Great Vegetarian Restaurants

The vegetarian scene has grown in leaps and bounds, and every city had a plethora of fantastic vegetarian and vegan restaurants that offer delicious, healthy, meat-free fare. Veggie dishes are now way more than just beans and sprouts – vegetarian and vegan-lovers can now enjoy mouthwatering dishes from vegan spicy cashew chipotle enchiladas and buffalo cauliflower tacos to pumpkin seed-encrusted yellowfin tuna and crunchy artichokes Alla Romana. Here are some of the top vegetarian restaurants around the country for delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

ABC Kitchen

ABC Kitchen is a chic, well-regarded American eatery owned by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten that serves gourmet organic farm-to-table fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from surrounding farms and artisans. The restaurant exudes visual panache and features rustic décor with reclaimed-wood tables, antique armoires, porcelain crockery, and flowering vine-entwined chandeliers and has an intimate and romantic ambiance. The sprawling menu features a selection of small and large shareable plates, fresh salads, handmade pasta, and fresh seafood with signature dishes like buttery arctic char fillet, fried calamari encrusted with crushed Martin’s Pretzels, and wood-oven-roasted Maine lobster with lemon-chili vinaigrette. Casual bites include whole-wheat pizzas with inspiring toppings, and the cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of global wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails. ABC Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-475-5829

Andina

Andina is a contemporary restaurant in Portland that serves upscale Peruvian cuisine and creative cocktails in a bustling, vibrant ambiance. Owner Doris Rodriguez de Platt draws inspiration from the native culinary traditions of Peru and some of Peru’s leading chefs and celebrates her family’s Andean roots with an innovative blend of Criollo and Novo-Andean cuisines. Using native and local ingredients, the restaurant serves a selection of sharing plates and tapas, along with hearty entrées such as Arroz con Mariscos, Lomo Saltado, Hongos Saltados, Arroz con Pato, and Carapulcra con Cerdo. A hand-selected list of fine wines from around the world, along with craft beers and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, accompanies the cuisine. Andina is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-228-9535

Âu L?c Plant-Based Food & Drink

Âu L?c is an Orange County Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant that opened in 1990 and serves an entirely Vietnamese vegetarian menu prepared and cooked by master chef Kim Oanh Huynh, the mother of owner Mai Nguyen. Based in an unassuming strip mall in Los Angeles, the restaurant serves an entirely plant-based and vegan menu with many gluten-free options that are prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and organic produce, as well as water purified by reverse osmosis. Traditional dishes are from northern, central, or southern regions of Vietnam and include crispy, golden-fried spring rolls, spicy bun bo hue noodle dish, stuffed rice dough Banh bot loc, and specialty beef noodle soup, pho. A variety of beverages is available, and Âu L?c is open for lunch and dinner, Friday through Wednesday.

710 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-617-2533




Farmers & Distillers

Farmers & Distillers is a restaurant, bar, and distillery run by the Founding Farmers team that offers a creative menu of globally-inspired fare and a variety of beverages mixed with house-made spirits. Owned and operated by restaurateurs, Mike Vucurevich and Dan Simons, whose aim is to transform the American dining experience by focusing on taking diners back to their roots when it comes to food, Farmers & Distillers serves made-from-scratch fare prepared using ingredients and produce sourced from the 47,000 farmers that make up the North Dakota Farmer’s Union. Signature dishes include Dan’s Mum’s Eggs and Soldiers with soft boiled eggs on brioche toast; Cacio E Pepe with scrambled eggs, pecorino cheese, roasted tomatoes, and cracked black pepper; Egg Foo Yong with broccolini, carrots, mushrooms and a hoisin ginger sauce; and Chef Joe’s Scramble with hash browns, potatoes, mortadella, and spinach.

600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-464-3001

Gracias Madre - SF

Mexican food meet vegetarian in this friendly and vibrant restaurant on Mission Street. Boasting cantina-style communal tables and a pleasant ambiance, Gracias Madre offers an outstanding menu of 100% organic, plant-based Mexican dishes. The entirely vegan menu features dishes such as Antojitos (street food-inspired starter snacks) like sweet potato and caramelized onion quesadillas stuffed with cashew cheese and chunky pumpkin-seed salsa and grilled potato-masa gordita topped with salsa verde and cashew cream. These are followed by mains of heirloom masa tamale stuffed with seasonal veggies and prickly pear cactus known as nopales topped with cashew cheese and Pico de gallo and served with black beans, rice, and handmade tortillas. Don’t miss the mouthwatering flan for dessert. Gracias Madre is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone: 415-683-1346

The Helmand Restaurant

Named after Afghanistan's longest and most important river, Helmand Restaurant is an Afghani eatery that specializes in traditional cuisine from Afghanistan. Established in 1989, the local landmark is owned by one of the city’s most prominent families and boasts an elegant dining room with cozy seating and beautiful tapestries on the walls, a small fireplace that casts a warm glow, and a large woodburning oven where traditional Afghan flatbread is cooked. Bringing the rich history, culture, and exotic flavors of Afghanistan to Baltimore with a menu of exquisitely prepared authentic dishes of meat and vegetables laced with Middle Eastern spices. Set on Baltimore's busiest street, the restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week.

806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-752-0311

Lila

Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Lila is a health-focused, environmentally-friendly restaurant that serves a seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare using fresh, locally sourced, and organic cuisine. The restaurant serves both creative, vegetable-centric and vegan dishes as well as meat dishes which are cooked on separate cooktops with signature dishes such as Falafel Bowls, Mediterranean Bowls of artichokes, quinoa, and hummus, Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bowls, Hong Kong Style Udon Noodles, and Stir-Fried Tofu with Baby Bok Choy. The food is paired with a selection of wines, bubbles, and beers, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

1576 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236, Phone: 941-296-1042

Modern Love Omaha

Modern Love Omaha is a swanky spot that serves upscale vegan comfort food in the form of classic favorites with a twist. Vegan owner-and-chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz uses fresh locally sourced ingredients to prepare unique and innovative dishes such as Eggplant & Olive Lasagna, Brussels Sprouts Chana Masala, Mac & Shews with pecan-cornmeal crusted tofu, Barbeque Tofu Bowl and Butternut Risotto. A hand-selected list of fine wines from around the world, along with craft beers and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, accompanies the cuisine. Modern Love Omaha is open for dinner, seven nights a week, and Sunday brunch.

3157 Farnam St Suite 7113, Omaha, NE 68131, Phone: 402-614-6481

True Food Kitchen

With multiple locations around the country, True Food Kitchen serves healthy, vegetarian, vegan, and meat dishes in a casual, contemporary setting. The health-driven restaurant and bar serve a seasonal menu that focuses on wholesome, great-tasting food made with artisanal ingredients with signature dishes such as Edamame Dumplings, an Inside Out Quinoa Burger, Ancient Grains with miso-glazed sweet potatoes, Korean Noodle Salad, and Grilled Fish Tacos. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of beverages, including inspired cocktails, such as the Citrus Skinny Margarita, craft beers from local breweries, and a range of casual wines from around the world. True Food Kitchen is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

2800 E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 101, Denver, Colorado 80206, Phone: 720-509-7661

Zahav

Zahav is an award-winning restaurant in Society Hill owned by Michael Solomonov that serves Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, laid-back setting. Established over 11 years ago, the critically acclaimed modern Israeli eatery— which translates to gold in Hebrew — serves authentic Middle Eastern fare with influences from the multitude of cultures that have blossomed in Jerusalem over the centuries from Egypt and Morocco to Lebanon and Turkey. Traditional cooking methods such as authentic Arabic taboons to bake flatbread and live coals over which fresh fish and skewered meats are grilled are used in the restaurant's open kitchen, and an eight-seat chef’s counter offers front row seats for diners to watch the food prep. The restaurant boasts rustic tables and an intimate dining space beneath stone archways, and a large full-service bar serves a wide variety of drinks. Zahav is open for dinner, seven nights a week.

237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-625-8800

Zaytinya

Named for the Turkish word for olive oil, Zaytinya brings the rich tastes and flavors of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon to Washington D.C. under the guidance of celebrated chef José Andrés and his professional culinary team. Drawing inspiration from his vast knowledge of Mediterranean cooking, Chef Andrés creates an innovative menu of fresh, locally sourced and healthy fare such as mezze, flatbreads, salads, homemade soups, and hearty entrées of fresh seafood, grass-fed meats and chicken, and decadent desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of unique Mediterranean wines, craft beers, and creative cocktails made with high-end spirits, and the restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-638-0800

Ema

Ema is a Mediterranean restaurant on Illinois Street in the heart of Chicago that showcases light Californian cuisine prepared and presented by Chef CJ Jacobson. The restaurant boasts a relaxed, laid-back vibe and specializes in serving Mediterranean small plates with a California twist, such as mezze such as hummus, feta and olives, falafel, and grilled octopus, and entrées of lamb kofta kebabs, rotisserie chicken, and fresh salads. The bright and vibrant dining space offers cozy seating in both summer and winter, and the full-service bar provides a selection of craft and draft beers, casual wines from around the world, and handcrafted cocktails. Ema is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

74 W Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-527-5586

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Set in a refurbished brick garage in the Gulch, Nashville, Chauhan Ale & Masala House is a vibrant eatery that serves creative Indian cuisine and sublime cocktails. Devoted to offering an exceptional dining experience, Chauhan Ale & Masala House is a highly lauded spot for excellent Indian cuisine in Nashville helmed by celebrity chef and TV personality Maneet Chauhan. Inspired by her Indian roots, global travels, and love of Southern food, Chef Chauhan creates a menu of globally-inspired Indian cuisine with signature dishes such as Garam Masala Pork Belly, Tandoori Chicken Poutine, Malabari Seafood Cioppino, and Kashmiri Spiced Braised Lamb Shank. A curated list of fine wines from around the world, along with craft beers and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, accompanies the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-242-8426

Oliver's

Oliver’s is a warm and stylish outpost in Santa Barbara that serves healthy plant-based cuisine, along with organic juices and innovative cocktails. The upscale vegetarian restaurant boasts indoor-outdoor dining, which is perfect for Santa Barbara’s balmy climate with warm wood and blue-grey interiors with French doors that open onto a charming tree-laden patio strung with lights. The farm-to-table menu features signature dishes such as herb-and-chili sweet potatoes, toasted farro risotto with fried sage, grilled cauliflower steak, carrot udon noodles, and toasted millet polenta. The cuisine is accompanied by a variety of creative cocktails, premium-grade liquor, casual wines, craft beers, kombucha, and fresh, organic cold-press juice. Oliver’s is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.

1198 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-969-0834

Planta

Located on the north-east side of Bay and Bloor, Planta is one of a chain of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that serves organic cuisine and promotes environmental sustainability. Founded in 2016, the restaurant aims to celebrate innovative cuisine in its purest form and is prepared with local natural ingredients sourced from ethical farmers, artisans, and suppliers. Talented Chef David Lee creates a casual menu of farm-to-table fare with Asian influences, such as dumplings, salads, maki and nigiri, wok dishes, noodles, and rice dishes, and nori crackling. A curated list of fine wines from around the world, along with craft beers and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, accompanies the cuisine. Planta is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch seven days a week.

180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3, Phone: 647-812-1221

Root Down

Root Down is a friendly café that aims to bring the neighborhood together through fantastic food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The converted filling station boasts bright and quirky décor with comfortable seating and artful pieces on the walls and offers a colorful menu of globally-influenced seasonal cuisine, with a focus on organic, natural, and locally-sourced ingredients. Tuck into hearty brunches of eggs Benedict, fried chicken and goat’s cheese biscuit, open-faced smoked brisket sandwich, mushroom and herb omelet, and Vietnamese almond pancakes. Root Down features an extensive wine list, thoughtful beer offerings, and specialty cocktails, including bottomless mimosas.

1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, Phone: 303-993-4200

Sage Plant-Based Bistro and Beer Garden

Sage Plant-Based Bistro and Beer Garden serves both omnivores and vegetarians alike in a laid-back and intimate spot. The spacious rustic restaurant features wooden interiors of mixed farmhouse woods and pallets and bar stools are topped with tractor seats, while the massive beer garden is perfect for a quick drink with friends with communal oak tables, rusty farm equipment, and wagon-wheel chandeliers. Guests can dine on delicious mole bowls, tempura-avocado tacos, and veggie linguine and cauliflower piccata, while beer garden visitors can tuck into light fare like jackfruit nachos while sipping on vegan/organic beer. Desserts include organic, gluten-free ice-creme called Kindkreme, and the full-service bar offers 24 craft and organic beers on tap and an array of casual wines. Sage Plant-Based Bistro and Beer Garden is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

4130 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230, Phone: 424-228-5835

Shaya

Shaya Restaurant brings an authentic Israeli dining experience to New Orleans owned by John Besh protégé Alon Shaya who presents a menu of bright, colorful food inspired by his birthplace, Israel. Drawing inspiration from North Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East, Shaya blends Southern flavors with Israeli staples to create a contemporary menu that reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food. Shaya highlights seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients in delectable dishes such as creamy baba ghanoush, herby tabbouleh, watermelon with Bulgarian feta, labneh, falafel sandwiches, and piquant lamb ragù with crispy chickpeas, as well as wood-fired pita served hot from the pizza oven. Shaya Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

4213 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115, Phone: 504-891-4213




Bar Bombon

Bar Bombon is a cozy, inviting spot that serves Puerto Rican-inspired vegan arepas, empanadas, and tacos, all of which are prepared with plant-based ingredients such as organic grains and non-GMO soy. The bustling corner bar-restaurant near Rittenhouse Square is owned by Nicole Marquis who brings her Puerto Rican heritage to the kitchen when preparing delicious and traditional cuisine, such as tacos made the old way with homemade tortillas, such as blackened fajita tacos and buffalo cauliflower tacos, veggie-filled empanadas, Peruvian yucca, and tostones. Expert mixologists serve handcrafted cocktails, craft and draft beers, and casual wines, and the restaurant has a window counter that serves juices and coffee all day. Bar Bombon is open for lunch and dinner, Friday through Wednesday.

133 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 267-606-6612

Beatrix - River North

A friendly neighborhood chain of cafés, Beatrix is an all-day eatery that offers an abundance of healthy, gluten-free dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect for the breakfasters or brunchers who want a bit of everything, the cozy bistro serves creative dishes such as quinoa cakes and poached eggs, the Sgt. Pepper with red bell pepper and rye whiskey, spicy chicken tinga and shakshouka, and chili-and-chocolate-glazed salmon. Don’t forget to try one of Beatrix’s house-made juices mixed with a spirit of choices, such as the Blue Boost with gin or the Power Greens with tequila – brunch will never be the same again.

519 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-284-1377

Ulele

Located on the northern end of Tampa's Riverwalk, Ulele is a rustic-chic restaurant that serves native Floridian fare made with ingredients sourced from Florida waters. Housed in a renovated city waterworks building, the restaurant serves a menu inspired by the Native Americans of Florida, including the young princess Ulele after which the restaurant is named. Many of the dishes are cooked on a traditional 10-foot diameter barbacoa grill and include signature plates such as pumpkin seed-encrusted yellowfin tuna, seafood pot pie, and alligator hush puppies. The food is accompanied by a selection of house-brewed beers and hand-crafted signature cocktails, and guests can dine in several spaces, including the cozy dining room, an outdoor patio, laid-back beer gardens, and an elegant rooftop lounge. Ulele is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-999-4952

Charlie was a sinner.

Located in beautiful Midtown Village in Philadelphia, Charlie was a sinner is a charming spot that specializes in creative, tapas-style plant-based small plates and innovative cocktails in a dark and atmospheric dining space. The cozy restaurant features quirky décor, intimate seating, and glittering chandeliers, and serves a menu of vegan and vegetarian farm-to-table fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients such as zucchini “crab cake” sliders, pan-roasted heirloom polenta, tofu, and bean sausage, Bouillabaisse En Pappillotte, and potato gnocchi served with butternut mash. An extensive cocktail features an array of too-pretty-to-drink cocktails, craft, and draft beers, and casual wines, and the restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week.

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-758-5372

Equinox - DC

Owned and managed by husband and wife team Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray, Equinox offers a combination of market and plant-based cuisine that include both meat, vegetarian, and vegan options. While the menu isn't entirely vegan, it is easy enough to ignore the meat or fish entirely and choose veggie-only options, which include artichoke soup, crunchy artichokes alla Romana with red pepper aioli, tempura cauliflower with fall vegetables and rice and charred asparagus with baked spaghetti squash and cashew cheese. Diners can order off the a la carte menu or choose from a three, five, or seven-course tasting menu, and Sundays offer a famous vegan buffet brunch. Equinox is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006, Phone: 202-331-8118