The Best L.A. Vegan Restaurants For Every Cuisine

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The Best L.A. Vegan Restaurants For Every Cuisine

By Ani Karibian July 08, 2020

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With so many vegan food options in Los Angeles, deciding where to go with the girls can be a difficult decision. But now, you can rest easy—we’ve narrowed down some of the best vegan restaurants in the L.A. area. Whether you’re craving a wood-fired pizza, spicy Vietnamese fare, flavorful Mexican dishes, or a delicious brunch, you’ll find something to love at these top vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

Best Vegan Vietnamese Cuisine

Try Au Lac's cold noodle dishes loaded with heaps of fresh vegetables, herbs, house-made pickles, and peanuts. Photo courtesy of Au Lac.

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Âu Lạc LA 

Au Lac uses only organic produce and natural, plant-based ingredients to create traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The flagship Fountain Valley location opened in 1997 and is considered one of the oldest all-vegan restaurants in the county. If this spot is a bit of a drive for you, head to the Âu Lạc on West First Street in downtown Los Angeles to enjoy the divine dishes. 

In addition to being completely plant-based and vegan, the restaurant offers many gluten-free options and purifies its water by reverse osmosis for better hydration and taste. Savor everything from egg rolls and pho to crispy seafood noodles and (vegan) chicken curry; no matter what you order, you won’t be leaving hungry—that’s for sure. 

Vinh Loi Tofu

Have you ever been in a restaurant where everything sounded so delicious that you couldn’t make up your mind what to try? At Vinh Loi Tofu, you don’t always need to make that difficult decision—trust owner Kevin Tran to choose for you. He’ll whip up something so wonderful that you’ll start wishing every restaurant operates the way his does.

The menu is 100-percent vegan, but with options such as the duck noodle salad or the “Chic’N Nuggets,” you can definitely bring your meat-eating friends here, too. The faux meat tastes so real, they won’t notice the difference. Be adventurous and try entrées like the teriyaki duck roll (which is sushi in the shape of a burrito), the classic udon stir fry, the chef’s choice fried rice, or the tofu-laced curry soup. Spice up your life and head to either the Cerritos or Reseda location. 

Best Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine

Savor the vibrant flavors of traditional Ethiopian dishes at Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine.

Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

Voted “The Best Ethnic Vegan Cuisine” by Los Angeles Magazine, this authentic, traditional Ethiopian restaurant will knock your socks off. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine serves an amazing assortment of savory stews, hearty vegetable dishes, and Ethiopia’s signature injera bread. Rest assured, Rahel’s is completely dairy-free and vegan and even offers gluten-free bread. 

Go to Fairfax Avenue in L.A. for a wonderful, healthy meal at this standout eatery. Share the “Vegan Feast” with your friends, or grab an Ethiopian salad and chickpea stew for yourself. Wash it all down with kombucha or a special Ethiopian tea. 

Best Vegan Sushi

Satisfy any sushi craving at L.O.V.E., a trendy vegan restaurant in West Hollywood.

L.O.V.E

In West Hollywood, love is in the air. At L.O.V.E, only the highest-quality ingredients are used when creating sweet and savory sushi rolls (and, of course, everything else on the menu). This hipster joint is full of vegan foodie favorites like the “Love on Fire,” tempura roll, and mango avocado roll. 

If you aren’t in the mood for sushi, there are plenty of other options to choose from on L.O.V.E.’s extensive menu. For vegan mac and cheese lovers, we recommend trying Mod’s mac and cheese, which features house-made cashew cheese that tastes as good as the real thing. Craving south-of-the-border flavors? If so, you won’t regret trying the fishless tacos (packed with crispy fishless fillets) or the pollo tacos (stuffed with soy chicken). 

After a lovely meal, top it off with something sweet. L.O.V.E. has a delectable vegan dessert menu—the black bean brownie or the banana spring rolls with Thai coconut ice cream is a definite must. Vegan sweet treats can be hard to find, so when you can, indulge your sweet tooth without compromise. 

Best Vegan Burgers and Sandwiches

Bite into the Asian-inspired Kim-Possible burger at Flore Vegan Cuisine. Photo courtesy of Flore Vegan Cuisine.

Flore Vegan Cuisine

There’s something for everyone at the Flore Vegan Cuisine. Serving everything from burgers and sandwiches, to tacos and quinoa bowls, to vegan appetizers and salads, this Silver Lake hot spot will have you floating on cloud nine. 

With inventive creations featuring the Impossible Burger, you won’t be able to resist taking a bite—skip the classic and try the “Kim-Possible” or nacho burger for something different, and if you’re a big fan of cashew cheese, add an extra slice to make your burger even tastier. Flore also offers more than 10 scrumptious sandwiches, including the “Tempeh Tu-No Melt,” “Spicy Chick’n” sandwich, portobello panini, or seitan pastrami on rye. (Gluten-free bread is available, too.) If you want something sweet, the restaurant even has several delicious desserts that are sure to satisfy your cravings

Flore is definitely the place to go for everything vegan, so take a scenic L.A. drive down Sunset Boulevard to check it out. You’ll never leave the restaurant hungry.

Best Vegan Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Head to Sage Plant Based Bistro to enjoy a hearty breakfast of chilaquiles and more. Photo courtesy of Sage Plant Based Cuisine.

Sage Plant Based Bistro

Given Sage Plant Based Bistro’s extensive menu, you can dine all day here, but you’ll want to begin with breakfast or brunch (for late risers). Enjoy a fabulous avocado toast, a satisfying breakfast burrito, the antioxidant-rich acai bowl, or the chilaquilesa plentiful plate of organic corn tortilla chips, tofu egg scramble, black beans, sautéed cheese, guac, garlic aioli, and more. If you appreciate playing with flavors, try the cornbread jalapeño pancakes for a perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy. 

But if you’re ready for lunch, go for the eggplant artichoke Parmesan pizza or the decadent mac ‘n cheese pizza. All pizzas feature the soy-free Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese and can be made with a gluten-free buckwheat crust (which is a nutritious alternative to gluten). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure you try the desserts, too. 

You can have the ultimate vegan experience at Sage’s, so make sure to stop by one of the three locations in the greater L.A. area.

Little Pine

Grammy-nominated musician and animal-rights activist Moby opened the vegan restaurant Little Pine to create a space inclusive to his values. All profits go to animal-rights organizations such as Animal Equality and Mercy for Animals. This fine-dining bistro on Rowena Avenue in L.A. even has a retail section filled with apparel, accessories, art, and books. 

Moby succeeded in creating a vegan paradise in Los Angeles. Offering everything from pastries and salads to main dishes and sides, Little Pine’s brunch menu is absolutely spectacular. Take a bite out of a breakfast sandwich, grab the creamy avocado toast, or order the biscuits and gravy for something satisfying. Brunch is all about splurging, after all, so treat yourself to order a side of the home fries or the maple tempeh bacon. 

Best Vegan Pizza Joints

Grab a vegan-friendly slice at Dough Girl, where there's a wide variety of unique pizzas. Photo courtesy of Dough Girl.

Dough Girl

Snag a slice of the best vegan pizza in Los Angeles—you won’t regret it. Dough Girl is definitely the spot to go to eat your heart out. Located in Sylmar, this pizzeria is heaven on earth. You can design your own vegan pizza or choose from the array of unique menu options; no matter what you decide, your Dough Girl pizza will be fantastic and full of flavor. (If you’re gluten-free, the eatery’s got you covered, too.) So, place an order for a Selfie 12” or a Big Dough 20” pizza, and let the feast begin. 

Spice things up with the “Vegan Hottie,” which has jalapeños, Sriracha tomato sauce, and chili flakes. Not feeling the fire? Try the vegan veggies pizza topped with spinach, mushrooms, green zucchini, fresh basil, roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions, black olives, and yellow squash—this pie is so divine, you will devour it in no time. Another must-try is the vegan “Animal Style” pizza; this take on In-N-Out Burger’s Animal Style burger comes complete with house-made spread sauce, french fries, vegan cheese, and sea salt. 

Purgatory Pizza

Purgatory Pizza is the perfect place visit with your non-vegan friends. The restaurant’s extensive menu includes vegan and non-vegan pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and pastas. But the vegan versions—featuring house-made cashew mozzarella—will have you coming back for more. For a unique, savory pie, go for the “Vegan and Sara” or the “Pineapple Express.” The “Vegan and Sara,” topped with vegan chicken and smoked almond ricotta, is an absolute joy to eat, thanks to the balanced flavors of the house-made pesto and balsamic glaze. The “Pineapple Express” is a twist on a traditional Hawaiian pizza. Baked with chipotle pesto, house vegan sausage, pickled onion, roasted red peppers, grilled pineapple, jalapeños, and cilantro, this pie is a top choice.

If you’re not craving pizza (we know that’s nearly impossible), the pastas are also absolutely marvelous. We recommend the creamy “Alfredo Martinez” or the “Baked Ziti of Angels,” which will hit the spot with its combination of basil, breadcrumbs, penne, and loads of vegan cheese. You won’t regret heading to this restaurant on L.A.’s East First Street to eat to your heart’s content.

Wood

In search of a scrumptious, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza? Head to Wood in Silver Lake to get your fix. Any vegetarian pizza on the menu can easily be turned into a vegan pizza. Pick between the classic Margherita, the farmers market mushroom, the roasted veggie, or the brussels sprout and pancetta pie. 

The small plates are phenomenal here, too. Take your pick of the roasted cauliflower with za’atar, currants, and chermoula or the crispy brussels sprouts mixed with pomegranate gastrique, tahini, and toasted sesame seeds. So, what are you waiting for? Head to this vegan restaurant along the iconic Sunset Boulevard to savor the delicacy of wood-fired wonders.

Best Vegan Mexican Food

Devour a plate of delicious al pastor tacos at Gracias Madre. Photo courtesy of Gracias Madre.

Gracias Madre

If you’re looking for vegan takes on authentic Mexican food, then Gracias Madre is the winner, hands down. Using local, organic ingredients, this traditional Mexican eatery solely serves plant-based dishes. For starters, go for the guacamole al molcajete or the sprouting cauliflower, made with chipotle cashew cheese (yum). The smoked sweet potato flautas, accompanied by pine nut Morita salsa, and the savory tacos al pastor are phenomenal entrées. When you want to spice things up, order the macadamia ricotta enchilada, featuring a mashup of walnuts, beans, rice, basil, and guajillo raisin sauce—you’ll soon understand why this dish is a must-try. 


If you’re feeling like something light, the bowls and salads at Gracias Madre will do the trick. Thanks to the chili roasted cauliflower, herb crema, molcajete salsa, and creamy avocado of the “Dos,” this dish is a popular choice. If you think you’ll prefer coconut crema over the herb crema, try the Trescomplete with kale, sweet corn, black beans, and braised mushrooms, this bowl will have you coming back for more. Experience the colorful burst of flavors in Gracias Madre’s fare when you go to either the West Hollywood or Newport Beach location.

WRITTEN BY
Ani Karibian

WRITTEN BY Ani Karibian

Ani is the content manager for California.com. She savors her time discovering California's hidden gems and writing about the hottest spots in town. She's got an unquenchable thirst for adventur…

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  • Erin C Lincoln | Jul, 17

    I wish I was there! I am vegetarian but love vegan dining! On my next trip I will try one or two of these places! They are all so yummy sounding! Reply

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