Los Angeles certainly has no shortage of vegetarian restaurants. Even vegan eateries in the center of the city can be easy to find. From traditional American cuisine to Asian fusion, your animal-free options are endless.
Sage Vegan Bistro is located right on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. Its extensive lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps and tacos will have you coming back for more, while its more refined dinner menu features select options such as pasta and coconut curry. Vegan versions of all your favorites are available, including biscuits and gravy, and butternut squash ravioli. Stop by Sage’s Culver City location to try the pizza.
My Vegan Gold is part Thai restaurant, part traditional vegan café, and its diverse menu offerings reflect this dual persona. Case in point: Nacho Cheese Bomb Fries shares menu space with pineapple fried rice and other classic Thai dishes. It offers dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town, such as spicy jackfruit tacos and an entrée of vegan short ribs served with asparagus and coleslaw that is creatively titled Rest in Peace, Porky. My Vegan Gold also serves a wide range of vegan classics, including a portobello mushroom burger. Delivery is also available.
Shojin is a restaurant serving strictly vegan Japanese cuisine in Downtown LA. Its menu features plant-based versions of classic Japanese dishes, from sushi to ramen to pan-fried gyoza. Many selections on the menu are also gluten-free, making it a great group option. Be sure to make reservations if you’re heading to Shojin as space is limited.
Silver Lake’s Flore is another tiny eatery whose tasty dishes more than make up for its size. Flore offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and its all-organic menu is filled with fast-casual favorites to suit all tastes. Its club sandwich served with baked tofu and tempeh bacon is a particular highlight. Flore also serves a range of shakes, smoothies and juices, as well as a deli and dessert options.
Veggie Grill raises the bar for fast food. This strictly plant-based chain has numerous locations in California, Oregon and Washington, with a handful of locations across Los Angeles, including West Hollywood, Pasadena and Santa Monica. Veggie Grill serves up a dining experience that’s both enjoyable and affordable, with its seasonal menu including comfort-food favorites like onion rings and buffalo wings alongside several kale salads and quinoa bowls.
Shojin's torched baked scallop roll | Courtesy of Jarone Ashkenazi
Satiate your craving for veggie-friendly Thai food at Bulan. This all-vegetarian restaurant also has plentiful vegan options and serves popular Thai noodle dishes, such as pad thai and pad see-ew, as well as in-house specials like busaba pumpkin, and roti and green curry. In addition to the standard tofu and vegetarian chicken, it offers several less common meat substitutes, including pepper steak and veggie shrimp.