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15 Restaurants Perfect For Vegetarians And Vegans

You don’t need us to tell you that Seattle is serious about its seafood - but it’s also a pretty good place to be a vegan or vegetarian. Whether you want grain bowls or tacos or a special occasion vegan tasting menu - or you just want to get out of your tofu pad thai rut - this guide can help. And omnivores, this list is for you, too. Because vegetarian or not, when you want to eat something kind-of-healthy, you can do much better than a bowl of lettuce.

THE SPOTS

Vegan restaurants in Seattle have gotten really good at making plant-based stuff not taste like soil mixed with nutritional yeast. Plum Bistro is the place we have to thank for that. It’s a candlelit cocktail spot with an entirely vegan, upscale cafe kind of menu. Getting lunch here feels like eating at an urban yoga studio, but one that smells like pastrami-spiced tofu reubens instead of sweat. The cajun-spiced “mac and yease” alone is worth a trip. Afterwards, skip dessert and hit up their sister bakery Sugar Plum on 15th for dairy-free soft-serve.

  • Vegan options available.

Cafe Flora

2901 E Madison St

If your friends eat meat, take them to Cafe Flora anyway, and maybe just conveniently forget to mention that it’s vegetarian. This place is a reminder that naturally meatless things like smoked mozzarella pizzas and mushroom risotto are tasty no matter what you think about tofu. And you’ll feel like you’re eating in a greenhouse.

  • Vegan options available.

Photo: Cafe Flora

No Anchor

Belltown
2505 2nd Ave Ste 105
8.7
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It’s never a bad idea to drink beer and snack on the quirky bar food at No Anchor - especially if you can appreciate a good nautical bar theme. But keep in mind that food-wise, they’re just as good at vegetables as they are at seafood. You’ll find things like beetroot pelmeni dumplings filled with potato and cheese, crispy old bay chickpeas, fried mushrooms with herb aioli, and charred eggplant on toast. Just avert your eyes from the mason jar full of creepy maimed baby doll limbs.

  • Vegan options available.

There are few things more inherently Seattle than eating a vegan cheeseburger inside of a Whole Foods, which is what you’ll be doing here. Luckily, Next Level Burger truly delivers in the form of actually good plant-based burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes. There are plenty of different house-made patties to choose from (like black bean or mushroom quinoa), and you can even get your crinkle fries, sweet potato fries, or tater tots baked instead of fried. Save room for the incredible cookies and cream shake made with house-made coconut soft serve ice cream, and don’t be surprised if you get the urge to stop by the “dairy alternatives” aisle at Whole Foods on your way home.

  • Vegan options available.

Maybe it annoys you that California is hoarding so much of the really good vegan stuff. Come to No Bones Beach Club, which was clearly swept up, Wizard of Oz-style, and brought to Seattle from Los Angeles in a freak tornado. This place is an all-vegan tiki bar with some of the best meatless food in the city - stuff like jackfruit flautas, tofu banh mi, buffalo tempeh sandwiches, and beet poke. Drink some coconut mojitos with your beer-battered avocado tacos and you can pretend you’re in Southern California.

  • Vegan options available.

If you want a special-occasion vegan spot, this is your place. It serves a five-course tasting menu for $58 a head, and there’s only one 7pm seating per night (Wednesday to Sunday). At the beginning of dinner, the chef rings a ceremonial gong and gives a monologue about the menu and the purveyors and foragers who helped supply the ingredients. Then you’re off on your fancy vegetable journey. This all might sound like a bit much, but we promise, the food holds up - even for omnivores.

  • Vegan options available.

Tallulah's

Capitol Hill
550 19th Ave E
7.9
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Tallulah’s is a good place to go when your group has mixed food preferences, because it has a vegetable-heavy menu, but also great meat options. Vegetarians can get anything from pumpkin hummus to braised cauliflower tacos and several different types of grain bowls, while meat-eaters can eat grilled fish or a lamb burger. Whatever you choose, enjoy eating it in a space that feels like the physical embodiment of a West Elm catalogue.

  • Vegan options available.

Eggs And Plants serves great falafel, but that’s not your only vegetarian option here. You can also get a sandwich with fried eggplant or shakshuka-braised eggs, plus hummus, tahini, a citrusy cabbage salad, pickled vegetables, and french fries. Add a fresh mint lemonade slushie, and then start petitioning that henceforth, all sandwiches everywhere should come stuffed with fries.

  • Vegan options available.

'Table

Belltown
2305 6th Ave.

Veggie burgers can be hit or miss. But the ones at ’Table in Belltown are excellent. They come topped with sweet, sweet American cheese, plus tomato mayo and pickles, on a soft sesame seed bun. The eggplant/hominy/marmite/cashew burger has the perfect texture, and side options include succotash with mashed avocado (topped with corn chips) and crispy potatoes with green harissa and soft goat cheese. Come here for lunch or a quick to-go dinner.

  • Vegan options available.

Wayward Vegan Cafe is the friendly greasy-spoon diner that would be a massively successful franchise on a meat-free alien planet. Breakfast is served all day, and the menu covers everything from fake chicken and waffles to fried (fake) mozzarella wedges and meat-less-ball subs. Whatever you do, don’t skip the tempeh bacon - it has enough crunch and liquid smoke to taste like the real thing. Well, almost.

  • Vegan options available.

8.9
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Everyone knows that the best lunchtime-only pasta spot in Seattle is Il Corvo, but not everyone knows that there’s always a vegetarian pasta on the menu, and it’s usually the best thing there. Options change daily, so you might find pasta with hazelnut pesto or lasagna with tomato and root vegetables (or something completely different) - but regardless, it will be phenomenal. Get the homemade focaccia and caramel sandwich cookies, too.

7.9
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If you’re a vegetarian, you’ve probably had a lot of chana masala in your life already, but it wouldn’t be right for us not to recommend the best Indian/Nepalese restaurant in the Pike Place area. Try the vegetarian momo, saag paneer, and aloo gobi - and round it all out with some garlic naan and excellent mango soft serve.

  • Vegan options available.

7.4
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Even non-vegans will love the meatless chorizo tacos with spicy cashew cheese sauce at Pablo y Pablo, and that’s saying something. The cool, dark space here is great for an early-in-the-game date, especially if your date made it clear in an online profile that he/she only eats plants.

  • Vegan options available.

Mamnoon

Capitol Hill
1508 Melrose Ave
8.5
MAP

Mamnoon is a fancy Middle Eastern spot that does an excellent job of making vegetables taste good. Case in point: it serves the greatest incarnation of cauliflower in this whole city - fried to a crisp and covered with tahini and fresh parsley. Make sure you order that, and add plenty of mezze and a dish of zaatar olive oil with fresh-baked pita.

  • Vegan options available.

Cycle Dogs

Ballard
1514 NW Leary Way

If you thought french fries were the best plant-based drinking food around, this truck permanently stationed at Peddler Brewing Company will make you reconsider. It does vegan hot dogs that are actually tasty - like a breakfast-inspired version with hashbrowns, meatless chorizo, grilled onions, and chipotle aioli. Get some crinkle fries, too, plus the Tangerine hefeweizen from Peddler, and you’re set.

  • Vegan options available.

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