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Where to find great vegan and vegetarian eats in Seattle

Dig into delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian fare in every corner of Seattle.

A colorfully plated vegan dish topped with flower petals

Harvest Beat serves eye-popping plates on its all-vegan menu.

Photo via Harvest Beat

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Eating meat-free hasn’t always been easy, but in Seattle, it’s a piece of (vegan) cake.

Our local food scene is as vibrant as ever, so it’s no surprise there are a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, vegetarian bites across town. From fish-free sushi to decadent vegan donuts, here are 25 restaurants serving up meat-free fare in the Emerald City.

🍕 Casual eating

ChuMinh Tofu & Vegan Deli, 1043 S. Jackson St. | Even meat lovers can’t resist this Little Saigon gem. Gorge on the all-you-can-eat buffet or try out the hearty noodle soups with a crunchy eggless egg roll.

Georgetown Liquor, 5501 Airport Way S. | The punk-themed bar pours stiff drinks and also boasts a surprisingly robust vegan menu. Share an order of the cauliflower wings or munch on BBQ pulled “pork.”

Cycle Dogs, 5410 17th Ave. NW | Yes, a vegan hot dog is still a sandwich — and a delicious one at that. These come with various toppings like elote and local FireFly kimchi.

45th Vegetarian Thai, 1718 N. 45th St. | Many Thai restaurants in the city have solid vegetarian offerings, but this cozy Wallingford spot really leans into the meat-free theme. Try this: tofu skin wrapped with fried taro and served with plum sauce.

Pi Vegan Pizzeria, 5301 Roosevelt Way NE | Billed as the oldest vegan pizzeria in the US, the U District favorite slings pies topped with items like artichokes, peppers, and faux pepperoni. You can get a cookie pizza for dessert, too.

A salad and a plate of vegetarian tacos next to two cocktails at Life on Mars in Seattle, WA

Life on Mars has a strong variety of vegan plates to pair with its cocktails.

Photo via Life on Mars

🍸 Date night

Life on Mars, 722 E. Pike St. | If cocktails are more your dating style, head up to Capitol Hill’s rockin’ bar that loves vintage records and veggie pub grub. Try this: sweet corn tamale cakes topped with avocado and salsa verde.

Delish Ethiopian Cuisine, 5701 Rainier Ave. S. | This warm Hillman City restaurant has a detailed vegetarian menu section with five different wots (Ethiopian stews) to select. If you can’t choose, just get the veggie combo with a little of everything.

The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley | While not exclusively vegetarian, Pike Place’s venerated Italian restaurant has many options for those who don’t want meatballs. In fact, the spinach lasagna is one the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Nirmal’s, 106 Occidental Ave. S. | You’ll find lots of meat-free options at Pioneer Square’s celebrated restaurant that explores many Indian regions. Try this: the bharwan simla mirch — vegetable-stuffed bell peppers topped with a spicy tomato sauce.

TOMO, 9811 16th Ave. SW | White Center’s upscale restaurant offers meticulously crafted plates that draw from local farms. Its veg-only tasting menu is just as mind-blowing as the meat version, but you can also order a la carte items like summer squash.

The storefront of Sushi Samurai with a sign in the window that says "100% Plant-Based"

Sushi Samurai had been around for several years before converting its menu to vegan.

Photo by SEAtoday staff

🌱 100% vegan eats

The Sushi Samurai, 1817 Queen Ave. N. | Seattle’s first and only all-vegan sushi place is a Queen Anne standout. Try this: the katana roll made with salmon and tuna substitutes topped with poke sauce.

Harvest Beat, 1711 N. 45th St. | One of Seattle’s most tried-and-true vegan restaurants is a whole farm-to-table experience. Its colorful, five-course tasting menu rotates with seasonal ingredients like Cascade porcini confit with marinated cherry tomatoes.

Plum Bistro, 1429 12th Ave. | The longtime Capitol Hill favorite from star chef Makini Howell continues to delight all types of diners, vegan or not. Don’t miss the rich Mac & Yease and the flavorful crispy Korean tofu.

Araya’s Place, various locations | Whether you hit up the Araya’s outpost in the U District or the one in Bellevue, you’ll find good vibes and a completely vegan menu. Don’t forget the fried banana with coconut ice cream for dessert.

El Borracho, 1521 First Ave. | Pike Place Market’s lively Mexican restaurant converted to all-vegan fare in 2021, substituting beefy tacos for items like jackfruit + Impossible meat. Even the horchata is made with sweetened rice milk.

A collection of bright, colorful dishes of lunch plates at Cafe Flora in Seattle, WA

Cafe Flora is one of the city’s most sought-after brunch spots, period.

Photo by Belatheé Photography via Cafe Flora

🍊 The brunch bunch

Cafe Flora, 2901 E. Madison St. | There’s a reason crowds pack this vegetarian restaurant specializing in creative items like carrot lox tartine. Try this: the cinnamon rolls, which are an experience unto themselves.

Ba Bar Green, 500 Terry Ave. N. | Ba Bar’s offshoot in South Lake Union has tempting curries, rice bowls, and a soyrizo banh mi that makes for a perfect midday snack. Pair them with some dairy-free Vietnamese coffee.

Bounty Kitchen, various locations | Juice it up or grab a smashed avocado sandwich on Sea Wolf bread. For something sweet, don’t forget about the gluten-free griddle cakes.

Ben & Esther’s Vegan Delicatessan, 907 E. Pike St. | The Portland-based chain serves up bagel sandwiches, knishes, and towering Reubens. You won’t miss the pastrami — trust us.

The Wayward Vegan, 801 NE 65th St. | Roosevelt’s cozy cafe has every brunch food you can think of and some you only wish you had conceived — like the tots-in-a-blanket burrito with cashew hollandaise sauce.

A selection of vegan doughnuts at Dough Joy in Seattle, WA

Dough Joy’s West Seattle outpost has an attached plant shop called Botanic at the Disco.

Photo via Dough Joy

🧁 Delicious desserts

Dough Joy, various locations | The food truck-turned-bakery has airy, playful offerings like Everything But the Bagel with a cream cheese center and Vanilla Biscoff. Its West Seattle outpost also has an adjacent plant shop.

Nuflours Bakery, 518 15th Ave. E. | Long known as one of the go-to spots for gluten-free baked goods, there are also plenty of vegan options, including the rainbow yo yo biscuits.

Frankie & Jo’s, various locations | No cream, no problem. You’ll love the sweet scoops at this ice cream shop — from the Chocolate Tahini Supercookie to the California Cabin with hints of smoked vanilla, cardamom, and pine.

Mighty-O Donuts, various locations | Before Dough Joy came around, Mighty-O had a lockdown on the vegan donut scene. Try this: the Nutty French Toast spiced cake with a silky maple glaze.

Cinnaholic, 816 E. Pike St. | We’re on a roll now. Cinnamon rolls go dairy-free at this shop with options topped with chocolate-dipped pretzels or caramelized peaches.

🍽️ Chef it up at home

Check out our favorite tips and tricks for serving veggie-focused fare from your own kitchen:

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