Restaurant Review: Red Lentil Cafe [Boston]

On a recent trip back to Boston, I was lucky enough to stop by the Red Lentil Cafe in Watertown.  The restaurant was popular and highly rated on HappyCow so I parked on Auburn Street, and headed in for dinner.

The space was very bright, clean, and well laid out.  I was happily surprised at how busy it was.  The tables were set up mostly for couples which lent a nice ambiance to the place, and the bright colors complimented the friendly service.

A bright, airy space.

For my main, I asked for a recommendation and decided to give the Chimichurri Seitan a try, at the suggestion of my server.  The menu describes this dish as “Seitan marinated in Chimichurri sauce, grilled and served with potato and parsnip mash, laced with fragrant herbs, chanterelle mushroom and shallot gravy, and sesame-glazed baby carrots.”

My main – a delicious, hearty meal!

While slightly on the expensive side at just under $16, the dish was very hearty, had amazing flavor, and I felt was a great choice.  Other items on the menu that caught my eye included the Nirvana delight, Shepherd’s Pie, and the “Pistachio & coconut herb encrusted tofu with corn cake.”  Next time, Red Lentil, next time.

Having just landed at Logan, I opted for water as my drink pairing, but I was happy to see their “soft drinks” were mostly juices.  Their smoothie options were also impressive.

A very well balanced menu.

Of course I saved room for a massive share of their Red Velvet cake!  It was perfectly moist and had just enough sweet frosting.   And, since it is vegan of course it was good for me.


With a great ambiance, easy location, fantastic service, and amazing dishes, be sure to make Red Lentil a stop on your next trip to the Boston area!

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