Araya's Vegetarian Place
- Payment method:
- master card, cash, visa, all major credit cards
- University District, Northeast Seattle
- Vegetarian Restaurants, Thai Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vegetarian, Vegan
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Posted: 4/5/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is a great place for a delicious all you can eat vegan thai lunch buffett for only 7.95$ even on saturdays. It opens at 11 and there are usually people waiting by the door to get in. Its such a great deal. If by some chance you dont like the lunch buffett choices you can order off the regular menu too, I recently tried the lemon tofu and it was delcious, I don't think I have ever had lemon tofu before anywhere. Its got a very tangy flavor that I quite enjoyed. My favorite part of the buffett is the soup so flavorful, but there are also many dishes, including rice, dessert, salad, egg rolls, etc. My non veg boyfriend loves the egg rolls and usually eats most of his fill solely on these. One day I will make it for dinner, but I am always called by the buffett. Menu items sound just as delicious.
Posted: 5/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Very good food is the first comment I want to make. I did find a dish or two being a little too sugary but no complaints on that. Most Thai places have food that smells of fish sauce and as a vegetarian it used to make me nauseous. No such thing here at Araya and I can enjoy the awesome Thai curries without any such thing to hold me back. Their fake meat is also very delicious. The service was excellent and food arrived in a short time. I expect to be regular at this place and I will take any visitors to this place.
Posted: 8/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went with family, we had a group of ten and like the reviewer before me we were charged 18 percent gratuity. We had an 8 year old that was charged full price. The food is good but the gratuity charge for bringing us water once is ridiculous. This is a buffet! I like the food but won't go back if they are going to add there own gratuity in.
Posted: 6/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went on a Monday night. Luckily for me there was a big party that was over right when I got there so the buffet was still open. For the price of a buffet plate and the price of getting more than one item off the menu for the same price, I opted for the buffet.
The buffet had salad, Thai desert, noodles and plenty of sauces to flavor up the meal. I just wish there were freshly ground peanuts, and mint/ basil leaves.
I also ordered a Thai iced tea which was made with coconut milk instead of cream.
The food is bit generic, but then again my mother is Thai and I was raised in a Thai household. I added some hot pepper which was available and it spiced up perfectly. Some food was a bit too sweet and I veered away. Nothing was overly salty.
The waitresses were very kind to me. I spoke to them in Thai and they were very perky and checked in on me a few times. It started to get very busy when I was leaving.
I didn't feel like I was eating too much salt or grease. Being a fish eating vegetarian, I was delighted to know I was eating vegan at a restaurant that actually HAD choices.
I had an omnivore guest joining me for dinner. At the end of the meal they were convinced vegan food isn't all about badly cooked tofu.
Posted: 9/4/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I want to comment about the service only. The food is pretty decent and for a vegetarian/vegan is dependable and consistent.
I have been to Araya's at least 6 times since I moved to the Seattle area in early 2007. I love the food, and always thought the service needed improvement.
This past weekend, the service was particularly bad. We were a group of 6 adults and 2 kids. We had the buffet and essentially there was no service, which usually means only serving water during a buffet. The fact that they couldn't re-serve water for an hour to a group of 8 ppl shows their commitment to consumers.
And finally, in paying for the buffet, they charged me for $9 for the 2 kids who hardly had one spring roll each. Fine, policy et al, I am willing to buy it. And on top of this, they add an 18% gratuity for the group! WHAT? For a buffet, and NO SERVICE? And on top of this, Ms. Araya's son is purely rude! Is is this customer service? Do you really care about your customers?
I think Araya's is at a stage where they are taking customers for granted and charging as they please. I am going to stay away from them.
Posted: 8/9/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went to araya's for the first time today. The lunch buffet is more than what i expected for the price paid. The food was delicious and they had a variety of stuff to choose from (phad thai, curries, assorted vegetable dishes, etc.). They even had a red bean dessert (yum).
Posted: 6/9/2007Provided by Citysearch -
So Delicious!! I love to go for the lunch buffet because it's such a bargain! The food is seasoned rather mild to accomodate all tastes - you can spice it up with the seasoning placed in a large bowl. So tasty and fresh vegetables, the spring rolls are the best anywhere. I have taken my carnivore friends and unadventurous eaters and all love it. The family staff is very friendly and try to make you feel at home. I have met the owner and she is an artist with food.