Excellent vegetarian restaurants can be found all of the United States, ranging from the familiar to fancy. There has long seemed to be a stereotype that vegetarian food is boring, but recently there appears to be a movement to make it not only more exciting, but delicious as well. There probably hasn’t been a better time to not eat meat in America. The popularity of the “impossible burger” has definitely skyrocketed. No longer do vegetarians have to settle for typical, run-of-the-mill salads and sides. These best vegetarian restaurants in the United States are raising the bar on vegetarian cuisine. Hours/availability may have changed.
© ABC Kitchen
The ABC Kitchen in New York City boasts a passionate commitment to providing delicious dishes prepared with the safest and freshest ingredients. The vegetarian restaurant presents a globally artistic and locally focused seasonal menu, working to cultivate a healthier relationships between the planet and tables. Helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, the ABC Kitchen offers award-winning, GMO-free, humanely and naturally sourced food curated in line with the rising farm-to-table movement and free of hormones, antibiotics, insecticides, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and dinner seven days a week.
35 East 18th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-475-5829
© Bar Bombon
Bar Bombon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania builds on the owners roots in Old San Juan, bringing new Latin flavors to the city. Everything at this restaurant is made with love and vegan-based, from cocktails to cafe food options, from the middle of the day until late at night. Bar Bombon takes authentic recipes from Puerto Rico and adds its own twist, offering healthier, fresh, made-to-order plant-based dishes that satisfy vegan, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike. Guests will find homemade tortillas and proteins made with organic grains and non-GMO soy on the menu, along with many other vegan options.
133 S. 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 267-606-6612
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3.Departure Restaurant and Lounge
© Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Set at the top of Portland’s landmark Meier and Frank Building, the Departure Restaurant and Lounge offers an ambitious menu that captivates guests with a masterful remix of coastal authentic cuisines. With offerings that range from street-food style appetizers to entree-sized classics to noodle and rice specialties to fresh sushi, the restaurant takes advantage of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, combined with the Far East’s fiery flavors. The sky-high culinary destination features a design as daring as the food, served in both a chef-driven, seasonal tasting and leisurely dining experience that blends the city’s progressive future with its pioneering past.
525 SW Morrison Street, 15th Floor, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-802-5370
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4.Equinox - DC
Equinox - DC is a sophisticated and elegant, yet unpretentious and comfortable vegetarian restaurant in the nation’s capital. One of the seasonal sustainable food movement’s frontrunners, Chef Todd Gray, provides pure, sophisticated American fare that’s established in the techniques of European cooking and uses organic, community-sourced Mid-Atlantic ingredients sourced from within one hundred miles of Equinox whenever possible. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am until 2:00pm, open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm until 9:30pm, and open for brunch on Sundays from 10:30am until 2:00pm.
818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: 202-331-8118
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5.Farmers & Distillers
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Farmers & Distillers is the most diverse restaurant founded by restaurateurs Dan Simons and Mike Vucurevich, as well as the over forty-seven thousand farmers with the North Dakota Farmers Union. The pair opened Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers with a goal of connecting diners closer to the food source. Farmers and Distillers continues that tradition and has shortened the supply chain, increased demand, and gotten family-farmed American products closer to the glass and plate. Farmers & Distillers serves carefully sourced, made-from-scratch, delicious food to both visitors and locals alike in Washington, DC, including a brunch buffet on the weekends.
600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-464-3001
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Planta in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Florida was founded with a mission to create delicious cuisine that also promotes environmental sustainability. Under the guidance of Chef David Lee, the restaurant aims to fill a void for full-service, upscale, plant-based dining. Along with the location in Miami, Planta also has three locations in Toronto, Ontario. Planta South Beach is open Monday through Friday for lunch from noon until 3:00pm, and brunch on the weekends from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm until 10:00pm and until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-397-8513
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7.Sage - A Plant Based Bistro
Sage - A Plant Based Bistro and Beer Garden is a truly unique vegetarian restaurant in Culver City, California. The dining establishment considers itself the first of its kind, providing food that both omnivores and vegans alike crave and find delicious. Whether guests are looking for a restaurant for a beer and some pizza, a lively atmosphere for groups, or an outdoor romantic spot for date night, Sage offers a little bit of everything. The restaurant is committed to using the highest quality of locally sourced produce available, working with local farmers to source pesticide-free, organic ingredients daily.
4130 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230, Phone: 424-228-5835
Open everyday at 11:00am, Zaytinya features a mezze menu full of innovation and inspired by Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish cuisines. Under the direction of the renowned José Andrés and the ThinkFoodGroup team, the restaurant serves a wide array of vegetarian dishes within a modern and sleek setting. Zaytinya builds on Chef Andrés’ deep knowledge of dishes and cooking techniques of Mediterranean fare through years of travel and research. The menu here includes an array of innovative and authentic small plates, unique Mediterranean wines, and creative cocktails, making the eatery one of Washington, DC’s most exciting restaurants.
701 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-638-0800
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Located in Portland, Oregon, Doris Rodriguez de Platt’s Andina gets its inspiration from Peru’s native culinary traditions, along with some of the contemporary cooking of the leading chefs in Peru. The restaurant has developed a menu that celebrates Rodriguez de Platt’s Andean roots, blending the techniques and ideas of both Novo-Andean and Criollo cuisines. Both local and native ingredients are used to create a variety of personally inspired and traditionally dishes. Andina is open daily for lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm until 9:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays until 10:30pm.
1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-228-9535
10.Beatrix - River North
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Beatrix - River North in Chicago, Illinois is a neighborhood meeting place, coffeehouse, and restaurant in the River North area of the city. Chef partners John Chiakulas, Rita Dever, and Susan Weaver have developed a menu that is inspired by the food created in the test kitchen of Lettuce Entertain You. The vegetarian restaurant is open seven days a week for all-day dining, from breakfast to late night, as well as brunch on the weekends. All sweets, breads, and pastries served at Beatrix are made in-house every day, with popular choices among customers including the Honey Butter Cinnamon Buns and Sadie’s Crunch Cake.
519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-284-1377
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Ulele is a unique vegetarian restaurant located within the 1903 Water Works building in Tampa, Florida that celebrates a dynamic blend of ingredients from Florida land and waters that were once home to numerous Native Americans, such as the legendary princess Ulele. Situated in Tampa Heights, along the Riverwalk on Hillsborough River, the restaurant serves visually appealing and intricately flavored dishes cooked on a barbacoa grill measuring ten feet in diameter. Ulele is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am until 10:00pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am until 11:00pm. Both outdoor and indoor waterfront dining is available.
1810 North Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-999-4952
12.Charlie was a sinner.
© Charlie was a sinner.
Located in the beautiful area of Midtown Village in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charlie was a sinner. is a small vegetarian restaurant that specializes in small, tapas-style plates. Along with its wide variety of small plates, Charlie was a sinner. also offers a large list of craft cocktails and a helpful, courteous, and friendly team of staff. The restaurant is open from 4:00pm until 11:00pm Sunday through Thursday and from 4:00pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy Hour is offered from 4:00pm until 7:00pm Monday through Thursday and until 6:00pm on Fridays.
131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-758-5372
13.Gracias Madre - SF
© Gracias Madre - SF
Gracias Madre in the Mission district of San Francisco, California was founded after Terces Engelhart realized there wasn’t anywhere within the state’s Bay Area to regularly be able to get non-GMO, vegan Mexican cuisine. Open seven days a week, the restaurant has since became well known for its amazing enchiladas with cashew cheese and plantain-filled empanadas among several other dishes. Guests are seated at communal tables to foster a shared dining experience through community and food. In addition to delicious food, Happy Hour is offered at Gracias Madre from 3:00pm until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone: 415-683-1346
14.The Helmand Restaurant
The Helmand Restaurant is a unique restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts serving a variety of Afghani dishes. Particularly popular among patrons is the flatbread that guests can see cooking in the wood-burning oven. Named after the most important and longest river in Afghanistan, the restaurant boasts a cozy feel with an intimate fireplace on side of the dining room. The menu at The Helmand Restaurant features an array of vegetarian appetizers and entrees, like the banjan challow and kaddo, as well as several others dishes, such as koufta challow, soups, mantwo, aushak, gabelee, and much more.
143 1St St, Cambridge, MA 02142, Phone: 617-492-4646
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Lila is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant located in the city of Sarasota, Florida. Its name loosely translated means creative, whimsical, and fun, and the people behind the operation of Lila strives to apply this meaning to their restaurant. The menu here changes on a seasonal basis and includes dishes made with ingredients from several organic farms. The concept of Lila is to provide food in the way that the owners like to eat: vegetable-centric and creative, with many dishes being vegan, free of any animal products, including honey, eggs, dairy, and meat. Options with meat are prepared with locally sourced, organic products.
1576 Main St, Sarasota , FL 34236, Phone: 941-296-1042
© Modern Love
Located within the hustle and bustle of Omaha, Nebraska, Modern Love is a swanky restaurant serving unique vegan dishes. The restaurant takes classic dishes and gives them a bit of a vegetable twist. Everything on the menu at Modern Love is made-from-scratch and the restaurant supports local farmers, believing that the food is more delicious in doing so. Taking inspiration from the wide variety of cuisine found in New York, guests can find starters like the five-spiced cauliflower wings, creamy borscht, and almond cheese stuffed arancini, as well as entrees such as rosemary seitan chops and oyster mushroom scampi.
3157 Farnam Street Suite 7113 Omaha, NE 68131, Phone: 402-614-6481
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Oliver’s serves plant-based, minimally processed food that is nutritious, vibrant, and delicious through abundant care, innovation, and creativity. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm and for dinner from 5:00pm until 9:00pm, the restaurant embraces plant-based cuisine to the beautiful area of Montecito. Oliver’s features an open and warm dining area, as well as an outdoor patio and a bar room, but one of the most notable features during warm weather is one side of the restaurant that is completely open to the outdoors via accordion doors, connecting the patio with the bar area.
1198 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-969-0834
Located in Denver, Colorado, Root Down opened with a purpose of connecting the dining experience to the local neighborhood in much the same way that food is connected to ingredients. In addition to this, the restaurant also prides itself on aiming to solve the common “omnivore’s dilemma.” Root Down believes a seamless bond should exist between the experience and the elements, stimulating the senses and drawing people in. The restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5:00pm, as well as brunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Happy Hour is from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, Phone: 303-993-4200
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Shaya in New Orleans, Louisiana combines Israeli staple with modern techniques and Southern flavors, creating a balance between tradition and innovation. Open seven days a week, the restaurant approaches Israeli fare as a mosaic, drawing inspiration and influence from Greece, Turkey, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Shaya’s contemporary menu is both a celebration of Louisiana’s abundance and a reflection of the continuous evolution of Israeli cuisine, highlighting locally and responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients. Central to the dining experience and menu is the wood-fired oven, from the vegetable-centric smaller plates and wood-fried, homemade pizza to the heartier entrees.
4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, Phone: 504-891-4213
20.True Food Kitchen
© True Food Kitchen
The True Food Kitchen has numerous locations throughout the country, but is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The idea behind the restaurant is to provide a place where people can come together to feel better, eat better, and to celebrate a love for better living. The True Food Kitchen was inspired by the idea that food should make people feel better instead of worse. The people behind the establishment are a passionate group of visionary restaurateurs and accomplished chefs, and a doctor of integrated medicine who believe nutrition and delicious dining are capable of going hand-in-hand, without needing to sacrifice indulgence, creativity, or flavor.
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, 602-774-3488
Located in the “City of Brotherly Love,” Zahav in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a vegetarian restaurant that highlights the Israeli-Mediterranean fair of owner and chef Michael Solomonov. The restaurant was named as one of the “Top 20 New Restaurants in America” by Esquire and “Best New Restaurant” by Philadelphia Magazine when it opened in 2008. Situated in the city’s Society Hill neighborhood, Zahav received the title of “outstanding restaurant” at the notable 2019 James Beard Awards and was the only restaurant to win an award in Philadelphia, as well as it being the first time a Philadelphia restaurant received the award.
237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-625-8800
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Ema, helmed by Chef CJ Jacobson, is a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and showcases the chef’s style of lighter California cooking. At the heart of the restaurant’s menu are dips, spreads, and Mediterranean mezze small plates. Signature dishes on the menu include Lamb Kefta Kebabs, House-Made Stracciatella, and Spicy Hummus. The kitchen here is also shared with the quick-casual counter known as Rotisserie Ema. Ema is open for lunch on Mondays to Fridays from 11:30am until 4:00pm, dinner seven days a week starting at 4:00pm, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am until 4:00pm.
74 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-527-5586
23.Chauhan Ale & Masala House
© Chauhan Ale & Masala House
The Chauhan Ale and Masala House in Nashville, Tennessee is committed to providing guests with a unique dining experience in the city’s bustling food scene. Executive Chef and co-owner Chef Maneet Chauhan beautifully combines a love of Southern cuisine, zest for travel, and Indian roots to create a menu that features globally influenced Indian fare highlighting different aspects of both India’s and Nashville’s culinary scenes, perfectly blending traditional Southern dishes with Indian cuisine. The Chauhan Ale and Masala House has received many awards and accolades since it opened in 2014, including from Travel + Leisure, Food Network, and USA Today among several others.
123 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-242-8426
23 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the United States
- ABC Kitchen, Photo: ABC Kitchen
- Bar Bombon, Photo: Bar Bombon
- Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Photo: Departure Restaurant and Lounge
- Equinox - DC, Photo: iaroshenko/stock.adobe.com
- Farmers & Distillers, Photo: Farmers & Distillers
- Planta, Photo: Planta
- Sage - A Plant Based Bistro, Photo: irina/stock.adobe.com
- Zaytinya, Photo: Zaytinya
- Andina, Photo: Andina
- Beatrix - River North, Photo: Magdalena Bujak/stock.adobe.com
- Ulele, Photo: Ulele
- Charlie was a sinner., Photo: Charlie was a sinner.
- Gracias Madre - SF, Photo: Gracias Madre - SF
- The Helmand Restaurant, Photo: Angelov/stock.adobe.com
- Lila, Photo: Lila
- Modern Love, Photo: Modern Love
- Oliver's, Photo: Oliver's
- Root Down, Photo: chandlervid85/stock.adobe.com
- Shaya, Photo: Shaya
- True Food Kitchen, Photo: True Food Kitchen
- Zahav, Photo: Zahav
- Ema, Photo: Ema
- Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Photo: Chauhan Ale & Masala House
- Cover Photo: buritora/stock.adobe.com
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