016
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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:-)
  • 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?
  • Christopher R.
    The artichoke enchiladas with vegan cheese are sinfully creamy, a feat indeed for vegan food. I find myself craving them!
  • 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!
  • Josh A.
    Josh ASeptember 10, 2014
    Good vegetarian fare. Smoothies and desserts are yummy too. Cashew dressing on your salad is a must.
  • 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.
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    One of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Austin. Try the veggie burger and any of their desserts!
  • 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!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MarkusonMarch 23, 2016
    BEST VEGGIE BURGER / not just austin, maybe earth / i ate the whole thing
  • John H.
    John HumeFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    They don't have it often, but the West African Potato Soup is great (and a bit spicy).
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PoseyDecember 22, 2011
    By far the best veggie burger I've ever had!! Try it with guac and cheese too:)
  • Sam T.
    Sam TownsMay 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be afraid... The vegan cheese is amazing! Especially in the enchiladas.
  • 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.
  • Michael @.
    Best veggie burger in the world. Seriously. Salads are amazing. The BBQ Tofu is the only thing on the menu that is bad.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrantleyFebruary 1, 2015
    My favorite vegetarian restaurant! Try the mushroom stroganoff.
  • John H.
    John HumeAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Service can be slow, but I'm addicted to the spinach & mushroom enchiladas.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Peter E.
    Peter EvansMarch 22, 2012
    I highly recommend the Bueno Burger, full of vegetarian goodness.
  • Joanna B.
    Joanna BlackwellOctober 27, 2013
    The spinach salad with cashew tamari dressing is a must try!
  • Brent D.
    Brent DianaMarch 18, 2011
    Brunch tip: Order the migas with a side of cashew tamari. Deliciousness incarnate!
  • 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.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReineyOctober 11, 2013
    Nice meal in my favorite neighborhood.
  • Mary G.
    Mary GarzaApril 21, 2014
    Bueno burger is so good!! In house made Patties!
  • Kate
    KateSeptember 6, 2015
    The avocado sandwich with vegan cheese and tempeh 😋
  • Pablo M.
    Pablo MorlaAugust 28, 2011
    This is the place to be for live music in Austin! Keep the city weird, people.
  • Shaun C.
    Shaun CassellsAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vegitarian food. I really enjoyed the Vegan Burger Read more
  • Megan S.
    Megan ShererJune 15, 2016
    Their lemon vinaigrette is delicious!
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BakerJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They now have vegan ice cream...just ask!
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The peasants meal unreal levels of good
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiJune 30, 2015
    Southwestern stuffed pepper is righteous!
  • Greg O.
    Greg OdumApril 22, 2013
    Arguably my favorite veggie place in Austin
  • John B.
    John BerlangaDecember 21, 2016
    Vegan tofu lasagna is delish!!
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 14, 2014
    There are few restaurants who have a more creative or diverse salad menu. You'll not be disappointed.
  • Nora M.
    Nora MausMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't get pie. Both apple and blueberry are truly terrible and you'll still end up paying for it even if it's so bad you don't eat it.The mocha cake is good though.
  • Adnan R.
    Adnan RataniJanuary 13, 2015
    Almond mocha torte. Best thing ever
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a scoop of Guacamole on the Artichoke Enchiladas. Amazing!
  • Tyra S.
    Tyra SchrollJuly 2, 2013
    Good food and relaxed atmosphere
  • Frank R.
    Frank RodriguezOctober 6, 2015
    The Italian soup and ravioli!
  • Elia A.
    Elia AlbarranApril 17, 2015
    Mushroom enchiladas. So good.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CombeeJuly 5, 2011
    The tomato bisque soup is a Thursday staple. Read more
  • Lillian
    LillianJuly 16, 2016
    If this is considered the best veggie burger in Austin you may as well just eat meat. It was dry and flavorless. Skip it.
  • Xitij S.
    Xitij ShahOctober 16, 2016
    That cashew dressing is too good!
  • Dawn W.
    Dawn WaltersMarch 15, 2012
    The brocoli cheese soup is divine.
  • Travis J.
    Travis JourdanSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't get the Cashew and Tamari salad, you've ordered wrong.
  • Max S.
    Max SolisMay 24, 2013
    Can't lose with any of their veggie stir frys
  • Nupur G.
    Nupur GandhiApril 21, 2013
    Carrot juice is awesome!!
  • Irina K.
    Irina K.June 29, 2014
    the best vegetarian place in town!!!
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SchaeferOctober 8, 2015
    Migas are great.
  • PirateSparky !.
    Yes to the Sloppy Momma Joes
  • 🌞🌞Sunny🌞🌞 S.
    Great vegan food.
  • Julia A.
    Julia AndersonSeptember 10, 2011
    Energizer smoothie is simply a peace of heaven.
  • Samantha P.
    Samantha PerryNovember 22, 2010
    Careful with the stir fry--it can be a tad salty!
  • Greisy A M.
    Greisy A MunozApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice salads and soups
  • Albert C.
    Albert ChengMarch 27, 2012
    the veggie burger's dope
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HarrisNovember 26, 2014
    The pasta is good!
  • M B.
    M BookerMay 12, 2011
    Bueno burger. All the way.
  • John B.
    John BerlangaMay 8, 2015
    Chile Relleno with cheese
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReidJune 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie Reuben!
  • Pandora
    PandoraOctober 31, 2014
    Nice atmosphere
  • Jason D.
    Jason DMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The vegan sloppy Joe sandwich is delicious.
  • Deborah M.
    Deborah MorganApril 10, 2010
    The TLT is delicious. It's just like a BLT but all pigs were spared!!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FishOctober 16, 2009
    Trust me. You can't go wrong with the BBQ Tofu.
  • Hannah W.
    Hannah WoodyFebruary 2, 2013
    Love the vibe!
  • Akanksha S.
    Akanksha SaranJanuary 20, 2016
    Spinach lasagna!
  • Scott R.
    Scott RawlsSeptember 5, 2010
    The nachos are huge and yummy!
  • David O.
    David OlivettiMarch 14, 2011
    vego that rocks. very good.
  • Tim R.
    Tim RyanNovember 13, 2011
    All vegetarian stuff.
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DaveyMarch 2, 2011
    Garden Stir Fry iz the shiz
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 6, 2014
    Spinach enchiladas.
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GrimesMarch 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a salad with the cashew-tamari dressing and have a foodsplooge.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LangasApril 12, 2016
    Veggie burger
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeApril 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The portobello burger is the bees knees.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MorrisJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Vegan pancakes in Austin!
  • Kole h.
    Kole hansenAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie burger with guac....amazing.
  • Chad C.
    Chad ChadJanuary 16, 2011
    Probably wouldn't be so bad if the guy noodling on the guitar left.
  • A !.
    A !!!!October 3, 2015
    Bad customer service
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