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15 Essential Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA’s plant-based restaurants bring big flavor and innovation to the dining scene

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While the rest of the nation embraces vegan food, Los Angeles has the distinction of innovating plant-based menus for some time now. There’s no longer bricks of tofu sprinkled with nutritional yeast, but instead elegant and casual restaurants with dishes designed with flavor in mind.

The last decade saw an explosion of plant-based restaurants, from Silver Lake’s soulful V Tree, to Fullerton’s Mexican Chicana Vegana, and an expanded fare at the Crossroads in West Hollywood. And there’s always cultures that naturally skew vegan with Thai, Ethiopian, or Indian food. The best thing about LA’s vegan options? Omnivores will enjoy the meals as much as those who choose to avoid meat altogether. Come take a closer look at these 15 essential vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, ordered from west to east.

ADDED: Butcher’s Daughter, Cena Vegan, Chicana Vegana, Just What I Kneaded, Real Food Daily, Souley Vegan, V Tree

REMOVED: Equelecuá Cuban Cafe (closed), Hinterhof Beer Garden & German Kitchen (temporarily closed), Krimsey’s (closed), Plant Food & Wine, Ramen Hood, Vegan Joint

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honeybee Burger

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1820 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 452-6024
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When Honeybee Burger moved into the former WKNDR space in 2019, they hoped to make a mark in LA’s expanding vegan fast food scene. The menu is completely meat-free with burgers, sweet potato fries and tots, shakes, and soft serve in a sleepy corner of Los Feliz.

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2. Just What I Kneaded

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2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3340
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Frogtown’s cozy bakery/cafe Just What I Kneaded gets points for a punny restaurant name, but owner and head baker Justine Hernandez prepares fantastic galettes, cookies, and scones until everything is sold out. Grab coffee too.

3. Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

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4114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 913-1488
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Bulan Thai sits a few blocks in from Silver Lake’s busy Sunset Junction, where traditional Thai dishes simply exempt any animal products. The mock duck curry or the thinly sliced snap peas with toasted coconut, cashews, and chili tamarind topped with coconut cream and crispy shallots are staples.

An assortment of dishes from Bulan Thai
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4. The V Tree Hollywood

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3515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 486-7044
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After a successful pop-up run at Yamashiro in 2020, Charlotte-native chef Velvet opened her first LA plant-based restaurant in March. VTree’s bright space in central Silver Lake, located directly across the street from Millie’s, serves soulful with “crab” cakes, mac and cheese, and yams. Velvet expanded her comfort food options with the new space, including a chickpea tuna wrap, vegan cinnamon rolls, and a West African peanut butter stew.

Soul food platter from V Tree in Silver Lake, California.
Soul food platter from V Tree
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5. Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245
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Tal Ronnen elevates vegan fare to an art form at Crossroads. The restaurant has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads can please any type of diner with a vegan carbonara (with hand made pasta), and a recent menu addition: thick crust pizza.

6. Souley Vegan LA

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615 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Souley Vegan started out of Oakland, and its soul food favorites like cornbread, gumbo, and (seitan) chicken and waffles are available for pickup out of East Hollywood, or via delivery app.

7. Cena Vegan

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242 N Ave 25
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Cena Vegan started as a roving pop-up in 2015, and now operates out of Lincoln Heights where the portions are incredibly generous. The popular restaurant offers delivery or pick-up, but check the four person taco kit with plant-based asada, rice, beans, tortillas, salsa fresca, guacamole, and chipotle crema.

8. Real Food Daily

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414 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 289-9910
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As LA’s oldest vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily cranks out an all-day menu featuring chocolate chip and banana pancakes or the creamy alfredo pasta recipe with cashew “cheese” sauce that’s been tested and perfected over the decades.

9. Monty’s Good Burger

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1533 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 915-0257
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Monty’s classic burger could please any type of diner, simply because the technique is strong. The kitchen uses an Impossible Burger patty, plant-based cheese, locally-sourced ingredients, and house-made sauces on a Bosch Bakery bun. Try the dairy-free milkshakes, especially the salted caramel.

10. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

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10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 579-1050

When a Vietnamese restaurant can make nuoc cham without traditional fish sauce, it’s safe to say that the remaining menu will impress. Try the broken rice and classic noodle soups. The formica tabletops are plentiful, so sit back and watch the gorgeous dishes arrive at everyone’s tables.

11. Shojin

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333 S Alameda St Suite310
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-0305
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LA has two locations for Shojin, the Japanese vegan and macrobiotic restaurant. Trek to Shojin in Little Tokyo or Culver City for a baked “crab” hand roll in soy paper, or hearty kabocha squash ramen. Shojin’s organic menu isn’t designed to replace proteins with a soy meat substitute, but to reinvent traditional dishes that still manage to dazzle.

12. De Buena Planta

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1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Venice’s Butcher’s Daughter opened the mostly-vegan De Buena Planta last summer where the very beachy vibes are met by gorgeous cocktails, mezal, aguas frescas, gluten-free options, and tacos. Plenty of tacos like the cauliflower, potato, or mushroom tacos.

13. Stuff I Eat

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114 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-0115
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Chef Babette Davis’s Inglewood run began nearly two decades ago, where her restaurant brings plant-based options to historic Market Street. Step up to the counter for ordering, then wait for staff to bring out soulful dishes like greens, mac and cheese, yams, quesadillas, and a hearty tamale pie.

14. Chicana Vegana

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113 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 519-3380
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Chicana Vegana settled nicely into Downtown Fullerton during the pandemic. This family-run business offers some of the region’s best plant-based food with dishes like the massive loaded nachos, taquitos, street tacos, burgers, and sopes.

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15. Plant Power Fast Food

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5095 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 343-5045
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San Diego’s Plant Power Fast Food made its SoCal debut in mid-2019 with a menu that seems suited for the region. In addition to being a drive-thru, Plant Power serves breakfast and a throwback classic burger stand menu with house made burger patties, sandwiches, fries, and wraps. Try the horchata milkshake, too.

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1. Honeybee Burger

1820 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Honeybee Burger shows two burgers, side by side in a box, from above. Sydney Yorkshire

When Honeybee Burger moved into the former WKNDR space in 2019, they hoped to make a mark in LA’s expanding vegan fast food scene. The menu is completely meat-free with burgers, sweet potato fries and tots, shakes, and soft serve in a sleepy corner of Los Feliz.

1820 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Just What I Kneaded

2029 Blake Ave #104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Frogtown’s cozy bakery/cafe Just What I Kneaded gets points for a punny restaurant name, but owner and head baker Justine Hernandez prepares fantastic galettes, cookies, and scones until everything is sold out. Grab coffee too.

2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3. Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
An assortment of dishes from Bulan Thai
Bulan Thai
Bulan Thai website

Bulan Thai sits a few blocks in from Silver Lake’s busy Sunset Junction, where traditional Thai dishes simply exempt any animal products. The mock duck curry or the thinly sliced snap peas with toasted coconut, cashews, and chili tamarind topped with coconut cream and crispy shallots are staples.

4114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

4. The V Tree Hollywood

3515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Soul food platter from V Tree in Silver Lake, California.
Soul food platter from V Tree
Courtesy of VTree

After a successful pop-up run at Yamashiro in 2020, Charlotte-native chef Velvet opened her first LA plant-based restaurant in March. VTree’s bright space in central Silver Lake, located directly across the street from Millie’s, serves soulful with “crab” cakes, mac and cheese, and yams. Velvet expanded her comfort food options with the new space, including a chickpea tuna wrap, vegan cinnamon rolls, and a West African peanut butter stew.

3515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Tal Ronnen elevates vegan fare to an art form at Crossroads. The restaurant has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads can please any type of diner with a vegan carbonara (with hand made pasta), and a recent menu addition: thick crust pizza.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6. Souley Vegan LA

615 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Souley Vegan started out of Oakland, and its soul food favorites like cornbread, gumbo, and (seitan) chicken and waffles are available for pickup out of East Hollywood, or via delivery app.

615 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

7. Cena Vegan

242 N Ave 25, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Cena Vegan started as a roving pop-up in 2015, and now operates out of Lincoln Heights where the portions are incredibly generous. The popular restaurant offers delivery or pick-up, but check the four person taco kit with plant-based asada, rice, beans, tortillas, salsa fresca, guacamole, and chipotle crema.

242 N Ave 25
Los Angeles, CA 90031

8. Real Food Daily

414 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

As LA’s oldest vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily cranks out an all-day menu featuring chocolate chip and banana pancakes or the creamy alfredo pasta recipe with cashew “cheese” sauce that’s been tested and perfected over the decades.

414 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Monty’s Good Burger

1533 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Monty’s classic burger could please any type of diner, simply because the technique is strong. The kitchen uses an Impossible Burger patty, plant-based cheese, locally-sourced ingredients, and house-made sauces on a Bosch Bakery bun. Try the dairy-free milkshakes, especially the salted caramel.

1533 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

10345 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

When a Vietnamese restaurant can make nuoc cham without traditional fish sauce, it’s safe to say that the remaining menu will impress. Try the broken rice and classic noodle soups. The formica tabletops are plentiful, so sit back and watch the gorgeous dishes arrive at everyone’s tables.

10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733

11. Shojin

333 S Alameda St Suite310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

LA has two locations for Shojin, the Japanese vegan and macrobiotic restaurant. Trek to Shojin in Little Tokyo or Culver City for a baked “crab” hand roll in soy paper, or hearty kabocha squash ramen. Shojin’s organic menu isn’t designed to replace proteins with a soy meat substitute, but to reinvent traditional dishes that still manage to dazzle.

333 S Alameda St Suite310
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. De Buena Planta

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Venice’s Butcher’s Daughter opened the mostly-vegan De Buena Planta last summer where the very beachy vibes are met by gorgeous cocktails, mezal, aguas frescas, gluten-free options, and tacos. Plenty of tacos like the cauliflower, potato, or mushroom tacos.

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

13. Stuff I Eat

114 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

Chef Babette Davis’s Inglewood run began nearly two decades ago, where her restaurant brings plant-based options to historic Market Street. Step up to the counter for ordering, then wait for staff to bring out soulful dishes like greens, mac and cheese, yams, quesadillas, and a hearty tamale pie.

114 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

14. Chicana Vegana

113 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
Chicana Vegana restaurant’s jackfruit sopes in Fullerton, California Mona Holmes

Chicana Vegana settled nicely into Downtown Fullerton during the pandemic. This family-run business offers some of the region’s best plant-based food with dishes like the massive loaded nachos, taquitos, street tacos, burgers, and sopes.

113 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

15. Plant Power Fast Food

5095 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

San Diego’s Plant Power Fast Food made its SoCal debut in mid-2019 with a menu that seems suited for the region. In addition to being a drive-thru, Plant Power serves breakfast and a throwback classic burger stand menu with house made burger patties, sandwiches, fries, and wraps. Try the horchata milkshake, too.

5095 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804

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