A Guide to Eating Vegan in Venice, Los Angeles

Tocaya cheers
Tocaya cheers | © Tocaya Organica
Photo of Dominic Bertolami
Freelance Writer30 March 2018

Whether new to L.A. or simply traveling through, figuring out where to go in Venice for vegan-friendly options among the myriad of bars, seafood, and pub fare shouldn’t lead to a pit of starvation.

This ocean side community offers some of the best vegan digs in Los Angeles when searching in the right places. Read on to explore the possibilities.

Plant Food + Wine

Restaurant, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Backyard outdoor patio at Plant Food + Wine.
Plant Food + Wine has a relaxing backyard outdoor patio | © Rachel Carr / Plant Food + Wine
On Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Matthew Kenney‘s Plant Food + Wine offers a more refined and high-end experience revolving around delicious organic vegan food. They support local growers, foster relationships with farmers, and even boast an onsite edible garden. Recognized for their eco-friendly measures and practices, the restaurant was recently awarded a Sustainable Restaurant Award by the Sustainable Business Council of LA. Offering the best in organic wines from both California and France in an open patio setting, this restaurant evokes feelings of an elegant backyard dinner party with friends, replete with lush greenery and olive trees. Overall, Kenny’s is a cutting-edge approach to plant-based meals with a menu guided by the seasons and sourced locally.

Cafe Gratitude Venice

Restaurant, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Cafe Gratitude is a 100% organic vegan restaurant specializing in both raw and cooked dishes. Located on Rose Avenue in Venice, this vibrant eatery is just a few short minutes from the beach. Grab a fresh juice or smoothie, consider the many delectable desserts, or sit down for a lunch with friends which will satisfy and energize. With a distinctive flair and inspiring atmosphere, Cafe Gratitude strives to change lives, offering both meal plans, ingredient menus, and a detox market.

Tocaya Organica

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Located just a block from the beach, Tocaya Organica offers a fast and casual dining experience suitable for beachgoers looking for organic Mexican cuisine with a modern flare. The bright trim atmosphere is perfect for an easy lunch or a quiet dinner date. Seating is readily available, whether you’re choosing to dine indoors or the cozy outdoor patio. Though this healthy hideaway is not entirely vegan, it is one hundred percent organic. The buy-one-get-one-free tacos and $5 (€4.06) imported beer or glass of wine during happy hour (offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) is the perfect combination for the health conscious traveler on a budget.

The Butcher's Daughter Venice

Restaurant, American, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Wheatgrass is known for its health benefits | © Steven Depolo / Flickr

Creator and Founder Heather Tierney always boasted a passion for healthy food and design. As head of her own design firm, Wanderlust, Tierney crafted an atmosphere at The Butcher’s Daughter that implicates contrasting themes and feeling of balance. The concrete floors and steel hooks of an old-world butcher shop combine seamlessly with living plants and a minimalist presentation. This airy sun-filled space is ideal for a morning coffee and rustic avocado toast, an energizing spicy kale salad and a cold-pressed juice for lunch-time, or a wood-fired pizza and glass of wine into the evening. Located on the famous Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA, this is a not-to-be-missed dining experience and a treat which will not soon be forgotten.

The Fala Bar

Food Stall, Fusion
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Falafel | © apasciuto / Flickr

Founded in 2014, Fala Bar offers fast-casual vegan food made from local organic produce. This small crowded walk-up offers a non-GMO and gluten-free based menu focusing heavily on falafel fusion creations, including a variety of falafel burgers. Perfect for a quick bite or if in need of a recharge after a night out in Venice, the compact atmosphere includes a few high chair seats huddled around the exotic salad bar indoors and secret backyard patio outside.

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