There are a surprising number of ways to eat well and vegetarian/vegan in Richmond. The restaurants on this list not only offer creative and thoughtful vegetarian and vegan options, but also make you never feel like an afterthought or deprived of meat. Here are the top picks for finding some of the tastiest vegetarian and vegan fare in the city.
This bar and restaurant inspired by Richmond heavy metal band GWAR features over the top décor and a variety of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. The cauliflower nuggets are a popular choice, coming doused in sauce with flavors such as buffalo, bohabanero, GWARbq; but there’s also sandwiches, quesadillas, and more that keeps the vegetarians and vegans coming back.
This is one of those spots that can tackle any dietary restriction. Tasty vegan options in a hipster punk environment await you at Strange Matter. Dishes such as the lentil burger, the fried tofu buffalo “wings,” and more vegan comfort food are all on the menu.
This al fresco Carytown spot has plenty of vegetarian options on the menu plus an entire selection of vegetarian entrées. Appetizers, bowls with quinoa, and sandwiches are all in play, in addition to one of the best bar programs in Richmond.
Ipanema, located near the VCU campus, has been a go-to for vegetarian and vegan food for over 20 years. You will find a variety of soups, salads, entrées and more here—the BBQ jackfruit sandwich is a favorite, but seasonal specials such as a linguine with peach and tomato sauce are a hit too.
This spot is open only for lunch, but is a great place to stop at when in the Fan District. The menu includes snacks, tacos, sandwiches, and pizza. The avocado tacos or the BBQ seitan tacos in particular are not to be missed.
One of Richmond’s newest additions, this Alpine inspired restaurant has a number of vegetarian dishes that are not to be missed. The bread course with wildflower honey and butter, the fondue, and the incredible spinach dumplings with carrot, marjoram and pine nuts are just some of the delectable vegetarian items on the menu.
For those craving a bit of heat, Sabai is the place for you. Featuring Thai street-style food in a colorful and kitschy restaurant with swings and a beer garden, most of the entrées here can be made vegetarian or vegan. Fill up on a hearty bowl of Thai noodle soup, a refreshing but hot papaya salad, or a flavorful curry dish.
This popular fast casual spot features bowls, noodles and breads in a variety of tastes. Pick from selections such as Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean, California, or noodles in Vietnamese or Thai broths, plus add-ons and sides to customize your flavors.