Whether you're a vegan or are part of the meat-eating, dairy-loving crowd, there's a thing or two to be said about how incredible the vegan food scene is becoming in Seattle. From fantastic colors to an awesome flavor profile, vegan food has elevated far beyond the "rabbit food" it was once known as. Seriously folks, if there was ever a time to forget all of the negative preconceptions you've had of vegan food, then it is now. Seattle has long been regaled as a world-class food-loving city and vegan chefs are taking the industry by storm with their mouthwatering meatless creations.
© Cafe Flora
Cafe Flora is a bright and elegant courtyard café. Visitors can enjoy a neighborhood-like atmosphere that is welcoming and relaxing while munching on farm-fresh dishes that are both colorful and absolutely delicious. Some of Café Flora's must-try dishes include the cornmeal waffle with strawberries and basil as well as their famous Tofu Scrambles. Not to be missed are their famous and hugely popular vegan cinnamon rolls, which come with a nutty, crunchy, and sticky flavor profile that will have your taste buds over the moon. One visit and you'll want to make this café your official bunch spot forever.
2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112, Phone: 206-325-9100
2.Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
© Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
If there were ever a café that could be considered a super hero of sorts, then Chaco Canyon Organic Café would be it. Launched and owned by Chris Maykut, the Chaco Canyon Café was inspired by the desire to nourish the community and champion sustainable farming and business practices. Dedicated to running their business in a way that is great for the planet, great for the people, and great for their personal growth and sustainability, Chaco Canyon Café has now grown into a hugely popular dining establishment with two more locations in West Seattle and Greenwood in addition to the University District. Some of the café's best sellers include the garden avocado sandwich, the Thai peanut bowl, and the cranberry kale salad.
4757 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-552-6966
© Araya's Place
Araya's Place opened in 1987 as the first ever vegan-Thai restaurant in the northwest. Since then, the local community has fallen in love with this family-owned and operated restaurant, which serves up delicious Thai dishes with produce sourced primarily from local farms. Although Araya's has a strong ala carte menu, what really draws people to its doors are its popular daily lunch buffets with tasty offerings like pot stickers, noodles, fried rice, and curries. Definitely not a bad deal considering you can eat as much as you want for just $11. Thanks to the popularity of their flagship location in the University District, Araya's has opened a second spot in Madison Valley and even has a location in Los Angeles.
5240 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-524-4332
4.Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Cuisine
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The Bamboo Garden is the perfect place to take that pal of yours who is apprehensive about vegan or vegetarian food. They won't even realize they're eating meatless food until you tell them. Even then, they might not believe you. This is because Bamboo Garden specializes in fake meat and pays homage to traditional Chinese vegetarian cuisine, which they say has been around for centuries. All of the "meat" items on the menu are made from vegetable protein products and they boast a menu that has zero cholesterol. Some of the must-tries at this spot include the Crispy Beef, the Szechuan Style Beans, and the Fu Zhou Fried Rice.
364 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-282-6616
5.Bang Bang Cafe
© Bang Bang Cafe
What's not to love about the Bang Bang Café? From easy grab-able lunches to exceptional espressos, Bang Bang Café has everything that you could possibly want to start your morning on a tasty note. Regulars of Bang Bang Café rave about the breakfast burrito, which is filled with potatoes, cheese, vegetarian sausage avocado, and sour cream. Vegetarians can also opt for an inclusion of eggs. Those visiting for lunch can also enjoy an excellent soup that will warm your belly and your soul. Truly, every little thing about the café is filled with the care and the attention of sisters and owners, Miki and Yuki Sodos.
2460 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-448-2233
© Cafe Turko
Take a gastronomic journey to Turkey with each visit to Café Turko. Although Café Turko mainly serves great food from the Ottoman Empire, the restaurant also borrows foodie elements from Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine. With seasonal dishes and traditional favorites, the café brings a world of colors to every plate using vegan ingredients. Guests can look forward to fragrant aromas in every offering and exceptional presentation. One of the main draws of Café Turko is their Turkish Breakfast, which is a huge spread of platters that will tantalize you with both taste and flavors. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available in this restaurant, while those looking for meat can also enjoy some halal options.
900 N. 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-284-9954
© Cafe Yumm
Just a few blocks from the ever-popular Pike Place, Café Yumm! is a fantastic little spot in the downtown Seattle area that provides a casual dining experience for vegans, vegetarians, and health-buffs in the community. Founded by the husband and wife duo of Mark and Mary Ann Beauchamp, the café has a homey feel to it and has a menu that is basic but absolutely delicious. They work hard to serve simple, beautiful, and nourishing food that will fuel your body and your soul. While the sandwiches, wraps, and bento boxes at the café are glorious, people go bananas for the Yumm! Bowls, like the edamame, smoky, and Chilean zucchini bowls. Vegans can take their pick between tofu and tempeh, while meat eaters can look forward to all-natural chicken and premium turkey breast that is nitrite-free.
717 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-624-9866
8.ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli
© ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli
Visiting the ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli is more like visiting your grandmother and having a home-cooked meal in her kitchen than dining at a restaurant. Run by a passionate chef from Vietnam, Chef Tanya, ChuMinh's menu is filled with vegan Vietnamese dishes that exude culinary skill and heartfelt dedication to the craft. Chef Tanya and her staff treat every customer like family, making both ala carte and buffet offerings available. House specialties at ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli include their delicious and healthy pho, heartwarming spicy noodle soups, and banh mi, not to mention the rice combos, bubble teas, and other fantastic Vietnamese beverages.
1043 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone: 206-723-6095
© Flying Apron
Vegan and gluten-free food can be quite intimidating for many people. After all, sometimes, where vegan food is concerned, we automatically assume that an overly passionate activist has most been likely involved. Other times, we just assume that vegan food is rabbit food. This is far from the case and Flying Apron endeavors to prove the naysayers wrong by serving crave-worthy vegan food offerings. Hand-crafted, local, and absolutely delicious, the Flying Apron specializes in baked goods, both savory and sweet. The Flying Apron is committed to working with reputable suppliers for their goods, thus sourcing their raw ingredients only from farmers who pledge to use sustainable and labor-friendly farming practices.
3510 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 306-442-1115
© Harvest Beat
Gathering "the goodness" of nature to help create a healthy world, the Harvest Beat is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that aims to build unity between farmers, restaurants, and other communities. Every dish at the restaurant features the change of seasons, symbolized by the local organic ingredients that are currently available in the market. The commitment to using what's available along with the incredible creativity of the Harvest Beat staff means the menu changes very often. Each night features a brand-new prix fixe menu that will surprise your senses and your taste buds. Some examples of previous culinary creations include the roasted starburst squash filled with a smoked wild mushroom cashew cheese mousse and a chocolate cinnamon flan with a walnut brittle fig crust.
1711 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-547-1348
If you like punk rock and vegan food, then you're in for a treat at Highline. Serving exclusively vegan fare, Highline is best characterized as your metal or punk rock veggie-loving pal's home. The restaurant is housed in a huge wide-open room that is capable of seating dozens of patrons. Dig into house favorites like the Reubender or the Bell Toll Sandwich, then spend the rest of the evening enjoying the music or battling your buddies at the foosball table. Folks who want to the most out of their visit to Highline can also snap some photos at the photo booth, play arcade games, and enjoy their favorite alcoholic beverages on the best balcony in Broadway.
210 Broadway Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102, Phone: 206-328-7837
12.Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria
© Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria
The hunt for guilt-free pizza is officially over thanks to Pizza Pi, the very first 100% vegan pizzeria in the country. While most people might cringe at the thought of vegan pizza, the local community of Seattle seems to think otherwise as the pizzeria is now over 13 years old and still enjoys lots of love and care from their customers. Committed to conscientious and healthy eating, the pizzeria offers various appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and calzones in addition to their specialty pies. Some variations to their awesome pizzas include the Phoni-Pepperoni, the Ex-Meatlovers, the Ricotta-Kalamata, and the Sunny Day pies.
5500 University Way North East, Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-343-1415
© Plum Bistro
Dedicated to making veganism accessible and delectable to everyone, the Plum Bistro incorporates the forward-thinking ideals of the new generations in every dish with the end goal of introducing people a plant-based lifestyle. From the juicy and mouthwatering buffalo portobello burger to flatbread pizzas like the Veggie Monster, the Plum Bistro serves up innovative vegan cuisine with stylish and colorful flair. They also offer vegan takes on bistro classics like ravioli, theirs being filled with sweet peas, while taking the streets by storm through the very first vegan food truck in Seattle. The bistro is so popular that they've even released a successful cookbook along with other well received products.
1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-838-5333
© Razzis Pizzeria
Eating with a dedicated vegan, a vegetarian, and a meat-loving buddy? If yes, then setting up your next hangout at Razzis Pizzeria is a great choice. Razzis offers four complete menus, traditional, gluten-free, vegan, and gluten free/vegan. This is to make sure that everyone who visits will have something to eat that they absolutely love. They make fast food and pizza healthy by sourcing from local and organic markets as well as hand-crafting their own gluten-free and vegan pizza dough in their bakery. When you've had your fill of Razzis' incredible pizza, make sure to enjoy an authentic Italian gelato to cap off a great meal.
8523 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-782-9005
15.Silence Heart Nest
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There is a remarkable sense of peace that washes over you when you walk into the Silence Heart Nest. Apart from having a relaxing atmosphere and interiors covered with simple but elegant drawings of doves, the Silence Heart Nest was inspired by the teachings of Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher. This vegetarian restaurant endeavors to satisfy the hunger of each visitor with a wholesome meal made from only the best ingredients. Each bite exudes love and joy with great dishes like the vegan grilled vegetable scramble with lemon-Dijon sauce, sesame or vegan buttermilk pancakes, and the tasty vegan avocado migas.
3508 Fremont Place North, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-633-5169
© Sunlight Cafe
The Sunlight Café is the longest-standing vegetarian restaurant in Seattle for a reason – their spectacularly delicious and healthy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. Located in the bustling Roosevelt district, the Sunlight Café has been in operation for nearly 40 years with dine-in and take-out services available. The café is beloved by the community for their baked goods, which feature a variety of vegan bread and desserts that promise zero use of refined sugar. Some of the must-tries include their famous sweet potato pie, the grilled tempeh burger, and the Vegan Highlander, a dish of sautéed tofu, tempeh, onions, green and red peppers on a bed of fresh spinach with organic brown rice.
6403 Roosevelt Way, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-522-9060
17.Heart Beet Organic Superfoods Cafe
© Heart Beet Organic Superfoods Cafe
Known formerly as Thrive, the Heart Beet Organic Superfoods Café is on a mission to make America healthy again. To do this, they provide the community with access to convenient, delicious, and nutritious offerings that are jam-packed with superfoods. You can be certain that anytime you order something from Heart Beet, you'll be digging into or sipping on real heart-friendly food that sincerely loves you back. The café is popular for their non-dairy superfood smoothies like the Oh My Wonka, the Celestial Sea, and the Creamsicle. Fresh organic vegetable juice is also on offer, along with a full-on juice cleanse system that is made to order. Meanwhile, the food is nothing short of epic with breakfast bowls like the chia bowl, salads and raw entrees like the marinated kale salad, vegan burgers, and warm grain bowls.
1026 NE 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-525-0300
18.Turmeric 'n More
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On the nights that you've got a yearning for ultra-tasty Indian food but don't feel like leaving the house, Turmeric 'n More has got your back. As a Seattle-based meal delivery service, Turmeric 'n More is dedicated to bringing the taste of Pakistan and India to your doorstep while keeping their food nutritious and heart-healthy. Their dishes use freshly ground spices, fresh vegetables, and whole grains to deliver mind-blowing vegan dishes that are low in carbs, sodium, and fat. Some of the meals that you absolutely have to try include the saag aloo, a dish of chopped spinach, potatoes, and tomatoes cooked together with cumin, garlic, spices, fresh dill and fenugreek, and the bhindi ka salan, baby okra that cooked in tomatoes, onions, spices and topped with fresh cilantro.
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© Veggie Grill
This casual and healthy eating chain has hundreds of locations all over the country, including two in Seattle with a menu that features good-for-you variations of your favorite not-so-good-for-you meals. Many of the meals at the Veggie Grill could seriously pass for the real deal, such as the BBQ-kicked Chill Out Wings, the Bayou "Chikin'" Sandwich, and the Uptown Nachos. Truly, the Veggie Grill gives people a reason to create fresh, new ways to eat mindfully while celebrating the greatness that every veggie, fruit, grain, and nut has to offer. One thing is for sure, one trip to the Veggie Grill will have you screaming, "More veggies please!"
1427 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-624-1332
20.Wayward Vegan Cafe
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Thought vegan food was for pansies? Think again. The Wayward Vegan Café is a family-owned restaurant that gives vegan food that oomph that people think it lacks. One of the ways that the café accomplishes this is through one of its bestsellers, the Mac Daddy. This monstrosity of a burger pays tribute to the Big Mac, but in a way that glorifies how good vegan burgers can really be. The Mac Daddy features two huge and juicy no-beef patties stacked high with lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions between a sesame-free bun and made extra delectable with a Thousand Island sauce. Other badass goodies to enjoy include the Good Morning Crunch Wrap, the Tater Tot Hash, and the Biscuits and Gravy Combo.
801 NE 65th Street Suite C, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-524-0204
20 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Seattle
- Cafe Flora, Photo: Cafe Flora
- Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, Photo: Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
- Araya's Place, Photo: Araya's Place
- Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Cuisine, Photo: Courtesy of ShimizuAkira - Fotolia.com
- Bang Bang Cafe, Photo: Bang Bang Cafe
- Cafe Turko, Photo: Cafe Turko
- Cafe Yumm, Photo: Cafe Yumm
- ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli, Photo: ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli
- Flying Apron, Photo: Flying Apron
- Harvest Beat, Photo: Harvest Beat
- Highline, Photo: Highline
- Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria, Photo: Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria
- Plum Bistro, Photo: Plum Bistro
- Razzis Pizzeria, Photo: Razzis Pizzeria
- Silence Heart Nest, Photo: Courtesy of jukovvalentin - Fotolia.com
- Sunlight Cafe, Photo: Sunlight Cafe
- Heart Beet Organic Superfoods Cafe, Photo: Heart Beet Organic Superfoods Cafe
- Turmeric 'n More, Photo: Courtesy of saurav005 - Fotolia.com
- Veggie Grill, Photo: Veggie Grill
- Wayward Vegan Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of vaaseenaa - Fotolia.com
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