10 Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Pretoria

Beet, brinjal and mozzarella stack
Beet, brinjal and mozzarella stack | © Stephnies
Sunee Jones

South Africa is a country that loves its meat, and the people of Pretoria even more so. As such, vegetarians might have a hard time finding a good place to eat while in town. Luckily, although there are very few dedicated vegetarian restaurants in Pretoria, most of them do at least have some vegetarian or vegan options, even if it is only a house salad or a margherita pizza. We’ve scoured menus across town to bring you our list of best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Pretoria.

1. Namaskar Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian

Inviting interior
© Namaskar Restaurant

Stepping into the plush yellow, red and green interior of Namaskar Restaurant is like travelling to India. The decor is bold, the hospitality is warm and the food is flavorful. Dedicated to serving authentic cuisine and exotic recipes, Namaskar has one of the largest varieties of vegetarian meals in South Africa.

2. Spicy Olive

Restaurant, Indian, South African, Vegetarian

Egg curry tortilla
© Andrea Nguyen / Flickr

Open to both the public and guests of the Village Ridge boutique hotel, the Spicy Olive offers North Indian fare. All of their dishes have a lacto-vegetarian option. If you love a good curry filled with traditional flavors and spices rarely found outside of India, then try their signature dish, which is different every evening.

3. Geet Indian Restaurant

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Indian, Contemporary, Vegetarian

Vegetarian meal
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Geet restaurant has received several international awards for excellence. Their unique menu blends natural seasonal flavors with the freshest ingredients in a classic Indian technique, combining Western favorites with an Indian twist.

4. Stephnies

Restaurant, Contemporary, South African

Beet, brinjal and mozzarella stack
© Stephnies

Stephnies is an upmarket restaurant with a fantastic ambiance situated in the trendy Lynnwood Bridge shopping center. Although not a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, it has a wonderful selection of imaginative vegetarian meals. The restaurant’s theatrical theme mimics their cuisine’s symphony of the senses.

5. La Terasse Rooftop Café & Deli

Restaurant, Deli, Cafe, Moroccan, Fusion

Moroccan inspiration
© Moroccan House La Terasse

La Terasse is a popular foodie destination offering traditional and fusion Moroccan cuisine. They have many vegetarian options and their menu is filled with fruits and vegetables, aromatically spiced relishes and Moroccan delicacies. Unfortunately, the cafe is not open for dinner or on Sundays.

6. Kauai – Menlyn

Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan

Healthy smoothies
© Kauai

This healthy food cafe is a little hard to come by unless you’re a member of a local gym, but there is at least one store open to the public in the Menlyn Park shopping mall. With power oats, harvest wraps and tropical green smoothies, Kauai aims to make health and healthy eating habits accessible and exciting.

7. Woolworths Cafe – Woodlands Boulevard

Cafe, Healthy

Kale and halloumi bowl
© Suneé Jones

Dedicated to healthy food and sustainable, regional and seasonal ingredients, a meal at any of the Woolworths Cafes is always tasty and nutritious. Situated inside the Woodlands Boulevard shopping center, the cafe is lively and filled with families, people working on laptops, and young people getting together for a chat. Try the peanut butter smoothie – you’ll be hooked!

8. The Village De'Vine

Restaurant, Contemporary

8. The Village DeVine
© The Village De'Vine

A slow food initiative, The Village De’Vine is a vegan food service that provides catering, takeout and home delivery services. The menu is varied, from Indian to Western to Italian and beyond, and provides a delicious option for vegetarians who would prefer a lazy night in with home-cooked food.

9. Rhapsody's – Hatfield

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, South African, Vegetarian

Popular hangout
© Rhapsody's

A popular after-work or after-class hangout, Rhapsody’s is hip and trendy and serves simple, yet delicious and stylish food. Their menu includes enough vegetarian options to ensure an enjoyable evening out.

10. Toni's Fully Furnished Pizza Co

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Fast Food, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan

Vegetarian pizza
© Allison Belen / Flickr

At Toni’s you’ll find more than a plain margherita pizza as the only vegetarian option. Using only the best and freshest ingredients around, Toni’s pizzas will tickle your taste buds with toppings ranging from roasted peppers and aubergines to toasted nuts, brie and baby marrows. Who said a vegetarian pizza needs to be boring?

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