Atlanta is a city rich in culture and diversity and its cuisine is no different. From vegetarian soul food to vegan desserts, Atlanta boasts excellent vegan and vegetarian options. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants for non-meat eaters.
Restaurant, Asian, Vegan, $$$
Sleek and stylish, this pan-Asian vegan restaurant is not your run of the mill vegan spot. With dishes including pan-seared scallion pancakes, organic salads, crispy eggplant, spring rolls, stuffed tofu and truffle wild rice, Herban Fix
boasts beautifully curated dishes that are not only healthy, but satisfying. Its contemporary decor, high-end feel and creative menu makes this a popular date night destination, so reservations are highly encouraged for dinner.
Restaurant, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
With two convenient locations, Cafe Sunflower
has been serving plant-based dishes for over 20 years. The menu is full of delectable Asian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that even meat-eaters rave over. The soy burger, supreme nachos with Daiya cheddar cheese, and handmade ravioli with tofu ricotta are favorites among vegan and meat-eaters alike.
Soul Vegetarian No. 2
Restaurant, Soul Food, Vegan, $$$
Their motto: “Your health is your wealth.” Offering meat and dairy-free southern food with a few Mediterranean dishes, Soul Vegetarian No 2
has been a staple in Atlanta for decades. Vegetarians don’t have to miss out on rich, flavorful southern food. Alongside their signature soy shake, they offer fresh salads, a wide array of soups, sandwiches and battered tofu fillets. Fans of Soul Vegetarian No 2 also come in for their signature “kalebone,” a super protein made in-house with wheat gluten and natural spices.
Viva La Vegan
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Managed by a brother and sister duo, Viva La Vegan is a 100 percent vegan restaurant situated in the Capitol View neighborhood. The meat and dairy-free menu is categorized by soy or soy-free options. Chicken and waffles, cheesesteaks made with jackfruit, a shrimp po’ boy made from konjac root and garlic fries makes this no fuss dining restaurant an Atlanta favorite.
Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe
Bakery, Cafe, Vegan, Pastries
If you’re dairy-free, it can be a challenge finding tasty desserts. Located in hip town of Kirkwood, Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe
boasts a cruelty-free, 100 percent vegan menu. Specialty cakes and cupcakes include German chocolate, banana and carrot. Their menu has expanded to include soups and sandwiches crafted from natural seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply have a sweet tooth, Dulce Vegan Bakery is a great spot to treat yourself to a sweet treat.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
Opened in 2003, Green Sprout
is located in the bustling Midtown area of Atlanta in a strip mall. This local favorite is family-owned and quaint. The menu includes delicious Chinese-inspired favorites such as noodles, fried rice and veggie Wonton soup. If you’re looking for hearty, meaty-substitutes, try their crispy soy drumsticks and crispy soy nuggets.
R Thomas Deluxe Grill
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Established in 1985 and not completely vegetarian, R Thomas Deluxe Grill
has an eclectic, California style cuisine. From smoothies made with fresh ingredients to its raw and vegan options, R Thomas has quickly become a favorite among Atlanta vegetarians. Family-owned and located in the Brookwood neighborhood of Atlanta
, this oasis in the city is surrounded by tropical birds and colorful gardens cared for by R himself. It’s open 24 hours and the vegetarian options are veggie omelettes, a breakfast stew, quinoa bowls, mango salads and a veggie sloppy joe.
Restaurant, Caribbean, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Located in the West End, Healthful Essence
is vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a Caribbean twist. Partners Princess Dixon and Kwadwo Kephera bring 24 years of culinary experience to the small cafeteria-style restaurant. From BBQ tofu to their world famous jerk chicken and curry vegetables, you don’t have to miss out on the spicy and rich Caribbean flavors simply because you’re vegetarian.
Go Vinda's Cafe
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Offering both vegan and vegetarian options, Go Vinda’s Cafe is situated in the super hip Little Five Points area in Atlanta. With all natural, non-GMO and organic ingredients, the menu is both eclectic and healthy. Some favorites of Go Vinda’s regulars include a vegan meatball sandwich, falafel, the chickpea “Peace Wrap” and the bahn mi sub.