Vegetarian with an International Flair

Welcome to The Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville's original downtown vegetarian restaurant. We've provided the finest organic, local, and farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine with an international flair for twenty years and counting…

Downtown Asheville


Our Menu


We generally seat on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, in order to better accommodate large parties, we will accept reservations for groups of 6 or more. For smaller parties, we recommend taking advantage of our call-ahead seating option. Simply call the restaurant 15-20 minutes prior to your anticipated arrival time. Our host will be happy to add your name to our wait list in advance in order to reduce your wait time.



The Legend of the Laughing Seed

birdOn the Indonesian island of Bouton there is the legend of the Laughing Seed. This plant was sacred to the people of the Spice Islands for centuries. When the seeds of this plant were consumed, the people were intoxicated with laughter and able to communicate with the gods. It is said that this wondrous food satisfied the appetite and created a sense of fullness and well-being which lasted for many days… read more




Monday 11:30 - 9
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:30 - 9
Thursday 11:30 - 9
Friday 11:30 - 10
Saturday 11:30 - 10
Sunday 11 - 9