Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Sage Vegetarian Cafe

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd. (Banks Dr.) Send to Phone
919-968-9266 | Menu
Vegetarian fare comes with exotic Persian flavors.

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Sage Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant Review

: Chef/owner Homa Jahannia and her son, Ramin, have created a warm, friendly ambience in this tiny storefront dining room with a few sidewalk tables. For an opener, sample the signature dish osh, a spiced soup made with lentils, chickpeas and spinach, try a generous salad dressed with house-made creamy dill dressing or share the hummus of the day served with house-made pita. The ample eggplant “paradise” and signature tempeh pomegranate stew, based on variations on dishes from the owners’ native Iran, are standouts. The menu includes a nod to Italy with pasta primavera and a filling vegetarian lasagna. Don’t miss the chocolate walnut cake with ice cream or house-made cannoli, another Italian touch. A limited wine list and a few beers are offered, with a sparkling pomegranate wine being uniquely suited to this cuisine. You may bring your own by paying a $25 corkage fee that covers two bottles. Teas, shakes and soft drinks are the choices otherwise.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.