Oakland >Food & Dining > Golden Lotus Vegetarian Rest
1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA | Directions 9461237.803331 -122.270331
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Downtown Oakland
Great for Vegetarians – I've only ever ordered food to go from here but everytime it's been great. I am vegetarian and the meals they offer are great for protein I always feel full after eating from here. Their menu has a lot of options to choose from I was surprised when I first looked over it on their online website. My favorite is their speciality carmelized chicken and a side of steamed rice. It tastes so good! It comes on top of a bed of spinach or lettuce Makes being vegetarian easy looking through their menu! The staff has always been very polite to me and my meal costs 12 dollars, not bad. I order from them about once a week. If you are vegetarian or vegan and searching for another place to eat with pages of options (unlike most places) try a meal here I strongly reccommend the carmelized chicken!
Terrible Service – This is a Vietnamese restaurant. I went to this restaurant several times last month for my lunch. The food is ok and it is closed to my workplace. However, the service is terrible. One day the waitress saw me finished my meal and reading the newspaper. She came to me and impolitely asked me to leave because there are some customers waiting for the table. I first ignore her, she then brought two customers to my table and said they are waiting for your table.
Don't go to this restaurant. The service is very bad and I have never experienced sitting in the restaurant and was asked to leave because someone waiting for the table.
Poor Service – Me and my boyfriend have been to Golden Lotus about 4 times. The food is okay but the service is sooooooooo poor that it spoils your mood to enjoy the food and its expensive. One meal can easily cost u over $30.00 . It is also loud, and not peacful to enjoy your meal.
Nothing special – The food has been okay but not great. The last time I went in I found a long black hair in my entree and was so grossed out that I completely lost my appetite. I'm not sure I'll ever go back.
Excellent Vegetarian Food - Wonderful Staff – Golden Lotus at Franklin and 13th St. in Oakland is an excellent restaurant with a friendly staff committed to vegan principles. I have eaten at the Golden Lotus over 50 times and have introduced many returning customers. The food is very tasty, always fresh. There is a culinary artistry here that you often don't experience in vegetarian restaurants. The sauces are very tasty. I personally like No. 61, sauted string beans and tofu in a wonderful garlic sauce. The restaurant is open until 9:00 PM so it's good for lunch or dinner. There is inexpensive parking at the Merchant's Garage directly across the street, accessible on the Webster Street side of its square block.
WOW! I need more stars... five isn't enough! – I still remember my first time at the Golden Lotus... I was expecting some salad bar with tofu on the side. Needless to say when I picked up the menu I was blown away. They have such a variety! ... and to top it off they were quick to customize the orders. I personally hate peanuts... and once I mentioned it they completely erased it from the dish, AND added a different veggie sauce that just blew my taste buds away.
This is a place were you'll go once... then suddenly find yourself craving it the rest of the week. Even if you're not vegetarian, you'll find the flavors to be great and surprisingly realistic.
The one negative I will say is that if you go on a busy day, there might be a bit of a wait and the waiters might be a bit stressed.... but for me, the food more than takes care of that minor fault.
HORRIBLE SERVICE! – My boyfriend and I were really excited to try The Golden Lotus after reading such good reviews online. When we got to the restaurant, we waiting about 20 mins for our take-out and paid $30 for a thing of Hot and sour soup, lemon chicken, 3 spring rolls, rice which you have to buy separate, AND for the boxes they put your food in ( a dollar extra for containers...wtf)! We get home excited to try our food..and after about 2 minutes of dishing everything up, and realizing they screwed up our order, we put in all back into our paid for boxes and drive back. NO LEMON SAUCE FOR THE Fake chicken??? A soup that smelled like dirty diapers and grass, and egg rolls about the size of my index finger! The woman who helped me was a nightmare as well. All she could to do is say..."no refund" over and over. We ended up spending $30 for some food we probably couldnt get a bum to eat and wound up eating a bowl of Ramen. What BS! DONT GO!
consistently good – I've eaten at this faux-meat, veggie joint many times, and it's always good. They have good to-go lunch options (without fake meat dishes), and even better sit down options. The only caveat is that I don't know how healthy some of the dishes are - one of my favorites is a spicy "beef" dish that seems deep fried. But it's so good! I also like that they have brown rice (to balance out the fried dishes!). They also have a superb, fresh lemonaid drink. It's right in downtown Oakland so it's pretty convenient for a lot of folks. A block from BART, too.
Vietnamese Vegetarian Restaurant – The Pho was made up of a clear broth that was felt very clean and was tasty. (#21 is recommended). The lemon chicken presented itself well and the sauce was good old fashioned lemon syrupy flavor, however, the batter on the vege lemon itself I thought was a bit too thick.
Pho of The Gods – My sister and I eat the Pho practically once a week. No joke. We're both total foodies, and Rarely eat the same thing twice. The broth is Ultra Comfort, and the basil, beansprouts, jalapenos and lemons are always fresh and good adds. I've tried other dishes, amongest which the Lamb Claypot and Imperial Rolls stand out, but can never stray too far from the Pho.
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