Plant-based diets have spread like agave, and Los Angeles is fortunate enough to have vegan hotspots in every neighborhood. Wherever you may find yourself in this expansive city, the best vegan food is never far away. Whether you're celebrating World Vegan Month in November, or you're looking for the best vegan restaurants nearby, here is a list of the best vegan restaurants across Los Angeles.
Tucked away in the Promenade Plaza, Au Lac (710 W 1st St., Los Angeles 90012; 213.617.2533) is an upscale gem that offers imaginative raw and Vietnamese fusion dishes. The salt and pepper yam “shrimp” are eerily real, while the rich desserts are perfect for sharing. It's a good place for celebrity sightings, but the true star is Chef Ito, who has taken a vow of silence and just might grace you with a visit your table. Don’t forget to ask the server about the “secret menu.”
Shojin (333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, Little Tokyo Shopping Center 3F, Los Angeles, CA 90013) is a perfect for vegan date night, offering macrobiotic vegan sushi in a fine dining setting in Little Tokyo. An extensive menu of flavor-popping creations and a large selection of sakes are sure to please even the pickiest palates. It's reassuring to see their “no chemical preservatives, no artificial color and no chemical seasonings” promise on the menu, too.
The first 100% organic plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the US (8274 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood), serves up flavorful spins on traditional dishes . A surprising number of gluten-free options makes this a nice night out for even the most sensitive of eaters. Don't skimp on dessert, either--the raspberry coulis-topped chocolate fudge cake was made for sharing or take-home fun.
The craft beer restaurant and bar sits across the street from PETA headquarters in Echo Park, which may have something to do with the vegan-heavy menu. Mohawk Bend (2141 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90026; (213) 483-2337) serves arguably the best vegan pizza in the city and it’s a little cheaper during happy hour specials.
Samantha Wasser opened a Silver Lake version of her New York eatery in May 2016. Nestled inside the new 365 by Whole Foods Market, by CHLOE. (2520 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles 90039 323.378.3891) is fast food at its finest, with innovative grub like Portobello meatball sandwiches, sweet potato-based mac-n-cheese, quinoa hash browns, beet ketchup and much, much more.
You can’t beat the healthy home-style cooking at this little Silver Lake favorite. The best vegan biscuits and gravy in the West, consistently great service, and the gluten-free friendly menu make Flore (3818 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026 ; (323) 953-0611) a cozy place for a rendezvous. It's easy to see why Zagat has called Flore a “vegan lover’s dream.”
If you've ever wondered whether there was fresh vegan cheese near you, you're in luck! From the blond butcher block tables to charismatic cheesemonger Youssef Fakhouri running around behind the counter, Vromage (7988 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046; (323) 745-0157 ) puts the joy of eating front and center. Stop by L.A.’s first vegan cheese shop for lunch (the tiny menu offers pizza, salad and sandwiches) or grab a hunk of muenster, brie, "veganzola" or gouda to go. All cheeses are nut-based and dairy-free. Some are good for melting while others are best for party platters. Vromage ships internationally, too!
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Rahel (1047 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles 90019; (323)-937-8401) serves quality authentic Ethiopian food, right in the heart of L.A.’s Little Ethiopia district. All combo platters are shareable, the sambusa appetizers are crisped to perfection, and the all-you-can-eat buffet on weekends is dangerous. Large parties should sit in the hut and order the coffee ceremony for the full experience.
LA vegans love Seabirds Kitchen (975 E 4th St, Long Beach 90802, (562) 317-5545), a lively Long Beach taco truck-turned-restaurant that offers inventive takes on standard local faves like beer-battered avocado tacos, purple taquitos, and BBQ jack sliders—so good that most patrons don’t seem to notice or care that they’re eating plant-based food. Everything here is tasty but whatever you do, do not leave without sharing a dish of the burnt Brussels sprouts.
Vinh Loi Tofu
In an unassuming strip mall deep in the heart of Reseda, sits the small but mighty Vinh Loi Tofu (18625 Sherman Way, #101 Reseda, CA 91335 (818) 996-9779), a Vietnamese vegan joint so well-loved that regulars let owner Kevin Tran order for them. Just tell him what flavors or textures you’re in the mood for and he’ll suggest something “better than what’s on the menu.” He’s embraced his eccentricity lately by way of his new t-shirts: “I Pick—You Eat” and “If You Want the Best, You Can’t Request…” Yes, the food is that good and we trust him that much.
Little Pine (2870 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039) changes its menu with the seasons and reservations are strongly encouraged but the warm cookies and homemade cashew milk dessert is a sure thing. Dine in cozy Scandinavian elegance, feeling good that 100% of the profits from Moby's Silver Lake restaurant venture are donated to animal rights organizations.
Stuff I Eat
This vegan soul food / Cali-Mex restaurant in Inglewood serves up fresh comfort cuisine and "to-live-for" raw desserts. European-style communal tables, art by locals on the walls, and one of the best brunches in Los Angeles make Stuff I Eat (114 N Market St., Inglewood 90301, 310.671.0115) a mouthwatering experience. Chef Babette embodies the healthy vegan lifestyle and her menu is an extension of her vivacious spirit.
Besties Vegan Paradise
Ok, so technically Besties (4882 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029) is a convenience store, but the food scene swirling around this Hollywood spot makes it a popular local eating establishment. They've got pop-ups of every ilk featured almost every night of the week and offer a daily lunch special including a vegan 'Vrank' (hot dog), chips & soda. Bet your gluten-free buns you want chili and cheese on top plus vegan soft-serve for dessert, too.
Equelecuá Cuban Cafe
Equelecuá Cuban Cafe (1120 W Florence Ave, Inglewood 90301, (323) 741-2822) serves authentic Cuban-Carribbean food in Inglewood, conveniently located for travelers heading to or coming from LAX. Chef Caro Lafaurie’s “chicken” and rice, picadillo, ropa vieja, alitas (“wings” made from soy), tostones, café con leche and everything else will guarantee you return to try the rest of the menu. Perfect for vegans who never thought they’d enjoy a Cuban sandwich again.