Many people say the hardest part of starting a vegan diet is deciding what to eat or what exactly classifies as vegan - and where to find a hot spot to eat that offers vegan options. Well, let us guide you to the best vegan restaurants on the west coast. Whether you are in Los Angeles, Up north in the bay area, or on vacation in Hawaii, listed below are some of the top recommended vegan restaurants on the west coast. Each spot offers a different cuisine but all follow the guidelines of being vegan. So hop in the car, get going up and down the west coast and make sure to stop at these vegan spots! Get ready to add to those frequent flyer miles as we drop our favorite east coast vegan restaurants in our next blog!
Los Angeles - Gacias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069Inspired by a love for Mother Earth and all of her creations, dishes like ceviche, flautas, tacos, and gorditas get a plant-based twist at this vegan spot. Traditional Mexican cuisine is served alongside a stellar drink menu centered around ethical agave-based spirits like mezcal and tequila.
San Francisco - Wildseed
2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123Wildseed serves diverse creative plates, all plant-based. Chef Alejandro Morgan uses seasonal produce to create high-quality dishes influenced by global flavors.
San Diego - Kindred
1503 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102Start your evening with housemade snacks, from garlic and chili “cologne” popcorn to hearts of palm farinata flatbread. Get your hands dirty with Memphis barbecue jackfruit paired with pulled soy curls or venture out with the Soul Crush, cornmeal crusted gardein fish with parsnip potato mash.
Las Vegas - Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum
5570 W Flamingo Rd ste 110, Las Vegas, NV 89103Dumplings and sushi have never been tastier—even when they’re 100% animal free. Chef Kenny Chye is crafting umami delights ranging from spicy vegan crispy beef to jackfruit hand rolls. Make sure to try the tofu specialties complete with stir-fried veggies and delectable sauces.
Orange County - Café Gratitude
1617 Westcliff Dr Suite 112, Newport Beach, CA 92660Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels and that’s exactly how diners feel after eating at Cafe Gratitude in Newport Beach. Executive chef Seizan Dreux Ellis’ commitment to being grateful for food, the earth and human company is illustrated through his food made with only the freshest ingredients.
Scottsdale - Clever Koi
4236 N Central Ave #100, Phoenix, AZ 85012With woks blazing and the wood-fired grill ignited, this Asian-inspired spot is not just a savory vegan eatery, but a sensory affair. The best seats in the house are court-side to the kitchen, where Clever Koi is opening up their dining experience so that guests can watch their food being prepared in anticipation, before digging into a choice of steam-buns, noodles, dumplings and more, on the ever-changing plant-based menu.
Silicon Valley - Craft Roots
17230 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037If you're looking for a plant-based meal that still feels hearty, Craft Roots is the place for you. Based in Morgan Hill, Craft Roots is a family-run vegan bar and grill with an artisanal touch. The menu features classic greens like the strawberry summer salad with pickled beets, toasted almonds, vegan feta and strawberry vinaigrette as well as more substantial offerings like the chili with pumpkin seeds, chili lime corn nuts and cashew-lime crema.
Hawai’i - Arvo
324 Coral St Suite 1A-104b, Honolulu, HI 96813The lunch spot of your dreams—ARVO offers a selection of light and crunchy small plates that are the perfect complement to a caffeinated creation. From variations of toast ranging from a loaded avocado piece to one topped with ricotta and honey, ARVO pulls out all the stops when it comes to your favorite midday snacks and coffee pick-me-ups.
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