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Cocoabeans Bakeshop and Cafe

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Dedicated gluten free restaurant and bakery. Also serving many vegan options. Favourites include chicken fingers and fries, bowls, sandwiches and home made soups. Source local ingredients where possible. Located in a trendy Corydon district with many smaller independent shops. Outdoor patio open from Spring to Fall (as soon as it's warm outside). Great place to grab a Beef & Goat Cheese Burger & a gluten-free beer a cupcake and coffee. Also available are frozen meals to go: lasagne, pot pies, chicken fingers, onion rings, soups, chilli and perogies. Grab some to take home or to the lake. Now shipping to Northern Manitoba.
PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, Canadian, Diner, Healthy, Soups
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

I've been a few times now because I have a friend who is vegan and my partner is GF. I was really excited about a restaurant where everything is gluten-free. Some baked goods and menu items are great, but I've also had a number of...mediocre dishes. Things I recommend: peanut butter bars, date squares, buffalo cauliflower Things I don't recommend: pumpkin pie, sandwich cookies - because I found them dry and bland (on two occasions), and overpriced for the the quality I also don't recommend sandwiches here if you aren't gluten intolerant. The GF bread gets soggy quickly and falls apart, making a mess and all-around disappointing sandwich. The crumbly bread problem isn't unique to Cocoabeans, but you would think that they could make it better if they specialize in this stuff. I agree with the person below that says "be selective". Worth a try if you're GF but I've definitely had better gluten-free products elsewhere in Winnipeg.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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cocoabeansgf, Owner at Cocoabeans Bakeshop and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2020

Thanks for your review merrykat and thanks for your recommendations. Our pumpkin pies are only available at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We make them gluten-free and dairy-free - vegan on request. It is definitely a challenge baking items that are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. There aren't...More

Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

First time here and was so pleased with the variety of food options. The BBQ Cauliflower Wings were fantastic! We had a delicious coconut chicken salad sandwich and the Roasted Veg + Pulled Chicken salad. Both full of flavor. Their espresso was delicious and would...highly recommend this place for lunch and coffee. We had a delightful conversation with the owner and found out they source as much as they can (if not everything) as locally/regionally as possible. Including their GF flours! Highly recommend this place!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

I’ve enjoyed a gluten free breakfast here which was good and their amaranth bread and buns are very good to take away (but are expensive). The baking, however, is gross. The icing is sickening sweet and friends bought me a dairy/gluten free cake which was...so inedible that it was literally thrown away with a slice taken out. Such a waste but it didn’t taste like cake (and and again such sweet icing). So be careful what you choose..More

Date of visit: September 2019
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cocoabeansgf, Owner at Cocoabeans Bakeshop and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Hi Crysee Thanks so much for taking time to write a review. We're thrilled that you loved the bread and buns. I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy the cake :( We try really hard to find a balance between the people who love sugar and...More

Reviewed August 29, 2019

Took a friend who needs a gluten free diet. Looking at the reviews I thought this would work. I should have known when they brought warm water to our table.Food was awful...chicken fingers were dry as they were over cooked. Salad had wilted lettuce and...actually tasted fishy.Way over priced. They took a whopping 1.55 off the $15.50 item. Staff were nice but would never recommend this place.. No bill was brought to our table.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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cocoabeansgf, Owner at Cocoabeans Bakeshop and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Hi BHAPPY03 :( I'm so sorry you had a bad experience at our place. We work really hard to bring the best gluten-free food to our customers. Yes - there are always improvements to be made and we're working on them - like bringing a...More

Reviewed June 20, 2019

We traveled from Kenora for our year-end class trip today. One of our very special destinations was Cocobeans, as one of our students is highly alergic to gluten. It was a special moment for all of us to order and eat together in a restaurant...in Winnipeg. For our one student, we were able to finally be in his world with regards to food restictions, together, and loved every bite! The staff were amazing, the food was delicious and our students felt comfortable with the warming atmosphere. Thank you Cocobeans staff, front and back, who stopped in to say kind words to the kids and their teachers. Great job all around! The kids also loved their dessert treats on the ride home as well!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

Menu offered some interesting choices. Soup of the day was chicken pineapple! Now that was a new one for me. Clear broth and lots of chicken with interesting flavours. The chick pea salad was extremely good. Loved the dressing. Lots of flavour. The beef and...goat cheese burger was small, slightly dry but the flavours were good. The spicy mayo was just the kick it needed. Chai lattes and herbal teas were good as well.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

Specifically went there with an out of town guest as there are so few vegan choices in Winnipeg. Have been there before, liked the products we had. This time we asked the counter person what was in the truffles as this was something new we...wanted to try. She had no idea, guessed there was vanilla. Turned out to be some sort of red filling, not even sure what it was but it was horrible! My daughter didn't want to exchange it for something else (not to make a scene). The staff should know what is in all of the products, if you don't know then ask! Won't be returning. That was a waste of $4.50 (WAY overpriced!!). Won't be back.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

Cocoabeans is an amazing restaurant and one of my favourites in Winnipeg. The menu is entirely gluten-free and features many vegan and vegetarian options which is fantastic for those of us with dietary limits. The restaurant is clean and decorated nicely, with a cozy and...relaxed atmosphere. The seating is limited, however, and the restaurant is often busy. I absolutely LOVE their menu. I have tried the Sweet Potato Burger, Taco Salad, Quinoa Salad, Chickpea Salad, Yam Fries and their Kombucha on-tap. Everything has tasted incredible, fresh and flavourful. They also serve cafe drinks and have a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and other meals. They sell some of their salad dressings, quinoa chili, homemade hummus, and other items in their refrigerated/frozen area. They also sell delicious baking and treats like homemade peanut butter cups, date bars, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. All of their baking that I have tried is so good! Many of their baking is vegan as well. The service has been hit and miss during my multiple visits. I have experienced staff who haven't had a very friendly or positive demeanour, while other times the staff have been polite, professional and positive. I hope this can improve for the future! I always love enjoying a meal at Cocoabeans and will continue to eat here often.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Husband got the veggie breakfast and I had the banana choc chip pancakes.... food was delicious and we would go back. However we wouldn't sit outside as there were a ton of wasps - of course this isn't the fault of the cafe, just how...it goes sometimes.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

We happened upon this excellent restaurant and bakery entirely by chance - and what a lucky break The wide-ranging menu offered my gluten-intolerant dining companion an opportunity not found in 'regular' restaurants: the freedom to order (almost) anything. And baked goods to go. Bonus! Our...brunch of spinach and feta omelettes was delicious: the omelettes light and fluffy, the accompanying mixed vegetables crisp and tasty and everything (including the toast) hot from the kitchen. The coffee was worth a second cup, too - although charging us $1 for the refill seemed a bit ungenerous. Nonetheless, we'll be back whenever we return to Winnipeg.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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