Âu Lạc Plant-Based Food & Drink

4.7
497 reviews
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  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
Our menu began with traditional Vietnamese cuisine and has grown to include more dishes and flavors to accommodate every diet. Everything is completely plant-based and vegan, and we have many gluten-free options.

At Âu Lạc, our dishes and menu are always evolving as we find new inspiration and new ingredients. We search near and far to find our ingredients, specifically sourcing each one, so we can bring you the best in quality and flavor. We use organic produce and only natural ingredients, and we purify our water by reverse osmosis for better hydration and taste. Be advised that the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. To request a wheelchair table please place a special request with your reservation.
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PF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and outstanding service every time!

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great find. From the minute my friend and I walked in, it was a great experience. We ordered the fries, a little bit Leary on what they’d taste like. They were delicious. The shrimp was the absolute best. We were swearing that it was actually shrimp. I highly recommend. The curry rice was incredible and was the noodle dish. I can’t wait to go back. The waitress was great with her recommendations. Service was excellent and hardly any wait for the food. I highly recommend this place.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was not too sure if I was going to like the food. All it took was just 1 bite of the shrimp and I knew I had made the right decision. We ordered the octopus, paella, the shrimp, and the lemongrass fish. Everyone was absolutely delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing! We had the shrimp which was excellent especially the cabbage slaw! We also had the ginger basil noodle and curried rice which were top notch. The service was excellent! The only downside was the ambience. The decor was a bit dated. The space seemed sort of large and sterile. Would definitely recommend, but not if you are looking for romantic cozy ambience. More of any everyday restaurant. I wish we had an au lac in the south bay ☺️

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is our new favorite Vegan spot! Definitely recommended!

VC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went there with family and enjoyed the experience. Service was good. Food was good too but not necessarily life-changing. The sweet and sour main dish was a bit too spicy.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I did not even get to eat. We waited 10 minutes waiting for hostess. After we got seated, 20 minutes later, not a single server came to greet us, even though they saw us. The place wasn’t even that crowded.
The place has awful decor and it was a mess. Dirty towels on top of this empty table...never going back.
Total shame as I heard the food was good and I’m always looking for good vegan food.
So do not recommend this place.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and good service. Yam shrimp are unbelievable.

U
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite L.A. eateries. The food is creative and delicious. The octopus is amazing. I got the paella this time and lived it. We go before shows at the Ahmanson. Very convenient!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! Great food and wonderful waiter and really great server Matt!

HC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food tasted good although I think you could get a little more for the price. We shared the garlic noodles and tempeh and the tempeh was mostly vegetables. The server forgot a whole dish that we ordered and by the time we realized it wasn’t coming out we decided to just forget about it so we were unable to try the salt and pepper shrimp. Would I return, probably, would I return often, no

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This unassuming gem is nestled in a plaza just off of Downtown's administrative and business districts, and was quiet during our Saturday night visit but must really hum during weekday lunches. Without a bar anchoring it down, the chandeliered dining room is as relaxed as the delightful vegan menu Chef has put together. What a menu it is! Summer and I had trouble making decisions, which is a compliment. She had a cold-pressed juice, 'Ruby,' which balances watermelon and pineapple against beets and mint, while I tried one of the non-alcoholic wines, which is sweet and earthy but not without spirit, if you'll excuse the pun.
For dinner we shared Crimini Pesto, a memorable stuffed-mushroom appetizer. The entrees arrived in great time. I had to try the Octopus - battered shiitake mushrooms dressed in a savory glaze and served with a complementing variety of peppers and rice. Summer had the Garlic Noodles, which were absolutely delicious. I'll go back just for my own portion of those noodles.
Our waitress, Audi, made the evening complete. In addition to being attentive and emitting enthusiasm, she presented our coconut-cake with a birthday candle for Summer, and left us with a warm parting gesture which brightened our hearts as much as the food brightened our stomachs. Thank you, Audi! We are very much looking forward to coming back!

P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was really great! Delicious and good sized portions. Waiter was a little spacey but well-intentioned and very excited about the menu . I would go back again . Prices were very reasonable!

JS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow, awesome vegan food and very helpful explaining the food options. Glad to see vegan moving into fine dining.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We tried the shrimp Vegan and it looked and tasted like shrimp

E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an Amazing Experience. Great Food, Very Nice Servers, Relaxing Ambiance

RS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great and inventive vegan menu. Those items that contained meat replacement ingredients where tasty and pretty representative of what they meant to replace. The ones we tried that didn’t try to replace meat were even better. I will definitely return!

SW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu is inventive and tasty. The service is always attentive and helpful. We have brought many friends here and everyones loves it.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Au Lac is amazing! The food is delicious, and affordable. The atmosphere is classy and the service is wonderful! I make it a point to go every time I fly out to LA.

AS
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It would make the meal more enjoyable if the restaurant offered beer and wine. The nonalcoholic red wine was so sweet it could have passed as grape juice!

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! This place is a GEM – so grateful to have discovered it!

CW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Every single thing I've eaten at Au Lac has been delicious. This unassuming restaurant in a strip mall is fantastic.

JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

I have been to Au Lac several times, but this last time was very bad; mostly because the food tasted bad; not fresh and tasted of chemicals; and the value was poor; and I won't be back.

c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Pho I've ever tasted in my life. WONDERFUL service. We ordered too much food and we devoured every last bit of it. The curried rice is sooo yummy, the Chinoise salad is crunchy and delectable, and their fish was divine. We also had their gold juice (edible flower and all) and it was refreshing and delicious.Everything is fresh and they care so much about flavor as well as your experience!

AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible vegetarian food! It was my 3rd time at Au Lac and won't be my last!

AK
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place in DTLA. I was here more than 10 times during last year and every time was perfect. Super friendly staff, delicious food, and nice interior.
This guys not just “vegan food”, they are vegan vibe! I will come back here more and more to support their vegan way of life!

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I LOVE AU LAC!!!! BEST VEGAN RESTAURANT IN THA WORLD!!! HANDS DOWN!!! <3

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having been a vegan for 3 years, I was eager to try this restaurant and it certainly did not disappoint! Our server, Mikey, was super friendly, very attentive and an absolute joy to converse with throughout our meal. And my husband, who is not vegan, said it was one of the best dining experiences he’d ever had...everything from the ambiance to the decor and especially the service was simply outstanding! The food is absolutely divine and we will be returning often. A++++ in every way!!!

D
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I will ask you to not order the shrimp...please leave it all for me! 🍤👍🏽😍

EP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The love of life and a deep understanding of the preciousness of all things, inseparable, is evident in every bite. What a profoundly moving culinary experience. Chef Ito is a gift to us all and is partly responsible for this Earthling's switch to veganism.

With Gratitude

CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My first visit to Âu Lac did not disappoint. I searched for a restaurant with vegan options and found it within an easy walking distance of the Music Center. I was greeted immediately at the door and one of the staff came to my table with a carafe of water as soon as I was seated, so appreciated. The decor is neutral hues and lots of open space. It’s very comfortable and not at all noisy.
The menu confused me at first with offerings that included sausage, pork and seafood. I didn’t see many dishes that were strictly plant-based. One of the wait staff came to offer assistance and explained that everything was plant-based and the meat and seafood items identified what the item most resembled.
I chose the garlic and basil noodles with a glass of ruby juice. Both were delicious and satisfying. I didn’t care for the whole garlic cloves in the noodles but they were ample evidence of minimal processing and easy enough to leave uneaten. The juice was beautiful, bright red, and very tasty, not too sweet. I finished with jasmine tea. I had no room for dessert.
A very pleasant experience, I will visit this restaurant again.

LH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful vegan food, great friendly service.

SM
Houston
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent vegan cuisine. Staff was very attentive and offered us good recommendations as this was our first time here. Unfortunately they seated us next to private room that was having a loud party.

EA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An incredible meal at an amazing restaurant ♥️.

AR
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiters and staff were extremely polite and welcoming. Food was amazing(literally no complaints at all). Ambiance was modern and cozy. Overall great and would recommend to anyone.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was little worried about dining there because I’m not used to a lot of vegan or plant-based food but it was amazing.

HE
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food minus the tea was fantastic! The tea had all the essence clumped into the bottom like mud. The waitress at the meal’s conclusión left and had me wait almost ten minutes for someone else to bring my change( I paid with cash)... no thank you for coming as I finally exited ... nothing...

s
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place is one of the most innovative places to get vegan food in LA. Some of the items are Vietnamese classics or, infused by. Others are more a vegan "approach to continental fare"
There are also some latin infused items. Overall though, every plate was delightful and very beautifully plated.

SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the food is amazing! vegan delicacies with great flavors and beautiful presentation. very professional servers and great ambiance.

NL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about this place was amazing. The food and service were top notch.

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