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US$10 - US$30
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 7 February 2022

Wonderful and enjoyable dinner experience. Funky, hip vibe. Make reservations to ensure you can get a table. The server was friendly and the atmosphere was lively. My wife and I got the cornbread to share, and that was great. I got the special paella with...impossible sausage, which was solid, and a great local IPA. My wife got the meatloaf with sweet potato mash - also very good. The dessert was excellent - chocolate truffles with mousse. We had a lovely time to end a long day.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

This was the best Vegan Food I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The people were friendly and the wait was long but for good reason, it was excellent. Our server, Johnna was fantastic.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 22 January 2020 via mobile

Came in on a Tuesday night and tried the “Chicken” and Waffles. I’m new to the plant based diet so I really didn’t know what to expect. The waffles were what you’d expect but the chicken was surprisingly good. Sure, it’s soy and wheat but...they did a really good job “frying” it and giving it a crunchy chicken like texture. It came in a spicy sweet chili sauce and some “syrup” and was topped with arugula and surrounded by thinly sliced apples. I really enjoyed the meal even if the faux chicken got a bit less chickeny with each bite. Eat while it’s piping hot and fool your brain. The service was swift and friendly. I’ll definitely return and explore more of the menu.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 8 January 2020 via mobile

Best meatless BBQ I’ve ever had! You don’t often find Eastern NC style meatless bbq, much less find it as delicious as this. Highly recommend for when you find yourself missing that vinegar based bbq.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 26 December 2019

I just moved to the area, so a vegan restaurant in North Carolina sounded intriguing. Only thing was when I arrived at 4:25 PM, right before their opening time at 4:30 PM, there were 3 homeless people sitting on a painted box right in front...smoking. Then, when the restaurant opened, there was a long wait to be seated. First impression: this restaurant has some issues. Eventually, a staff member went outside and, politely, asked the people to move along. I ordered the tempeh and grits, which was delicious, a nice combination of southern and vegan cooking. They offer desserts, as well, but I didn't partake. Atmosphere is "hippy"-ish, including the decor. The price is not low (surprising, given the decor), but was not exorbitant either. Overall, not a bad place, but they really need to deal with some of these service concerns.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 December 2019

This was my first time at Fiction Kitchen; a vegetarian coworker recommended it. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but decided to check it out based on her strong recommendation. Was not disappointed! In fact, it turned out to be one of the nicest evenings...I've had at a restaurant in some time. I ordered the seitan-based "brisket" with grits, a side order of fried green tomatoes, and coffee. The brisket was recommended by an enthusiastic diner sitting next to me. :) They made me a fresh pot of coffee, and I chatted with the staff while the order was in. The place was full on a Wednesday night in December, so I sat at the bar. The food was excellent - nicely seasoned, well presented and ample. I have at times been disappointed by vegan dishes that are either too bland or based on a "faux meat" - but the brisket was very tasty, with the right touch of spices and vegetables, and a smoky flavor. The fried green tomatoes were just the way I liked them, not greasy at all, and topped with a pepper jelly. Best surprise of all? The staff. I interacted with four servers in all, and each was super-friendly and took the time to talk with me and make me - a solo diner - feel welcome. The atmosphere and food were great, but having such a welcoming crew made all the difference. I would highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 6 December 2019 via mobile

The food is so good it is worth waiting for. Great flavors. I would eat here vegetarian and vegan aside . Can’t wait to go again

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 November 2019

Great draft beer and outstanding food are the features of this little place on Dawson Street. Fiction Kitchen has a laid-back vibe. We had a 45 minute wait, so we had a beer around the corner. We had a noodle bowl, a curry bowl, a...entree salad featuring local ingredients, and the nightly special called the "Farmer's Market." Appetizers were melt-in-your-mouth squash cakes and root fries with gravy. All the dishes had wonderful flavors, and the portions were large. Add a delicate pumpkin cheesecake and a ganache truffle pie for dessert. All in all, an excellent meal. Service was great. Our waitress talked us through the menu and helped with needed modifications. And, by the way, Fiction Kitchen is vegetarian/vegan. I can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 November 2019

Great food and selection of dishes. The place was full when we arrived so we sat at the bar. Service was not so great though. Bartendress was not having a good day I guess. Overall a good experience.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 26 October 2019 via mobile

The best vegan restaurant in Raleigh! The food is phenomenal here every single time we go. Prepare to leave full!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

Surprisingly good for vegetarian and vegan. I really couldn't tell that the 'pork' wasn't pig. But the flavors were a little lacking. We would give it another shot, though. The bartender was amazing and made perfect drinks.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2019

I recently visited Raleigh....catching up with an old friend. Since I am a vegetrarian (35 years) my friend and her family took me with them to "Fiction Kitchen". None of them was very familiiar with vegetarian food, but they loved everything that they ordered and...the kids said they wanted to go back. I had the "chicken" and waffles and the dish was delicious. I would compare their menu and quality of the food with my favorite Seattle restaurant, "No Bones Beach Cafe".More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 25 September 2019 via mobile

I had the BBQ "pork", and not only was it good vegetarian food, it was one of the best meals of any kind I've eaten ever. I don't know what crazy magic they have performed to make this happen, and I'm not going to question...— I'm going back again to try the mock chicken and waffles.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 24 August 2019 via mobile

I visited Fiction Kitchen this week for an appetizer and wine. The dish was a crispy fried dumpling with a mushroom stuffing accompanied by sauteed peppers and green beans and was excellent. I would return for another visit during a future trip to the area.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

Food is always outstanding. NC BBQ vegan and wonderful. Love the food at this place.This place is small and busy and visied frequently by non vegetarian. Come early or you may have to wait. The only restaurant in the world I know of that I'm...willing to wait for a table.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Fiction Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4