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405 S State St, Ukiah, CA 95482-4908
+1 707-463-2253
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11:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 19:00
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San Francisco
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Nice to have a vegan and organic alternative in Ukiah. Has a homey ambiance, colorful and photogenic decor, friendly and intimate staff. The menu was a little out of my budget, with few snack options. Loved the Sweet Potato Fries and BBQ Tofu. Check out the painting on the back of the building.

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Thank WilliamsPlace
Ukiah, California
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The only thing going for this hole in the wall is that all the food is vegan so no animals died to make the unappetizing fare. Ordered a taco salad after conferring with the server for something not spicy. Paid the extra $0.75 for chips. Well, what she didn't tell me was there was ground beef substitute in it. I... More 

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Thank Lovefur
Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We stopped here on our way back to Oregon from CA. The organic/vegan-friendly ring to it was tempting since we were reminded of one of our favorite restaurants in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - Natural Livity Vegan Restaurant. Taste buds gets 3 stars & not above because of three reasons. Overpriced food, small serving sizes and extremely oily sweet... More 

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Thank Vindhya_Reddy
North Andover
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Although it is supposed to be a good/only location in the area for vegan food, what they offer is overpriced and lacks taste/flavor. We found that our friend's money was wasted because he traveled from another town (to accommodate a vegan and a vegetarian) and picked the tab. Even the restroom was in shambles.

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Thank Kaashee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

While staying at Vichy Hot Springs, my girlfriend talked me into going to Taste Buds for dinner. As usual my reception to her suggestion of a vegan / vegetarian joint was lukewarm at best, but true to form, I ended up loving it. The mafe' and lentils were delicious, as were the pakora. I'd recommend this place anytime.

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Thank Dane M
Sacramento
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I think it's a hippie/Rastafarian place, it's all vegetarian or vegan, and the food is delicious. I had the 5-item plate from the serving trays and everything was outstanding. Some of it was spicy (jerk spices, I think), some sweet, and some mild, but all of it was great. The kids had typical kid stuff like hot dogs or grilled... More 

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Thank NorCal_Prof
Cave Junction, Oregon
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I found Taste Buds on Happy Cow and was quite pleased with the food and the service. I had the house made burger with fries. I was particularly hungry due to traveling and missing dinner the night before. I enjoyed my meal so much that I immediately ordered another one and ate it on the spot!

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Thank Mary Jo Y
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

I have been going to Tastebuds since they opened. I rarely get the food to order because it can take a minute to be ready and I'm normally stopping to eat in the midst of running errands. The buffet is hit or miss. Sometimes it's good sometimes not. The kale salad is something I've ordered a lot and sometimes the... More 

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Thank plantetarytraveller
Albany, California
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

The food is reasonably priced, and for those who avoid gluten or meat, a good place to catch a meal. It has a counter-cultural vibe, and the food is not gourmet quality, but it's fresh, and organic and healthy.

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Thank HereWeGo282
Redwood Valley, California
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2015

The menu is a little limited but the food is good quality and hearty. Originally just a little hole-in-the-wall take-out place, they expanded and now have a seating area which is nicely appointed and mostly cosy (it could use a rug and glides on the chairs to soften noise but I like the salt lamps and other warm decor). I... More 

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Thank MamaSita65

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
12:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 405 S State St, Ukiah, CA 95482-4908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mendocino County  >  Ukiah
  • Phone Number: +1 707-463-2253

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?