The Best Places to Eat Vegan in LA
How do you know if someone is vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you… as the old saying (old meme) goes. Sorry, vegans, didn’t mean to open with an overdone joke on a post aimed at you. LA is America’s plant-based dining mecca, so here’s where you should go to eat more than just leaves (okay, I’m stopping now. Vegans are great).
This downtown hit made it onto last year’s Bon Appetit hot 50 list. And with good reason, too… the bright and colorful vegetarian menu capitalizes on LA’s amazing produce. Each dish is as flavorful as it is pretty. And the drinks are even veg-forward, too… “Night Vision” is made with carrot-kombucha gin, and the classic martini is given a green spin with tomatillo-infused vodka
400 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Line at Sqirl aggressively long? Wanna try something new in the area? Head over to the funky bright 70s interior, or breezy back patio of Jewel, serving a menu that isn’t entirely vegan, but certainly is plant-based. It changes on the reg, but the pizza, with an activated charcoal crust and almond milk ricotta, needs to be on the table. As does a vegan donut. Or two. Or three…
654 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
This Thai restaurant is 100% vegetarian, serving all the Thai classics sans meat, from curries and noodle dishes, to fried rice and clean appetizers. Don’t miss the fragrant curries.
4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Thank mama Gracias Madre exists, with a fully vegan menu of Mexican dishes, an expansive patio, and weed-laced cocktails. The WeHo spot is perfect for lunch or din after a day of shopping the high end boutiques in the area, but is worth the drive if you’re craving jackfruit tacos or meatless nachos (sounds blasphemous, actually delicious).
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Plant Food and Wine
Venice’s best place to eat vegan is right on bustling Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Plant Food and Wine has a 100% vegan menu, served on a pretty patio under a canopy of fig trees. Order à la carte, or enjoy something a vegan rarely gets the chance to do… a tasting menu.
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
The ramen stand in bustling Grand Central Market serves a steamy bowls of vegan ramen, which is normally a tough find. The broth is made with sunflower seeds, and you can even add a vegan egg (??) to top off your bowl. Pull up a stool and slurp down some vegan noods, and don’t miss the excellent little list of flavorful side dishes.
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
One of the pioneers of LA’s plant-based menu movement, Cafe Gratitude now has a number of addresses across the city, from all the way west in Venice, to the Arts District in the east, with a location in between in Larchmont. Everything is always fresh and delicious... and they’re open for breakfast, too!
Arts District: 300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Larchmont: 639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Venice: 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Shojin Organic and Natural
Located on the third floor of an indoor mall in Little Tokyo, this funky restaurant is known for its vegan sushi and clean menu of shojin cuisine, a type of vegetarian cooking that originates in Buddhism. There’s also a seasonal kaiseki-style tasting menu, which is the best way to sample the best of the restaurant. They’ve also recently opened an outpost in Culver City for those out west.
DTLA: 333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Little Tokyo Shopping Center 3F
Culver City: 12406 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90066