Vegetarian House

Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona

Closed as of Apr 1 10

3239 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85018


3.6 / 25 votes

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Mostly-vegan Chinese food

One of four mainly vegan restaurants in the Phoenix metro area, The Vegetarian House is the best-known of them.

There are nearly a hundred entrees available; mostly mock-meat dishes that will surprise you with their (soy) similarity to the more conventional food. (Though if you order one of the many mock meat dishes without ordering any additional veggies, it may prove to be a little too much "meat" - and nothing else - for one person.)

Naturally, there's also great vegetable selections, such as the veggie Chow Mein; the Yui-shan eggplant; the stuffed tomatoes; the broccoli and Chinese mushroom; the snow peas and mushroom (Mmmmmmmm good...); and the renowned Seventh Heaven Salad (that says it all!). The Eggplant and the Mu Shoo Veggie wrap appetizer (4 wraps to an order) are as good as any in town.

Plus, this place serves brown rice with meals! (Though, at $1 a pop.)

The Vegetarian House is not much of a place to look at from the outside, but great vegan food on the inside; in a quiet, homey atmosphere; immaculately clean inside, brightly-lit, modern-looking, and nicely decorated.

Be advised: service here is (waaaaaaaaaay beyond) exceptionally slow. Anticipate a near-glacial-like-service experience on most nights. (As the staff tends to move slower than a snail's pace.) If you don't have (at least) an extra hour or two to kill, place your order to go, so at least you'll have your food (and you will have paid for it) in a rather timely fashion. Otherwise, expect (up to interminably) long waits for them to take your order, bring out the food, and (if you're lucky) have them bring you the check. This is especially true if there's only a few customers in the place. (They can have a full staff on hand, yet act oblivious toward any customers there.) Service is much better for large groups; once you get them moving, they move.

Added by Eric Waters on Jun 13 04 (last updated Apr 14 10)

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First, DO NOT bother coming here if you are simply a vegetarian.......
The only GOOD thing about this place is that I can order anything on the menu as it is "all Vegan". In Phoenix, I only know of two Vegan restaurants and honestly both have MANY NEGATIVES.
Sad to say, as much as I shouldn't waste my time and money on Vegetarian House, I will drive to this place when I am feeling lazy. I do not recommend this place at all, the waiter always appears bothered by having any customers at all. On my 1st visit and 2nd visit when asking about the sauces on the food, he honestly appeared irritated. The food is typically flavorless and dry. My carnivore friend and Chinese food expert friend agrees the food is bad, service is worst and the ambience is bland and dingy.

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Just east of the southeast corner of 32nd St and Indian School Rd in Phoenix.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Chinese
  • Macrobiotic


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 9pm

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