The Best Plant-Based Restaurants and Bars in Los Angeles

All of the flavor, none of the meat

Vegan Cheeseburger at Burgerlords | Photo:  Jakob Layman

Vegan Cheeseburger at Burgerlords | Photo:  Jakob Layman


Wellness is much more than a trend, it's a way of life. And of course that includes what you eat. For visitors and locals alike, Los Angeles offers an incredible variety of plant-based dining options, from vegan breakfast and brunch to hearty burgers and pizzas. There are vegan food trucks roaming the city, bars serving vegan bites, and even vegan ice cream. Read on for the ultimate guide to vegan restaurants and bars in LA.

Jackfruit "Carnitas" Tacos at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood

Jackfruit "Carnitas" Tacos at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood | Photo: @travelpockets, Instagram

dineL.A. Restaurant Week Goes Green

There’s no better time than the New Year to try something new, revamp the diet, or dazzle the palate with something delicious. Taking place Jan. 17-31, dineL.A. Restaurant Week makes it easy to enjoy veg-friendly restaurants across the city with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Whether you’re a devoted vegan or just looking to get a healthy start to the new decade, here are our favorite plant-based picks for dineL.A. Restaurant Week.

Box of a dozen donuts from Donut Friend

A dozen donuts from Donut Friend | Photo: @donutfriend, Instagram

 

Bakeries

It’s an embarrassment of richness here in Los Angeles, with vegan sweets in every neighborhood. Whether you’re dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free or nut-free, LA’s specialty bakeries have plant-based desserts suitable for every taste.

"Chicken" & Waffles at Flore Vegan Cuisine | Photo: @imlilymedina, Instagram

"Chicken" & Waffles at Flore Vegan Cuisine | Photo: @imlilymedina, Instagram

Brunch

After a hard work week or late night of fun, break bread in one of LA’s herbivore-friendly establishments. Sunday is brunch day, as they say—but sometimes Saturday, too.

Vegan Cheeseburger at Burgerlords | Photo:  Jakob Layman

Vegan Cheeseburger at Burgerlords | Photo:  Jakob Layman

Burgers

With Carl’s Jr. offering a Beyond Burger and Umami and Fat Burger advertising the Impossible Burger, vegans have an embarrassment of riches in LA. Whether you just want an alternative on Meatless Monday or you like your summer sandwich meaty, beany, or tasting of vegetables, there’s a grill near you, ready to serve.

Vegan Chili Cheese Dog at Earle's on Crenshaw

Vegan Chili Cheese Dog at Earle's on Crenshaw | Photo: @earlesoncrenshaw, Instagram

Hot Dogs

Let’s be frank—food can always be served with a side of compassion and this city has plenty of that to go around. Chow down on LA’s best plant-based hot dogs during the summer or any time of year.

Nacho Boat by Cena Vegan at Smorgasburg LA

Nacho Boat by Cena Vegan at Smorgasburg LA | Photo: @smorgasburgla, Instagram

Food Trucks

There’s a food truck for every taste in this city and many - including Downtown Dogs, India Jones Chow Truck, and Green Truck on the Go - have decent plant-based offerings. But there are a handful of businesses offering cuisine specifically for the hungry vegan on-the-go. Catch them if you can!

Animal Crackers at Magpies | Instagram by @magpiessoftserve

Animal Crackers at Magpies | Photo: @magpiessoftserve

Ice Cream

Vegan ice cream—yes, it’s a thing that sweet dreams are made of, and we are swimming in it here in Los Angeles. We ate our way through the city to find 10 places where you can keep your cool while being kind and cruelty-free.

Vegan pizzas at The Luggage Room

Vegan pizzas at The Luggage Room

Pizza

Every season is pizza season, right? Between the abundance of imaginative chefs and beautiful produce available here year-round, there are vegan pizzas aplenty in Los Angeles. Even chains like Lucifer’s, Z Pizza, Blaze, Pizza Man and Whole Foods are keeping vegan cheeses on hand for dairy-free customers. Mangia!

Vegetable Restaurant in Studio City

Highlights from Vegetable: Cheesy Fingerling Potato, Herbed Focaccia & Gravy, Mac & Cheese, Tomato & Basil Bisque, Roasted Golden & Red Beet Salad | Photo: @plantbasedg.life, Instagram

Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in the Valley

At one time not so long ago, vegetarian and vegan restaurants were mostly seen as a wasteland for alfalfa sprouts, sprouted grains, faux proteins, and mushy casseroles—all within the confines of patchouli-laced air. Times have changed and now diners in the San Fernando Valley have a global fusion of vegetarian and vegan choices at varying price points with bold flavors, inventive recipes, and top-shelf ingredients. Even "faux" proteins have upped their game and carnivores are coming along for the ride. Check out this list for some of the best in the 818.

Wurstküche Beyond Meat Vegan Sausages

Beyond Meat vegan sausages at Wurstküche | Photo: @wurstkuche, Instagram

Vegan Bar Crawl

No need to settle for a basket of questionable tater tots when bar-hopping with omnivores. Los Angeles chefs and proprietors are whipping up first-rate plant-based party food for all to enjoy. Educated bartenders can assist with pairings, alerting one to which wines and beers are vegan, too.