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AU Lac Gourmet Vegetarian

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16563 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2344
+1 714-418-0658
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
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London, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best meals I've had in all of California. Au Lac menu is entirely vegan with a good selection of raw (living) foods, but you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy their wonderful Vietnamese food with a twist (a cuisine that they self-labelled 'humanese'). It's all very no frills- simple decor, unassuming location in a strip... More 

Thank DareToLive
Fountain Valley, California
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

They call themselves a "Humanese" restaurant, and they serve a variety of Asian foods including Pho, Spring Rolls, Sweet and Sour Soup, and Eggplant Hot Pot. But, they also have an extensive raw menu that includes menu items that seem out of place like Risotto and Soft Taco. Don't let that fool you, however - both the Asian dishes and... More 

Thank GeorgeReis
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34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I had lunch here with two travel industry professionals who have been all over the world. We all loved this restaurant. The food is delicious, satisfying, beautiful, and creative. I took the advice of previous reviewers and ordered the Green Pyramid -- I recommend it to you, too. The room itself is not fancy, but comfortable and attractive. Although the... More 

Thank Socsci
Long Beach, California
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I've been eating at Au Lac for years, and it never disappoints. EVER. There are a few things to know about the restaurant. It has two kitchens/two menus--the cooked, and the raw or "living' menus. Everything is vegan, just divided into cooked and raw items (and even the "raw/living items might be warmed). Also (and this doesn't affect the food,... More 

1 Thank TrDCpr
Anaheim, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great place for a romantic dinner or for a special occasion. My only negative is that they rely too much on the faux meat. More dishes with vegetables would be great.

1 Thank markevanscma
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

After teaching a bunch of classes today, I drove all the way to Fountain Valley to have vegan food. It was already past 1pm and I had not eaten a single meal. I got to Au Lac, and upon pushing then pulling the front door of the restaurant, I realized the restaurant is closed. What a bummer!! I asked a... More 

Thank Newton C
South Pomfret, Vermont
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Wonderful ambiance great food friendly staff. Food is beautifully served and the menu is varied and unique. Prices are reasonable and serving sizes medium large. Great lunch spot is quiet for conversation as well.

Thank TravelerJCB
Westminster, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Best sweet and sour "chicken" from any restaurant. Food is fresh and delicious. You would not know you are eating vegan food. Also try the desserts. I could eat there every day.

Thank Shelley K
San Francisco, California
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935 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

When you talk Vietnamese, the first thing that probably comes to mind is pho (pronounced fah). This place has pho plus hundreds more. But this cuisine comes from the central Vietnam region. First, walk in and get your seat. You have an option of tables or booths or a large banquet to your left if you have a private group.... More 

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

This restaurant is a labor of love. Every item was wonderfully prepared. Service was excellent ... even on Mothers' Day. Decor was beautiful and interesting.

Thank mybeach101f

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16563 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2344
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Fountain Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 714-418-0658
Here at Au Lac the compassion manifests itself in the attention to detail that goes into every dish we want to cultivate an atmosphere where people come together to create a center of gravity pulsating with love, harmony, and health. We opened our doors in 1996 and introduced our Vegan RAW cuisine in 2001. The concept of the restaurant is we honor the arrival of every guest, treat each as our friend to honor the humanese concept, and anyone representing Au Lac is eager to present the two kitchens and have a chance to serve a delicious meal. It's a unique meal in that there are only plant-based, unprocessed and organic ingredients. Vegan-Living is our style of dining but also a lifestyle you can feel.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?