It's Only Natural

Middletown Area, Connecticut

3.8 / 14 votes

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Nuvo-Natural Vegetarian Cuisine

ION is a casual but hip vegetarian eatery in Middletown, Connecticut. It has been voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant" in the local Advocate Reader's Poll for many years. There are an abundance of vegan options, but also an occasional fish special.

The waitstaff is professional and attentive--and often are dressed in theme for the night (a recent Saturday appeared to be pajama night). The menu features a wide selection of multi-ethnic dishes. They are well known for their tempeh "crab" cakes and the infamous sweet potato fries (served with a smoked ketchup).

Decorations include local artists and pretty much everything not bolted down can be purchased. Brazilian music rounds out the atmosphere.

The menu is entirely vegan except for the cheddar cheese and fish specials.

Added by Joshua Warchol on Apr 16 04 (last updated Sep 19 13)

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One of the best vegetarian restaurants in southern New England and the menu is mostly vegan.

I've been coming here off and on for several years.
The food quality and presentation is excellent.

Service is usually very good. I will say that sometimes it seems to be slow, even when the place is not particularly busy. The waiters and waitresses are more than willing to explain items on the menu to you with exquisite detail.

As far as the food goes, I know this is a higher-end place, but I feel like the portions are small, especially given the menu prices. I will say that my friend ordered the Shepard's Pie this past weekend and the plate was full of food.

The only other "complaint" I would have is the desserts.
Most of them are good. The red velvet cake was fantastic.
I was highly disappointed with the Peanut Butter Cup. I was joking to my friends that it would actually come in a peanut butter cup. It did, but the chocolate/peanut butter mixture was very dry and the portion size was tiny for such a price!
Another friend ordered the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and I was expecting something totally different...again, kind of dry and bland.

All in all, this is a great place to go. It's especially good if you're going out on a date or want to bring some friends to a classy place. The food is really good and it's clear that they put a lot of time and effort into every dish.
Do keep in mind that it's probably going to cost you $50+ for a modest dinner for two...

Q

P.S. The Southern Fried Tofu appetizer is simply amazing! And so are the sweet potato fries!


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The food is fantastic. The service is horrible. Im considering ordereing only 'to go' to avoid them. But as far as food goes- its jaw droppingly amazing. Fresh beautiful and delicious..it becomes a matter of how long youre willing to wait for a glass of water, there's only so much time you can spend writing on your table with chalk. I had one really wonderful waitress in my many visits but the majority of the time has been really disgraceful.
So i wil rate them 'fair' but in fact its Excellent food and Terrible service.

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Neighborhood

Downtown

Directions

Just off of Rt. 9 exit 15. Turn right (north) on Main St, on the right side, 3 blocks up, at the intersection of Liberty St

Non-Smoking

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$$ - expensive

Payment

  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Eclectic (Fusion)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 9pm

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